5 Tips for Your Next Web Design Project

Let’s face it: Designers look to new strategies and approaches to speed up workflow and produce. Whether through workarounds or locating the best tools for the design you’re knee-deep into, the process piece is a very big one.

Design Is About Choices

If you’re like most designers, you crave a more consistent user experience to streamline workflow and minimize friction when working on a project. But you’re consistently faced with dozens of design decisions: What should be native on a device–and what’s responsive? How can this present well across platforms? How are apps designed with user interface more top-of-mind?

Missing Fonts Found

It’s happened to all of us: You send your InDesign file to another designer to work with and now fonts are missing. It’s easier than ever to activate fonts in case they are missing. If you’re working in the Creative Cloud, start by looking in the “Fonts” tab to see what fonts will be packaged to send. In the case of Typekit fonts, you’ll also see which fonts are being synced.

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When another user opens your file, and a font is missing, the Missing Fonts window will open automatically and they’ll have the opportunity (provided they are members of the Creative Cloud) to press the “Sync Fonts” button. The missing font will be automatically activated, and they’ll be able to work on the document. Pretty streamlined.

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Scaling Graphics on the Web

SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics, and is a very useful format for publishing vector graphics on your websites. To save your artwork as SVG, go to File > Save as… and choose SVG. Press the “More Options” button if you don’t see the Advanced options, make sure that “Responsive” is checked and click “OK”.

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Then, simply open the SVG file in your browser, scale the size of the window and you’ll see how your artwork resizes.

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Using SVG in your web design projects guarantees that there will be no pixelization of the artwork. SVG is also supported in some ePub readers and is very useful for presenting sharp graphics in your ePubs.

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To Code or Not To Code

If you’re not a coding designer (or maybe you’d simply rather not have to code every project), you have options for code-free design. Software like Adobe Muse makes it possible for designers to craft engaging websites without sacrificing style or time to do so. If you haven’t tried it out, download Adobe Muse starter files, new widgets and other design elements such as navigation menus and buttons directly from the Adobe Muse Library panel–and give it a whirl.

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Open the new Library panel, click on “Adobe Muse Exchange”, explore and find the widgets you could use and click “Download Item”. Click the file to automatically add them to your Library to use in your designs.

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If you want to learn more about the features mentioned above and many more, head over to Creative Cloud Learn. There you’ll find a treasure trove of tips and tutorials to get you going.

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Did you know that if you ran any of the free 30-day Adobe Creative Cloud product trials before January 15, 2014, you have the ability to try them again? Simply go to Adobe Creative Cloud to get your free Creative Cloud membership and download the trials for Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Adobe Muse CC and more. This is a great opportunity for you and your colleagues to check out the benefits of a Creative Cloud membership before you make a decision.

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