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Web App: Drawing SVG Online with Method Draw

December 8th, 2015
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Adobe Illustrator, as well as the free Inkscape, are able to work with SVG. They can edit and save vector graphics in this format. These apps are not the only ones, however. The web app Method Draw allows you to draw vector graphics in a way similar to a classic desktop application, and you can test them directly in the browser. Besides SVG, Method...

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RulersGuides.js: Photoshop-inspired Web Design Helper Tool

December 5th, 2015
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RulersGuides.js: Photoshop-inspired Web Design Helper Tool

The ruler and the possibility to draw auxiliary lines are indispensable features of Photoshop and other image editing and drawing applications. Why only Photoshop and such? Measuring distances and checking orientations via auxiliary lines can be helpful on a website as well. RulerGuides.js comes to your rescue. It adds a ruler with the mentioned features to any website via a bookmarklet. RulersGuides.js: Features Known...

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Better Portable Graphics: What the New Image Format Can Do

December 2nd, 2015
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Better Portable Graphics: What the New Image Format Can Do

JPEG and PNG are the two popular formats used to display images in the browser. Even though the internet gets increasingly faster, it is especially important for mobile devices to keep the file size as small as possible. The new BPG format, which is short for Better Portable Graphics, is the alternative to the popular formats, and it promises smaller files as well as...

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How to Design Forms That Increase Your Conversion Rate

November 30th, 2015
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How to Design Forms That Increase Your Conversion Rate

A visually attractive form doesn’t help much when only a few visitors fill it in. In reality, a neat design is limited in its effectiveness as it only works in combination with other factors that need to be considered as well. In this article, I will give you advice on how to shape forms regarding content to increase the conversion rate which, in this...

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HTML5: Create a Top-notch OnePager with Slides

November 27th, 2015
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HTML5: Create a Top-notch OnePager with Slides

OnePagers, websites that consist of one page divided into two or more segments, are still growing in popularity. If I remember correctly, Apple were the ones who started that craze with their presentation of one of the later iPhones a few years ago. The classic OnePager consists of a full-screen presentation of a topic, garnered with large imagery, a subtle header with navigation, an...

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SVG without SMIL: Google Chrome Kills Support

November 24th, 2015
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SVG without SMIL: Google Chrome Kills Support

It should be common knowledge by now that interesting charts, illustrations and complex animations can be created using the SVG format. SVG provides three different ways of creating animations. Next to JavaScript and CSS3 animations, SMIL is another approach to making shapes move. However, with Chrome 45, Google classified SMIL animations as deprecated and will not support them in the future. Why did Google...

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Online Advertisement and HTML5: New Standards to Replace Flash

November 18th, 2015
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HTML5: New Standards for Online Advertisement

At the beginning of the era of online advertisement, animated GIF was very popular. Afterwards, it was replaced by the Flash format for a long time. While Flash is rather irrelevant in today’s web development, online advertisement has taken a while to replace Flash as the standard for banner advertisement. This is not completely incomprehensible as Flash has quite a few advantages for advertisers....

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Good Sliders, Bad Sliders: Things to Consider Using Them

November 17th, 2015
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Good Sliders, Bad Sliders: Things to Consider Using Them

The way websites are developed and are being visited changed drastically over the past years. Mobile usage is growing, and technologies such as HTML5 and CSS3 make things possible that were impossible or difficult to achieve before. But one thing has proven its value for years: good ole content sliders. They have two major advantages. For one, content can be placed in an efficient...

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Tridiv: Useful CSS3 Editor for 3D Objects

November 10th, 2015
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Tridiv: Useful CSS3 Editor for 3D Objects

The design possibilities of CSS3 are diverse. Thanks to the “transform”-feature, not only animations, but also elements can be displayed three-dimensionally. With a few tweaks, three-dimensional objects can be drawn and arranged in space. With a little JavaScript, 3D animations are possible as well. The web application Tridiv provides a graphical user interface that allows for the creation of these three-dimensional CSS3 objects. Creating...

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CSSgram: Instagram Image Effects in Plain CSS

November 9th, 2015
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CSSgram is a tiny CSS library that allows you to apply 15 filters that you already know from Instagram to any image you want. If you like this type of image modification, you can grab it without hesitating. Using neat image effects doesn’t get easier than that. CSSgram: 1kb Small Powerhouse for Your Images Una Kravets from Austin, Texas is responsible for the small...

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Instead of Bezier Curves: Beautiful Drawings using Spiral Tools

November 7th, 2015
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Those using Illustrator or a different vector program can’t avoid bezier curves. They allow the user to draw curves in any form or shape. However, it needs practice to be able to draw well-shaped curves. Especially when drawing letters like the curvy S, it is not easy to set the starting point so that the curves are proportioned correctly. That’s why there are drawing...

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Fast and Free: How to Create Images for Social Media – Using Pablo v2

November 6th, 2015
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Fast and Free: How to Create Images for Social Media - Using Pablo v2

Small helpers that allow you to create social media images fast and easy are in high demand. Very recently, we introduced you to a lot of these tools. Of course, Pablo, developed by Buffer, was on that list as well. Recently version two of this convenient image service has gone online. Today I want to show you all there is to know. By the...

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Noupe Site Check: Bloomberg

October 30th, 2015
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Noupe Site Check: Bloomberg

News portals don’t always seem to be receptive to contemporary design and the use of new technologies such as HTML5 or CSS3. Often, a fixed layout is used, only supporting the vintage banner advertisement. A notable exception is the website of the US-American news portal Bloomberg, which is internationally known for its economic news. Responsive Layout and Clear Navigation While many news websites have...

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20 Code Snippets for Interactive Buttons

October 26th, 2015
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20 Code Snippets for Interactive Buttons

Can you imagine a website without buttons? I bet you can’t. And it is not surprising since these tiny, mostly rectangular-shaped objects much like navigation or copyright information are one of the fundamental details of any UI. Not only do they make links look more weighty, appealing and pushy, but they also help to increase conversion rates and make user experience handier and more...