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  • Responsive Images: Still Waiting for a Standard? Try Rwd.Images.Js Instead!

    Responsive Images is a topic far from resolved. Will it be the picture element as proposed by the W3C or will it be the srcset attribute as proposed by WHATWG in the end? No matter what time will bring, responsive images are a problem that needs to be solved today and not sometime in the future. No wonder that JavaScript is the remedy of choice. There are quite a few scripts targeting responsive imaging, quality varies though. A brand-new script by Matt Stow from Australia shows the potential to become the best available client-side interim solution…



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  • Brandnew App for Mac OS: 2,800 Free Icons for Designers

    The name Ivan Boyko will sound familiar to quite a few designers out there. He is the creative head behind icons8. The website by the same name offers 2,800 icons to download for free. 1,600 of them are designed following the design style of Windows 8, while the other 1,200 fit into the version 7 redesign of iOS. Today, Boyko added a way to access his icon sets even more easily. A brand-new and also free app can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. This app brings all the icons right to your desktop…



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  • Wallpaper for jQuery Adds Image or Video Backgrounds to Any Website Easily

    Such is life. Client X needs a landing page within the next 15 minutes. It’s a rather simple page with not a lot more than a full-screen background image. Now, how can I achieve that in the quickest and easiest way? Having evaluated a few alternatives I decide to go with Ben Plum’s newest jQuery plugin Wallpaper. This lets me do the job in less than ten minutes. Being able to change the image to a video background using the very same solution made my client smile with joy…



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  • DevDocs: The Ultimate Work of Reference for Web Developers

    Thibaut Courouble is back. The philosopher and front-end developer from France created yet another useful web service for developers. His new project DevDocs has the potential to become the ultimate work of reference for anybody building web apps. DevDocs integrates a plethora of different documentations and equips them with a spanned search function. This is a very good idea…



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  • LayoutIt! Free And Powerful Boilerplate For Your Next Bootstrap 3 Project

    LayoutIt! is a clever web tool, created by Entropeer, a small design agency based in Buenos Aires. At first sight you might go mistaking LayoutIt! for a website builder, which actually it is not, although it looks and functions much in the same way. What LayoutIt! creates is „only“ a kickstarter, an initial foundation to build up upon. Get your next Bootstrap 3 project up and running in a shortened period of time, and thank Entropeer’s tool, which just recently got overhauled to support version 3 of Twitter’s popular front-end framework.



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  • Homepage Builder on Steroids: Is Wix.com Going to Disrupt the Web Design Industry?

    Wix.com has grown to more than 40 million users lately and has put loads of effort into changing from the ground up in the last few years. A few weeks ago, Wix.com went public. It was the biggest IPO ever in Israel’s history. Will Wix change the web design industry in a way similar to what Apple did to the computer industry? A disruptive service bringing a whole new definition as to how websites will be designed in the future? At least this doesn’t seem too far-fetched…



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  • Let It Snow: Festive Resources to Santa up Your Website

    In these special times we tend to not only decorate houses, streets, the whole country, basically. We don’t even leave our websites untouched. Christmassy looks are mandatory these days. If you are on the lookout for a bunch of effects to implement on your blog, portfolio, whatever, look no further. We have compiled a small collection of just what you need to bring that Santa sparkle to the eyes of your visitors.



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  • Brand-new Topic Reports + Top Charts: Google Trends Finally Becomes Useful

    Google Trends is a tool to measure people’s interest in a certain topic. To decide which articles to write, which products to offer or at least how to properly describe your offerings, you need insight in what it is, that raises people’s attention. If you’re into internet marketing you know that Google offers a tool for that use case. Google Trends wants to do just that, help you recognize what interests Google Search users most. Yet, Trends has its quirks. A new update removes the biggest…



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  • Pico: Free, File-based Content Management System for PHP-Developers

    Pico is the name of a fairly new CMS, which doesn’t need any database connection at all. Its developer Gilbert Pellegrom calls the system "stupidly simple". I’d object and say, that this is only true for developers. If you are a PHP aficionado and like to write your posts using Markdown, Pico might just be the CMS for you.



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  • Marvel: Free Website Prototyping Tool for Photoshop-Dropboxers

    If you are anything like me, you fire up your Photoshop to create a first visual prototype of your next client’s website. And if you’re anything like me, you’re not bound to change that in the foreseeable future. All the clients I had over the last 20 years wanted to see a visual prototype before coding started. If you could create a clickable one, the better. A fresh web app named Marvel enters the stage with the promise to achieve just that. Are you a user of Photoshop, Fireworks, Gimp or any other pixel-editor and do you rely on Dropbox? Great, still, if you don’t design websites, you need not read further ;-)



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