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Development

Responsive Images: Still Waiting for a Standard? Try Rwd.Images.Js Instead!

February 7th, 2014
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Responsive Images: Still Waiting for a Standard? Try Rwd.Images.Js Instead!

Responsive Images is a topic far from resolved. Will it be the picture element as proposed by the W3C or will it be the srcset attribute as proposed by WHATWG in the end? No matter what time will bring, responsive images are a problem that needs to be solved today and not sometime in the future. No wonder that JavaScript is the remedy of...

Deals & Giveaways

Pixeno: Web Designers Hosting for Free (with Luck)

February 5th, 2014
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Pixeno: Web Designers Hosting for Free (with Luck)

Today we are back with another special giveaway. Pixeno, a company offering web hosting for web designers and developers by web designers and developers, gave us six of their annual hosting plans, which we don’t want to keep but raffle off to our dear readers. Participating is easy. Simply answer the questions at the end of the article correctly and you are in the...

Essentials

The Pattern Library: Free Seamless Patterns for Your Designs

February 4th, 2014
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The Pattern Library: Free Seamless Patterns for Your Designs

The Pattern Library is a fresh new project by New Yorker Tim Holman and Claudio Guglieri from San Francisco. The two, who both don’t stem from where they are currently located, established a repository of seamless website backgrounds called “The Pattern Library”. The concept of the site matches the content – it’s extraordinary… The Pattern Library: Established with a Growth mindset ;-) When you...

Deals & Giveaways

Social Polling by Opinion Stage: One-Year Pro-Account for Free

February 3rd, 2014
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Social Polling by Opinion Stage: One-Year Pro-Account for Free

Votes and polls are nothing new. But before you yawn and turn to the next article, give me two seconds. Votes and polls done with Opinion Stage are not the ole fashioned feedback tools your mind first thinks of. Opinion Stage integrates the social component as it lets you interact with Social Media. The deeper insights you are about to receive are beyond comparison....

Development

Perfect Match: Adaptive Backgrounds for jQuery Colors Your Website Automagically

January 30th, 2014
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Perfect Match: Adaptive Backgrounds for jQuery Colors Your Website Automagically

This plugin for jQuery is gas. Adaptive Backgrounds by Brian Gonzalez analyzes the colors of the images in your website, determines which ones are dominant and colors the background of the element containing the image accordingly. As Adaptive Backgrounds works with the nearest parent by default, you can have multiple different backgrounds on the same page. The effect is impressive. Adaptive Backgrounds for jQuery:...

(Free) Services

Free Stock Photos by Email: Little Visuals

January 29th, 2014
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Free Stock Photos by Email: Little Visuals

If you follow Noupe closely, you know that we covered pic-poster Unsplash.com quite a few times. This Tumblr-based service sends out emails containing 10 images with varying topics every 10 days. All the images can be used freely under a CC0 license. This allows for commercial use also. The even younger service Little Visuals would certainly win a look-alike contest… Little Visuals: 7 Images...

(Free) Services

Splitshire: Even More Free Stock Photos for Commercial Use

January 28th, 2014
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Splitshire: Even More Free Stock Photos for Commercial Use

Daniel Nanescu from Torino, Italy is a web and graphics designer as well as a passionate photographer. Traces of his photography can be tracked back almost ten years from now. Daniel does not only have a practiced eye. He also has the appropriate hardware as well as some solid photo editing skills – the whole package. All the better that he decided to publish...

Development

Slip.js: Small Script Touch-Optimizes Lists in Web Apps

January 27th, 2014
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Slip.js: Small Script Touch-Optimizes Lists in Web Apps

Slip.js is not exactly new to me. I stumbled upon it a few weeks ago, yet didn’t get impressed at first sight. These days I had a real life usecase and faintly remembered Slip.js. Now, having worked through a real project with the help of that small script, I have to admit that Slip.js really is a clever tool for the creation of touch-sortable...

Apps

Brandnew App for Mac OS: 2,800 Free Icons for Designers

January 16th, 2014
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Brandnew App for Mac OS: 2,800 Free Icons for Designers

The name Ivan Boyko will sound familiar to quite a few designers out there. He is the creative head behind icons8. The website by the same name offers 2,800 icons to download for free. 1,600 of them are designed following the design style of Windows 8, while the other 1,200 fit into the version 7 redesign of iOS. Today, Boyko added a way to...

(Free) Services

Picjumbo: A New Collection of High-quality, Commercial-use Photos for Totally Free

January 13th, 2014
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Picjumbo: A New Collection of High-quality, Commercial-use Photos for Totally Free

Photos are what web designers need in massive amounts. Yet, shooting each and every needed photo by yourself would soon become a full-time occupation in itself. Compromises are to be made. Thus, it’s no wonder that we see loads of stock libraries around. Who wants to use the same images, competitor X already uses? The need for heaps of fresh images is permanently rising....

Development

Wallpaper for jQuery Adds Image or Video Backgrounds to Any Website Easily

January 10th, 2014
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Wallpaper for jQuery Adds Image or Video Backgrounds to Any Website Easily

Such is life. Client X needs a landing page within the next 15 minutes. It’s a rather simple page with not a lot more than a full-screen background image. Now, how can I achieve that in the quickest and easiest way? Having evaluated a few alternatives I decide to go with Ben Plum’s newest jQuery plugin Wallpaper. This lets me do the job in...

Boilerplates & Other Tools

DevDocs: The Ultimate Work of Reference for Web Developers

January 8th, 2014
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DevDocs: The Ultimate Work of Reference for Web Developers

Thibaut Courouble is back. The philosopher and front-end developer from France created yet another useful web service for developers. His new project DevDocs has the potential to become the ultimate work of reference for anybody building web apps. DevDocs integrates a plethora of different documentations and equips them with a spanned search function. This is a very good idea… Courouble: No Stranger to The...

Boilerplates & Other Tools

Summernote: Powerful WYSIWYG-Editor for Bootstrap 3

January 6th, 2014
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Summernote: Powerful WYSIWYG-Editor for Bootstrap 3

Today I stumbled upon a fresh JavaScript, which I think you will like, too. This little tool helps you integrate a feature-rich WYSIWYG editor into your next Bootstrap project. And it is entirely free. Summernote – say hi – is under ambitious development and bound to reach version 1 in the course of the next few weeks. You need not wait, though, as Summernote...

Infographics

Webydo vs. WordPress vs. Wix: Who Wins The Web Design Race? (Infographic)

January 2nd, 2014
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Webydo vs. WordPress vs. Wix: Who Wins The Web Design Race? (Infographic)

The web design industry is changing. Web design was once dominated by hand-written code, using tools that were pimped text-editors at best. Then tools evolved to help web designers spare some of the repetitive tasks of hand-coding and support them more by offering auto-completion or syntax-highlighting. It’s only since a few years that we see tools which are able to achieve much more than...