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Finding Colors: 5 Tools for Great Color Concepts

June 2nd, 2016
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Finding Colors: 5 Tools for Great Color Concepts

Colors play a significant role when it comes to design. However, not everyone can create coherent, suitable color concepts. Thus, there’s a bunch of web applications that help you find appropriate color combinations. Monochromatic colors can be compiled just as well as complementary colors. Partially, the tools are different from the outset. Adobe Color CC Adobe Color CC certainly is the most popular color...

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Everything OK: Is Your Website Valid, Accessible, and Fast?

May 27th, 2016
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Web development is becoming more and more sophisticated. Aside from the correct markup of HTML and CSS, there are plenty of factors that don’t necessarily affect the look of a website, yet they can still influence a website’s success. This includes a barrier-free display of the content, as well as other components. Having all of this covered is difficult. That’s why there are many...

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Survey: Typographic Trends 2016

May 23rd, 2016
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Survey: Typographic Trends 2016

What’s popular regarding typography right now? Extensis, a provider of app solutions for font management, has conducted a survey in the creative scene and has come to impressive results. All the survey results, for which about 2,000 creative people from different branches were asked, can be downloaded for free in the PDF file Typographic Trends. Fonts are Still Used for Printing Jim Kidwell, who...

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Blisk: The Browser for Developers

May 20th, 2016
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Nowadays, all modern browsers are equipped with extensive developer tools. Among other things, they help you check HTML and CSS, as well as debug JavaScript. They also allow you to have your web layout displayed in different resolutions. These developer tools ease the work of web designers and developers significantly. However, this can be done in an even more comfortable and faster way: Blisk...

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Simple State Manager: Responsive Web Design Made Easy

May 9th, 2016
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Simple State Manager

Media queries allow you to react to changes in width and height of the browser’s display area. When the browser window is changed on desktop devices, or when a mobile device is changed from portrait to landscape mode, fitting stylesheets can be applied immediately with CSS and media queries. Control the behavior of the media queries via JavaScript using the JavaScript tool Simple State...

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3D Within the Browser: Seen.js Creates Complex Graphics and Animations for Canvas and SVG

May 8th, 2016
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HTML5 and JavaScript provide all functions needed to create complex graphics and animations within the browser. For that purpose, the JavaScript library “seen.js” offers a broad array of options to build complex 3D worlds in the browser. “seen.js” is independent of jQuery or other libraries and constructs impressive 3D objects and sceneries on the basis of HTML5 Canvas and SVG. 3D within the browser,...

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Combining Typefaces Made Easy (Free eBook)

May 5th, 2016
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Combining Typefaces

Since the introduction of web fonts, the undivided variety of typography is available to web designers and their projects. However, combining the right fonts is easier said than done. The free ebook “Combining Typefaces” helps you find fonts that fit together nicely. So, which fonts suit my web layout and which fonts harmonize with each other? The ebook answers this and other questions on...

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Collaboration Tools: Design Discussions in the Browser

April 21st, 2016
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Collaboration Tools: Design Discussions in the Browser

Instead of presenting drafts and finished layouts to your customer on site, the internet is becoming an increasingly more popular method. While layouts used to be sent via email, there are plenty of tools now, which ease presentation, receiving feedback, and collaboration in general. Apart from pure graphic layouts and mockups, there are also services that take screenshots of websites or allow the user...

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Foundation for Emails 2: Responsive, Simple, Universal

April 20th, 2016
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Foundation for Emails 2: Responsive, Simple, Universal

While you can use HTML5 and CSS3 in modern browsers without any issues, and assume that Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explore or Edge display everything the way you expect them to, email services are a different story. Every program has its own idea of how to display HTML and CSS. “Foundation for Emails 2” is a new, extensive framework that allows for sophisticated emails...

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The Most Beautiful Layer Fonts and How to Use Them in Web Design

April 12th, 2016
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The Most Beautiful Layer Fonts and

Multi-colored text is no invention of digital typography. In the 19th century already, there were some fonts that were divided into two or more cuts so that they can be printed above each other in different colors. The OpenType Format provides these so-called layer fonts for digital use as well. Especially for 3D and shadow effects, plenty of fonts that allow for multi-colored display...

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Comparison: Font Subscription Services for the Web

April 8th, 2016
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Comparison: Font Subscription Services for the Web

Subscriptions are becoming more and more popular when it comes to digital content and applications. Whether it’s about music, software or fonts: Instead of buying or licensing once, offers are provided as some flat monthly rate. When it comes to web fonts, providers have been using a subscription model since the beginning, mainly to prevent font data from loading on foreign servers. By now,...

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Natural Evolution: Surreal CMS Dynamizes Static Websites

March 30th, 2016
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Natural Evolution: Surreal CMS Dynamizes Static Websites

Content managements systems are an essential part of modern web development. Depending on the system, the installation and configuration can be more or less extensive and time-consuming. Especially with smaller projects, effort is often in no relation to utility, which is why these often end up as a static website instead. Surreal CMS allows you to add almost all features of a content management...

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Photoshop: 5 Indispensable Extensions for Everyday Use

March 18th, 2016
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Photoshop: 5 Indispensable Extentions for Everyday Use

Most graphic and web designers should be used to Photoshop, and work with it more or less often. To make the daily work with Adobe’s pixel-editing flagship even more comfortable and easy, there are several extensions that supposedly ease the workflow. Today we want to introduce you to five of these indispensable extensions. Perfect Patterns Using “Seamless Textures” Original Image With “Tile“ and “Mirror”...

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CSS Shapes: How to Line up Images and Texts

March 5th, 2016
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CSS Shapes: How to Line up Images and Texts

In applications such as InDesign or QuarkXPress, letting letters flow along paths is a long established standard for lining up images and text. With CSS3 CSS Shapes allow you to create the same behaviour in the browser. To do so, you can define paths which the text is supposed to follow, as well as define cut-out images, which the text is meant to place...