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Most people are creatures of habit. We love doing the same thing, the same way, day in and day out. Research tells us that we’re hard-wired for predictability, and that we’re not really all that spontaneous anyway. Familiarity is a rewarding feeling that’s chalk full of satisfaction, safety and security.

But what would happen if we broke free from tradition, and tried to live without those pesky habits and patterns?

Let’s dive into the experiment below and discover the results.

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What are UX Design Patterns, Anyway?

Put simply, UX design patterns are predictable ways that designers come up with for users to interact with a website.

For a real-world example, consider the keyboard layout on your computer. It has a predictable layout and hasn’t changed in decades.

Web designers frequently ask their website visitors to take actions, that must be easy to accomplish. These tasks include signing up, logging in and out, submitting email addresses, and other important information.

If you’ve ever created a website before, you’ll know the pains of user experience issues from both the front facing and behind the scenes sides.

Since most Internet users tend to access multiple web and mobile applications on a daily basis, the fact that we have to constantly re-enter our information can become pretty tedious. This presents opportunities to implement UX design patterns to make things easier.

To learn more please visit: The Research-Backed Impact of Not Using UX Patterns – LINK

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), Single Edition significantly simplifies the mobile app development process by enabling designers to create and deliver digital publications to iPad through the Apple App Store, without writing a single line of code.

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With DPS Single Edition, designers can create single-issue content, such as marketing material, brochures, product guides or personal design portfolios, and submit an unlimited number of apps to the Apple App Store for publication, at no additional cost. This gives freelance designers, design agencies and small-to-midsize businesses easy access to the same core digital publishing technologies that leading publishers worldwide are using.

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition – LINK

Adobe Muse, a new software that enables designers to publish professional HTML5 websites without writing code, is now available as a standalone subscription or as part of Adobe Creative Cloud membership. Previously available as a public beta, Adobe Muse makes planning, designing and publishing original HTML pages as easy as creating layouts for print. With master pages, built-in tools for interactivity, and access to more than 400 Web fonts served by the Adobe Typekit service, Adobe Muse makes it easy to produce distinctive, professional websites.
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Adobe Muse allows designers to easily add engaging, interactive elements such as slide shows and embed content from sources such as Google Maps and Facebook. Users can preview and test functionality of a website within Adobe Muse or create a temporary site and share the URL with clients for review. When the site is ready to go live, designers can either host it using a third-party solution or use Adobe’s flexible all-in-one hosting service. An Adobe Muse one-year subscription or Creative Cloud membership also includes some site hosting.

“Adobe Muse Now Available – Link”

Enter the most prestigious design competition for interactive media, the Communication Arts Interactive Design Competition. Any interactive project created for digital distribution on the World Wide Web, handheld device, CD-ROM or interactive kiosk is eligible. Selected by a nationally representative panel of distinguished programmers, interface designers and creative directors, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Interactive Annual and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work.

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Founded in 1959, Communication Arts is the premier source of inspiration for graphic designers, art directors, design firms, corporate design departments, advertising agencies, interactive designers, illustrators and photographers—everyone involved in visual communication.

Click here for more information about the competition.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.

“Steve Jobs was unlike any other,” the world body said through a spokesperson. “He saw what others did not. He believed above all else in the power of human ingenuity – to create ‘tools’ that people could use, that would not only improve our lives but, quite literally, change the world. He was a truly global force.

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Robert A. Iger, president and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, released a statement Thursday on Steve Jobs’ passing, calling him “a great friend as well as a trusted advisor.”

“Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time,” Iger said.

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Adobe Edge is a new HTML5 web motion and interaction design tool that allows web designers to bring animation, similar to that created in Flash Professional, to websites using standards like HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Adobe is adopting an open development methodology for Adobe Edge and is releasing the software on the Adobe Labs site much earlier than normal in the development process – before it even reaches beta – in order to allow user feedback to help shape the final product.

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While in public preview, Adobe Edge will be a no-charge download that web designers are encouraged to explore and provide feedback on, to help shape future preview releases.

Adobe Edge, first shown at Adobe MAX 2010, is ideal for designers who want an efficient way to leverage Web standards like HTML to create Web content with motion and transitions. The software is being designed as a fast and lightweight professional-grade tool that complements Adobe’s existing Web tools, such as Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5, Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5 and Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 software.

The Adobe Edge preview works natively with HTML. It enables users to add motion to existing HTML documents without hampering design integrity of CSS-based layouts, and it also enables users to easily create visually rich content from scratch, using familiar drawing tools that produce HTML elements styled with CSS3.

Users can import standard Web graphics assets such as SVG, PNG, JPG and GIF files and style them using CSS3. The design stage utilizes WebKit to enable design, preview and manipulation of content with incredible fidelity. The innovative timeline feature is both familiar for creative professionals and breaks new ground in animation productivity to enable users to define and customize motion applied to HTML elements with extreme precision.

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/edge/

This course starts with an introduction to the internet, including a brief history of the TCT/IP protocol and worldwide web. It defines the basic concepts for web servers and studies the case of Apache, the most used webserver, while other free software webservers are not forgotten. The course continues with webpage design focussing on HTML and JavaScript. XML Schemas, their validation and transformation are covered as well as dynamic webpages built with CGI, PHP or JSP and database access.
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Webservices are software components that are accessible through SOAP and have their interface described with WSDL (Web Service Description Language). In this section the XML-RPC protocol is discussed among other things.
http://www.ftacademy.org/materials/fsm/4#1

Would you like to have a beautiful Flash website without having to pay much for its building and maintaining? MotoCMS can offer you a good solution of how to make a Flash website with minimum efforts and money spent.
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If you know how your future website will look like then you can start creating it and the tutorial from MotoCMS will help. But if you are not sure about some design or functional elements then it will be good to spend some time browsing through relevant Flash websites.
http://www.motocms.com/

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Seasons is a surreal motion graphics animation based on the changing seasons. Beginning with spring, the richly hued illustrations in this work come alive as they transform in color and rhythmic tempo to reveal the full seasonal spectrum.
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WordPress is unquestionably the most popular blogging platform today due to its excellent functionality and simplicity, and its latest 3.1.2 version has come with even more exciting features that are likely to make posting, updating, and managing comments even easier.
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However, the platform is not SE-optimized off the bat and instead of manually tweaking the permalinks, the code, or the different elements, you could use a number of WordPress plug-ins that can increase your site’s chances of higher rankings.
http://www.testking.com/techking/roundups/10-must-have-seo-plugins-for-wordpress/

Physalia is a motion-graphics and visual effects studio based in Barcelona. Since the beginning we have carried research in many fields, such as photography, video, 3D & 2D animation, stop-motion, electronics, mixed media, liveaction… that is, in many areas that don’t necessarily require sitting in front of the computer!
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Font Bureau, and Monotype Imaging present an evening focused on designing with typography for the web and other digital applications. Learn how typography on the web has evolved, what WOFF (Web Open Font Format) is about, options for using web fonts, and be inspired by the creative possibilities for designers.
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Contact: Jodi Vautrin, VP, Director of Emerging Ideas
emergingideas@boston.aiga.org
http://boston.aiga.org/events/2011/05/61958549


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Robert is an artist/coder living in San Francisco. He co-founded The Barbarian Group in 2001. His work ranges from simple 2D data visualizations to immersive 3D terrain simulations. His primary interests include theoretical physics, astronomy, particle engines, and audio visualizations. He works in Java, Processing, C++, Cinder, OpenGL, and GLSL. Recent work includes concert visuals for Peter Gabriel and Aphex Twin.
http://bloom.io/

There are several stages during the process of a web design project, and every stage is important to achieve a positive end result. In order to proceed to the research phase, you need to gather information and know what the project is about, which technology is required, the target audience, goals, content, etc.
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OpenType is the standard font format of these days. But even 14 years after its introduction, many users don’t really know what the term OpenType implies and how it differs from other font formats.
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These days, even a slight comparison between HTML5 and Flash gets designers excited. There is always someone who joins in with the question: “Will Flash survive?”
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I’ve heard this being asked so many times now that I prefer to remain silent. “Let them argue,” I think to myself as my friends – web developers by trade – start one of their heated debates that invariably end with “We’ll see who’s right in a few years.” Quite so.
http://www.cssreflex.com/2011/04/html5-versus-flash-why-flash-will-endure.html

With the increasing demand for unique mid-screen devices, it is becoming an even more arduous task to keep all of the device resolutions and screen sizes straight. So Punchcut has packaged up their Toolset For Managing Screen Resolutions, that help them stay current and they are offering it for download.
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Facebook, with more than 500 million active users, presents an excellent marketing opportunity for freelancers. Assuming your target clients are active Facebook users, you can easily find new prospects in this social network.
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Benefits of a Facebook Page
Facebook pages are indexed and findable through Google and other search engines. Especially if you’re targeting a highly competitive keyword, having an optimized Facebook page may be the best way to rank highly in the search engines.
http://freelancefolder.com/how-to-use-a-facebook-fan-page-to-promote-your-freelance-business/

Ever since the iPad came out, the sheer number of purchases has caused quite a paradigm shift in what we used to think was an established medium for website consumption. Tablets are, nowadays, equally important as desktops, so it makes sense that we need to build our websites with this medium in mind, as well.
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Twitter has been around now for about four years and is almost in the top ten Alexa ratings. Still a relatively new source for social networking, people are still not 100% sure of how to interact with others on Twitter or how to tweet in a way to generate a following or business leads.
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In this post, I have compiled a list of five ways for freelancers to use Twitter to gain followers and generate an interest in your freelancing business.
http://freelancefolder.com/five-ways-to-generate-referrals-or-followers-with-twitter/

Color Scheme Designer is an interactive tool for designing harmonious color schemes that lets you drag a scale around a color wheel to select your hues, adjust the scheme and then export the hex codes into HTML, XML or text.
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Designing for the future Web. That’s a big subject. Where do we start when we’re talking about something that isn’t here yet?
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In this article, we’ll look at what the future Web might look like and how we can adapt our current skills to this new environment, as well as how to create fluid websites that are built around a consistent core and that adapt to the limitations and features of the device on which they are viewed. We’ll also look at how our conceptual approach to designing websites should evolve: designing from the simplest design upwards, and not from the richest website down.
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/03/29/designing-for-the-future-web/

The video—made by GAFFTA and Nic Hanselmann for the new turn-by-turn direction app Waze—begins just as evening rush hour is starting. The numbers behind this video were generated by Waze users, whose apps generate GPS readings that measure routes and average speed as they drive, over a single day.
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You can see a live map of global data here). When a road lights up, a Waze user has driven on it. Users can also report incidents like police activity (blue dots) and hazards (green dots), both of which are high at 4 p.m. The red dots are where the system has indicated bad traffic. There are a lot of them, too.

In 2002, Mark Newhouse published the article “Taming Lists”, a very interesting piece in which he explained how to create custom list markers using pseudo-elements.
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Arsenal Productions is your one-stop shop for intelligent, creative web and print design: a freelance/contract practice that specializes in small to medium sized organizations, because you often don’t have quality creative resources in-house, and you have the same challenges every business and organization faces:
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