Feb 04 2014

The Pattern Library: Free Seamless Patterns for Your Designs

The Pattern Library is a fresh new project by New Yorker Tim Holman and Claudio Guglieri from San Francisco. The two, who both don’t stem from where they are currently located, established a repository of seamless website backgrounds called “The Pattern Library”. The concept of the site matches the content – it’s extraordinary…

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Feb 03 2014

Social Polling by Opinion Stage: One-Year Pro-Account for Free

Votes and polls are nothing new. But before you yawn and turn to the next article, give me two seconds. Votes and polls done with Opinion Stage are not the ole fashioned feedback tools your mind first thinks of. Opinion Stage integrates the social component as it lets you interact with Social Media. The deeper insights you are about to receive are beyond comparison. Better even, today we give away two annual Pro Plans, worth 228 dollars, for free. All you need to do to win is place a comment below the following article.

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Jan 31 2014

Not Up For Creative Cloud? 10 Professional Alternatives to Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC is no longer for sale. You can only rent it and pay a monthly fee to be allowed to use it. This does not appeal to everybody and I personally know more former Photoshop users who reject that licensing model than those who embrace it. As I was a regular updater anyway, the new mode of operation saves me money. But I can understand all those who only updated every three or four versions and would now have to shell out a lot more money than before. All of these will be eager to find a valid alternative to Photoshop CC. We took a look at ten of the best competitors…

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Jan 30 2014

Perfect Match: Adaptive Backgrounds for jQuery Colors Your Website Automagically

This plugin for jQuery is gas. Adaptive Backgrounds by Brian Gonzalez analyzes the colors of the images in your website, determines which ones are dominant and colors the background of the element containing the image accordingly. As Adaptive Backgrounds works with the nearest parent by default, you can have multiple different backgrounds on the same page. The effect is impressive.

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Jan 29 2014

Free Stock Photos by Email: Little Visuals

If you follow Noupe closely, you know that we covered pic-poster Unsplash.com quite a few times. This Tumblr-based service sends out emails containing 10 images with varying topics every 10 days. All the images can be used freely under a CC0 license. This allows for commercial use also. The even younger service Little Visuals would certainly win a look-alike contest…

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Jan 28 2014

Splitshire: Even More Free Stock Photos for Commercial Use

Daniel Nanescu from Torino, Italy is a web and graphics designer as well as a passionate photographer. Traces of his photography can be tracked back almost ten years from now. Daniel does not only have a practiced eye. He also has the appropriate hardware as well as some solid photo editing skills – the whole package. All the better that he decided to publish parts of his work for free. Welcome to the brand-new service Splitshire.com. It’s merely a few days old…

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Jan 27 2014

Slip.js: Small Script Touch-Optimizes Lists in Web Apps

Slip.js is not exactly new to me. I stumbled upon it a few weeks ago, yet didn’t get impressed at first sight. These days I had a real life usecase and faintly remembered Slip.js. Now, having worked through a real project with the help of that small script, I have to admit that Slip.js really is a clever tool for the creation of touch-sortable or – more general – editable lists in web apps.

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Jan 23 2014

Styling SVG with CSS: Capabilities and Limitations

SVG is the new standard for vector images in the browser. Vector editors such as Adobe Illustrator allow to directly save to that format and modern browsers have no problems to properly display SVG. As SVG graphics consist of markup, they can be created and maintained using your favorite text editor, just as you do with your HTML. It is even possible to style SVG with CSS, though you’ll need to know about quite a few differences in doing so, compared to styling HTML.

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Jan 22 2014

SVG and JavaScript: What Is Possible, What To Consider?

SVG has been around for quite some time now, waiting. Waiting for proper browser support. The wait is now over as all modern browsers support the format today. With Flash being on the decline, SVG has grown even more popular. Just like the proprietary Flash format, SVG is vector-based and can even contain animations. You need not even miss out on scripting, as SVG supports JavaScript right inside its own format. Think of an open ActionScript, only more commonly known.

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Jan 20 2014

HTML, CSS, PSD and More: 22 Free Design Resources from December 2013

Design resources are great in many ways. Some of us might just use them as they are, building their next project upon them. Others simply take them as an inspiration to create their own. All of us collect these resources. There’s no denying, we are hunter-gatherers. In the face of this fact we’ve put together yet another set stuffed with HTML, CSS and PSD templates and added the best UI kits. Bring it to the fireplace and hear everyone whoop with joy.

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