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The year end is coming, so we’re summing up the updates we’ve rolled out in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Text widget 2.0


Explaining why No Code approaches are great only when it comes to narrow-scope tasks.

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No Code is a broad term. It describes a variety of products that help end users assemble web pages and applications without hiring developers. In recent years, it has also become an ideology of sorts (praised, for example, in this 2019 Forbes column): a promise to get rid of all the complications intertwined with IT development, especially its proverbial high costs, unpredictability and difficulty to scale quickly.

However, the promise is often exaggerated. Many of the proposed approaches are oversold or just unoriginal. Still, niche solutions from the No Code toolbox can be a useful way to speed up development.

Anton Vasin, CTO at Readymag design tool, elaborates further. …


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Anastasia Mokhan has been working as an assistant in a creative agency in Moscow, when she established there’s a huge demand for designers specialising in director’s treatments. She decided to try it as a hobby: learned the basics of design and started making such presentations as a freelancer. In two years, Anastasia launched her own agency. Today she works with directors who make videos for Apple Music, Google, Snapchat, Volkswagen, IKEA and other high-profile brands.

In this piece, Anastasia explains how to jump-start in the field of director’s treatments and tells how to find clients. …


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Every designer and design agency has had similar experiences. A customer wants their web project up and running, but has no time to get involved in the platform details. The opposite is also common: a client wants full control over their project and is unsatisfied with anything left in the hands of the creator.

Obviously, there’s no silver bullet, and the share of responsibility between a designer and a customer depends on the task. Below we describe three approaches for creating commissioned projects with Readymag so that you can experiment and find the one that fits you best. …


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In the third quarter of 2020, we have almost completely redesigned our Settings interface. We have also presented the game-changing Shots widget, added a handful of useful updates to the Form widget, and made the Collaboration process much more comfortable.

Shots


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In this selection we focus on how Readymag users are showing resilience and creative energy during the pandemic.

MyLinkIsYourLink


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The pandemic and uneasiness of 2020 has hit all of us hard; but it has also motivated designers to try out new approaches.

We spoke with Giuliano Garonzi, the founder of Studio Garonzi, about his Home Times project — a free font to commemorate the weird vibes of self-isolation.


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Readymag has rolled out two new templates for editorials and longreads. The first is targeted at juniors learning to handle texts and layouts. The second will catch the fancy of more experienced designers, presenting a building set of typography-rich blocks.

Both templates are based on an essay exploring the evolution of text readability in print and on the web, written by Readymag editors Tsvetelina Miteva and Vitaly Volk. They were created by Pavel Kedich, a graphic designer and Readymag brand ambassador. …


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Picture widget is the second most popular in Readymag after Text. Yet, from a viewpoint of bandwidth, images are hogs—they present the average largest project payload. That’s why one of our main optimization challenges is to display high quality images while minimizing their file size.

To meet it, we recently rolled out several updates to the Picture widget. In this piece, Readymag developer Sergey Nechaev describes our journey to deliver optimized images with the proper balance between size and quality. This post shares some technical details that will interest those who want to know how Readymag works under the hood.

Progressive image rendering

We have added a Progressive images toggle to the Project Settings menu. …


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Animations have always been an important part of Readymag. They’ve also been updated recently, allowing users to add up to four different animation types for a single widget and get even more creative with loops.

We talked with Tanya Egoshina, a designer at Readymag, about how to put all these new functions into action. As an example we’ve used the Moon Exhibition landing page (pun intended!), an online exhibition hosted by Forward Festivals.

Some of my key inspirations in design are the laws of physics and real-life object interactions. …

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