5 Golden Rules for Great Web API Design

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Ever found yourself wondering “what were they thinking?” when integrating a web service via its API? If not, you’ve been far luckier than I have. Any software developer knows how easy it is to let a project devolve into spaghetti code, and web APIs are no less prone to resulting in a tangled web. But it doesn’t need to be that way. In truth, it’s possible to designgreat web APIs that people will actually enjoy using, and that you’ll enjoy creating as well. But how? The answer to that question is what this post is all about. Perspective Most of … Read More

Developing Mobile Web Apps: When, Why, and How

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With the evolution of responsive design it is my personal belief that it is best to stick with agnostic design & development instead of targeting a specific device. This is a great post from the TopTal.com blog demonstrating the choices to be made while planning for a mobile initiative. There are 6.8 billion people on the planet, 5.1 billion of whom own a cell phone (source). And today, an ever-growing percentage of these devices are smartphones. According to a recent Pew Research Center Study, the number of users accessing the Internet on their smartphones has more than doubled in the past … Read More

The Vital Guide to Web Design Interviewing

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The goal of this guide is to help you find the perfect web designer for your team or project. This can be achieved by better understanding the different roles a web designer fills, and by having a good idea of the sort of strategic questions you can ask during the hiring process. This is a fantastic article from the TopTal.com blog describing the multitude of decisions to be made when hiring a web designer or web developer The Challenge Hiring web designers can be difficult. There are many disciplines under the common term ‘designer,’ and experts in one field may … Read More

Have you wanted to learn Angular.js, but didn’t know where to start?

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This is an easy to follow tutorial by Raoni Boavaentura on the TopTal.com blog that will walk you through the steps of building your very first Angular.js web app. Caveat: You will need node.js with bower installed in your dev environment. What is AngularJS? AngularJS is a JavaScript MVC framework developed by Google that lets you build well structured, easily testable, and maintainable front-end applications. And Why Should I Use It? If you haven’t tried AngularJS yet, you’re missing out. The framework consists of a tightly integrated toolset that will help you build well structured, rich client-side applications in a … Read More

Top 5 Common UX Mistakes

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Are All Trends Worth It? A recent post by Bojan Jananin on the TopTal.com Blog was spot-on with common UX considerations. Although I don’t agree with all of them, it is a great read. Read on… As web designers, we are constantly trying to create a great user experience and help users achieve their goals. In our daily work, we are using all kinds of common patterns and trends. In my experience, I have seen how those patterns and trends can easily steer both clients and designers/developers in the wrong direction. It’s no secret that from time to time we … Read More

Google Material Design: The smart person’s guide

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This comprehensive guide covers must-know Google Material Design details, including features, core principles, components, and and an introduction to best practices First announced at the 2014 Google I/O conference and later making its maiden voyage with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google’s Material Design represented a mobile-centric shift in the company’s approach to design. Taking cues from paper and ink, Material Design uses shadows and edges to create a minimal experience that is scalable across all major platforms and devices. To help developers, designers, and IT leaders get up to speed on Material Design, we’ve compiled the most important details and related … Read More

Where are all the good Web developers?

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So you want to build something on the Web Maybe you’ve got a great app idea and you just need someone to build it for you. Maybe you’re in charge of expanding the existing platform for the company you work for. No matter what you are building, you will encounter the same question your first time around the block: Where are all the good Web developers? After working with various developers in different levels for over 12 years, I’ve learned that finding a great developer can be been hit or miss. Without some guidance or know-how, you will invariably end … Read More

4 Rules for Website Navigation Done Right

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A website’s navigation has a bigger impact on success or failure than almost any other factor. It affects user experience, traffic flow, conversions, and search engine rankings. The important aspects of every website are connected to the navigation, including essential content, shopping carts, and contact forms. Here we will show you the what constitute successful navigation: Rule #1: Website visitors expect navigation to be easy to find Sure you want your website to stand out from the norm, but website navigation that is hard to find, or in a strange place, will only confuse your visitors. Studies have shown that users … Read More

3 Things Every Small Business Owner Should Know Before Getting a Website

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You’ve incorporated your business, you’ve got a solid business plan, and you’ve got funding. Now comes your website and your online strategy. Where do you go from here?! You hire a pro to build a professional website. If you are smart, you hire a professional to build your business a professional website and initiate an online strategy. “If you build it, they will come” does NOT hold true on the web. The initial launch of your website is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many pieces that need to work together to make your online presence successful, including … Read More

4 Steps to Choosing a Relevant, Useful, and Memorable Domain Name

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Choosing a domain name for your small business is an integral part of launching a new website and online marketing strategy. It is a decision that should not be taken lightly and will impact everything you do, including your company branding, advertising, social media, and likely, your online success. This is going to continue and, more specifically, expand upon item #2 of 6 Best Ways for Small Business to Find Website Success. To stay truly relevant in 2015 and beyond, any new or existing small business must carve out their own little niche on the web.  And during that process you’ll have … Read More