SiloMag #47

September arrives, and it is a somewhat melancholic time. Many return to work, others go back to school. And above all, we do not have so much free time to enjoy. So, to cope better these moments, nothing better than a new SiloMag number. Here you will find the best news and resources on graphic design, web design and WordPress that we have found during the last two weeks. We hope you like it!

In this article, about graphic design, we will see the Amazon style guide, how to have ideas to inspire us, and a new document publishing software. On web design, we will see historical color palettes, a Codepen with a lot of movement, and we will be going through an interesting article about OpenType. And about WordPress, a debate about Gutenberg, the importance of the WordPress community, and a curiosity about WordPress images.

As always, we hope you like it, and you can leave us any suggestions in the comments! And if you have an interesting article or resource that has a place in SiloMag, you just have to write us so we can add it in our next issue.

Graphic Design

Amazon Web Services: Design System

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Today, we are showcasing the work of Michal Simkovic who worked on the visual design of the design system for Amazon Web Services. Aside from the work itself, I love how he credits his team from the research and UX. I am sure making a design system at this scale is not a “one-solo-show”.

Establishing Rules to Spark Ideas & Overcome Fear

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How do you come up with an idea? How to come up with a theme or prompt to fuel your creativity? Establish set of rules to limit what you do. Plus, sketching on the iPad Pro using Procreate to generate concepts quickly and build a social media following. Tips & Process. This is a journey into the mind of an artist. Learn about Greg’s method and process behind his “Year of the Dog Walker” IG series.

Affinity Publisher free beta available now

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After thousands of hours of development time the team from Affinity are thrilled to say that their professional desktop publishing app, Affinity Publisher, is now in beta and available for you to try for free! It’s a beta – there will be bugs and areas of the app which are not yet fully polished. We don’t recommend you use it for any important production work at this time.

Web Design

Color Leap – History’s Palettes

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Color Leap is a handcrafted collection of 180 color palettes that showcase colors used throughout 12 distinct eras in history, covering 4000 years. Each palette was created by sampling pieces of artwork from the time period. Every color can be copied with a single click and used in your own project.

Pure CSS The Carlton dance

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As you know, we love surfing Codepen and see that we can interesting interesting things. And on this occasion, we have an animation that will rekindle our nostalgia. If you were one of those who saw the Prince of Bel-Air, surely you remember the famous Carlton dance. And with pixel art aesthetics, like the one we use in our Christmas greeting!

The Complete CSS Demo for OpenType Features

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This project is a comprehensive CSS font-feature-settings demo for OpenType features, a refined version of Syntax for OpenType features in CSS by Adobe, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. Featured fonts listed below are hand-picked with high quality. If you find some cool fonts with specific OpenType features support or want to add missing OpenType features, feel free to contribute it on GitHub.


Morten Rand-Hendriksen shares his thoughts on Gutenberg and a potential fork of WordPress

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We really enjoyed this chat with Morten Rand-Hendriksen about Gutenberg and the future of WordPress. Morten has a lot to say about why the community should dive into Gutenberg wholeheartedly and why he thinks forking WordPress at 4.9 is a bad idea.

The Secret to Learning WordPress Development Is People

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Ten years is also a long enough time that we’ve found ourselves naturally doing some perspective-taking. In addition to teaching the technical material itself, we’ve been thinking harder and harder about how people learn WordPress, and what key elements drive success in both learning WordPress development and practicing it as a career.

WordPress Image Sizes: a Ticking Time BOMB?

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When WordPress was first introduced, it came with a very cool and appreciated feature: it would automatically create images of three different sizes for each image that you upload. WordPress made it easy to upload large photos without worrying about their size, because you could easily insert smaller, cropped versions into your content.

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