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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Feb 22 2015

Blast from the Past #6: 100 Best Free Business Cards, Resume Templates and Other Corporate Identity Packages of 2014

Welcome to part 6 of our series "Blast from the Past". By now, you are already in possession of a vast collection of 90 free carefully executed GUI sets, 100 icon packs, 100+ PSD templates, the same number of HTML templates as well as over a hundred fonts, in flavors desktop, web and icon. Now you are fully equipped to perform the creation of a great web design. But what about other corporate identity items? Business cards, stationery or what if you are perfectly equipped but got no job? In this case our resume templates might just be what you are looking for. That’s what today’s collection is all about. Again, we searched thoroughly and came up with the 100+ best business card mockups, resume templates and other corporate identity necessities.

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Feb 21 2015

Blast from the Past #5: 100+ Best Free Fonts of 2014

Welcome to part 5 of our series “Blast from the Past”. By now, you are already in possession of a vast collection of 90 free carefully executed GUI sets, 100 icon packs, 100+ PSD templates and the same number of HTML templates. So, what’s missing you might wonder. Not much, that’s for sure. But, let’s think about it. Yes, I have an idea. What about fonts? But not only desktop fonts, also web and icon fonts would be great. Don’t you agree? That’s what today’s collection is all about. Again, we searched thoroughly and came up with the 100+ best free fonts of 2014.

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Feb 20 2015

Recipe for Success: Ten WordPress Plugins to Rock Your Blog

Blogging with WordPress can be good fun with the right plugins. Plugins make work more comfortable, add new features, and can keep visitors on your blog. With the right plugin, blogging tasks can be performed in a smarter, easier, faster, and more productive way. Whatever you have in mind for your blog, there is probably a plugin for that. The only problem is that you will have to find the right one first, and with currently 35,038 listed plugins, this is tantamount to looking for a needle in a haystack. To save you some time in the search, we provide you with ten extraordinary plugins for various tasks that will make your life a lot easier.

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