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Stop the FAQ Page Bandage

Where Did the FAQ Page Come From?

We can look at the FAQ page as one of the early and rudimentary conceptualizations of user-centered websites. The FAQ page was the webmaster’s (that’s what they called themselves back in the day) only way to address the needs of the masses. Before Twitter, Facebook, or even contact forms, users who had questions about a site or a piece of information were simply and sadly out of luck.

The only thing that stood between them and giving up was a list of questions sites always seemed to have; and maybe, just maybe, their question would be included in the list.

In the days of the early web, the FAQ page was a powerful tool for keeping site visitors happy. And while the web has certainly evolved since then, for the most part, the FAQ page has not.

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Exploring Android App Developers GUI Kits, Icons, Fonts and Tools

Android is an operating system, created by Google, that has taken over many mobile devices, such as cell phones, tablets, and netbooks. As mobile devices have become more popular, Android has become one of the leading players in the world of mobile development. In recent years, we’ve also seen a rise beyond cell phones, into even more advanced SmartPhones, reading tablets, and mini-computer tablets (such as the iPad).

Exploring Android App Developers GUI Kits, Icons, Fonts and Tools

All of these devices are leading more towards personal customization, and this customization is only possible through the world of developers that are ever-growing the list of Android apps. In this post we have a list of some very useful Android tools, templates, and tutorials. Any developer, beginner to advanced, can get started with Android development easily and in the right direction.
Main Android Websites

Main Android Websites

* – The main website for Android that can tell you a bit more about the operating system, how to get involved as a developer, and what devices use Android. There are also technical updates and media coverage of the Android platform.
* Android 2.2 Developer’s Blog – Stay up to date with the official Android developer blog for Android’s newest versions: 2.2.
* Android Developers – The official Android developer site, created by Here you can download the SDK and all other essential tools for Android development, plus check out some other cool resources, tutorials, and view the official documentation.
* Android SDK – The SDK for Android development. Available for free off of the Android Developer’s website.
* Android Market – This is where you can find a list of popular apps, and either purchase them or find free alternatives. Even if you do not choose to buy apps, this website can be a great place to get ideas for Android apps, or to see the power of what Android can do.
* Android Open-Source Project – A community of developers for open-source technology related to the Android. Again, there are resources, tutorials, and more for creating other applications that are compatible with the latest version of Android.

Android GUI Tools & Resources

Designing is just as important on a mobile device as it is on the web or even in print design. Fortunately, for the Android platform, there are a number of Graphical User Interface kits and tools available to help any designer or developer get the job done quickly and easily.

Android GUI Prototyping – v1.4
Creating the interface for any application can be a difficult process, but this tool is here to help. This is the Android GUI Prototyping tool for Microsoft Visio. If you use visio for wireframing, sitemaps, etc. then this tool can provide you with all the stencils needed to begin wireframing GUI’s for an Android device.

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40 Brilliant Examples of Sketched UI Wireframes and Mock-Ups

Creating wireframes and mock-ups is quite easy to do digitally these days. Applications are available everywhere, and there’s one for every style. While many prefer to do that part of the work digitally during the process, there are still quite a few designers who actually choose to do it the old-fashioned way using a Moleskine or other ways of drawing by hand.

We all have our preferences and the important part is of course that we find a way to do things that will nourish our creativity and talent.
Sketched UI Wireframes and Mock-Ups

We’ve collected some great examples for you, showing how some designers have drawn their ongoing projects. It can be quite inspiring to have a look at, maybe this will give you some new ideas for yourself?

I’ve personally found that sometimes I get an idea easier on paper when taking a notebook and escaping from the computer for a while, as the distractions are always so many.

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20 Excellent Coda Tips

I’ve been using Coda for a while now, and it’s become my web development application of choice. There are quite a few great web development applications out there (read “18 Wonderful IDEs for Windows, Mac, and Linux“) but if you’re a Mac user, Coda is easily one of the best.

Here are 20 excellent Coda tips to increase productivity that I’ve gathered during my use of Coda so far.
1. Set Your Preferences

There are a few things I had to change right away when I first started using Coda. These are all found in Coda’s preferences.

I never use a GUI CSS editor so I set Coda to always open CSS files with the text editor.

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How to Customize the WordPress Admin Area

WordPress is one of the best CMSs out there — if not the best (but of course, I’m biased because I’m a WordPress fanatic). It has loads of handy features that make site administration a breeze. WordPress is a publishing platform with a comment system, a GUI for creating, editing and managing posts and pages, handy built-in tools like the “Export” feature to back up your content, user roles and permissions, and more.

But how much of these features do we really use? Though already simple and user-friendly by default, we might want to customize the WordPress Admin interface to make it even simpler and more manageable for our clients, our co-authors, and ourselves.
Why Customize the WordPress Admin Interface?

Lately, WordPress has reached phenomenally high usage rates. There are over 25 million publishers[1] who use WordPress, making it a popular publishing platform. This means that its use has been extended outside of just a blogging platform (although it was certainly built for bloggers at the start) to other types of sites such as portfolios, business sites, image galleries, and even e-commerce sites.

Here is the problem, though. A robust publishing platform like WordPress has way more features than a regular user would ever need. Take the “Comments” panel for instance: Not everyone is going to need all the moderation privileges it has. Some sites might not even need commenting capabilities on their content. For example, a static informational site that doesn’t have a blog section might not want people to be able to comment on static pages like their About and Contact Us page.

The following image shows the default WordPress Dashboard — the first page you’ll see when you log into the Admin area. For tech-savvy folks and power users, it’s great. But imagine a person (such as a paying client of yours) who doesn’t need half of the things they see in this screen. All they want to do is publish a post. Maybe edit it if they make a mistake. That’s it. Nothing else.

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Free Wireframing Kits, UI Design Kits, PDFs and Resources

To mock-up the user interface of a website, software or any other product, you’ll need some basic UI elements. And this is where wireframing kits and UI design kits come in handy. When you want to create a low-fidelity prototype for your projects, you can use these kits to give your idea a certain shape, keeping it abstract and not losing yourself in details.

In this post, we’ve prepared an overview of useful web and mobile user interface kits, handy PDFs and resources that you can use in your projects. We’ve carefully selected the most useful kits and resources to get you going in the early stages of a project.

[Offtopic: by the way, did you know that we are publishing a Smashing eBook Series? The brand new eBook #3 is Mastering Photoshop For Web Design, written by our Photoshop-expert Thomas Giannattasio.]
Free Mobile GUI PSD

Android GUI PSD
This Android GUI PSD is based on elements of the Android 1.5 GUI and was made to help the open-source community with its Android application mock-ups. Most of the elements and phone illustrations are done in vector paths and so are easily resizable. Android Sans was used for the text.

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45 Free Applications For Designers And Developers

If you’re one of these people, this list is for you – and there is probably an application or two in here that those of you who are not looking for freebies will love too. The post is full of open source applications for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, iPhone/Pad and Android phones, from development apps, painting and image editing apps and nifty little tools that come in handy from time to time.

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