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Akira, The Linux Design Tool
Linux, has a limited number of dedicated graphic design tools, including tools like GIMP and Inkscape. But unfortunately these tools are missing modern features and workflow of UX/UI design applications like Sketch, Figma, Adobe XD or even Affinity Designer. Akira is going to fill the gap of a professional caliber design application for Linux!
Microsoft Plans to Switch Microsoft Edge to Chromium
Microsoft says it plans to replace the proprietary EdgeHTML browser engine Edge currently uses with Chromium and the Blink browser rendering engine, an which is an open source project that powers everything, from the world’s most popular web-browser (Google Chrome) to famous desktop apps like Spotify.
Google Introduces Feature Policy
Feature Policy allows you to opt-in to a set of “policies” for the browser to enforce on specific features used throughout your site. These policies restrict what APIs the site can access or modify the browser’s default behavior for certain features. For example you can control the features of an iframe, currently supported by Chrome and Safari. If you embed a site and do not want that site to use geolocation, camera or microphone APIs then you can easily disable them.
In Search of Forgotten Colours
Designers often take inspiration from other sources including nature. This compendium of four short films with English subtitles “In Search of Forgotten Colours – Sachio Yoshioka and the Art of Natural Dyeing” is a beautiful testament to both the amazing colours in the natural world and the ingenuity of humans to develop such complex of extracting these natural dyes.
Our Design Predictions for the Second Half of 2018
In design we are seeing the continuation of big text being integrated into images, especially into front page and header images.
- Integration: Text integrated in graphics will continue to be strong for example Highland Hounds & World Champion Ansterdam
- Photo Masking: Text masking graphics like Oxeva & Seven 811
- Big Text: Large text in headers like our own homepage. You & Sundry & Just Food For Dogs & Stonewall Forever
Cleaner/Simpler copy will continue to lead the way. Look for ways to simplify your message and cut out unneeded text and insert white-space.
Instagram will continue to grow as not only a strong platform social but as an e-commerce platform as well. Shopify just recently launched its Instagram integration which allows merchants to easily sell on the network, this can also be setup manually, just check out Highland Hounds on Instagram! products on Instagram only works on the app
Video, especially live video will become more pervasive, you need to have video in your content mix or you’re going to lose out on attention grabbing moments as people scroll through their feeds.
Great Content is the King of SEO
We often get asked how to get people to visit their site, do you need SEO, how do you get links to your site. Our answer is often the same, create good quality original content and people will visit your site for the content. People will link and promote your content if they find it useful and of good quality, which means you need to invest time into the development of your content.
Lets face it, with recent changes to the Ontario association rules regarding advertising, veterinarians can now advertise prices and compete on price. It is more important than ever that your practice put its best foot forward. You need to promote your professional image and show pet owners the value that your practice brings to pet care. In the end you need to a leave a professional, positive, and lasting impression with your clients, Mocoda Interactive can deliver.
If you’ve been on twitter, or any social media service today, you might have seen that #mobilegeddon is a trending topic. What does this mean? Well, starting from today, Google will be using mobile-friendlinesss in it’s ranking algorithm. If you already updated your website to provide an optimized mobile experience, you should be benefiting from it starting today. If you have not, you will experience a reduction in the ranking of your site on mobile search results.
Our Recommendation For Social Media Management = Mocoda Interactive
An active Social Media Management program can be a huge investment for the average small or medium sized business. There are the hard costs of Social Media Tools, like Sprout Social, that come at a hefty price tag starting at $39/user/month, buying tablets and smartphones to manage the accounts, and then there are the softer costs of owner or employee time and in some situations even hiring dedicated employees to take on the task. But there is an alternative, outsourcing your Social Media Management to Mocoda Interactive for a fraction of the cost.
Our Predictions for 2014 and Beyond!
Lets start with some statistics as we close off 2013. As of September 2013 the top social networks (based on registered users) were Facebook 1.15 Billion, Google + 1.01 Billion, Twitter 500 Million, Instagram 150 Million, and Pinterest 70 Million. The tremendous growth of social media has made it a valuable marketing tool for businesses of all sizes.
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Web Design Toronto, Georgetown, Grey Highlands, Wiarton: Mocoda Interactive
Mocoda Interactive, Web Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Social Media, Search Engine Optimization, Local Search Solutions, and Web Hosting. Serving the Greater Toronto Area and the world from Grey Highlands Ontario Canada.Grey Highlands is a municipality in the southeast corner of Grey County, Ontario, Canada that includes Artemesia, Ceylon, Eugenia, Euphrasia, Feversham, Flesherton, Kimberley, Markdale, Maxwell, Osprey, Priceville, Singhampton. Grey Highlands is central to the Blue Mountains, Collingwood, Hanover, Guelph, Orangeville, and Owen Sound.