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- This week’s sponsor: Stack
Stack is a simple task management system for devs and designers. Fully customizable and flexible to suit your workflow.
- Rian van der Merwe on A View from a Different Valley: Work Life Imbalance
I’m old enough to remember when laptops entered the workforce. It was an amazing thing. At first only the select few could be seen walking around with their giant black IBMs and silver Dells. It took a few years, but eventually every new job came with the question we all loved to hear: “desktop or […]
- Awkward Cousins
As an industry, we’re historically terrible at drawing lines between things. We try to segment devices based on screen size, but that doesn’t take into account hardware functionality, form factor, and usage context, for starters. The laptop I’m writing this on has the same resolution as a 1080p television. They’d be lumped into the same […]
- Watch: A New Documentary About Jeffrey Zeldman
You keep it by giving it away. Jeffrey Zeldman It’s a philosophy that’s always guided us at A List Apart: that we all learn more—and are more successful—when we share what we know with anyone who wants to listen. And it comes straight from our publisher, Jeffrey Zeldman. For 20 years, he’s been sharing everything […]
- Git: The Safety Net for Your Projects
I remember January 10, 2010, rather well: it was the day we lost a project’s complete history. We were using Subversion as our version control system, which kept the project’s history in a central repository on a server. And we were backing up this server on a regular basis—at least, we thought we were. The […]
- Running Code Reviews with Confidence
Growing up, I learned there were two kinds of reviews I could seek out from my parents. One parent gave reviews in the form of a shower of praise. The other parent, the one with a degree from the Royal College of Art, would put me through a design crit. Today the reviews I seek […]
- This week’s sponsor: LessAccounting
Thanks to our sponsor, LessAccounting. You deserve simple bookkeeping to help you avoid the stresses of accounting.
- Rachel Andrew on the Business of Web Dev: Getting to the Action
Freelancers and self-employed business owners can choose from a huge number of conferences to attend in any given year. There are hundreds of industry podcasts, a constant stream of published books, and a never-ending supply of sites all giving advice. It is very easy to spend a lot of valuable time and money just attending, […]
- 10 Years Ago in ALA: Pocket Sized Design
The web doesn’t do “age” especially well. Any blog post or design article more than a few years old gets a raised eyebrow—heck, most people I meet haven’t read John Allsopp’s “A Dao of Web Design” or Jeffrey Zeldman’s “To Hell With Bad Browsers,” both as relevant to the web today as when they were […]
- This week’s sponsor: Need
Need is a curated retailer and lifestyle magazine for men. Featuring exclusive items from the world’s top designers. Check out Volume 9.
- 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 […]
- 5 Retro Circular Badges for Access All Areas Members
This week I’ve teamed up with Design Panoply to share more great design resources with my Access All Areas members. Download this pack of 5 vector retro circular badges and customise them for use in your own projects, giving your designs an instant nostalgic feeling. Inside the download you’ll find a link to a series […]
- 8 Free Customizable Vector Vintage Style Logo Designs
One of my popular freebies over the past year was the collection of 6 free customisable retro/vintage logos & emblems. It has been great seeing those designs out in the wild, helping promote various businesses and individuals. Those original files were designed in Photoshop, so I thought I’d follow them up with a fresh batch […]
- 5 HTML Website Themes for Access All Areas Members
Something completely different has been added for Access All Areas members to download today. So far members can enjoy all kinds of vectors, textures and mockups as part of their subscription, but now a set of HTML website templates is available courtesy of LoveUI.co. This Picnic HTML Themes bundle contains 5 ready made portfolio and […]
- 1000s of Best Selling Resources in 1 Huge Variety Pack
It has been a while since I last shared any news about deals I’d recommend, but the latest offer from Design Cuts has just landed in my inbox and it’s definitely worth checking out! In the past the deals I’ve featured have been focused on certain types of resources, but this is one big variety […]
- How To Create a Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop
Traditionally the double exposure effect is produced by photographers using nothing but their camera to combine two separate photographs to create an abstract and surreal image. However, we can also mimic the effect in Photoshop, which actually gives us more control over the final output with the ability to adjust and preview the effect as […]
- 7 Hip Apple Device Mockup Templates for Members
Access All Areas members can now get a taste of the awesome goodies available from The Hip Shop—a popular Creative Market store by superstar designer Madebyvadim—thanks to a kind donation of his brand new Hip Apple device mockup templates. These PSDs feature Apple iPads, iPhones and Macbooks set in still life formations with random objects […]
- 5 Free High Resolution Grungy Paper & Card Textures
I have a special freebie for you to download today courtesy of Design Cuts. They’ve kindly donated a free sample pack from their new collection of Grungy Paper & Card textures for my readers to enjoy. The pack contains 5 high resolution texture images that are great for adding vintage overlays to your photos or […]
- Inspiring Artwork Combining Geometry & Photography
There’s a certain style of art that really catches my attention in inspiration galleries where artists combine geometry and photography to produce striking images. I’m a big fan of using simple shapes to create interesting designs, but the combination with photos really helps create abstract artwork with intense colours and detail. Today’s showcase features 30 […]
- Vintage Logo Mockups for Access All Areas Members
We have a new set of premium design resources for Access All Areas members today, courtesy of GraphicRiver author Yusof Mining. This pack of logo mockups includes 9 templates to present your identity & brand designs in style. With a focus on dusty old papers and washed out filters these mockups PSDs perfectly complement the […]
- Beginner Illustrator Tutorial: Cute Baby Style Artwork
My wife and I are expecting a baby girl in a few months so our house is slowly filling up with everything cute and pink! Seeing the style of art used on the items we’ve collected for the nursery gave me a great idea for a beginner’s Illustrator tutorial, showing how stylish illustrations can be […]
- Give Designers Tools To Get You What You Need
Let’s say you’re having a healthy back-and-forth between you (a front end developer) and a designer. All the best work comes through collaboration and iteration, right? I believe that. But I also believe there are time traps in there. If you feel you’re wasting time by getting peppered with tiny design tweaks, there might be […]
- Glitch Effect on Text / Images / SVG
Lucas Bebber’s Glitch is a super cool effect. It’s like you’re looking at some text displayed on a progressive scan monitor that has been dropped on the ground one too many times and so the alignment of the pixels is off in weirdly un-even amounts time and space. It’s bonafide CSS trick if there ever […]
- Sponsor: Frontend Masters – Expert Web Development Training
Frontend Masters produces quality video training by industry leaders like Kyle Simpson, Douglas Crockford and Estelle Weyl. I like how these courses are targeted at intermediate and advanced developers: You’ve got the basics down and don’t want to learn from teachers who just spoon feed you their google results – you want to learn from […]
- New Poll: What one specific skill set are you most jealous of?
Rather than ask you what you are already good at, I thought it would be interesting to ask you what do you wish you were good at. I just picked ten skill sets that all have to do with the web/tech world: Management Marketing Knowing / Practicing the Law Back End Development Front End Development […]
- Centering in CSS: A Complete Guide
Centering things in CSS is the poster child of CSS complaining. Why does it have to be so hard? They jeer. I think the issue isn’t that it’s difficult to do, but in that there so many different ways of doing it, depending on the situation, it’s hard to know which to reach for. So […]
- Advantages to Native CSS Variables
I tend to think variables are best left to a preprocessing step, but there are some distinct things that having them directly in CSS can do: Daniel Imms: [they] can change at runtime, allowing the implementation of things like theming to be done more elegantly. i.e. change the value of a variable on a live, […]
- Poll Results for “How much do you value your keyboard typing skills?”
Nearly 22,000 CSS-Tricks visitors voted in this one. A majority (72%) voted that they can type well. Only very few (6%) said they had limited typing ability. The rest in the “OK” range. The voting was broken up in a 1-10 scale. See the complete results in the sidebar of the site. Here’s the full […]
- Design For Community, 13 Years Later
I had heard several people say Design for Community by Derek Powazek is a great book and was published well “before it’s time.” As someone who works on several sites that I very much think of as community sites, I picked it up and gave it a read. Published in 2001, the book is just […]
- What do you do when your design pattern breaks down?
Say you have a module. Every site has modules, right? <div class=”module”> </div> Perfect! We did it! But now, a New Circumstance™ comes along. This module isn’t going to work exactly as is. It’s pretty close, but in this New Circumstance™ the module is going to need some extra bottom margin. How do you handle […]
- Manage and Monitor Unix Systems with Monit
Monit is a small Open Source utility for managing and monitoring Unix systems. Monit conducts automatic maintenance and repair and can execute meaningful causal actions in error situations. You can use Monit to monitor daemon processes or similar programs running on localhost. Monit is particular useful for monitoring daemon processes, such as those started at […]
- Create HTML Time Sheets with Timesheet.js
- Dimensions – Measure Everything You See in the Browser
Dimensions is a browser extension for coders to measure screen dimensions. Currently only available for Chrome. You can measure between the following elements: images, input-fields, buttons, videos, gifs, text, icons. For the best experience set a keyboard shortcut in the chrome setting at the end of the extensions list to quickly enable and disable Dimensions. […]
- Host Web IRC Client on Your Own Server with Shout
Shout is a web IRC client that you host on your own server. It stays auto-connected with no configuration. It offers a great desktop (web-based) UI, including embedded images, videos, tweets, pastebins, and more. And it offers fantastic mobile apps for both iOS and Android, for both phone and tablet form factors. Best of all, […]
- The High Velocity Web Framework For Java and Scala
The Play Framework combines productivity and performance making it easy to build scalable web applications with Java and Scala. It’s built on Akka, Play provides predictable and minimal resource consumption (CPU, memory, threads) for highly-scalable applications. Play is developer friendly with a “just hit refresh” workflow and built-in testing support. With Play, applications scale predictably […]
- The Most Complete iOS Design Kit You’ve Ever Seen
InVision are obsessed with helping people become better product designers, thinkers, and creators of web and mobile products. That’s why they are so excited to introduce you to TETHR. TETHR is the most beautiful, complete iOS design kit you’ve ever seen, and it also happens to be free. The kit features retina-ready, clean modern designs […]
- Modern and Subtle Tab Styles for Your Inspiration
Codrops has shared a couple of modern and subtle tab styles and effects for your inspiration. They use pseudo-elements, SVGs and CSS transitions for some of the techniques. This Tab Styles Inspiration collection contains some styles and effects for modern tabs; from a simple box to a SVG shape. Depending on your design, different tab […]
- Picdeck – Tweetdeck-style Viewer for Instagram
Picdeck is a Tweetdeck-style viewer for Instagram. Simply add columns for hashtags and users you want to follow and BAM! Photos start streaming in. Picdeck allows you to set-up individual columns for users and hashtags to monitor images as they get posted. Also the site is about as responsive as a rock. Requirements: Instagram Account […]
- Awesome CSS Loading Effects for Grid Layout Images
TutsMix has shared with us some cool CSS loading effects for grid images. You can use them on your portfolio, blog, or anywhere you want. The setup is quite simple. We use Normalize.css as an alternative to the traditional CSS reset, ZURB Foundation to create a responsive grid, Masonry to create a dynamic grid layout, […]
- Build Dynamic Physics Interactions with Impulse jQuery
Impulse is a library for building dynamic physics based interactions, with a focus on mobile web. You can create animations that flow naturally from the user’s movements. Rather than animating properties for a set amount of time, impulse takes a start position, end position, and velocity. Impulse is small, weighing in at about 9k minified […]
- The Web Manifest specification
By Marcos Cáceres and Bruce Lawson. Many of us who work on the web are actively working to narrow “the gap” between native applications and web applications. (Disclosure: your humble authors, Marcos Caceres and Bruce Lawson work for browser vendors – Mozilla and Opera respectively – and therefore have mortgage-related reasons to convince you this […]
- Using ARIA in HTML
ARIA (WAI-ARIA if you want to be formal) is a set of attributes that you can add to HTML elements. These attributes communicate role, state and property semantics to assistive technologies via the accessibility APIs implemented in browsers. The W3C HTML specification provides information about which ARIA attributes are allowed to be used on each […]
- Responsive images – end of year report
It’s nearly two years since I suggested a <picture> element as a strawman proposal as a way to solve the problem of responsive images, so let’s have a look at how we’re doing. In September there was a big meetup at Mozilla’s Paris office organised by Mozilla’s Marvellous Mr Marcos who’s been very active in […]
- The main element
Recently, <main> was formally added to the W3C HTML specification. Now that the dust has settled, it’s about time we dive in to find out where and when it’s appropriate to use <main>. Let’s get started. History The inclusion of a main element (or similar) has long been debated in the working groups with authors […]
- The classList API
- Comparing and contrasting ins, del, and s
Since the mists of HTML 2 we’ve been able to semantically indicate added or removed information using the elements <ins> and <del> respectively. While seemingly simple on the surface these elements have hidden depths. I’ll also compare and contrast <del> with <s>, recently out of font style rehab and back in HTML5. Let’s start with […]
- cite and blockquote – reloaded
The definitions of the blockquote and cite elements in the HTML specification have recently been updated. This article explains what the changes mean for developers. blockquote definition updated The blockquote element represents content that is quoted from another source, optionally with a citation which must be within a footer or cite element, and optionally with […]
- How to mark up subheadings, subtitles, alternative titles and taglines
If you don’t already know, the hgroup element is obsolete in HTML5. Advice is now provided in the HTML spec on how to mark up subheadings, subtitles, alternative titles and taglines using existing and implemented HTML features. Advice for marking up subheadings and the like The important question for developers is: How do I mark […]
- Interview with Steve Faulkner: HTML5 editor and new doctor
Steve Faulkner – invariably prefixed by the honorific “The Mighty” by those who know him – is Australian living in London with his wife and two kids. He works for The Paciello Group, a well-known web accessibility consultancy, and is a co-editor of the HTML5 spec at W3C Today, we’re pleased to announce that he’s […]
- HTML5 forms input types
In the first article in this series we looked at the history of HTML5 forms and many of the new attributes available to us. In this second and final part of the series, we’ll look at the new input types available in HTML5. As we’ll see, these new features will go a long way toward […]
- Component Interop With React And Custom Elements
Today we’ll look at how to wrap React components using Custom Elements, allowing us to interop with Web Component-based libraries using the DOM as a simple configuration API. Similar to libraries like Polymer, React cares about composition, lifecycle events and … Continue reading →
- Offline Browsing Secrets In Chrome
If you travel, you’ve probably found yourself stuck with zero network connectivity on more than one occasion. This sucks, especially if you just want to look up a few previously viewed pages to get some work done. Who are we … Continue reading →
- Automating Web Performance Measurement With PSI For Node
Cross-posted to HTML5Rocks Web performance can have a huge impact on your entire user experience. If you’ve been looking at improving your own site’s perf lately, you’ve probably heard of PageSpeed Insights – a tool that analyzes pages and offers … Continue reading →
- Detect, Undo And Redo DOM Changes With Mutation Observers
I’ve been wondering why DOM Mutation Observers, which can monitor changes to one or more DOM elements and return a report of what changed, aren’t used more often in the wild. Mutation Observers have long-replaced DOM Mutation Events (which were … Continue reading →
- Data-binding Revolutions with Object.observe()
- Gulp And Grunt Tasks For Performance Optimization
Delays in performance have the potential to impact user engagement, experience and revenue. Thankfully, Google’s ‘Make The Web Faster’ team recommend a set of best-practice rules for keeping your pages lean, fast and smooth. These include minifying resources like CSS … Continue reading →
- The Web’s Declarative, Composable Future.
The way that languages in the web platform evolve are in direct response to the pain caused by complexity. Pain is generally a bad thing and so it’s with better patterns and platform primitives that we can ease some of … Continue reading →
- Spring-cleaning Unused CSS With Grunt, Gulp, Broccoli or Brunch
Delivering a fast experience on the web usually involves reducing server response time, minification of CSS/JS/HTML and an optimisation of images and above-the-fold content. We can further minimize the latency caused by stylesheet loading by removing unused CSS rules delivered … Continue reading →
- 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. […]
- 5 Tips for Beating the Cycle of Perfectionism
Advertise here with BSA Have you ever met a designer or developer who wasn’t a perfectionist to some degree or another? It’s understandable that there are probably few of them, as the aim for perfection often differentiates the good designs from the great ones. Making sure that every element is “just so” can keep designers […]
- 40 Examples of White Portfolio Web Designs for Inspiration
Advertise here with BSA Clean minimalist portfolios have been popular for years. Since the goal is to get people focused on your work, minimalism can remove distractions and keep attention where it belongs. Granted more aesthetic features can prove you to be a more competent designer – but they need to be elegant and complementary […]
- 15 Web Apps That Top Web Designers Are Using
Advertise here with BSA How well does your small web design business or freelance fare? Being part of a fiercely competitive business world poses many challenges, and you need all the help you can get. Hence, you may want to turn your attention to a set of web apps that are engineered to help companies […]
- Pixel-Perfect Design using Photoshop on a Retina Display
Advertise here with BSA I recently purchased a MacBook Pro with the infamous retina screen display. Everything does look beautiful and there is a noticeable difference in comparison to non-retina icons. However I noticed a problem using Photoshop that others in the web design field have also likely noticed. Every new document is shown at […]
- Wall Street Presents The Top 50 Business Themes: WordPress vs Joomla vs The World
Advertise here with BSA The point being, when you put WordPress vs Joomla, it’s the world that is winning. And it’s simple, really. A lot of new templates means a lot of new websites that all look different and feel different and please the eye in various ways. Diversity means new ways of thinking. New […]
- Real Life Examples of the X Theme in Action
Advertise here with BSA It’s never easy to decide on a specific theme when making a website for one of your clients. So, unless you’ve already heard about this by now, you may be pleased to know that there is no need to seek any further. A certain Theme.co release has gone viral over the […]
- How To Design Hover Effects for UI Elements in Photoshop
Advertise here with BSA Designing in Adobe Photoshop is a different experience compared to building websites right in the browser. It requires an understanding of the various tools, effects, and positioning techniques. One major difference is how you would create interactions such as hover and click events. In this tutorial I want to demonstrate how […]
- 20 of the Best Tools and Resources for Web Developers
Advertise here with BSA Looking back 8 years it’s difficult to believe how much the Internet has changed in such a short period of time. Compared to webpages that used to take a good 5 minutes to completely load, today’s 3G reaches lightning speeds. The Internet has spread and developed incredibly fast, managing to attract […]
- Building your Portfolio: Custom Website or Online Service?
Advertise here with BSA Deciding when to launch your first portfolio online can be a challenge. It’s tough to know exactly when your work quality is good enough to share with others. Plus how should you get it out on the Internet? There are numerous methods and building your own custom website layout isn’t always […]
- Giveaway – Win 5 x 1 Year Pidoco Licenses For Its Awesome Prototyping Tool (sponsored)
Advertise here with BSA When you get a new idea, you usually get very excited about it and you’d like nothing more than to jump right into developing it. Still, you should pace yourself and go through some preliminary steps that will get your project off the ground. In order to achieve this, you need […]
- 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, […]
- Illustrator Poster Design Tutorial: Let’s make a horror movie poster with vector set 23
Illustrator Poster Design Tutorial With the re-release of our latest, horror-themed, vector set, we felt it was fitting to have an Halloween tutorial. So today, we’re going to work on re-creating this poster for Dracula’s daughter, a fictitious movie from five or six decades ago. Complete Vector Set 23 – Only $15 now The design […]
- 28 Dynamic Flyer, Poster, Print Illustration Inspirations: Vintage Design by Go Media
Paper & ink are woven into the fabric of Go Media. Dreamers and doodlers, we believe illustration is one of the quickest, deepest, most meaningful ways to convey your message to the world. Custom Illustration is a talent and differentiator Go Media is recognized for. Ask and we’ll gladly illustrate a new flyer, poster or print piece for your brand, event […]
- How to Apply a Noise Texture to Your Design with the Dirty Plastic Noise Texture Pack
Hello there! Simon from The Shop on this end of the keyboard. I’m excited today, because one of my go-to personal texture packs is released on the Arsenal! Let me show you what the Dirty Plastic Noise Texture Pack can do for you. Dirty Plastic Noise Texture Pack – $9 Where do the textures come […]
- Good Buy Monday: All Fonts 50% off Today Only!
Font Sale Today! Let’s call a spade a spade: Sometimes Mondays are a drag. We hope this Good Buy Monday perks you up a bit. We’re giving you: 50% off all individual fonts with code fontfifty all day over at the Arsenal. OK? Ok. Off you go… Font Me. The post Good Buy Monday: All […]
- Typography Tutorial: The Soul in the Machine – Adding Glitch Techniques to Your Work
What is Glitch Art? In this tutorial, my aim is to introduce some techniques that you might not be familiar with that can achieve a unique glitch aesthetic in your designs. I like the idea of using some aspects of glitch art to incorporate into graphic design and give it a digital feel whilst still […]
- How to Land & Maintain Big Clients: 11 Absolutely Essential Tips
Cover image includes work from Go Media for Dawn, Pepsi and Lincoln Electric. For more of our work click here. Landing Big Clients One question we’re always presented with here at our Cleveland based website and graphic design firm Go Media is: “How do you land big clients?” After all, don’t we all want to work […]
- Join Our Team: Project Manager Position Opening!
Project Manager Position: We’re seeking a new team member…is it you? We’re looking for an experienced Project Manager to join our creative team in Ohio City. Chosen candidates will: Manage branding, print, web design and development projects successfully to completion Develop and maintain project timelines and schedules Manage project scope and identify client/internal requests that may […]
- Must-Have Hand Drawn Vectors: Introducing the Hand Drawn Lettering Elements Pack by Jason Carne
Hand Drawn Vector Must-Haves Jason Carne, Arsenal Marketplace Artist and Freelance Designer, as well as great Hand Lettering talent, has done it again. Responsible for the hugely successful tutorial “Hunters and Gatherers: Techniques from Conception to Completion,” Jason now brings us the hand drawn vector pack of which lettering dreams are made. Jason’s Hand Drawn Letting […]
- Having Faith in Design: an Interview with Mike Jones of Creative South
Cover Photo courtesy of Patrick Chin Meeting the Man: Mike Jones Whew! What a weekend, huh, guys? As this was my first Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, I did not know what to expect. I knew I’d meet some cool people, see some awesome things – but I could’ve never imagined the magnitude of all […]
- Podcast for Designers – Episode 26: Live from WMC Fest 5!
WMC Fest has come and gone by the time you’re listening to this episode. Nonetheless, we set up shop in the Big Cartel Vendor Village at WMC Fest 5 to talk shop with some speakers, vendors, and all around great community members. Listen to the Podcast Guests Antonio Garcia Maurice Cherry Donald Wooten Linda Ayala […]
- Saving Images with the WordPress Media Uploader
In this series, we’e taking a look at how to implement the WordPress Media Uploader in an actual plugin. The idea behind this series and its associated code is to give a clear understanding of how it works, how we can use it in the future, and how we can incorporate it into our work. […]
- Introduction to Android Wear: The Basics
Introduction In March 2014, Google officially announced they were branching out into the world of wearables with the unveiling of Android Wear, a new version of the Android operating system designed specifically for wearables. Fast forward a few months to the Google I/O event and Google unveiled two devices running Android Wear, the Samsung Gear […]
- From Beginner to Advanced in OpenCart: Module Development
In the previous articles, we examined the MVC architecture and created our first controller, model, and view in the OpenCart application. We did this in order to help gain a better understanding of the core application. To take things a step further, we’re going to look at creating a custom module for OpenCart. What Are […]
- Adding to the Body Class in WordPress
In this short tutorial, we look at the WordPress body class and how we can manipulate it using core API calls. Specifically, we cover adding body classes, removing body classes, conditionally adding body classes and some use cases. The Body Class: What Can It Be Used For? The body class in WordPress is a class […]
- Lifelong Education is for Everyone
No matter who you are, today is the day to learn something new. Have you found yourself spinning your wheels with a sense of frustration or lack of passion for what you are doing? If you’re reading this, you have the power to forge a path for yourself. Are you tired of feeling like you can […]
- Windows Phone 8: Controls and Properties
In this tutorial, you will be learning about some of the more popular Windows Phone controls. You will also be learning about the properties controls can have and see how they can be used to describe controls. 1. What are controls? Controls are the building blocks of a Windows Phone application. There are many types of […]
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In the first article of this series, we explored the basic theme structure of OpenCart. Now, let’s move one step further and learn how to can create a custom theme. If you haven’t gone through the first part of this tutorial series yet, read through it so that you understand where we’re headed in this […]
- Understanding and Working with Taxonomies and Terms in WordPress
Taxonomies are what takes WordPress beyond a simple blogging platform and into the realms of a CMS. But how are they stored in the database? Taxonomies and terms are a powerful WordPress feature which let you add much more flexibility to your sites. They are related to two other content types: posts and links, and […]
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- iThemes Exchange: More Settings
In the first part of this series, we looked at the basic setup of iThemes Exchange, but it’s unlikely that this simplistic setup will do everything that you need. This article will explain more Exchange settings in detail which allow you to further customize your store and tailor the user experience. General We’ve now done […]
- 12 Tips for Designers Using Pinterest to Drive More Traffic and Exposure to Your Website
There are all kinds of social networks and websites where you can get involved, gain exposure for your work, and even send traffic back to your website or blog. Probably the most difficult part is… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 68 Easy Ways to Promote Your Design Services for a Steady Flow of New Clients
With the huge amount of freelance designers, small studios, and agencies out there offering web and graphic design services it can be difficult to maintain a steady flow of new clients. While it… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- How To Wireframe iOS App Interfaces using Photoshop
Much like building a website, mobile app design is a very detailed procedure. Although it may not be sociological rocket surgery(some might say otherwise) but even the best app designers will spend… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 29 Best Podcasts for Freelance Graphic Designers
As a freelancer, I don’t get many opportunities to surround myself with similar creative minds to keep me sharp. While attending meet-ups and co-working can be great ways to engage with others, it… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 40 Sets of Free Social Media Icons
Designers love free icon sets. Having quality icons can help to make a site’s design look complete, and can also help with the usability of the site. Social media icons are some of the most commonly… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 28 Interesting Craigslist Redesign Concepts
As one of the most popular websites on the web, Craigslist certainly gets a lot of attention when it comes to the topic of redesigns. As a service, the idea is brilliant and that is why it is the… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- Showcase of the Best WordPress Magazine Themes
If you run a news-style blog that publishes high volumes of content, a magazine-style design or theme may be the most appropriate. WordPress users have loads of great magazine and news themes to… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- Top 50 Best Responsive WordPress Portfolio Themes
If you’re looking for a portfolio template to showcase your art, photography, or design work, the wide selection of quality themes makes WordPress a great option. While there have been many… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 50+ Excellent Tutorials for Creating Website Layouts in Photoshop
If you’re looking to learn more about web design or to improve your skills, following along with detailed, step-by-step tutorials can be a great use of your time. While there are a lot of resources… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 21 Beautiful Gmail Redesign Concepts
Gmail has needed a redesign for awhile now. The interface is quite cluttered and not at all easy to use, and the apps for iOS and especially Android are even worse. While drastic improvements have… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- How to Incorporate the Color of the Year into Your Site
Every year, Pantone announces the Color of the Year. In 2014, the Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. While this may seem like news that only affects fashion designers and paint manufacturers, it also affects web design trends.
Trends Are, Well, Trends
It is more than likely that the average web designer will have at least one request to design a site that is decked out in Radiant Orchid in 2014. Though using a trendy color for a website may draw attention this year, next year Pantone will announce another color. This means that a website that was cool in 2014 may look dated in a very short time. If the clients want to ride the trends, then they will need to update their websites every year, incurring more costs. This is probably something the trendy client didn’t consider, so having a discussion about trends is likely a good idea.
Another thing about using a trendy color is that it’s everywhere. Just like a song played over and over on the radio, people will get tired of this trendy color pretty quickly. That doesn’t mean using Radiant Orchid is a bad idea, but these are all avenues worth considering as a web designer.
Does It Fit The Brand?
Another thing to discuss with your clients is whether or not they are being trendy at the detriment of their brand. Usually, brands use specific colors throughout the company’s lifespan. The right colors for their site generally are ones that echo their brand color. If businesses are choosing a trendy color for their brand color, you may want to ask them if they are sure this is the color they want to use long term. Small businesses without marketing experience may think that going with a color like Radiant Orchid will make them look current but haven’t thought through the long-term consequences.
This can directly affect your work. For example, if you start building a site in 2014, and it isn’t finished until 2015, your client just might send you back to change the color as soon as the new Color of the Year is announced.
If your clients are set on using Radiant Orchid in their web designs, suggest they use touches of it around the site. Small touches will be easier to alter and won’t look like a complete website overhaul when the color changes are made.
Another way to incorporate a trendy color without it looking dated quickly is by using it in a flat color scheme. In flat color schemes, many different coordinating colors are used in a design. This design, while colorful, is also simplistic. Often, the designer will leave out shadows, bevels and other fancy design elements and focus on how the colors work together to create a pleasing look.
So, when you get website design requests for the number one color for 2014, Radiant Orchid, make sure to discuss the color’s uses with clients to be sure they aren’t heading down an expensive road that may not fit with their brand. Then, if they are set on the color, give them several design options that will make the site modern for a longer period of time.
- Scribble: One Pen, Any Color
Ever since I was a small child, I knew that more was better in terms of color options. I showed up to the first day of school so proud of my box of 24 crayons only to be disappointed and extremely jealous when I spotted my classmate’s box of 48. There was no way around it, the bigger the box, the cooler the kid.
What if you could have absolutely any color in your artist’s arsenal? Imagine how large your tool set would have to be to pull off such a feat! The folks behind Scribble will blow your mind with an unconventional answer: one pen. That’s all you need to replicate any color you see.
How is this marvel of technology accomplished? The tip of the pen is equipped with an RGB color sensor. When you point it at an object, it grabs that object’s color. The pen is smart enough to mix the included ink to arrive at your chosen color!
Too good to be true you say? Unfortunately, cool tech doesn’t come cheap. You’ll have to hand over a whopping $150 for a single pen. If you’re a digital doodler, there’s a stylus alternative for $80.
- Harmony 2: A Beautiful Color Palette Game for iOS
har•mo•ny 2 is an innovative iOS game that brings together beautiful color palettes and an immersive soundtrack. As you solve puzzles, you unlock awesome wallpapers that you can download for your phone. Check out the video below for a glimpse of the har•mo•ny 2 experience.
- A Little Vintage Shop
I love getting lost in old pictures and paintings of old Europe. A Little Vintage Shop has captured the romance of many of the castles and given the images a beautiful and vintage feel. Check out this fun collection to decorate your walls by illustrator Auriel Aki.
Vintage Opera de Paris
Have you ever been in Paris? You can move Paris to your home! Imagine this Vintage Hand Drawn View of Opéra National affixed on the wall of your airy verandah. Drinking champagne with friends pretending to sit in a bistrot in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.
Opera de Paris at night
View of Castles and Palaces in Naples
“See Naples and die”. It means that before you die you must experience the magnificence of this spectacular city in the southern part of Italy. And if you want to bring in your own place the secret and beautiful heart of Naples, dipping into its famous monuments and castles, this is the right picture for you!
View of Old Castle in Belgium
Make your home, hotel or office a wonderland, with this hand drawn illustration of a famous old castle in Belgium
View of Feathers Hotel in Ludlow
Make your home a more lovely place to live in, with a hand drawn illustration of the amazing Feathers Hotel’s façade, one of the best known hotel in the UK.
Vintage Page Menu for Restaurant
Fun Vintage Better Menu. Which means better food, better drinks, better place, better staff, better company, better days, better life! Say it better!
Vintage Blackboard for Espresso
Detailed illustration of a Vintage Hand Drawn Blackboard for Espresso Menu.
Graphic Elements for Italian Cuisine
Dean Martin was right: Pasta is endless love and you can use my Vintage Graphic Element for Italian Pasta Menu as your heart suggests.
- 6 Vintage Stamp Resources
I just love old postcards, letters, and stamps. It makes me think of a more romantic era and the quality of beautiful design that used to go into simple, everyday items. It’s fun to play around with these designs and create something beautiful yourself to send to a loved one. Have you ever thought about including some of this vintage inspiration into your design?
- Prequel to PantoneHave you seen this Colossal post? This is completely amazing! Over 300 years ago (271 years before the first Pantone Color Guide existed), Dutch artist, “A. Boogert” wrote about the use of color in art. In an 800-page book, Boogert describes every color imaginable at the time, and included color swatches as well. This was an incredible find by historian Erik Kwakkel who translated part of the introduction.
The book was called the “Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau” and you can find a high definition images here.
- Serious About Stripes! Modern Wedding Inspiration
If there’s one look that defines trendy, modern weddings, it’s stripes. We’ve seen this chic print on dresses, decor, stationery and even cakes — and we can’t get enough of it. If you’re looking for wedding inspiration that’s super stylish and eye-catching, read on!
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Wedding is an elegant WordPress theme to build a beautiful wedding website easily. You can share your wedding photos, galleries, videos and memorable moments with family & friends by using the wedding WordPress theme.
Wedding theme is also perfect for photography, travel, or any sort of portfolio site. Sidebars can be set to the left, right, or removed entirely.
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.
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Bridal Pro is the perfect blogger aid when it comes to planning a wedding and sharing all those special experiences along the way. This theme has styling for a wedding countdown, that will keep track of how much longer until you being your forever.
‘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.
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