Websites with Large Background Images: 25 Inspiring Examples

Oct 1 2014 by Jacob Gube | No Comments

A beautiful photographic background image can add an intriguing visual element to a web design. Additionally, the image will help establish the overall theme of the site.

For inspiration and ideas, check out this showcase of outstanding websites with large background images.

Leve Hytter

Example of a website with a large background image: Leve Hytter

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The Single Var Pattern in JavaScript

Sep 29 2014 by Jacob Gube | 2 Comments

One of the most beautiful things about JavaScript is its flexibility. The language gives developers a lot of slack by not giving us a lot of rules and conventions to deal with.

A prime example: JavaScript allows us to create any type of variable, anywhere in our script (because it’s a dynamic programming language). That’s great news, but it can also be a double-edged sword if we don’t exercise a bit of caution.

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A List of CSS Style Guides for Inspiration

Sep 26 2014 by Jacob Gube | No Comments

Creating a set of CSS conventions — often called a CSS style guide — can streamline your web development workflow. It’s useful for large teams and solo developers alike.

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5 Standardized Methods for Writing CSS

Sep 24 2014 by Jacob Gube | 4 Comments

CSS is hard to maintain and scale without a well-defined approach. Here are five CSS development methodologies and style guides that can help.

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CSS Development at Large-Scale Websites

Sep 22 2014 by Jacob Gube | 2 Comments

A slew of posts about CSS development at websites like GitHub, Groupon, and CodePen came out recently. They’re interesting to read, and will provide you with many tips and ideas for creating your own CSS development guidelines.

Here are links to seven blog posts that give an overview of the tools, philosophies, and techniques being used to develop CSS at large-scale sites and apps.

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Web Design Isn’t Just About Artistry

Aug 25 2014 by Casey Ark | 16 Comments

Remember when web designers used to be total nerds?

Back in the early 2000s, web design was a technical skill; just getting a site to function was considered an achievement in and of itself, and things like interface design, usability, and UX largely fell by the wayside.

But times have changed. In the past few years, something magical has happened: Web designers have stopped being just nerds, and have started becoming artisans.

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A List of Free Public CDNs for Web Developers

Aug 18 2014 by Jacob Gube | 8 Comments

Website speed is crucial for developing the best user experience possible, because, well, no one likes to wait for web pages to load.

One of the simplest ways for improving the performance of a site is by serving page dependencies like JavaScript libraries and CSS frameworks via a public content delivery network (CDN).

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