Creative in Few Minutes

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13 January 2016

Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible or a physical object.

Scholarly interest in creativity involves many definitions and concepts pertaining to a number of disciplines: psychology, cognitive science, education, philosophy (particularly philosophy of science), technology

  • The fluid grid concept calls for page element sizing to be in relative units
  • Flexible images are also sized in relative units
  • Media queries allow the page to use different CSS style rules

Responsive web design is becoming more important as the amount of mobile traffic now accounts for more than half of total internet traffic. This trend is so prevalent that Google has begun to boost the ratings of sites that are mobile friendly if the search was made from a mobile device. This has the net effect of penalizing sites that are not mobile friendly.

“Mobile first”, unobtrusive JavaScript, and progressive enhancement are related concepts that predate RWD.

Browsers of basic mobile phones do not understand JavaScript or media queries, so a recommended practice is to create a basic web site and enhance it for smart phones and PCs.

Trendy Web Color 2016

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8 January 2016

Web colors are colors used in displaying web pages, and the methods for describing and specifying those colors. Colors may be specified as an RGB triplet
Color trends change, but vibrant color choices are a design element that stand the test of time. Bright color choices contribute to and work with the design itself to help provide valuable user experiences.

  • Color blocks refers to dividing content into a grid and applying different colors
  • Colored hover states are also quite straight forward
  • The color changes to provide visual feedback to users

Designers were often encouraged to stick to these 216 “web-safe” colors in their websites; however, 8-bit color displays were much more common when the 216-color palette was developed than they are now. David Lehn and Hadley Stern have since discovered that only 22 of the 216 colors in the web-safe palette are reliably displayed without inconsistent remapping on 16-bit computer displays.

The trend started with websites for more creative fields and groups – designers, agencies, music and art

Bright color is also finding a place in e-commerce, where black and white was the standard for a long time.

Square Book Mock-Up

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29 November 2015

In manufacturing and design, a mockup, or mock-up, is a scale or full-size model of a design or device, used for teaching, demonstration, design evaluation, promotion, and other purposes.
A mockup is a prototype if it provides at least part of the functionality of a system and enables testing of a design. Mock-ups are used by designers mainly to acquire feedback from users. Mock-ups address the idea captured in a popular engineering one-liner: You can fix it now on the drafting board with an eraser or you can fix it later on the construction site with a sledge hammer.

  • Mockups are used in the automotive device industry
  • Mockups, wireframes and prototypes are not so cleanly distinguished
  • Mockups are an integral part of the military acquisition process

In the words of Jan Tschichold, book design, “though largely forgotten today, methods and rules upon which it is impossible to improve, have been developed over centuries. To produce perfect books, these rules have to be brought back to life and applied.” Richard Hendel describes book design as “an arcane subject”, and refers to the need for a context to understand what that means.

Mockups are used as design tools virtually everywhere a new product is designed. Mockups are commonly required by designers, architects

The intention is often to produce a full-sized replica, using inexpensive materials in order to verify a design.