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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...

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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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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...

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Design Trend Hero Images: The Bold Way of Using Images

February 13th, 2015
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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...

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

February 12th, 2015
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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...

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

February 8th, 2015
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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...

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

February 7th, 2015
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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,...

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

January 24th, 2015
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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...