Nov 14 2012

Corbis Poster Contest: Make Your Mark – Design For A Cause

The world is not short of good causes and people who stand for them. Some of these causes are very prominent, practically omnipresent, while others could well use some more publicity. Now you have the chance to support a good cause you personally care lots about. With your help in terms of design you could earn your charity 1,000 Pounds/Euros. Corbis Images makes it possible with their brand-new contest “Make Your Mark – Design For A Cause”. If you know your way around Photoshop, Illustrator, Gimp, InkScape or whatever tool you see fit, this one is for you.

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Nov 13 2012

Social Stereotypes In The Networked World

Website builders Wix.com put together an amusing infographic that reflects what kind of yearbook-type different social networks would be taken for. Do you remember? There have always been the rich man’s daughter, the sporting ace with the red cabriolet, the nerd with the black glasses, one or more hussies and all those gossipers and hearsayers. I suppose things haven’t changed much over the years as Wix.com identifies the exact same characters in our favorite social networks.

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Nov 12 2012

In From The Cold: Find A Slot For Every Content With Off-Canvas Layouts

As a web designer you face challenges constantly. But the evolution of mobile devices multiplies the challenges you have to cope with. Placing texts, images, navigation, sidebars, headers and what not on a desktop-sized browser-window is hard enough in terms of creativity and information architecture. Doing the same on a mobile device is close to impossible. There just isn’t enough screen real estate. A new approach that addresses this problem works with the use of so-called off-canvas-layouts. In this type of layout content is placed where you cannot see it, outside the screen, well, outside its visible area to be more precise.

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Nov 09 2012

jPanelMenu: Slick Navigation-Sidebar With CSS Animations And jQuery

jPanelMenu is only a few days old, but you already know the operating principle from your favorite smartphone or tablet using Android or iOS. Most likely you will use either the Facebook or the Google+ app, which both implement an off-canvas slide-in navigation. A small list icon in the upper left corner symbolizes the availability of a navigational menu at a tap of your finger. It is exactly this principle jPanelMenu transports into your webdesigns.

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Nov 08 2012

40 Amazing Tutorials For Illustrators And Photoshoppers

The following roundup of high-grade and elaborate Illustrator tutorials will not only satisfy the fans of vector-graphics. It is also bound to inspire the Photoshop artist. This is because a lot of the effects shown can be achieved using Photoshop as well, though in slightly different ways. You will definitely have your aha-moments here. The spectrum ranges from infographics over typography to posters and really lovely comic characters. Every designer will find his own favorite here.

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Nov 07 2012

We Are All Just Hackers: An Interview with UX-Designer Aaron Irizarry

Several years ago, Aaron Irizarry set out on a journey in the design community, and has since left a lasting impression on the field as a whole. Through his personable nature, to the enthusiasm fueling his passion for the work that he does, Aaron has become a knowledgeable resource himself for designers of all flavors. With his talks on critique in design (with partner in crime, Adam Connor), he has recently established an ongoing dialog on this important aspect of the field.

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Nov 06 2012

The WordPress Editor: Taking Content Creation To The Next Level

WordPress is famous for a lot of things, not the least are the multiple features and components it has to offer. The ease with which you can change the themes, the vast majority of plugins, a wide user base — you name it! If it is a feature or component related to WordPress, it gets its share of discussion spotlight. Ironically, one of the least talked-about components of WordPress is the visual HTML editor. This is strange, especially because WP itself, as a blogger’s CMS, focuses on content creation before anything else and for the purpose of content creation, the editor is the most used entity. In this article we take a look at its positives and negatives. You will also find some worthwhile alternatives.

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Nov 05 2012

Digital Artistry Series #1: Planning Your Work

Planning Your Work

This article is the first in our new Digital Artistry series. This series will focus on the key elements of producing professional quality digital art, walking you through in a series of articles and tutorials covering the theory and techniques behind the world’s great digital art. We will identify common mistakes in amateur’s works, and teach you applicable tips and tricks to take your own work to the next level.

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Nov 04 2012

Makisu – Sushi-Inspired CSS 3D Navigation for jQuery

Better browser support has CSS experiments become more popular these days. My personal favorite up until today was Paperfold CSS. Of course we also saw Meny and some other more playful approaches. Makisu is a brand-new concept for dropdown navigation menus realized by the use of CSS 3D transforms. I have seldom seen such an impressing result. Sorry Paperfold CSS, I leave you for Makisu…

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Nov 03 2012

JavaScript-Turbo: Head.js Speeds Up Your Website

Complex websites would not work well without JavaScript. Often there are several scripts residing in the head of your HTML document. The more you embed, the slower your website, potentially. Head.js is a JavaScript tool that calls itself the only script you need. We have put it to the test and found out that Head.js can really boost the performance on websites with several scripts. The more scripts you call in the head the higher the effect Head.js can provide.

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