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Astonishing Life Hacks for Web-Designers

04 Oct, 2016
Web design

Every field has people who are either mediators or who tend to be experts. Sometimes people with the same qualification also tend to have a different status in a company, and this difference is not only because of their intellectual difference, but also because of difference in approaches and creativity. The ability to perform the same task in a contrasting way can lead to varied results. So is the case with web designers. The industry has a whole lot of web designers performing the same job, but still, there are some experts whose offbeat approaches to looking at things and dealing with them brought them up to a higher stature. These are not just work hacks, but life hacks too!

The difference between just the good and simply great requires a whole new way of working, hard work is a part of it, but more than that, smart working techniques play an important role. Though a number of successful people do not reveal their secrets, some of them who tend to be ahead of the game agreed to give some tips for prospecting web developers to rise above others and excel in the industry.

Irrespective of how experienced you are in the field or if just a newcomer, these simple life hacks can make you distinct from others:-

1. Apply global changes
Doing the same task again and again on the same page will cause you whole lot of problems as you need to work smartly, and the very first clause of smart work is working faster. Your ability, to quite an extent, is defined by how quickly you perform your tasks. You can make use of the wildcard CSS rule- using an asterisk as a selector. With this, you can change an entire page in one go. However, it is not very useful to leave it in your live code, hence you need to make use of this tip carefully.

2. Setting of garish outlines
This is an important tip which should be included in your one of the highly used techniques. Why it is so, is because it will make cross-platform tasks much easier for you. An expert revealed that while you work with media queries, set an outline in garish colour. With this, you can be exactly on what you had to work on, your attention will go to that point, without the need of looking for it all over the page.

3. Check character count
For comfortable reading, 45 to 75 characters are considered ideal by Trent Waldon, founder and designer at Paravel. Now you can ensure that your responsive and fluid design supports this with the help of one simple trick. You need to put an asterisk at character 45 and character 75. After this you can check if your site resizes itself within these parameters.

4. Export images as 8 bit PNG
Though an old-school suggestion, Martin Beeby says for handling PNG image files, while exporting them, they need not be transparent, try exporting them as an 8 bit PNG. In most cases, the quality of the image will not be affected but the file size will be reduced.

5. Use a 12-colunm grid
Rhys Little suggests that it is easier to work with a grid divisible by the numbers 2, 3 and 4. Hence, the number 12 is ideal as it is the most popular and versatile grid.

6. Use Dropbox for version control
Keir Whitaker reveals that Dropbox Pro is a very simple versioning system. Other than the 100GB storage, you get 30 days of versioning your files.

7. Plan your user flow
Willing to know what you can do with the rest of the Post-its? Well, you can expand this exercise by planning your work flow on Post-it notes. These are guaranteed to make your project more focused.

Everyone wishes to be successful, but are you willing to adapt these few hacks that will just make tasks easier for you? Yes you are! So try these hacks and, as revealed by experts, they will surely take you on the road to success.

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