The Benefits of Animated UI/UX GIFs Created with After Effects

by Jake Rocheleau
on July 22, 2014

I’ve seen this trend becoming much more popular amongst mobile and web designers. Adobe After Effects is a powerful software suite typically used for adding effects into videos. But it can also create animations for user interfaces in smartphone apps, tablets, and website layouts. It takes a lot of practice but After Effects is quite the interesting program.

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These AE animations can be exported as GIFs and used to demonstrate how a UI should behave. Examples may include swiping through a photo gallery, sliding open a menu, performing a search, or anything similar. I’d like to share some ideas about why you might want to learn After Effects and start creating these animations for your digital projects.

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32 Creative Premium Church Themes for WordPress

by Jake Rocheleau
on July 17, 2014

It’s not always feasible for non-profit organizations to order custom website designs. Churches and other charities would benefit the most from purchasing a premium theme and using this as a framework for a new website layout. And WordPress is definitely one of the easiest systems to use.

If you’re working with this type of client or even need a site for your own project, these WP themes are perfect for any church or nonprofit. They include many customizable features and offer the highest-quality design out of any other themes. Take a look at this collection and see if anything strikes your interest.

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Tips for Planning and Structuring a Responsive Website Layout

by Jake Rocheleau
on July 14, 2014

The process of building a naturally responsive layout takes quite a bit of practice. You’ll need to spend time studying other responsive websites to see how they behave. Then with a visual library of responsive elements you can put together a design that best suits your project.

Once you’ve built a few responsive websites the entire process melds together quite nicely. I’d like to a few share tips on building responsive layouts and what you need to know. After a bit of time you’ll get much more comfortable with layouts expanding & contracting based on the browser window. Since more people are online with their smartphones, responsive design offers the most accessible websites reaching the widest possible audience.

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