Sep 04 2012

All of Us are Students: Interview With Designer and Podcaster Tim Smith

For years Tim Smith has been vocal part of the design community. From the various projects and blogs that he has been a part of, to the even more literal interpretation of him being a part of the community as the voice behind the design and development related podcast, The East Wing. His enthusiasm and insights make him a valuable asset to the community, but beyond that, they make him an inspiration to all of those in this ever evolving field of web design. We had the opportunity recently to turn the tables on Tim, and put him on the other side of the interview. He was gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule to provide some of his insights for noupe’s readers.

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Sep 04 2012

Typicons: Free Icon Font with 88 Symbols

Stephen Hutchings from Australia undoubtedly brought forward an intelligent new term when he called his icon font Typicons. Nevertheless, Typicons are just that, an icon font, but a good one with 88 pieces. Typicons are especially useful in app-design as most of the symbols relate to user interface aspects typically needed for controlling functionality. I guess, Hutchings had development for mobile clients in mind when he created the symbols.

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Sep 03 2012

Taking A Closer Look at Twenty Twelve: WordPress’ Latest Flagship Theme

Twenty Twelve WP Theme

Every year, the WordPress team releases a flagship theme, that goes by the name of Twenty-Something. We’ve had Twenty Ten and Twenty Eleven so far, and this past week, WordPress provided us with another addition to the line-up: Twenty Twelve! It’s an easy guess to relate the names to their release years. Even though it is a bit late and we are already in the later half of the year 2012, who wouldn’t want a good WordPress theme?

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Sep 03 2012

Darktable: The free Alternative to Photoshop Lightroom goes Mac OS X

Photographers considering using a computer based on Linux not seldom have exactly one reason to do so: Darktable. Darktable is an open source project, best compared to Adobe Lightroom. It is a photo editor following the workflow of photographers, thus having them easily feel familiar with the app. Beginners will be overwhelmed by its feature richness. Now there is another option, if you don’t want to use a Linux-system. A few days ago, Darktable has been made available for Mac OS X

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Sep 02 2012

Metro UI CSS: You can have a tiled website too

Microsoft’s new UI, once known by the name of Metro, has caused quite some buzz in the tech world. Meanwhile the name has been dropped, which again caused quite a buzz in the tech world. We don´t know why this was done nor do we know if the next Windows will be a market success. What we know is, that Metro as a design style has its fans. If you are one of them, we have great news for you. Thanks to Metro UI CSS you can give your very own website the same tiled look, the interface of the next generation Windows will have. Go ahead!

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Sep 01 2012

Brand-new Firefox 16 Beta lays a sharp focus on web developers

It’s been merely a few days, since Firefox 15 has seen the light of day in its final version. But the Mozilla crew isn’t lazy and has already pushed out the beta of Firefox 16. Since August 30th Firefox 16 can be downloaded for all the usual platforms. Even a version for Android is already available. This time Mozilla doesn’t only target the enduser with some shiny new functionality. This time Firefox is all about the web developer. Improved developer tools, including a brandnew commandline, and the unprefixing of several important CSS properties will have the community cheer.

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Aug 31 2012

Art Inspiration for the Weekend Showcase

It has been a while since we compiled a mixed bag of art inspiration for our readers, that spans multiple areas and explores numerous themes. So we thought it was about time to re-deliver on that plan and set all of our readers up for the weekend ahead. Which brings us to the fantastic array of artistic pieces that we have assembled for you below.

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Aug 30 2012

Get Your Form On: Modern Web Forms Tutorials

This article is designed to show you (through tutorials) how to create and better understand CSS forms. With a proper understanding of each element (radio buttons, checkboxes, textareas ..), CSS know-how, a little patience and some creativity you can create beautiful and appealing forms.

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Aug 29 2012

Make it Stretch: Full Image and Video Backgrounds in Web Design

Big is the new trend around the web because nearly everyone wants it. It is imperative that one stays up on trends as a web designer. Never do you want to put yourself in jeopardy of offering someone (or yourself) a web design that is boring and outdated. It seems that almost every year or even every six months, there are new trends springing up across the web. For many the route now is go big or go home.

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Aug 28 2012

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Set of Sleek Web Ribbons

In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a set of sleek web ribbons. We’ll start with two simple shapes and some basic masking techniques. Next, using a simple rectangle and some simple vector shape building techniques we’ll create the overall ribbon shape. Once we have the starting shapes we’ll continue with the smaller parts. Using some Pathfinder options, several Warp and Gaussian Blur effects plus some basic…

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