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Martin Orton
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I'm a Senior Web & Design Specialist. I do Web, Graphic, Digital Design + related. I love alluring, practical design! :)
I'm a Senior Web & Design Specialist. I do Web, Graphic, Digital Design + related. I love alluring, practical design! :)

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Michael Mann’s #Heatmovie to Screen again <-- This was an epic #film! #DeNiro & #Pacino in one #movie? Unthinkable! http://bit.ly/2oSLiOR
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Sublime Optical Illusions To Promote Pet Adoption by McCann Worldgroup India http://bit.ly/2oJAYZG #design #graphicdesign #digitaldesign
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#Artist Transforms Dirty Cars in Moscow into Incredible Works of #Art http://bit.ly/2oJsNwp <-- Wow! #grahicdesign #design #illustration
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#Adobe figured out a way to copy realistic photo styles from one picture to another http://bit.ly/2omVjBB <-- Wow! #photoshop #art #design
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10 Reasons Why C Students Are More Successful After Graduation http://bit.ly/2o9juGE < I concur! #business #webdesign #digitaldesign #art
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#SocialMediaMarketing Simplified for Your Business

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Five #CSS Performance Tools to Speed up Your Website #webdesign #digitaldesign #responsive

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Why I left #Mac for #Windows: #Apple has given up <-- Interesting perspective

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A Little Surprise Is Waiting For You Here — Meet The Next Smashing Magazine
No, this is not a broken page or a sneaky landing page. Today marks an important milestone in Smashing Magazine’s life, and this very page is an early preview of what’s coming up next: many experiments, new challenges, but still a good ol’ obsession with quality content. A complete overhaul, both visually and technically, a fine new printed magazine, and a shiny new Smashing Membership, with nifty features and goodies for you, our lovely community. Curious? Well, fasten your seatbelt and browse around — it’s going to be quite a journey! Today, we are happy to announce the public open beta of the next Smashing Magazine, next.smashingmagazine.com, with a new design, but one with a few bugs and issues that have to be… you know, smashed first. (Sorry about that!) The big-bang release is scheduled for later this year (probably early May to June). Some things now might be broken or just plain weird — we still have a bit of work to do, so do please let us know if you encounter any issues (and you definitely will!). Over the last 18 months, we’ve been working with Dan Mall, Sara Soueidan, Ilya Pukhalski, Matt Biilman, Ricardo Gimenes, Andrew Clarke and the Netlify team on a complete overhaul of this little website, both technical and visual. What’s different? Well, everything. The website won’t be running on WordPress anymore; in fact, it won’t have a back end at all. We are moving to a JAMstack: articles published directly to Netlify CDNs, with a custom shop based on an open-sourced headless E-Commerce GoCommerce and a job board that’s all just static HTML; content editing with Netlify’s new open-source, Git-Based CMS, real-time search powered by Algolia, full HTTP/2 support, and the whole website running as a progressive web app with a service worker in the background (thanks to the awesome Service Worker Toolbox library). Booo-yah! How does it work? Quite simple, actually. Content is stored in Markdown files. HTML is pre-baked using the static site generator Hugo, combined with a modern asset pipeline built with Gulp and webpack, all based on the Victor Hugo boilerplate. We’ve spiced it all up with a handful of fancy APIs, including ones by Stripe for payments, Algolia for search, Cloudinary for responsive images, and Netlify’s open-source APIs GoCommerce (a headless e-commerce API), GoTrue for authentication, and GoTell for our more than 150,000 comments. The shiny new Smashing Magazine. After 18 months, we are now finally happy to launch the public, open beta. Every time content changes, it’s all pushed to Netlify’s CDN nodes close to you. We do our best to ensure that content is accessible and enhanced progressively, with performance in mind. If JavaScript isn’t available or if the network is slow, then we deliver content via static fallbacks (for example, by linking directly to Google search), as well as a service worker that persistently stores CSS, JavaScripts, SVGs, font files and other assets in its cache. The dynamic components in JavaScript are all based on Preact, and most pages you’ll see on the website will have been fully pre-rendered, prebuilt and deployed, ready to be served from a CDN near you. That’s a good question to ask. There are a couple of reasons. In the past, we were using WordPress as a CMS, our job board was running on Ruby, and at one point we switched to Shopify from Magento for our online shop. Not only was maintenance of four separate platforms incredibly complicated, but designing a consistent, smashing experience the way we envisioned it proved to be nearly impossible due to technical restrictions or requirements imposed by these platforms. Indeed, developing for every platform separately was quite expensive and slow, and in many ways, creating a cohesive experience where a user would literally “flow” from one area to another was remarkably difficult. —smashingmagazine.com

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The Rookie's Guide to Mastering Freelance Graphic Design Rates http://bit.ly/2nd5WKb #grahicdesign #design #art
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