May 31 2013

All You Need To Know About CSS3 Selectors, #1: Structural Pseudo-Classes

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Today’s front-end developers don’t just need to understand how to write CSS, we need to know how to write it efficiently. And what “efficiently” means can depend on your project and environment. Perhaps you have a team with several members working in the CSS and you need an efficient way to work together. Or maybe you have a huge enterprise site and you need your CSS optimized for speed. You could even be working with a legacy system that restricts access to HTML, which means you need efficient selectors to effectively style elements without ids or classes. You might even face all these situations and more.

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May 30 2013

Fries: Free Framework for Developing Android Apps Using HTML, CSS and JavaScript

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Fries by Jaune Sarmiento just reached version number 1.0. The project offers a framework for the development of web apps in the look and feel of native Android apps. If you are familiar with Android’s UI from version 4 on, you will definitely know your ways around, once you get a hold of Fries. In its current iteration, Fries is optimized to cooperate with PhoneGap, thus letting you build native Android experiences.

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May 29 2013

Icons Galore – 48 Beautiful and Unusual Icon Sets Free for Commercial Use

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The smallest, yet very important part of a graphical user interface is the icon. We have curated a large collection of hundreds of symbols in 50 sets. Only two sets are limited to private usage only, the rest is free for commercial use. From minimalistic and flat to photo-realistic and three-dimensional, any shape and color is represented. In between the sets, look for additional Photoshop tips on how to manipulate and extend the sets professionally…

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May 28 2013

Keeeb, The Free Next Generation Knowledge Management System for Everyone

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Bookmarking services are a dime a dozen. So, I wasn’t too keen on checking out yet another iteration by the name of Keeeb. But, and I honestly mean it, I’m glad I did. Keeeb is not simply a social bookmarking service, it is a knowledge management system and it levels up the quality of my research on longer and more complicated articles easily. I am both an avid user of Pocket and Evernote Premium, yet Keeeb still closes a gap I didn’t even know existed. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?!

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May 27 2013

Learning by Pulling Apart: An Interview with UI/UX Designer Matt Dempsey

Every once in awhile, we come across an amazing story of someone in the design world who seems somewhat hidden or insignificant. Matt Dempsey is such a someone. His career as a web and graphic designer begins at the very young age of 13 and includes such inspirational highlights as hiring a developer to build an app that was acquired by SitePoint when Matt was only 15 years old!

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May 24 2013

The Perfect User Interface: GoodUI Equips Web Designers with Solid Marketing Knowledge

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Jakub Linowski, UI designer from Toronto, Canada, is used to be working for the bigger brands. He obviously possesses knowledge not only in the field of webdesign craftsmanship but also in the field of marketing. The latter is what he conveys through his side project GoodUI.org. If you are a web designer interested in maximum conversion aka massive sales, you should definitely care for obeying what Linowski teaches you. Not each and every tip will be a fit to every project, though. Just as it is in real life, if the shoe fits, wear it. If not, don’t…

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May 23 2013

To Eat With Your Eyes: 40+ Delicious Food Typography Designs

Delicatessen and fabulous fonts are two sources of inspiration for me, and when they are combined, even better! In fact, it’s really very clever to create beautiful typographical designs with food. Designers then have the chance to trigger cravings with the food, which viewers then associate with the typography. Of course, most food typography is purely for artistic purposes, but every once in a while you may come across a title font that would be perfect for that restaurant website you are building. At the very least, the following collection of food typography designs will give you some great inspiration, whether your project is a cooking contest or the creation of a new font.

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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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