Jul 25 2013

Designer’s Basic Toolset: 10 Awesome Freebies

Every project is different, yet somehow the same. The latter makes it harder over time to fuel your creativity anew each time a client demands it. Things start to resemble more and more, the longer your designer’s career endures. This is because you are living in the boundaries of your own mindset. Of course you know that and have initiated strategies against it, e.g. surfing other websites for inspiration. Scribbling around on a piece of paper is another alternative. If you are more on the shirtsleeved side of things (read: like me), you will most probably look into collections of freebies. I do frequently, regularly, always…

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Jul 24 2013

30+ Photo Manipulations That Make Your Jaw Fall Slack

People with a passion for photography most likely have a passion for photo manipulation also. Professionals say: “You don’t just take a photo, you make it!” It is adventurous, experimental even, playing around with your photos and pushing the boundaries of the possible. Oftentimes these attempts fail miserably, there is a whole plethora of platforms with this kind of material – especially showing off bad filter effects… The following set of images is different. Some are plain beautiful, some really astounded me. See for yourself…

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Jul 23 2013

HTML5 Datalist: What You Need To Know

Autocompletion is a pattern that all web users are familiar with. When you do a search, your search engine suggests terms. When you type a new email message, your mail client suggest recipients. This functionality, however, has not been available to web developers without a nontrivial amount of JavaScript. One of the new HTML5 elements, the <datalist>, brings this autocomplete functionality to the Web natively. In this article, I’ll describe what datalists are, when it’s appropriate to use them, their limitations and what to do for browsers that don’t support them. Let’s get started.

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Jul 22 2013

Next to Naught: Nexa Slab Font, Typeface with Multi-National Characterset, Dirt-Cheap

Fonts are plain sailing. There is no shortage. Even freely usable fonts are no rarity. Google Fonts even offers a few hundreds of beautiful variants. But, what if you want your design stand out from the rest? What if you are not into buying at the next Trader Joe’s? What if you need multiple language support? Things get a little more complicated, then. Today we got something for you. Keep calm and read on…

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Jul 22 2013

Summer 2013: The 25+ Best WordPress Themes of the Season

A key factor to designer’s success in the internet is to be always at the forefront of – well – design. In this post we will be showcasing the best WordPress themes this summer has brought up so far. Some point design in future directions and can be very well used as inspiration, even if you are not explicitly looking for WordPress themes at the time. Some themes come with exceptional features, maybe pushing you into finding the perfect one for your project, even though you definitely wanted to design it from scratch this time. Well, there’s always a next project…

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Jul 21 2013

Free Photos: 10 Freshly Shot Hi-Res-Images From Unsplash.com

A few days ago we introduced you to Unsplash.com, a project by Ooomf. Today our inbox saw the first update with 10 more photos by different photographers, we thought we should share with you. If you want to receive regular updates on new photos, subscribe to their mailing list. Using this link gets you rewarded with an extra of three photos immediately.

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Jul 21 2013

Progression.js: jQuery Plugin Takes the Pain out of Inescapable Web Forms

From the UK, West Yorkshire county, city of Leeds stems a fresh jQuery plugin, that promises to help visitors fill out web forms by assisting them and providing progress updates. This is the more helpful the longer a form gets – and we all know, web forms can get reeaaallly looong. Two data attributes, added to the form fields, care for keeping track of where the visitor is and what he is supposed to do there.

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Jul 19 2013

Tablet Web Design Best Practices: Free Ebook Offers Loads of Useful Tips

Who would dare to not call the guys and girls of Canadian Mobify experts in mobile web design? They actually are. Though not everyone will find their cloud-based design concepts appealing. A short while ago the people at Mobify decided to publish an ebook on the best practices in tablet-focused web design. They titled the 25-pager "Tablet Web Design Best Practices: 30 Ways to Create Amazing Web Experiences on Tablets". Even more amazing, they give it away for free…

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Jul 18 2013

Totally Free: Unsplash.com delivers Hi-Resolution Photos To Your Inbox

Commercial use photos are always appreciated. In most cases, though, licensing is not as straightforward as you would want it to be. Studying license conditions is not what most of us like to struggle with. Some countries even have legal systems in place, where it is hard for the creator to waive all his legal rights, even if he explicitly wants to. The best way to stay out of trouble is to either shoot each and every photo by yourself or choose pictures with as little license overhead as possible. The new project Unsplash.com by freelancer-platform Ooomf.com promises to deliver exactly this kind of material.

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Jul 17 2013

Win Four Nexus 4 in Four Weeks #4

You remember: To celebrate the relaunch of our official Google+ Page we decided to do you (and us) some good. We decided you should be able to win a high-grade smartphone, while we hoped to strengthen and extend our followership over at G+: a classical win-win situation for the two of us. Last weeks winner has been drawn, so let’s go for the last of four N4. Conditions of partaking are even easier to meet, so read on and secure the last chance…

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