May 30 2014

Titania Foto: Free Photo Collections, Made in Germany

This is a rarity. We often introduce you to free commercial-use photo providers. Rarely any of these stem from Germany, the country were the Noupe world headquarters happen to reside. Of course we have the great resource Pixabay.com coming from here, but besides that, needle in a haystack and such. This new entry we found a few days ago is one of this rare species. Titania Foto, maintained by Tania Timpone, which actually does sound Italian, but anyway, offers quite a few photos and doesn’t cost a cent.

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May 29 2014

CSS3: Viewport Units – New Units for Responsive Designs

Developing web designs that adjust to the width or – if needed – the height of a browser window is easy with percentage-based values. You will probably be doing this on a daily basis, optimizing your website for tablets and smartphones. No matter the element, text blocks, images, everything adjusts to the size given.

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May 28 2014

Let it Burn: 40 of The Best Text Effect Tutorials Crammed With Photoshop Expertise

Tutorials on how to create amazing text effects with Photoshop are highly coveted. And rightfully so, as a burning, frozen or glowing or in other ways different looking text brightens up any invitation, flyer, poster or other print and web product. We have found loads of these. What we also found are 3D effects we found astonishing. There’s a lot you can do without having to fire up a full-fledged 3D software. We dove into the deep web and came up with these 40 high-grade tutorials, packed with Photoshop tricks for immediate usefulness. We are sure, you will yourself dive into more than one of the following brilliant guides.

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May 27 2014

Compressor.io: Free Tool Reduces The File Size of Your JPEG, PNG, GIF or SVG by up to 90 Percent

A new web app by not so unknown Stephane Lyver delivers automatic image optimization for the common formats JPEG, PNG, GIF and SVG. The compression is able to either work lossy or lossless. The strength of compression is not adjustable by the user, Compressor.io will always try to reduce to the max. And this works astonishingly perfect…

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May 26 2014

Elegant or Boring? Gray Color in Website Design

Did you know that the human eye is able to distinguish something around 500 shades of gray? The range of gray lies between two non-colors – black and white. The darker a gray is the more black-like it is, and the lighter tones of gray are growing into white. Depending on the intensity of the color, it has been loaded with various meanings. Light gray shades are very neutral, they are perfect for a background design. Usually, light gray doesn’t evoke negative emotions, and, to be honest, it feels emotionless in most cases. On the other side, dark gray symbolizes mourning, depression, grief – strong emotions. The wide range of gray shades and their associated effects allow us to claim this color to be one of the most versatile and unpredictable.

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May 23 2014

More Than 10 Million Users, But Why? Mobile Todo-List Any.do Adds Web App

Wow, I admit, I didn’t know that Any.do already reached more than 10 million users. They can rightfully proclaim to be the largest mobile todo app worldwide. Their clients are available for both major platforms, Android and iOS. Lately they added a Chrome extension and now they decided to make a web version available, too. That version is not your usual web app.

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May 22 2014

WebComponents.org: All About The Future of The Web

Web Components were the craze for a while. As with all standardization projects, as time passes, the effect wears off. In 2012 standardization of the web components specs felt near. Today it’s still a work in progress. There are a growing number of promising approaches and technical solutions, though. Instead of forcing you to roam the depths and widths of the web to collect vital information on web components, the community itself, supported by staff from Google and Mozilla, decided to create a central platform, covering all aspects of the future technology. Now that effort is online. It answers to the name WebComponents.org.

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May 21 2014

Magic.css: CSS3 Animations on Steroids

It is almost a year ago, that Christian Pucci from Italy introduced his stylesheet-project Magic.css. Magic.css lets you build CSS3 animations with special effects. Last year, Christian, better known as miniMac, had only a handful of effects to show. Up until today, this number has grown to 55. All the effects come in a single stylesheet, prefixed for all modern browsers. Magic.css is published under the terms of the MIT license, and can be used freely.

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May 21 2014

Public Domain Archive: High-Res Photos for Free

The market of free photo providers is growing fast. After a decade of market domination, giant services like Shutterstock and others see themselves faced with a competition that will likely change the whole way this industry is structured. This new breed of photo services is different in one vital way, they don’t take money for the right to publish a picture. Some don’t even require you to mention them or say "Thank You". One of these high-grade new services stems from Athens in Georgia, US. Designer and photographer Matt Hobbs and his wife Shayna created and maintain it. It is still tiny in comparison, but already worth a visit or two.

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May 20 2014

Red Color in Web Design: Provocative or Attractive?

The color red is the most sexy, passionate and provocative. In the color psychology, red symbolizes energy, love and emotions. A man gives red roses to a girl he is in love with; when a girl is in love she secretly draws red hearts in her diary. Another positive meaning of the red color is appetite stimulation. It is nothing but suitable for a food industry to use red, as for example red accents in the interior design of a restaurant or red colored tableware. Red has also a negative meaning: it is aggressive, it symbolizes anger and hatred; it is the color of war and blood. Still, if to think negatively and be pessimist, one can find bad side in everything. Let me ask you one primitive thing: don’t men like watching girls walking on the street in hot red dresses? Aren’t red lips tempting and magnetizing? This is how red turns to be provocative, but in a good sense of it.

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