Design

  • The Accessibility Project – How To Integrate Accessibility Into Your Daily Designs

    A few days ago we brought HTML_CodeSniffer to your attention, a bookmarklet for testing websites in terms of accessibility. Today we encountered a brand-new project, that aims at the average designer and is set to be the starting point for everything around accessibility. Community-driven and crowdsourced, A11Y as the project abbreviates itself, wants to support and encourage accessible web designs. The project is refreshingly different and growing rapidly.



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  • AI -> Canvas: Export Fully Functional HTML5 Canvas From Within Adobe Illustrator

    Mike Swanson, though having been aboard Microsoft for more than 11 years, has created a plugin for Adobe Ilustrator that resembles a good wine. The older it gets, the better it grows to be. More than two years ago, still employed at the Redmond company, Swanson pushed out the first version of AI -> Canvas. At that time HTML5 canvas was already of some prominence, but who would have dared to use the element in production environments? Today things look different, entirely different…



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  • 50+ Fascinating Promotional Booklets to Inspire

    No digital format can compare to the unique impression that printed materials leave with an audience. In today’s era of computers and mobile devices, an excellent way for businesses to stand out is by printing booklets or other materials such as posters and postcards. In fact, an article on the PrintPlace.com blog points out that readers are much more engaged when reading print materials than when reading digitally. If you want your target audience to slow down and notice your products or portfolio in more details, then a promotional booklet may be your answer.



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  • The Psychology of Business Card Design

    We know you! We know that you are keen to know everything about business cards. At least that’s what Google Analytics tells us. You like design templates, sample designs for inspiration purposes and engage in games where you can win sets of cards of your own. This is why we’d like to point you to a brand-new infographic by our friends over at UPrinting. They know their ways around everything printable and have now put together some essential tips on the psychology of a business card. You will definitely want to take a look…



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  • Neither Graphics Nor Fonts! Icons In Pure CSS3 with One-Div.com

    Icons are becoming more and more common these days. Mobile clients are responsible for this trend as icons are most useful in environments where screen real estate is scarce. Icons help you find your ways around without needing too much text (if any). With the rise of higher density screens and rising resolutions it is preferrable to shift away from static icon imagery to vectorized icons that are able to scale to any desired size without pixelation or blurry looks. This requirement has initiated the rise of icon fonts. But wait, there is another possibility with its own advantages. Icons can be designed using pure CSS3 also…



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  • Lord Of The Rings: Ringmark Checks Mobile Browsers For HTML5 Capability

    HTML5, CSS3 and new JavaScript methods make mobile web apps possible that do not necessarily stand behind native apps for tablets and smartphones. But which mobile browsers on which devices are capable of performing modern HTML5 apps? The benchmark service Ringmark wants to help you find out.



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  • Lookfilter.com: Modern Photoshop Droplets Pimp Your Photos

    Regular readers already know Lookfilter.com. Two months ago the service announced to provide several very interesting Photoshop actions for photographers with ambitions as well as Instagrammers and other fans of photo effects. In October Lookfilter.com gave away the very elegant action “The Wise Watson” for free. A lot has changed at Lookfilter.com since then. In the meantime the service has been launched officially. They still offer a freebie action, though…



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  • The Mobile Book: Packed With Know-How, While Easy To Read

    Specialist books are necessary, if you want to keep up with today’s knowledge in whatever field your profession lies. I have to force myself into reading these publications though, as these books tend to be written in such a dry and uninteresting way that it leaves me looking for the next distraction. Very rarely though, reading a specialist book can be fun. One of the most notable exceptions I found this year is The Mobile Book by Smashing Media. I spent this weekend with relaxed reading and got filled up with knowledge on responsive web design without even having the impression of strenuousness. What more could I have wanted?



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  • Hotels in Phuket: 3 Awesome Design Concepts

    Design is important. As you are readers of Noupe, one of the best design magazines this side of the milky way, you are certainly aware of that. Recently I had the chance to take a deeper look at three design-oriented hotel concepts over here in Thailand. And I saw that design sometimes just isn’t enough. For a hotel to be successful it must have a strong concept that appeals to an increasingly wide range of people from all over the world. I went to check the Millenium Resort, the Pimnara Hotel and the Color Kata Hotel, all three located in Phuket, Thailand. And this is my story…



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  • Find Your Perfect Match: Collection of Free Thematic Social Icons Sets

    Leather Social Icons Set by Sylvain Guizard

    How many times have you stumbled into a website that captivates you with its unique, remarkable design, where every functional part shines with originality? Then, when you decide to follow this creative person you suddenly discover that social media icons are just ordinary squares with recognizable colors and logos that barely fit into the whole composition. And as a result the overall effect fades away, the first impression proves wrong. It would seem that such a tiny thing as set of 32 px sized icons can’t bring disharmony, but as all we know, good design depends on attention to the details. Put that way even such a small part can radically change th general impression of what you see. An alternative would be creating everything from scratch. But that can be really time-consuming, especially with uncommon design intentions. What do we all do? We stroll along the broad avenues and tiny sideways of the world wide web, hoping to find these little helpers to make the web design shiny and impressive. Though this might cost a little time as well as money, generally, it is worth it. To save you from wasting hours of your productive time, we have picked 25 diverse social icon packs that can definitely outshine other ordinary collections and make your website design exceptional and memorable.



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