When designing a website, a lot of attention is paid to details like color combination, layout, design, images, user-interface, and navigation. The one thing that often gets ignored is font. To my mind, that seems a tad bit unfair, since choosing the right font can spell the difference between engaging your readers and sending them away with a bad headache.
“What’s the big deal? Why make such brouhaha about it? Fonts are just fonts, right? What do they have to do with anything? Just pick any and go with it. Or better still, stick to the more common ones and you are good!”
My dear friends, you dismiss fonts in that casual, offhand manner and you are going to have some big trouble on your hands. Fonts appeal to your readers at a psychological level. Don’t believe me? Well, I come bearing hard facts to back up my statement. In fact, I present to you the psychological experiment that was done by two researchers from the University of Michigan – Hyunjin Song and Norbet Schwartz.
In two separate studies, Song and Schwartz were able to discover a connection between fonts and how they affected human perception. In the first experiment, one group of test subjects was given directions written in a simple font, while the second group received the same directions written in a fancy font.
Astoundingly enough, test subjects with the simple-font directions declared it would take them 8.2 minutes to complete the task as compared to the 15-minute estimate that was given by the other group. Isn’t it amazing? The simpler font made people think that the task was a breeze to accomplish. Hey, if it’s easier to read, then it’s easier to do, right?
But does that mean fancy fonts are useless?
Most probably you have met this picture on the web:
It’s definitely cool and shows the exact difference between JPEG and PNG formats: JPEG is lossy and PNG is lossless. Nevertheless, the image is quite unidirectional: after looking at it you can decide that you should always use PNG to have your pictures nice and clean. However, this view is very superficial, because there is no universally better format. Everything depends on the situation: in some cases JPEG is more suitable, in other cases PNG will be the only proper choice. So, answering the question strictly: JPG vs PNG – which is better to choose? – I would say: none of them. Below I reviewed pluses and minuses of both illustration formats for the web and outlined the ways of their relevant usage.
To get a feature-rich Drupal website, consider this pre-configured Free Drupal Open Framework Theme. Feel free to download this theme and make the power of Drupal, Stanford and Open Framework work for your project.
This free template is based on Open Framework – responsive Drupal theme based on Twitter Bootstrap 2.3. By the way, it will be switched to Bootstrap 3 soon. It should be also mentioned that this framework works only with Drupal 7 and it’s not compatible with the older versions. Follow the links to read more about this framework:
Open framework is the core of this theme, and its layout is designed in correspondence to Stanford branding identity (the chosen colors and set fonts). Why Stanford? Because Stanford framework theme is a sub-theme of Open Framework and for today there are 5 Stanford’s Drupal themes available for today. The sixth one is the free template from this post. Its clean elegant layout will perfectly work for a variety of websites (business, communications, education, etc.). Click the link below to see this simple and user-friendly design in action. And get its source files to set up a site on its basis.
Free Drupal Open Framework Theme:
It’s powerful enough to embody the core ethics of your business, draw people towards your product, and say everything about the consumer base itself. It’s the medium which becomes the message and endeavours to set itself ahead of the game. It’s the brand identity which becomes the key marketing device and imprints itself in both the commercial and social market, forging itself into the minds and imaginations of the cultures within which it operates. Designing a powerful brand doesn’t just have to be catchy – it has to be unforgettable, revealing, and indispensable.
Reasons that popular apps like the Logo game place the most popular logos on the easier levels isn’t simply because the companies are commonplace household or roadside names. It’s because they have become ingrained in the historical psyche of society and the brands are reflective of this. Whether or not the logo has changed its shape and nature multiple times – aka Pepsi – the brand that is successful is always recognizable.
Everyone knows about Photoshop: this product from Adobe is so widely known and used that it can be definitely called legen…WAIT WAIT…dary. However, its extra popularity can put a shadow on other Adobe products.
For example, there is a utility called ImageReady, which gives a opportunity to work with bitmap formats. It has been a faithful companion for Photoshop for almost 10 years. And finally, lacking the users’ attention, it was discontinued in 2007. Nevertheless, Adobe ImageReady is still used by people who know its benefits for creating animations. Below I would like to present some helpful Adobe ImageReady tutorials from such skillful people. Welcome the world of ImageReady.
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It’s a very informative tutorial that teaches different aspects of working with ImageReady. It is divided into 5 pages, each of them includes step-by-step guide.
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This is very interactive tut from famous Newgrounds community. Just click and watch the next step.
This is Halloween! This is Halloween!
Okay, you got it and maybe even remembered the theme from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. But what does it mean for web developers?
Well, I have useful news for you. TemplateMonster opens traditional Halloween discount period. It begins today and finishes on 14th of November. You have a lot of time to make your purchase till its end. The promo concerns any holiday template and takes 30% off the price.
Everyone today understands or at least guesses that the good old traditional education runs out. All this sitting in university classrooms is so annoying if considering modern technologies provides us with so wide opportunities to get useful information and learn. The first sprouts of new education system, which effectively uses all the latest achievements of human civilization, began to born throughout the web. These resources appeared really actual, their popularity grows with inevitable intense. For now the most famous educational website is Coursera, it contains hundreds of learning courses from professors of authoritative universities from different parts of the world. Coursera concerns a wide variety of directions. And, of course, it’s not the first to understand the importance of e-learning for today society.
The pioneers of studying on the web were web developers, coders, programmers and other internet builders. Of course, it’s natural, because people of this activity field were immersed into the global net system in the deepest way (well, they were creating it!) and know about its potential most comparing with other people. Their educational resource had a wide specialization, teaching how to work with web. In order to honor their deposit to the progress of educational system and just to share with you definitely helpful website, I want to present the 10 best free coding resources for education.
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It’s probably the most famous code education resource. You begin you first lesson from the main page right away. Once it’s finished, Codecademy offers you to continue after registration. The education process is quite interactive and therefore easy for the quick pace of modern human being.
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Coderace demonstrates a rather original concept. The educational process is made in the form of the game, where speed gives more points. A player is fighting with opponents getting meanwhile different prizes. Indeed, competitive spirit is a good stimulation for many people to learns.
Drupal is a powerful content management system that has been dominating with its enhanced functionality over some other platforms. Its incredibly rich features attract numerous web developers: i.e. performance, usability factor and scalability. It grabs the attention of users across the globe. The latest version of Drupal has come up with some new and enhanced features than the previous one. In this article you will find a complete differentiation between previous version of Drupal 7 and new expected features of Drupal 8.
Let’s firstly discuss the previous version of Drupal, the 7th one.
Reasons for choosing Drupal 7
Less number of Modules
Software engineers who worked on the previous version know that it has hundreds of modules that make it complicated for the web developers to increase the caching speed for a website. Drupal 7 possesses a lesser amount of module downloads which helps in resizing the image and the aspect ratios of the video libraries to any promising size.
User Friendly Interface
Software engineers who had ever used Drupal 7 will admit that the platform is quite user friendly. It has various options to modify the website at any stage of development. Many tasks can be performed by quick shortcuts which are admired by the software engineers very much. Actually, namely quick shortcuts make Drupal 7 so unique.
A large and rapidly growing group of people works on developing Drupal, supports its usage and is very passionate about its improvement. Drupal possesses a framework that developers can use to quickly create custom functionality. The users of this version can make complex websites very easily.
Expected Features of Drupal 8
The history is being created right now. Don’t you feel it? Every moment is inevitably sliding from your view becoming past. The future abruptly transforms into presents. Then, present goes to past. In few sentences I gave you obvious arrow of. In such human civilization is developing. Every moment is important being a link in the history continuity. However people often forget about this simple truth.
And some artist are definitely annoyed with that negligence. I assume that Seth Taras is one of them. Not so long ago this awarded photographer made a set of works that surely prove my assumption.
Mr. Taras took photos of some special places. Actually, historical places, where important events of past occurred. For example, the location in New Jersey, where Hindenburg blimp crushed in 1937. And the creative idea of the author was to combine the old photos with modern peaceful ones. The works were aimed for History channel campaign called “Know Where You Stand”. The result you can see below.
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Hindenburg was a German blimp. It accidentally crushed at the very end race from Germany to USA, in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 6, 1937.
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In spite of postmodern era came threatening with completeness of senses, the art hasn’t stopped in its essential development. It’s not surprising, because people own the inevitable inclination for expressing themselves in different forms – and even if we have no new senses, we can create them through new forms. The technical novelties of modern times just facilitate this tendency opening more opportunities for artistic expression. And the thing is not in raising of tech comfort like iPhones and tablets for everyone, but in its influence on human minds. Information freedom makes people freer and their expressions develop to more and more all-sufficient. I want to make conclusion that if earlier art was defined by genre, nowadays the epoch of individuals in art came.
The artist I want to tell you about today is very distinctive. Of course, his works have some influences like surrealism and Japanese graphic. And it’s natural, because without them he could create his own style. But anyway, I don’t want to characterize the art with some labels. I’ll just tell you the name. Daniel Mackie. And his beautiful paintings are presented below.
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