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Highfaluting words and long sentences make Papa cry

Ernest Hemingway's spare, concise and uncomplicated writing style packed quite a punch. The man himself departed this world more than 50 years ago but that doesn't mean you can't have him as a writing coach. Paste your text into the online app Hemingway and you'll get some tips for improvement.

For an alternative quick and dirty test, try The Readability Test Tool. You can check web pages by URL or paste in your text.

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?” - Winnie the Pooh

Design Trend: The World is Flat

Over the last year the graphics on the user interfaces (UI) for apps, web, as well as on your smartphone has been updated to a style call flat design. In the past, UI graphics have used bevels, shadows and textures for a skeuomorphic effect  - a look that is now a little dated.

Now it's all about clean and simple design in the service of usability and good looks. So if you're planing to give your website a visual update this year, keep flat design in mind. Here are some examples for inspiration.

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