Brush up your web skills with net 279

Learn how to optimise your sites, the secrets of a winning UX portfolio and more in net issue 279.

In web design, it feels like a hot new tool or technique pops up every week. No one can learn everything, so the net team have asked educator Christopher Murphy to put together a roadmap of the 10 top skills you should be focusing your efforts on now.

What should you be learning now?

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Animation is one of the areas gaining traction at the moment. But it's not all about the big, look-at-me animations – small, subtle movements can elevate your site from okay to great. To that end, the team asked Donovan Hutchinson to guide you through how to create a bank of 'micro-animations' you can adapt and reuse throughout your projects.

Make animations simpler

This month's freebie

This issue's freebie is a 66-page ebook taken from Lea Verou's CSS Secrets. Dive in to learn how to tackle translucent borders, flexible background positioning, inner rounding and more.

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As our sites get bigger and more unweildy, performance is a growing concern within the industry. However, there are some sites getting it right. This issue Jamie Knight explains how the BBC keeps its users flowing from one page to the next; follow his advice to keep your site speedy.

Help preserve your audience flow

Also this issue

  • Advice for putting together a UX portfolio that shines
  • Discover the accessibility benefits of SVG icons, and learn how to implement them
  • Filament Group's Patty Toland chats about why open source gives you "double bang for your buck"
  • 7 web pros share their tips for debugging animations
  • Andy Goodman explores a future where interfaces take a back seat

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