It’s the first Friday of July, and in the USA it’s a holiday weekend as we celebrate Independence Day. Fridays around here mean it’s time for another edition of “This Week In Web Design”, our weekly roundup of links to all of the web design and development articles we’ve found that were published in the past seven days. So let’s get started!

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How to start an emergency fund (& why every freelancer needs one)

With an emergency fund in place, freelancers will be better prepared to face the ups and downs of life. Here's everything you need to know to help you get started.
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UX Website Audit: How UX Tests Can Make your Site Like a 5-Star Resort

Great websites and five-star resorts have more in common than you think! Learn how to do an effective UX website audit on this page!
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$0 Marketing Budget? Here Are 10 Creative Ways To Land Clients

Spreading the word about what your business is and offers the best way to ensure it succeeds. In fact, many parts of your business probably rely on this. One of the best ways to ensure this happens is by using free marketing efforts.
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8 Animated CSS & JavaScript Code Snippets That Celebrate Summer

There’s a reason why so many of us look forward to summer. It provides an opportunity to get outdoors and away from our desks. Then there’s the chance to spend...
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SEO for Designers: A 101 Primer

Most designers don’t consider search when it comes to building a website. That’s a mistake. Optimizing for search is just as important as information architecture and should be part of the product design from start to finish. This is true both for your own knowledge that the project st...
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3 Essential Design Trends, July 2020

The biggest trend we’re talking about this month started at WWDC as Apple provided a glimpse of what’s coming next for their operating systems. This time ar
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How to Load Google or Adobe Fonts in WordPress - 1stWebDesigner

Use this guide to help you choose the WordPress fonts that really best serve your site, your brand, and your target audience.
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UI Interactions & Animations Roundup #8 | Codrops

A new collection of UI animation shots that summarizes the latest creative trends.
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Top homepage design practices for more conversions

Your website’s homepage is the forefront of your business. It could lure people in or scare them out of your store. This is the place where you introduce your
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Firebase Push Notifications In React — Smashing Magazine

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to work with Firebase push notifications in the backend and frontend. We’ll set up the notifications system with an Express back-end server. Afterwards, we’ll listen for the notifications in a React front-end app.
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CSS margin collapsing – what it is and why should I care

Bite-sized screencasts and tips about React, CSS and Javascript
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When Sass and New CSS Features Collide | CSS-Tricks

Recently, CSS has added a lot of new cool features such as custom properties and new functions. While these things can make our lives a lot easier, they
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The 5 Biggest Pains in Website Maintenance

We take a look at (in no particular order) five of the more painful maintenance-related issues that many modern websites have to face.
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4 unique 'About Me' page ideas to inspire your own

Want to make your design portfolio stand out? Try designing a unique 'About Me' page. Check out these portfolio pages to give you some great ideas.
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Responsive Styling Using Attribute Selectors | CSS-Tricks

One of the challenges we face when implementing class-based atomic styling is that it often depends on a specific breakpoint for context. We can prefix each breakpoint. This works well until we start adding multiple classes. That’s when it becomes difficult to keep a track what relates to what and where to add, remove. or change stuff.
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8+ Web Design Myths Busted: Old Ideas & Modern Best Practices

There are a few ideas about website design that seem to never fade away, even though they are not so true anymore. Some concepts haven’t stood the test of time, and it’s time to revisit whether we should be adopting them anymore. Do people love sliders? Does simplicity = minima...
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Show Them Your Assets – Tips for Handing Off Designs to Developers

You’ve been working away at your latest design project, and the client has given the go-ahead on your lovingly created digital concepts. Now it’s time to br
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New in Chrome: CSS Overview | CSS-Tricks

Here’s a fancy new experimental feature in Chrome! Now, we can get an overview of the CSS used on a site, from how many colors there are to the number of
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How To Create a Responsive Dropdown Navigation Using Only CSS

This tutorial will guide you through creating a responsive dropdown navigation using CSS only, with the help of CSS flexbox and the "checkbox hack".
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A Complete Guide to Dark Mode on the Web | CSS-Tricks

“Dark mode” is defined as a color scheme that uses light-colored text and other UI elements on a dark-colored background. Dark mode, dark theme, black mode, night mode… they all refer to and mean the same thing: a mostly-dark interface rather than a mostly-light interface.
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Creating a Menu Image Animation on Hover | Codrops

A tutorial on how to create a hover effect for a menu where images appear with an animation on each item.
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11 Freelance Coding Jobs Sites to Find Coding Clients in 2020

Here's a list of the best sites to look for freelance coding jobs, alongside tips and advice to land the job of your dream.
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How designers can boost their creativity when work is slow

No work in the pipeline? It’s a dreadful scenario that freelancers face from time to time. Contracts aren’t guaranteed. Often, they come in waves. Feast or famine is an apt description, even if it is a bit discouraging. Still, it’s not as if freelancers are without options. When paying jobs dry up, there’s work to […]
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Tips and guidelines for designing large news websites

Tips and guidelines for designing large news websites at Line25, your #1 web design blog.
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What Graphic Design Trends Are Going Out Of Style?

A graphic designer is a highly-demanding profession that requires not only a wide array of skills and vast expertise but also thinking ahead and breaking the ru
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Connecting the Dots

Companies often tout their “culture” as a reason to you should consider working there, but often what they pass off as culture amounts to little more than a foosball table and free snac…
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Diversity Initiatives in Web Design

Web developers have been the bedrock of any company’s business strategy for some time, and the industry is continuing to thrive and grow at a rapid pace. This
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