Mar 07 2014

A Snip-Snap: Background-Remover PhotoScissors For Half The Price (Win/Mac)

Photos without background are popular because they can be used basically in every environment. If you leave the background transparent, they will even adjust to the coloring of your web project without further effort. Especially in (but not limited to) online shops, objects without backgrounds are the first choice to focus on the product itself. Of course can you go for the full service package Photoshop and fire up the giant. Besides having to shell quite a load of money, cutting out with Photoshop is not for the beginners. Thankfully, there’s a much easier, faster and cheaper solution.

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Mar 06 2014

Total Recall #4: The Ultimate Collection of the 100 Best Free WordPress Themes of 2013

Thanks for voting our Total Recall series a success. A whole lot of people have been reading our first three parts, so we decided to give you all more of the good stuff and extend our series into other topics. Today we bring you the ultimate collection of the 100 best free WordPress themes of 2013, and hope you enjoy it as much as you did with icons, UI sets and HTML/PSD templates. You might think, choosing a premium theme guarantees for the best possible experience, when it comes to building a WordPress site. This is certainly true in a lot of cases, ye there are quite a few free templates that have much to offer when it comes to functionality. Along with basic features that are inherent to almost every modern theme, they are also rich in specific components that depending on the type of theme can of course vary. You can easily create a website that is populated with various widgets, sliders, carousels, galleries, lightboxes, even contact forms that are traditionally found only in paid versions. As for customization, it is also not a problem since each theme provides its owner with a small yet effective option panel that helps you change the background, set coloring, quickly upload logos and much more.

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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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