Author Archives: Patrick McNeil

front-end-development-app

Front End Development Tool: Foundation for Apps

Zurb’s Foundation is one of the two biggest front end development frameworks right now (with Bootstrap being the other big dog). While both of these addressed the developers’ needs as far as presenting responsive creations in the browser, no one was helping out app developers. Surprising as it may be, many apps actually rely...

jquery-plugins

3 Places to Find jQuery Plugins for Designers

jQuery is a powerful weapon in a front end developer’s arsenal, but sifting through the epic quantity of plugins is a frustrating process. When you visit the official jQuery plugin directory, you might find yourself instantly overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of options. Even worse is that there is little indication as to which...

interactive

Taking Donald Norman’s Principles to Web Design, Part 3

Learn about the design principles you need to get started in interactive and web design in Patrick McNeil’s online course, Principles of Web Design. In the book The Design of Everyday Things, Donald Norman defines six design principles. In this article series, we apply those basic concepts to the world of interactive design. In...

mobiledevices

Designing for Mobile: Mobile-Specific vs. Responsive Design

Editor’s Note: When designing for mobile, the first question that  usually comes to mind is whether a mobile-specific version should be built based on the desktop version or if the original site can be created so that it can adapt to use on various mobile devices. In this excerpt from his new book Mobile Web Designer’s...