It seems that our last web news round-up was well received so we thought why not carry on? A few things happened this week regarding web design, web development and technology including Microsoft killing internet explorer, a tonne of “new year, new trend” articles and we took a trip down memory lane. So, read on if you want to find out what we discovered in the weird and wonderful world of the internet this week.
We were left feeling very nostalgic when we stumbled across this website about direct mail. Back in the day, we used to design letters, mailing packages and envelopes just like this. We had a range of clients we would design mailing material for from communications companies like Talk Talk to more specialised publications like the Sunday Times wine club. Seeing that mailing a letter isn’t going out of style anytime soon resonates with us and our old school designer ways. People still feel that receiving a physical letter has a huge powerful emotional impact on a client or customer versus a mass marketing email. Do you still send your clients and customers letters? And do you enjoy receiving them? Tweet us and let us know. If you want to take a trip down print design memory lane you can always head over to the mailmen website.
2. The Death of Internet Explorer
This week was the week that old versions of internet explorer were finally put to rest. Microsoft announced that they were no longer going to support or provide updates for internet explorer versions 10 and under as well as windows 8.0 and under. So if you have not updated your browser or windows yet you should do it as soon as possible to avoid being hacked. But what does this mean for designers and developers like ourselves? Well, we no longer have to make sure that the site we build is compatible with the older versions. However, remember to inform any clients who have not updated their site since the older models of internet explorer were introduced as it may pose potential risks to their business!
3. 2016 Industry Conferences
Smashing magazine put together a handy list of industry events from conferences and summits to expos and seminars. There is something for everyone in the industry and the best part is that the list includes events from all over the world. Furthermore, some of them are even online, so you can attend right from the comfort of your own desk. If you wish to see the full list of events you can do so by going to the conference directory article on the smashing magazine website. The list includes Awwwards (a day of REST), the UX (user experience) and DEV (development) summit as well as smashing magazine’s own conferences in Oxford and San Fransisco. Enjoy!
4. 50+ Free Resources For Designers
As designers, we are always on the lookout for refreshing and innovative resources that can inspire us, provide us with information and, of course, any design freebies. Over at the web designer depot, they have put together a new list of free icons, typefaces, templates, themes and online libraries that designers can utilise in any way they like. We wouldn’t recommend getting all of your design tools or crafting all of your designs around these resources as we still believe in making your own! But lists like this are great for inspiration when you have hit web designers block on a project. You can thank us for pointing you in the right direction later!
5. Designer and Developer Jobs of the Future
With artificial intelligence on the rise, many people are concerned about the future of a human workforce. However as designers and developers, we can tell you that even once artificial intelligence and virtual reality have taken over there are going to be more jobs for designers and developers than ever. Fancy yourself as a human organ designer or cybernetic director? You’re in luck as these are just two potential job titles on a long list of future designer and developer roles. As you can see with more advancements in technology such as 3D printing, virtual reality and artificial intelligence skills that many designers and developers already have could be in higher demand. Here’s to the future.
Well, that’s it for this weeks weekly web news round-up. We hope you enjoyed it!
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