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If you follow Sara Soueidan on Twitter or anywhere, you might find that she provides the most in-depth tutorials about CSS shapes and SVG.
I have to admit I haven’t looked into SVG, mostly because the websites I’ve been working on rely more on photography than on illustration. The few icons we use are PNG’s and the sites themselves do not receive high amounts of traffic to justify investing the time in changing into SVG graphics.
However, every time I mark a tutorial as a Must Read, there is a risk of leaving it to linger for a year and when I finally get around to it, I’m way behind in my learning. So up next is diving into learning the basics of SVG and following some of Sara’s articles.
After that I really want to explore CSS shapes, even if they are not widely available yet.
One of my constant dreams is to create a zine or magazine but most online magazines are constrained by the box layout. A magazine with images needs a different spirit, that’s why I continue to buy them in print.
CSS Shapes might be my future joy.
Another update I need to apply to myself before it’s widely spread instead of desperately trying to learn it once it’s adopted by all browsers is The Grid Layout.
For this one, Rachel Andrews published the updated version of her book CSS Layouts. She has an accompanying website with handy examples.
I continue to plough through Neatly Polished’s WordPress course. There is a missing link there. I really need to look into some other resource to fully understand how to merge an HTML file with the starter theme we are building in class.
Last but not least, shifts in my current employment situation are gently forcing me to make decisions about what I want to do in terms of web development. Which skills need working on, which I can rely on. But most of all, what kind of work I want to do.
I recently bought the domain I will use for my freelance work. I’m so happy with it, the name can expand into different areas, it has the potential of becoming a brand of some sorts. It can cover all my creative projects. I’m in love with it and with the concept I’m developing.
It’s easy get lost in the amount of online classes there are, but if I must recommend one and if you don’t know anything about branding it’s Skillshare’s Non-Traditional Branding with Rich Greco. The class is 15 minutes (but you have to watch it several times). The first time around I thought you might go: What? but as I listened a second time and then a third time, you will learn how to lay the groundwork for creating a brand for anything. But be aware, you really need to listen to the videos several times and do the thinking!
I bought a new monitor. My MB air is killing my eyes and my neck. Can’t wait to get it!
Meanwhile, over in Je Suis Éclectique, there is an Instagram account being populated if you are somewhat art inclined.