For 2017, I made the lofty goal to read 30 books! I nearly made that number, coming in with 26. This year I've decided to go for it again, I will make it this time! I've been really enjoying SciFi books like Dune and Ender's Game – with Ready Player One being my favorite of the year.
Similar to last year – I've again designed simplified book titles here, click a cover to view it in more detail on Amazon or another sales website (not affiliate links).
Becoming a power user in Sketch is all about knowing the tiny ins and outs of the interface. Recently, I collaborated with the great team over at Designers.How to craft a 5 lesson course all about this subject. In this course, you'll become a better designer through deep knowledge of your tool, shaving seconds and reducing strain from repeated actions. I've gathered up a huge volume of those little tidbits and secrets and bundled them into this jam-packed course!
The first episode is FREE, you'll need to become a member of their incredible community to get into the rest.
I'll occasionally publish my personal notes from reading a new book, attending an industry conference or something similar on this blog. I personally refer back to my own posts frequently, revisiting technical skills or refreshing myself on the highlights for a new project.
This is one of those posts. I just completed reading Practical SVG by Chris Coyier from the A Book Apart series. As usual, it was a fantastic read and brought me up to speed on the current state of SVGs for the web! My notes follow.
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In this webinar, Chris Sweetland and Lauren Burley of Google reviewed their company's upcoming Android Pay offerings and their opportunities within the banking and financial landscape. These are my notes from the webinar, which I attended in July of 2015.
This is one of those subject where you wonder how it took you so long to figure out. Am I the last one to learn this? Probably. But in the off chance there are still a few suckers out there using full length git commands, not personalized shortcuts, this is for you.
I've been learning a new skill over the last few weeks, Git. A new project at work has given me the responsibility to write and maintain a Style Guide for our main web application project. This, along with some freelance projects I'm working on, have made this new skill a very necessary one for me to pick up, as I'm working remotely with multiple teams on shared codebases. Here, I'm posting my initial notes and new concepts I've picked up while learning Git. Connect with me on GitHub @ll_coolray.
I've noticed more and more text-based web applications have been integrating support for the Markdown language over recent months. Most notably the project management software I use in my daily work week Pivotal Tracker. I attended a team Tech Talk on the subject hosted by my coworkers and what follows are my takeaways and notes from learning this new skill.
As a self-taught web designer and aspiring front-end developer, I'm always on the lookout to learn something new. My knowledge of web design and basic coding began with HTML email designs using inline CSS styles. This starting point led to many many books being read along with hours of troubleshooting on forums, bringing me to the sphere of hacking together my own webpages. I've since gotten a fair amount of formal training in the web languages of HTML & CSS and corresponding preprocessed languages. I personally learn best by doing, as do many others in this field, which is why I decided to try out the online code school, Team Treehouse. It's branded as a lighthearted web application, with some serious content.