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Blast from the Past #8: 90 Free Resources for Mobile Designers

March 12th, 2015
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Blast from the Past #8: 90 Free Resources for Mobile Designers

Smart navicons, chic slide out menus, heavily blurred backgrounds, sophisticated control centers, elegant outline graphics, splash screens – these clever solutions were incepted to improve mobile application interfaces in the first place. They also work well when it comes to refining website designs, unintentionally. Smart concepts successfully migrate from one platform to another, reinventing traditional layouts. Last year the integration of principles of mobile...

Design

WordPress Developer With Noupe: Everything About Theme Creation

March 4th, 2015
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WordPress Developer With Noupe: Everything About Theme Creation

Developing WordPress themes on your own is a great thing to do. I remember well how I worked on my first theme, and how much fun it was. Though afterwards, I was in a cold sweat, doing much reworking and bugfixing in order to make it through WordPress´s theme testing procedures. After all, I was very keen to present it to the whole world....

Design

Affinity Photo Beta: The First REAL Alternative to Photoshop?

February 27th, 2015
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Affinity Photo Beta: The First REAL Alternative to Photoshop?

On February 10 this year a new creative design software was unveiled: Affinity Photo by Serif debuted in beta and is currently available for free, exclusively for Mac OS X. The app claims to be a pro-level challenger to Adobe Photoshop, the undisputable top dog and standard in the publishing industry. After the beta phase, Affinity Photo will be available at the Mac App...

Design

Logo Design According to Zeitgeist: Not Only the Times are Changing

February 26th, 2015
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Logo Design According to Zeitgeist: Not Only the Times are Changing

Logos, be it wordmarks or symbols, are rarely „timeless“. Instead, they are regularly adapted over time – sometimes tentatively, sometimes more radical. Apart from taking on style details such as gloss, 3D, and shadow effects which disappear with the fading of those design trends, there seems to be an underlying general direction in logo design: shapes get more simple, proportions more harmonious, and details...

Design

The Hunger Games: Are Designers Cannibals?

February 25th, 2015
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The Hunger Games: Are Designers Cannibals?

Sure, many designers scream that speculative work is bad. The major creative and design organizations have written articles out the whazoo about how bad it is for the industry and even have white papers, books and entire conference programs dedicated to the “NoSpec!” movement. Still, it’s increasing and guess who’s to blame? The very people it hurts! There are two parties of thought on...

Design

Blast from the Past #6: 100 Best Free Business Cards, Resume Templates and Other Corporate Identity Packages of 2014

February 22nd, 2015
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Blast from the Past #6: 100 Best Free  Business Cards,  Resume Templates and Other Corporate Identity Packages of 2014

Welcome to part 6 of our series "Blast from the Past". By now, you are already in possession of a vast collection of 90 free carefully executed GUI sets, 100 icon packs, 100+ PSD templates, the same number of HTML templates as well as over a hundred fonts, in flavors desktop, web and icon. Now you are fully equipped to perform the creation of...

Design

Web Design Takeaway: 40 CSS Buttons, Tutorials and Code Snippets

February 19th, 2015
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Web Design Takeaway: 40 CSS Buttons, Tutorials and Code Snippets

Pure CSS buttons and menus do not need graphics anymore but create themselves from the beauty of the written code. Generating this can be difficult in regard to broad browser compatibility. Thankfully, there are tutorials, ready-made code snippets, and numerous examples to choose from. And it gets even better, as we present you the best examples in this article. What you don’t get in...

Design

Adobe Lightroom Mobile: Image Processing on the Go (including Android)

February 18th, 2015
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Adobe Lightroom Mobile: Image Processing on the Go (including Android)

Last month, Adobe released a new version of its Lightroom app for mobile devices. For the first time this app is not only available for iPhones and iPads, but for Android devices as well. But how efficient can image processing on tablet or smartphone actually be? Lightroom Mobile: Free of Charge, but Can Only Be Used with a Subscription The Lightroom app is free...

Design

Opposites Attract: Tips for Designing a Clean Yet Colorful Website

February 17th, 2015
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Opposites Attract: Tips for Designing a Clean Yet Colorful Website

A clean website design does not have to be boring, and a colorful website design does not have to be obnoxious and overwhelming. Interestingly, usually all a clean site needs to jazz it up are a few bright or bold colors, and an obnoxious site needs a clean redesign to go from overwhelming to simply colorful. For these reasons, a clean yet colorful website is...

Design

22 Fresh Free Templates in HTML/CSS and PSD: February 2015 Edition

February 14th, 2015
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22 Fresh Free Templates in HTML/CSS and PSD: February 2015 Edition

Welcome to the future. In our second collection of free HTML, CSS and PSD templates of 2015 you’ll find all the major trends of the year represented. We have hero areas, we have ghost buttons, we have Material Design, we have cards, we have everything. As always the templates are created in HTML, CSS or PSD or a combination of all formats. Use them...

Design

Design Trend Hero Images: The Bold Way of Using Images

February 13th, 2015
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Design Trend Hero Images: The Bold Way of Using Images

Currently there are two seemingly contrary trends in web design. On the one hand, websites become more minimalistic – less colors, clear fonts and simple shapes. On the other hand, large-sized, full page images – so called hero images – are becoming more and more popular. Sounds strange, but in the end only appears to be contradictory. At second glance, both trends complement each...

Design

Design Professionals – Go for the Green this St. Patrick’s Day and Take the Challenge

February 12th, 2015
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Design Professionals – Go for the Green this St. Patrick’s Day and Take the Challenge

You don’t have to be Irish to design a great St. Patrick’s Day themed email template. If you can think creatively and design unique artwork that captures the spirit and revelry that is the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, then it’s time to enter the Mega Colossal Email Template Design Challenge brought to you by PSD2HTML, 99designs, Depositphotos, Designmodo and Noupe. It doesn’t matter whether...

Design

46 of the Web’s Most Creative 404 Error Pages (2015 Edition)

February 12th, 2015
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46 of the Web’s Most Creative 404 Error Pages (2015 Edition)

Entering a mistyped URL into your browser or clicking a link to a destination that no longer exists usually leads to a 404 error page. This 404 is generated by your server and if you do nothing about will look like a default server message looks – ugly and boring and unhelpful to the technically non-savvy. This needs not be that way, however. We...

Business Online

Six eCommerce Design Trends for 2015 to Level up Your Online Shop

February 11th, 2015
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Six eCommerce Design Trends for 2015 to Level up Your Online Shop

Just like any other type of web design, eCommerce design is subject to certain trends. If you have been planning to change your design, this is the right time. The trends of 2015 can turn your eCommerce website into a beautiful sales machine. You can put our examples on the next meeting agenda with your designer. With these trends, your site will be well-prepared...