Dieter Petereit

  • jPanelMenu: Slick Navigation-Sidebar With CSS Animations And jQuery

    jPanelMenu is only a few days old, but you already know the operating principle from your favorite smartphone or tablet using Android or iOS. Most likely you will use either the Facebook or the Google+ app, which both implement an off-canvas slide-in navigation. A small list icon in the upper left corner symbolizes the availability of a navigational menu at a tap of your finger. It is exactly this principle jPanelMenu transports into your webdesigns.



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  • Makisu – Sushi-Inspired CSS 3D Navigation for jQuery

    Better browser support has CSS experiments become more popular these days. My personal favorite up until today was Paperfold CSS. Of course we also saw Meny and some other more playful approaches. Makisu is a brand-new concept for dropdown navigation menus realized by the use of CSS 3D transforms. I have seldom seen such an impressing result. Sorry Paperfold CSS, I leave you for Makisu…



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  • Endless Icons & Iconmonstr – Loads Of Free PNG-Icons And Growing Fast

    There is a fresh repository in town and it deals with icons. We all know everybody loves icons. That’s understandable as icons are necessary replacements or at least additions to traditional navigation concepts in the wake of the mobile era. Today we introduce to you a project by name of Endless Icons, created and maintained by web developer Min Kim, based in Orange County, as well as a slightly more established project from Germany. Alexander Kahlkopf has already gathered almost 900 symbols, while Endless Icons is still working towards its first 100 icons. Both projects are subject to continuous and steady growth.



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  • Pixabay: More Than 40,000 Completely Free Photos And Illustrations

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    As designers we are always on the hunt for good pictures. Noupe certainly needs fitting imagery now and then and even more often. That’s where photo-services, stock image providers and the like come into play. There are big marketplaces, offering you high-grade imagery at more or less affordable rates. Then we find repositories with free usage policies but varying licenses, which at times are not easily comprehensible. I have certainly been in trouble with this kind of mine-seeking. Pixabay, a fresh repository with a quickly growing selection of excellent imagery, is different, dead-simple. All the pictures are free, no license conditions apply. Pixabay delivers pure public domain photos.



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  • UICloud: Brand-New Free Resource Covers More Than 25,000 UI Elements

    UICloud is a fresh project. Launched in July 2012 it already provides over 25,000 UI Elements in over 1,000 UI sets. All the resources can be used free of charge, individual licenses apply. Jack Cai, a Southampton (UK) based Chinese freelance icon and GUI designer, did a great job. The platform is intuitive, even fun to use. The design is modern and elegant, the content is neatly arranged. Enough reason to look deeper into it.



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  • BootMetro: Framework for Websites in Windows 8 Design

    We know you like tiled websites. Our article featuring Sergey Pimenov’s Metro UI CSS drew loads of attention. So we thought you might also be interested in what the Italian frontend-developer Marcello Palmitessa created. By the name of BootMetro he just introduced a whole framework for building tiled websites in the Metro-style of the forthcoming Windows 8. Palmitessa took Twitter’s Bootstrap and changed its looks to mimic Redmond’s next-generation operating system. And yes, he not only got inspired by Pimenov’s Metro UI CSS.



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  • Moqups: HTML5-Based Mockups On Steroids

    Before you detail the design of your next website project you need to determine where should be what. You will have to place your navigation, images, texts, forms, whatever will be part of your site. Especially essential parts such as the navigational concept have to be planned very thoroughly. The information architecture decides if your project will be usable or not. Also important in your early concept is that nothing should be forgotten. The established way to deal with all of these challenges is creating one or more mockups of the project. Mockups are small models, sometimes even prototypes, sometimes only scribbles of the website under construction. They do not determine the design aka looks of a site but they define its structure and the navigational concepts. The brand-new web-app Moqups has been created to help you do just that, build early mockups of your next big web-thing.



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  • Delta – A Free, Modern Theme For jQuery UI

    Kiandra IT is one of the bigger companies in the field of software development and the likes in Australia. In 2012 they were declared Microsoft Partner Of The Year. Pushing ahead their own software development efforts Kiandra created a theme for jQuery UI which they used internally for almost a year. Then they decided to open source it under the name of Delta. Kiandra did and put it under the liberal MIT/GPL-license, so everybody can use Delta free of charge for any purpose, be it for private, educational or commercial use.



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  • Win Your Set of Die-Cut Business Cards Made by UPrinting

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    We are always interested in bringing you value. Be it in the form of articles that dig deeper than elsewhere or in the form of long inspirational lists that are longer than elsewhere. Or be it in the form of a give-away like we’ll do today. Online printing company UPrinting was kind enough to offer two sets of die-cut business cards for our readers to win. Here’s what you need to know…



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  • Test Your WordPress Themes Live With Theme Test Drive

    So you found that new great WordPress theme and are eager to activate it. Lots of bloggers see the search for new themes as a sport. But if you are out of the niche where only you and your best friend reads your blog, spontaneous theme-switching might have become a little dangerous. What if things go wrong? What if not all sections of your blog really look as expected. Probably there are glitches in translation that are not so obvious or other problems persist. Vladimir Prelovac is here to help…



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