Harmony through Modular Scales

Creating design informed measurements for your website

Chris Maxwell

August 16, 2016

Modular scale is one of those things in web development that you can get away with not doing, but when you do use it, you will notice the overall improvement to your website. It's not anything specific, but the overall feel of the site that is improved. Magically.;)

So what is it?

DEFINITION: A modular scale is a scale . . .

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A Smart Mobile Foundation for Rails

Adding mobile-specific boilerplate code to your Rails project

Chris Maxwell

April 03, 2016

If you haven't done so already I strongly recommend setting up some foundation HTML and CSS for your project:

Mobile Boilerplate

When it comes to boilerplate, mobile is a special . . .

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Telephone Numbers, A Great Use Case for Media Queries

Toggling between callto and tel

Chris Maxwell

March 25, 2016

Phone numbers on the web create an interesting dilemma, should I use callto or tel? Like most things on the web, that depends.

Here's the situation, when a user finds a phone number link like this one:


...As developers we can change the links behavior so that when clicked a call is made: through a . . .

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Web Development Immersive

Chris Maxwell

March 16, 2016

Chapter 1: Tools of the Trade

IDE – Choosing the right integrated development environment
Terminal, A Must Know for All Serious Developers
RVM – Ruby Version Manager
Git and Github
Heroku and the Heroku CLI
Amazon AWS

Chapter 2: Setting Up the Base App

Rails Views and the . . .

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Expressing Mood and Meaning with Typeface

A technique for selecting the right font family for your website

Chris Maxwell

March 14, 2016

95% of the information on the web is written language. It is only logical to say that a web designer should get good training in the main discipline of shaping written information, in other words: Typography.

- Web Design Is 95% Typography

Learning about typography has had a huge impact on my approach to building . . .

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The Color Palette in Web Design

Techniques for picking colors and creating a color palette for your website

Chris Maxwell

March 13, 2016

There can be no doubt that color plays a major role in the design of a website. Mike Kus in the article, "Nine Things I've Learned" captures this sentiment best:

There are many contributing factors that go into making a good visual design, but one of the simplest ways to do this is through the use of colour. The . . .

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Branding: A Simple Method for Creating a Logo

How to create a logo for your website when you're not a designer

Chris Maxwell

March 12, 2016

If ever there were an area in your website's design that could really use the help of a professional graphic designer, it's branding. A company's identity can radiate from its brand, and brands can become so well-known that they become memes.

A company's logo is more often than not the cornerstone of a company's . . .

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