Over the past week we have launched a new job board for SpyreStudios. This is the perfect bulletin board for marketing any freelance work or full-time job opportunities. Since Spyre attracts such a broad audience we can incorporate many different topics including layout design, graphics/icons, web development, and Internet Marketing. If you check out the […]
Web development keeps getting better – there are more increasingly-standardized tools like HTML5 and CSS3, and their features let web designers and developers create advanced and good-looking websites more easily.
But some browsers – mainly Internet Explorer version 6, 7, and 8 – don’t support many of these features, like border-radius, gradients, text-shadow, transparency, CSS animations and transitions, and so forth…
There’s never been a better time to start or upgrade your blog. The tools available are fully-featured, polished solutions that make getting a professional and robust blog up and running ridiculously easy. Like, seriously – some of this stuff would’ve blown the minds of web developers in the ’90s.
But with so many options, which should you choose? This article will focus on the pros and cons of some of the most popular blog solutions: Self-hosted WordPress vs. Squarespace vs. WordPress.com.
We all have our techniques for obtaining a great combination of readability and design. Many designers like to fine-tune the font stacks and sometimes add a nice shadow to bring text to life.
Others like to take typography to a different level and use anti-aliasing tools and such to get a sharp clean result. Whichever method you decide upon, there are some great CSS techniques to enhance web typography without running the whole nine miles.
The Android platform is growing in popularity every day, and for good reasons. Obviously being an open-source project and having Google behind it makes it a great choice for developers. Unfortunately the Android Market can’t really compete against the Apple App Store (in my opinion).
So I’ve chosen 25 Android apps that I think can be very useful to designers, developers and web-workers. You’ll find editors, reference guides, blogging tools, image editing tools and more. If you have your Android device handy you can scan the QR Codes next to each item in the list using the Barcode Scanner application.
An effective mobile office is essential for productive traveling designers. There are plenty of reasons why you need a mobile office: besides introducing more traveling into your life, you have easier mobility with your design work, increase your focus, get more quality work done, and simplify and enjoy your life more as a result of it all.
But there are no doubt problems that come up while using a mobile office: distractions, finding good places to work, no internet access when you need it, and so forth. How do you avoid these issues? Well, today’s your lucky day, because this article covers how to overcome common mobile office problems.
There are a plethora of tools out on the Internet today that help designers and developers alike. Many times however, we believe they fall short because “we can handle it ourselves” without the extra cost of such tools.
Conversely, we find ourselves spending quite a bit of time trying to complete such tasks which respective tools would reduce the time spent by a fraction. With this being said, within this article we get our hands dirty and discuss several reasons as to why freelance designers should use invoicing tools.
There’s a ton of solutions and apps out there for creating surveys. I’m sure that at some point in your career as a web-designer/developer, many of you had to either build a survey app from scratch or find a solution to create and implement a survey on a client site. Not an easy task.
Let me guess… you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute? Well, if that someone you haven’t bought for happens to be in the creative industry (such as a designer, illustrator, developer, video producer or photographer) you’re in luck!
This article is full of gift ideas for the creative person in your life, most of which are digital, meaning you don’t have to wait for delivery times, and your gift will be ready to hand over just in time for Christmas!
The article is spread over three parts depending on your budget. We have a “Budget Gifts” section, a “Mid-Priced Gifts” section and a “Breaking The Bank Gifts” section.
“Cloud Computing”, it almost rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? If you believe the hype, cloud computing is cheaper, safer and easier than any other form of application hosting, it exists in the magical land of ‘cloud‘ where nothing ever goes wrong, in fact, to say it’s reliable is almost an understatement.
However the truth, can often be far different from that which many of the ‘cloud computing‘ or ‘cloud hosting‘ providers would have us believe. The cloud is a complex, multifaceted beast, with varying levels of complexity and specialty, not to mention radically varying prices. All told we would do well to consider just what makes up this ‘cloud‘, when it really is a great solution, and just where we may just be falling for the hype.