Five Great Wireframe Tools You Might Not Know About

by iulian
on May 8, 2014

in Wordpress

It takes a lot of attention to details and impeccable organizing skills to work as a web designer or as a web developer, because any piece of information that is wrongly applied can lead to catastrophic consequences. Whether you start from a brand new idea or work on an existing product, it’s very important for every component of the project to be out in the open and perfectly understood by all who partake in it.

Think of when you develop an iPhone app. Every time a client issues a task for the development team, it usually comes in the shape of an idea, followed by the specification of what that app should do. At this point, the app is all schemes, descriptions, and in the best case scenario – flowcharts (Nota pt. Bogdan: /logical schemes). On first glance, it seems like a pleasant little story about how everything ought to work. Actually developing the app in this stage is quite difficult, impossible even, because there is no visual feedback: where does each component belong in the app? How’s the workflow within the app? What happens or what changes in the app when specific commands are entered by the user? You see, it’s just as if a builder was trying to raise a house without a blueprint. The result would be chaotic.

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Building a Mega-Navigation Menu with CSS3 and jQuery

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 5, 2014

in Tutorials

Larger navigation menus will typically include separate dropdown lists to appear on hover. But for some websites it can be necessary to expand this dropdown across the entire page. Designers might call this a “mega navigation” for its influence over the whole menu.

In this tutorial I want to demonstrate a method of creating one unified mega navigation menu. There are many different techniques you can use to achieve a similar effect. I’ll be using jQuery to embed sub-navigation content into a dropdown mega nav box. Take a look at my live demo to see the final design.

mega navigation menu howto tutorial preview jquery

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Want Help With Managing Your Design Business? Try Motiv! (sponsored)

by Brant Wilson
on May 4, 2014

in Sponsored

In this day and age, one thing that every business professional complains about is time. Time is of the  essence, and markets are flooding with many time management apps and software. Now, of course different apps are suited for different people, and are intended for different purposes.

But if you are a freelancer and are looking for an app to help speed up your work, then we have a recommendation for you. You should try out Motiv.

Motiv’s aim is to provide services for freelancers and people who run small businesses within the creative industries. Writers, designers, coders, programmers, search engine optimizers and marketers can all benefit from a system that has been well crafted to match their needs.

Some of the important features of the website are as follows:

Dashboard

After you register for an account and log in into Motiv, you will be greeted by a dashboard that gives you a list of all the details you need at a glance. You can see the status of your most recent invoices, or you can easily jump on to create a proposal or contract.

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iPad POS: The Next Generation Solution For All Retailers?

by Brant Wilson
on April 29, 2014

in Business/Freelance

Are you one of those people who hate to wait in lines to bill your purchases? Well, wait no more, as iPad and Wi-Fi based Point of Sale systems are now here to stay. iPad POS systems are the wave of the future and they offer multiple benefits that will streamline your billing process by as much as 60 percent. dmpinkThe business website Entrepreneur, states that retailers have yet to jump on to the handheld POS system but its popularity is a given. In fact, the Alabama State University Stadium was the first to incorporate the virtual billing system for its concession vendor service during the first game of the year. The handheld billing systems made it possible to clear a record 5721 sales in the matter of a few hours. This rapid billing system impressed other stadium owners as well and handheld billing systems may be expected to be implemented at all major stadiums in the US. Although this does seem impressive, is it really possible to phase out the traditional billing register and use only tablet-based systems?

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