Author: Oli Mower

Daily UI Challenge: 16-20

Another week, another batch of Daily UIs. I must admit that at first it was easy to produce one of these a day in around an hour, but the UIs are continually more niche and require more thought. This weeks include a pop-up/overlay, an email receipt and an analytics chart. #016 - Pop-up/Overlay For this one, I created a pop-up which would display on an e-commerce store to offer free shipping if an order is made within 30…

Daily UI Challenge: 11-15

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Following on from my previous post, here are the next five Daily UI challenges I took on. 011 - Flash Message (Error/Success) This is one of my favorites I've done so far. I don't create icons and little illustrations often, but it's always pretty fun to do! 012 - E-Commerce Shop (Single…

Daily UI Challenge: 1-10

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Recently, I took it upon myself to take the Daily UI Challenge. If you're not familiar with it, the Daily UI Challenge is to basically design a different user interface everyday for 100 days. You sign up with your email address, and receive a prompt each day telling you to design a UI for a specific element. It's a really great way of sharpening your skills, and it gets you designing interfaces you…

Sketch, Photoshop or Illustrator for UI Design?

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Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketch are easily the standout design applications for UI Designers. Not too long ago, I purchased Sketch after finally making the move to macOS. Aside from the fact my previous Windows laptop was kind of falling apart, Sketch was actually one of the main reasons I made the switch. I was really keen to try a tool that I'd heard nothing but good things about and was built…

A visa update

It's been a while since I've posted anything and for the most part it's because I've moved across the Atlantic Ocean, leaving London for the US to get married and settle in Austin, TX. If you don't know anything about the K1 visa process, which is the pain-stakingly slow process I'm currently going through, here it is in a nut shell: your fiance/fiancee petitions for you to come over to the US, you wait between 2-6 months to be…

Why you should use ProcessWire CMS

There's a vast amount of CMSs out there, some more popular than others so it's difficult to pinpoint which one will best suit your needs. For me, I was fairly new to web development and coming from a front-end/web design background, I wanted something which didn't have a steep learning curve and didn't constrain me from a design point-of-view. I also wanted to learn a CMS which I knew would be versataile enough to implement on a range of…

The top five resources to teach yourself front-end development

Rewind to nine months ago and I had very little knowledge of the skills required in front-end development. I could do some basic HTML stuff, like hyperlinking text or creating a bullet pointed list, but I really didn't have a clue beyond that. By the same token, I was fortunate to already have that foundation in place because, as I soon found out, there was a lot more to learn! Luckily, there are tons of resources (which are mostly…