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Responsive Images and Performance Optimization using Cloudinary

April 26th, 2016
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Responsive Images and Performance Optimization using Cloudinary

Using images on contemporary websites correctly is not the easiest task. Different devices with different resolutions and pixel densities require much more than just a default image file. Even though high-resolution displays require large images, the files have to be kept as small as possible due to limited data plans, especially on mobile devices. This is not an easy undertaking. However, the cloud-based image management solution Cloudinary...

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FotoJet: Online Service for Collages and Social Media

April 25th, 2016
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FotoJet: Online Service for Collages and Social Media

FotoJet is a rather new free online tool to create collages and social media graphics with. FotoJet works in a similar way as its strongest competition, the popular service Canva. However, in contrast to Canva, FotoJet is completely free. There are no hidden costs; all functions can be used for free. While the tool doesn’t come close to the variety of instruments of its competitor,...

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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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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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Adobe XD: What Can You Expect?

April 7th, 2016
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Last year, Adobe announced what might be its most ambitious venture till date: Project Comet, an end to end prototyping, user experience and design tool that claims to be capable enough to solve all your designing needs. Under steady development, Project Comet is finally ready, and it is now known as Adobe Experience Design, or Adobe XD. That said, what exactly is Adobe XD...

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404: How to Create the Perfect Error Page

April 6th, 2016
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404: How to Create the Perfect Error Page

When the server doesn’t find a requested page, it displays the error 404. It’s only a matter of time until this error pops up, as it’s the most popular error message on the internet. A single typo in the URL can already cause a 404. However, many websites forget about this important page and have the server default sight be displayed instead. Unfortunately, you...

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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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The 50+ Best Tools and Resources for Web Developers

March 29th, 2016
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The 50+ Best Tools and Resources for Web Developers

Being a web developer is one of the most beautiful jobs there is, but also one of the most demanding. You need to stay up to date at all times and learn actively instead of resting on your oars. Adapting to new requirements is key. Basic SEO knowledge is required, and you need to acquire new techniques such as responsive web design. Being able...

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Web Design Trends 2016

March 28th, 2016
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Web Design Trends 2016

Web design is an ever evolving and changing process. What is in vogue today might fall out of favor tomorrow. We once used to have brightly colored pages filled with multiple banners and what not — remember, once upon a time, MySpace used to be the de facto standard of UX in web design. However, today, we have come a long way from that, and...

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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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What You Need To Know About WebP

March 17th, 2016
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WebP, introduced by Google, is an image format meant for the internet. While this format has been around for half a decade and is now five years old, it has not risen to instant fame and is yet to gain universal acceptance. That said, WebP does have a lot of uniqueness to offer, especially regarding image size and compression. It offers both lossy and...

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Flexbox: How to Create a Responsive Comment Section with HTML5 and CSS3

March 11th, 2016
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How to Create a Responsive Comment Section with HTML5 and CSS3

Very often, when you surf the web, it is likely that you may have noticed how responsive comment sections are more and more becoming a common thing. These are mainly a lot more popular in blogs and some sites that belong to the social media bracket. Here, we shall take a look into how one can easily construct such a responsive comment section with...

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Easily Editable Vector Globes in Adobe Illustrator

March 10th, 2016
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Easily Editable Vector Globes in Adobe Illustrator

There can be a time that you are working on a design that would go well with a globe of the earth. Where to start? Searching for the perfect globe clip art can be a tedious task. Not to mention it would sure need to be in your custom style, with individual line widths, colors and probably rotated to your preferred location. One Stop...

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Graphic Design Trends That Will Rock 2016

March 8th, 2016
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Graphic Design Trends That Will Rock 2016

Graphic design is a genre of its own, and it has its own norms, conventions as well as trends. Much like web design, graphic design too evolves with time and is never static or rigid. That said, graphic design is as much about making a statement and leaving an impression as it is about focusing on user experience and ease of accessibility. So, what...