Design

HTML5 Brings Tables Back: Contemporary Grid Layouts with CSS Grids

July 18th, 2014
by Denis Potschien
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HTML5 Brings Tables Back: Contemporary Grid Layouts with CSS Grids

Back in the days where CSS was a rumour and content and design were not divided, building a website using tables was perfectly common. With the rise of the semantic web tables were redefined to be used only for their original purpose, structuring data, that was meant to be shown in the form of tables. Furthermore, CSS didn’t bring forward an easy way to...

Design

Sky’s The Limit: 40 Fresh and Free Photoshop Text Effects

July 16th, 2014
by Nataly Birch
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Sky’s The Limit: 40 Fresh and Free Photoshop Text Effects

Text effects in Photoshop are an art not too many know how to achieve. At least not when we are expecting noteworthy effects. Still, a strong typographic logo or eyecatcher of any other kind is granted to draw a good deal of attention to whatever you want to communicate. Text effects with Photoshop are not that easy, but no rocket science either. We have...

Development

HTML5 Imports: Import HTML Files Into HTML Files

July 15th, 2014
by Denis Potschien
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HTML5 Imports: Import HTML Files Into HTML Files

The „link“ element is a blessing. It allows for easy embedding of stylesheets and JavaScripts needed in multiple documents. It didn’t allow the embedding of HTML files, though. To achieve that we were limited to the „iframes“ element or the JavaScript method „XMLHttpRequest()“. Thanks to the new HTML5 Imports, we can now use the „<link>“ element to load one HTML file into another. Simple...

Essentials

20 Free Dashboard UI Mockups: Graphs, Diagrams, Charts and Functional Widgets

July 14th, 2014
by Nataly Birch
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20 Free Dashboard UI Mockups: Graphs, Diagrams, Charts and Functional Widgets

Admin panels are one of the bare necessities of modern web sites. Yet, as they are only seen by very few people, designers tend to not put too much effort into them. This is perfectly understandable, while at the same time too narrowly considered. The customer who will have to work with these panels for years to come will be much more likely to...

Design

HTML5 Clinic: Make Your Browser Talk via The Speech Synthesis API

July 11th, 2014
by Denis Potschien
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HTML5 Clinic: Make Your Browser Talk via The Speech Synthesis API

Navigation devices do it since forever. Now browsers are learning to do it, too. I’m talking about speech synthesis. HTML5’s new Speech Synthesis API allows your website to speak or more precise, to read out loud what is written there using a human voice. There are different voices for different languages, even several voices per language. Now all it takes is pressing a button...

Infographics

Six Little-Known Facts to Help You Create Viral Infographics

July 10th, 2014
by Payman Taei
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Six Little-Known Facts to Help You Create Viral Infographics

It all sounds too simple: You collect your data, create a good-looking piece of infographic, embed it on your website and it drives traffic, boosts your sales or generates more leads. Yet there are many, many infographics that sitting undiscovered in some corner of the deep web. It’s true – data never sleeps. This infographic by DOMO says it all. For example, there were...

Essentials

Fresh Breeze of Past Spring: 29 Free User Interface Mockups for Mobile Designs

July 9th, 2014
by Nataly Birch
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Fresh Breeze of Past Spring: 29 Free User Interface Mockups for Mobile Designs

Smartphones are widely used in everyday life. More and more people turn to them to create content, shoot pictures, share news via social media, leave checkpoints, entertain themselves, learn something new across the internet. To cut a long story short, the list of features and possibilities of these small pocket-size devices are increasing day by day. An affection that has already turned into addiction...

Design

Mandatory: 15 Web Design Mistakes To Avoid

July 8th, 2014
by John Siebert
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Mandatory: 15 Web Design Mistakes To Avoid

Web design resembles a tough survival course for designers. A single wrong step can lead to disaster. As a designer, you will be designing sites for extremely picky and impatient website visitors who will scream blue murder if the website doesn’t meet their expectations. This state of affairs puts web designers under tremendous pressure as they have to deal with demanding clients and discerning...

Inspiration

Weird Stock Photos You Wish You Could Use — Here’s How!

July 4th, 2014
by Speider Schneider
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Weird Stock Photos You Wish You Could Use — Here’s How!

I’m dedicated to weird, so when a client complained the images I was using on business articles “looked like boring stock images” I decided that only those images that used metaphor and allegory would be used for his website. The weird and wonderful appeared in a simple Google Image search and my mission to find “not boring” stock images for my client was orgasmically...

Design

Best Practice: 10 Small Businesses with Powerful Brand Designs

July 3rd, 2014
by Tara Hornor
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Best Practice: 10 Small Businesses with Powerful Brand Designs

As a small business, it can be difficult to devote the amount of funds needed to hire a designer who can create a stand out brand for your business. Yet, having a powerful and impressive brand look is arguably THE most important element of a small business, next to customer service and smooth operations, that is. When most small businesses use unoriginal fonts, a...

Design

Virtual Plastic Surgery: 40 Photoshop Beauty Retouch Tutorials for That Perfect Look

July 2nd, 2014
by Dirk Metzmacher
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Virtual Plastic Surgery: 40 Photoshop Beauty Retouch Tutorials for That Perfect Look

Retouching pictures of human beings is one of the most common tasks in image editing. Beauty needs to be perfect these days. We don’t want to see how people actually look, but how we imagine them to look. Only superlatives suffice. If you like that or not, chances are if you are part of our industry, you’ll have to deal with these tasks more...

IMHO

Clients From Hell: The Art of Not Giving Way to Unreasonable Demands

July 1st, 2014
by John Siebert
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Clients From Hell: The Art of Not Giving Way to Unreasonable Demands

“I hate that client”, how often have these words come out of your mouth. Often enough! Don’t worry; most web designers have a list of clients they’ve absolutely hated working with. These are clients who made working with them an agonizing experience, with no redeeming features whatsoever. Collaboration with such clients becomes a torturous exercise, which means you don’t enjoy working on their projects....