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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 the following article is some Photoshop. All the following buttons are available for private as well as commercial use. As the terms of service are susceptible of change, you should review them again before using the buttons. Have fun…



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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 the perfect marriage. Together, these aspects create a stand out design that creates a lasting impression and keeps visitors coming back for more. May I even be so bold as to say that a clean yet colorful website is what every designer should strive to accomplish in their web designs?



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  • Design Trend Hero Images: The Bold Way of Using Images

    Currently there are two seemingly contrary trends in web design. On the one hand, websites become more minimalistic – less colors, clear fonts and simple shapes. On the other hand, large-sized, full page images – so called hero images – are becoming more and more popular. Sounds strange, but in the end only appears to be contradictory. At second glance, both trends complement each other very well. Of course, this only applies when they are used both in a sensible way and even more importantly with an expressive image.



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  • 46 of the Web’s Most Creative 404 Error Pages (2015 Edition)

    Entering a mistyped URL into your browser or clicking a link to a destination that no longer exists usually leads to a 404 error page. This 404 is generated by your server and if you do nothing about will look like a default server message looks – ugly and boring and unhelpful to the technically non-savvy. This needs not be that way, however. We have curated a collection of 46 creative approaches to offering a 404 that you actually want to see as a visitor. Be it because it is helpful, impressive, entertaining or simply cute. Have fun!



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  • Blast from the Past #4: 100 Best Free HTML/CSS Themes of 2014

    Here we are again with part 4 of our series “Blast from the Past”. By now, we have equipped you with a vast collection of 90 free carefully executed GUI sets, 100 icon packs and more than 100 free PSD website templates. With them, building up almost any kind of website, starting from stylish and sought-after one page portfolios and not ending with complex e-commerce sites becomes a little less challenging. Of course, not every featured kit is a one-stop shop out of the box, but can nevertheless be a great groundwork to build upon. Still there are times when you have to go looking for something even more complete. If your deadline is approaching too fast, just like it always does, pull the following article from your toolbox and get up to speed. Today’s collection is all about complete website layouts, but not in the more inspirational form of a PSD layout. What we have here for you are the 100 best free HTML/CSS themes of 2014.



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  • Blast from the Past #3: 100+ Best Free PSD Website Templates of 2014

    Welcome to part 3 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 and 100 icon packs. With them, building up almost any kind of website, starting from stylish and sought-after one page portfolios and not ending with complex e-commerce sites becomes a little less challenging. Of course, not every featured kit is a one-stop shop out of the box, but can nevertheless be a great groundwork to build upon. Still there are times when you have to go looking for something even more complete. Be it that the deadline is approaching too fast, or you simply need some inspiration. As usual, also for these situations you’ve come to the right place. Today’s collection is all about complete website layouts. We searched thoroughly and came up with the 100+ best free PSD website templates of 2014.



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  • A Look into a Web Designer’s Toolbox – Today: John Siebert

    As a web designer, you must be well aware of how even a minuscule designing mistake can result in the failure of your website. One of the ways of avoiding the various pitfalls related to website design is using the right set of tools. The idea is to use such tools to simplify some of the more time consuming tasks related to web design and ensuring that you get them absolutely right. There are plenty of web design tools available on the market and you will be hard-pressed to choose the right one for your needs. This article aims to make your job a bit simpler. It’s a curated list of 8 tools that can help you get the most out of your web design process.



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  • For Your Blog Only? Think Again! These 35 Global Brands Use WordPress as CMS

    WordPress has become far more than just a blogging software. Even large and highly complex sites with millions of visitors each month can be realized with this flexible solution created by Automattic. The worldwide success of the free content management system seems unstoppable. About 60% of all websites using a CMS run on WordPress – with an upward tendency. WordPress is the only CMS gaining market share at high speed, whereas all other systems stagnate or even lose on market share. But this is not just a coincidence; WordPress is easy to use and offers endless possibilities for developers. With proper configuration, WordPress can handle millions of monthly visitors easily, which is one reason why even large and well-known brands rely on WordPress. In this article we will show you a selection of global brands that use WordPress as their CMS.



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  • Enjoy Inspiration: Best Design Practices Daily

    Creative workers need a mixture of different fuels. But one of the more important parts of this composite is inspiration. Inspiration is, of course, everywhere. Then again, sitting away long office hours cuts you from natural sources of inspiration and throws you back into virtuality. If you are like me, you’ll be happy about each new source of inspiration reachable from inside the cubicles of the world. And if this source of inspiration is a curated collection of best design practices, the better…



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  • Christmas Experiments: Advent Calendar of Open Web Technologies

    I don’t know how I could have missed this great project during the last two years. Invented in November of 2012, this project has grown to become a more than noteworthy exhibition of what open web technologies are able to do today, when used by skilled people. Christmas Experiments is not only an impressive collection of 24 outstanding works but also the best argument for lifelong learning. See what you can do when you commit yourself to staying up to date. Your clients will pay you with full hands, as if you were worth your weight in gold. Well, the latter might be a slight exaggeration. Look at these masterpieces, however, and see how much room for improvement you still got…



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