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Month: September 2017

7 Most Useful and Powerful CSS Tools

It is important for designers to have a good batch of online tools to help complete and deliver projects faster. We have come up with a list of 7 of the most powerful and useful tools for CSS designers.  With these tools, designers can reduce the time and effort put into designing a website.

Compass

Compass runs on top of Sass and makes development a lot easier.   Frontend Sass developers trust Compass.  It is the most powerful open-source CSS authoring framework.

New developers might find some confusion about how Compass works. It runs directly through the terminal for command executing on your Sass files.  If you are familiar with Sass, you should not have any problem with Compass.

Stylizr

The great thing about Sylizr is that this CSS tool helps you easily design anything fast.  Therefore, it can have some serious impact on you or your company’s workflow.

Basically, your workflow becomes an easy process of clicking and coding. You can even preview changes easily before making them live.

Stylie

It is pretty simple yet sleek.  Stylie is a very easy and fun CSS3 animation tool.  You can create really complex animations using this tool.  All you need to do is design the animation and grab the code.

It features a tab to remove, edit, and add keyframes as well as an easy save option.

CSS3Pie

Progressive Internet Explorer supports Internet Explorer 6-9.  It is capable of “rendering the most useful CSS3 decoration features.

It includes pretty powerful and useful features such as soft drop shadows, rounded corners, and so on.

CSS3Gen

This tool allows you to quickly create snippets and place them on your website.  It is pretty easy and intuitive.  All you need to do is select a CSS3 element, style it, and then paste it into your project.

You can easily create stunning buttons, create rounded corners, add shadow effects to any box, and several other features.

CSS Menu Maker

As the name says, make stunning menus for your site.  These menus are very intuitive and responsive.  If you prefer to work with the source codes, this site has 65+ free menu designs for download.

Simple CSS

This is a CSS authoring tool that enables you to create style sheets easily.  It is available for Mac and Windows.

Simple CSS comes as a free tool.  It is also part of a hosting package that includes hosting services such as webmail, web app installer, and a file manager.  The CSS tool is pretty easy to use and can save you time in creating style sheets.

 

The Best Web Design for a Business Site

The website of a business is the only way clients have a direct view of what the company is about.  Therefore, it is in the best interest of a corporation to make it look stunning.  If a business or corporation also has a physical store, then we say they have 2 “exposure sources”.

The same dedication that is given to designing and decorating a physical store should be given to a corporate website.   But what makes a good web design for a business site?  Certainly, it is more than only the design.  Truth being said, establishing a standard of what works is nearly impossible.

There are certain considerations that can be taken into account when designing a corporate website.  It will depend on the characteristics of the corporation and even on their mission and vision.

A Perfect Template

The perfect template for a business website has a design that is both modern and appropriate for the type of business.

When it comes to a code, this has to be clean.

  • First, this code comes from a reliable template resource.  Make sure you can test the reliability of a template company.  There are many out there live today and gone tomorrow.
  • A good code resource has availability of updates and support.  Ideally, this support should be 24/7.

A nice and neat-looking website has a great impact on branding, which basically is the main goal of a business website.  A website should be highly responsive and intuitive.

Benefits of Having a Good Web Design

As we mention the benefits of having a good web design, we are actually stating how will such design help a business.   Here are some benefits:

  • It attracts and holds customers.
  • It helps create and establish business connections.
  • A greatly designed website will not fail to attract new customers and a wider audience.
  • The company’s website may become the reason why a visitor decides to purchase a service or not.
  • A great design makes a business or project look memorable and captivating, which will make visitors want to know you more.

What are the Qualities of the Best

When a website has a flawless responsive design, it gets more visits and better ranked by Google search.  Remember that a good web design is not based on the design alone.

Those companies who have succeeded in great web design, have certain characteristics that are not based on design alone:

  • Innovative design and constant updates, to keep clients up to date.
  • An expandable portfolio to showcase past work with other clients.
  • It shows business growth.
  • Tracking record of success.

 

An Easy Guide to Wireframing

So, you are ready to start setting up your website from scratch.  You have certain requirements of content layout and functionality.  A wireframe is what you have before visual effects and content are added.

Let´s take a look at the basic steps of wireframing.  Get ready to get your feet wet as you go deeper into this important step in any screen designing process.

First Step:  Think of an Idea

The best way to think of an idea is to find inspiration.  You can do this by visiting several websites and try to figure out what each designer had in mind while wireframing.

But you still need to get the idea of the wireframe and see what is the content designers are giving priority to.  You can do this with an app called Wirify, which allows you to watch any website in wireframe.

As you go through each wireframe, try to find common places in all the designs and check out how well it has worked for them.

Second Step: The Process Design

You must then decide on the type of process you are going to implement. This process is organic, which means that designers approach the whole wireframing and translation to code or visuals differently.

Decide which process brings out your strengths and makes you feel more comfortable.  Perhaps you will feel comfortable with a 12-column grid and use a tool called cssgrid to get your design.

Third Step: The Tools

There are several wireframing tools that you can use for a faster and better wireframing.  Here is a list for you to go and check out.  Remember, do what works best with what you are.

  • Omnigraffle
  • Balsamiq
  • Adobe CS
  • Keynotopia
  • Axure
  • Flairbuilder

There are much more in town but these are the most widely-used products.

Fourth Step: Grid and Layout

Once you have set your mind in a tool and already have it running, it is time for the grid and then the layout.   For starters, you should set a document size.  A proper size is 1280 x 900, especially if the picture will need some color enhancement.

Next, you will import your template from cssgrid to your document.

When it comes to layout, you should think of boxes.  Think of what is the most important things on the website and which will be the easiest and most comfortable position for your template.

Fifth Step: Start Placing Information

You can start adding information little by little.  This will help you decide what design has a better flow for informing.   Also, think of your client’s requirements and actual needs.

Sixth Step: Fine-Tuning

Use Grayscale to determine the visual strength of your elements.  The advantage of it is that it will later help you in the design process.

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