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Archive for May, 2014

Powerful dashboards enrich your business optimization

Saturday, May 10th, 2014 by Servage
Real-time Dashboard Modern businesses are marching ahead with help from the latest technological innovations. Scrappy entrepreneurs use the newest gadgets, like smartphones and tablets, to improve the performance of their business. Similar to an e-commerce business, many brick-and-mortar businesses have an online presence, while practicing mobile commerce, or m-commerce. Initially, local businesses just established their online presence for advertising only, with a few adding on means for location-finding purposes. Now, they’ve learned to use their sites or web apps to manage all customer affairs, as well as their internal staff correspondence. They may also have mobile apps integrated with their web services which offer insights for their business operations. This post speaks to the importance ...

Visualizing project scopes for new team members

Friday, May 9th, 2014 by Servage
  Data Gatherings for Website Report When a client approaches us for a website design project, our work process begins at that moment. Our first task is to extract the concept and/or business needs from the client. We then research the target audience, determine keywords or aims of the website, draw plans, visualize usage scenario, and engage in a bit of guerilla UX research. Wireframes, prototyping, and programming will soon follow in the later stages of our website development process. Senior staff and experienced web programmers are concerned with establishing a well-defined game plan or following standard methodology. For the less experienced team members or newly joined personnel, it can be challenging to keep ...

Creating prototypes for next-gen web apps

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by Servage
Click-Through Prototypes Web and mobile app designers make use of various tools to express their creative ideas in a project. They must convey these ideas during the design process to clients, as well as other team members, i.e. graphics designers, UX designers, programmers, and sometimes a testing team. More and more, this task of project communication is allocated to the UX designer, as complexities with design processing are increasing due to the advent of newer technologies and added intricacy in the project’s requirements. I have noticed that, historically, big teams and reputable companies use paper and/or whiteboards to draw wireframes and produce prototypes. This method seems natural enough for wireframe production, where design personnel ...

Free fonts for contemporary web designers

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by Servage
Free Fonts Text is a core part of any website or mobile application. Textual content delivers messages effectively with familiarity and ease. Text renders on all devices and is a key component in the designing process, via content layouts. Text is made up of fonts, its styles, and special characters. Therefore, fonts are an underlying element of all written content. If you intend to decorate your web page or mobile application UIs, you need access to proper font families and their variants. For instance, a large font size and bold weight is ideal text for headers, titles, and sub-titles. Italic fonts add visual emphasis to words or phrases and look robust, when used judiciously. ...

Using HTML5 to move beyond div-containers

Monday, May 5th, 2014 by Servage
Div-itis Recently, while discussing graphic design related topics with a senior colleague, she brought up her previous position with the company where she did HTML and CSS, along with graphics designing. During our lengthy discussion, she opened her source code to correct a few mistakes. At that very moment, I took keen interest in the appearance of the source code and its clumsy structure. Moreover, I witnessed her struggle to find an unaccounted for, closing div tag. After that little incident, I decided to demystify the misuse, or rather overuse, of div tags, as a favor to my readers. This overuse of div tags is best referred to as Div-itis. Many of my colleagues ...

Using Database in Web Development-Part 3

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 by Servage
3 Now we'll use some pretty pictures to illustrate the process of creating a database and table in Access. There are many other DBMS's out there besides Access, so be sure to do a little homework and download some demos before you decide which DBMS is right for you. Once Access has loaded the first order of business is to create a blank database. Once you have selected the blank database option, you will need to give your database a name and a location to save it. Now that you have your database created, select the Create Table in Design View option in the middle window by double-clicking on it....

Using Database in Web Development-Part 2

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by Servage
2 Now that you have a feel for how to organize the contents of your database I bet you'd like to create some real tables. What is a Data Type? Well, before we get started making a table there is one thing you need to understand first, Data Types. Data Types are pretty straight forward. They indicate the type of data that you are storing in a given table column. Amazing, huh? So, what are the different Data Types? Here is a list of some of the most common ones and what type of values they hold: CHAR This will hold between 0 and 255 characters. You have to specify the maximum amount of characters that ...

Using Database in Web Development-Part 1

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by Servage
So, you've decided that you're interested in using a database in your web development, huh? Well, then the next step would be to learn about how the database works. How Does My Data Get Stored? How the data is stored in a database is probably much simpler than you might think. Databases use a series of Tables to store the data. A table simply refers to a two dimensional representation of your data using columns and rows. For example: John      Smith                  jsmith@huh.com Paul       McCartney          paul@beatles.com Bill        Murray                gopher@caddyshack.com John Smith jsmith@huh.com Paul McCartney paul@beatles.com Bill Murray gopher@caddyshack.com   So, then , how ...