IMHO

A Life Without Adobe: Possible, but Pointless (IMHO)

February 28th, 2015
by Denis Potschien
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A Life Without Adobe: Possible, but Pointless (IMHO)

Adobe celebrates the 25th birthday of Photoshop. The first version of the image editing program came into market in 1990 and marked the beginning of the worldwide success of the Californian company. Photoshop is in all likelihood still the most famous product of Adobe; being popular and in use by a broader clientele than just the design industry. Throughout the last 25 years, Adobe...

Design

Affinity Photo Beta: The First REAL Alternative to Photoshop?

February 27th, 2015
by Andreas Hecht
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Affinity Photo Beta: The First REAL Alternative to Photoshop?

On February 10 this year a new creative design software was unveiled: Affinity Photo by Serif debuted in beta and is currently available for free, exclusively for Mac OS X. The app claims to be a pro-level challenger to Adobe Photoshop, the undisputable top dog and standard in the publishing industry. After the beta phase, Affinity Photo will be available at the Mac App...

Design

Logo Design According to Zeitgeist: Not Only the Times are Changing

February 26th, 2015
by Denis Potschien
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Logo Design According to Zeitgeist: Not Only the Times are Changing

Logos, be it wordmarks or symbols, are rarely „timeless“. Instead, they are regularly adapted over time – sometimes tentatively, sometimes more radical. Apart from taking on style details such as gloss, 3D, and shadow effects which disappear with the fading of those design trends, there seems to be an underlying general direction in logo design: shapes get more simple, proportions more harmonious, and details...

Tips, Tricks & Tutorials

Top 10 Best WordPress Hosting Reviews Sort the Wheat from the Chaff

February 26th, 2015
by Noupe Editorial Team
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Top 10 Best WordPress Hosting Reviews Sort the Wheat from the Chaff

The web is a place where you cannot only never reach the horizon but can’t even see it. Your life span is too short to be able to ever visit all the places there are today. Now consider that each day more new places arise than you could possibly visit even in that one day. In doing this, you’ll soon come to the conclusion...

Design

The Hunger Games: Are Designers Cannibals?

February 25th, 2015
by Speider Schneider
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The Hunger Games: Are Designers Cannibals?

Sure, many designers scream that speculative work is bad. The major creative and design organizations have written articles out the whazoo about how bad it is for the industry and even have white papers, books and entire conference programs dedicated to the “NoSpec!” movement. Still, it’s increasing and guess who’s to blame? The very people it hurts! There are two parties of thought on...

(Free) Services

KeyCDN Giveaway: Win One of Three Accounts with 1 TB Traffic

February 24th, 2015
by Dieter Petereit
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KeyCDN Giveaway: Win One of Three Accounts with 1 TB Traffic

Earlier today we introduced you to KeyCDN from Switzerland, a cogent new content delivery network (CDN). They offer a solid performance boost with their twenty (and counting) globally distributed server locations. If you are unsure whether a CDN would really speed up your website, read on. To complete our introduction of the world’s most price-worthy CDN, we convinced them to offer three accounts with...

(Free) Services

KeyCDN: Cogent New Content Delivery Network Made in Switzerland

February 24th, 2015
by Dieter Petereit
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KeyCDN: Cogent New Content Delivery Network Made in Switzerland

Content Delivery Networks are an important component for all website operators with high website traffic. Highly fluctuating and globally diverse visitor rates can be elegantly cushioned and easily operated by CDN providers. Now, the Swiss KeyCDN (based in Winterthur) throws their hat in the ring. And what we can already say is that KeyCDN understands how to leave rivals behind in this highly competitive...

Cartoons

Cartoon: If Web Designers Were Sculptors… [006]

February 23rd, 2015
by Dieter Petereit
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Cartoon: If Web Designers Were Sculptors… [006]

People working in the web design and development industry need to become thick-skinned over the years if they intend to survive long term. I am in this business since web design got invented in the early Nineties, and I sure know what I’m talking about when it comes to the hidden secrets of client communication. My remedy these days is laughing. I refuse to...

Deals & Giveaways

TemplateMonster Giveaway: 10 Templates for 10 Winners

February 23rd, 2015
by Dieter Petereit
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TemplateMonster Giveaway: 10 Templates for 10 Winners

Good news for our readership. We already introduced you to TemplateMonster’s monstrous repository jam-packed with a wide variety of different templates for different purposes as well as different systems. Whether you are looking for HTML5 themes, Bootstrap themes, newsletter templates, PSD layouts, PrestoShop or WooCommerce templates and a lot more, TemplateMonster has you covered. Today we teamed up with them for a second time....

Design

Blast from the Past #6: 100 Best Free Business Cards, Resume Templates and Other Corporate Identity Packages of 2014

February 22nd, 2015
by Nataly Birch
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Blast from the Past #6: 100 Best Free  Business Cards,  Resume Templates and Other Corporate Identity Packages of 2014

Welcome to part 6 of our series "Blast from the Past". By now, you are already in possession of a vast collection of 90 free carefully executed GUI sets, 100 icon packs, 100+ PSD templates, the same number of HTML templates as well as over a hundred fonts, in flavors desktop, web and icon. Now you are fully equipped to perform the creation of...

Essentials

Blast from the Past #5: 100+ Best Free Fonts of 2014

February 21st, 2015
by Nataly Birch
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Blast from the Past #5: 100+ Best Free Fonts of 2014

Welcome to part 5 of our series “Blast from the Past”. By now, you are already in possession of a vast collection of 90 free carefully executed GUI sets, 100 icon packs, 100+ PSD templates and the same number of HTML templates. So, what’s missing you might wonder. Not much, that’s for sure. But, let’s think about it. Yes, I have an idea. What...

Plugins

Recipe for Success: Ten WordPress Plugins to Rock Your Blog

February 20th, 2015
by Andreas Hecht
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Recipe for Success: Ten WordPress Plugins to Rock Your Blog

Blogging with WordPress can be good fun with the right plugins. Plugins make work more comfortable, add new features, and can keep visitors on your blog. With the right plugin, blogging tasks can be performed in a smarter, easier, faster, and more productive way. Whatever you have in mind for your blog, there is probably a plugin for that. The only problem is that...