An easy to read dashboard has from 5-9 pieces of information on it. By combining color, fonts and icons, you can make a dashboard simple and easy to use. I found these three examples on CodePen that you can use to inspire your own designs.
Bootstrap 4 Dashboard Stats Example
Bootstrap Dashboard Indicators
When you design a dashboard, you’ll need to use different type of indictors to display information. Herman Starikov shows you how to use Bootstrap to create different indicators. He combines Font Awesome, Flexbox and CSS Animation. Herman also uses icons as decorative background elements. With CSS and Animation, your dashboard doesn’t have to be plain or boring.
Full Dashboard Design
Why use it?
JSON is readable and light weight. It requires less formatting than XML. JSON’s structure is a key-value pair format that is rendered in curly braces. You can choose to use it in a file (*.json), a string or as an object.
How do I create a JSON object?
Use curly braces to define the beginning and ending of the object
Put data in key/value pairs
Use a colon to separate the key from the value
Keys are strings
Values can numbers, strings, objects, arrays, booleans or null
Modifying the website
I tweaked the CSS to put a border on each superhero member to make it look a little more card-like.
Variable fonts is an OpenType font specification that puts different variations of a typeface into one single file instead of multiple font files for every variation that you may need. With a standard font, your visitors have to download multiple files which leads to more HTTP requests and data to their browsers. With a variable font, the file size may be about the same but you’ll have access to a much wider range of styles than currently available. For example, a font like Roboto has twelve font files which includes twelve variants. The variable font has one file and unlimited variants.
Can I Use It?
Not all browsers and operating systems support variable fonts. For example, Linux OSes need to download the latest Linux Freetype version and Macs need to use a Mac High Sierra (10.14) and Mojave.
For non-supporting browsers, you can use CSS Feature Queries to determine if it should load a standard font instead.
Why use Variable Fonts?
You can use a single font file that provides you with a wide range of widths, weights, slants and more. With less font files to download, your visitors don’t have as much to download. With a variable font, you have greater flexibility on how your text displays. You can use a wider variety of font variants to create certain affects that help define your style and voice. With most major browsers supporting this font type, you can start to use them in your next project.
Want to improve your skills as a programmer? You can solve a coding puzzle or challenge. By solving different types of coding puzzles, you can sharpen your problem-solving skills.
Why do a coding challenge?
You want to learn a new programming language. You want to practice software design. You want to keep your programing skills current. You want to get ready for a programming interview. You want to have fun completing a challenge.
What can I do with the code from my challenge?
Write a blog post and share your solution. Share your solution on Twitter and other Social Media platforms. Make it part of an app.
Where do I find them?
It depends on what type of coding challenges that you want to do. Some coding challenges are mathematical, front end or part of a competition. You may need to sign up for an account before solving the challenge.
Project Euler has a series of mathematical and computer programming challenges for you to solve. You can use your own computer and favorite coding editor to solve their problems. Then, you can post your solution on their website.
CodePen has themed challenges that help you to improve your skills by building things. You need a CodePen account to sign up.
Scotch.io Code Challenges
Daily Programmer on Reddit
Daily Programmer has 3 weekly challenges. They are easy, intermediate and hard. These challenges are open to beginners and experienced programmers. You need to join the Reddit Daily Programmer community to post your solution.
Whether you want to join a coding community or not, coding challenges can help you to learn more about programming and keep your skills sharp.
What tools do you use for creating great content? Writing is challenging. When you need to write for the web, the pressure to create and publish great content makes it even harder.
You can choose to start writing. Force yourself to start with an idea and a blank page. Which may result in not so great content. Or you can use a tool or framework to plan out what you want to talk about.
You can use simple tools like mindmapping or an outline like you used in school to write an essay. These are great tools for getting started planning. For some types of writing, you are going to need a different technique.
The Core Model
The Core Model
What is the Core Model? It is a tool that helps you to map out your business goals, user tasks and context. The Core Model is useful in deciding how users find the content you are planning and sketching out the main content. It helps you to focus on your business goals and user needs before you start writing.
The Content Framework is a form that you can use to answer questions that are vital to the writing process. Questions like who is going to read this, what business goals does this page support, and what tasks do we want the user to do. It helps you do think about what you want to say and who is your audience before you start writing.
What is Pair Writing? It is borrowed from an agile software development technique called “pair programming“. In Pair Programming, two programmers work together on writing code. One programmer writes the code while the other one reviews it. The second programmer offers suggestions for improvements. The two programmers frequently switch roles. This technique takes longer but generally produces better quality of code.
Pair Writing follows a similar pattern. One person writes while the second person observes, asks questions and provides suggestions. The two writers switch roles to take turns writing and offering suggestions for improvements. This technique can take longer but you get greater involvement from all members of your team.
Writing for the web is challenging. When you have a team of designers, developers, content writers and management, using a writing process like The Core Model makes thing easier. It helps you to plan out your goals, answer questions on what the content should be about and do and create content that focuses on your customers.