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More Compact Web Fonts With WOFF 2.0

June 6th, 2016
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WOFF 2.0

While multiple file formats had to be provided during the early days of web fonts, nowadays, the WOFF format has become the standard and is supported by all modern browsers. Older formats like the EOT format are only needed when you want to support Internet Explorer before version 9. After the WOFF format became the official standard in 2012, there’s lately been an upgrade...

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Mockplus: Create Mockups for Desktop and Mobile Easily

June 6th, 2016
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Complex user interfaces for websites or applications have to be well thought out and intuitive. Before it comes to actual design, it is a common thing to define the appearance and controls via mockups. Mockplus allows you to create interactive mockups with just a few clicks, and test them on mobile devices as well. Download Mockplus for Windows and Mac OSX Although the trend...

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Optimizing Web Fonts Made Easy

June 3rd, 2016
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Optimizing Web Fonts Made Easy

There’s no doubt that web fonts are an enormous enrichment for web design, and it has become hard to image it without them. After all, web fonts were what ended the uniform typography with Verdana and its contemporaries. As web fonts have to be downloaded, in contrast to system fonts, they are an additional resource that causes additional data traffic. The following tips will...

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Everything OK: Is Your Website Valid, Accessible, and Fast?

May 27th, 2016
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Web development is becoming more and more sophisticated. Aside from the correct markup of HTML and CSS, there are plenty of factors that don’t necessarily affect the look of a website, yet they can still influence a website’s success. This includes a barrier-free display of the content, as well as other components. Having all of this covered is difficult. That’s why there are many...

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Survey: Typographic Trends 2016

May 23rd, 2016
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Survey: Typographic Trends 2016

What’s popular regarding typography right now? Extensis, a provider of app solutions for font management, has conducted a survey in the creative scene and has come to impressive results. All the survey results, for which about 2,000 creative people from different branches were asked, can be downloaded for free in the PDF file Typographic Trends. Fonts are Still Used for Printing Jim Kidwell, who...

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Blisk: The Browser for Developers

May 20th, 2016
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Nowadays, all modern browsers are equipped with extensive developer tools. Among other things, they help you check HTML and CSS, as well as debug JavaScript. They also allow you to have your web layout displayed in different resolutions. These developer tools ease the work of web designers and developers significantly. However, this can be done in an even more comfortable and faster way: Blisk...

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Flexbox Patterns: Ready-To-Use Building Blocks for Your Design

May 13th, 2016
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Flexbox Patterns: Ready-To-Use Building Blocks for Your Design

If you ever delved into Flexbox as an alternative to the classic CSS box model, you probably don’t want to go back. The hitch is, that you need to deal with it in-depth, and who has enough time for that these days. Thus, we’re often stuck with old methods of getting things done, just because we know how to reach the goal using them....

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Fontea: Using Google Fonts in Photoshop

May 10th, 2016
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Fontea: Using All Google Fonts in Photoshop

The canny tool creators from Source are back. Fontea is a recently published plugin that allows you to use all Google fonts directly within Photoshop. Fontea works starting from Photoshop version 2015 on up and is free. An extension for Sketch is also announced. Comfortably Use Google Fonts on the Desktop Years ago, I presented ways to download and locally use all Google Fonts,...

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Simple State Manager: Responsive Web Design Made Easy

May 9th, 2016
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Simple State Manager

Media queries allow you to react to changes in width and height of the browser’s display area. When the browser window is changed on desktop devices, or when a mobile device is changed from portrait to landscape mode, fitting stylesheets can be applied immediately with CSS and media queries. Control the behavior of the media queries via JavaScript using the JavaScript tool Simple State...

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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...