Design

CSS3: Viewport Units – New Units for Responsive Designs

May 29th, 2014
by Denis Potschien
3
CSS3: Viewport Units – New Units for Responsive Designs

Developing web designs that adjust to the width or – if needed – the height of a browser window is easy with percentage-based values. You will probably be doing this on a daily basis, optimizing your website for tablets and smartphones. No matter the element, text blocks, images, everything adjusts to the size given. But using percentage-based values is not always the best way...

Design

Let it Burn: 40 of The Best Text Effect Tutorials Crammed With Photoshop Expertise

May 28th, 2014
by Dirk Metzmacher
8
Let it Burn: 40 of The Best Text Effect Tutorials Crammed With Photoshop Expertise

Tutorials on how to create amazing text effects with Photoshop are highly coveted. And rightfully so, as a burning, frozen or glowing or in other ways different looking text brightens up any invitation, flyer, poster or other print and web product. We have found loads of these. What we also found are 3D effects we found astonishing. There’s a lot you can do without...

(Free) Services

Compressor.io: Free Tool Reduces The File Size of Your JPEG, PNG, GIF or SVG by up to 90 Percent

May 27th, 2014
by Dieter Petereit
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Compressor.io: Free Tool Reduces The File Size of Your JPEG, PNG, GIF or SVG by up to 90 Percent

A new web app by not so unknown Stephane Lyver delivers automatic image optimization for the common formats JPEG, PNG, GIF and SVG. The compression is able to either work lossy or lossless. The strength of compression is not adjustable by the user, Compressor.io will always try to reduce to the max. And this works astonishingly perfect… Compressor.io: Web App Based on Recent Technology...

Design

Elegant or Boring? Gray Color in Website Design

May 26th, 2014
by Julia Blake
7
Elegant or Boring? Gray Color in Website Design

Did you know that the human eye is able to distinguish something around 500 shades of gray? The range of gray lies between two non-colors – black and white. The darker a gray is the more black-like it is, and the lighter tones of gray are growing into white. Depending on the intensity of the color, it has been loaded with various meanings. Light...

Apps

More Than 10 Million Users, But Why? Mobile Todo-List Any.do Adds Web App

May 23rd, 2014
by Dieter Petereit
1
More Than 10 Million Users, But Why? Mobile Todo-List Any.do Adds Web App

Wow, I admit, I didn’t know that Any.do already reached more than 10 million users. They can rightfully proclaim to be the largest mobile todo app worldwide. Their clients are available for both major platforms, Android and iOS. Lately they added a Chrome extension and now they decided to make a web version available, too. That version is not your usual web app. Any.do:...

Development

WebComponents.org: All About The Future of The Web

May 22nd, 2014
by Dieter Petereit
0
WebComponents.org: All About The Future of The Web

Web Components were the craze for a while. As with all standardization projects, as time passes, the effect wears off. In 2012 standardization of the web components specs felt near. Today it’s still a work in progress. There are a growing number of promising approaches and technical solutions, though. Instead of forcing you to roam the depths and widths of the web to collect...

Design

Magic.css: CSS3 Animations on Steroids

May 21st, 2014
by Ioanni Mitsakis
5
Magic.css: CSS3 Animations on Steroids

It is almost a year ago, that Christian Pucci from Italy introduced his stylesheet-project Magic.css. Magic.css lets you build CSS3 animations with special effects. Last year, Christian, better known as miniMac, had only a handful of effects to show. Up until today, this number has grown to 55. All the effects come in a single stylesheet, prefixed for all modern browsers. Magic.css is published...

(Free) Services

Public Domain Archive: High-Res Photos for Free

May 21st, 2014
by Dieter Petereit
7
Public Domain Archive: High-Res Photos for Free

The market of free photo providers is growing fast. After a decade of market domination, giant services like Shutterstock and others see themselves faced with a competition that will likely change the whole way this industry is structured. This new breed of photo services is different in one vital way, they don’t take money for the right to publish a picture. Some don’t even...

Design

Red Color in Web Design: Provocative or Attractive?

May 20th, 2014
by Julia Blake
1
Red Color in Web Design: Provocative or Attractive?

The color red is the most sexy, passionate and provocative. In the color psychology, red symbolizes energy, love and emotions. A man gives red roses to a girl he is in love with; when a girl is in love she secretly draws red hearts in her diary. Another positive meaning of the red color is appetite stimulation. It is nothing but suitable for a...

Themes

May Celebrations: 20 Fresh and Free WordPress Themes from May 2014

May 19th, 2014
by Juan Pablo Sarmiento
3
May Celebrations: 20 Fresh and Free WordPress Themes from May 2014

Here we have it, our first month with all the new entries to the WordPress theme stage being designed responsive. That was faster than we had estimated. But, we won’t complain. Bootstrap is also continuing to go strong, while minimal design still rules. Administering theme options from a backend options panel is becopming more and more common. Theming is getting easier by the minute....

Essentials

Design Vs Cancer: May This Great Project Grow King-Size

May 18th, 2014
by Dieter Petereit
2
Design Vs Cancer: May This Great Project Grow King-Size

Are you a designer? You will want to know about this great project. I even bet, if you have a heart, you’ll want to get involved. Both of this is possible. Let’s start by telling you, what Design versus Cancer is all about. The next step is up to you. If you are not a designer, you’ll want to know about that project, too....

Essentials

The CSS Animations Pocket Guide: Now More Free Than Ever

May 17th, 2014
by Dieter Petereit
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The CSS Animations Pocket Guide: Now More Free Than Ever

Publisher Five Simple Steps ceased to exist. Before they vanished, they took the friendly move to transfer all the rights on the books published back to their respective authors. Val Head, author of The CSS Animations Pocket Guide immediately put up a page on her personal blog and started to offer the guide along the lines of the "Pay what you want" model which...