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Design

Mobile Navigation Via Taps and Gestures Instead of the Mouse

July 12th, 2016
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Mobile web has strongly influenced our habits of when, how, and where we use the world wide web. The way of how we navigate through websites has changed the most. A few years ago, the mouse had the main responsibility for the navigation, and now, tablets and smartphones are controlled via simple taps and gestures. Thus, contemporary websites should definitely consider taps and gestures...

Essentials

Everyday Fonts: These Typefaces Always Work

July 9th, 2016
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Everyday Fonts

The search for suitable fonts for a web project is not always easy. Many fonts have a unique character, and thus, don’t suit every case. However, there are a lot of free fonts with a very general design, allowing them to be used in almost any web project. We call them everyday fonts and have gathered some for you. “Source Sans” and “Source Serif”...

(Free) Services

Good to Have: Chrome Extensions for Web Developers

July 6th, 2016
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Browsers have been evolving over the past years, and by now, there are plenty of tools for developers, allowing you to test your web projects in-depth, foremost regarding HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This way, both JavaScript errors, as well as wrong CSS labels are recognized. However, the developer tools can’t do everything (yet). Thus, there are a few valuable Chrome extensions to facilitate work...

Design

CSS Instead of SVG: Creating, Animating, and Morphing Shapes

July 1st, 2016
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CSS Instead of SVG: Creating, Animating, and Morphing Shapes

When it comes to complex shapes and animations, SVG is often the format of choice, and there’s a reason for that. However, thanks to new CSS3 attributes, you get to create and even animate shapes aside from rectangle and circle, without any SVG being required at all. Complex Shapes Via “clip-path.” The CSS3 attribute “clip-path” allows you to crop elements to (almost) any shape...

Design

HTML5.1: The New Standard is Nearing Completion

June 30th, 2016
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HTML5.1: The New Standard is Nearing Completion

HTML5 becoming the official standard in 2014 was a milestone for modern web development. Better semantics, and easier controls, especially on mobile devices, were central ideas of HTML5. About two years later, its successor, HTML5.1, is nearing completion. Many of the things that are new in HTML5.1 are already being used and supported by most browsers. “<picture>” Element and “srcset” Attribute For a long...

Essentials

Fontastic: How to Find Free High-Quality Fonts

June 29th, 2016
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Finding the right font for a design or a project is not easy, although there are tons of free fonts on the internet. Oftentimes, the quality of the fonts rather lacks regarding aesthetics, character set, and OpenType features. However, there are a couple of high-quality, well elaborated, aesthetically appealing, and, on top of that, free fonts on the internet, and all of that even...

(Free) Services

Three Online Webfont Generators for Your Projects

June 24th, 2016
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Three Online Webfont Generators for Your Projects

Webfonts have become an indispensable part of web design. Aside from plenty of commercial variants, Google Fonts also provides many fonts that you can integrate into your web projects for free. Those that generally prefer to host themselves will find a couple of online webfont generators that turn desktop fonts into webfonts in the following article. Extensive Webfont Generator by FontSquirrel FontSquirrel is most certainly...

Design

Animated SVG with Adobe Animate and Snap.SVG

June 16th, 2016
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With Animate CC, Adobe finally sounded the bell to the end of Flash. While the renamed animation program still supports Flash, it has moved its main focus towards HTML5 and WebGL. Now, for each new project, you decide whether you want to create an animation via HTML5 canvas or WebGL. Animated SVGs with Animate CC were not possible until recently. The extension “Snap.SVG Animator”...

Development

JavaScript: Ramjet Transforms HTML Elements

June 15th, 2016
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Transformations and Animations are used on more and more websites due to CSS3 and HTML5. The JavaScript library Ramjet uses CSS3 options and allows you to transform any HTML element into a different one. Simple Effect With Large Impact Basically, the transformation effect used by ramjet is a simple one. Take any two HTML elements. Images, texts, and SVG graphics can be combined, and...

(Free) Services

FontYou: Your Fonts in the Cloud

June 14th, 2016
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The way fonts have been advertised and used changed a lot over the past couple of years. Due to the establishment of web fonts, the commercial font providers now offer different subscription models alongside the standard purchase option. On top of that, there’s an increasing number of free, high-quality fonts, developed specifically for web use. Now, there’s the cloud service FontYou, which wants to...

Design

SVG in Responsive Webdesign: Pros and Cons

June 13th, 2016
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SVG in Responsive Webdesign: Pros and Cons

The SVG format has plenty of advantages over other image formats for the web. It’s vector-based, compact, and even editable via plain text editors thanks to the XML syntax. There’s a reason why it’s becoming increasingly more popular, especially with the steadily growing mobile web. Responsive webdesign is where it has a lot of strengths. However, it does have some problems here as well....

Design

More Compact Web Fonts With WOFF 2.0

June 6th, 2016
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WOFF 2.0

While multiple file formats had to be provided during the early days of web fonts, nowadays, the WOFF format has become the standard and is supported by all modern browsers. Older formats like the EOT format are only needed when you want to support Internet Explorer before version 9. After the WOFF format became the official standard in 2012, there’s lately been an upgrade...

Boilerplates & Other Tools

Mockplus: Create Mockups for Desktop and Mobile Easily

June 6th, 2016
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Complex user interfaces for websites or applications have to be well thought out and intuitive. Before it comes to actual design, it is a common thing to define the appearance and controls via mockups. Mockplus allows you to create interactive mockups with just a few clicks, and test them on mobile devices as well. Download Mockplus for Windows and Mac OSX Although the trend...

Design

Optimizing Web Fonts Made Easy

June 3rd, 2016
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Optimizing Web Fonts Made Easy

There’s no doubt that web fonts are an enormous enrichment for web design, and it has become hard to image it without them. After all, web fonts were what ended the uniform typography with Verdana and its contemporaries. As web fonts have to be downloaded, in contrast to system fonts, they are an additional resource that causes additional data traffic. The following tips will...