Popular Design News of the Week: July 10, 2017 – July 16, 2017

  • By Cameron Chapman
  • 16 Jul, 2017
Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]
The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.
Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

Angular Vs React: Which One is Better?

 

Image Optimization for Websites

 

20 Fonts Every Graphic Designer Should own

 

The 5 Biggest Design Agency Trends of 2017 so Far

 

Famous Brands Logo Animations

 

The Future of App Development: Beyond Prototypes

 

Everything You Need to Know About Colors

 

Easily Create High Quality GIFs with Gifmock

 

Spotify.me: Beautiful Analytics on your Spotify Listening Habits

 

Working on an iMac from a Train is a Middle Finger to Portability

 

Our Reponsive Design Workflow in Sketch

 

Booking.com – UX Analysis and Responsive Redesign

 

BitScoop: Create Software Better, Faster, Smarter

 

F*** Function, Lets Make Design Pretty Again

 

How to Create a Pattern Library and Why You Should Bother

 

Graphic Porn — a Beautiful Selection of Printed Works

 

How to Mostly Ditch Adobe Creative Cloud

 

This is a Battle for the Future of the Internet

 

Evolution of the LEGO Logo

 

Orosko: Free Geometric Typeface

 

The State of Enterprise UX Design in 2017

 

The Netherlands’ Royal Crest Changes Gender

 

Lionn: Incredible SEO Powered with Artificial Intelligence

 

LastPass – An Unsolicited Redesign

 

Abstract: A Platform for Modern Design Teams to Work Together

 
Want more? No problem! Keep track of top design news from around the web with Webdesigner News .

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By Rob Johnson 09 Oct, 2017

The internet is such a big part of all our lives, it’s hard to remember a time when it didn’t exist. But in reality it only came into being as we now know it in 1991. The Internet cannot be attributed in its entirety to any one single person or organisation, but rather a collaboration that evolved over time and had many contributors.

The idea of a secure way of worldwide communication was first mooted by the US Government in the 1950s in response to the Cold War and the increasing security threat from the Soviet Union. After the USSR launched the world’s first manmade satellite in October 1957, the USA realised that something needed to be done. Although Sputnik was far from an unmitigated success, it did send shockwaves through the West and concentrated the minds of the most talented Western scientists and engineers.

Over the next few years, the US began to take scientific research and development much more seriously, adding various science-based courses to the schools curriculum and awarding government grants to scientific institutions. They formed NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and ARPA (the Advanced Research Projects Agency) who were tasked with the development of space technologies such as weapons and computers.

By Rob Johnson 08 Sep, 2017

Have you ever wondered why your website doesn’t seem to attract as many people as your competitors’?

It’s actually far simpler than you think to create a website that will become a successful marketing tool for your business. Whatever business you’re in, everyone should have an online presence. But all too often business owners think of a website as just something that they think they should have rather than as the extremely effective marketing tool it should be.

It’s much easier than you think to get a website up and running and attracting visitors and there are many simple strategies you can implement that a) don’t cost the earth and b) don’t require a degree in marketing to understand. I have listed a few of them below to get you started…

1.  Don’t copy and paste your print material

Don’t simply copy your print marketing material. Writing for your website is completely different and is actually far easier than you think. Your visitors don’t want to sit and read a novel, they want clear and concise information that will draw them in and ultimately prompt them to carry out whatever it is you want them to do i.e. sign up to a newsletter, buy your products or make a booking

By Rob Johnson 30 Aug, 2017

One issue that we found and got many repeated complaints from clients that Magento takes more to load – essentially, it’s very resource consuming and has slow download speed. Major search engines like Google highly recommend and promote fast loading websites.

There are few tips and actions that our experienced Magento developers at Red Rocket have applied and we’d like to share that if it helps.

So, where do you start with speeding up Magentousing .Htaccess file? The first thing you need to do is to analyse the overall speed of your Magento page, before any changes have been made. We would recommend to use three tools which can be found below:

  • Google PageSpeed Insights
  • WebPageTest
  • GTmetrix

Speed Up Magento via Your .htaccess File

Step 1: Gzip Compression For Magento

By compressing this page with GZIP, 76.1% bandwidth was saved.  

You will need to enable Gzip Compression for Magento. To enable GzipCompression simple find add below code in your root .htaccess.

< ifModulemod_gzip.c> mod_gzip_on Yes mod_gzip_dechunk Yes mod_gzip_item_includefile.(html?|txt|css|js|php|pl)$ mod_gzip_item_include handler ^cgi-script$ mod_gzip_item_include mime ^text/.* mod_gzip_item_include mime ^application/x-javascript.* mod_gzip_item_exclude mime ^image/.* mod_gzip_item_excluderspheader ^Content-Encoding:.*gzip.* < /ifModule >


Step 2: (optional) Compressing CSS and JavaScript files

Next we want to compress items such as CSS and javascript etc. Simply add the following lines of text directly into the htaccess file.

## compress text, html, javascript, css, xml: AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/plain AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/xml AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xml AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xhtml+xml AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/rss+xml AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/javascript AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-javascript # Or, compress certain file types by extension: < files *.html> SetOutputFilter DEFLATE < /files>


Step 3: Leverage Browser Caching and Expires Headers

The third thing to do is Leverage Browser Caching and Expires Headers. This piece of code can make a huge difference and will reduce the number of HTTP request, which is a huge benefit for any returning visitors to your website.

< IfModulemod_expires.c> # Enable expirations ExpiresActive On # Default directive ExpiresDefault "access plus 1 month" # My favicon ExpiresByType image/x-icon "access plus 1 year? # Images ExpiresByType image/gif "access plus 1 month" ExpiresByType image/png "access plus 1 month" ExpiresByType image/jpg "access plus 1 month" ExpiresByType image/jpeg "access plus 1 month" # CSS ExpiresByType text/css "access 1 month? # Javascript ExpiresByType application/javascript "access plus 1 year" < /IfModule>


Step 4: Enable Output Compression

This section will essentially turn on the module called apache mod_deflate, which will compress css, text, and javascript before it is sent to the browser. This will considerably reduce the download size. In order to enable, uncomment the appropriate lines so that it looks like the below:

## enable apache served files compression ## http://developer.yahoo.com/performance/rules.html#gzip # Insert filter on all content SetOutputFilter DEFLATE # Insert filter on selected content types only AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/plain text/xml text/css text/javascript application/javascript # Netscape 4.x has some problems... BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4 gzip-only-text/html # Netscape 4.06-4.08 have some more problems BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4\.0[678] no-gzip # MSIE masquerades as Netscape, but it is fine BrowserMatch \bMSIE !no-gzip !gzip-only-text/html # Don't compress images SetEnvIfNoCaseRequest_URI\.(?:gif|jpe?g|png)$ no-gzipdont-vary # Make sure proxies don't deliver the wrong content Header append Vary User-Agent env=!dont-vary


Step 5: Enable Expires Headers

Normally browsers use Expires headers to checkfor how long a page component can be cached. Components that are static such as images, should have headers like far-future expires, but essentially, every page components should have expires headers. To enable this feature, simply uncomment the appropriate line and write “ExpiresActiveOn” just above it. Check below:

## Add default Expires header ## http://developer.yahoo.com/performance/rules.html#expires ExpiresActive On ExpiresDefault "access plus 1 year"


Step 6: Disable ETags

ETags are used by browsers to check and validate cached components across subsequent visits. They can slow down a site served from a cluster if the cluster hasn’t implemented them properly. It is best to just turn them off as follow

## If running in cluster environment, uncomment this ## http://developer.yahoo.com/performance/rules.html#etags FileETag none


By Inessa Brown 21 Jul, 2017
Have you ever encountered a website with confusing navigation? Been sent down the wrong path by misleading labels? Or needed your best detective skills to find a particular piece of content? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? What can companies do to ensure that users can find what they are looking for on a website? Usability testing […]
By Ben Moss 20 Jul, 2017
Google’s minimal search page has consistently been heralded as a minimalist masterpiece since it first appeared in 1996. It’s been argued by numerous designers—myself included—that it was the perception of Google as a ‘pure’ unadulterated search was more central to Google’s rise and eventual dominance, than the merits of its (in)famous algorithm. So it’s something […]
By Ezequiel Bruni 20 Jul, 2017
When I go to any website, I’m looking for something. I may want to buy a product, or find information, or browse random memes, but whatever it is, I have a goal in mind. That goal could even be subconscious, but it’s there. Human beings never do anything without a reason. Whether or not they […]
By _dm_templates 20 Jul, 2017
Red Rocket are pleased to announce the launch of the new website for Gillian Allard the winner of Sky Arts Master Of Photography award for 2017. The website is built on our platform and allows Gillian to update all parts of the website herself.
By Nick Babich 19 Jul, 2017
Transitions are a powerful way to communicate a change in a user interface. They can be used in apps to help offload a lot of the cognitive work into the visual cortex: they help transport users between navigational contexts, explain changes in the arrangement of elements on a screen, and reinforce element hierarchy. Consequently they […]
By Mickey Aharony 18 Jul, 2017
Designing fun, visually appealing party banners can be a complicated task if you don’t have enough graphic design experience or know how to use image editing software, such as Photoshop or Sketch. Buying and installing an image editing software, installing custom fonts, designing the graphics and figuring out how to apply a text overlay can […]
By _dm_templates 18 Jul, 2017

Joan is applying for a small loan on all-online-loanzzz.com. She’s becoming frustrated with the number of financial-disclosure forms she has to fill out. She’s thinking about visiting her local bank to ask for a loan instead.

While waiting for a page to load, the application presents a cartoon image of a person wearing a business suit sitting in a jail cell. The image caption says, “Hey, everyone hates disclosures. We know you do, too. We’re doing our best to keep everyone out of jail. Please bear with us for a few more clicks. You won’t regret it, and our loan officers will stay out of jail.” Joan smirks at the image. She might not appreciate the number of forms she has to complete, but she understands the serious nature of applying for a loan.

Humor is an important aspect of life. Researchers find  humor has many positive benefits . It can reduce stress, increase psychological well being and increase tolerance for pain. Most of us have had experiences in which we’ve used humor to lighten a mood or cheer someone up. Humor is integral and inherent to human relationships.

You can use humor in your design (both in the process and the product) to create a positive user experience. We want to develop positive relationships with our users — humor can help make that happen.

But how do I do this?, you might ask. Do I need to be a comedian? Should I format all of my FAQs as knock-knock jokes? The answer is no to both of those questions. You can incorporate humor in your design, maintain your brand identity and not look like you are trying too hard in the process.


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