What’s hot in graphic design? One of the things people always want to talk to me about is graphic design trends. Here’s preview of what’s going to be hot in 2021. It’s such an interesting topic because there are trends that change slowly over time – just look at the long evolution of flat design…Details
The WordPress Gutenberg block editor empowers web developers to build a custom content creation experience. Through the use of custom blocks, it’s possible to add just about any sort of layout or functionality to your website. The process of creating custom blocks is also quite flexible. You can build them natively with React or via …Details
So you’ve been tasked with designing a book cover and layout. But what happens when the time comes to present the design to your client? Using a book mockup template is a great way to help them visualize how the book will look like once it’s printed. In this post, we’ve gathered the best free…Details
I made a site that lets you add pretty backgrounds to screenshots to make them look awesome. It's open source too!
I share a lot of screenshots and they always look cooler with nice background. I thought it’d be fun to make a site that helps people do that!
The result is Pretty Snap 🔥
Use it for product screenshots on landing pages, website summary images, or simple sharing on social media. It has cool options like patterns and beautiful images from Unsplash.
Behind the scenes there’s some interesting tech going on too:
It uses dom-to-image to render DOM elements into the final image. Very cool ibrary.
I used Cloudflare workers for the first time which lets me proxy the Unsplash API without a server. Even cooler is that I can call it on the same domain as the static server which I don’t have access to!
Check out the code here and have a play yourself. Enjoy!Details
I've just released a career progression tool for tech companies. It's very beta, but you can create a skills-matrix in minutes!
Link here 🚀:
I’ve worked as a web developer at a range of companies. Two of them tried building a tool for mapping the career paths / skills, but the results were rushed and eventually discontinued.
So I thought I’d build one myself. It’s basically a skills matrix on steroids, any questions / feedback would be great!
For the tech (as that’s what really matters), it’s using React, MaterialUI, NextJS, and a plethora of AWS services (Lambda / DynamoDB, Cognito). It’s hosted on AWS, using serverless-next-js , and is my first proper project with TypeScript!Details
WebP Images & WordPress: Why and How to Use Them (+Plugins) – Some tips for using this up-and-coming image format with WordPress. What’s Missing From CSS? – A random look at responses to the annual CSS survey. See anything you agree with? Scribbble – A writing tool that focuses on simplicity, so that you can…Details
I’ve found FrontendMasters to be the best resource for intermediate-advanced courses in the JS space. Even their stuff that covers the basic subjects (HTML/CSS/JS) does so from a position of industry best practices.
It is a little on the pricey side ($400 per year).
Wes Bos and the Reacttraining courses are also really solid next steps, both a bit pricier than a lot of the “bootcamp” style courses. But you get what you pay for.