Articles by Nataly Birch

Essentials

20 Free Massive UI Bundles to Kickstart your Project

September 16th, 2016
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Guacomole

What does it take to breathe life into your idea, converting it from simple notion to digital mockup? The answer is trivial – lots of things. Starting from fundamental knowledge in design and not ending with working experience in image editor software such as Photoshop or Sketch, to say nothing about the time and efforts that should be put in, you need to be...

Development

20 Exceptional Three.js Experiments

September 9th, 2016
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Getting the most out of advanced JavaScript APIs has come into fashion these days. Mind-blowing Chrome experiments driven by WebGL,  personal portfolios of creative art directors that are marked by high-end abstract animations based on Three.js, or just hero sections that are set in motion with the help of Tween.js, all these libraries are extremely popular nowadays. They power projects that are so overwhelming and awe-inspiring that even...

Inspiration

20 Code Snippets for Clean and Stylish Contact Forms

August 31st, 2016
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Several text inputs with accompanying labels and a huge prominent CTA at the end to submit a form and send it to the recipient – usually, a contact form looks exactly like that. And it seems that there are no difficulties in generating one at home. Not so fast, however, there are some pitfalls. For example, do you need your feedback form to be...

Essentials

Ornate and Florid: 20 Free Texture Packs

August 1st, 2016
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watercolor textures

Although the interfaces around us still look flat, it does not mean that there is no space for some dose of artistry achieved through skillfully applied textures. Of course, overall usage of these high-quality crafty images or pixel-perfect close-up photos has been decreased and the technique slightly fell back into the shadow. But, they did not disappear entirely nor became obsolete whatsoever. There are...

Inspiration

20 Animated Interfaces: New Ways to Present a Concept

July 11th, 2016
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weather app

There are numerous ways to represent the prototype of an upcoming project to the client. You can stick to the traditional path and overwhelm the client with a bulk of paper material and digital sketches accompanied by extensive descriptions. Or you could go for modern tools such as Adobe After Effects, Framer.js or MarvelApp that will make the future interface look pretty realistic, alive,...

Design

Level Up: 20 Useful Sketch Tutorials

July 4th, 2016
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design an ecommerce portfolio

Although SketchApp was created with graphic designers in mind. And one can’t argue that with its outstanding support for multiple pages and artboards and a bulk of features such as shared styles, it offers a pretty comfortable and fertile environment for creativity. However, it still requires some skills to master it.  If you want to get a grasp of basics, to say nothing about...

Inspiration

Particles Animation: 20 Solutions from Codepen

June 27th, 2016
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vibrating circles

Experiments with canvas, a basic HTML5 element that is used to produce graphics of various kinds and scale on a web page, are gaining more and more popularity nowadays. It seems that web developers have pinned their faith in this technology, even despite the fact that it suffers from the lack of proper browser compatibility. Intending to unlock various possibilities of this potent element the...

Design

Mastering Skills: 30 Best Illustrator Tutorials of 2016

June 9th, 2016
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Mastering Skills: 30 Best Illustrator Tutorials of 2016

Recently, we have compiled a list of 30 of the best tutorials for Photoshop that were aimed to help practice your skills and extend your knowledge. Today is the turn of Illustrator, the most popular software for crafting vector artworks and designs. Traditionally, this advanced graphics program has a vector-related environment that most digital artists find comfortable. It is applicable for projects that need to be scaled to any...

Inspiration

Best of 2016: 30 Tutorials for Photoshop Fans

May 31st, 2016
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Photoshop

What do you need to acquire proper skills to create outstanding artworks? The answer is trivial – studying and staying tuned all the time. While there are traditional ways to gain knowledge in graphic design such as schools and universities, there is also an alternative option that perfectly blends into our fast-moving society. Maybe it is not so deep and profound, yet it is still...

Themes

Best of 2015: 100+ Free WordPress Themes

May 12th, 2016
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Best of 2015: 100+ Free WordPress Themes

Among numerous content management systems, WordPress is the one that grabs the biggest piece of pie. It is a favorite choice whether you need to create a simple personal portfolio or a sophisticated online magazine. Even eCommerce projects can be built based on it. Its massive regularly updated repository of plugins, modules and themes is one of its main advantage over others. There is...

Essentials

Best of 2015: 100 Free Resources for Mobile Designers

April 18th, 2016
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100 Free Resources for Mobile Designers

With the constant updates in a range of iPhones, Android-powered devices, and other smartphones, it is not surprising that mobile user interfaces take up a huge market share. Material design, a brand new Google’s visual language, adds fuel to the fire, strengthening this field and placing it in the dominant position. Good graphical material that can assist in this matter such as profiles, slide-out...

Essentials

Best of 2015: 100 Free Resources for Sketch App

April 14th, 2016
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100 Free Resources for Sketch App

Lightweight, handy, cost-effective and powerful – Sketch App was a dark horse that took the web by storm not so many years ago and became an alternative to goliaths such as Photoshop or Illustrator. Although it is available just for aficionados and lucky owners of Macs, this does not stop it from conquering the creative offices around the world. The majority of the premium...

Essentials

Best of 2015: 100 Best Free HTML and CSS Themes

March 16th, 2016
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Best of 2015: 100 Best Free HTML and CSS Themes

Creating a website from scratch is a challenging task. You have to combine the skills of a designer and a developer to build something worthy; something that will meet trends as well as comply with requirements. The workflow is time-consuming and requires remarkable effort. However, in some cases, this can turn out to be an unjustified expenditure of resources. Sometimes, all you need is a working HTML/CSS...

Design

Best of 2015: 100+ Free Photorealistic Mockups to Make Headers and Presentations Rock

March 7th, 2016
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100+ Free Photorealistic Mockups to Make Headers and Presentations Rock

For us, it is always about the first impression. We trust our instincts, so why not use this knowledge to achieve our goals. If you want to sell a product or increase conversion rates on your website, it is a really good idea to take care of the ‘wrap’. Any service or digital merchandise requires a proper environment to draw the readers’ attention. If...