Articles by Ioanni Mitsakis

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Coverr: Over 300 Free Videos for Your Website

September 26th, 2016
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A new video every day, or seven new videos every Monday, that’s what the operators of Coverr promise to provide. Since they have already added over 320 videos to their supply, there’s no reason to doubt this pledge. As the name says, the videos work best when used as covers, so-called hero videos, for a website’s background. Veed.me and CodersClan Create the Video Platform...

Design

Fall 2016: New Animation Tools With and Without JavaScript

September 23rd, 2016
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The two animation tools that I would like to introduce you to today are not of the run-of-the-mill kind. They are not animation generalists, but rather specialists for small application areas. The JavaScript Granim.js allows you to create animations with color gradients, while Radiobox.css is all about the looks of your radio buttons. Granim.js: Simple Gradient Animations With a Large Impact Granim.js is a...

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Vectr 1.0: Free Vector Graphics App for Everyone

September 22nd, 2016
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Vectr is a brand-new graphic software from Taipeh. The founders have been secretly working on the ambitious project for almost two years. Two days ago, they ended the beta stage and released the software into the wild. Vectr: Platform Independent, Free, Powerful Vectr does not aim to be less than the Google Docs of vector processing, and a superior rival to Inkscape. In fact,...

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Stocky.pro: Free Commercial-Use Photos, Music, Videos, and Graphics

September 14th, 2016
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Is there a state called enough when it comes to free resources? I don’t think so. The fresh service Stocky.pro is additonally special, as it doesn’t only offer photos and graphics, but even music and videos for free use. Stocky.pro: A Lone Wolf From the Ural Has High Ambitions Stocky.pro was brought into my filter bubble via Product Hunt. The page has gone online...

Design

Gutenberg: Web Typography for Everyone

February 25th, 2016
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Gutenberg: Web Typography for Everyone

Gutenberg is a starter kit for better web typography. Its developer Matej Latin provides an easy way of creating prettier content that is easier to read. This is mainly achieved by a consequent orientation of all contents towards a baseline which is defined depending on the text size. Gutenberg’s Web Typography is Handsome Good typography is a rare sight on the web. Of course,...

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Foodshot: Free Images of – well – Food

February 24th, 2016
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Foodshot: Free Images of - well - Food

Recently, a new service for free grocery images named Foodshot has launched. The array of photos is still rather negligible; the quality is already high. Let’s take a closer look, shall we? Many Photo Platforms, Few Food Images This undoubtedly took a while. When I created a platform for free grocery pictures in 2008 as a reaction to the wave of problems a popular...

Development

Test my CSS Helps You Optimize Your Stylesheets

February 20th, 2016
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Test my CSS Helps You Optimize Your Stylesheets

A free online tool gives a clear overview of all problems that your CSS stylesheets may or may not contain. This quickly shows you what you need to work on. Test my CSS also informs you of why each problem is a problem and gives advice on how to remove it. All you need is the URL of the stylesheet to be inspected. A...

Development

CSS Custom Properties: How to Use Variables in Chrome 49

February 19th, 2016
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CSS Custom Properties: How to Use Variables in Chrome 49

Starting with version 49, Chrome supports custom properties, namely CSS Variables. Now, another central element of professional programming is ported to the browser without any additional requirements. Variables: Central Element of Structured Programming Variables are an irreplaceable part of professional programming. Just imagine having to manually redefine the values for every single application area instead of having them managed as variables from one central...

Business Online

Adsvise: Common Advertising Formats at Hand

February 17th, 2016
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Adsvise: Common Advertising Formats at Your Hand

This is useful. Adsvise is a free-to-use website, that makes the content specifications of the different services out there available as clear and concise as possible. You are not sure which formats, measurements, and sizes you can use for an HTML5 ad on Google Adwords? Ask Adsvise. “Stopping advertising to save money is like stopping your watch to save time.” – Henry Ford Designers...

Business Online

Performance Budget: Free Online Tool for Page Optimization

February 14th, 2016
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The free online tool Performance Budget made by the London-based web developer Jonathan Fielding quickly estimates the size your pages are allowed to have to still be loaded quickly under different web conditions. This is not an accurate science, but a really great reference point to consider for your design. Using the tool is so uncomplicated, that it almost doesn’t require any additional time....

Development

Loud Links: JavaScript Adds Sound to Your Website

February 13th, 2016
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Loud Links: JavaScript Adds Sound to Your Website

The small JavaScript Loud Links adds sounds to your website by making links and other elements audible via HTML5 audio elements that will provide audible feedback on click or hover. All you need for that are sound files as MP3 and OGG. The solution works on all common browsers. Sounds and Websites: A Question of Taste Of course, of course. You don’t need to...

Business Online

16 Fresh Free eBooks for Designers and Developers

December 18th, 2015
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Being a designer or developer means that you’ll never be able to stop learning. Learning is like your second leg. You can still move with only one but won’t win any contests any longer. Free eBooks are perfect in helping you staying updated as they usually offer knowledge in a very compact form. That way they don’t take up too much of your time,...

Tips, Tricks & Tutorials

Inside WordPress: An Introduction to Custom Post Types

June 17th, 2015
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Most people who work with WordPress have already heard of custom post types. Unfortunately, only a few web designers and bloggers know what this function actually is and how to make use of it. Custom post types are something like the icing on the cake and one of the reasons for WordPress’ popularity. Let’s have a look at custom post types and see what...

Inspiration

Best Practice: 30 Websites with Video Backgrounds

June 8th, 2015
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Video backgrounds are growing in popularity. Now with the first services offering HD videos for free commercial use popularity will increase further and faster. Pexels, known for its free imgaes, has entered the market that before had only had Mazwai as a source for free video material. Other than Mazwai where backlinks are mandatory, Pexels offers its material under CC0. While we will also...