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Fotor: Free Image Editor for Everyone and Any Device

April 5th, 2015
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Fotor: Free Image Editor for Everyone and Any Device

Finding a truly decent and powerful image editor is a rare event. Especially if you want it to be free on top of that. Enter Fotor – the image editor is one of those noteworthy exceptions. It’s not only free, but also available for all platforms: There are excellent smartphone apps for Android and iOS, respectively, and the desktop versions work with Windows or...

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New and Unspent: 10 Fresh Free WordPress Plugins (Edition: April 2015)

March 30th, 2015
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New and Unspent: 10 Fresh Free WordPress Plugins (Edition: April 2015)

Once again we have browsed the plugin directory of WordPress to find the best new WordPress tools for you. Plugins round WordPress off and without them you would have an extremely limited CMS. You won’t find well-known extensions in this list, but a potpourri of really fresh, new and unspent plugins that give you the best benefit. There should be something for most WordPress...

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Web Design: Transparency as a Design Element (plus Best Practices)

March 27th, 2015
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Web Design: Transparency as a Design Element (plus Best Practices)

Transparency has become a big hit in web design since most browsers can display it. Transparent elements are used to either set accents or draw attention to a certain area like images or text passages. But there are a few things that can go wrong while developing websites with transparent effects. Today we’ll show you what you should pay attention to. Let’s create a...

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International Language: The Emergence of Icons and Pictograms

March 24th, 2015
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International Language: The Emergence of Icons and Pictograms

Symbols and pictograms have been used since the beginning of history, in every stage of the evolution of the many forms of human communication, from the use of visual signs and figures to convey the meaning of concepts, words and sounds, to the development of spoken language to writing. As a communication form, pictograms have maintained their varied functions which have now become more...

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Design Trends in Responsive Navigation: Best Practices 2015

March 17th, 2015
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Design Trends in Responsive Navigation: Best Practices 2015

Responsive websites have become standard. More and more people switch from their desktop devices to mobile clients like smartphones and tablets to consume websites. If you don’t want to fall behind and lose valuable visitors, it’s about time to optimize your website for mobile view. Such a website provides a good and accessible navigation on mobile devices. Practically speaking, mobile navigation is one of...

Apps

Blast from the Past #8: 90 Free Resources for Mobile Designers

March 12th, 2015
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Blast from the Past #8: 90 Free Resources for Mobile Designers

Smart navicons, chic slide out menus, heavily blurred backgrounds, sophisticated control centers, elegant outline graphics, splash screens – these clever solutions were incepted to improve mobile application interfaces in the first place. They also work well when it comes to refining website designs, unintentionally. Smart concepts successfully migrate from one platform to another, reinventing traditional layouts. Last year the integration of principles of mobile...

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WordPress Developer With Noupe: Everything About Theme Creation

March 4th, 2015
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WordPress Developer With Noupe: Everything About Theme Creation

Developing WordPress themes on your own is a great thing to do. I remember well how I worked on my first theme, and how much fun it was. Though afterwards, I was in a cold sweat, doing much reworking and bugfixing in order to make it through WordPress´s theme testing procedures. After all, I was very keen to present it to the whole world....

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Affinity Photo Beta: The First REAL Alternative to Photoshop?

February 27th, 2015
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Affinity Photo Beta: The First REAL Alternative to Photoshop?

On February 10 this year a new creative design software was unveiled: Affinity Photo by Serif debuted in beta and is currently available for free, exclusively for Mac OS X. The app claims to be a pro-level challenger to Adobe Photoshop, the undisputable top dog and standard in the publishing industry. After the beta phase, Affinity Photo will be available at the Mac App...

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Logo Design According to Zeitgeist: Not Only the Times are Changing

February 26th, 2015
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Logo Design According to Zeitgeist: Not Only the Times are Changing

Logos, be it wordmarks or symbols, are rarely „timeless“. Instead, they are regularly adapted over time – sometimes tentatively, sometimes more radical. Apart from taking on style details such as gloss, 3D, and shadow effects which disappear with the fading of those design trends, there seems to be an underlying general direction in logo design: shapes get more simple, proportions more harmonious, and details...

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The Hunger Games: Are Designers Cannibals?

February 25th, 2015
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The Hunger Games: Are Designers Cannibals?

Sure, many designers scream that speculative work is bad. The major creative and design organizations have written articles out the whazoo about how bad it is for the industry and even have white papers, books and entire conference programs dedicated to the “NoSpec!” movement. Still, it’s increasing and guess who’s to blame? The very people it hurts! There are two parties of thought on...

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Blast from the Past #6: 100 Best Free Business Cards, Resume Templates and Other Corporate Identity Packages of 2014

February 22nd, 2015
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Blast from the Past #6: 100 Best Free  Business Cards,  Resume Templates and Other Corporate Identity Packages of 2014

Welcome to part 6 of our series "Blast from the Past". By now, you are already in possession of a vast collection of 90 free carefully executed GUI sets, 100 icon packs, 100+ PSD templates, the same number of HTML templates as well as over a hundred fonts, in flavors desktop, web and icon. Now you are fully equipped to perform the creation of...

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Web Design Takeaway: 40 CSS Buttons, Tutorials and Code Snippets

February 19th, 2015
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Web Design Takeaway: 40 CSS Buttons, Tutorials and Code Snippets

Pure CSS buttons and menus do not need graphics anymore but create themselves from the beauty of the written code. Generating this can be difficult in regard to broad browser compatibility. Thankfully, there are tutorials, ready-made code snippets, and numerous examples to choose from. And it gets even better, as we present you the best examples in this article. What you don’t get in...

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Adobe Lightroom Mobile: Image Processing on the Go (including Android)

February 18th, 2015
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Adobe Lightroom Mobile: Image Processing on the Go (including Android)

Last month, Adobe released a new version of its Lightroom app for mobile devices. For the first time this app is not only available for iPhones and iPads, but for Android devices as well. But how efficient can image processing on tablet or smartphone actually be? Lightroom Mobile: Free of Charge, but Can Only Be Used with a Subscription The Lightroom app is free...

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Opposites Attract: Tips for Designing a Clean Yet Colorful Website

February 17th, 2015
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Opposites Attract: Tips for Designing a Clean Yet Colorful Website

A clean website design does not have to be boring, and a colorful website design does not have to be obnoxious and overwhelming. Interestingly, usually all a clean site needs to jazz it up are a few bright or bold colors, and an obnoxious site needs a clean redesign to go from overwhelming to simply colorful. For these reasons, a clean yet colorful website is...