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Speed Up Your Website with CSS

With more customers using mobile to access your sites, it just makes sense to make sure you have blazing fast load times. Customers on mobile will click off after just 2 seconds if your site does not load.

One of the things you can do to have faster load times is to minimize the amount of JavaScript or jQuery used. So how do you balance the awesome effects leveraged with these tools against the needed load time? Use more CSS transitions and animations in your site.

CSS has really expanded the range of effects possible without additional load on end users. One very popular effect for responsive design is the slide out menu. This effect allows users to have instant access to the menu with one hand and no fumbling!

This excellent video courtesy of Codecourse shows how to create a great slide out menu with only CSS and HTML. No snippets, no JavaScript at all. This video rocks and will take you to the next level as a designer. And if you want a great mobile website with this effect, contact DKemp Designs, we’ll be happy to help.

Infographics are a great way to present content to your audience. They combine graphics and text in an engaging way and can drive traffic to your site. If you want or need to create smashing infographics for your audience, or are confused about what makes a good infographic Vertical Measures has some great tips to get you started.

Use these guidelines to edit your content for maximum results! Happy designing.

 

 

What Makes an Infographic Bad and How to Make it Better #infographic

The website BerArt posted an infographic showing 50 of the things we don’t do that used to be daily habits. Many of these innovations came not just from the technology that made it possible, but from the design of devices that made it convenient.

Design affects so many of our activities and choices it should not be taken for granted. So if you are a business owner, be sure you utilize a solid designer like DKemp Designs, for marketing and web design. Stand out from the pack and get your customers in the door with design that reflects your business and goals. Make sure all your marketing is mobile ready and check out the infographic below and see how many of these things you still do on a regular basis.

 

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Credit: BerArt

A Special Valentine

Techsnoop knows that not everyone has a “Plus One” for the Valentine’s Day festivities. So here is a special animated shout out to everyone still looking for that special person who understands design is a lifestyle not a job. And if you want regular design news, updates and freebies, sign up for our bi-monthly newsletter. Techsnoop does not share, sell or promote your email to anyone. Our newsletter is just for news and free goodies. In March we will have a random drawing for a design package.

And feel free to share this Valentine on Pinterest and other platforms, just please credit DKemp Designs.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Techsnoop Valentine

 

Design is the most wonderful job on the planet. The process of creatively solving client challenges with elegance is satisfying on many levels. Unfortunately, the down side is that many clients do not understand the process or the end product. This makes the process way more difficult than it should be. Techsnoop is sharing a cute video courtesy of Go Media that highlights the dark side of design.

Comment below if you enjoy this and can relate.

 

Design Jumpstart

So the New Year is here and you can’t get your creativity flowing?

The beginning of the year can be difficult due to client demands, holiday overload and business paperwork that must be completed before tax time. Paperwork details can short out the creative part of your thinking. So what you need is a jump start.

Thankfully, Techsnoop is here with a great resource for all kinds of freebies from fresh fonts to 3D models. Many thanks to Creative Bloq for rounding up such a great list. Their 2014 resources for designers is just what is needed to learn new techniques, workflows or get a new project off to a great start. Click below and start downloading.

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Techsnoop Designs EMail on Acid

Credit:EMail on Acid

If you are a designer, you know responsive is the keyword of the decade. When designing for yourself or clients, everything must incorporate responsive design. With email marketing at an all time high, and 50% or more of customers viewing and opening emails on tablets and phones, responsive emails are a critical tool to master.

Techsnoop has rounded up some FREE templates to make the whole responsive email thing easier. Use these tools to quickly spice up your own or customer email campaigns.

Zurb

A great collection of templates for all types of newsletters. The basic layouts are created and you add colors, images and fun.

EMail on Acid

There is only one template here, (see above) but it offers many options for customization.

If these are helpful to you, send us a link to your web version so we can see.

 

 

 

 

 

Free Fonts

Happy Freebie Friday everyone.  Techsnoop has rounded up some great looking script fonts to spice up your website, print projects or headlines.  They all have open, rounded shapes and are easy to read at all sizes.  Best of all, they are free.  A big thank you to the creators for providing excellent design resources.

Windsong

Windsong font

Simply Glamorous

Simply Glamorous font

Jenna Sue

Jenna Sue font

 

As with all free resources, be sure to read the license information.  These fonts are all free for personal use, but some may charge for commercial use.  Let us know in the comments how you used these fonts.  And come back next week for a great tutorial.

Happy Designing!