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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...

Design

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...

(Free) Services

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...

Design

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...

Design

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...

Boilerplates & Other Tools

Facebook’s Design Assistants United Under One Roof

October 23rd, 2015
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It’s slowly but constantly becoming a trend that big platforms provide their design tools and other helpers to the community. Twitter has stood out the most lately by making Recess available to the public while Bootstrap is probably their most popular publication to date. Facebook has now expanded their helper tools and united them under one roof. Facebook: Device Mockups, GUI Kit, Origami and...

Design

HTML5: Improving Forms With Autocomplete

October 16th, 2015
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To complete form input faster, browsers offer the option of autocompletion. The entries made by the user are saved and suggested when the same or a similar form with the same information is filled in. The problem is, that the variations of certain entries – e.g. a name or a credit card number – prevent the word completion from working properly. The new attribute...

Business Online

INK Creates Responsive Email Newsletters That Arrive

October 15th, 2015
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The first sentence on the website of the provider Ink tells us what their goal is: „Quickly create responsive HTML emails that work on any device and client. Even Outlook.“ With this wink at Microsoft’s challenging child (in terms of the presentation of HTML email), the developers want to make clear that these problems won’t occur when using Ink. Consequently, we have taken a...

Business Online

Canva: Create Online Graphics Easily

October 14th, 2015
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Not every website operator is a good graphic designer at the same time. Does that mean that they are forced to forgo illustrations and images? No, it doesn’t. Nowadays there is excellent software to solve these problems. There are also other options besides Photoshop. Eight of these programs have been presented by my colleague Andreas Hecht already. Today, I would like to introduce you...

Apps

Designing Web Code in a Native App

October 13th, 2015
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Designing Web Code in a Native App

Over the years, I’ve heard developers say, “you can always tell when it’s a web app,” insinuating that web apps are lacking when compared with native apps.  These same folks will claim that web app performance is poor, and the design is inferior.  Although that might have been true years ago, today’s web fairs much better than the web of yesteryear.  Our runtimes are...

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Social Media: Eight Hand-picked Image Tools

October 12th, 2015
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In general, images in social media posts help to achieve greater success than plain text posts. Experiments have shown that posts supported by images get a larger amount of clicks, shares and replies. These posts also get marked as favourites more often. Humans are visually oriented and that’s nothing new. This is why I recommend you to add images to your social media posts...

Design

5 Ways to Make Your Site Rock on the Modern Web (…and Microsoft Edge too)

October 6th, 2015
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Edge is Microsoft’s new web browser sporting a new rendering engine – EdgeHTML – and an underlying OS to boot in Windows 10. Since upgrades from Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 will be free for most, you can expect a huge influx of Edge users hitting sites in the coming months. Edge is a departure from the past, actually to complete rewrite from past...

Boilerplates & Other Tools

Simbla: Responsive Websites Made Easy

October 6th, 2015
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Thanks to numerous website builders and homepage generators you can quickly and easily click together a website. You wouldn’t even need to know HTML, CSS or JavaScript to do so. More often than not these offerings lack in many ways. Not only does the quality of design feel poor, but its technical qualities are also inferior. Simbla is different. It is a website builder...

Design

Responsive Web Design: Where Do We Go From Here?

September 30th, 2015
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I had the great pleasure of delivering the closing keynote at Responsive Day Out 3: The Final Breakpoint. Held in Brighton, UK on 19 June 2015, the conference is a gathering of designers and developers sharing their workflow strategies, techniques, and experiences with responsive web design.Here’s what I had to say. „Today has provided an amazing tour of the world of responsive design. We’ve...