Ever since I’ve been involved in the Web, I’ve been fascinated by little things that make a big impact. It’s one of the reasons why I started collecting and blogging about these details, which could in some way help others grow an audience.
One recurring topic early on was launch and landing pages and the strategies that creators use to expand the reach of their websites, which led to a Smashing Magazine post titled “Elements of a Viral Launch Page.” In this post, you’ll learn what to look out for when creating your own small campaign and how these elements fit together in existing campaigns around the Web.
Mail.ru is no exception: We used to have a Flash uploader, which was rather good, but still had some problems. HTML markup, graphics, business logic and even localization were all built into it, and it made the uploader pretty bloated. Furthermore, only a Flash developer could make any changes to it. We realized that we needed to build something new and different.
In part one of this series, we got a customized magazine app for Windows 8 up and running. In this second and last part, we will shift our focus to the server and content. We will look at how our magazine app obtains the articles to be shown, examine the transport protocol and set up a live content host.
When done, you will have a cloud-based content management system running on a free hosting plan from where you can manage and publish articles.
With so much going on in the industry, there is probably that one topic that you'd love to finally understand but never had time for. Or your company has a problem, and you aren't sure how to address it? Well, we've got your back with a line-up of hands-on full-day workshops in London and Berlin — just for you.
This isn't the final list, though. Even more Smashing full-day workshops are underway — please stay tuned! It would be our great pleasure to personally meet you at one of the workshops. If you, your colleague, boss, relative, neighbor or anyone else has a question, feel free to drop us an email. We aren't going anywhere, you know.
Is sketching by hand more than a nostalgic activity? How is paper any different from a screen, especially when hardware is becoming more and more sophisticated? Is improving your hand-sketching skills really worthwhile when high-tech software is advancing every day?
Everyone seems to have a strong opinion about hand-sketching these days. Some absolutely hate the thought of putting their ideas to paper because they can’t draw to save their lives. Others couldn’t imagine their creativity surviving without it. Love it or hate it, there’s much more to a sketchbook than old-school charm.
A website is created with a purpose in mind. Whether it’s to sell, entertain, inform or generate leads, there are better and worse ways to go about achieving those goals. Most website owners are very familiar with search engine optimization (SEO).
They know what to do to get people to their website, but the period between a user arriving on a website and buying something or registering is often not given the attention it needs.
Behind every successful design is a dynamic creative team, and it takes all kinds of personalities and skills to get the job done. However, the culture and expectations of a design agency are often largely centered on one outspoken, gregarious personality.
Things such as group brainstorming, on-the-fly presentations and open workspaces have become the norm in most design agencies. But the stereotypical extrovert is just one of the personalities that make up a successful team. A lot of people who excel at and are passionate about design — specifically UX design — are actually introverts.