Sep 26 2012

Source Code Pro: Adobe’s Second Open Source Font Just Released

Create The Web, Adobe’s conference jumpstarting new product lines and innovations for web developers, has debuted in San Francisco. In the next two weeks people in other parts of the world will have the chance to attend too, as the conference is moving from London to Tokyo to Sydney. What you will see there is a bunch of new tools seeking to make web design easier and faster. The whole suite of tools is called Edge and here at Noupe we will be taking closer looks at its parts in the coming days. Accompanying the release of Edge, Adobe introduces another font under the Open Font License. Again it has been designed by Paul D. Hunt and again it is freely available from its SourceForge repository.

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Sep 25 2012

Best Web Fonts – Implement Google Web Fonts Most Easily

The Google Font Directory has increased in size three-fold in the course of the last year and keeps on growing. More than 500 fonts leave you searching for the one and only, not all fonts are high-grade. While this partly depends on your, or your client’s taste, we won’t go fighting over that. Besides curating the 80 best fonts from Google’s directory, all of them subjectively chosen, but still representing a fair round-up of the whole, Best Web Fonts offers you testing options and code-snippets to make implementation of the fonts easier. You’ll end up saving quite a bit of time this way.

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Sep 24 2012

ConceptShare gives Collaboration that Push

ConceptShare

Virtually every designer out there has to collaborate at some point. Whether that’s with other designers, other creative pros or clients, you’ll need to share your work and get feedback or insight. Too many creatives are still dealing with these situations via email. But email is horribly inefficient, especially if you have multiple people you need to share with.

Instead, why not use ConceptShare? With ConceptShare, you can share your creative work with colleagues or clients, get feedback and have discussions.

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Sep 24 2012

All The Colours Of The Sun: 60 Perfectly Amazing Photos Of Nature’s Beauty

From time to time I need to get my thoughts clear. When I’m feeling stressed by deadlines, clients, people, life in general, all I have to do is look at a beautiful landscape with all the colours of the sun to it. Whenever I can, I try to experience these views in real life, but unfortunately vacations only last so long. So for the rest of the year, photography has to contribute to my wellbeing. The following 60 hand-picked photos are my personal favourites for the coming winter season. I hope they can keep you in good mood too.

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Sep 21 2012

Source Sans Pro: Adobe’s First Open Source Font

It’s only been a few weeks ago, that Adobe’s font developer Paul D. Hunt surprised us with the release of a modern, elegant font under the – gasp – open font license. You can even call this release a sensation as Adobe always has been radical in protecting its fonts. They were the inventors of the proprietary (and expensive) Type 1 format which flushed a lot of money into the company’s coffers. Adobe was so extremely keen on font protection, that they went so far as to encapsulate them into a font manager, that was not only able to ruin one financially but more so to gaslight its users. Fortunately the system went down the drain as the so-called font wars broke out. But well, let’s not bear grudges. Say a friendly hello to Source Sans Pro.

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Sep 20 2012

IzzoNet: Create Your Own Shop Easily

Selling things online is something I think a lot of us have considered doing. And even if you haven’t considered selling things yourself, it’s likely that you’ve had clients who were interested in doing so. But getting an ecommerce site setup, even for designers and developers, can be a pain. It’s often time-consuming, frustrating, and requires a lot of administrative-type work that’s not very much fun. Instead, a service like IzzoNet can really make it simple to get your online store up and running in just a few easy steps.

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Sep 19 2012

Business Cards that Work for You: Tips and Best Practices

business card

Business cards are a quite popular topic and, depending on your method of acquisition, a decidedly important one. The web is full of examples in a wide variety of layouts. Today there’s no shortage of creative business card designs to buy ready-made or get tailored by a designer. Therefore the bigger problem is, how to avoid getting a card design that is nothing special.

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Sep 18 2012

Up Close and Personal: A Showcase of Macro Photography

In the world of photography, one area brings attention to life’s finer details by focusing in a bit tighter on them. Macro photography gets up close and personal on the object before the lens, and delivers some truly moving and inspiring works of photographic art. Whatever effects are added in post, the base of these images is usually what shines through. A closer look at life through the everyday objects around us.

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Sep 17 2012

KISS: A Showcase of Beautifully Simple Blog Design

Simple Blog Design

As a member of the design community you have probably heard the expression ‘KISS’ before. For those of you who haven’t, it stands for ‘Keep it Simple Stupid’. It’s an established design rule that you should not over-complicate your layouts, but rather focus on the core aims for your page. The trouble is that designing a simple web layout is notoriously difficult. Despite containing less data and less graphics, a successful minimal web design is actually very difficult to produce. There is no hiding behind flashy graphics or other such distractions. Every detail must be just right, and it is these details that can make or break a simple web design. In this article we’ll show you how minimal minimal can be and how beautiful it can get…

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Sep 16 2012

Paper for iPad: Intuitive Sketchbook for Creative Professionals

An iPad-App by the simple name of Paper wants to transform your Apple-device into one of the oldest, but still most intuitive user interfaces there is. Thoughts, sketches, drawings, notes, whatever can be caught on a piece of paper can now be stored on your iPad, without sacrificing the ease of use of a simple blank sheet. This may not sound very spectacular, but really is a big thing, if you look deeper into it.

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