May 07 2013

“Retinize It” Simplifies the Creation of Retina-Ready Images in Photoshop

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Creating retina-ready images from within Photoshop is no rocket-science. Still, it is a tedious task no designer is likely to associate the term fun with. Help in shortening the amount of life-time that has to be put therein will be much appreciated. Artiom Dashinsky from Tel-Aviv is the one to be thankful for as he developed the freely usable Photoshop action Retinize It.

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May 06 2013

Map Icons Designer: 200 Map Symbols plus 10 Location Pins Free for Commercial Use

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Icons, these sweet little thingies, you can never have enough of. If you are like me, you’ll tend to collect each and every one you can find. The new set “Map Icons Designer” by WebIconSet.com represents a large collection of pictograms, especially useful for the design of maps. An additional ten location pins, intended to be containers for the icons, care for a fresh and decent overall appearance. Did I mention that the whole set comes for free? What else could we ask for?

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May 03 2013

No Matter of Luck: What To Consider In Mobile App Development [Infographic]

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There are gazillions of mobile apps out there. If you are looking for a specific use case or – not – you won’t see any shortage in what you will be able to find. Thus, releasing a mobile app is not without risks. You need to create something outstanding to attract the users. But how do you know? How can you improve? Sure, you can always wait for shit storms to wipe away your Facebook page or you can rely on these nice one-star-ratings in app stores. Did you know, that 60 % of all apps in Apple’s App Store have not once been downloaded. If I were you, I’d try to find alternatives to hoping and waiting (and failing) ;-)

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May 02 2013

Enhance Your Photography: 10 Simple Steps to Mastering Composition

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What makes a great photograph? Is there any one aspect of the process which separates the merely good from the truly magnificent? Many candidates immediately spring to mind, such as subject matter, light, mood, and moment. One aspect clearly rises above the rest, and is the thread which ties all of these other qualities together. Composition—the artistic arrangement and placement of visual elements within the picture frame—is the most difficult aspect of the art of photography to master, and also the most important.

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May 01 2013

Through The Years: Street Art That Got People Talking

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On toilet walls, on subway trains – both inside and out – on apartment doors, along alleyways and in children’s playgrounds – nowadays every major city in the world is plastered with hundreds of thousands of pieces of graffiti and street art. A piece may be good, excellent even, but if you don’t stand there and study it it won’t have any more effect on you than a single speck of paint on a Jackson Pollock canvas. As this list shows, for a piece of graffiti or street art to stand out it must be special audacious, and always in the public eye.

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Apr 30 2013

11 Free WordPress Themes: April 2013 Edition

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Another month lies behind us and here is April’s edition of free WordPress themes for self-hosted websites! April did not see many new free themes being released — there were several older ones that were updated, though. This can be attributed to the fact that WP 3.6 is just around the corner, and developers might be waiting for the final version to be released, before plunging into their coding pools and churning out newer themes. Yet, whatever small number of themes that were released this month — they surely did not disappoint!

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Apr 29 2013

The Future Is Now: GinWiz Mobilizes Your Website [Review]

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We all know it. Mobile is the future. There are studies all over the place that tell you there are more smartphones than toilets out there, more smartphones than humans even (well, not yet). Android phones are registered at a whopping pace of 1.5 million devices per day – according to Google’s Eric Schmidt. Whether you believe every single piece of information or not, one thing is for certain: There is no getting round mobile devices. And these tend to surf the web. Thus, another thing is for certain: We all need mobile websites rather sooner than later. One way to achieve this is named GinWiz…

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Apr 28 2013

Photoshop in Web Design: 5 Plugins to Make your Workday More Pleasant

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Still nowadays lots of web designs start as a Photoshop draft. This gets more and more elaborate and has to be converted to HTML and CSS during the late stages of the project. No wonder, that services for PSD to HTML conversion still face no shortage of orders. A lot of developers have created a flood of plugins for facilitating the task of turning PSD to HTML. I went and dug up five of which I opine belong to the best.

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Apr 27 2013

Fast and Easy: Create HTML Mockups with RoughDraft.js

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In the process of the development of the next client’s website it comes inescapably – the moment, where you will have to present a design that does look real, though you almost always don’t have any real content at that time. The urgent need for placeholder content lies in the air and you go through your gazillions of bookmarks to find the proper fit. The future sees you more relaxed as soon as you take my advice and start using RoughDraft.js to quickly create a mockup tailored to your project’s needs. Did I mention that you need not put a lot of effort into it?

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Apr 26 2013

Web Developer Checklist and Userium: 2 Useful Helpers for Oblivious Web Developers

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I’ll admit, you need not be oblivious to benefit from the two services I am about to introduce you to. It is not easy to keep proper track of all important aspects of clean and modern web design. I’m sure you will have created your own notes, hints, checklists as your experience developed throughout the years. In my case only the painful experiences made me jot things down for future reference. Today’s article shows you Userium and Web Developer Checklist. The two can help developers with lesser experience, yet still be of value to more experienced ones who declare themselves a notes grouch.

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