“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”
– Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn
On a recent episode of the NPR podcast “How I Built This,” billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban described how he got his first job in the software business. With no experience in software, he managed to land an interview at a small company called Your Business Software.
When it comes to optimizing images, there are many techniques and tools available. One of my favorites is a tool called SVGO, short for SVG Optimizer. As you might guess, SVGO is a tool for optimizing Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) images.
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Typography is one of the most important aspects of designing a website. Good typography can improve reading comprehension and usability, while poor typography can make even the best site difficult to use.
Fortunately, there is a lot of low-hanging fruit when it comes to this area. By following just a few key rules, you can greatly improve even the worst web typography.
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This post is the second in a two-part series on the process Atomic Object uses to optimize images for the web. To review, our basic image optimization process at Atomic follows these four basic steps:
- Eliminate unnecessary images
- Choose the appropriate image format
- Scale image to the correct dimensions
- Apply compression
Image optimization is the process of reducing image file sizes as much as possible while maintaining an acceptable level of visual quality. It can be a complex topic; there are endless ways to optimize images for the web, and the best technique for a given image depends on its content and context.
In this two-part series, I’ll offer some compelling reasons about why you should use image optimization, and I’ll cover our approach for choosing techniques.
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I recently discovered a very simple Flexbox-based solution to a problem that has given web designers and developers issues for years.
Read more on How to Vertically Middle-Align Floated Elements with Flexbox…
I’ve recently been experimenting with HTTrack, an open-source utility that makes it possible to download a full copy of any website. HTTrack is essentially a web crawler, allowing users to retrieve every page of a website merely by pointing the tool to the site’s homepage.
From the HTTrack homepage:
“[HTTrack] allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link-structure.”
I thought I’d share my experience with it.
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It’s time to apply to Atomic Object for your 2016 summer internship!
Atomic Object is looking for Software Developer and Software Designer interns to join our Ann Arbor office for the summer of 2016. Our internships are paid, full-time positions that last from May through August.
We’re tackling a number of challenging, interesting projects, and we’re looking for a great group of interns to help us through the summer. Read more on Announcing Software Designer & Software Developer Internships at Atomic Object Ann Arbor…