Front-End Roundup 1

What is Front-End Development? Is it really just coding the designs handed to us, or can we, as coders, also submerge ourselves in the world of UX/UI and Design? In this bi-weekly Front-End Roundup, we’ll share 5 newbie-friendly resources. If you come across a valuable resource, please be sure to share here.

Designer’s guide to the tech industry - The world of front-end is full of different roles. In freelancing or smaller companies, you may take on more than one role, whereas in bigger companies you may have a single specialty. With so many titles floating around, it’s hard to distinguish who does what. This article explains some of the different roles needed to create the front-end. Do you fit any of these molds? Do you fit more than one?

HackDesign’s Lesson - This is a must for all your front-end learning needs. There are 50 lessons on all things front-end and design including color theory, typography, testing, mobile design, and much more. You can peruse at your leisure or you can subscribe and receive a lesson a week, straight to your inbox, for free.

Awwward - In need of inspiration? Want to see what great design consists of? Head over to Awwward. Their mission “is to discover, recognize, and promote the talent and effort of web designers, developers, and agencies who create unique digital experiences that are useful, innovative, intuitive, and beautiful.” Awwward lives up to that mission. As you click through their choices of best sites, you not only become inspired, but you’ll see how we can push design and technology to levels you never thought imaginable.

ColorMatters - The topic of color is deep and complex, more complex than you might think. Color enhances the feel, mood and tone of everyday objects around us, and how it affects us is a science. You can learn the basics of color and lose yourself in the science behind it at ColorMatters.

A to Z CSS - Can’t wrap your head around CSS? Starting with “A” for Auto all the way to “Z” for Z-index, Guy Routledge guides us through CSS’ most used elements and terminology through 4-8 minute videos on his site, A to Z CSS. You can click and choose what you need help with, or if you’re a true beginner, you can watch them all. What’s more convenient? The videos can also be found on Itunes as podcasts, so you can take them on the go.