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- On Our Radar: Self-Centered Edition
Okay, we admit it: it’s all about us. From steps to sleep to social activities, we’re counting every kind of personal data you can think of. But what’s all that data add up to? How could we look at it—and ourselves—differently? This week, we’re asking ourselves—and our self—the tough questions. My so-called lifelog While waiting […]
- Laura Kalbag on Freelance Design: The Illusion of Free
Our data is out of our control. We might (wisely or unwisely) choose to publicly share our statuses, personal information, media and locations, or we might choose to only share this data with our friends. But it’s just an illusion of choice—however we share, we’re exposing ourselves to a wide audience. We have so much […]
- This week’s sponsor: Inbound.org
Thanks to Inbound.org for sponsoring A List Apart this week! Check out their community where inbound designers, developers, and marketers come together to connect, learn, and grow.
- Matt Griffin on How We Work: Readable Wearables
A few weeks ago we added our first wearable to the Bearded device lab, and it was an eye-opening experience. The same day that Apple showcased the soon-to-arrive Apple Watch, a Samsung Gear S showed up at our door. This device is a large smartwatch with pixel dimensions slightly greater than the iPhone 3GS. It […]
Seventy-one percent of today’s internet users don’t speak English as a first language, and that number keeps growing. But few people specialize in internationalization. As a result, most sites get it wrong—because things that seem straightforward are often anything but. Take pluralization. Turning singular words into plurals within strings gets tricky quickly—even in English, where […]
- 80/20 Practitioners Make Better Communicators
I spent the better part of 2014 working on two redesigns: one for a major pizza chain, the other for a major bike retailer. The five of us working on the redesigns were excited beyond words—two large-scale sites about two things we loved: pizza and bikes! We all wanted to be heavily involved in every […]
- On Our Radar: Present Tense
It seems like we’re always anxiously awaiting the future, complications and all. Take the present moment: HTTP/2 is on its way, with intriguing changes for web development; web publishing has never been easier, but Medium’s latest direction is a mixed bag for authors; and our attention is increasingly in demand (and for sale). We’re living […]
- This week’s sponsor: SkillFeed
Thanks to SkillFeed for sponsoring A List Apart this week. Sharpen your skills, or learn something new, with free access to their tutorials and courses.
- Nishant Kothary on the Human Web: There Is No Data vs. Intuition
Few things have widened the chasm between data and intuition as much as Marissa Mayer’s infamous matter of the 41 Shades of Blue a few years ago. For those of you who live under a rock, let me catch you up. Back when there were just 41 shades Back in the golden age when Google […]
- Brevity vs. Clarity
A few months ago, my good friend, Olivier Lacan, tweeted: Why do CSS author seem to agree that “btn” stands for button while “large” doesn’t need “lrg”? Stop abbreviating because others do it. — Olivier Lacan (@olivierlacan) September 6, 2014 He rightly points out that a lot of commonly-accepted abbreviations exist only because a critical mass […]
- 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 […]
- The Atomic Age Print Kit for Access All Areas Members
Today is a great day to be an Access All Areas member! Dustin Lee from RetroSupply has kindly donated the popular Atomic Age Print Kit for members to download. It’s a powerful PSD that allows you to create authentic halftone and textured ink overlays with one click! What’s more, this comprehensive pack comes with 2 […]
- Video Tutorial: Painted Watercolor Effect in Photoshop
In today’s video tutorial I explain how to create a realistic painted watercolor effect in Photoshop. We’ll use a variety of filters to replicate the mottled appearance of real life watercolour paintings. This technique works particularly well with landscape images, which are also a popular subject for real life watercolour paintings. If you want to […]
- 1000s of Vector Graphics for Every Design Situation
Vector graphics are a life saver for designers. When deadlines are fast approaching there’s no time to tediously illustrate design elements by hand, or frantically search the web for rare illustrations. Having a library of quality resources allows you to copy & paste ready made elements straight into your designs to quickly produce stunning artwork […]
- How To Create Abstract Geometric Photo Collage Art
Since posting this showcase of inspiring artwork combining geometry & photography back in 2014 I’ve wanted to give this trendy style of art a try myself. I finally sat down with Illustrator & Photoshop and devised a method of transforming a photograph into an abstract collage of geometric shapes. We’ll begin with Illustrator to build […]
- 50 Vintage Logo Templates for Premium Members
Access All Areas members can now download a massive logo templates pack courtesy of Design Something as part of their membership. These 50 logo templates come in a variety of vintage badge designs and are editable in Illustrator and Photoshop using freely available fonts that are available on the web. Use them to quickly put […]
- A Massive Bundle of 40 Premium Fonts for Just $29
If you’re craving for some tasty new fonts, The Hungry Jpeg has served up a feast with their 40 fonts super bundle. This massive collection contains loads of high quality premium fonts from some of the best designers and illustrators in the world. There’s a nice mix of styles too, from elegant brush scripts to […]
- Showcase of Stylish Single Weight Line Art Illustrations
I love the abstract style of line art illustrations. It’s amazing how just a single stroke weight can be used to create intricate patterns and recognisable drawings with basic geometric shapes. In today’s showcase I present a range of stylish illustrations made from just stroked paths, see how these designers use simple lines to produce […]
- Vector Infographic Templates for Premium Members
Mats Forss from the Infographic Template Shop is back again bearing more gifts for Access All Areas members. Last year Mats kindly donated two infographics templates for members to download, and he’s now sharing another of his vector infographics tools products. This latest collection features a range of flat style elements with trendy long shadows […]
- Video Tutorial: Retro Style Geometric Lines Artwork
I have a brand new video tutorial for you today based on one of my popular posts from 2011. This time we’re going to play around with Illustrator to create some retro style geometric lines that interweave and loop around each other to form an intriguing composition, which kinda reminds me of a crazy scalextric […]
- How To Create Anaglyph 3D Images That Really Work!
I originally planned to write this tutorial on how to create a retro 3D effect that mimicked the offset red/blue images that were seen in old 3D movies, comics and posters. But then I thought, rather than just recreate the effect, why not try and produce an anaglyph 3D image that actually works?! So I […]
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- Numeric Inputs – A Comparison of Browser Defaults
The spec, purposefully, stops short of telling implementations (browsers) how to handle UI. In this article we’re looking specifically at <input type=”number”>, and you might be surprised to learn that the spec specifically says: This specification does not define what user interface user agents are to use. It goes on to explain that different languages, […]
- WordPress Front End Security: CSRF and Nonces
In our last article, we covered Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) and the functions WordPress provides to prevent XSS attacks. Today, we’ll look at another security concern for front end developers: Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF). Lest you think this security stuff isn’t important, a major vulnerability was recently found in the WP SEO plugin, which is installed […]
- Introduction to WordPress Front End Security: Escaping the Things
If you’re a WordPress developer that writes HTML/CSS/JS (which is 100% of theme developers and 99% of plugin developers), you need to know the basics of front end security for WordPress. WordPress gives you all the tools you need to make your theme or plugin secure. You just need to know how and when to […]
- Sponsor: All Courses on Skillfeed Free for a Month
For a limited time, Skillfeed is offering access to all courses and tutorials for free! Web designers and other creative professionals can pick up career-building skills in web and graphic design, CSS, Adobe software, and more, from anywhere, at anytime. To celebrate its launch, Skillfeed is offering 30 days of free access to hundreds of […]
- Probably Use initial-scale=1
If you’re doing responsive design, you’re using viewport <meta> tags. These tell the browser what width it should render the viewport at. If you don’t use this tag, it will render at the device’s default, which almost certainly isn’t what you want. But even if you are using viewport <meta>, there are subtle differences in […]
- Left Half and Right Half Layout – Many Different Ways
A whole bunch of years ago, we posted on this idea here on CSS-Tricks. We figured it was about time to update that and do the subject justice. Imagine a scenario where you need to split a layout in half. Content on the left and content on the right. Basically two equal height columns are […]
- Strategies for Staying on Top of Web Performance
Step one is caring about the performance of your websites. Step two is doing things to make it better. Step three is staying on top of performance for the long haul. That means not just poking at trying to improve your web performance a few times a year, but making it a part of your […]
- Sponsored: Creative Market’s March Big Bundle
Fill up your toolbox with a ton of design resources from Creative Market! 77 really nice fonts, graphics, vectors, brushes, stamps, patterns, themes, branding kits, and more that all reflect current trends and tastes in visual design. Purchased individually, everything would cost over $1,200 – on sale this week only for $39. Get it now […]
- Restive.js – Make Website Responsive or Adaptive Easily
Restive.js is a jQuery Plugin that helps you quickly and easily add features to your Web Site to enable it respond and adapt to virtually every Web-enabled Device. Using a combination of Device Detection, Advanced Breakpoints Management, and Orientation Management, Restive.js will give your Web site an uncanny ability to stay robust in the face […]
- Click Magick – Next-Gen Click Tracker and Link Manager
Click Magick is the next-generation ad tracking and link management system that makes every click you get more profitable. It was specifically designed to track all types of direct response advertising – including everything from PPC ads on Google, Bing, and Facebook, to CPV ads on networks like LeadImpact and 50onRed, to banner ads, “Solo […]
- Dropplets – A Minimalist Markdown Blogging Platform
Dropplets is a minimalist Markdown blogging platform focused on delivering just what you need in a blogging solution. When it comes to basic blogging, all you really want to do is write & publish which is where Dropplets excels. Dropplets is a fresh platform dedicated to making blogging simple. With no database, you can install […]
- Purple – UI Kit for All of Heroku’s Digital Properties
Purple is a UI kit for all of Heroku’s digital properties. Purple provides guidelines for the aesthetic, function and form of user interfaces to provide a consistent experience for our customers. This is a living document and is under constant interation. They are not releasing a Bootstrap clone, they are simply creating documentation for their […]
- Type.js – Take Finer Typographic Control on the Web
Type.js is a typography tools for better web type. It allows you to write new CSS properties to take finer typographic control of type styles on the web. Set up is simple. Upload type.js to your site, and link it in your HTML, just before the end of the body. Next, add a style tag […]
- CSS SANS – The Font Created by CSS
What CSS can do is changing the layout of web pages, typesetting, adjusting letter spacing and so on. Yet, there was one thing that CSS couldn’t do. That is “To design a character itself.” And that’s why we have CSS SANS. They have designed letters from A to Z by facilitating the various factors of […]
- A Minimal and Customizable Contact Form
Codyhouse has just shared a minimal and customizable snippet to throw a semantic form into your web projects on the fly. There are some optional features (i.e. floating labels) that can be easily removed in case you want the form to be simpler. We included all common form elements like radio buttons, checkboxes, select, error […]
- Create Gorgeous Images for Your App Store Page Easily
App Store Screenshot Builder helps you create gorgeous images for your App Store page in minutes. LaunchKit’s Screenshot Builder will quickly export your screenshots in every resolution Apple requires (5.5″, 4.7″, 4.0″, 3.5″). You can easily change the font, text color, background color, or background image. Screenshots are saved with logical naming conventions making uploading […]
- Slideout.js – Touch Slideout Navigation Menu for Web Apps
Slideout.js is a touch slideout navigation menu for your mobile web apps. it’s dependency-free with simple markup. It supports native scrolling. You can easily customize it as you wish. It supports different CSS transforms & transitions. Best of all, it’s just 4 Kb. Requirements: – Demo: https://mango.github.io/slideout/ License: MIT License The post Slideout.js – Touch […]
- HTML5 – Check it Before you Wreck it with Mike[tm] Smith
The W3C’s Mike[tm] Smith (AKA @sideshowbarker) is the man with his head in the W3C validation markup checking tool source code; he makes the magic happen. Questions were asked for the HTML5 Doctor reader’s delight and edification. First off tell us a bit about what you do and what you work on Mike[tm] Smith – […]
- The ride to 5
Forwards In recent weeks I contacted around 40 people, a cross section of those who have banged away at, or banged on about, HTML5. I asked them for their perspectives on HTML5 becoming a W3C Recommendation. Below are the words of the 28 people who responded, pretty much in the order they hit my inbox: […]
- 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 […]
- Video: Advanced CSS Performance Tooling
The video from my CSSConf talk on CSS Performance Tooling is now up. This goes along with the slides I’ve previously posted. Hope it’s useful! Abstract: High-performance sites need to feel instant and deliver the goods in < 1000ms. In … Continue reading →
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- Slides: Advanced CSS Performance Tooling
These are the slides from my CSS performance tooling talk, presented at CSSConf.eu earlier this month. High-performance sites need to feel instant and deliver the goods in < 1000ms. In this talk, learn about the bleeding edge tools that can … Continue reading →
- 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 →
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- Temporary Post Used For Theme Detection (0639f891-d4a1-48ca-8e76-de9afa4ab158 – 3bfe001a-32de-4114-a6b4-4005b770f6d7)
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. […]
- Freebie PSD: iOS 8 Instant Messaging Chat iPhone App UI
Advertise here with BSA Do you love building mobile apps and working with pretty pixels? Are you an Apple fan who also enjoys free design resources? Assuming you answered yes to these rhetorical questions, you’re gonna love this new freebie released exclusively on DesignMag. This free iOS 8 IM/Chat Application follows the iPhone 6 screen […]
- Introduction to Grid-Based Typography in Web Design
Advertise here with BSA What do math teachers and city planners have in common aside from indispensable yet low-compensating jobs? A love for grids, of course! This is one of those special topics that seems really important because it is really important but still doesn’t get enough attention. It’s on par with balancing a checkbook […]
- Web designers: Generate income easily with Stamplia, the email templates marketplace
Advertise here with BSA As a web designer your mission is to create hight-quality design. The problem is that you’re out of time. Nowadays, web designers spend most of their time on finding customers and less on honing their craft. Working directly with a client usually means insufficient time to perfect designs and having to […]
- Popular Web Design Trends for 2015
Advertise here with BSA Although many designers have written on this topic, I want to share my thoughts on the future of web design as we forge ahead into 2015. The new year is always an exciting time and I love to contemplate the potential for young new web designers just entering the field. I […]
- 35 Inspiring Website Designs for Zoos and Aquariums
Advertise here with BSA It feels natural that every type of website deserves an inspiration gallery. Modern designers are working on hundreds of different projects each year and so many of them are dedicated to niche subjects. Zoos and aquariums serve a very similar purpose as an attraction to see a wide variety of nature. […]
- Top UX & UI Tools and Resources That You Should Use
Advertise here with BSA When you take on a web or an app design project, how much thought do you give about the tools you are presently using as opposed to new tools that are constantly coming on the market which could make your work easier and in some cases, more professional looking? The list […]
- The Best WordPress Classifieds Plugins
Advertise here with BSA Creating a classifieds website or even adding a classifieds section to your existing page is a fast, easy way to make some extra money. However, it wasn’t always this easy. A while back, creating your own classifieds website was a tedious job and, in the end, it wasn’t always worth the […]
- How To Design Usable Audio & Video Media Players
Advertise here with BSA If you’ve been living under a rock in Bikini Bottom for the past fifteen years then allow me to explain website media. You see, the Internet used to be a place dedicated to text and conversations. Eventually text & images blurred together. But at the turn of the 21st century Internet […]
- 25 Sketch Freebies for Web & Graphic Designers
Advertise here with BSA Anyone who’s been keeping up with design news should know about Sketch. It’s a tightly-focused piece of software with an emphasis on UI design. The program is developed for OS X by Bohemian Coding with a palette of tools that mirror Photoshop and Illustrator. Although the program is meant for interfaces […]
- Start Your Day with These Awesome Be Theme Website Examples
Advertise here with BSA We know you’re busy. Yet, before you get on with your projects of the day, help yourself to a visual espresso for the creative minds. Take a couple of minutes to see some inspiring examples of websites made with the Be Theme. Explore a series of functioning websites and a variety […]
- 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 […]
- 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. […]
- 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, […]
- Mockup Everything Releases: March 2015 – Women’s T-Shirt, Crop Top and Hoodie Dress Templates
Women’s T-Shirt Mockups and More! Hello Mockup Everything Faithful, Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at our latest and greatest Mockup Everything templates. We’re stepping up our game this year, now offering you Pro Users six new templates per month (as opposed to the five in previous years). We hope that this, among the […]
- 98 Skull Vectors You Need Now
Skull Vectors for Days When we first thought to create a new skull vector pack, we thought we’d simply update some of our older stuff. Perhaps add a few new skulls, refresh them and polish them up like a shiny new pair of shoes. After all, we have some great stuff and skulls never get […]
- Go Media Podcast – Episode 28 – What’s the deal with Go Media and WMC6?
Go Media Podcast Episode 028: Podcast for Graphic Designers In this episode, Bryan talks about what Go Media’s been up to over the last few months, explains why the podcast has been a bit silent, and what we’ve got planned moving forward. Plus, he sits down with Heather to talk about WMC Fest 6. Listen […]
- Branding: More Than Just a Logo
How to Build a Strong Brand Identity What is your brand? Who is your brand? And why should we care? When most people think of a ‘brand’ they think specifically about a logo (known by graphic designers as a ‘mark’) – Nike’s swoosh, McDonald’s golden arches, Coca-Cola’s wave. While a logo is certainly one very […]
- Design Firm How-To: Writing Your Company Story
How to Write Your Company Story An excerpt from Drawn to Business by Go Media President William Beachy Who are you? What do you do? What makes you different? Who is your ideal customer? What problem are you solving for them? All of this needs to be communicated in a simple story. People love stories. People remember stories. […]
- Announcing our WMC Fest 6 Host: Aaron Sechrist, OkPants
Cover Image by The James Douglas Studio | on Instagram Announcing our WMC Fest 6 Host: Aaron Sechrist, OkPants Thrilling news upon thrilling news. Our venue and date have been announced, our site has been launched and now this. Yes, we’re even surprising ourselves. It’s a great week! We’re proud to announce that Cleveland design legend […]
- The Characteristics of Excellent Website Design: Experts Weigh In
The Characteristics of Excellent Web Design Options for building a website are plentiful, but finding a team to deliver a creative custom solution on time and on budget is not easy. Here at Cleveland based graphic and web design firm, Go Media, we take great pride in our reliability, delivering robust websites that function flawlessly. […]
- WMCFest.com is Live!
Cleveland Festival 2015: WMCFest.com is Live! WMC Fest 6 is happening, folks! As announced, we’ll be at the gorgeous Allen Theatre this year, Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9th. Please save the dates. New Site We’re also excited to announce that our new site, wmcfest.com, has just been launched. Head there now to get even more psyched […]
- Save the Date for Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 6
Your Favorite Graphic Design Conference of 2015 Hello from Go Media Headquarters, where we were have been furiously planning the next Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. This, the year 2015, marks our sixth year, and we’re committed to bringing you another weekend bursting with inspiration. What’s the hold up? We apologize for the delay in […]
- Cleveland Browns Branding: Julia Briggs of Blue Star Design Weighs In
Updated Cleveland Browns Branding Our recent post, “New” Browns Logo Leaves Cleveland Graphic Designers Deflated” collected expert advice from local authorities on the matter including Julia Briggs, CEO and creative lead at Cleveland design firm, Blue Star. Julia is responsible for logo development for Ohio Lottery: Keno; Classic Lotto; Pick 3, 4 and 5, and more, Ronald […]
- Nginx Guide: Essentials
The first part of this nginx article talked about the architecture and the main nginx configuration file. This article continues from there and talks about the nginx essentials: the modules that are needed and other advanced configuration techniques. Nginx Modules The real power of nginx lies in its modules. The entire stack can be imagined as […]
- Using the JobScheduler API on Android Lollipop
In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the JobScheduler API available in Android Lollipop. The JobScheduler API allows developers to create jobs that execute in the background when certain conditions are met. Introduction When working with Android, there will be occasions where you will want to run a task at a later point […]
- A Guide to Overriding Parent Theme Functions in Your Child Theme
If you’ve had any experience working with parent and child themes in WordPress, you’ll know that the template files in your child theme override those in your parent theme. So for example if your parent theme has a page.php file and you create a new one in your child theme, WordPress will use the one […]
- Windows Phone 8 Succinctly: Integrating With the Hardware
In this article, we’re going to explore how you can make use of the hardware capabilities of a Windows Phone device, such as geolocation, device sensors, Bluetooth, and NFC. Geolocation All Windows Phone devices have built-in geolocation hardware. By using a combination of 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS signal, the phone is able to identify the […]
- Simple User Reviews With Gravity Forms and a Custom Post Type
What You’ll Be Creating My client sells a few products and wanted a way for site visitors to be able to submit a review or testimonial about a particular product, and to display those reviews on their respective product pages in his WordPress site. I worked on this task all afternoon yesterday to my great […]
- Create Space Invaders with Swift and Sprite Kit: Introducing Sprite Kit
What You’ll Be Creating In this series, I will be teaching you how to create a Space Invaders inspired game using Sprite Kit and the Swift programming language. Along the way, you will learn about Sprite Kit’s integrated physics engine, generate particles using Sprite Kit’s built-in particle editor, use the accelerometer to move the player, […]
- Create a Simple CRM in WordPress: Adding Columns to WP_List_Table
We’ve been looking at how to create a simple CRM system in WordPress. In the last part of this series, we used Advanced Custom Fields to add custom fields to our Contacts custom post type. We learned how to use Advanced Custom Fields and configure it to work programmatically. Today, we’ll cover how to display […]
- Getting Started With RecyclerView and CardView on Android
If you are interested in building an Android app that makes use of lists to display data, Android Lollipop features two new widgets to make your life easier, RecyclerView and CardView. Using these widgets, it is very easy to give your app a look and feel that conforms to the guidelines mentioned in Google’s material […]
- Programming With Yii2: Integrating User Registration
What You’ll Be Creating If you’re asking, “What’s Yii?”, check out my earlier tutorial: Introduction to the Yii Framework, which reviews the benefits of Yii and includes an overview of what’s new in Yii 2.0, released October 12th, 2014. This is part four of a series on Yii2. In Programming With Yii2: Getting Started, we set up Yii2 […]
- When You Should Design Against Client Expectations
The age-old battle between designers and their clients rages on. Your client expects a certain type of design from you. They give you examples of what they want. Then they share their goal for this… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- WP Engine Review – Why We Switched Our Hosting to WP Engine
Earlier this year when our blog ran into issues with getting indexed in Google, we started seriously looking at our hosting set up. We identified several key issues with our host that had to be… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- The Ultimate Guide to the Best Online Graphic Design Courses Around
We live in a great age for learning – scholars will find that, thanks to the internet, nearly any field of knowledge is just a few clicks away! Design is no exception, and today the web is filled… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 30+ Superior Examples of Flat Web Design
Unless you have been living under a rock, one of the biggest trends in the web design industry remains to be flat design. In case you are not familiar with the term, flat design is essentially design… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 12 Excellent Font Identifier Tools To Speed Up Your WorkFlow
Designers have a need for relevant fonts in all creative mediums. Both print and digital design follow a similar track when choosing and composing typography. But there’s always the nuance of… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- The Role of Web Design in Conversion Rate Optimization
Most marketing services try to sell you traffic. They will tell you that if you let them do certain things, you will receive a truckload of traffic. But, what they may not tell you is that just… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- Top 25 OS X Sketch Plugins for Designers
Bohemian Coding is a software company most notably recognized for creating the OS X application Sketch. It allows designers to work with both vector and raster images in the same document. As you… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 30+ Beautiful and Minimal WordPress Themes
Finding the right WordPress theme for your website or for a client’s website is not an easy task. Even with the huge selection that is available, if you have some specific things in mind for your… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- Free Image Editor: 4 Stellar Programs to Help You Create Beautiful Images
Need a new free image editor? Today we’re taking a look at four free tools you can use to design your own custom image graphics for sharing in blog posts or on social media. While toiling away in… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 39 Fantastically Creative Resume and CV Examples
A creative resume or curriculum vitae is one document you can’t skimp – and this is true for anyone but especially designers and other creative professionals. When applying for a job, the first… 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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- Visionary Fractal Art by Spiritual Digital Art
Craig Hitchens (aka Spiritual Digital Art) is a newcomer to Creative Market and I’m completely enamored of his work. He creates images that are made from fractals and are manipulated to have a mystical, metaphysical, and spiritual feel. In addition, he adds some words of inspiration to propel you along your path to happiness, peace and wisdom.
- COLOURlovers Don’t Look Back Leggings
They’ve just launched them on their crowdfunding platform, but whether her leggings become an actual Betabrand product is up to you!
Crowdfund them today to save up to 30%, but act fast because the earlier you fund them, the more you’ll save. Crowdfunding runs through May 27th.
- Wedding Website Templates
Are you ready to make your own wedding website? It’s easier than you think. Check out these beautiful themes and templates to get you started in impressing your friends and family.
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.
Happiness is a HTML5/CSS3 optimized, bootstrap powered responsive theme perfect for wedding invitation and personal websites.
Hitched is a beautiful responsive single-page-scroll minimal wedding website template with just the feature you actually need.
Memories is a 5 page website design for wedding sites. Based on a personal 23 column grid. It can be adapted to any startup or personal template.
Mary and Troy is a tine theme helping to create small yet fully functional website for your wedding or other event.
Take a look at JSN Vintage and you can’t help but fall in love with its exquisite and distinctive design. JSN Vintage has an unconventional yet elegant responsive design that shines on a wide range of devices.
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.
‘Wedding’ is a beautiful responsive WordPress theme for weddings. Built with Bootstrap, it is compatible with the latest versions of WordPress. It is a single column website with all the facilities you need for your wedding website.
Memories is a 5 page website design for wedding sites. Based on a personal 23 column grid. It can be adapted to any startup or personal template.Wedder – One Page Wedding Template by Theme BakersWedder is a one page responsive html5 wedding template. It is a fully responsive template, hence it works on all devices from desktop to tablets to smartphones handsomely.Minimal is a wedding invitation template built with HTML5 and CSS. It’s easy to edit and customize.