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  • Lookfilter.com: Modern Photoshop Droplets Pimp Your Photos

    Regular readers already know Lookfilter.com. Two months ago the service announced to provide several very interesting Photoshop actions for photographers with ambitions as well as Instagrammers and other fans of photo effects. In October Lookfilter.com gave away the very elegant action “The Wise Watson” for free. A lot has changed at Lookfilter.com since then. In the meantime the service has been launched officially. They still offer a freebie action, though…



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  • The Mobile Book: Packed With Know-How, While Easy To Read

    Specialist books are necessary, if you want to keep up with today’s knowledge in whatever field your profession lies. I have to force myself into reading these publications though, as these books tend to be written in such a dry and uninteresting way that it leaves me looking for the next distraction. Very rarely though, reading a specialist book can be fun. One of the most notable exceptions I found this year is The Mobile Book by Smashing Media. I spent this weekend with relaxed reading and got filled up with knowledge on responsive web design without even having the impression of strenuousness. What more could I have wanted?



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  • Hotels in Phuket: 3 Awesome Design Concepts

    Design is important. As you are readers of Noupe, one of the best design magazines this side of the milky way, you are certainly aware of that. Recently I had the chance to take a deeper look at three design-oriented hotel concepts over here in Thailand. And I saw that design sometimes just isn’t enough. For a hotel to be successful it must have a strong concept that appeals to an increasingly wide range of people from all over the world. I went to check the Millenium Resort, the Pimnara Hotel and the Color Kata Hotel, all three located in Phuket, Thailand. And this is my story…



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  • Find Your Perfect Match: Collection of Free Thematic Social Icons Sets

    Leather Social Icons Set by Sylvain Guizard

    How many times have you stumbled into a website that captivates you with its unique, remarkable design, where every functional part shines with originality? Then, when you decide to follow this creative person you suddenly discover that social media icons are just ordinary squares with recognizable colors and logos that barely fit into the whole composition. And as a result the overall effect fades away, the first impression proves wrong. It would seem that such a tiny thing as set of 32 px sized icons can’t bring disharmony, but as all we know, good design depends on attention to the details. Put that way even such a small part can radically change th general impression of what you see. An alternative would be creating everything from scratch. But that can be really time-consuming, especially with uncommon design intentions. What do we all do? We stroll along the broad avenues and tiny sideways of the world wide web, hoping to find these little helpers to make the web design shiny and impressive. Though this might cost a little time as well as money, generally, it is worth it. To save you from wasting hours of your productive time, we have picked 25 diverse social icon packs that can definitely outshine other ordinary collections and make your website design exceptional and memorable.



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  • The Anatomy Of A Web Designer [Infographic]

    The people at UK web hosting company Heart Internet wanted to find out what web designers think of their jobs, their perspectives and the industry as a whole. As 5oo designers had their say, the results may well be seen as at least not totally out of range. Still they are not representative for the industry as a whole. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the key findings…



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  • 40+ Fresh and Free Web UI and Mobile Kits for Developers and Designers

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    In this round-up, we are showcasing fresh and free web UI design kits as well as some mobile kits. This collection will astonish you, but, more importantly, save your valuable time. Designing a user interface (UI) is a difficult task, because it takes lots of time and needs loads of patience as well. Furthermore, designing user interfaces from scratch is very stressful work. But why re-invent the wheel on a daily basis? With these fresh and smart UI design and mobile kits, you can easily portray your ideas to your clients and give a very stylish look to their websites. All these kits are downloadable for free. Enjoy!



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  • CSS: How To Individualize Scrollbars in Webkit Browsers

    Internet Explorer is able to do it. Since ages, immemorially, almost. I’m talking about the customization of its scrollbars. Since version 5.5, which was released in July 2000, you can individualize the colors within its scrollbars. Most currently, browsers based on Webkit have caught up with IE 5.5 and allow for even more sophisticated individualization – their possibilities are not limited to simply changing colors.



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  • Corbis Poster Contest: Make Your Mark – Design For A Cause

    The world is not short of good causes and people who stand for them. Some of these causes are very prominent, practically omnipresent, while others could well use some more publicity. Now you have the chance to support a good cause you personally care lots about. With your help in terms of design you could earn your charity 1,000 Pounds/Euros. Corbis Images makes it possible with their brand-new contest “Make Your Mark – Design For A Cause”. If you know your way around Photoshop, Illustrator, Gimp, InkScape or whatever tool you see fit, this one is for you.



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  • In From The Cold: Find A Slot For Every Content With Off-Canvas Layouts

    As a web designer you face challenges constantly. But the evolution of mobile devices multiplies the challenges you have to cope with. Placing texts, images, navigation, sidebars, headers and what not on a desktop-sized browser-window is hard enough in terms of creativity and information architecture. Doing the same on a mobile device is close to impossible. There just isn’t enough screen real estate. A new approach that addresses this problem works with the use of so-called off-canvas-layouts. In this type of layout content is placed where you cannot see it, outside the screen, well, outside its visible area to be more precise.



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  • 40 Amazing Tutorials For Illustrators And Photoshoppers

    The following roundup of high-grade and elaborate Illustrator tutorials will not only satisfy the fans of vector-graphics. It is also bound to inspire the Photoshop artist. This is because a lot of the effects shown can be achieved using Photoshop as well, though in slightly different ways. You will definitely have your aha-moments here. The spectrum ranges from infographics over typography to posters and really lovely comic characters. Every designer will find his own favorite here.



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