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Get Started with Design: 4 Useful Tools & Tutorials

So you'd like to start learning design, but the number of tools and tutorials available is overwhelming. Where do you start? I recommend Paper for sketching out UX ideas, Practice Code Theory for People Who Code to generate color palettes and learn color theory, Choosing the Right Font: A Practical Guide to Typography on the Web as an introduction to typography, and Adobe Experience Design for UX prototyping.

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Birds Recommend: Color Theory for Coders

If you write code and you want to delve into design, Natalya Shelburne's Practical Color Theory for Coders will get you up and running with a beautiful, cohesive, and accessible color palette using Sass color functions, and teach you why her palettes work so well, all at the same time.

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Tips and Tools We Love

We wanted to show some love to a few great tools we use to get us through our work days. Do you have any to add to our list?

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Generating Code Documentation for Polyglot Projects

Code documentation is ideally written as close to the actual code as possible, but compiled into a comprehensive set of documentation that includes code from all languages in use. Here's how we intend to do that.

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Server-Side Rendering For Client-Side Apps

We want the convenience of a client-side single-page application using our MV* framework of choice, but don't want to sacrifice the SEO and UX benefits of rendering the initial markup on the server. And while we're not here to trash on Node.js, we're also not ready to commit to an all-JavaScript tech stack. Here's our attempt to have the best of both worlds, all the while keeping duplication of logic or code between the front-end and back-end worlds to a minimum.

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CSSDay 2016 Recap

CSSDay was held in sunny Arizona on December 3, 2016. The conference is geared towards front-end developers who want to dive deeper into advanced CSS topics.

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Birds Recommend: Performant Parallaxing with CSS 3D

If you'd like to learn how to create parallax scrolling for your website, Paul Lewis' guide to performant parallaxing is the perfect place to start.

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We Are Not Neutral: 2016 in Review

OddBird is a small company — a shared vision and brand that transforms seven remote contractors into a Web Software Agency. 2016 was a year of big changes for us, individually and as a company. We can't distance ourselves from the world we work in, or the lives of our members, colleagues, and clients. Software is never neutral, and neither are we. There's work to do.

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Designing Using Data

Ongoing education in our industry is a must. Attending conferences is a great way to learn and network with other industry professionals. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to attend conferences, but have no fear! Many of the best conferences post videos online, giving our community an easy way to learn on our own time from anywhere in the world. Our first video in this series is a talk by Sarah Parmenter titled “Designing Using Data” given at An Event Apart Orlando.

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How to Choose Beautiful & Accessible Brand Colors for Your Website

How do you select a set of colors that express the attitude of your brand, look great together, and pass WCAG accessibility standards? How many colors is too many? This step-by-step guide outlines OddBird's process for tackling these challenges.

It's important to define your brand goals first and review them throughout the process. Next, do some research for inspiration. What colors are the other companies in your field using? Use Paletton to generate a cohesive color palette. Test color contrast to ensure accessibility. Finally, create prototypes to make sure you colors work well in context.

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