Jan 9, 2019

Browsers, Devices, and Fonts: A Designer's Guide to Fonts and How They Function on the Web 1st Edition Gary Rozanc

 "I received a free copy of the book in exchange for writing a review"

I was very impressed with the book, Browsers, Devices, and Fonts by Gary Rozanc. It's one of those guides that help you from start to finish but doesn't take so much of your time to learn or use. The one thing in particular, which I really enjoyed is the many different programs shared inside the book, to help with creating and evaluating the work being done. The links to each program are all provided. Additionally, there are many very clear and detailed images, demonstrating each step that needs to be performed to get the right outcome. Also, the text which explains the steps being shared in the image is located nearby.

Of course, this book isn't only great for guidance on designing, but it's also packed with tips and suggestions from the author. One of these would be a way to get an idea on the design quality of a page seen through all different devices. This is something that does change when viewing it on a small or larger device, like a phone, computer, and tablets of all sizes. Many times, I've noticed this with many different sites, but to get an idea on how to perfect it on the computer and optimize it to appear appropriately on every device is a wonderful piece of info, all included inside this book. Naturally, this is one reason I know that I would leave a site if its appearance isn't quite pleasant to look at on the device I'm using. 

Another issue that the book covers is the loading time, which will make or break a site. Many have those large images, and I must admit, I use to enjoy sharing larger images as well. Though reading about the difficulties it produces when a site tries to load, well that can really cause the site to never be looked upon by the user. So I must say, the author really helped include plenty of ideas to rethink when it comes to the load time. 

Accordingly, many like myself will just abandon the site if it doesn't load in a few seconds. Since I want things to load fast, not slow. So, there are no more problems here since this book really covers this information in detail and guides one to create a better page, which will load quicker. He also offers a few great ways to evaluate a page that has been created before submitting it as done. 

Now, from the beginning to the end of this book, I feel that there is much more information explained in this book to help. The many different programs listed, such as codePen can really come in handy and help out a bunch! In addition to these programs, there are plenty of simple steps to follow and how to use CSS and HTML, to help design the page perfectly. In addition, to coding with those two, JavaScript can also be used, but the book doesn't explain much on it. Since it is trying to cut down on load time and simplifying the page to be much more user-friendly on all devices. Finally, for guidance to prepare a page or a few, you have clear and simple images to follow and plenty of sites to use to help that don't need money to use and to get started. Therefore, I feel this book is something worth taking a look into and getting started on designing web pages for anyone, even your own!

Author's Bio:
Gary Rozanc is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the education director for AIGA Baltimore. Gary’s research has focused on discovering the best practices for teaching interactive and user experience design, specifically finding the ideal balance of visual design, user experience, and front-end development skills for the emerging interactive designer. Gary’s bi-weekly podcast series Design Edu Today, nationally recognized by the AIGA Design Educators Community and Design Incubation, helped contribute to discovering the ideal balance between design disciplines that he brings back to the classroom.

Book Information:
  • Chapman and Hall/CRC 
  • Published December 27, 2018 
  • Reference - 196 Pages 
  • ISBN 9781138612310 - CAT# K389248
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Jan 3, 2019

Fun Sugar Skull Pillow - using leftover fabric to create a decorative small pillow - DIY, craft, hobby, sew, project, gift, art

With leftover fabric from the skull pillows, I decided to use the scrap piece with at least a fuller skull and a piece of black, thick t-shirt material to get a nice pillow with one side to show the decoration and the other a simple black, heavy duty, and still soft material. This was quite simple, like 1, 2, and 3.
  1. Cut decoration in a square shape
  2. Cut another piece of fabric for the back
  3. Face the wrong-sides outwards
  4. Sew around the square, leave a small opening
  5. Turn inside out and Fill
  6. Sew the small opening closed.
  7. Done♥
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Dec 24, 2018

Bananas & Grapes - Fresh, Raw, & Healthy Diet - LifeStyle. A Double Dose of Sweet!

There are days that the body is too tired to do much of anything. Well, my surprising mix of a double dose of sweetness can fix that! 

I, myself love sugar and yet I have a very problematic digestive system which makes it hard to eat most of many things. However, I find that enjoying raw, fresh fruit to be the closest I can get to enjoying sugar in unlimited amounts! Plus, the bonus benefit of that quick supply of energy and fuel, really makes getting back up and moving a cinch, especially right after a workout or just to keep working.

This duo, which I find the be a perfectly sweet blend is ripe bananas with some of those big, plump, and juicy grapes. I don't mind too much for the red, but the green or also can be known as white grapes are very flavorful, very large, juicy and has that perfect crisp, fresh bite.
No matter if it's these or another duo, many fruits work together and blend well together. Of course, for me, my morning breakfast duo to get me up and going is 4 large bananas and a large mug full of grapes, making for an easy to digest and a tasty start.

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