Articles by Brenda Stokes Barron

Brenda Barron is a writer from southern California specializing in business and technology. Read more about what she’s up to on her site Digital Inkwell.
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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Rely on CSS Variables

During the recent years, CSS variables have sparked a lot of debate. On one hand, there are those who have been asking for them to be included and finding various workarounds to add a more programmatic approach to CSS. On the other side of the coin are those who argue that CSS variables have no place in a language that is supposed to handle the presentation of elements. However, with the release of Chrome 49 and Firefox 43, it’s clear that CSS variables are now available in the form of custom properties and...

6 Things Web Sites Can Learn From Old School MTV

The Internet certainly doesn’t lack for resources on great web design. From various tutorials and inspiration galleries, you are bound to find a way to improve your design skills, learn new ways to accomplish something, stay on top of design trends or simply gain a new perspective. But, sometimes it’s worth stepping away from your usual inspiration resources and turn elsewhere. One of the best places to seek out inspiration is music, especially old-school MTV music videos. Not only can music...

5 Ways to Start Working With UX Today

There’s so much talk about the “user experience” these days that it’s easy to shrug off the concept of the UX. After all, if you’re in the business of building websites using modern standards and best practices, then isn’t the ultimate goal already to create a quality user experience? The answer to that is, “Yes, but…” Here’s the caveat: this idea that websites should be designed around the user experience is a given. If the on-site experience isn’t a satisfying or even a pleasurable...

Is It Time to Spring Clean Your Developer Resources?

The world of technology moves at a fast pace, and web development is no different. You may have a stockpile of themes and plugins you use on a regular basis, but what about all of the other resources you use? Is there anything that’s outdated or something you can change to streamline your development workflow? It may be time to do a complete audit of the tools, resources, and workflow you use and “spring clean” your resources of any weak spots. Let’s take a look at a few common resources you may use...

Should You Switch to Sketch?

For years, Adobe has dominated the world of creative software, with Photoshop and Illustrator being the lead software applications for photo editing and graphic design. Even though other programs were available, none of them were able to match the amount of features found in the Adobe suite of tools. However, seven years ago things began the change when Sketch entered the market and established itself as a viable alternative to the famous Adobe Illustrator. Since its launch, the app has been adopted...

9 Ways to Monetize Your Web Design Portfolio Site

When you originally set out to create a web design portfolio site for your business, it was most likely with the intent to use those work samples to impress prospective clients and generate more revenue. But a WordPress website is a powerful, revenue-generating tool in and of itself. You’ve invested a lot of time in creating it, so don’t let it go to waste. Your main source of revenue right now likely comes from the development projects you work on. As a web design professional, that may present some...

Is Your Website Mobile App Ready?

It’s no secret that the mobile revolution is already here. Everyone’s been abuzz with talk about the need for websites to be mobile-ready and responsive for years now. But considering mobile device usage accounts for 55% of all internet activity, now is the perfect time to ensure any site you work with looks just as good on a mobile device as it does on a standard computer. Here’s another impressive stat: nearly 47% of all internet traffic now comes from mobile apps. When you take that into consideration,...

How to Make the Most of HTML APIs

HTML5 has been around for quite some time and it brought along a whole slew of new semantic elements. If you do a quick search, you’ll be able to find plenty of tutorials that give an in-depth explanation of what’s new in HTML5, what makes it so great, and how to transition from (X)HTML to HTML5. But, HTML5 also introduced various application programming interfaces that are far less discussed, yet they form a large part of HTML5 specification and are predicted to dominate the future of web development....
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