Mar 05 2014

TemplateMonster: More Than 30,000 Templates For Your Next Web Project

This name does stand for itself. TemplateMonster actually is a monster in terms of size and variety. More than 30,000 templates for various CM systems as well as plain HTML/CSS, Bootstrap or even Flash are available. It is impossible to not be able to find that one template you’ve always been looking for. More likely you’ll not find one but one dozen, leaving you spoilt for choice. No matter whether you prefer WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Shopify, Magento, Bootstrap, plain HTML, Wix or whatever. TemplateMonster has you covered. Let’s take a closer look at their offerings…

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Mar 04 2014

Common UX Mistakes That Are Killing Your Design

When it comes to product design and user experience, many companies are heads-down in the process. A good design is achieved due to a combination of multiple factors, such as the hard-work of the designers and the supportive collaboration across multiple teams within the firm. However, more often than not, many UX design projects suffer from some common mistakes. In this post, we shall be taking a look at such mistakes and discussing ways to avoid them.

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Mar 03 2014

Pump up da Project: 5 Must-Have JavaScripts (February 2014 Edition)

Have you already heard of “You might not need jQuery”? That site created ripples soon after its release a few weeks ago. It suggests that you might be better off targeting modern browser features directly, instead of relying on jQuery to achieve basically the same. Then again, who as a developer can actually determine which browsers will definitely not be used for visiting the project about to be created. I have my doubts doubting jQuery overall, yet I have always had sympathies for JavaScripts that are self-contained and not dependent on jQuery. I would not recommend going for pure CSS at the moment, even if theoretically possible. JavaScript is needed anyway, so why not use it where suitable. Following I put together a fresh bunch of those that impressed me most lately…

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Feb 28 2014

Total Recall #3: The Ultimate Collection of the Best Free Icon Sets of 2013

Welcome to the third and last part of our mini-series "Total Recall 2013". After having provided you with over 250 design resources from the fields of HTML/CSS themes, PSD website templates and professional GUI sets, we are back with a massive collection of the best icon sets last year had to offer. Almost 100 sets are here for you to explore. Icons have been popular at all times, yet have been gaining even more popularity with the rise of mobile devices. The tinier the screen gets, the more designers need to rely on comprehensible pictograms for navigation and other purposes. While everyone uses them, it is crucial to gather a wide variety in one’s own toolbox to avoid looking like the next web service one click away.

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Feb 27 2014

Big Time Saver: Becoming a WordPress Pro (Near-)Instantly

WordPress powers a massive amount of websites and has rightfully become the go-to solution for most small to medium businesses. It is easy to comprehend, easy to install and easy to administer. Yet, it isn’t as easy as 1-2-3. Getting to know one’s ways around the system is not to be done intuitively. So you’ll need to do a bit of learning – one way or another. And you know, if you could just master WordPress, you’d be well on your way to creating fantastic websites!

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Feb 25 2014

Total Recall #2: The Ultimate Collection of the Best Free Pro GUI Sets of 2013

In part one of our Total Recall series we featured an extensive collection of the best free website layout HTML/CSS themes and PSD templates from 2013, aimed to quickly and effectively give you a solid foundation for creating your own theme or website. However, not everyone can find a design that will fully meet his design requirements and satisfy customer’s preferences. So for those who prefer to construct their own interfaces brick by brick, we have prepared another comprehensive collection – even bigger than the last one. These more than 100 helpful toolkits can enormously contribute to your prototyping process, providing you with a broad range of basic components and integral widgets that adhere to the same style and coloring.

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Feb 24 2014

IM FREE: Curated Collections of Free Commercial Use Photos No Designer Can Do Without

Okay, this is new. At least that’s how I decided to apologize why I didn’t notice this service by IM-Creator earlier. Remember IM-Creator? The homepage builder equipped with templates made by freelance designers itself targets freelance designers and not the DIY thirteen year old son of the CEO’s golf mate. It was this same homepage builder that secretly (well almost…) introduced a new offering named IM FREE. IM FREE hosts curated collections with free, also commercially usable photos. And it contains quite a few gems…

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Feb 21 2014

DesignerCandies: Brand-new Service Offers Free Design Resources in the Public Domain

DesignerCandies is a five weeks old side-project maintained by designer Adam McIntyre. At the time of this writing, DesignerCandies hosts 25 freebies, suitable for both web and print design. Given the current pace, the collection grows by five freebies weekly. To date the focus lies on 3D renders, yet textures and brushes can also be found. The most interesting point: all the resources are released into the Public Domain, which means they are explicitly uncopyrighted and thus, free for each and every thinkable use case.

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Feb 20 2014

Almost for Free: 17 Premium Responsive WordPress Themes

Premium responsive WordPress themes. Does that not sound like your favorite tune? I know it does to my ears. And from our analytics backend we know that WordPress themes are among the top ten most wanted article topics here at Noupe, your wonderful design magazine. While free themes are always a solid traffic magnet, premium themes usually fall behind a little. Which is due to the fact, at least that’s my interpretation, that they are sometimes ambitiously priced. But what if we had premium themes closest to the most radical price of all. That’s what we want to show you today…

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Feb 19 2014

Hosting, Polling, Logos: And The Winner Is…

During the past weeks we ran a few giveaways. The winners have yet to be announced. That’s what this post will be all about. So, if you have been taking part in any of our giveaways, check whether you won by reading on…

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