Articles by Ezequiel Bruni

Ezequiel Bruni is a web/UX designer, blogger, and aspiring photographer living in Mexico. When he's not up to his finely-chiselled ears in wire-frames and front-end code, or ranting about the same, he indulges in beer, pizza, fantasy novels, and stand-up comedy.

Underappreciated frameworks part 1: Titon Toolkit

Many, many frameworks have been created since Bootstrap took off. It may not have been the first, but it sure made people start thinking about them. People made them for the experience, for the fun of it, and to solve very specific needs. They made them for clients, for themselves; alone, and in teams. Some were sub-par, some were only usable in specific cases, and others were brilliant. But very few got any serious recognition from the community. Eventually, you’d see a new framework or five every other...

A look at Material Design Lite

Pretty much the moment Google released their Material design guidelines, people started working on frameworks for it. However, the earliest examples were all dedicated to apps and app development. It took a while for someone to develop a Material-based framework for websites. Enter Material Design Lite (or MDL), a simple Material-based CSS framework for the whole family. Now anyone can easily bring most common (and recognizable) aspects of Material Design to any website. And now we have a question:...

Buzzfeed releases its own framework

Buzzfeed just released a CSS framework, and you’ll never believe... okay, I’ll just stop myself there for everyone’s sake. The point is that yes, the Internet publishing giant has indeed released a CSS framework called Solid. Is it any good? Yeah, basically. It’s good for them, at least. Installation ... Accomplished via NPM, and only NPM, for now. ’Nuff said. Style ... The thing to remember about Buzzfeed’s framework is that it was made by Buzzfeed, for Buzzfeed. All of the style-based...

What you need to know about Bootstrap 4

Bootstrap is beloved by many. Well, if not “beloved”, then it is at least appreciated for what it is: a giant framework with almost everything you could need for building a site or web app interface. Bootstrap is changing, though. That’s right, version four is in alpha release. Naturally, we're just as curious to know what’s different, so I dived into the documentation to find out. Keep in mind, though, that this is an alpha release. It cannot be considered feature-complete. It could radically...

How to usability test your project for free

Usability testing is sometimes one of those things that developers conveniently ‘forget’ about. Why? Well do a search for it. Usability testing, as it is generally practiced, costs money. There are interviews to perform, a variety of tests to create for each and every project, services to pay for… and what if your client’s in another country? Or what if they’re a small business with a small budget, or a brand-new startup? What if the only reason you learned web development in the first...

How to get started with C7 Form Builder

There are a lot of form solutions for WordPress. And why not? After printing "Hello World!", the easiest starter plugin to make is probably some sort of contact form solution. Besides, at some point in their web design and/or development careers, everyone needs to build a form. The typical process involves installing Contact Form 7, if you just want to send yourself some basic emails, or installing something more complex (and paid) like Gravity Forms for anything else. Failing that, you could always...

How to enable instant search in WordPress

Searching for things on WordPress doesn't have to be a long, slow process with multiple page reloads. Thank God. Instant Search & Suggest is a plugin that speeds up the search process by calling up information from posts, pages, taxonomies, and custom post types on the fly. They show up as drop-down suggestions under the search box, of course, but the content area can also be repopulated on the fly. And it can work with just about any theme. In fact, the plugin's author makes the bold claim that it should...

Introducing Page Parts for WordPress

How do I add extra content to a page, from the admin screen, but outside of the main content block? That’s a question you’ll eventually run into with many different CMSs. And it can be a pain. While sometimes, you’ll be able to use a CMS that takes complex page layouts into account (such as Perch, Concrete5, ImpressPages, and the like), it’s not always an option. A massive percentage of the Internet is built on WordPress for a reason after all. I’ve looked for different options over the years,...
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