Dec 06 2013

From Scratch: Writing a 3D Soft Engine 2/6

Now that we have built the core of our 3D engine along the lines of our previous tutorial #1, we will now work on enhancing the rendering. The next step is then to connect the dots to draw some lines in order to render what you probably know as a “wireframe” rendering. In today’s tutorial, you will learn how to draw lines, what a face is and how cool is the Bresenham algorithm to draw some triangles.

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Dec 04 2013

November 2013: 10 Best Free Hi-Res Photos by Unsplash

A few months ago we introduced you to Unsplash.com, a project by Ooomf. Since then they kept promise and regularly released new images. Quality varies though. That’s why we decided to help separate the wheat from the chaff by publishing only the 10 best images released in November 2013. We do not necessarily choose those photos with the highest level of photographic artistry, but our eye is more on usefulness. Which photos are good to support articles, designs and such without showing too much uniqueness to render them unusable without their original context. That said: have fun and do whatever you want with these gorgeous photos…

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Dec 03 2013

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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Dec 02 2013

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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Nov 28 2013

Infographics Galore: Worth a Thousand Words, But Costs Only $27!

Infographics are the new craze these days. Run a blog and publish an infographic almost regardless of its topic: People will come running. Never before have infographics become viral so easily and in these numbers. I personally feel a little fatigue, when being confronted with yet another infographic. Still, a well-made one gets me easily and sucks me in. The advantages of infographics are clear. They offer information in a format that is best supported by both halfs of your brain. That’s why these pieces of content appeal to everybody, the logical thinkers and the creative chaotics alike. Are infographics a viable way to gain traffic to your site? Absolutely.

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Nov 26 2013

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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Nov 25 2013

Freebie of the Week: Jungle-Artwork, Noupe Exclusive by FreeVector.com

Today we have something really special for our dear readers. Instead of giving away icons or other more or less everyday freebies, we have decided to team up with the nice people from freevector.com, to create unique artwork fitting the overall thematic of our lovely little jungle magazine Noupe. We went ahead and came up with 30 vector elements representing jungle life. You cannot download these pieces anywhere else. Read on…

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Nov 22 2013

Design Faves: New Wellspring of Inspiration for Designers

In the design world nothing gets created without the initial spark of inspiration. Sometimes you as a designer sit down and inspiration is all around you. Most of the time it’s not. To make it through these hard times, all of us have a bunch of bookmarks at hand, with sites focusing on getting the ideas flowing. Now the makers of WebDesigner Depot, Mighty Deals, Techi and Brushlovers have entered the scene with their inspiration-dedicated and in itself beautiful website Design Faves. Let’s have a look…

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Nov 21 2013

Gratisography: Fresh Service for Free Photos

Ryan McGuire of Bells Design is a designer with a delightful sense of humor. Soaked with mirth he seemingly started out on mission awesomeness. Besides running his design firm Bells Design, Ryan spent the last three weeks of his time building his new project labeled Gratisography. Similar to what the guys at Unsplash do, Ryan curates free photos licensed under Creative Commons Zero. Gratisography grows slowly, but steadily.

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Nov 20 2013

From Scratch: Writing a 3D Soft Engine 1/6

I’d to like to share with you how I’ve learned to build what’s known as a “3D soft engine” through a series of tutorials. “Software engine” means that we will use only the CPU to build a 3D engine in an old school way (remember Doom on your 80386 ?).

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