Parsing Big XML Files with Nokogiri

Parsing Big XML Files with Nokogiri

| May 29, 2015 | Comments (0)

Parsing XML files is a pretty common problem. There are tons of libraries out there to help accomplish this. At Viget, we typically use Nokogiri for our XML needs. Recently, I was faced with the challenge of parsing a 60MB, 1.1+ million line XML document into a DOM (Document Object Model — basically a traversable […]

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Line25 Sites of the Week for May 29th 2015

Line25 Sites of the Week for May 29th 2015

| May 29, 2015 | Comments (0)

Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from QED Group, Feedmusic, ThinkBlink, Nathan Riley and Achoo. QED Group View the website Feedmusic View the website ThinkBlink View the website Nathan Riley […]

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6 pro secrets for portfolio headlines that convert

6 pro secrets for portfolio headlines that convert

| May 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

I’ve noticed something: the best designers are often the worst salesmen. But if you work hard to refine your craft, to become the best designer you can, to send ripples through the world from the experiences your designs create… You owe it to yourself, and to the world, to learn how to sell. That way you […]

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How To Create a Grainy Texture Vector

How To Create a Grainy Texture Vector

| May 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

Creating a grainy texture vector is great for retro illustrations, typography, and logos. Alternatively, you can incorporate these effects into compelling new styles. You can always scan in similar textures and Live Trace them in Illustrator, but you can pretty easily create this type of effect all inside Illustrator!   Final Image: Grainy Texture Vector Here is a sample […]

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Just Right For Me

Just Right For Me

| May 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

You’re doing it wrong. OMG. I can’t believe you still use jQuery. You’d be stupid to use Angular. OOCSS is horrible for building websites! It leads to classitis! Or, you know… maybe it doesn’t really matter. I can be opinionated about how I build things. I have tools and approaches that I prefer over others. […]

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Hotjar offers free analytics for everyone

Hotjar offers free analytics for everyone

| May 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

Last month Hotjar exited its beta-phase and finally became available for anyone to check out. Hotjar is an advanced analytics suite that enables designers to examine user behavior and amend our designs accordingly. Hotjar has been in beta since August last year, and during that time 20,000 beta testers have put the suite through its […]

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Introducing Webdesigner News

Introducing Webdesigner News

| May 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

A new and exciting website has recently been launched for web designers and developers. You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble across relevant stories. Webdesigner News was built to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover the latest and most […]

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Just Write For Me

Just Write For Me

| May 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

She said, “Just write for me.” Yes, I don’t blog very much anymore. To think I’ve run out of things to talk about couldn’t be further from the truth. I have plenty to talk about. But I seem to have lost my ability to put those thoughts into words and to do so eloquently. “This […]

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2 essential rules for working with remote clients

2 essential rules for working with remote clients

| May 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

As a designer, you might go through school or online training with the expectation of working face to face with your clients. While this is usually the case, especially if you work in-house, you should still be prepared to work remotely with clients. It’s more than a little different from working with a local client. […]

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Illustrating for Online: Find Your Inner Animal

Illustrating for Online: Find Your Inner Animal

| May 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

It's time for yet another inside look at the thinking, process, and work that went into some of our illustration work at Viget! This time I'll be diving into the WWF quiz, Find Your Inner Animal Find Your Inner Animal Find Your Inner Animal quizzes you on your personality traits, then tells you based on your […]

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