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Development and design under the same roof

Design and development under roof

Building a web shop on Magento is challenging. When you see a feature that looks “so simple that you could do it”, it was usually not as simple to build it as you think. To create that “simple” thing designer had to spend a great amount of time finding the right solution. After all, creating a feature which draws on that kind of comment means translating something very unorganized and complex to something simple and understandable. On the other hand, developer had to spend a lot of hours translating that solution into code. Designer and developer can find that beautiful solution by communicating, which is crucial in this case. And that kind of communication, the one which yields incredible and neat results, would be much harder if a designer and developer are not placed in the same location.

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Getting started with CSS Flexbox

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The CSS3 Flexible Box Layout, or as a shorter and more widely recognised term – Flexbox, is a CSS box model optimised for designing user interface layout.

It is the addition to the four basic layout modes, previously defined in CSS: block layout, inline layout, table layout, and positioned layout. But, in contrast to these earlier ones, this is the first CSS module designed for laying out complex pages.

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Product links on Magento CSV import

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When I started working at Inchoo, one of our clients requested a functionality to be added to Magento CSV product import. Client wanted to know if an attribute value of one of the products that they were importing already had a matching value in the database and they also wanted to be able to jump to that product via link. Find out more about handling this specific situation.

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Can Sketch help us improve our design workflow?

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Designers are constantly trying to develop a healthy design process by experimenting with tools in an attempt to find the one that works best.

I’ve been using Photoshop as my primary design tool for almost 10 years, and the fact that Photoshop wasn’t created for UI design was never a real problem. Why? Because Adobe was always throwing new features to support UI design. The main problem is that Photoshop’s engine was never optimized for UI design, it is huge, memory-consuming, and many designers weren’t pleased with it’s performance.

The more large files you work on, the more you can get stuck and that was the main reason to look out for new and better alternatives to an existing design workflow.

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Tuning Redis for extra Magento performance

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Using Redis is a quick & easy way to improve Magento performance. Setting it up is easy, performance benefits are great, and we never had problems with it – it’s fire and forget. Inchoo already covered that in detail: http://inchoo.net/magento/using-redis-cache-backend-and-session-storage-in-magento/.

But, come on! Are we really going to races with the stock engine? Are we tuning Magento performance or what? Redis is fast by default, but it can get a lot faster. Read on to see how.

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Evaluating and improving accessibility of eCommerce websites

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee once said that “Access (to the Web) by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect”. We, as developers, always strive to create a website which looks and feels good on a wide range of devices, resolutions, operating systems, network speeds, etc., but how often do we consider designing or creating a website for a wide range of people? In this article, we’re going to cover some basic frontend principles of improving accessibility and what that means in context of a Magento website.

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Improve default Magento reviews

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If you’ve ever worked on Magento framework you’re familiar with the fact that Magento provides bunch of useful features. In this article we will cover one of them – Customer Product Reviews. Maybe some will say that we don’t need to change anything regarding this feature, but when we are in custom development a lot of things can’t just work “out of box”. Especially if you willing to provide fully polished retina responsive theme, default isn’t the way we roll.

So let us improve the default Magento product reviews feature.

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The practical value of Design Thinking

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Recently, we got inspired by the Magento team’s Design Thinking presentation held at the Magento Imagine 2016 conference. Unfortunately, we weren’t there but it feels like we might as well have been. Seeing how the Magento team worked on improving the Magento 2.0. interface in the presentation slides struck a chord with us. It affirmed a lot of the methods we were already using and got us thinking even more.

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