Jan 13 2013

Girls, Birds, Butterflies: More Awesome Vexel Artworks

Vexel art is very similar to vector art in terms of appearance. It typically features sharp-edged lines and areas of flat color, or smooth gradient fills. The word ‘vexel’ was coined from a combination of “vector” and “pixel”. The main difference between vexel art and vector art is that vexel artwork is rasterized. This means that it’s not scalable, so many vexel artists create their vexels at very high resolutions. Instead of using vector lines, shapes and polygons, vexels are created using a raster programs support for transparent layers. Each layer is given a solid shape, or shape with a gradient fill, and the layer order and structure creates the illusion of a single composition. We have featured this technique quite a few times before, but simply cannot get enough of it. So, here is another serving…

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Jan 12 2013

Another Random Serving of Icon Sets…

These icon sets have to come undone now. I tend to collect smaller symbol sets until I have a fairly large amount at hand, before I take to writing an article around them. But this collection refuses to grow larger for one reason or another. So anyway, let me rid myself of them today. You know, freshness wears out over time. The following article serves you business icons, portfolio icons and more. I’m sure there is something for you, too.

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Jan 11 2013

WP Recycle: Fresh Perspectives for Starving WordPress Plugins

If you are a WordPress developer, you will very likely have coded a WP plugin at some point of time. Maybe you still write plugins for WordPress? In any case, one trend remains unchanged: plugins tend to get obsolete and fall out of favor. Maybe the developer loses interest or runs short of time, maybe the plugin fails to gain the required amount of popularity, or, more commonly, WordPress updates itself, and the newer version offers a particular functionality natively, thereby eliminating the need for plugins that offer the same or similar functionality. Thus, one thing can be assumed as certain: WordPress plugins in general tend to have a short shelf life. Ever wondered how awesome it would be if such plugins came back to life? Allow us to introduce you to WP Recycle by PluginChief.

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Jan 10 2013

The Psychology of Business Card Design

We know you! We know that you are keen to know everything about business cards. At least that’s what Google Analytics tells us. You like design templates, sample designs for inspiration purposes and engage in games where you can win sets of cards of your own. This is why we’d like to point you to a brand-new infographic by our friends over at UPrinting. They know their ways around everything printable and have now put together some essential tips on the psychology of a business card. You will definitely want to take a look…

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Jan 09 2013

Neither Graphics Nor Fonts! Icons In Pure CSS3 with One-Div.com

Icons are becoming more and more common these days. Mobile clients are responsible for this trend as icons are most useful in environments where screen real estate is scarce. Icons help you find your ways around without needing too much text (if any). With the rise of higher density screens and rising resolutions it is preferrable to shift away from static icon imagery to vectorized icons that are able to scale to any desired size without pixelation or blurry looks. This requirement has initiated the rise of icon fonts. But wait, there is another possibility with its own advantages. Icons can be designed using pure CSS3 also…

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Jan 08 2013

Break Free From SEO: Integrating the News_Keywords Meta Tag into WordPress

Writers and editors, rejoice! SEO deadened titles are no longer required for news articles now that the news keywords meta tag is available, sort of. Okay, so only those who write articles for Google News can truly do a happy dance and even then are still not completely free from SEO in titles, but this new release is still a big step for online content. One of the big problems that the News team has been facing in the last few years has been that writers were forced to make awkward titles for their news articles so that the articles were optimized for both Google Search and News. In many cases, the titles were written by technical staff to make sure that the article was search engine optimized, often at the protest of the writers and editors. Because Search and News worked nearly the same, even though they are actually completely different systems, the approach to ranking well in both of those services meant keyword loading of the title. To combat this problem, just last September the Google News team rolled out the nifty news_keywords meta tag that Google News will now support.

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Jan 07 2013

Glorious Past, Challenging Future: Taking A Closer Look at Joomla!

Today, I shall be focussing on yet another Content Management System. In previous months, we have discussed MODX and Concrete5. In the following article, I will turn your attention towards Joomla! Considering the fact that version 3.0.2 has just been released this past November, it makes sense to look deeper into it.

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Jan 06 2013

Bitten: 5 Free Icon Sets For Real Apple Lovers

Today we have some very special icon sets for some of you, the real Apple lovers. If we agree that sales numbers have a meaning, we can assume: Apple lovers are not a rare species. If you feel like one, too, you will like the following article. We have five icon sets totally dedicated to Apple’s looks and styles for you. All of them can be used freely, but not all of them can be used for commercial projects as well. But why should we care about these details? We are Apple lovers, aren’t we?

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Jan 05 2013

Easings.net – CSS3 Animations Leadfooted

With the introduction of CSS3 we are able to use animated hover effects and other transitions. These transitions can be induced through the use of so-called easings. Easings differ in the way they start and accelerate or slow down and stop an animation. The website Easings.net has put together an overview of available easings. On top of that they provide some additional effects complete with source code for your easing pleasure.

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Jan 04 2013

Focal Point: CSS-Framework Scales Down Images In Responsive Designs Intelligently

Responsive webdesign aims to present websites in the best possible way, even if viewed on mobile devices. Images are usually simply scaled down in that approach. If you use images with a high grade of details pictures soon become too small. The new CSS framework Focal Point cares for shifting the focus to the most important part of the image before scaling down. That way smaller resolutions only see part of the image but larger.

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