All posts tagged “questions”

6 Crucial Interview Questions To Ask Clients Before Accepting a Job

As an agency owner, I often receive questions about our client and web project on-boarding process. When a lead comes in, what are the right interview questions to ask potential clients before…

Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.


Vandelay Design

10 questions you should always ask your printer

Read more about 10 questions you should always ask your printer at CreativeBloq.com


Here are our top 10 questions to ask a printing company when you’re finalising a printed project. 01. What are my choices? Ask your printer which print process is best for you. Quantities will often determine whether the job should be digital or litho, so find out how it will be printed. Work with the printer to find the best option for your budget.




Creative Bloq

5 Most Asked Questions about Responsive Website Design

We have analyzed many blog posts, forums, users’ comments to get this list of 5 most frequently asked questions about responsive design. This is one of the most talked about trends in website design this year, and if you still don’t know enough about it, this post will throw the light on every aspect of this innovative design technique.

5 Most Asked Questions about Responsive Website Design

Many of you, if not all, have at least one of popular gadgets, am I right? Gone are the days when we used our cell phones just to make calls. Today, we use our smartphones to chat with friends on Facebook, post pictures on Instagram, check our email and even do shopping. Tablets go even more with functionality: we definitely can use them to watch movies and do business online.

This entire introduction was to drive at the importance of responsive website design. For the beginning, you need to know that responsive website design (RWD) means the ability of a website to fit to any screen resolution and mobile device. If a user opens a website on a desktop, he sees everything in a big size; smaller resolution don’t cut the page, but reduce it to a needed size.

When someone claims that responsive design is good, he needs to prove it. Otherwise, users won’t believe and adopt this feature for their business. The well-reasoned statement is more likely to win users’ approval. So finally, we will give you these 5 popular questions on the topic and of course, answers to them.

Question No. 1: Why Do I Need Responsive Website Design?

The first reason why responsive design is important is caused by the high mobile Internet usage. Besides it, responsive design solves many problems of online businesses and help website owners to gain better resultswith almost anything:

  • RWD saves time and money. It is easier, quicker and more money-saving to maintain one website instead of having two of them: one for desktop and another for mobile users.
  • RWD is more accessible than a regular desktop website. A desktop website can be launched just via computer, which means you need to be at home/in the office or have your laptop with you anywhere you are. Responsive website can be reached from just any place – you need to have your smart device with you.
  • RWD is good for SEO. You will have the only SEO campaign for your online business with RWD, because you will have the only URL. Therefore, you don’t have to promote and optimize two websites.
  • RWD gets you more customers and increase conversion rates. When users open a non-responsive website on the smartphone, they usually get out of there right away. This doesn’t happen with responsive site, which is suitable for desktops as well as for mobile devices. Users like simplicity, accessibility, and usability, so RWD (which offers easy find and quick purchase) guarantees you higher conversion rates.
  • RWD helps you to stay competitive. Any business, be it merchant service, photography, fashion, or medicine, is very fierce in terms of competition. There are always people behind your back but there are also those who go ahead of you. If you have responsive website, you can compete with the giants of your business, and leave behind those who haven’t realize the importance of this technique yet.

Question No. 2: Is Responsive Design Perfect? What Are Drawbacks?

Yes, you are right: responsive design is not perfect. There are both advantages and disadvantages of using it. The major benefits were described above, and now it is turn to reveal its bad side.

  • Slow loading time. Responsive website needs more time to load, because full-size images are downloaded and then resized to fit the device screen resolution.
  • Call to Action. Call to action button will resize as well as all other design elements and it becomes really uncomfortable to click on a small button via a touchscreen.
  • Images. Imagery is one of the biggest cons of responsive website design. The problem is that you probably won’t choose the same images for 24” desktop and a 4” smartphone screen. You can use a long shot on a desktop site, while it is better to pick a close-up image for a small screen size.

Question No. 3: How To Avoid Mistakes and Risks with Responsive Design?

As for the loading speed, you can optimize images by compressing and scaling them down. There are many free and accessible tools for it. Also, you can get rid of unnecessary content items and so speed up your site.

The buttons need to be big enough to tap (take finger size into consideration). A good size is something approximately 44x44px. It is a very easy solution to make CTA work on responsive site.

Navigation menu can become a big problem for RWD. But if you manage to create a suitable menu for all screen resolutions, this is not a thing to worry about. How about scrolling? It would work pretty well for both desktop and mobile designs.

Question No.4: What is Better? Responsive vs. Adaptive vs. Mobile Website

At first, let’s give definition to each of these terms:

Responsive website design uses one URL for all devices, it shows the same content on these devices but the views are different.

Adaptive website design uses also one URL, but has different content arrangement for devices, because there are a few design versions. The major role here goes to the server, which loads a needed version depending on the screen resolution.

Mobile website design is a whole new website that has its own URL. Such website is created just for mobile devices.

What does make these designs different from each other and which one is better for users?

  • One URL is more convenient for users, and from this point of view mobile website is not good enough.
  • Mobile website has the best loading speed, and this is very important. Adaptive website is a bit slower, yet faster than responsive.
  • The easiest and time-saving maintenance is for responsive website. Mobile website will cost you twice more!

To wrap up, we need to admit that responsive design is a bit more convenient, user-friendly and easy in maintenancecompared with its opponents. Sure thing, it has some disadvantages, but advantages are very persuasive.

Question No. 5: How to Test My Responsive Website?

Many designers and developers really worry about the testing issue, because responsive site must be perfect and good-looking on any device, even if you don’t know about a gadget existence yet. There are many good tools for you to check your responsive website before launch. Here we are giving you some:

  1. Responsinator. This tool takes your URL and then tries a website on many devices, like different iPhone models, Android, iPad, and Kindle. It is cool that images are put one by one vertically, so you see just one image before scrolling. The images are not confused and you won’t miss any detail.
  2. Responsive Design Is. This tool works similar to the previous one, but offers you a bit lesser choice of screen resolutions: just four. All images are above the fold, and their characteristics are lower in the text.
  3. Browser Stach Responsive. This tool is convenient to use because you can pick the device to test on yourself. Plus, there are ‘portrait’ and ‘landscape’ options that you can set manually, too.
  4. DesignModo Responsive Test. Here you get the biggest choice of devices to pick and what is more you can set the screen resolution manually, and it can be anything you want.
  5. Responsive Design Checker. While using this tool, you have a choice of various screen resolutions, which are divided into 2 groups: desktops&laptops and tablets&phones.

Conclusion

Many questions precede the decision on creating a responsive website design. Here, in this article, we gathered facts about RWD that you need to know, and gave you a good portion of information to avoid long searches and time-wasting articles.

Visit us at InstantShift.com

PSD to HTML


InstantShift

FCC questions AT&T for halting high-speed fiber deployment before net neutrality decision

The FCC has asked AT&T for more information about its decision to halt the rollout of its high-speed fiber network until net neutrality rules are decided. It’s asking AT&T to provide documents regarding the profitability of fiber deployment, its plans to limit fiber deployment, what its fiber network currently looks like, and how many households it actually planned to deploy fiber to in the first place. AT&T’s decision to halt fiber rollout is effectively a threat, telling the FCC that strict net neutrality rules would harm the type of broadband investment that it so wants to see. The commission’s inquiry is likely going to size up that threat — and see how this might impact AT&T’s investment should its merger with DirecTV go through.

Continue reading…

The Verge – All Posts

5 Questions to Ask Before Signing Up for a Paid Online Course

Whether you’re a professional who wants to upgrade your skills, or an ever-curious person who wants to expand your knowledge, you can benefit from taking online courses. Many of these (relatively) inexpensive programs allow you to satisfy your thirst for learning in the comforts of your own home, and at your own pace.

While some of these courses are free, others aren’t. If you’re thinking of signing up for a paid course because you believe that “You get what you pay for”, or because of any other reason, you’d want to ask (and answer) these questions first to help you get the most bang for your buck.

1. What “Value” Does This Course Offer Me Today?

You can also rephrase this question as: “How will this course benefit me right now?

For example, if you’re a novice freelancer who has yet to land jobs, you’ll get more out of a course called “How to Land a Client in 7 Days” than “How to Re-invent Your 5-Year-Old Business”. Granted, the latter may come in handy in the future, but for now, focus on what you need to know at this very moment. Remember that you’re paying not just for the knowledge, but also for the results you can gain from that knowledge, so the sooner you get your investment back, the better.

2. Does the course facilitator/expert have excellent credentials?

But what if there are at least a dozen “experts” who all claim to be able to teach you “How to Land a Client in 7 Days”? Good question. Of course, you don’t want just any Tom, Dick, and Harry to teach you. You want someone who “walks the talk”, rather than someone who’s “all talk, no walk”.

To find Mr./Ms. “Walk the Talk”, you conduct a background check. You find out who’s facilitating the course you want to take, look them up on Linkedin, and read through anything that supports their claim of being an “expert” (e.g. work history, notable achievements, clientele, groups).

If the course facilitator doesn’t have a Linkedin, and/or it’s impossible for you to do a thorough background check on them, it’s better to err on the side of caution, and look for another course with a more credible facilitator.

3. What do non-affiliate reviews say about the course?

Sometimes, a famous personality in your industry will recommend a paid online course, with the disclaimer that s/he is an “affiliate” of such. When someone says, “I’m an affiliate of so-and-so”, what s/he means is “For every person that signs up for so-and-so, I will receive some form of monetary compensation.”

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Mr./Ms. Famous Personality (FP) cares only about what s/he can get from you, money-wise. For all you know, Mr./Ms. FP may genuinely feel that the course gives great value for money.

Then again, it’s better to look up reviews from unbiased third parties who lurk in blogs, forums, and even your immediate social circle. These people are more likely to give you the good, the bad, and the ugly on a paid course without batting an eyelash.

4. Do you have the time to spare?

After answering the previous 3 questions, you can now decide whether the paid online course is worth it or not. If it is worth it, now’s the time to ask yourself: “Can I set aside at least a couple of hours each day to learn the course material?”

If you find it hard to schedule time to devote to the online course, think of it as another one of your college classes – albeit one you’re taking voluntarily, instead of one you’re taking because an authority figure is looking over your shoulder and nagging you about college credits, career goals, and the Big Life Questions. Set a fixed time and place where you go over the course materials and absorb what you need to learn without distractions.

Of course, you can try to study while doing other tasks, but recent research suggests you’re better off not multitasking.

5. Can you afford the course at the moment?

Notice that this question is the last on the list. There’s a reason for that.

If the paid online course is “valuable” to you in the best sense of the word, and you have more than enough time to spare for it, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pay – unless you’re really, really broke. In that case, there’s no point sinking yourself further into a financial quagmire, and your energy is better spent looking elsewhere for high-quality free courses.

Conclusion

Price isn’t always a reliable indicator of quality. Paid online courses can be either good or not-so-good, and the same can be said of free online courses. Before you take any online course (free or otherwise), take time to research on it before hitting the “Sign Up” or “Register” button. That way, you’ll get your money’s (and time’s) worth, at least 90 percent of the time.





hongkiat.com

Holly Herndon: Home: The electronic musician questions the intimate relationship with her laptop

Holly Herndon: Home


As an electronic musician, Holly Herndon spends more time than most with her laptop. And, though this relationship is serious, she’s indignant about the possibility of a threesome with an unknown surveillor—a sentiment felt by many after…

Continue Reading…


Cool Hunting

10 Most Asked Questions About Linux

You have probably heard of Linux as the free alternative to Windows and OS X. It’s one of the most popular free PC operating systems out there and chances are, you are already using it without realizing. Did you know that your Android phone is powered by Linux? It is an incredibly versatile piece of code that can fit the needs of almost any user.

Linux

If you are looking for something different to try on the desktop besides Mac and Windows, you should really give Linux a try. Not only is it free, it is extremely customizable. Similar to Android on the smartphone, you can customize Linux to your heart’s content. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. In order to get into Linux, there are probably a few things you should know first before diving in. In this guide, we will cover what you should know about a Linux operating system on the desktop.

1. What Is Linux?

When someone mentions Linux, it’s always in conjunction with another name, e.g. Fedora Linux, Ubuntu Linux, Android powered by Linux; the list goes on and on. What exactly is Linux anyway? ‘Linux’ refers to the Linux kernel, which is a program that interfaces between the application software and the hardware of a computer. What they all have in common is that they all use the same kernel as the interface between software and hardware. In cases where the computer is referred to as ‘running Linux’, it is running an OS with Linux as the kernel.

via Wikipedia

Some of you may encounter some people insisting that it be called GNU/Linux. This refers to the fact that most of the operating systems that uses Linux gets a large portion of their code from the GNU Project, without which, the Linux kernel itself cannot function. Calling it GNU/Linux is a way to give credit where credit is due. For the sake of simplicity, we will refer all operating systems using the Linux kernel as Linux.

2. Why Is It Free?

Most people know Linux as the free operating system, free here meaning free of charge. That’s right, free of charge, but it also refers to free speech. What this means is that the source code for Linux is available for everyone to view, study and modify, along with sharing their changes with anyone who would like a copy.

Free And Open Source

Compare this to Windows and OS X which, while still popular, are closed source, cannot be studied and cannot be distributed freely. This open nature is one of the main reasons that Linux derived operating systems have been successful, with many people and companies creating their own derivative versions of Linux.

3. What Is A Distro?

A ‘distro’ refers to a distribution of the Linux Operating System, where a person, group or company builds upon Linux and releases it under their name. Examples of popular Linux distros include Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE, among others. While all of them use the Linux kernel, they are all different with what software they include. From the the default software to even the user interface and experience, no two distros are alike.

via Linux Mint Tumblr Page

Each distro brings something different to the table, offering up specific features for specific user sets. However, for a beginner, it is best to start simple, with a distro that offers a simple user experience for people that are new to Linux. The most recommended Linux distro for beginners would be Ubuntu Linux, as it is relatively easy to set up and use and has a lot of support.

4. Will My Hardware Support It?

It used to be that hardware support for Linux was spotty at best, with many components and peripherals not working properly or not working at all. Fortunately, most of that is in the past with the majority of Linux distros being able to run on modern hardware with little to no problem. So chances are your hardware will be able to run it.

via Tom’s Hardware

I say ‘little to no problem’ because there may be times when you might run into an issue or two. While the Linux community have done an amazing job in making sure that the OS will be able to use your hardware, it may still not run. You will have to shoot down for a troubleshooting guide or hope that the manufacturer has provided a proprietary Linux driver for the hardware.

5. Can I Try Before I Install It?

The great thing about most Linux distros is that you are able to try them before installing what you like on your computer. Linux providers provide you with an easy way to try out the OS by way of a Live CD. Download an ISO, burn it, and from there you can boot from the disc so that you can try out a distro before committing to it.

via NotebookNotes.com

If you decided not to install Linux but the idea of carrying a spare OS around with you sounds useful (and really there are many cases where you might want one), you can create a Live USB. Just like a Live CD, a Live USB is a bootable USB drive that can boot Linux on most computers. This way you can have the Linux experience without installing over your computer’s OS.

6. What Is A Desktop Environment?

As you may have noticed when looking over all the various distros, not all Linux Operating Systems have the same look. This is because they are using different desktops environments such as GNOME, KDE, Unity, etc. This is similar to Aero for Windows 7 or Aqua for OS X; they govern the overall ‘look and feel’ of the operating system and the way you use them, having different features and ways of getting things done.

via Wikipedia

The most popular of the desktop environments and the one’s that most distros ship with are GNOME and KDE. As with everything about Linux, if you don’t like something, you have the freedom to change it. If your chosen distro comes pre-installed with an environment that doesn’t suit your taste, you can install your own preferred one instead.

7. Can I Run My Old Windows/Mac Apps?

There is currently no way of running any of your Mac apps on Linux but there is a way to run some of your Windows apps. This is done through the use of a program called Wine, which will allow you to run some of your Windows programs on Linux at native or near-native speed. Not all of your apps will run though, and even when they do, you may encounter some incompatibilities, such as graphical glitches or features that are not working.

via Invasao

Wine is free to download and install but new users may find it difficult to use. In which case there are third party tools that make using Wine much easier to use and are preconfigured to make running certain Windows software much smoother on Linux, a prime example being CrossOver Linux.

8. How Do I Get Apps?

Now that you have a fresh install of Linux, naturally you will want to look at the apps it has to offer. Installing apps on Linux is a different experience compared to Windows or Mac. Unlike the two, where you have to hunt down an EXE or DMG, on Linux you will have to search through your distro’s repository to find what you are looking for.

via Wikipedia

Most of the distros make it easy by having a GUI for you to navigate; Ubuntu easier still by creating their own app store. Sometimes you may not find what you are looking for in the repository, in which case all you have to do is add another repository that contains the item you seek. Updating is also easier due to the repository system, as the OS can find and update all of your installed apps in one go, instead of one at a time.

9. How Do I Get Support?

Just like when you first started using Windows or OS X, you have a few things to learn when starting to use Linux. The good thing is that nowadays Linux is pretty simple to figure out in terms of how to install and use, as most distros have focused on ease of use for the end user. If the majority of your computing task is relatively simple, i.e. web browsing, word processing, chances are Linux will pose no trouble at all.

via Ubuntu

However, there may be times when you need a little help with your operating system. Never fear as Linux has a large fan base and community ready to help you on any issue that you may encounter. Most of the time, troubleshooting Linux will not be that hard, as many can be resolved by typing in something in a command line, of which the community will help you with step-by-step.

10. Can I Still Run My Old OS?

So you’ve installed Linux and while you feel it’s a great OS, you find that there are some things that are just better on your previous one. Usually this pertains to games and and other apps you cannot run on Linux or Wine. The good news is that you can still have the open goodness of Linux alongside your favorite OS. This is done by either using a virtual machine or dual booting.

via VirtualBox

With virtual machines, you get the best of both worlds, running Linux and your default OS at the same time. You could either run Linux or your OS in a virtual machine, depending on which you use more, as this method can eat up your systems resources. On the other hand, you have dual booting, where you run one OS at a time but can switch between them with a reboot. Either method is great depending on what you need and you can switch to Linux without worrying about getting access to your favorite OS.





hongkiat.com

150 Programming Questions and Solutions or How to Get Your Dream Job!

Getting ready for the interview of your life? Gayle Laakmann McDowell can help you pass this life exam and take the position of the top software developer, which will considerably increase the well-being level of your family.
MonsterPost

James Victore: Burning Questions : The graphic designer’s web series serves up a dose of sage wisdom for the creative set

James Victore: Burning Questions


The lives of designers, freelancers and creatives are fraught with ups and downs. Projects come, contracts go, clients run the gamut from perfect to impossible, and sometimes the creative juices just don’t flow when they’re most needed. No one knows this better than beacon…

Continue Reading…


Cool Hunting

13 questions to ask before redesigning a website

Read more about 13 questions to ask before redesigning a website at CreativeBloq.com


To create the perfect website redesign, you’ll often want to start afresh. However, you risk losing useful elements and throwing the baby out of the bathwater. It’s better to perform a thorough site review to ensure you keep the great bits of an existing site, protect your client’s ability to amend and maintain the site, as well as developing the brand in the best way possible. Here we explain the best way appraise a site prior to redeveloping it.




Creative Bloq