Sep 30 2014

HTML5: Pointer Lock API Lets You Hide the Mouse Pointer From View

Browsers are on the way to becoming full-fledged gaming platforms. Thanks to HTML5 and JavaScript developing complex applications is still loads of work, but possible. Quite a few game concepts don’t rely on visible mouse pointers, though. Especially while controlling an app keyboard-based, a visible mouse pointer can get annoying. Use the new Pointer Lock API to simply hide it as necessary.

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Sep 29 2014

Practical Typography: The Only Book You’ll Need to Turn Pro

Matthew Butterick is a writer, typographer and lawyer from Los Angeles. As a lawyer he is aqcuainted to reading professionally produced material, as a writer he wants to stick to the same standards, and as a typographer he creates the fonts needed to achieve that. Besides outstanding fonts Butterick also created the web-based book "Practical Typography" which I stumbled upon just recently. "Practical Typography" wants to equip the average designer, writer, anyone with typographical basic knowledge. Butterick promises to elevate your skills to reach a level that is higher than that of 99 percent of your fellow designers/writers.

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Sep 26 2014

WTF? Quirky and Unusual Packaging and Advertorial Designs

For both packaging and advertisements, one of the most important elements is that the design stands out from its surroundings, whether this is on a shelf or in a magazine. The catch is that it shouldn’t just stand out, however. A good marketing design is one that will also capture attention long enough to leave a lasting impression on the consumer. And also just as important is that the lasting impression is one that accurately portrays the brand along with the product’s unique features and, more importantly, benefits.

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Sep 25 2014

Deal of the Week: Convert Photos to Painted Art With These Impressive Photoshop Actions

Flat design is all the rage these days. But imagine a flat design website equipped with full-fledged real-life photos. This might or might not look too good. Have you ever thought of taking the complexity out of the imagery as well? How about converting photos into more of cartoon-style drawings, bringing them closer to the flat style of your over-all site design? With the amazing Photoshop actions our Deal of the Week is offering you, you can do that all and with ease!

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Sep 25 2014

I Hate Parallax Scrolling – Here’s Why You Should Too

Parallax scrolling for websites is the new hotness! Then again, so were glitter unicorns and type for MySpace pages and websites galore. The web moves fast and there’s a difference between a fad and a trend. So, is parallax scrolling a good addition to your website? Here’s a look at the top parallax scrolling websites, their strengths—and weaknesses.

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Sep 24 2014

Refreshing Like September Rain: 20+ Free HTML/CSS, PSD and GUI Templates for Trendy Designs

Autumn is approaching. While I write this, the world around me seems about to drown. Rain is hammering against my window. Face it, it’s September 2014. And while it’s not always a good thing to see nice seasons leave and nasty seasons come, there is one upside of time flying by and this is the availability of the next stack of templates from our monthly series. Once again we have come up with our picks of the month, showing new interfaces and templates for all your web and mobile projects. As always, this roundup is divided into three sections for HTML templates, PSD templates and Graphic User Interfaces. Go ahead and see what we dug up for you. My personal favorite is "Lonely", a Bootstrap-based photography theme. What is yours?

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Sep 23 2014

End of Shirking: 20 Free WordPress Themes Fresh from September 2014

In between summer and fall, one can easily get surprised while wearing a t-shirt outside. I chuckled quite a few times already. It is then when I like my office most. Sitting in front of the computer with its warm glow, working on WordPress projects harder than ever – well, at least harder than ever since the middle of spring. WordPress is just that kind of a convenient CMS that can get you up and running in no time. Probably that way I can catch up with all the work I have been negligent of. Wait, would I not be quicker if I took a ready-made theme to accelerate things? Lucky me, as Noupe continues with their monthly series of the freshest WordPress themes for self-hosted sites.

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Sep 23 2014

MotoPress Content Editor for WordPress: The Winners

Last week we started a giveaway together with our friends over at MotoPress. You had the chance to win a 384 dollar value of licenses of their visual content editor plugin for WordPress. As promised we asked our magic fairy to conjure up the winners. And here are the results. The lucky ones are:

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Sep 22 2014

World of Design No. 1: Ukraine

From Sevastopol to Kiev, from Lviv to Donetsk – the Ukraine is a huge country with a long, rich history as well as dramatic landscapes and seascapes. Under its wings live various ethnic groups with a wide and diverse cultural background. The Ukraine or better the Ukrainians definitely have something to show off. It is a motherland of splendid embroidery, lavish traditional costumes, and highly decorative arts and crafts. It is no wonder that it is the home of a great deal of virtuosos who not only are engaged in traditional types of art but also in modern ones including website design, mobile app design, typeface design and others. Sharing common roots with both Eastern European and Western European civilizations, its cultural heritage is a unique blend that bears remarkable and exceptional elements that couldn’t but help to encourage talented folks on eloquently expressing themselves through creating projects that can be hailed as real masterpieces. Ukrainian designers and agencies are active participants of different trendy mainstreams. They work inside the world arena and compete with others on high levels, making their own incomparable contribution as well as blessing the web with matchless high-end projects. Today we are going to shed some light on several Ukraine-based and really talented individuals as well as creative companies that have already managed to leave their mark.

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Sep 19 2014

For the Love of Typography: 30 Free Decorative TypeFaces for Graphic Designers

Typography in the world of web design is only still growing in importance, while in the world of print design noone doubts the importance of great type choices and craftsmenship. Every artist understands that this is able to either make or break your design, no matter how lavish or unique it looks. Harmony in design aesthetics is what really matters, and typography plays a crucial role here. There is no more powerful tool than a properly-selected typeface that will help to harmoniously blend text into composition, and at the same time, make its presence felt.

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