Boost your productivity with the new issue of net – out now!

Often, it can feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. The solution, we are told, is to ‘work smarter’ – but how do you do that? This issue, the net team asked a selection of web designers and developers for their tips for boosting productivity – whether that’s by automating repetitive tasks, making use of open source modules and snippets, or finally learning your keyboard shortcuts. But a warning: pushing yourself too hard isn’t healthy for anyone. So alongside the practical tips are some methods for ensuring you look after yourself too.

Get your copy of net issue 287 here!

This issue’s freebie is doubly good: users will get an ebook on HTML5 and CSS and a source of UI design with Sketch 3, all courtesy of SitePoint.

In the Projects section you’ll learn how to develop a virtual realty web app, create forms that work smoothly on any device, and manage your JavaScript files so your users don’t have to wait for content.

The Voices section is a space for web professionals to air their views and share experiences. This month, Ben Sauer takes a look a development in voice interfaces that might prove to be a real game-changer; Catt Small considers why, despite the best intentions and latest tech, we struggle to create products that effect real social change; and we chat to Sara Soueidan about how she pulled herself back from burnout. 

Elsewhere in the mag: 

  • Love ’em or hate ’em, you can’t get away from them. Your guide to getting started with GIFs
  • Discover which CSS framework you should be using, via a handy quiz from the makers of Buzzfeed
  • The design team behind the world-conquering Airbnb share their secrets

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Ruth Hamilton

Ruth spent a couple of years as Deputy Editor of Creative Bloq, and has also either worked on or written for almost all of the site's former and current print titles, from Computer Arts to ImagineFX. She now spends her days reviewing mattresses and hiking boots as the Outdoors and Wellness editor at, but continues to write about design on a freelance basis in her spare time.