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  • Is your Responsive Design Mobile Website Delivering Acceptable Load Times?

    Google wants your mobile pages to load under a second! Yes, that’s how fast the load time of your website must be, irrespective of the fact whether it is a dedicated mobile site, responsively designed website or it isn’t optimized for mobile at all. So one thing is certain – it’s not enough to have a website with responsive website design that renders effectively on desktops, as well as, the smartphones and tablets of your target users. You must make sure that the site is fast and loads on their mobile web browsers in the blink of an eye. Google considers page load speed as an ideal marker for judging the user experience of a site. If your site has an acceptable load time, it is delivering the ideal user experience, which is taken into consideration when Google ranks your site.



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  • Getting Started with Sketch App: 30 Free Templates and Resources

    Whether you are simply obsessed with building user interface designs or standalone widgets or if you love creating icons packs, prototyping website layout templates and constructing various mockups, chances are you have already heard about Sketch App. Being created by Bohemian Coding, this lightweight, yet powerful software for Mac OS X has since its inception been considered as a rival to bigger opponents such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Don’t be too surprised about that. This app is directly targeted at designers solely. Consequently it only offers instruments and plugins needed by this specific target group. Put that way, it is not really smaller in features than the mentioned competitors, it is only much more focused with everything on board any web designer might need.



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  • Color Theory and Typography: The 10 Commandments (Infographics)

    Life as a designer is far from simple. Although the word "designer" in itself is fairly short and people do have a decent assumption of what such a designer actually does, reality is much more complex. I know we all got cupboards full of literature and other than others we don’t just need to learn in perpetuity, but indeed permanently, continuously. Thus, it is much appreciated to be served small pieces of information in a visual and comprehensive way, without the need for digging up that 1,000 pager again. The following two tables of 10 commandments (each) by DesignMantic are of this kind. I actually printed them out and put them under my desk pad…



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  • 26 Free Resume Templates to Give You That Career Boost

    A well presented Curriculum Vitae is a piece of personal marketing and self-branding. In its best form it sheds a bright light upon you and helps you win the sympathies of your potential employer or important client. Remember, at first they don’t see you nor talk to you. It all starts with the good old resume. In standard situations, employers still prefer the traditional paper kind. But even when your potential employer is more modern, sticking to the known rules of old is not an error. That’s what we want to assist you with today…



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  • Responsive Images: Finally The Picture Element Arrives!

    This has taken quite a while. There was a lot of discussion, but now reality has it. The picture element as propagated by the W3C has finally arrived. If you are into the matter, you might know that the WhatWG had tried to standardize an additional attribute to the image element, named srcset as opposed to picture. Whoever believed in what WhatWG said, as they stated they’d stand for the "living standard" while W3C would be more an administrator of a static snapshot, got it wrong. W3C is alive and kicking.



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  • CSS3: Viewport Units – New Units for Responsive Designs

    Developing web designs that adjust to the width or – if needed – the height of a browser window is easy with percentage-based values. You will probably be doing this on a daily basis, optimizing your website for tablets and smartphones. No matter the element, text blocks, images, everything adjusts to the size given.



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  • Let it Burn: 40 of The Best Text Effect Tutorials Crammed With Photoshop Expertise

    Tutorials on how to create amazing text effects with Photoshop are highly coveted. And rightfully so, as a burning, frozen or glowing or in other ways different looking text brightens up any invitation, flyer, poster or other print and web product. We have found loads of these. What we also found are 3D effects we found astonishing. There’s a lot you can do without having to fire up a full-fledged 3D software. We dove into the deep web and came up with these 40 high-grade tutorials, packed with Photoshop tricks for immediate usefulness. We are sure, you will yourself dive into more than one of the following brilliant guides.



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  • Elegant or Boring? Gray Color in Website Design

    Did you know that the human eye is able to distinguish something around 500 shades of gray? The range of gray lies between two non-colors – black and white. The darker a gray is the more black-like it is, and the lighter tones of gray are growing into white. Depending on the intensity of the color, it has been loaded with various meanings. Light gray shades are very neutral, they are perfect for a background design. Usually, light gray doesn’t evoke negative emotions, and, to be honest, it feels emotionless in most cases. On the other side, dark gray symbolizes mourning, depression, grief – strong emotions. The wide range of gray shades and their associated effects allow us to claim this color to be one of the most versatile and unpredictable.



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  • Magic.css: CSS3 Animations on Steroids

    It is almost a year ago, that Christian Pucci from Italy introduced his stylesheet-project Magic.css. Magic.css lets you build CSS3 animations with special effects. Last year, Christian, better known as miniMac, had only a handful of effects to show. Up until today, this number has grown to 55. All the effects come in a single stylesheet, prefixed for all modern browsers. Magic.css is published under the terms of the MIT license, and can be used freely.



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  • Red Color in Web Design: Provocative or Attractive?

    The color red is the most sexy, passionate and provocative. In the color psychology, red symbolizes energy, love and emotions. A man gives red roses to a girl he is in love with; when a girl is in love she secretly draws red hearts in her diary. Another positive meaning of the red color is appetite stimulation. It is nothing but suitable for a food industry to use red, as for example red accents in the interior design of a restaurant or red colored tableware. Red has also a negative meaning: it is aggressive, it symbolizes anger and hatred; it is the color of war and blood. Still, if to think negatively and be pessimist, one can find bad side in everything. Let me ask you one primitive thing: don’t men like watching girls walking on the street in hot red dresses? Aren’t red lips tempting and magnetizing? This is how red turns to be provocative, but in a good sense of it.



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