Sep 12 2012

How to Create a Great Timeline Cover Photo for Your Brand

Facebook’s latest enhancements for both individuals and brands have changed the way to interact on the network. Besides lots of remarkable features like Timeline for brands, they also introduced Cover Photo, which is the first image a user sees after reaching the page. Cover Photo is the place where, for many, creativity begins. It is kind of a visual status update, which determines the voice and theme of the brand’s page. It is perfect to use this area for announcing new upcomings. You should of course update it frequently to retain the freshness and appeal for your fans. The following article will share some rules for the road to your success…

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Sep 11 2012

Typography rules: Eye-Catching Headlines with slabText for jQuery

Typography in web design has long been treated as an orphan. With the rise of web fonts the situation changed and thanks to jQuery we have loads of elegant little helpers to make our sites prettier. The more advanced plugins even introduce possibilities formerly only known to print designers. Today we are going to take a look at slabText.js. This tool will split longer headings into two or more rows and set these rows to full justification, where each row is scaled individually, which guarantees for an eye-catcher.

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Sep 10 2012

Ways to embed a Clickable SVG-Logo into Your Website

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With the growing number of screen resolutions, devices that support an internet connection (desktop computer, laptops, but also tablets, mobile, TVs, and even your fridge someday), flexibility and scalability has become more and more important for websites. With the new arrival of the Macbook Pro Retina, this went a step further and brought an HiDPI display that was unknown to the market. This means a whole new challenge for web designers who have to find new ways to handle and make images size more flexible to avoid blurry rasterized effects. In this article, we will see how the SVG-format can help us solve this challenge, using an everyday example of a website header with a clickable logo.

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Sep 07 2012

Freebie of the Day: Photoshop Action ‘The Wise Watson’

The nice folks over at Lookfilter.com want to promote their yet to be finished collection of fresh Photoshop actions. Of the announced four actions only one is already available by now. Good for all of us, they give it away for free. Who wouldn’t appreciate a professional photography effect? And that’s exactly what you get for giving away your mail address.

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Sep 07 2012

tiltShift.js: Tiltshift-Effects with CSS3 and jQuery

tiltShift.js is nothing short of a little sensation. Using the new CSS3 Image Filters, developer Noel Tock realized a tiltshift-effect for any image you’d want to apply one to. It has of course to be said, that at the time of this writing only Chrome and Safari 6 are able to visualize the effect. Furthermore the pictures have to be generally qualified for the use of tiltshift. But this proves true for all possible fake tiltshifts, as can be achieved by Photoshop and others.

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Sep 06 2012

jQuery Socialist: One-Stop Shop for Social Media Stream Aggregation

Life can be easy. With the brand-new jQuery plugin Socialist you’re able to aggregate a plethora of streams stemming from different social networks into one, modern and elegant grid-based layout. If you haven’t been living under a stone lately, you’ll have a strong deja vu looking at Socialist’s default output. Yes, you’re right. It does look like Pinterest. If you’re not into Pinterest though, you can have Socialist display the various streams in plain old-school list view.

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Sep 06 2012

SQL for Dummies: Demystifying The WordPress Database

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It’s only SQL, but we like it. This quote, slightly differently used by The Rolling Stones in 1974, is supposed to help you through the hard times. These will occur sooner or later. Unless you’re working with a flat-file CMS such as FlatPress, the database forms the most important part of the Content Management System. And this database can get corrupted, eeeek. WordPress, too, is no exception to this rule. WP uses its database to store and retrieve information as and when needed. The following article gives you a crash course knowledge of the WordPress data storage.

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Sep 05 2012

The Ultimate Collection of WordPress Social Network Plugins

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Today we have put together an interesting collection of WordPress Social Network Plugins for you. These days, social networks have become a part of our everyday life. Social media is a wonderful medium to get your posts and information shared with millions of users. This is the reason why the majority of websites include social media sharing options in their websites. One of the effective ways is to include social media sharing options right in your blog posts and let your readers share your piece of writing through different social media platforms. The more options you include, the better it is, at least to a certain extent. Therefore, we have compiled the most useful WordPress social network plugins collection for you. We hope that you will find this list useful.

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Sep 05 2012

Sosa – 121 Icons in One Free Webfont

Ed Merritt, Designer from Bournemouth, took a pragmatic approach. Sosa is a tailored icon font, which carries all the symbols he needed most frequently in his daily development work. As Ed is a designer, just as probably most of you are, it seems not far-fetched to expect, what Ed needs most might be identical to what you need most, too. Since Sosa is free for both personal and commercial projects, why not take a closer look?

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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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