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Visual Hunt: More Than 350 Million Photos For Free Commercial Use

September 20th, 2016
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Pictures say more than words. Especially graphic and web designers value the use of meaningful, professional photos. On the search for the right picture, we often end up with a commercial provider. Often neither the quality nor the quantity of the free providers is sufficient. Here, Visual Hunt is an exception in the truest sense of the word. With more than 350 million photos,...

Inspiration

Design Seeds: Daily Inspiration From Photos and Colors

September 19th, 2016
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Creativity rarely comes from nowhere. Inspiration is an important aspect for all graphic and web designers. Get your daily dose of inspiration in the form of photos and colors at Design Seeds. There, you’ll be provided with sophisticated pictures and a fitting color palette every day. Inspiration From Nature and Environment In 2009, Design Seeds was created by Jessica Colaluca, who went freelance as...

Design

Cookies & Co.: Storage Options in the Browser

September 6th, 2016
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For the longest time, cookies were the only option to store information locally within the browser. Even today they are mainly used in combination with server-side sessions. However, thanks to HTML5, we have another option to locally deposit data in the browser. There’s the “Application Cache”, as well as “Web Storage”, and IndexedDB. But what are the different storage options there for and what can...

Plugins

RegistrationMagic: WordPress Plugin for Extensive Forms

September 1st, 2016
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Despite all of its functions and popularity, there’s one thing that WordPress is missing: the option to create and implement forms out of the box. However, adequate features can easily be added thanks to plenty of plugins. RegistrationMagic is a plugin that sticks out from the rest, as it provides very extensive options for the creation and management of forms, while being equipped with...

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Creating Animated GIFs the Right Way – with Cloudinary

August 22nd, 2016
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Animated GIFs are very popular, although there are other options – such as HTML5 video, CSS, and JavaScript – for animations. Short video clips are often created in GIF format and then shared on social media. Cloudinary, a cloud-based image and video management solution, enables you to quickly and automatically create animated GIFs. Cloudinary also helps you to optimize GIFs and converting them into...

Business Online

CuePin: Effective and Quick Collaboration for Design Projects

August 18th, 2016
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Graphic and web designers know the problem: projects have to be approved by the client or discussed with the rest of the team. This results in plenty of comments, change requests, and questions. CuePin provides an effective, and easy to use collaboration tool that lets you present your drafts for websites and other projects to other people very easily, while giving them the opportunity...

Technology

Adobe Acrobat Alternative PDFelement Creates, Edits, and Protects PDFs

August 17th, 2016
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The PDF format is still the standard when it comes to exchanging documents. PDFelement is an extensive PDF editor that allows you to create, edit, and even sign PDF files or protect them from being altered, if necessary. The application is a great alternative to Adobe’s Acrobat, not only because it’s much more cost-effective… Intuitive Controls Thanks to a Simple Interface PDFelement is available...

Development

Why You Should Embed SVG Inline

August 17th, 2016
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Those working with SVG graphics have multiple options to embed them into an HTML document. Aside from using it as a classic image file via the “<img>” element, SVG can also be implemented via “<object>” or “<iframe>”. The latter two have the advantage that they allow for the execution of JavaScript and animations. The simple variant however, is marking SVG inline in the HTML...

Development

ZingTouch: Extensive Gesture Recognition Via JavaScript

August 16th, 2016
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The chance of your website being accessed via smartphone or tablet is constantly increasing. Mobile internet usage is growing, which makes it increasingly more important that you keep usability via touch display in mind when designing your website. Aside from simple taps, plenty of gestures used to control mobile devices have established themselves. ZingTouch is an extensive JavaScript library that you can use to...

Boilerplates & Other Tools

Datamaps.co: Quickly Create Maps as PNG or SVG

July 30th, 2016
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Maps are commonly used to visualize statistical data. Yet, these maps are not always available. Above all else, however, the editing of such datamaps always requires effort. The service Datamaps.co not only provides vector-based maps, but also makes it easy for you to add statistical data as well as adjust the design. Choosing a Map First, choose a map from Datamaps.co. Aside from a...

Design

MapSVG: Vector-Based Maps for jQuery and WordPress

July 27th, 2016
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Maps are always needed, either for the visual extension of statistics or for the display of location. MapSVG is a service that allows you to easily integrate vector-based, interactive maps in SVG format into your website. MapSVG is available as a plugin for both jQuery and WordPress. State Maps Including Divisions MapSVG gives you access to far more than 100 different maps. Among them...

Design

How Poorly Hamburger Menus and Hidden Navigation Work

July 26th, 2016
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Small display, little room – on smartphones, it’s always a challenge to fit in all the content and the navigation of a website. That’s why hiding the navigation and only placing a hamburger menu which displays the navigation after a tap has established itself. For a long time already, there have been discussions whether you should hide something as important as the navigation. In...

Development

Anime.js Makes Animating CSS and SVG Easy

July 23rd, 2016
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Anime.js is another one in an already impressive row of frameworks for animations. In contrast to all the other ones, anime.js does not only allow for the animation via CSS attributes. You can also alter SVG and HTML attributes with animations. It’s hard to image modern web design without the SVG format. This framework came at the right time. Simple CSS Animations Once you’ve...

Design

Animated and Interactive SVG: Essential Tips

July 19th, 2016
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Animated and Interactive SVG: Tips You Should Keep in Mind

The SVG format has turned into a contemporary alternative to Flash in many regards. Not only is it vector-based, but it also renders animations and interactions possible. Due to the different ways to create animations and to integrate SVGs into a web project, you should keep the following tips in mind to make sure that everything works the way you want it to. Animations...