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A List Apart
  • Learning to Be Flexible

    As a freelancer, I work in a lot of different code repos. Almost every team I work with has different ideas of how code should be organized, maintained, and structured. Now, I’m not here to start a battle about tabs versus spaces or alphabetical order of CSS properties versus organizing in terms of concerns (positioning […]

  • This week’s sponsor: Vitamin T

    Vitamin T connects amazing digital creative talent with equally awesome mid-sized companies and ad agencies. Freelancers rejoice!

  • Nishant Kothary on the Human Web: The Politics of Feedback

    “Were you going for ‘not classy’? Because if you were, that’s cool. This isn’t classy like some of your other work,” said my wife, glancing at a long day’s work on my screen. “Yep. That’s what I was going for!” I responded with forced cheer. I knew she was right, though, and that I’d be […]

  • Personalizing Git with Aliases

    Part of getting comfortable with the command line is making it your own. Small customizations, shortcuts, and time saving techniques become second nature once you spend enough time fiddling around in your terminal. Since Git is my Version Control System of choice (due partially to its incredible popularity via GitHub), I like to spend lots […]

  • This week’s sponsor: Pantheon

    Pantheon is the professional website platform developers, marketers, and IT use to build, launch, and run their Drupal and WordPress websites. Get a perfect launch every time.

  • Routines Aren’t the Enemy

    I recently read Greg Smith’s piece on Bocoup’s blog about how they think about time tracking, including all the fascinating data about how your brain works to solve problems. It interested me a lot, since I’ve been thinking about not just how I track projects, but also how I structure my day as a freelancer. […]

  • Collaborative User Testing: Less Bias, Better Research

    I’ve always worked in small product teams that relied on guerrilla user testing. We’d aim to recruit the optimal number of participants for these tests. We’d make sure the demographic reflected our target audience. We’d use an informal approach to encourage more natural behavior and reduce the effect of biases participants could be prone to. […]

  • Training the CMS

    Nothing brings content modeling to life like launching a shiny new site: teasers fit neatly without any awkward ellipses, images are cropped perfectly for different screen sizes, related content is wonderfully relevant. The content strategy comes to life, and all is right with the world. But for years, my joy was short lived—because it would […]

  • This week’s sponsor: Mandrill

    Thanks to our sponsor, Mandrill. Integrate. Deliver. Track. Analyze. Email infrastructure from Mandrill.

  • Laura Kalbag on Freelance Design: Breaking Stuff

    Do you know that horrible fear when you’ve broken something on a client project and you have no idea how to fix it? I do… Sometimes I’ll have been wading through templates on a site, getting it all up to scratch, then suddenly I’m faced with a page of doom—a whole page of garbled semi-English […]

Awakened Voice
  • 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 […]

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  • 3 Simple Photoshop Tips to Create Better Textures

    Textures are valuable design resources that can be used as backgrounds to your work or pasted in as overlays to add distressed tones. Anyone with a camera can collect texture resources, with even the latest smart phone cameras being more than capable of capturing high resolution details. It takes more than just a click of […]

  • Infographic Template Vector Kit for Premium Members

    Access All Areas members had a taste of Mats-Peter Forss’ Infographic Template Shop last month with his kind donation of a Vector Infographic Tools Kit for members. Mats is back again with more excellent resources for premium members, this time with a User Experience themed vector Infographic template kit featuring loads of individual resources including […]

  • The Ultimate Guide to Cutting Stuff Out in Photoshop

    No matter what you’re working on, you can be sure that almost every project will require an image to be removed from its background! Sometimes it’s a breeze when professionally lit studio shots are provided, but it can get a little tricky when detailed backgrounds come into play. In today’s post I give an overview […]

  • 26 Hand Drawn Vector Ribbons for Premium Members

    More vector goodies are being made available to Access All Areas members today, courtesy of Creatticon. This set of hand drawn ribbons contains 26 vector graphics of ribbons and banners in both solid and outline styles. They’re great when paired with some text to finish off a logo, jazz up a heading, or even to […]

  • 25 Free Watercolour Circle Textures in JPG & PNG

    A few weeks back I received an email from a reader who asked if I knew of any circular watercolour textures like those used to create trendy watercolour logos. I couldn’t find any on the web so I set out to create some freebies to share with you all. My sister actually did the hard […]

  • Rough Edges Automator Action for Premium Members

    Access All Areas members are being treated to something really cool this week from Matt Borchert. The Rough Edges Automator is a fantastic time saving tool that allows you to instantly rough up your artwork to achieve everything from subtle print effects to years of erosion and decay. The Action has a range of settings […]

  • Over $1000 Saving on 30 Best Selling Creative Fonts

    Premium design resources can be really expensive. Fonts in particular are often the most costly tool a designer needs, so when a massive saving like this comes along it’s hard to let it pass by! Design Cuts are known for slashing their bundle prices, but this latest offer blows every other deal on the web […]

  • Free Pack of 12 Detailed Vector Screen Textures

    I’m excited to share my latest collection of free vector textures. This set features 12 screen textures of various densities ranging from ultra fine to heavy and dark, so you’ll always be able to find the perfect level of detail in your work. Use them as backgrounds to add subtle texturing, or apply them as […]

  • 12 Illustrated Flyer Templates for Premium Members

    Access All Areas members can now get their hands on some lovely illustrated flyer templates courtesy of FlyerHeroes. This foodie flyer bundle is a compilation of 12 individual flyer designs to produce the ultimate collection of templates for food related businesses. Each flyer comes as a ready-to-use Photoshop PSD and includes a detailed character that […]

  • How To Create a Realistic Aged Textured Logo Mockup

    Last week I shared a free set of rusty logo mockup textures that I collected from an old WW2 era aerodrome. The files included a Smart Object layer which allowed you to paste in your own artwork and have it applied to the surface, with all the fine details of the decay and corrosion also […]

CSS Tricks
  • CSS-Tricks Chronicle XIX

    Today I hop on a plane to Norway for the Trondheim Developer Conference. First time there. Can’t wait. The conference isn’t until Monday, but I suck at traveling to Europe. I’m a big baby about jet lag, so I like lots of extra time to acclimate. I was on Craig McKeachie’s Front-End Developer Podcast in […]

  • Lobotomized Owls

    I had a post in my drafts for CSS-Tricks recently I called “Removing the Space from the Bottom of Modules”. It’s all about that tricky situation where you want even padding all the way around some elements to visually separate them. But elements inside will also need bottom margins, and that might lead to extra […]

  • Probably Don’t Base64 SVG

    Perhaps you’ve heard of data URIs. It’s a really nice way of including a resource that would have otherwise been a separate HTTP request. The format that you use in a data URI can vary. Essentially you just tell it what content type it is (e.g. image/png), semicolon, then the data of that file. Like: […]

  • SVG Artboard Sizing

    There are a couple of different (rational) approaches to SVG artboard sizing. The term “Artboard” here is referring to that concept in Illustrator, basically the white drawing area you have for the document. Ultimately it refers to the viewBox in the actual SVG output. It matters very much for front end developers, because if there […]

  • How To Get Started in Web Design

    Here’s an answer to how to get started building websites that I fully endorse and isn’t vague. This is going to cost a little money, just like learning to play the guitar requires buying a guitar and some accessories. This is also going to require a little time and mostly isn’t directly about the coding […]

  • Sponsor: Creative Market – October Big Bundle

    It’s always great to have a personal collection of design resources you know that you can use for whatever you like at your fingertips. Vectors flourishes and illustrations, photos, textures, patterns, fonts, layouts, all that good stuff. No better place to stock up than Creative Market. This week, they have put together a Big Bundle […]

  • A Guide to SVG Animations (SMIL)

    The following is a guest post by Sara Soueidan. Sara has a knack for digging deep into web features and explaining the heck out of them for the rest of us. Here she digs into SMIL (and friends), and animation syntax built right into SVG, and gives us this epic guide. Overview SVG graphics can […]

  • Sponsored: Stack – Task Management for Dev Teams

    Stack is a powerful new task management system for Devs and Designers. A simple and fully customizable tool that fits your workflow. Manage projects and communicate with your team hassle free and in real time. I really like how Stack approaches this. It’s exactly how I would have done it. There are projects – big […]

  • Intermediary Pages in a Site Hierarchy

    I had a reader write in with an interesting question: When one has multi-level navigation, do you think it crucial to have an actual page for the top-level item? For instance, About > Company, Founder, History. There isn’t really anything worth putting on the About page that wouldn’t be on the three sub-pages. In the […]

  • When users leave the search box empty…

    The following is a guest post by Brin Wilson of WinningWP. Brin wrote to me wanting to do a little advertising for his site. I of course would happily accept that, but even better, since Brin is a tech writer anyway, why not write a guest post. That’s always a win-win, and since he had […]

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  • Free Download: Mobile App Introduction Template

    Mobile App Introduction Template is a basic template to showcase the best features of your app, enriched with a video slider for a better user understanding. It’s a customisable, responsive template which turns into video slider on desktop screen. Requirements: – Demo: http://codyhouse.co/demo/app-introduction-template License: License Free Sponsors Professional Web Icons for Your Websites and Applications

  • BeeFree Makes it Easy to Create an Email Message

    BeeFree makes it easy to create an email message that can be used to send a company newsletter, announce a new product, promote a sale, etc. It’s free to use: you don’t even need to create an account of any kind. You can use BeeFree to create an email message using its innovative, easy-to-use features. […]

  • L20n – Localization Framework Developed by Mozilla

    L20n is a localization framework developed by Mozilla for the Web. It allows localizers to put small bits of logic into localization resources to codify the grammar of the language. L20n’s framework removes the need for developers to thoroughly understand the specifics of a natural language and provides an opportunity for localizers to create better […]

  • Clock Picker – A Clock-style Timepicker for Bootstrap

    ClockPicker is a clock-style timepicker for Bootstrap or jQuery. All major browsers are supported, including IE 9+. Both desktop and mobile device are supported. It also works great in touch screen device. ClockPicker was designed for Bootstrap in the beginning. So Bootstrap and jQuery is the only dependency(s). It is licensed under MIT License. Requirements: […]

  • Beautiful Responsive Progress Bars with Animated SVG

    ProgressBar.js is a beautiful and responsive progress bars with animated SVG paths. With ProgressBar.js, it’s easy to create arbitrary shaped progress bars. This library provides a few built?in shapes like Line, Circle and Square but you can also create your own progress bars with Illustrator or any vector graphic editor. ProgressBar.js is lightweight, MIT licensed […]

  • Design Process of New UI for Google News

    Like most of the services from Google, Google News is a great tool to work with while searching for news, which offers unique opportunities. Google developed a unique algorithm, which allows reading the news on the same topic from different sources. They have just redesigned Google News from the ground up. Take a look at […]

  • Discover New Fonts and Colors with Every Tab

    Palletab is a Chrome extension which uses Google fonts and amazing ColourLovers palettes to inspire you with fresh and clean inspiration every time you hit that new tab button. It’s a great tool for finding the suitable fonts for your websites or web applications. Requirements: Chrome Demo: http://palettab.com/ License: License Free Sponsors Professional Web Icons […]

  • Create Free and Trendy Icon Sets with FreeIconMaker

    While designing a website or a web application, you can’t deny the importance of web design tools that help to simplify your tasks and complete your project on time. FreeIconMaker.com is the first free online icon maker that allows you to create your own templates and share them with others. In this article we will […]

  • Free Download: iOS 8 GUI PSD (iPhone 6)

    teehan+lax has just released iOS 8 GUI PSD (iPhone 6). The sole purpose of this file is to help you pitch, design and build amazing software. The file nor its elements are to be repurposed as your own. It can’t be broken apart and used to create similar tools. The PSD is a well organized, […]

  • PerfMap – A Front-end Performance Heatmap

    PerfMap is a front-end performance heatmap. It’s a bookmarklet to create a front-end performance heatmap of resources loaded in the browser using the Resource Timing API. A browser with support for the Resource Timing API is required. The heatmap colours and the first ms value indicate at what point in the page load the image […]

HTML 5 Doctor
  • 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

    I have to be honest with you: I feel like a fraud writing about JavaScript for HTML5 Doctor. I would feel like a fraud writing about JavaScript for a click-driven ad-splattered content farm, never mind HTML5 Doctor. The thing is though, I’m writing about the classList API, and it’s super easy. If your JavaScript-fu isn’t […]

  • 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 […]

Andy Osmani
  • Explorations In Automatically Fixing JavaScript Linting-errors

    Linting is a common step in our JavaScript iteration workflow. Most developers probably use JSHint (or ESLint) for this purpose. However, when a tool is capable of informing you of linting issues, the next logical question is..why can’t it fix … Continue reading →

  • 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 →

  • Video: JavaScript Memory Management Masterclass

    The video from my talk at London WebPerf about finding and fixing memory leaks in JavaScript is now up. Covers DevTools, V8 & more. I hope it is useful.

  • Slides: JavaScript Memory Management Masterclass

    Presented at at the Google WebPerf Special (London WebPerf Group), August 26th 2014. Efficient JavaScript webapps need to be fluid and fast. Any app with significant user interaction needs to consider how to effectively keep memory usage down because if … 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 →

  • 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()

    A revolution is coming. There’s a new addition to JavaScript that’s going to change everything you think you know about data-binding. It’s also going to change how many of your MVC libraries approach observing models for edits and updates. Are … Continue reading →

  • 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 →

Internet Techies
  • 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. […]

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  • Monarch: The Leader of a New Generation of Social Plugins

    Advertise here with BSA Each and every one of us comes across interesting pieces of information in our daily news feed, or as we are casually surfing the web. At times, we even feel the urge to share some of those articles, videos, images, etc with the people we know. We can either act on […]

  • Examples of Websites Created With the Royal Theme

    Advertise here with BSA My experience with the latest theme from 8theme, Royal, was more than satisfactory. I was quite impressed about this premium, multi-purpose theme, and wish to pass it on to the rest of you. Every designer would enjoy creating WordPress websites through with the help of this theme. A Majestic Difference Royal […]

  • 20 Free Device PSD Mockups for Mobile Apps & Websites

    Advertise here with BSA Presentation is a big part of the artistic process and this is especially true of freelance work. Mockups have become much more common to showcase what a project will look like once it’s running on a device. These mockups are just photos with a layer mask to superimpose a completed interface […]

  • 38 Absolute Best Tutorials for Learning Icon Design

    Advertise here with BSA Simple glyphs and icons communicate a graphical representation for interfaces, branding, and content. Icon design ranges from simple line icons to detailed works of artistic beauty. Every designer has to start somewhere and nobody claims the process will be easy – but it is very rewarding. This gallery focuses on 38 […]

  • Need Tools To Create An App? Check Out These Prototyping and Building Ones

    Advertise here with BSA   Wireframing for websites, web apps, and mobile apps that you make is as vital as laying the foundations of a tall building before moving on to its walls and roof. Web designers and web developers really need to pay attention during this stage, and perfect the user experience of your […]

  • Get the Elegant RUFINA Font Family – only $17!

    Advertise here with BSA Some fonts just class up the joint. When it comes to beauty and elegance, the Rufina Font Family delivers. This simple and delicate font family owes its influence to Bodoni, mixed with the subtle elegance of a calligrapher’s pen. With 2 weights, both available in italics versions, you’ll find yourself with […]

  • Create And Manage Your Website Like A Pro With These 20 Resources

    Advertise here with BSA There’s a high demand nowadays for web designers and developers who can claim to have experience in their field. With more and more companies eager to get their businesses online, it’s only natural that they’ll want to hire the best professionals available. Luckily, there are a number of tools and services […]

  • 45 Beautiful Web Designs for Conferences & Creative Events

    Advertise here with BSA The sheer number of worldwide conferences has increased dramatically over the past few years. This must in part have something to do with the Internet and the ability to sell tickets from anywhere in the world. Thus a well-designed conference website is of vital importance to any event’s turnout and success […]

  • Elegant Themes – Full Collection of WordPress Themes

    Advertise here with BSA If you spend much time in the world of web development you are bound to hear about numerous places to purchase themes. I’ve always been a fan of Elegant Themes because of the value you get for the price. They have a membership model where you pay a yearly amount and […]

  • Designing Custom iOS App Interface Elements using Photoshop

    Advertise here with BSA Free iPhone GUI PSD kits include a lot of the primary elements needed for app design. But sometimes it’s necessary to build your own custom interface elements. I always preferred the older iOS 5-6 UI above the more flat-looking iOS7. Specifically I fell in love with this Microsoft Word app for […]

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  • 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, […]

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  • Tutorial: Create a Torn Paper Effect like Eternal Sunshine – Smart Object Template Available

    One of my favorite movies of all time is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I also really love the movie posters that featured a torn paper effect across the person’s eyes with some text underneath. Nice job by BLT on the original posters. I thought it would be cool to make my own version […]

  • Create a Brand Bible for your Business with our Brand Bible Adobe InDesign Template

    Brand Bible Adobe InDesign Template Do you have an internal document that communicates your brand’s vision and mission to your team? We call it a Brand Bible at Go Media. It’s combines elements of the Brand Guidelines Template with more messaging about why your company exists. This Brand Bible Template includes a 35-page InDesign File with suggestions to help you write and create your […]

  • Hey Graphic Designers: Go Media’s Looking for You!

    Join Us! Junior Graphic Designer Needed Position Summary We are seeking a Junior Graphic Designer to provide support and assistance to our Arsenal team here at Go Media. The Junior Graphic Designer will help maintain our eCommerce site, Go Media’s Arsenal, as well as online mockup sites, Shirt Mockup and Mockup Everything, via design resources. […]

  • Girl Power: Follow These 34 Female Creatives Now

    Having just taken on the position of Weapons of Mass Creation Fest Event Organizer, I feel a pride in my heart and an overwhelming sense of girl power more than ever. So today, I’d like to highlight some lady creatives I’m obsessing over as of late. You know, the ones inspiring me to be brave, […]

  • How to Ace Your Next Creative Job Interview – Part One: 20 Interview Do’s and Don’ts

    Creative Job Interview Tips Whether you’re out there, seeking a job in a creative field, or just want to keep your ninja interview skills sharp as knives, read on as we receive advice from interview expert Ann Walter. Having interviewed hundreds of people over the years, Ann knows her stuff. Cleveland native and Kent State […]

  • Texture tutorial: How to apply our rolled ink textures to your design for that old-time print shop vibe

    Introducing The Shop’s rolled ink texture packs, volume 01 and 02 Ladies and gentlemen, drum roll please. I’m happy to announce that my rolled ink texture packs are finally available on the Arsenal! Simon from The Shop here, and I’ll be walking you through both texture packs, as well as through a few techniques to […]

  • Free T-Shirt Design Mockup Templates from Your Friends at Go Media

    The Power of the Mockup Hello there Designers! As you know, we absolutely love and believe in the power of the mockup here at Go Media. After all, we’ve dedicated our two realistic mockup subscription sites, ShirtMockup.com and MockupEverything.com, as well as our digital marketplace, the Arsenal, to this, one of the most important steps […]

  • 40+ More Free Fonts To Download Immediately

    Free Fonts for Designers. Sorry guys. I know it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure – this free font thing. I learned really early on that I can’t please everybody all of the time. If this ain’t your cup of tea, kindly look away. Mmkay? _______________________________ Phew! They’re gone. Ok. Let’s get to the good […]

  • 40 More Free Fonts To Download Immediately

    Free Fonts for Designers. Sorry guys. I know it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure – this free font thing. I learned really early on that I can’t please everybody all of the time. If this ain’t your cup of tea, kindly look away. Mmkay? _______________________________ Phew! They’re gone. Ok. Let’s get to the good […]

  • Daily Inspiration: The Typography of Cedar Point

    Rockin’ Roller Coast Me. Guys. If you know me, I bleed Cleveland through and through. And although Sandusky is an hour away, I still consider it part of our great city (just give it to me, will ya?) I mean, I grew up piling into the minivan heading up to the roller coaster capital of […]

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  • Introduction to Testing on iOS

    No one wants to ship buggy software. Ensuring that you release a mobile application of the highest quality requires much more than a human-driven manual quality assurance process. New devices and operating systems are released to the public each year. This means that there is an ever expanding combination of screen sizes and operating system […]

  • Creating Maintainable WordPress Meta Boxes: Verify and Sanitize

    Throughout this series, we’ve been creating a plugin that’s meant to provide authors with a way to collect, manage, and save ideas and references to content that they’re creating within WordPress. While doing so, we’re also looking at ways that we can organize our plugin so that the code and the file organization is clear […]

  • Basic Functional Testing With Symfony 2′s Crawler

    Testing your web applications is one of the best things you can do to ensure its health, safety, and security, both for the app and your app’s visitors. Symfony 2 offers a complete integration testing suite that you can use to make sure your applications run just as you expect. Today we’ll look at how […]

  • Creating Dummy Text in WordPress

    When developing a new WordPress site, you’ll often want to add some dummy text to your posts and pages so you can see what the site will look like before the content is published. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to speed up this process by developing a plugin that generates dummy text for you. […]

  • Unit Testing Succinctly: Other Purposes

    This is an extract from the Unit Testing Succinctly eBook, by Marc Clifton, kindly provided by Syncfusion. Unit testing is also valuable for other purposes. As Examples of Usage One of the side benefits of unit testing is that it creates a large code base exemplifying how to use the code. For example, the code we […]

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  • Using AlterEgo to Add Two-Factor Authentication to Your WordPress Site

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  • Getting Up to Speed With Xcode 6

    Each release of Xcode presents developers with enhanced tools to help building their apps. This year’s release, Xcode 6, introduces new ways for developers to design and build their software. In this tutorial, I’ll outline the new and improved features in Xcode 6 and take a look at how you can use them. 1. Playgrounds […]

  • Solutions to WordPress eCommerce Challenges

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  • 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.

    Small Doses

    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.

    Flat Design

    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.

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    Opera de Paris at night

    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.

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    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!

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    Vintage Blackboard for Espresso

    Detailed illustration of a Vintage Hand Drawn Blackboard for Espresso Menu.

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    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.

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  • 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?

    Vintage vector stamps icons by Marish

    66 Vintage Love Stamps by FineScrap

    62 Vintage Postage Stamps by FineScrap

    6 Postage Stamp Badges + Bonus by konstantinestudio

    Passport & Postage Stamps and Badges by Seyyahil

    36 Nautical and Sea Vintage Stamps by FineScrap

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  • Prequel to Pantone
    Have 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.

    271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book

    271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book

    271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book

    271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book

    The book was called the “Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau” and you can find a high definition images here.

    Source: Erik Kwakkel via Colossal

  • 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!

    Abby Flower Girl

    Abby Flower Girl From Coren Moore via Lover.ly

    Photo by: Amber Gress on Munaluchi Bride via Lover.ly

    Bridesmaids & Custom Perfume Bars

    Photo by: Jen Huang on Grey Likes Weddings via Lover.ly

    Bridal Shower Desserts

    Photo by: Jessica Claire on Inspired By This via Lover.ly

    Look 19

    Look 19 From Oscar De La Renta via Lover.ly

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    Photo by: D’Avello Photography on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly

    Malibu Stripes Save the Date Cards by Designkandy

    Malibu Stripes Save the Date Cards by Designkandy From Minted via Lover.ly

    Austin Texas Garden Wedding

    Photo by: Q Weddings on Grey Likes Weddings via Lover.ly

    Rose Gold and White Striped Wedding Cake / McCune Photography / Sweet and Saucy Shop

    Photo by: Michelle Garibay Events on Style Unveiled via Lover.ly

    Photo by: Orange Turtle Photography on Bridal Musings via Lover.ly

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    The wedding songs we love to hate

    10 ways to not go broke as a wedding guest

    How to plan a bachelorette party (without losing your mind)

  • 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.

    Begin Again

    All Worlds Are But One

    Brain Spark

     

    Antiquities

    The Dharmakaya

    Ancient Star Chart

    Dreaming The World 

    Illuminated Gateway

    Clarity Prevails

     Celestial Abundance

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  • COLOURlovers Don’t Look Back Leggings

    COLOURlover “agussgut” recently won Betabrand & COLOURlovers “Choose The Hues Contest,” and Betabrand has turned her winning palette made into a fantastic pair of 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 Theme by DesignOrbital

    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-Bootstrap Responsive HTML by geceolurken

    Happiness is a HTML5/CSS3 optimized, bootstrap powered responsive theme perfect for wedding invitation and personal websites.

     

    Hitched Wedding Website Template by Feather Art

    Hitched is a beautiful responsive single-page-scroll minimal wedding website template with just the feature you actually need.

     

    Our Wedding – PSD Template by Beto Alanís

    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.

    Single page wedding theme by bootstrapbrothers

    Mary and Troy is a tine theme helping to create small yet fully functional website for your wedding or other event.

    JSN Vintage – Creative Joomla Theme by joomlashine

    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 | Genesis 2.0 Child Theme by The Bloggerette Studio

    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.

     

    WordPress Wedding Theme-’Wedding’ by WebNesters 

    ‘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 – PSD Template by Beto Alanís

    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-Wedding Invitation Template by metrothemes

    Minimal is a wedding invitation template built with HTML5 and CSS. It’s easy to edit and customize.