Mar 01 2015

20 Fresh Free Templates in HTML and PSD: March 2015 Edition

Material, grids, parallax, ghosts, heroes – it’s all there in our third iteration of 2015′s collections of free HTML, CSS, and PSD templates. These design elements will serve your next project perfectly no matter what. AS always we have roamed the web and came up with what we found the best resources in HTML, CSS, and PSD. Some of the following elements are templates for websites, others deliver more or less complete UI kits to build that great web (or native) app around. There should be something for everybody…

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Feb 28 2015

A Life Without Adobe: Possible, but Pointless (IMHO)

Adobe celebrates the 25th birthday of Photoshop. The first version of the image editing program came into market in 1990 and marked the beginning of the worldwide success of the Californian company. Photoshop is in all likelihood still the most famous product of Adobe; being popular and in use by a broader clientele than just the design industry.

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Feb 27 2015

Affinity Photo Beta: The First REAL Alternative to Photoshop?

On February 10 this year a new creative design software was unveiled: Affinity Photo by Serif debuted in beta and is currently available for free, exclusively for Mac OS X. The app claims to be a pro-level challenger to Adobe Photoshop, the undisputable top dog and standard in the publishing industry. After the beta phase, Affinity Photo will be available at the Mac App Store, at an estimated price tag of £39.99 (€49.99/$49.99). So let´s have a look under the hood of this new software and check it against its overwhelming rival, Adobe Photoshop.

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Feb 26 2015

Logo Design According to Zeitgeist: Not Only the Times are Changing

Logos, be it wordmarks or symbols, are rarely „timeless“. Instead, they are regularly adapted over time – sometimes tentatively, sometimes more radical. Apart from taking on style details such as gloss, 3D, and shadow effects which disappear with the fading of those design trends, there seems to be an underlying general direction in logo design: shapes get more simple, proportions more harmonious, and details disappear. When a company is founded, logos are often not created by professional designers, but rather quickly jotted down. Frequently, those logos do not correspond with the core principles needed for creating a distinct logo. Simplicity always plays an important part here. Wordmarks and symbols need to be quickly recognized and embraced.

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Feb 26 2015

Top 10 Best WordPress Hosting Reviews Sort the Wheat from the Chaff

The web is a place where you cannot only never reach the horizon but can’t even see it. Your life span is too short to be able to ever visit all the places there are today. Now consider that each day more new places arise than you could possibly visit even in that one day. In doing this, you’ll soon come to the conclusion that without some orientation, navigational helpers and other order systems you’ll get lost in the data stream. Fortunately, these helpers exist. One of which we will introduce you to today.

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Feb 25 2015

The Hunger Games: Are Designers Cannibals?

Sure, many designers scream that speculative work is bad. The major creative and design organizations have written articles out the whazoo about how bad it is for the industry and even have white papers, books and entire conference programs dedicated to the “NoSpec!” movement. Still, it’s increasing and guess who’s to blame? The very people it hurts!

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Feb 24 2015

KeyCDN Giveaway: Win One of Three Accounts with 1 TB Traffic

Earlier today we introduced you to KeyCDN from Switzerland, a cogent new content delivery network (CDN). They offer a solid performance boost with their twenty (and counting) globally distributed server locations. If you are unsure whether a CDN would really speed up your website, read on. To complete our introduction of the world’s most price-worthy CDN, we convinced them to offer three accounts with one TB of traffic to our dear readers. All you need to do is answer a simple question. All you need to have is the luck of the draw…

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Feb 24 2015

KeyCDN: Cogent New Content Delivery Network Made in Switzerland

Content Delivery Networks are an important component for all website operators with high website traffic. Highly fluctuating and globally diverse visitor rates can be elegantly cushioned and easily operated by CDN providers. Now, the Swiss KeyCDN (based in Winterthur) throws their hat in the ring. And what we can already say is that KeyCDN understands how to leave rivals behind in this highly competitive market.

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Feb 23 2015

Cartoon: If Web Designers Were Sculptors… [006]

People working in the web design and development industry need to become thick-skinned over the years if they intend to survive long term. I am in this business since web design got invented in the early Nineties, and I sure know what I’m talking about when it comes to the hidden secrets of client communication. My remedy these days is laughing. I refuse to get angry anymore. Instead, I make fun of the situations that only a few years ago made me want to hire a professional killer. There are quite a few people out there who are only still alive for the fact I couldn’t afford to pay one. Nah, just joking. As making fun of it all is the healthiest way to cope with it, we decided to start a new cartoon series titled “If Web Designers Were” here at Noupe. This is part six. Hope you enjoy it…

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Feb 23 2015

TemplateMonster Giveaway: 10 Templates for 10 Winners

Good news for our readership. We already introduced you to TemplateMonster’s monstrous repository jam-packed with a wide variety of different templates for different purposes as well as different systems. Whether you are looking for HTML5 themes, Bootstrap themes, newsletter templates, PSD layouts, PrestoShop or WooCommerce templates and a lot more, TemplateMonster has you covered. Today we teamed up with them for a second time. While the first giveaway was all about WordPress themes, today ten winners can freely choose one theme each from the whole portfolio of TemplateMonster. Good luck and choose wisely…

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