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Responsive Web Design: A Gentle Introduction

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RWD A Gentle Introduction

Are you new to the whole responsive web design thing? Have you been required to build a responsive website at work, but you’re not sure where to start? Are you somewhat skeptical about fitting a responsive workflow into your organization? Whatever your situation happens to be, you’ve come to the right place. In this video training course we explore the topic of responsive web design—what it is and how it's done. We also take a detailed look at a responsive starter kit that can help you get started in your own responsive projects. Finally, we discuss some ways to explore the topic further with some helpful resources and additional training.

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How to Transcribe Audio Recordings for Free (with an iOS Device)

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Dragon Dictation

Well, perhaps it’s not entirely free. I do appreciate that your time is valuable and the following method is not entirely automatic. But it’s pretty darn close! Before we get into the specifics, there are a few small challenges to this method that you should know: 1) you’ll need an iOS device, such as an iPhone or iPad, 2) it takes a bit of manual labor to correct the inevitable minor mistakes, and 3) the dictation app only records up to a minute of audio at a time. It also works best if the recorded voice is cleanly isolated from any other sounds, like background music, ambient noise, or other people talking at the same time.

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How to Get Started with Responsive Web Design (and How to Keep Up)

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Coding on a Laptop

From time to time I’m asked a deceptively complex question: “How do I get started with responsive web design (or web design, in general)?” On the surface it seems like a pretty simple question. I’m tempted to tell them to do what I did. But, like many people in our field, that’s a long, drawn-out—and certainly not direct—path that I don’t necessarily recommend. Or maybe they’re expecting one perfect—and short—book they can read (more on that later). Or perhaps even a local event or industry conference to attend… to see if they’ll even like it.

Unfortunately, like a lot of things worthwhile, it’s not as easy to get started as you might have hoped. It’s even more challenging to keep up once you actually get going in the right direction. Momentum is a powerful force to keep you headed in the right direction, but it’s good to have some handy references to get you started. So I’ve started the process of collecting a growing list of online resources for reading about, listening to, watching videos on, learning about, fostering community around, and ultimately keeping up with the fast-paced topic of responsive web design (and web design, in general).

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HTML Emails: The Old School Method

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HTML Emails - The Old School Method

I’ve recently created a video training course that covers what I like to call The Old School Method of building HTML emails. Using a series of carefully prepared screencasts, I walk through all the steps necessary to plan, organize, and code foolproof HTML emails that work across a wide variety of email applications, operating systems, and mobile devices.

The sample email that I use to demonstrate the method is a real-world example, but the techniques covered in the course will definitely work for general purpose emails as well. It’s a tried and true method that I’ve used for several years. I’ve found it to be one of the best methods to ensure that your emails reach the highest number of email clients as possible. There’s even a handy bundle of exercise files in case you want to follow along with the videos. HTML emails may not be fun to build, but why not learn how to build them using a proven method that could eliminate a lot of the typical frustration and guesswork that you might be experiencing with other methods? Sound good? Then let’s get to it…

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