SiloMag #36

A couple of weeks ago we released the spring. But it seems that everything has been a mirage! And in SiloCreativo we had to do two things. One is to take our coat back from the trunk. And the other, collect the best articles, resources and tools that we have collected during the last two weeks on graphic design, web design, and WordPress. Is not it fantastic?

And this week in SiloMag, about graphic design, a character with braille, a typeface with a geometric touch, and the identity of a London’s district. On web design, progressive apps, a new web design tool, and resource for organize your code snippets. And finally, for WordPress, a new WordPress update, JavaScript in WordPress, and how to add a chat bot in your page.

As always, we hope you like it, and you can leave us any suggestions in the comments!

Graphic Design

BrailleNeue: Character with Braille

braille font mural wall

Currently, we rarely see braille implemented in the public space since it takes additional space andsighted people consider it not important. Braille Neue addresses this issue by making braille easy to use for sighted people. It is a universal typeface that combines braille with existing characters.

Gelion is a Sans Serif Typeface with a Geometric Touch

gelion typo

Letter Omega shared an awesome post about their new typeface. Gelion is a Sans serif with a geometric touch with a minimal contrast of strokes, inspired by Futura, Avant Garde, Avenir and neo-grotesque Akzidenz-Grotesk, Helvetica form remaining true to the gracefully geometric look of the early 20th-century typefaces, that ticks off a long list of branding requirements.

Creating a colourful identity for one of London’s biggest business districts

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Dn&co has developed the place branding for Broadgate, one of London’s largest pedestrianised neighbourhoods and business districts. Connecting the City of London, Shoreditch and Spitalfields, Broadgate is owned by British Land and GIC, and features a number of public spaces, shops, restaurants and other businesses.

Web Design

Progressive Web Apps on iOS are here

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With iOS 11.3, Apple has silently added support for the basic set of new technologies behind the idea of “Progressive Web Apps” (PWAs). It’s time to see how they work, what are their abilities and challenges, and what do you need to know if you already have a published PWA.

STUDIO official launch, a new web design tool

web design example

The design and development flow is completely divided. Designers are still relying on illustration and photo-editing tools to express themselves. STUDIO is a new type of tool that tries to do away with any abstraction. What you see is really what you get.

Code Clippet: Share, organise and discuss

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Have you ever needed somewhere to share, organise and talk about code snippets? Well you’re in the right place! Code Clippet allows you to stop storing code snippets within text files and start sharing them with others, around a community focused environment.


WordPress 4.9.5 Security and Maintenance Release

new version wordpress

WordPress 4.9.5 is now available. This is a security and maintenance release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.WordPress versions 4.9.4 and earlier are affected by three security issues. As part of the core team’s ongoing commitment to security hardening.

Automatically Preloading JavaScript Assets in WordPress

javascript code wordpress

Squeezing every last drop of performance out of your website on any platform is an always-changing, never-ending, often addictive battle. Among the several tactics you can employ in this fight, asset preloading is a hot one right now. It’s a topic worth learning about in more depth yourself, but in short, preloading involves a web page starting to load a particular asset as soon as possible in the background, so it’s ready to be used when the page calls for it. Because it’s all done asyncronously, it won’t block anything else from coming in the view during load.

How to Add a Chat Bot to Your WordPress Website (In 3 Steps)

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Live chat is a fantastic way to engage with your users and answer any questions they might have. However, being on call 24/7 – or anything close to it – is impossible for a single person to do. Plus, sometimes you’ll need to deal with multiple requests at once, which can tank your productivity. Chat bots enable you to automate at least part of those conversations. At a bare minimum, they can save you time by weeding out queries that don’t require a person to answer them. In this article, we’ll talk about when it makes sense to use a WordPress chat bot and how to add one to your website in three steps.

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