May 22 2013

Maximum Quality: 44 Free Fonts for Creative Designers

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We did it again. We curated more than 40 high-grade fonts for your designing pleasure. Each one is equipped with additional info as to whether the font is private and commercially usable and in which format it will be delivered. Most fonts contain special characters from several languages, but as our audience is international, we did not check that for each and every charset possibly demanded. You will need to do that by yourself. As you are on it, you should as well double-check whether the license has probably been changed and what kind of usage it allows. Have fun with these high-quality fontsets from all over the world.

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May 20 2013

Book of Wisdom: 7 Things Web Designers Can Learn from Print

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Although the knowledge in effective web marketing has increased over the last decade or two, there is still a great deal that web designers can learn from print designers. After all, print marketing has been around since the invention of the printing press and roughly five-hundred years of successful designs can’t be wrong.

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May 17 2013

CSS3: InDesign-Like Text Formatting with Exclusions and Regions

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It’s Adobe again. They made two proposals to a coming standard, which would lead to the possibility to format and present texts on websites just as we already know it from DTP software such as InDesign. With Exclusions we will be able to let text flow in any shapes and forms, while Regions will allow us to split texts between two or more HTML elements.

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May 16 2013

Back from the Shoe Box: Audio Cassette Revival Art Work by Benoit Jammes

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Children of the Seventies and the Eighties are likely to be particularly interested in what we want to show you today. French artist Benoit Jammes found a bunch of audio cassettes in his basement, yet did no longer own the appropriate player hardware. So he went ahead and sculptured the former sound sources to something more visual. We had a little talk with Benoit…

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May 15 2013

HowTo: Build (Sort of) an Instagram Clone with HTML5

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When I started out on this app I was only really just interested in seeing if the web platform had really evolved to a point where an app like the hugely popular Instagram app could be built using just HTML, JavaScript and CSS.  As it turns out we can in fact do exactly that.  This article walks you through the technologies that make this possible and shows how it is entirely feasible today to build interoperable web applications that provide a great user experience no matter what brand of browser the user is running.

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May 14 2013

Decals Galore: Your MacBook Gets a Unique Look with our MacStickrs Giveaway

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MacStickrs, a small company based in London, wants to help you make your MacBook feel more like it is yours and yours only. To achieve that, founders Aleksandr Karev and Jaroslav Urban designed a decent set of non-obtrusive stickers with a twist. Instead of taking the Apple face off and putting their own thing up, they tried to only carefully adjust the look of the Apple product. That way, you will still feel to be owning a pure MacBook, yet have the opportunity to weigh in your own personality modestly. MacStickrs likes Noupe as much as we like MacStickrs, so we decided to play a little game where you can win one of 20 decals we give away. Shipping is worldwide, so partake from anywhere you happen to be located at the moment, as long as there is at least kind of a shipping service available, that is ;)

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May 13 2013

SkyFonts: The Best Way to Use Google Fonts on Your Desktop

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Google Fonts, this is the new name of the former Google Web Fonts, the well-known web font directory under Open Source license. There is nothing new to this announcement, other than the name change. You might associate the possibility to not only use Google Fonts on the web with the new name. Yet, this possibility has been there eversince. What I want to introduce you to today is the integration of Google Fonts into Skyfonts by Monotype. This definitely will interest you…

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May 10 2013

Glimpse, a Chrome Extension for Mobile Web Developers

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Mobile web development is lots more demanding than classical desktop design, because it extends the stage to screen sizes you usually do not have at hand while developing. Of course you might be able to do proper testing on target devices, but doing so on every step of the way would blow up the efforts unbearably. Glimpse, a Chrome extension, does especially come in handy in those frequently occurring cases where you just tweaked that tiny bit and want to see if it totally breaks things or not.

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May 09 2013

The Fireworks Lament [IMHO]

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A few days ago Adobe caused an outcry with its announcement to not develop Fireworks, their web design prototyper, further. Though they did not really call it quits, instead promised to make sure Fireworks would receive necessary updates in terms of security or OS adaptation, furious users started their campaigns to „save Fireworks“ from oblivion. Even a petition has been started to try and force Adobe to release Fireworks as Open Source or in the alternative at least promise to not stop development. These things are nothing new. Softwares come and go.

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May 08 2013

JPEGmini: Drastically Reduces the File Size of Your Images on the Web, on a Mac and Using Windows [+ Win a License]

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It’s been one and a half years since ICVT, a startup from Israel, surprised us with the inception of a web service able to reduce uploaded JPG images to one fifth of their original size. Most remarkably, the pictures don’t lose quality visibly. The larger the original file is, the higher the achievable reduction result. For months the service had only been available as a web app, then a Mac app was started. Two days ago, ICVT launched the long-awaited app for Windows users. We show you what JPEGmini is all about and have five licenses for the Windows and Mac versions to give away…

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