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- This week’s sponsor: Need
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- Dependence Day: The Power and Peril of Third-Party Solutions
“Why don’t we just use this plugin?” That’s a question I started hearing a lot in the heady days of the 2000s, when open-source CMSes were becoming really popular. We asked it optimistically, full of hope about the myriad solutions only a download away. As the years passed, we gained trustworthy libraries and powerful communities, […]
- One Step Ahead: Improving Performance with Prebrowsing
We all want our websites to be fast. We optimize images, create CSS sprites, use CDNs, cache aggressively, and gzip and minimize static content. We use every trick in the book. But we can still do more. If we want faster outcomes, we have to think differently. What if, instead of leaving our users to […]
When I first met Kevin Cornell in the early 2000s, he was employing his illustration talent mainly to draw caricatures of his fellow designers at a small Philadelphia design studio. Even in that rough, dashed-off state, his work floored me. It was as if Charles Addams and my favorite Mad Magazine illustrators from the 1960s […]
- My Favorite Kevin Cornell
After 200 issues—yes, two hundred—Kevin Cornell is retiring from his post as A List Apart’s staff illustrator. Tomorrow’s issue will be the last one featuring new illustrations from him. Sob. For years now, we’ve eagerly awaited Kevin’s illustrations each issue, opening his files with all the patience of a kid tearing into a new LEGO […]
- Measure Twice, Cut Once
Not too long ago, I had a few rough days in support of a client project. The client had a big content release, complete with a media embargo and the like. I woke up on the day of the launch, and things were bad. I was staring straight into a wall of red. Thanks to […]
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- How We Read
I want you to think about what you’re doing right now. I mean really think about it. As your eyes move across these lines and funnel information to your brain, you’re taking part in a conversation I started with you. The conveyance of that conversation is the type you’re reading on this page, but you’re […]
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- Adventures In Cord Cutting
This may be of some interest to folks interested in tech and web development so I’m cross-posting from my personal blog. I am going to embark on a personal crusade in 2011 to scale back my reliance on Cable TV in favor of the HTPC approach. If you’re interested in that sort of thing check […]
- The Future Of Technology
Recently I was listening to an Economist podcast (embedded below) where the discussion centered on where things would stand 25 years from now. When talking about what types of things would and would not exist 25 years from now the gentleman speaking said he was certain that books would exist but many current high tech […]
- Tablet Mania At CES
Holy tablets Batman! CES 2011 was flooded with companies promoting their soon-to-come tablet computers including Toshiba, Vizio, Acer, Samsung, Motorola, Blackberry and more. Most will run some version of Android but a couple will have other operating systems like Blackberry or Windows 7. Two major players who didn’t announce anything tablet related, but probably will […]
- My Favorite iOS Apps
I have seen a lot of blogs posting their favorite iPhone or iOS apps which seems to make sense since there will be a lot of new owners of iPhones and iPads after the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays. So in the spirit of sharing I decided to post links to a few of the apps that […]
- Assessing The Chrome OS
I have been watching the discussion about the Google Chrome OS with great interest. Since there hadn’t been much news on the OS in the past year I thought maybe that Google had decided to focus more on Android and continue to develop Chrome as only a web browser. But then Google launched their Chrome […]
- The Murdoch Myth
If you listen to the shows This Week in Tech and This Week in Google on Leo Laporte’s TWiT network you hear lots of interesting commentary on tech topics. Unfortunately from time to time you also hear some ridiculous hyperbole, most of which references News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch is famous for many things […]
- How Big Companies Mess Up Acquisitions
When big companies such as Yahoo acquire small companies like Delicious or Flickr they usually do so with the best of intentions but almost always seem to end up messing it all up. The world of Web 2.0 has seen more than their fair share of these situations. Think News Corp’s acquisition of MySpace. Or […]
- The Unfortunate Predicament of Google TV
Well, this isn’t what Google hoped for when they released their very hyped Google TV software. The “this” I’m referring to is the blocking of the software by major television networks. Since Google TV supports Adobe Flash in the browser (Chrome) included with the software many assumed that they would be able to access sites […]
- It’s Time For Microsoft To Up Their Game
There are major changes afoot in the world of computer operating systems. Since the original iPhone was released in 2007 many people and companies have altered their expectations about their mobile device experiences. For many years cell phone operating systems were expected to be just utilitarian enough to easily manage a few basic tasks such […]
- Web Based Services Come And Go
It has been busy week for web conglomerates shutting down services that are not performing. Six Apart decided to shutter their Vox blogging service. Amazon is folding Amie Street into their current music download service. Finally, IAC Interactive is killing web-based RSS reader Bloglines. None of this is earth shaking news but it serves to […]
- Vintage Logo Mockups for Access All Areas Members
We have a new set of premium design resources for Access All Areas members today, courtesy of GraphicRiver author Yusof Mining. This pack of logo mockups includes 9 templates to present your identity & brand designs in style. With a focus on dusty old papers and washed out filters these mockups PSDs perfectly complement the […]
- Beginner Illustrator Tutorial: Cute Baby Style Artwork
My wife and I are expecting a baby girl in a few months so our house is slowly filling up with everything cute and pink! Seeing the style of art used on the items we’ve collected for the nursery gave me a great idea for a beginner’s Illustrator tutorial, showing how stylish illustrations can be […]
- Folded Paper Textures for Access All Areas Members
Simon Birky Hartmann is back with more awesome design resources for Access All Areas members. Premium members already have access to the best-selling Photocopy Noise textures from The Shop, and now two whole volumes of the popular Folded Paper textures are being made available for Access All Areas members to enjoy. These textures allow you […]
- 20 Free Branding/Identity Mockups with Themed Items
I’ve featured loads of free stationery mockup templates in the past, which allow you to quickly generate realistic previews of how your corporate ID designs will look when produced as a complete range of printed products, but when designing a brand it’s also important to develop a persona around the logo. It can be difficult […]
- FilterGrade Vintage Photoshop Actions for Members
Access All Areas members are in for a treat this week! A fresh set of premium Photoshop Actions courtesy of FilterGrade is now available for members to download. This fantastic set contains 10 Vintage style Photoshop Actions alongside 5 Light Leak Actions to add classic tones to your images. Run each Action individually, or stack […]
- A Retro & Vintage Fonts Deal That’s Too Good to Miss
Just when you think you have enough fonts in your collection, along comes an irresistible deal that persuades you to make room for some more! I’m still enjoying playing with my new fonts from the Artistic Fonts Bundle I featured back in June, but this latest offer from Design Cuts really caught my attention with […]
- 24 Free Vector Dry Brush Stroke Illustrator Brushes
Bristly brush strokes are great for creating distressed designs with a hand made appearance. I’ve posted plenty of Photoshop brushes in the past, but I haven’t shared much in the way of Illustrator brushes, until now! Download this free pack of 24 vector brushes for Illustrator. Each brush stroke can be used as either a […]
- Standard Issue Vector Textures for Premium Members
Dustin from RetroSupply is back again to share more top quality premium design resources with Access All Areas members. The Standard Issue Vector Texture Pack is a comprehensive collection of vector graphics that are ideal for giving your work authentic distressed or subtle textures fast. Open the Illustrator file to find 10 scalable vector textures […]
- How To Create a Washed Out Vintage Matte Photo Effect
Washed out matte effects seem to be really popular in the Photography scene at the moment. These effects look particular cool when combined with warm vintage tones to add a classic nostalgic feeling to your images. Follow this step by step tutorial to process and transform your shots in Photoshop to create a warm washed […]
- Retro Party Invitation Design Templates for Members
I’ve teamed up with Wing’s Art and Design Studio to add some awesome new resources to the Access All Areas section. Members can now download a collection of 4 cool, retro style invitations featuring vector illustrations and seamless patterns. Use them to quickly knock up invites for a children’s party, or make use of the […]
- What do you do when your design pattern breaks down?
Say you have a module. Every site has modules, right? <div class=”module”> </div> Perfect! We did it! But now, a New Circumstance™ comes along. This module isn’t going to work exactly as is. It’s pretty close, but in this New Circumstance™ the module is going to need some extra bottom margin. How do you handle […]
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- CSS Guidelines
> High-level advice and guidelines for writing sane, manageable, scalable CSS Feels like a nice culmination of Harry Roberts work the last several years. Direct Link to Article — Permalink CSS Guidelines is a post from CSS-Tricks
- Starting CSS Animations Mid-Way
Say you have a @keyframe animation that animates an element all the way across the screen. From off the left edge to off the right edge. You apply it to multiple elements. But you don’t want all the elements to start at the same exact position. You can change the animation-delay so that they start […]
- Favicons, Touch Icons, Tile Icons, etc. What All Do You Need?
The following is a guest post by Philippe Bernard. Philippe has done research on what it takes to make a favicon (and all the related graphics and markup) such that you are covered with the best quality output everywhere. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot of different graphics and markup. Also full disclosure: Philippe has built […]
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- How To Add Page Transitions with CSS and smoothState.js
The following is a guest post by Miguel Ángel Pérez. Miguel has been working on ways to transition pages on websites more gracefully. On single-page applications, we have more opportunity for this since we aren’t fighting the page reload. But traditional sites with page reloads, you can still be quite graceful with some help from […]
- Sponsor: New Creative Market Bundle! $39 for loads of design resources
Creative Market sells loads of design resources. From high quality stock photography and vector art, to print design and web templates, to really fancy stuff like Photoshop actions for getting awesome effects easily. Once in a while, they put together a bundle of resources you can buy and then have access to download forever from […]
- CSS-Tricks Chronicle XVIII
Lots of stuff happening lately and far too long since I’ve done a Chronicle! Where I’ve been, where I’m going, things I’ve done, things I’m doing, etc. I’m fresh back from a week trip to Iceland. It was the first for-fun-only trip I’ve taken since I went to Scotland last year. It was amazing. I […]
- Swapping Out SVG Icons
Let’s say you’re using inline SVG and want to change the SVG icon that is displayed in an element on state change, like changing a class or on :hover/:focus. There are a number of ways you can approach that. Technique #1: Hide/Show SVG Element Include both icons: <a href=”#0″ class=”expand-link”> <svg class=”icon icon-expand” viewBox=”0 0 […]
- Intuitive Grid Control with jQuery Bootgrid Plugin
jQuery Bootgrid Plugin is nice, sleek and intuitive. A grid control especially designed for bootstrap. Simply include jQuery, jQuery Bootgrid and Bootstrap libraries in your HTML code. Specify your data URL used to fill your data table and set ajax option to true directly on your table via data API. And then select the previously […]
- Open Source Transactional HTML Email Templates
Styling HTML email is painful. Tables, inline CSS, unsupported CSS, desktop clients, web clients, mobile clients, various devices, various providers. All these things have to be thought about and tested. It’s no surprise developers don’t want to deal with this when there is a backlog of more important priorities. Transactional HTML emails often get neglected. […]
- Get Started & Introductory Guide to DPI for Designer
Designer’s Guide to DPI is designed as a “get started” or introductory read for the starting to intermediate designer who wants to learn or get more knowledge about cross-DPI and cross-platform design from the very beginning. DPI or Dots Per Inch is a measure of spatial dot density initially used in print. It’s the number […]
- A Simple Way to View Website Performance Metrics
PerfBar is a simple way to collect and look at your website performance metrics quickly, that supports budgeting and adding custom metrics. PerfBar is a tool that puts dozens of metrics at the tip of your fingers with just a single script include. Once set up, PerfBar adds a collapsable bar to the bottom of […]
- Polymer – A New Type of Library for the Web
Web Components usher in a new era of web development based on encapsulated and interoperable custom elements that extend HTML itself. Built atop these new standards, Polymer makes it easier and faster to create anything from a button to a complete application across desktop, mobile, and beyond. Polymer brings an implementation of material design to […]
- CouchDB – Database Stores Data with JSON Documents
- Store & Manage Your Passwords with Password Manager
Limitlesslane is a password manager. It stores all your account information and passwords in one secure place, using the highest levels of encryption to ensure that only you have access to it. The reason Limitlesslane is so safe is because you’re the sole key-holder to your master password. The browser extension is an easy and […]
- Frame: Quality Mockups for Your Product, Website or App
Frame is a service that enables you to create quick, high quality mockup of your product, website or app. Your uploaded images will be wrapped with real device context. It’s a professional tool for creating promotional materials. Frame is completely free for personal and commercial use. Their aim is to keep Frame free for general […]
- Pattern Bolt – A Collection of SVG Pattern Backgrounds
PatternBolt is a fine selection of SVG pattern background, packed in a single CSS or SASS (scss) file, just include the css file in your project and add a class to your element to insert a pattern. You can change color palette changing the background-color of your element and the pattern size changing the background-size […]
- Free High Quality Photos You Can Use Everywhere
Pexels is a new website with free high-quality photos you can use everywhere. It’s made for helping bloggers, designers and marketers to find free photos hassle-free: With the search on the site it’s very easy to find a decent photo and because all images are under the Creative Commons Zero license you don’t have to […]
- The Web Manifest specification
By Marcos Cáceres and Bruce Lawson. Many of us who work on the web are actively working to narrow “the gap” between native applications and web applications. (Disclosure: your humble authors, Marcos Caceres and Bruce Lawson work for browser vendors – Mozilla and Opera respectively – and therefore have mortgage-related reasons to convince you this […]
- Using ARIA in HTML
ARIA (WAI-ARIA if you want to be formal) is a set of attributes that you can add to HTML elements. These attributes communicate role, state and property semantics to assistive technologies via the accessibility APIs implemented in browsers. The W3C HTML specification provides information about which ARIA attributes are allowed to be used on each […]
- Responsive images – end of year report
It’s nearly two years since I suggested a <picture> element as a strawman proposal as a way to solve the problem of responsive images, so let’s have a look at how we’re doing. In September there was a big meetup at Mozilla’s Paris office organised by Mozilla’s Marvellous Mr Marcos who’s been very active in […]
- The main element
Recently, <main> was formally added to the W3C HTML specification. Now that the dust has settled, it’s about time we dive in to find out where and when it’s appropriate to use <main>. Let’s get started. History The inclusion of a main element (or similar) has long been debated in the working groups with authors […]
- The classList API
- Comparing and contrasting ins, del, and s
Since the mists of HTML 2 we’ve been able to semantically indicate added or removed information using the elements <ins> and <del> respectively. While seemingly simple on the surface these elements have hidden depths. I’ll also compare and contrast <del> with <s>, recently out of font style rehab and back in HTML5. Let’s start with […]
- cite and blockquote – reloaded
The definitions of the blockquote and cite elements in the HTML specification have recently been updated. This article explains what the changes mean for developers. blockquote definition updated The blockquote element represents content that is quoted from another source, optionally with a citation which must be within a footer or cite element, and optionally with […]
- How to mark up subheadings, subtitles, alternative titles and taglines
If you don’t already know, the hgroup element is obsolete in HTML5. Advice is now provided in the HTML spec on how to mark up subheadings, subtitles, alternative titles and taglines using existing and implemented HTML features. Advice for marking up subheadings and the like The important question for developers is: How do I mark […]
- Interview with Steve Faulkner: HTML5 editor and new doctor
Steve Faulkner – invariably prefixed by the honorific “The Mighty” by those who know him – is Australian living in London with his wife and two kids. He works for The Paciello Group, a well-known web accessibility consultancy, and is a co-editor of the HTML5 spec at W3C Today, we’re pleased to announce that he’s […]
- HTML5 forms input types
In the first article in this series we looked at the history of HTML5 forms and many of the new attributes available to us. In this second and final part of the series, we’ll look at the new input types available in HTML5. As we’ll see, these new features will go a long way toward […]
- Component Interop With React And Custom Elements
Today we’ll look at how to wrap React components using Custom Elements, allowing us to interop with Web Component-based libraries using the DOM as a simple configuration API. Similar to libraries like Polymer, React cares about composition, lifecycle events and … Continue reading →
- Offline Browsing Secrets In Chrome
If you travel, you’ve probably found yourself stuck with zero network connectivity on more than one occasion. This sucks, especially if you just want to look up a few previously viewed pages to get some work done. Who are we … Continue reading →
- Automating Web Performance Measurement With PSI For Node
Cross-posted to HTML5Rocks Web performance can have a huge impact on your entire user experience. If you’ve been looking at improving your own site’s perf lately, you’ve probably heard of PageSpeed Insights – a tool that analyzes pages and offers … Continue reading →
- Detect, Undo And Redo DOM Changes With Mutation Observers
I’ve been wondering why DOM Mutation Observers, which can monitor changes to one or more DOM elements and return a report of what changed, aren’t used more often in the wild. Mutation Observers have long-replaced DOM Mutation Events (which were … Continue reading →
- Data-binding Revolutions with Object.observe()
- Gulp And Grunt Tasks For Performance Optimization
Delays in performance have the potential to impact user engagement, experience and revenue. Thankfully, Google’s ‘Make The Web Faster’ team recommend a set of best-practice rules for keeping your pages lean, fast and smooth. These include minifying resources like CSS … Continue reading →
- The Web’s Declarative, Composable Future.
The way that languages in the web platform evolve are in direct response to the pain caused by complexity. Pain is generally a bad thing and so it’s with better patterns and platform primitives that we can ease some of … Continue reading →
- Spring-cleaning Unused CSS With Grunt, Gulp, Broccoli or Brunch
Delivering a fast experience on the web usually involves reducing server response time, minification of CSS/JS/HTML and an optimisation of images and above-the-fold content. We can further minimize the latency caused by stylesheet loading by removing unused CSS rules delivered … Continue reading →
- Environment-specific Builds With Grunt, Gulp or Broccoli
The dev, staging and production versions of our projects can vastly vary, which is one reason we may need to change paths to resources (scripts/styles/templates), generated markup or other content based on environment and target-specific information. Luckily there exist a … Continue reading →
- Ghostbusting For Front-end Developers
Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria! We’d like to avoid that, right? Well, today we’re going to talk about how to improve the accuracy of your front-end testing environment so you’re not chasing ghosts. This is important … Continue reading →
- Watch Blockbuster Hindi Movies on YouTube BoxOffice, Premieres with Band Baaja Baaraat
YouTube is already hosting lot many hindi movies which are available to watch for free. Few weeks ago, YouTube showcased the blockbuster movie “Dabangg” and now they have launched the YouTube BoxOffice which premieres with the latest blockbuster from Yash Raj Production named “Band Baaja Baaraat“. YouTube BoxOffice will showcase one blockbuster movie per month. […]
- What to Expect from Windows 8 Built-In Video Chat Application Chatter
The next version of Windows operating system i.e. Windows 8 is getting ready for the first beta release. Microsoft is very much excited about this version and few days ago, they released the first preview of Windows 8 build (demo video attached below). On the lock screen, an icon of a webcam was visible where […]
- How to Add Twitter Follow Button on Website
Are you active on Twitter? If yes, then go ahead and add official “Follow” button on your website or blog to let visitors follow you on single click. Twitter has released a Follow button with counter to show number of followers and one click follow option. This post “How to Add Twitter Follow Button on […]
- Access Synchronized Google Chrome Bookmarks on Android Browser
Do you want to have your desktop’s Google Chrome bookmarks available on Android device browser? I think if you have maintained a nice list of pages in computer’s Chrome bookmark then this free app will prove pretty useful. This post “Access Synchronized Google Chrome Bookmarks on Android Browser” first published on Internet Techies. Related posts: […]
- Few More Free Services to Send Fax Online from Computer
Earlier we shared a list of 5+ online services to send fax for free and also shared couple of services to send fax trough email. Now adding to the list of online services to send fax for free of charge, we are going to provide you couple of more links. This post “Few More Free […]
- Find Best Possible Hosting Server Based on Expected Daily Page Views
Are you planning to start hosting your website’s data on managed hosting servers? Are you confused whether you should go for shared hosting, VPS (Virtual Private Hosting) server or Dedicated one? These questions should be answered before making the final decision. Compare and find best hosting provider for your requirements. This post “Find Best Possible […]
- Encrypt and Password Protect USB Drive with BitLocker in Windows 7
Windows 7 Ultimate is having BitLocker application which can encrypt and password protect USB Flash drives and other drives on disk. Learn how to carry important data with peace of mind. This post “Encrypt and Password Protect USB Drive with BitLocker in Windows 7” first published on Internet Techies. Related posts: Protect USB Flash Drive […]
- Solution for Common Problems on Windows 7 Visualized [Infographic]
If you are facing common problems on Windows 7 Computer like Iphone not syncing with PC or Aero Effect not working etc. then you should take a look at the Infographic attached in this post. This post “Solution for Common Problems on Windows 7 Visualized [Infographic]” first published on Internet Techies. Related posts: How to […]
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This is a temporary post that was not deleted. Please delete this manually. (4a296314-6e2d-432f-b0e4-3c47e971fbf4 – 3bfe001a-32de-4114-a6b4-4005b770f6d7) Related posts: Get Temporary and Disposable Email Address To Avoid Spam in Inbox Why Not To Post Any Article With Administrator Account As Author On WordPress Q/A : How To Put Adsense Ads Between Post Content And Related Posts […]
- How to Keep Windows Fast even After Few Years of Installation
Whether you installed Windows 7, XP, Vista or any other version of Windows OS, it starts to slow down after few months or years of installation. With the same hardware configuration and similar usage, you always like the Windows to operate as fast as it does in earlier days of installation but it slows down. […]
- 20 of the Best Tools and Resources for Web Developers
Advertise here with BSA Looking back 8 years it’s difficult to believe how much the Internet has changed in such a short period of time. Compared to webpages that used to take a good 5 minutes to completely load, today’s 3G reaches lightning speeds. The Internet has spread and developed incredibly fast, managing to attract […]
- Building your Portfolio: Custom Website or Online Service?
Advertise here with BSA Deciding when to launch your first portfolio online can be a challenge. It’s tough to know exactly when your work quality is good enough to share with others. Plus how should you get it out on the Internet? There are numerous methods and building your own custom website layout isn’t always […]
- Giveaway – Win 5 x 1 Year Pidoco Licenses For Its Awesome Prototyping Tool (sponsored)
Advertise here with BSA When you get a new idea, you usually get very excited about it and you’d like nothing more than to jump right into developing it. Still, you should pace yourself and go through some preliminary steps that will get your project off the ground. In order to achieve this, you need […]
- 30 Stunning New Bootstrap Themes & Templates
Advertise here with BSA There’s no denying that Bootstrap has become the most popular framework for front-end web development… and for good reason. The framework is feature-rich and enables web designers to easily create fully responsive layouts for web pages. As Bootstrap becomes more and more popular, the quantity and quality of themes & templates […]
- Want to be a great designer? Start with these resources and tools
Advertise here with BSA You’ve probably noticed that no two projects are alike – nor are there two web designers with the same skills, preferences, and opinions. However, despite their uniqueness, chances are most designers have one thing in common: They all think they know the best resources for online materials for their websites. Today, […]
- Freebie PSD: Minimalist Single-Page Portfolio Mockup
Advertise here with BSA Some say that less is more, but critics will often disagree. Yet how do you explain the success of Google, chihuahuas, or Gary Coleman? This minimalist rule can be applied to single-page websites that require a very small yet detailed amount of information. Landing pages & portfolios often work best. This […]
- Tips for Designing a Beautiful Single-Page Portfolio Website
Advertise here with BSA Many trends in general web design can also be applied to single page layouts. But there are some unique features to the lone webpage which can add more flavor into a design. Like most of the web design field, common sense and user experience always trumps inessential creative ideas. But that […]
- 35 Mobile Responsive Portfolio Website Layouts
Advertise here with BSA A portfolio is used to showcase your creative work to anyone with Internet access. The goal is to present your talent front & center making it easy to navigate. Responsive layouts will look stunning on any device allowing visitors to can check out your work from their laptop, tablet, or even […]
- 200 Portfolio Sites for Web Design Inspiration
Advertise here with BSA Designers and developers are growing in numbers and plenty of these folks have outstanding portfolios. The common advantage of the Internet is that anybody from anywhere in the world can check out your projects during any time of the day! If you wish to land more freelance work then I would […]
- Top 20 WordPress Theme Creators From 2014
Advertise here with BSA Looking for a great design for your website? Do you also want it to work smoothly and to be easy for you to use and customize? And since you’re at it, with everyone using tablets and mobile phones now, it should also be responsive. Well, lucky for you, there are many […]
- 50 Stunning Examples of a great redesign: My Top Picks
A redesign can be worth its weight in gold if you get it right. There is a thin line between freshening up your design, and taking a step backwards with a redesign. Sometimes a redesign can be subtle and simple, and other times it can be a huge re-vamp of a company and it’s goals. […]
- Themes: Hallmark a Joomla theme now on ThemeForest
Demo & Info That’s right, we’ve worked on a Joomla Theme. Although we love WordPress we realize it’s not everybodies’ first choice of CMS. So we felt it was only fair to make something just as pretty as our WordPress themes for the Joomla people. The result, Hallmark, a premium Joomla theme ideal for running […]
- Tutorial: Creating Custom Write Panels in WordPress
Everyone knows that WordPress is one of the most, if not the most, popular blogging systems on the internet today. With its out of the box features, plugins, and great theming community, its no wonder WordPress has been accepted as today’s standard. However, sometimes you just want to add a little more. It seems the […]
- Themes: Open Air, A magazine and A Personal Blog Theme
Another collaboration between ourselves and WooThemes, the result: this stunning theme with optional layouts. We’ve realized, that while a lot of people no doubt love magazine style themes – there are still a lot of people who would like the option of having something a little more personal. So here you have it! As always […]
- Free Theme: Color Paper WordPress Theme now on Smashing Magazine
A while ago we had the pleasure of working with DreamTemple for a WordPress Theme which they’ve given away for free on Smashing Magazine. That means you can get this beautiful and unique theme for free, from the king of freebies Smashing Magazine. We’re very happy to once again have some of our work featured […]
- Stunning Free Character Pack: Free Illustrations for any use
This set of free characters is ideal for adding a little personality into your designs. With a variety of actions and poses to chose from you can easily adapt them into your designs anywhere you feel needs it. Inject a little fun into your dull and boring help pages, emphasize a feature or a button […]
- How-To: Taking WordPress One Step Further
Creating a website is no easy task. WordPress is an easy solution for creating a Blog, but sometimes something a little more, in terms of functionality, is needed. After trying many other platforms, I have found WordPress to be the easiest to use. Because of it’s wide array of themes, great plugin system, and easy […]
- Why I love the Design Community: My Guest Post
Ahh yes, the Design Community. I love it! This is the topic of a recent guest post I wrote over at MyInkBlog. Below is an extract from the article, but you can read the full the article here. Please leave your feedback and comments on the actual post rather than here. Why I love the […]
- Themes: Evo a fresh Magazine theme available on Theme Forrest with $25 Giveaway
Demo & Info To celebrate the launch of Theme Forest and our new theme Evo, we’re giving away 5 sets of $25 credit to be used on any theme on the site. Find out more at the end of the post. The theme is ideal for either being used straight out of the box, or […]
- Brazen; A versatile WordPress theme for the veteran-blogger as well as any beginner.
Demo & Info First off, I’d just like to introduce myself. My name is Spencer, and I am the lead developer here at Function. I’m the guy that takes Liam’s awesome designs, and turns them into working sites. Liam had this design laying around, and I knew I couldn’t let it go to waste. So, […]
- Ice Bucket Challenge: Go Media Style
Ice Bucket Challenge We were challenged to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and, of course, accepted… with a twist… We challenge our very own Wilson Revehl and our friends at Jakprints to complete the challenge within 24 hours…or else. Wink, wink. We are also happily donating $160 to ALS on behalf of Go […]
- Illustration Tutorial: “The Man Who Knew It All” Technical Process & Design Philosophy
The Man Who Knew It All Illustration Tutorial Today’s killer tutorial comes to us from Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 5 Designer Daniel Nyari. You’re sure to appreciate his thoughtful process. Enjoy! – Heather, Go Media’s Zine editor Introduction Today I’m going to be sharing the process I usually go through in creating my illustrations. […]
- Free Arsenal Templates & More: Go Media’s Arsenal Freebie Sampler
Free Arsenal Templates & More: Vector, eBook, Mockup Template, Font and Textures Freebie! Hello Go Media Faithful! We have got to say, our Arsenal customers are the best around. We’re constantly inspired by what you create and consistently moved to produce new products due to your brilliant suggestions. We want to say thank you with this, a […]
- 20 Creative, Hand Drawn Logo Designs
David works for Radley, who design beautiful handbags and purses. When he’s not working, he enjoys studying product and user interface design. Designing a logo is a delicate process. The entire tone and personality of a company can be affected heavily by how you choose to create the logo. The logo is one of the […]
- WMC Fest 5 is HERE!
WMC Fest 5 is here! Take a look at our last minute reminders. Hey all you creatives, Christmas came early this year! Thanks to all of our supporters, WMC Fest is entering its fifth year and we are so happy to be able to bring all of you together in one place right here in […]
- Hand-Lettering Tutorial: From Sketch to Digital Design
Hello Go Media faithful! Today’s tutorial comes to you from our friend Kelsey Cronkhite, designer, blogger and fellow Clevelander! You’ll see her work in the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 5 gallery. It’s too, too amazing, so: Buy your tickets to WMC Fest now Enjoy the tutorial and see you at the Fest! – Heather, […]
- Go Media Arsenal Sale: 15% off Any Product with Code WMC2014
15% off any Product Words cannot express how excited we are to kick off our annual festival, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, this Friday. We want to get the creative juices flowing, so we’ve decided to celebrate with a sale for you, our beloved Arsenal customers. Please enjoy: 15% off any Arsenal Product with coupon […]
- Things I’m Excited for at WMC Fest 2K14
Hello Go Media Faithful! Here’s a blog post comin’ to you straight from Weapons of Mass Creation Fest speaker coordinator extraordinaire Margot Harrington of Pitch Union Design. She originally published the blog post you see below on her lovely blog here. We loved it so much that we asked if we could share it here […]
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Hello Lady. You asked, we answered! We’re happy to introduce the Ladies Flat T-Shirt Mockup Templates Pack. Another in this, our series of World’s Best Mockup Templates: guaranteed to blow your clients minds and make your friends and family exclaim, “I need that t-shirt…like, now!” Grab it now, 14% off through Monday, August 11. I want it […]
- Become a Master Typographer: Pro Tips – Making and Breaking the Rules
As with life, rules in both the lands of lettering and typography are made for a reason. In many cases, it’s best to stick to the books. However, in other cases, it’s quite alright to bend (and even break) the rules. Illustrator and Hand Letterer Darren Booth points out that following rules too stringently can negatively affecting lettering […]
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Introduction The Android transitions framework allows you to configure the appearance of changes in your app’s user interface. You can animate changes in an app screen, defining each phase as a scene and controlling the way in which the transition changes the app appearance from one scene to another. In this tutorial, we will build […]
- Magento: Why Choose It?
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- Add a Beautiful Table of Contents to Your WordPress Posts
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- Five Hidden Gems of Laravel
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- Windows Phone 8: Platform Overview
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- The Beginner’s Guide to Type Coercion: What is Coercion?
In this series, we’re taking a beginner’s look at dynamically typed (or weakly typed) languages and how their lack of strong typing can both positively and negatively impact our programming. As mentioned in the first post, this series is specifically geared towards beginners or towards those who don’t have a lot of experience with weakly-typed […]
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- Using The WordPress Custom Field User Interface
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- 29 Best Podcasts for Freelance Graphic Designers
As a freelancer, I don’t get many opportunities to surround myself with similar creative minds to keep me sharp. While attending meet-ups and co-working can be great ways to engage with others, it… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 40 Sets of Free Social Media Icons
Designers love free icon sets. Having quality icons can help to make a site’s design look complete, and can also help with the usability of the site. Social media icons are some of the most commonly… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 28 Interesting Craigslist Redesign Concepts
As one of the most popular websites on the web, Craigslist certainly gets a lot of attention when it comes to the topic of redesigns. As a service, the idea is brilliant and that is why it is the… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- Showcase of the Best WordPress Magazine Themes
If you run a news-style blog that publishes high volumes of content, a magazine-style design or theme may be the most appropriate. WordPress users have loads of great magazine and news themes to… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- Top 50 Best Responsive WordPress Portfolio Themes
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- 50+ Excellent Tutorials for Creating Website Layouts in Photoshop
If you’re looking to learn more about web design or to improve your skills, following along with detailed, step-by-step tutorials can be a great use of your time. While there are a lot of resources… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 21 Beautiful Gmail Redesign Concepts
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- These 50+ Awesome Photoshop Plugins Will Save You A Lot of Time and Money
We all know Photoshop is an extremely powerful program that offers unlimited opportunities for designers and photographers alike. However, if you want to take Photoshop even further, or improve your… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 7 Psychological Traps that Hold Web Designers Back
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Looking for an alternative to photoshop? Pixelmator is a popular image editor for Mac OS X. While Photoshop is the industry standard, Pixelmator has a lot to offer for Mac users. In this post we’ll… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- How to Incorporate the Color of the Year into Your Site
Every year, Pantone announces the Color of the Year. In 2014, the Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. While this may seem like news that only affects fashion designers and paint manufacturers, it also affects web design trends.
Trends Are, Well, Trends
It is more than likely that the average web designer will have at least one request to design a site that is decked out in Radiant Orchid in 2014. Though using a trendy color for a website may draw attention this year, next year Pantone will announce another color. This means that a website that was cool in 2014 may look dated in a very short time. If the clients want to ride the trends, then they will need to update their websites every year, incurring more costs. This is probably something the trendy client didn’t consider, so having a discussion about trends is likely a good idea.
Another thing about using a trendy color is that it’s everywhere. Just like a song played over and over on the radio, people will get tired of this trendy color pretty quickly. That doesn’t mean using Radiant Orchid is a bad idea, but these are all avenues worth considering as a web designer.
Does It Fit The Brand?
Another thing to discuss with your clients is whether or not they are being trendy at the detriment of their brand. Usually, brands use specific colors throughout the company’s lifespan. The right colors for their site generally are ones that echo their brand color. If businesses are choosing a trendy color for their brand color, you may want to ask them if they are sure this is the color they want to use long term. Small businesses without marketing experience may think that going with a color like Radiant Orchid will make them look current but haven’t thought through the long-term consequences.
This can directly affect your work. For example, if you start building a site in 2014, and it isn’t finished until 2015, your client just might send you back to change the color as soon as the new Color of the Year is announced.
If your clients are set on using Radiant Orchid in their web designs, suggest they use touches of it around the site. Small touches will be easier to alter and won’t look like a complete website overhaul when the color changes are made.
Another way to incorporate a trendy color without it looking dated quickly is by using it in a flat color scheme. In flat color schemes, many different coordinating colors are used in a design. This design, while colorful, is also simplistic. Often, the designer will leave out shadows, bevels and other fancy design elements and focus on how the colors work together to create a pleasing look.
So, when you get website design requests for the number one color for 2014, Radiant Orchid, make sure to discuss the color’s uses with clients to be sure they aren’t heading down an expensive road that may not fit with their brand. Then, if they are set on the color, give them several design options that will make the site modern for a longer period of time.
- Scribble: One Pen, Any Color
Ever since I was a small child, I knew that more was better in terms of color options. I showed up to the first day of school so proud of my box of 24 crayons only to be disappointed and extremely jealous when I spotted my classmate’s box of 48. There was no way around it, the bigger the box, the cooler the kid.
What if you could have absolutely any color in your artist’s arsenal? Imagine how large your tool set would have to be to pull off such a feat! The folks behind Scribble will blow your mind with an unconventional answer: one pen. That’s all you need to replicate any color you see.
How is this marvel of technology accomplished? The tip of the pen is equipped with an RGB color sensor. When you point it at an object, it grabs that object’s color. The pen is smart enough to mix the included ink to arrive at your chosen color!
Too good to be true you say? Unfortunately, cool tech doesn’t come cheap. You’ll have to hand over a whopping $150 for a single pen. If you’re a digital doodler, there’s a stylus alternative for $80.
- Harmony 2: A Beautiful Color Palette Game for iOS
har•mo•ny 2 is an innovative iOS game that brings together beautiful color palettes and an immersive soundtrack. As you solve puzzles, you unlock awesome wallpapers that you can download for your phone. Check out the video below for a glimpse of the har•mo•ny 2 experience.
- A Little Vintage Shop
I love getting lost in old pictures and paintings of old Europe. A Little Vintage Shop has captured the romance of many of the castles and given the images a beautiful and vintage feel. Check out this fun collection to decorate your walls by illustrator Auriel Aki.
Vintage Opera de Paris
Have you ever been in Paris? You can move Paris to your home! Imagine this Vintage Hand Drawn View of Opéra National affixed on the wall of your airy verandah. Drinking champagne with friends pretending to sit in a bistrot in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.
Opera de Paris at night
View of Castles and Palaces in Naples
“See Naples and die”. It means that before you die you must experience the magnificence of this spectacular city in the southern part of Italy. And if you want to bring in your own place the secret and beautiful heart of Naples, dipping into its famous monuments and castles, this is the right picture for you!
View of Old Castle in Belgium
Make your home, hotel or office a wonderland, with this hand drawn illustration of a famous old castle in Belgium
View of Feathers Hotel in Ludlow
Make your home a more lovely place to live in, with a hand drawn illustration of the amazing Feathers Hotel’s façade, one of the best known hotel in the UK.
Vintage Page Menu for Restaurant
Fun Vintage Better Menu. Which means better food, better drinks, better place, better staff, better company, better days, better life! Say it better!
Vintage Blackboard for Espresso
Detailed illustration of a Vintage Hand Drawn Blackboard for Espresso Menu.
Graphic Elements for Italian Cuisine
Dean Martin was right: Pasta is endless love and you can use my Vintage Graphic Element for Italian Pasta Menu as your heart suggests.
- 6 Vintage Stamp Resources
I just love old postcards, letters, and stamps. It makes me think of a more romantic era and the quality of beautiful design that used to go into simple, everyday items. It’s fun to play around with these designs and create something beautiful yourself to send to a loved one. Have you ever thought about including some of this vintage inspiration into your design?
- Prequel to PantoneHave you seen this Colossal post? This is completely amazing! Over 300 years ago (271 years before the first Pantone Color Guide existed), Dutch artist, “A. Boogert” wrote about the use of color in art. In an 800-page book, Boogert describes every color imaginable at the time, and included color swatches as well. This was an incredible find by historian Erik Kwakkel who translated part of the introduction.
The book was called the “Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau” and you can find a high definition images here.
- Serious About Stripes! Modern Wedding Inspiration
If there’s one look that defines trendy, modern weddings, it’s stripes. We’ve seen this chic print on dresses, decor, stationery and even cakes — and we can’t get enough of it. If you’re looking for wedding inspiration that’s super stylish and eye-catching, read on!
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Wedding is an elegant WordPress theme to build a beautiful wedding website easily. You can share your wedding photos, galleries, videos and memorable moments with family & friends by using the wedding WordPress theme.
Wedding theme is also perfect for photography, travel, or any sort of portfolio site. Sidebars can be set to the left, right, or removed entirely.
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Bridal Pro is the perfect blogger aid when it comes to planning a wedding and sharing all those special experiences along the way. This theme has styling for a wedding countdown, that will keep track of how much longer until you being your forever.
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