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19 Free eBooks All Designers Should Read

Can you ever truly master the art of graphic design? The ever-expanding and changing scope of this industry makes the above question seem almost laughable. Any talented designer knows that, in order to stay relevant, research is key.

Without it, you’re certain to fall behind the pack and lose whatever it may be that makes you different. So, where should your reading list begin? Well, luckily, there’s a wealth of free resources out there in the form of handy little design ebooks. Here are just 19 to get you started along the way. Continue

The World Is Our Interface: Design Beyond The Screen

We are in an exciting age of design: Welcome to a new era in history where our bodies, cars, bedrooms, heaters, streets and  just about everything is beginning to become an interface.

This article will present a number of exciting technologies and various interfaces to interact with them, ranging from touch to VR, as well as take a historical perspective on interactions with man-made objects that have evolved with us to where we are.

For simplicity’s sake, I like to group human interaction with the environment and technology into 4 ages: Continue

Demystifying Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, and ICOs

Bitcoinblockchaininitial coin offeringsetherexchanges. As you’ve no doubt noticed, cryptocurrencies (and their corresponding jargon) have caused quite the uproar in the media, online forums, and perhaps even in your dinnertime conversations. Despite the buzz, the meanings of these terms still elude many people’s comprehension. Perhaps we could put it as simply as Stephen Colbert does below, but we’ll be a tad more  Continue

7 Tips for Shooting the Perfect Kickstarter Video

Producing a fundraising video for Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Fundable, or a promotional YouTube video for a business can be a fairly big investment. A startup founder will often pitch an idea speaking directly to the camera—this is known as a single-presenter video pitch or “talking head.” Unfortunately, not many people do it continue

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Design A Better Website: Foundations First

How many times have you finished a project, only to look back and then say, “Man, if only I knew the things I know now and I could go back in time and redo it over again.” I know I have.

It happens to all of us; we get excited about a project. You make jokes with the client about the current website, contracts are signed and you start mocking up prototypes. On small projects you might get away with this. On big projects, changes and scope-creep will start sneaking up on you as soon as you do your first presentation. If you ever do end up launching your project, it will most likely resemble the monstrosity you were continue

Caching in Spring with EhCache Annotations

EhCache is a widely-used, pure Java cache that can be easily integrated with most popular Java frameworks, such as Spring and Hibernate. It is often considered to be the most convenient choice for Java applications since it can be integrated into projects easily. In particular:

  • It can be set up by simply including the JAR in your project. No additional installation steps are required.
  • It runs in the same process with … continue read…