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  • 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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  • Adobe Lightroom Mobile: Image Processing on the Go (including Android)

    Last month, Adobe released a new version of its Lightroom app for mobile devices. For the first time this app is not only available for iPhones and iPads, but for Android devices as well. But how efficient can image processing on tablet or smartphone actually be?



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  • Design Trend Hero Images: The Bold Way of Using Images

    Currently there are two seemingly contrary trends in web design. On the one hand, websites become more minimalistic – less colors, clear fonts and simple shapes. On the other hand, large-sized, full page images – so called hero images – are becoming more and more popular. Sounds strange, but in the end only appears to be contradictory. At second glance, both trends complement each other very well. Of course, this only applies when they are used both in a sensible way and even more importantly with an expressive image.



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  • Ghost Buttons – THE Minimalist Web Design Trend

    The times of gloss and 3D effects are over – at least for now. The trend in web design goes towards minimalism which is also reflected in the style of buttons. The hot so-called ghost buttons fit perfectly with the reserved look of modern websites based on flat design or even more trendy material design. Ghost buttons basically consist only of a very thin outline with some text in it. They can hardly be created more basic – at least, if you want them to be recognized as what they are.



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  • Web App Manifest: Open Websites Like Native Apps on Mobile Devices

    Native apps for smartphones and tablets are still popular but not always necessary. Instead you can create web applications using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Thanks to the JavaScript APIs, you have access to the accelerometer, enabling you to recognize gestures and react accordingly. The web app manifest allows you to add classic app features to your web application, including special launcher icons and names that are shorter than the usually very long titles of HTML documents.



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  • 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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  • Sequence.js: Responsive Content Slider with CSS3 Transitions and Gesture Control

    Plugins for content sliders are a dime a dozen, fish in the sea, you name it. Fewer, but still many are supporting CSS3 transitions and working responsively. Anyway „Sequence.js“ is something special. This JavaScript does not only support animations on the transition of slides as a whole. Instead all of the content of a slide, be it headlines or images, can be animated individually. Being a top-notch web tool, „Sequence.js“ even supports gesture control to be intuitively usable on smartphones and tablets as well. Now tell me, doesn’t this set that responsive content slider far enough apart to justify a closer look?



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  • SVG Fallback in Older Browsers: Alternatives to JavaScript

    SVG sees widespread support by recent browsers these days. Still plenty of people do not surf the web using one of these modern browsers. Especially the older versions of Internet Explorer are used in relevant numbers worldwide. And these older versions cause problems, not only, but also when it comes to SVG. IE simply doesn’t know SVG, so we need to offer PNG or JPEG as a fallback. Of course we have JavaScript with its numerous possibilities to care for proper fallback solutions, but what if JavaScript is not an option? Keep calm and read on. We have a row of alternatives for you. Some of which mean even lesser effort than coming forth with a full-fledged JavaScript…



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  • HTML5 Canvas: Drawing Made Simpler with Fabric.js

    Drawing with the HTML element Canvas doesn’t leave much to be desired. Complex shapes and animations are possible, the feature set is quite impressive. Yet we need to combine several methods when it comes to e.g. create a shape, rotate it and fill it with a color. The JavaScript library Fabric.js simplifies the possibilities Canvas has to offer and adds functionality to het work done faster. Animations and interactions are created and applied in next to no time.



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  • HTML5: Native Dialogue Windows With the New Dialog Element

    New HTML5 elements and new JavaScript APIs allow us to create complex applications for the browser. Part of any modern application are one or more dialogue windows. These require users to confirm the execution of certain actions or simply issue a message. With the new „<dialog>“ element we can now markup these windows using pure HTML5.



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