Unique Web Fonts to Spice Up your Layout Designs

by Jake Rocheleau
on June 25, 2014

It goes without question that CSS3 has been a major improvement on how we build websites. Beyond the additional properties I’ve found CSS3 web fonts to be a groundbreaking addition to the developer’s tool belt. You can import external fonts or even include your own custom-made fonts with just a few lines of code.

But not every website needs to include 5 or 6 additional typefaces. There is a rhythm to choosing great fonts which can help you avoid building websites that look like a 10 year old’s first time in Microsoft Word. I’d like to share a few tips for selecting fonts and how you should apply them with grace and humility.

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Tips for Learning the Pen Tool in Adobe Photoshop

by Jake Rocheleau
on June 23, 2014

Everyone who’s tried their hand at Photoshop knows about the pen tool. At first it’s agonizingly difficult and practically mocks every newcomer. But there is a rhyme & reason to the madness. I do hope this post offers enough useful tips for anyone interested in learning this tool.

I’ll preface by saying that to get truly comfortable you’ll need to spend hours and hours of time practicing. There is no shortcut to hard work and real practice when it comes to learning Photoshop. The pen tool could be listed as one of the most difficult skills to grasp. But once it clicks you’ll never really forget – sorta like riding a bicycle or a similar heartfelt cliché.

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Animated Web Design for a Unique Eye-Catching Experience

by Jake Rocheleau
on June 18, 2014

The process of creating a dynamic website takes hard work along with a deeper understanding of design principles. Most of this can be learned from practice and studying what other websites are doing. Animation in web design can be used to enhance almost any page element, and the popularity of jQuery allows anyone to build these effects without much hassle.

I’d like to share a few examples of great animation in web design. Specifically I am focusing on animations which tend to enhance the user experience. Too many flashy elements or sliding panels can get annoying. Over time you’ll find a good limit between too many and too few animations on any given webpage.

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