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Web design mistakes and how to learn from them
Smashing Magazine
We all make mistakes. Whether in our design and development work or just in life in general, we all do it. Thankfully, even the biggest mistakes carry valuable lessons.
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Responsive Web design: Hype or hope? (infographic)
VentureBeat
Anyone who has ever built apps for mobile devices or websites for mobile and desktop devices wonders: Can I possibly build this once for everyone, or do I have to build multiple versions for multiple audiences? That is, of course, the promise of responsive Web design. With 21 percent of Web traffic to major e-commerce sites coming from mobile, and the number of unique screen resolutions rising from 97 in 2010 to 232 in 2013, responsive Web design is pretty much the only answer if you want to increase the number of shoppers at your store, says Monetate.
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Choosing an open source software license for your development project
TechRepublic
Many small businesses, organizations and independent developers create applications, software packages, websites, mobile applications and other products that require an open source license. Open Source Software licensing allows organizations to open up their projects to the public for submissions, contributions, modifications, repair or to build on top of the existing software code. Many organizations or developers do not have a positive understanding of the differences between the various OSS licenses and how to go about selecting one that fits closely with their software project, nor are they well-informed of how they want the project to be open for public involvement.
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2012-2013 Salary Database now available for download and purchase
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The 2012-2013 Salary Database is now available for free download by STC members and for purchase by nonmembers. This unique publication, now in its seventh year, has become a highly valued resource for job-hunters and hiring managers in evaluating salary offers and recruiting strategies as well as for independent consultants and project managers estimating labor costs, location strategies, and industry analysis. Click the link below for more information on the Salary Database, a great infographic of highlights to share, and links to download or purchase.
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Have an hour? Get some education
STC
STC's calendar of live Web seminars keeps on growing! A dozen hour-long courses are currently scheduled over the coming weeks, including three next week on contract work, SharePoint, and social media! Other topics covered include indexing, plain talk, information architecture, and findability. Get an hour's worth of introduction, overview, explanation, and education with STC's live Web seminars. See the full schedule and sign up for one today.
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Special 2-day Technical Editing Fundamentals certificate course from STC
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STC is pleased to offer a special two-day version of one of our more popular certificate courses, Technical Editing Fundamentals. This course is presented by Linda Oestreich and Michelle Corbin on 9 August and 23 August, 9:30 AM-5:30 PM EDT (GMT-4) each day, and will include a lunch break and homework assignments between sessions. The compressed schedule is perfect for anyone who can't commit to a longer class. Also scheduled in the coming months are Writing for Localization: Hands-on Workshop and Best Practices, presented by Lisa Pietrangeli from 9 September-14 October; Usability Testing Essentials: Hands-on Workshop and Best Practices, presented by Carol Barnum from 10 September-29 October; a brand-new course, How to Build a Business Case and Influence Change, presented by Lisa Pietrangeli from 12 September-10 October; Undiscovered Country: Master Writer, presented by Sharon Burton from 2 October-30 October; and Writing Effective User Documentation, also presented by Sharon Burton, from 6 November-12 December.
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Join STC today and save over 50 percent on the last 5 months
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New STC members are enjoying reduced membership rates on the last five months of 2013. Join today and receive a copy of STC's 2012-2013 Salary Database, online access to Intercom magazine and Technical Communication journal, STC's Job Bank listings, free or discounted education and certificate courses, and so much more. Classic membership is currently $93.75, New TC Pro is $66.67, and Students are $31.25. For additional information about joining, click "more" below or contact Stacey O'Donnell at stacey.odonnell@stc.org.
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App developers need to pay attention to usability
CIO
Eric Schaffer is one of the foremost authorities on usability, a hot topic as companies scramble to produce mobile apps and online interfaces. But Schaffer, founder and CEO of Human Factors International, a usability consulting and training company, says many organizations fail to consistently create a good user experience because they haven't established a complete, professional UX practice.
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Macaw: A code-savvy Web design tool
.net
Macaw, a "code-savvy Web design tool," has been unveiled by co-creators Tom Giannattasio and Adam Christ, enabling you to stop writing code and start drawing it instead. It isn’t the first tool of this type, but Macaw has lofty goals and is aiming to be truly relevant regarding modern Web design workflow. The sneak-peek video shows it outputting tidy, well-defined code rather than "soup." Macaw is also said to work with fluid canvases, responsive breakpoints and rich typography, along with offering reusable components and "morphing" between wireframes and full-blown mock-ups.
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CSS3 transitions 101: What are transitions?
SitePoint
Transitions are the most-used type of CSS3 animation. Despite widespread adoption and a relatively simple syntax, there are several gotchas and options of which even the most knowledgeable developers are blissfully unaware.
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5 Web-design trends tech companies should watch
GigaOM
Design can make or break Web and mobile startups these days. But the problem is: It's not always clear how to improve the design of websites, mobile apps and connected devices. Is it just about making them cleaner, more streamlined and less cluttered? GigaOM talked with tech designers to find out what's hot in Web design these days. From parallax scrolling to bolder colors, here are five things to watch.

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5 ground rules of Web design that every designer must follow
Design News
There are somethings that Web designers must do, there are others they can do and there are still other things that they simply must not do. In this article, we are taking a look at some of the ground rules of Web design that need to be followed. These are the kind of rules that ensure your design meets not just your expectations, but those of the clients and its end users as well.

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4 common responsive Web design pitfalls
SitePoint
Responsive Web design purges the need for having a separate mobile website as it empowers the webmaster to present a website that can resize or fit itself to the screen size of any device: desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. What may be less apparent to many designers and developers is that there are quite a few ways that your responsive design can fail.

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Websites vs. Web apps: What the experts think
VisionMobile
The term "Web app" has been around for the past years — we've all heard it and used it more times than we care to remember. Yet there remains a debate on where "websites" end and "Web apps" begin. Guest author Ciprian Borodescu presents the opinions of several prominent figures in the Web technology domain and discusses the "app-ification" of the Web.
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