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AI and the Future of Technology

This week, I read Sophie Kleber’s article on Emotionally Intelligent Machines.  In it, she talks about the types of relationships people expect with their machines and how we need to start thinking about this when we program and design these machines.

Research shows that when machines talk, humans expect relationships.

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CSS Grid and Flexbox Save the Day!

Our latest assignment calls for us to redesign the discography home page we did awhile back using CSS Grid and Flexbox instead of the framework Bootstrap.  After watching numerous videos and reading tons of articles by the pros, I think I finally got it!

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Everything CSS Grids

This week we are learning about CSS Grid Layout, the latest and greatest thing to hit the web!  I’ve taken a personal interest in CSS Grid since my Zen Garden project a few months back.  I could have used this!!!  Layout with CSS is no joking matter.  So this week, we read some blog posts and studied the new masters of CSS Grid:  Jen Simmons and Rachel Andrews.

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Tips for Landing a Junior Web Developer Job

job seekerThis week’s group chat had us reading a popular article from the ‘get hired’ site, Skillcrush on how to land a junior web developer job.  Who doesn’t want to work in tech these days? After seeing and hearing things about Google’s Googleplex or Apple’s Spaceship Headquarters or even just the chance of working remotely from wherever, just about everyone is looking to break into the tech world!

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Responsive Web Design

For an introduction into responsive web design, I read Ethan Marcotte’s revolutionary article that started it all.  To think, this article was written back in 2010 and look how much it has changed web design today!

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Honest UIs and Shady Web Design

This week’s group chat focused on Graeme Fulton’s article about Honest User Interfaces and shady practices in web design. This article was a real eye-opener for me! I’ve always been aware (and annoyed) by such practices on the web. It’s one of the reasons I dropped Facebook from my life. However, I didn’t know how far it went.

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CSS Grid is HERE!!!

This week’s group chat discussed the brand new CSS grid layout that hit the web recently.  I could have REALLY used this for my last assignment!  Trying to figure out floats and inline-blocks in CSS is quite the trip for a newbie developer.  Shout out to all the extremely helpful developers on Twitter and in real life who helped me with that debacle.
It’s time to design layouts like we design everything else — typography, color — unique to each project  -Jen Simmons
Jen Simmons’ article on the new CSS grid layout enlightened me on what I need to focus on going forward.  After reading her article, I scoured the web and Twitter on anything and everything I could find on this new layout and its future.  There’s a lot of excitement about this.  I guess my own frustrations about CSS layout were pretty commonplace.

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CSS Zen Garden Project

This week’s project asks us to take a look at the CSS Zen Garden Project and begin a redesign of the page.  This will require some serious CSS skills and a basic review of all the design elements we’ve been learning over the last few weeks.  Speaking as someone who never thought they had much interest in design, I have to say this project has been a blast to work on and has really opened up my creative side!

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Design Principles for the Clueless Web Design Newbie

For this week’s group chat, we discussed this article about design principles and how to use them to evaluate your product…web sites.  On first reading, I came at this as a consumer.  Most of the principles discussed brought to mind my beloved iPhone and its flawless design and intuitive simplicity.  But we weren’t tasked with coming at this as consumers, but as web designers… so here goes.

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Productivity, Minus the Peace Signs…

With the beginning of the new year, everyone has their own resolutions to fulfill.  I would bet that a lot of people want to be more productive in the new year.  It’s not hard to get distracted when working on a project.  I know I suffer from constant distraction myself.  So how does one excel in productivity?

For our group chat this week, we were tasked to read this article on productivity.  It had some really great tips on staying productive!

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