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By Joe Chellman | Friday, June 5, 2015

Version Control: It's Not Just for Programmers Anymore!

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I believe that to create good work, you need to be fearless. Fear of mistakes, or of breaking something and not being able to recover, can be very harmful to any kind of work.

Working with computers, it’s essential to keep backups so work doesn’t get lost—but backups are automatic and have no built-in knowledge of what the work actually is. Using version control, you can keep records of what exactly you’ve done at every step (without anyone else telling you what that “step” should be), and go back to previous versions if a direction doesn’t work out.

Version control software has been helping programmers do this kind of safe experimentation for years, and I believe it can be really helpful for creatives. I like to think of it as having the freedom to make bolder, braver mistakes.

By Scott Fegette | Monday, June 30, 2014

GitHub for the Rest of Us

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Designers often work alongside coders on technical projects ranging from traditional web design to interactive documents and books, HTML5 web applications, and more. This not only means that we’re having to learn a little code ourselves these days, but also to integrate with code-centric workflows. And increasingly, the interaction between creative and technical professionals is happening on GitHub.

Although sharing and collaboration are popular reasons to use a GitHub repository to manage project assets, backup and recovery are even more fundamental reasons to “git” with the program and start using version control yourself. GitHub helps manage (and back up) text-based design assets like CSS, HTML, and JavaScript, and it can also help track graphic and binary files as well. Once you get started, you’ll find a lot of reasons to keep GitHub looking over your project assets.

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