30 Tips to Learn Web Design in 30 Days

Is learning the basics of web design still on your “someday” list? Why haven’t you got started yet? We’ve put together 30 tips and resources to help you start learning web design this month (and maybe even find yourself a new career path!) Graphic designers, print designers, and creatives looking to learn something new or break into website need to quit procrastinating. Every day that you don’t take that first step leaves you one day further behind everyone else! Follow these steps to begin learning how to create your first website, industry best practices, and much more—all in 30 days! 1. Start a Website The best way to start learning web design is to start doing it. That’s the advice from David Kadavy, author of Design Hackers. I recommend you start a blog. I started a blog just to have a web design playground, and 7 years later, I launched Read the full article…

CDC says stop vaping as mystery lung condition spreads

Vape lung is spreading and the CDC is warning people not to use vaping products while they are investigating the cause. In a media briefing, the public health agency said that some 450 people are now thought to be affected, and as many as five have died. The CDC’s incident manager for this issue, Dana Meaney Delman, summed up the situation as follows: CDC, states, and other partners are actively investigating, but so far, no definitive cause has been established. No specific e-cigarette device or substance has been linked to all cases, and e-cigarette include a variety of chemical and additives; consumers may not know what these products contain. Based on the clinical and laboratory evidence to date, we believe that a chemical exposure is likely associated with these illnesses. However, and I really want to stress this, more information is needed to determine which specific products or substances are Read the full article…

Looking to become the video-based social network of the gaming world, Medal.tv raises $9 million

When Medal.tv first launched on the scene, the company was an upstart trying to be the social network for the gaming generation. Since its debut in February, the clipping and messaging service for gamers has amassed 5 million total users with hundreds of thousands of daily active users. And now it has a $9 million new investment from firms, led by Horizons Ventures, the venture capital fund established by Hong Kong multi-billionaire Li Ka-shing. Medal.tv’s clipping service allows gamers to share the moments of their digital lives “We’re seeing sharing of short-form video emerge as a means of self-expression and entertainment for the current generation. We believe Medal’s platform will be a foundation for interactive social experiences beyond what you can find in a game,” says Jonathan Tam, an investor with Horizons Ventures . Medal sees potential both in its social network and in the ability for game developers to Read the full article…

GeekWire Calendar Picks: Working in video games; the latest findings on sleep; and more

Kerry Davis has been working at Valve for more than 15 years. (DigiPen Photo) — Working in video games is something lots of young (and not so young) people aspire to do. But it can be tough to get legitimate career advice. In hopes of giving attendees real and valuable information, Redmond, Wash.-based video game university DigiPen is hosting Kerry Davis, who has been working as a programmer at Valve for more than 15 years. Davis will talk about his unusual journey into the industry and share lessons learned from his time at Valve. The event is at DigiPen on Sept. 14. — How can we get a good night’s sleep? It’s easy to find a wealth of information online, but there’s not much rooted in real science. Researchers from the University of Washington will be sharing their latest findings during News You Can Snooze: New Studies on Sleep. The Read the full article…

Respawn actually asked us to keep noobs at home for its Apex Legends season 3 preview

Image: Respawn Apex Legends developer Respawn included a rather unique request in an invite to its upcoming season 3 preview for the battle royale game: skilled players only. It wasn’t a strict requirement, of course. More of a polite “will you consider this.” “Competition will be high and we ask that you send your best Champion of the Arena to battle it out with players who’ve climbed up ranked mode over the last six months,” reads the invite from Respawn’s public relations team. That can mean a few things. For one, it could mean that the entire event, or least most of it, will be focused on the competitive aspects of season 3, and increasingly high-octane competition is Apex Legends’ selling point and what’s keeping its diehard players sticking… Read the full article…

Blair Witch is a horror game that really feels like getting lost in the woods

Bloober Team / Lionsgate There are lots of video games based on the illusion of choice, full of spaces designed to invisibly nudge players toward a goal. Blair Witch, a game set in the same world as iconic horror film The Blair Witch Project, makes the illusion explicit — then promises you ways to exploit it. It’s a fitting, fascinating, yet often self-defeating idea. I want to play Blair Witch over and over. I also never want to see it again. Blair Witch was released last week by the Polish studio Bloober Team, best known for cyberpunk detective game Observer and the Layers of Fear series. It’s set in Maryland’s Burkittsville Woods (home to the eponymous Blair Witch) in 1996, shortly after the disappearance of three hapless campers in the original film. In B… Read the full article…

The Verge guide to gaming gear

Gaming today is more than just play. It means being immersed in fabulous universes; testing your reflexes against an imaginary opponent; interacting with friends, acquaintances, and strangers in strange environments; and solving complex, near-impossible puzzles. But whether you’re a weekend gamer or a top-of-the-field player, you can’t do your best unless you know what you’re doing and have the knowledge you need — the type of know-how to ensure that you really succeed at gaming. This is where you’ll find a load of gaming tips and tricks — whether you use a console, a computer, or a phone, and whether you’re a master or are just starting out. We’ll also tell you how to get around some of the frustrations you may hit, like moving your… Read the full article…

Gears 5 Includes an Extended Hamilton Reference

Gears of War 5 contains a number of references to the popular real-life musical, Hamilton. The Gears 5 musical equivalent is called “Embry” and also tells the story of a prominent, foundational government figure. Instead of Alexander Hamilton, the Gears 5 musical is about Nassar Embry, member of the Allfathers and founder of The Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG), Sera’s governing body. The references can be found peppered throughout Act I: Chapter 4 – The Tide Turns, including posters sporting a stance which will be instantly familiar to Hamilton fans, as well as appraisals from critics, such as “above average, recommended viewing,” but the reference doesn’t stop with posters. Read the full article…

Gears 5 Is ‘Grounded in Diversity’ Says Director as Players Praise LGBT, Disability Representation

Gears 5’s developers are making a big effort to make it the most accessible entry in the Gears of War franchise. This includes having 19 different Pride flags available as banners in the Gears 5 multiplayer mode. “At The Coalition, we believe that gaming is for everyone. And we believe that gaming is better when we embrace the things that make us unique and respect diverse perspectives,” The Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson tells IGN in a statement. “Gears of War is a series grounded in diversity, and we’re proud to celebrate it in our characters and our players. The ‘Gears 5’ team was incredibly passionate about including flags representing the different aspects of Pride and we’re thrilled players can show up as their authentic selves while playing.” Read the full article…