I had originally meant to write this post in December in the spirit of my past efforts at the end of year wrap up. But some where between the intense heat we have been experiencing this summer in Australia and our time consuming redesign this post went awry.
So here is a list of things on the web at the moment that I find are invaluable when it comes to developing our Joomla templates.
Stack Overflow is a brilliant example of peer researched solutions for obscure code issues. If you have an issue, chances are that someone else has had it before and that the answer is on Stack Overflow. I love the enthusiasm and debate that goes on in some of the threads - entertaining and educational.
I regularly have to lift my jaw off the floor when I visit the Codrops site. I love the sense of adventure in their tutorials and of course the beautiful way that they present them. An absolute must for anyone looking to push their layouts to the next level.
Not quite a resource but Codekit is a tool that I use daily and could not live without. It's hands down the best way to work with code development on a mac - Compile less, minify js, optimise images, live reload. I know there are other options out there for this but the app is flawless and a real pleasure to work with. Again I love BDK Jones humour that comes out in his changelogs and of course the "testimonials" on his site.
I used to have a whole list of design inspiration sites I would visit weekly to see what was happening in the design world. And while I still visit Webcreme occasionally, Dribbble is the first place I look to see whats happening.
When I first saw the tiny little squares that folks were posting I wondered how these design snippets could be useful. Sure sometimes there is a sense that the design is getting taken out of context, however the for the most part posting shots of work like this has the potential to improve your design process by providing a focus on detail that you perhaps would not normally see.
Ive often uploaded a shot of something, only to realise that there is a tiny misalignment on one of the elements. Sometimes you dont see that sort of detail when you are looking at the big picture.
I now there are a ton of variations on this theme but Hipster Ipsum is awesomely usable for creating your dummy text.
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