Mar 11 2013

How To: Genericons – 62 Vector Icons Webfont by WordPress Creators Automattic

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Not only do we see a massive growth in the number of mobile devices, also the capabilities of these little handsets improve with every new generation. It’s an irreversible trend, commonly known as HiDPI, that causes lots of work not only, but also for web designers. If you have ever had the pleasure of looking at a non-retina app on one of the new MacBooks Pro, you know what I’m talking about. WordPressers Automattic made sure that their blogging software got equipped with retina-capable iconry during the latest update. A few days ago they published Genericons, an icon webfont made up of vectorized symbols…

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Mar 10 2013

HTML5: Threesixty.js Generates 360 Views From Images

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360 degree walk-arounds, just as you know them from the major automobile brands: that is what you can expect the fresh jQuery plugin Threesixty.js to deliver. It does this using HTML5 data attributes, thus showing a very simple approach that has you fiddling together a nice 360 in a matter of minutes.

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Mar 09 2013

How To Pin Web Apps As Tiles To The Brand-New Startscreen Of Windows 8

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The new user interface of Windows 8 needs a lot of getting used to. The upside is, the introduction of the so-called tiles, which are intended as the main way of interacting between user and system, brought new possibilities to provide the user with additional information. Tiles are not limited to showing an icon, the way it was before Windows 8, only without the tiles ;-) Inside the tiles notifications can be placed and kept in sync. This is not only possible for apps, but also for websites. Microsoft provides several specialized meta-tags to customize the looks and contents of tiles with links to websites.

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Mar 08 2013

Hook.js für jQuery – Pull To Refresh For The Web

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If my memory doesn’t fool me, it was Apple who invented this. Or was it Loren Brichter for his Tweetie client? I really can’t say for sure, but that does not matter anyway. “Pull to refresh” definitely is a functionality that can be seen as a standard nowadays, at least when we look at mobile clients, foremost smartphones and tablets. Jordan Singer and Brandon Jacoby have just recently come up with a similar method of equipping websites with a “Pull to refresh”.

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Mar 07 2013

Google PageSpeed: Website Optimization Out Of The Box

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Rumor has it that there are literally countless aspects influencing the ranking of websites in Google. Besides the ever so valuable content and the still important backlinks to your site, our greatest search engine tends to throw long hard looks at the performance, the loading time of your digital subsidiary. Long loading times get on everybody’s nerves. Google knows that and ranks optimized pages better, a big advantage in terms of SEO. Optimization does not only cost time, but needs a lot og knowledge, too. Google has two solutions in store with which optimizing your websites can become a whole lot easier, easy even. Ever heard of PageSpeed?

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Mar 06 2013

Typeplate: Starterkit Cares For Decent Typography – Doesn’t Care For Web Design

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Typography and web design should go hand in hand. But since the possibilities to implement proper typography have only just emerged in the last few years, a lot of developers are stuck in their traditional mindset. Of course everybody will agree that typography is important, but when it comes down to fish or cut bait, often only the bare necessities get done. With Typeplate, there is a chance that this might change, as Typeplate doesn’t exactly transform typography on the web to a no-brainer, but it really simplifies the process.

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Mar 05 2013

Magento, osCommerce, OpenCart: Which Ecommerce CMS Should You Choose? [Infographic]

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According to retail researchers worldwide, the shopping revolution has only just begun. Although you sense almost everybody buying at Amazon already, this is just the tip of the iceberg. In the next three years, online shopping is about to explode. To keep your head above the water as a retailer you will need to take the step and eventually install an online subsidiary of your brick and mortar store. The designers from Forix Webdesign took three of the most successful softwares that promise to achieve just that and put them head to head in a comparison. To not steal too much of your time, this comparison comes along in the form of an infographic.

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Mar 04 2013

40 Entertaining Infographics Plus Some Tips On Creating Your Own Using Photoshop

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Infographics are popular. They help reduce complex coherences to simplified illustrations. Information gets visualized. The best infographics are self-explanatory, needing almost no text at all. A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. And it’s true. In this collection, we share with you 40 entertaining infographics on popular topics from around the net. If you are a programmer, illustrator, designer or nerd of any other type, you’ll most likely find at least the majority of these informative pieces interesting. If you don’t like the content, probably you’ll be inspired by the way, the graphic has been done.

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Mar 03 2013

Serif vs. Sans: Typography Basics And Loads Of Free Fonts (Infographic)

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You are really telling me, you never heard of Urban Fonts before? Well, considered how large the web is, this might be true and not a matter of faulty memory. The good news is: you can always get to know them now. They have published a useful infographic and still offer around 8.000 freeware fonts. So go there for more than one reason…

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Mar 02 2013

Peer.js Enhances WebRTC, Allows For Peer-To-Peer Connections In The Browser

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WebRTC is a powerful idea. It aims at establishing real-time communication inside of a browser. Google, Mozilla and Opera carry the project, its API is supported in Chrome and the nightly versions of Firefox. Does this sound limited? It sure does. The JavaScript project Peer.js is even more limited. It is only functional, not even fully, in Chrome Dev and Canary. Still it is an interesting approach to guess on the future of communication.

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