14 days until Christmas – what?!? Yes, 2020 has been quite a year, and somehow it’s almost over. So here’s you’re chance to take a break from the craziness that has been this year and have a look at the web design and development related articles we’ve found around the interwebs that were published in the past seven days. Enjoy!

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Web Typography Rules: What You Need to Know

90% of all the information on the web is in writing. That means that typography is a skill that dictates that 90%. That’s a staggering figure that highlights just how important typography is. It’s absolutely everywhere: blog posts, social media, magazines, reports, books, and so much m...
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Coding a Simple Raymarching Scene with Three.js | Codrops

A coding session where you'll learn how to set up a simple Raymarching scene with Three.js.
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How to Help Your Clients with Website Content Strategy

Being proactive with content is key to a successful project. Here are some ways you can help your clients with their website content strategy.
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8 Ways for Freelancers to Stand Out & Get Clients

Base your new freelance business on these 8 principles and you will never struggle to find and win clients that suit you and your business perfectly.
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10 Ways Website Structure Can Affect SEO

The way a site and its pages are organized can impact SEO visibility more than you realize. Learn how to address common site structure issues here.
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What makes CSS hard to master - Tim Severien

CSS may appear easy at first, but it isn’t. Find out why.
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The Power of Web Development Outside Tech | CSS-Tricks

In 2020, I learned about the power of web development for organizations and nonprofits outside of tech. I learned that you can leverage your skills to
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Our 50 Favorite Web-Based Tools for Web Designers from 2020

These tiny time-savers will help manage your SVG icons, organize code snippets, generate CSS animations, and much more.
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Styling Comment Threads | CSS-Tricks

Comment threads can be deceptively simple to get right. In this article, we will learn how to design comment threads the right way.
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Ethical Considerations In UX Research: The Need For Training And Review — Smashing Magazine

Research is an essential part of creating good UX. In this article, Victor Yocco discusses areas of ethical consideration for UX practitioners when conducting UX research, and explores potential solutions to preventing research from venturing into unethical territory.
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22 Amazing Gifts For Designers - 2020 Edition - 1stWebDesigner

22 fantastic Christmas gifts for your favorite web designer and graphic designer friends. These are some of the best gifts for designers.
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Five awesome new features in WordPress 5.6 • Yoast

WordPress 5.6 is out! In the latest version of the world's most popular CMS you'll not only find loads of enhancements, but also a new theme!
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5 Cost-Effective Design Ideas for SMBs

In this post, you’ll learn five practical ways of leveraging beautiful visual designs in your small or medium-sized company, without breaking the bank.
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The Grumpy Designer Looks Ahead to 2021

Consider this the definitive tongue-in-cheek look at how the new year will impact the web design community.
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Black And White Is the New Black: 25 Eye-Catching Examples of Black and White Design

Does #000000 and #FFFFFF mean anything to you? If you’re a designer, a programmer, or just someone who works in web design they probably do. When beautifully
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Very Extremely Practical CSS Art | CSS-Tricks

I've always enjoyed the CSS art people create, but I’ve never ventured into it much myself. I'm familiar with many of the tricks involved, but still find
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TypeScript & Relevance | CSS-Tricks

In our wide world of building for the web, we have every opportunity to talk about tools. We lunge to fill every gap we find in our projects with a
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Overlaying Video With Transparency While Wrangling Cross-Browser Support | CSS-Tricks

As websites are becoming more and more dynamic when it comes to design, there is sometimes a need to incorporate complex, animated elements. There are
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Horizontal Smooth Scroll Layouts | Codrops

Some ideas for horizontal smooth scrolling layouts powered by Locomotive Scroll.
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When (And How) to Outsource Design Work to Someone Else

If it has ever crossed your mind that a certain element of a design project would be better if you had help, then outsourcing work could be a viable option. Design agencies, small shops, and freelancers can all benefit from having a bench of partners that can help with projects. Successful...
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Code Review Best Practices - Lessons from the Trenches

In this article we'll summarize the lessons from a dozen of official company engineering blogs. Why do code reviews? Reviews as a QA tool. How reviews help improve your team?
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20 Best Professional Condensed & Narrow Fonts 2021

Looking for the best narrow and condensed fonts? Look no further. You can use these fonts in posters, filters, social media graphics, website headers and more.
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How to Start a Design Business And Be Successful - Icons8 Blog

Starting a design business is challenging, so if you are into it, check this bunch of handy tips on building a successful design business that clients worldwide will know and trust.
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An Introduction to the WordPress PHP Coding Standards • WPShout

Coding makes you follow rules - every language has its own syntax to which you have to adhere if you want your code to compile or run. But there is
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25 Beautifully Colorful Websites - Vandelay Design

When designing a website, one of the most common challenges is to develop an effective color scheme. Here are 25 beautifully colorful websites to inspire...
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npm ruin dev | CSS-Tricks

In 2020, I rediscovered the enjoyment of building a website with plain ol’ HTML, CSS, and JavaScript — no transpilin’, no compilin’, no build tools other
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How to Create a Style Guide to Enhance your Brand’s UX?

A style guide serves as a design and development tool that provides visual language elements such as typography, color palette, ui components
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Making Websites Easier To Talk To — Smashing Magazine

Modern websites aren’t inseparable from screens any more. Between phone assistants, home speakers, and screen readers, more and more people are using the web without even looking at it. Websites need to evolve in kind.
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How to Build a Freelance Web Design Business on the Side of your Day Job

Starting your own web design freelance business can be an exciting and challenging endeavor.  And whether you just need a little extra cash on the side
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How To Design A Simple UI When You Have A Complex Solution — Smashing Magazine

Software and apps often solve very complex problems for businesses and consumers in the way of sales, marketing, finances, and so on. But offering a product that solves your users’ problems isn’t enough. If the UI is just as complex as the original problem, user churn is going to be high. Today, we’re going to look at some tips for designing a simple UI regardless of your solution’s complexity.
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Basic Design Elements and the Principles of Design

In this article, we explore the basic design elements and principles beginner designers should be aware of.
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10 Top UI/UX Design Trends For 2021

Design a killer user experience with our list of the top trends predicted for 2021. From voice search to low contrast gradients and more.
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Unconventional Stock Image Sources | CSS-Tricks

This year, I learned that there is a wide world of free stock imagery available beyond Unsplash and Pexels. You see, I’ve been working on designing
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Using CSS Custom Properties to Adjust Variable Font Weights in Dark Mode | CSS-Tricks

Black isn’t always slimming. When recently testing a dark mode option for one of my sites, I experienced first-hand the issue that Robin Rendle addresses
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Navigating the Awkward: A Framework for Design Conversations

We’ve all been there: a client or coworker shows you something they’ve worked on for hours or weeks, and your brain screams because their idea sucks. Author Ksenia Cheinman shows how the righ…
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