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- Laura Kalbag on Freelance Design: How Big is Big Enough to Pick On?
I’m a firm believer in constructive criticism. As I said in a previous column, being professional in the way we give and receive criticism is a large part of being a designer. However, criticism of the work has to be separated from criticism of the person. It can be all too easy to look at […]
- This week’s sponsor: MyFonts
Thanks to MyFonts for sponsoring A List Apart this week. MyFonts webfonts are flexible, easy to use, and require no monthly fees. Take a look at their list of the 50 most popular fonts on the web right now.
- Variable Fonts for Responsive Design
Choosing typefaces for use on the web today is a practice of specifying static fonts with fixed designs. But what if the design of a typeface could be as flexible and responsive as the layout it exists within? The glass floor of responsive typography Except for low-level font hinting and proof-of-concept demos like the one […]
- This week’s sponsor: HipChat
Thanks to HipChat for sponsoring A List Apart this week. Learn how you can make work more productive with group chat, IM, file sharing, screen sharing, and more from HipChat.
- : The People are the Work
Not long ago at the Refresh Pittsburgh meetup, I saw my good friend Ben Callahan give his short talk called Creating Something Timeless. In his talk, he used examples ranging from the Miles Davis sextet to the giant sequoias to try to get at how we—as makers of things that seem innately ephemeral—might make things […]
- Thoughtful Modularity
I spent most of the first week of December down at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for the launch of Orion, NASA’s next-generation spacecraft. As part of NASA Social, I was lucky enough to get some behind-the-scenes tours, and to talk with scientists, engineers, astronauts, and even the Administrator himself. The day before launch, there was […]
- Live Font Interpolation on the Web
We all want to design great typographic experiences. We also want to serve users on an increasing range of devices and contexts. But today’s webfonts tie our responsive sites and applications to inflexible type that doesn’t scale. As a result, our users get poor reading experiences and longer loading times from additional font weights. As […]
- A Vision for Our Sass
At a recent CSS meetup, I asked, “Who uses Sass in their daily workflow?” The response was overwhelmingly positive; no longer reserved for pet projects and experiments, Sass is fast becoming the standard way for writing CSS. This is great news! Sass gives us a lot more power over complex, ever-growing stylesheets, including new features […]
- Nishant Kothary on the Human Web: Logically Speaking
Whether you’re arguing for a design decision, or making the case for hiring another developer for your team, the advice I’ve heard over and over is that if you use logic (backed by user research or other data), you will prevail. I’ve rarely found that to be true in the real world, and that’s what […]
- This week’s sponsor: MailChimp
Thanks to MailChimp for sponsoring A List Apart this week. MailChimp helps more than 7 million businesses send 500 million emails every day.
- 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 […]
- Snow Effect Overlay Textures for Premium Members
Access All Areas members are being treated to more resources from Design Something this week. These snow overlay effect textures instantly add realistic wintry blizzards to your photos. Five effects are included in the PSD, which can be used individually or combined to produce unique snow effects. At a resolution of 3000x2000px at 300dpi they’re […]
- How To Create Ropes & Knots with Illustrator Brushes
I recently received an email from a reader who asked for advice on how to create ropes and knots in Illustrator, which are particularly common with nautical themed designs. A custom Illustrator brush immediately sprung to mind, so I played around and perfected a technique that can be used to make any path look like […]
- 10 Ink Roller Textures for Access All Areas Members
Dustin from RetroSupply is back with more quality goodies for Access All Areas members. Dustin has already donated some fantastic resources for members to download, including halftone vectors, 1940s mockups, vector textures and the Emergency Retro Kit, but now members are also being treated to the RetroSupply Standard Issue Ink Roller Textures. This pack contains […]
- 21 Beautiful Script & Calligraphy Fonts for 97% Off!
Script and calligraphy fonts are some of the most sought after resources, so this new bundle of 21 beautiful fonts from Design Cuts is a dream come true for typography fans! Fonts of this quality can be pretty expensive at full price. In fact, if you were to buy this collection at regular price, it […]
- 30 Creative Beer Bottle Label & Packaging Designs
Thanks to the increase in popularity of microbreweries the packaging for craft beers has become a new canvas for designers and illustrators to work their magic. Independent brewers rely on the branding of their product to stand out, which results in some really creative designs for us to enjoy. In today’s post I showcase 30 […]
- Customizable Inkblot Flyer Template for Members
This week Access All Areas members can download a cool flyer template courtesy of Yusof Mining. The design is inspired by the Rorschach test and features 15 unique inkblot patterns made from real ink and paper. The template is A4 in size at 300dpi with 3mm bleed, making it ready for professional printing. Well organised […]
- Free Engraved Illustration Effect Action for Photoshop
My most popular tutorial of 2014 was my guide to creating a realistic money effect in Photoshop, which explained the steps to achieve an authentic engraved illustration style. The process is quite time consuming, so I figured it would be useful to follow it up with a ready made Photoshop Action that produces the effect […]
- 50 Photoshop Actions for Access All Areas Members
It’s time to kick off 2015 with more goodies for Access All Areas members. Retro Studio has kindly donated a massive pack of Photoshop Actions to style up your photos with cool effects. With 50 Actions to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Each effect can also be tweaked to your liking thanks to […]
- Prepare for 2015 with 1000s of New Artistic Resources!
Prepare for the creative challenges you might encounter in 2015 with some incredible new design resources. This fresh bundle from Design Cuts features 1000s of all-new artistic resources that allow you to create realistic watercolour effects, retro effects, gold effects, glitter effects, and many more creative effects in a matter of seconds. These kinds of […]
- Blog.SpoonGraphics Design Tutorials Greatest Hits 2014
Around this time every year I take a moment to reflect back on my posts over the past 12 months and compare how well they performed on social media. My latest Greatest Hits compilation features my top content from 2014, arranging my tutorials, articles and freebies in order of their popularity. Which one was your […]
- Simple CSS-Only Row and Column Highlighting
- Sponsor: Ironhack
Ironhack is a coding school that offers full-time, immersive 8-week courses in Web & iOS development. Founded in Madrid and Barcelona, Ironhack recently launched its third campus in Miami and is accepting applications for its March 16th Web Development cohort. Receive instruction from experts, hailing from leading technology companies such as Spotify, Yahoo and eBay, […]
- Cutting out the inner part of an element using clip-path
The following is a guest post by Ana Tudor. Perhaps you know Ana from her amazing work combining code, math, and art. Here, she shows us how we can change the normal behavior of clipping paths by applying some clever geometry, and then make it work across different technology and browsers. The clip-path property in […]
- Weighing SVG Animation Techniques (with Benchmarks)
The following is a guest post by Sarah Drasner (@sarah_edo). Sarah has been researching and giving talks about animation lately. I jumped at the chance to have her share some of that research here, this time focusing on SVG animation and the different tech choices you can make to do it. After working with a […]
- Fun with line-height!
The line-height property in CSS controls the space between lines of text. It is often set in a unitless value (e.g. line-height: 1.4;) so that it is proportional to the font-size. It’s a vital property for typographic control. Too low and lines are awkwardly squished together; too high and lines are awkwardly far apart. Both […]
- “The Escalator”
Patrick Stirling of The Guardian shows off some new ads formats they are using. The first two look like they are just using some @media queries to shuffle things around and resize them. I wasn’t able to find a live one to look under the hood at though. It would be really neat to see […]
- “Of” vs “On” the Web
Jeremy Keith attempts to make this distinction, using Angular and the concept of “enterprise” software as the catalyst. “Of the web”: Built of fundamental principles of the web. Universal access. “On the web”: The web as a delivery mechanism. The owners dictate use. Jeremy, who has been banging the progressive enhancement drum since forever, is […]
- Tour of a Performant and Responsive CSS Only Site
The following is a guest post by Rajoshi Ghosh and Tanmai Gopal of 34 Cross. They emailed me to show me their new website and how performant it was despite having cool features, being visually rich, and responsive. I was like, hey, you should write about it! This is that. Bask in the math. At […]
- Official Responsive Images Plugin for WordPress
Remember Tim Evko’s guest post on responsive images in WordPress? Here’s some news on that: It’s now the official WordPress plugin of the Responsive Images Community Group (RICG). It’s on on GitHub here and in the Plugin Directory. It now uses the more appropriate srcset attribute instead of <picture>, since it just does resolution switching. […]
- Web Devvy Ways to Practice Gratitude and Empathy
Have you seen THIS IS WATER? It’s great. It’s about choosing to think differently, especially when frustrated. I think about it all the time. For instance, every time someone cuts me off on the road, I assume they are rushing someone to the hospital. It doesn’t always work, but it’s nice when it does. And […]
- Vivaldi – A New Browser for Our Friends
In 1994, two programmers started working on a web browser. Their idea was to make a really fast browser, capable of running on limited hardware, keeping in mind that users are individuals with their own requirements and wishes. Opera was born. Their little piece of software gained traction, Their group grew and a community was […]
- Intercooler.js – Making AJAX As Simple As Anchor Tags
- SpaceBase – Sass-based Responsive CSS Framework
SpaceBase is a Sass-based responsive CSS framework. Many CSS frameworks are meant to be included and left alone. But spaceBase is a boilerplate layer that can be built upon and tailored for your needs. It combines best practices for today’s responsive web with the core components we use on every project. Consider it the launch […]
- Matter.js – A 2D Physics Engine for the Web
- Deal of the Week: 70 Professional Gesture Vector Icons
Icons help explain universal actions and information for apps and websites. Gesture icons, however, show you exactly what you need to do to your smartphone or tablet to get the desired result you’re looking for. Yes, gesture icons are really taking off now and can do a fabulous job of easily explaining your application. With […]
- Responsive Frontend Framework for Material Design
Created and designed by Google, Material Design is a design language that combines the classic principles of successful design along with innovation and technology. Google’s goal is to develop a system of design that allows for a unified user experience across all their products on any platform. Materialize is a modern responsive front-end framework based […]
Immutable data cannot be changed once created, leading to much simpler application development, no defensive copying, and enabling advanced memoization and change detection techniques with simple logic. Persistent data presents a mutative API which does not update the data in-place, but instead always yields new updated data. Immutable.js provides Persistent Immutable List, Stack, Map, OrderedMap, […]
- Free Download: Apple Watch UI Kit
TheDesignBlog has created an Apple Watch UI Kit. It is a flat UI Kit that has most of the elements that you would find in the soon to be Apple Watch. The UI Kit is currently in red, however you can change this to any colour you wish. In this kit, you can find 4 […]
- FormatJS – Internationalize Your Web Applications
- Slide-in Content Filter Powered by CSS and jQuery
A well-designed filter is a powerful tool users can take advantage of. It is actually an essential feature if your website has lots of content, distributed across different categories. For an e-commerce, it is a way to increase conversion rates by reducing the time needed by the user to find what he’s looking for. Building […]
- HTML5 – Check it Before you Wreck it with Mike[tm] Smith
The W3C’s Mike[tm] Smith (AKA @sideshowbarker) is the man with his head in the W3C validation markup checking tool source code; he makes the magic happen. Questions were asked for the HTML5 Doctor reader’s delight and edification. First off tell us a bit about what you do and what you work on Mike[tm] Smith – […]
- The ride to 5
Forwards In recent weeks I contacted around 40 people, a cross section of those who have banged away at, or banged on about, HTML5. I asked them for their perspectives on HTML5 becoming a W3C Recommendation. Below are the words of the 28 people who responded, pretty much in the order they hit my inbox: […]
- The Web Manifest specification
By Marcos Cáceres and Bruce Lawson. Many of us who work on the web are actively working to narrow “the gap” between native applications and web applications. (Disclosure: your humble authors, Marcos Caceres and Bruce Lawson work for browser vendors – Mozilla and Opera respectively – and therefore have mortgage-related reasons to convince you this […]
- Using ARIA in HTML
ARIA (WAI-ARIA if you want to be formal) is a set of attributes that you can add to HTML elements. These attributes communicate role, state and property semantics to assistive technologies via the accessibility APIs implemented in browsers. The W3C HTML specification provides information about which ARIA attributes are allowed to be used on each […]
- Responsive images – end of year report
It’s nearly two years since I suggested a <picture> element as a strawman proposal as a way to solve the problem of responsive images, so let’s have a look at how we’re doing. In September there was a big meetup at Mozilla’s Paris office organised by Mozilla’s Marvellous Mr Marcos who’s been very active in […]
- The main element
Recently, <main> was formally added to the W3C HTML specification. Now that the dust has settled, it’s about time we dive in to find out where and when it’s appropriate to use <main>. Let’s get started. History The inclusion of a main element (or similar) has long been debated in the working groups with authors […]
- The classList API
- Comparing and contrasting ins, del, and s
Since the mists of HTML 2 we’ve been able to semantically indicate added or removed information using the elements <ins> and <del> respectively. While seemingly simple on the surface these elements have hidden depths. I’ll also compare and contrast <del> with <s>, recently out of font style rehab and back in HTML5. Let’s start with […]
- cite and blockquote – reloaded
The definitions of the blockquote and cite elements in the HTML specification have recently been updated. This article explains what the changes mean for developers. blockquote definition updated The blockquote element represents content that is quoted from another source, optionally with a citation which must be within a footer or cite element, and optionally with […]
- How to mark up subheadings, subtitles, alternative titles and taglines
If you don’t already know, the hgroup element is obsolete in HTML5. Advice is now provided in the HTML spec on how to mark up subheadings, subtitles, alternative titles and taglines using existing and implemented HTML features. Advice for marking up subheadings and the like The important question for developers is: How do I mark […]
- Video: Advanced CSS Performance Tooling
The video from my CSSConf talk on CSS Performance Tooling is now up. This goes along with the slides I’ve previously posted. Hope it’s useful! Abstract: High-performance sites need to feel instant and deliver the goods in < 1000ms. In … Continue reading →
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- Slides: Advanced CSS Performance Tooling
These are the slides from my CSS performance tooling talk, presented at CSSConf.eu earlier this month. High-performance sites need to feel instant and deliver the goods in < 1000ms. In this talk, learn about the bleeding edge tools that can … Continue reading →
- Component Interop With React And Custom Elements
Today we’ll look at how to wrap React components using Custom Elements, allowing us to interop with Web Component-based libraries using the DOM as a simple configuration API. Similar to libraries like Polymer, React cares about composition, lifecycle events and … Continue reading →
- Offline Browsing Secrets In Chrome
If you travel, you’ve probably found yourself stuck with zero network connectivity on more than one occasion. This sucks, especially if you just want to look up a few previously viewed pages to get some work done. Who are we … Continue reading →
- Automating Web Performance Measurement With PSI For Node
Cross-posted to HTML5Rocks Web performance can have a huge impact on your entire user experience. If you’ve been looking at improving your own site’s perf lately, you’ve probably heard of PageSpeed Insights – a tool that analyzes pages and offers … Continue reading →
- Watch Blockbuster Hindi Movies on YouTube BoxOffice, Premieres with Band Baaja Baaraat
YouTube is already hosting lot many hindi movies which are available to watch for free. Few weeks ago, YouTube showcased the blockbuster movie “Dabangg” and now they have launched the YouTube BoxOffice which premieres with the latest blockbuster from Yash Raj Production named “Band Baaja Baaraat“. YouTube BoxOffice will showcase one blockbuster movie per month. […]
- What to Expect from Windows 8 Built-In Video Chat Application Chatter
The next version of Windows operating system i.e. Windows 8 is getting ready for the first beta release. Microsoft is very much excited about this version and few days ago, they released the first preview of Windows 8 build (demo video attached below). On the lock screen, an icon of a webcam was visible where […]
- 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 […]
- 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. […]
- How To Design Enticing Registration Pages
Advertise here with BSA It’s difficult to persuade new visitors to sign up for a website. Most of the time they just found the site and have no idea what it does. With exciting copy and some relatable graphics you can often get people interested. But how do you craft a registration page that attracts […]
- The Year of High Expectations – Taking Web Design to the Next Level
Advertise here with BSA The last few years have changed the way we look at website design and resources for web design. Our industry has evolved at a fast pace, by first launching trends, then quickly adopting them as standard procedure, and even unifying them in single powerful solutions. Take multiple device responsiveness, for […]
- Best Debugging Tools & Resources for Testing Website Layouts
Advertise here with BSA Once a website reaches the stage where its coded and running in a browser the project is almost complete. Party time? Not yet Wayne, because after expelling that heavy sigh of relief you’ll realize there are likely a few missteps or slight errors in the code. It never hurts to debug […]
- 15 WordPress Themes That Will Rock 2015
Advertise here with BSA E-commerce, portfolio, blog, single app or product presentation, company presentation – these are just a few of the website types you’ll have to get up and running this year. So, in 2015, web designers need to work with the absolute best tools. The goal is to deliver top-notch results easier. Premium […]
- 33 Interior Design & Decorating Agency Websites
Advertise here with BSA Interior design agencies provide in-demand services just like digital design or marketing agencies. Business and residential clients often hire professionals to help them decorate and renovate rooms based on architecture and space constraints. Even though this type of work is physical, interior design agencies still need a digital online presence to […]
- Tips for Powerful Photography in Web Design Mockups
Advertise here with BSA Arguably one of the most important stages of a website design is the mockup phase. Building upon a general wireframe is quite detailed because you need to think about composition and specific user interface elements. Including photographs in a website mockup is one way to encapsulate a specific tone or style […]
- JotForm Online Form Builder- An Essential Tool for Web Designers
- Freebie PSD: iOS 8 To-Do List iPhone App UI
Advertise here with BSA To-do list apps are very popular because of their pragmatic application to everyday life. They’re also fun to build and design offering plenty of room for ingenuity. So for my love of task management I created this free iOS 8 mobile app UI PSD exclusive to DesignM.ag readers. It focuses on […]
- Modern Interface Patterns for Mobile Application Design
Advertise here with BSA There are now more app developers than we have ever seen in the short history of smartphone devices. Google’s newest Android OS coupled with Apple’s advancing technology makes for a force to be reckoned with. Although mobile interfaces can borrow traits from the web, they can’t be perfectly emulated because mobile […]
- Treat for Designers: 10 Free Design Resources
Advertise here with BSA As a profession, the designers are provided with the task of imbibing a website with creative designs and patterns. They have to strictly adhere to the specification laid down by their client while instilling uniqueness and innovation wherever possible. So your task as a designer is to excel the expectations of […]
- 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, […]
- More Sports Jersey Mockups hit MockupEverything.com
More Sports Jersey Mockups hit MockupEverything.com Hello Mockup Everything fans! We’re back with 5 fresh new templates for you to love. We promised, after all. Not yet a Pro User? Treat yourself by trying it free with a 7 day trial. Not only will you have access to over 250 templates, but these perks as […]
- Tutorial: Pro Tips On Preparing Artwork For T-Shirt Printing
Pro Tips On Preparing Artwork For T-Shirt Printing The best way to ensure fast turnaround times on your custom printed t-shirt order and keep a happy, healthy relationship with your print partner is to deliver correctly prepared art files every time. By following the guidelines in this article, you can avoid unnecessary delays in the […]
- Design Project Management Software Debate: Basecamp VS. Podio Part 1
What’s the Best Project Management Software for design firms? Part 1. There’s a cool new kid on the Project Management block, and her name is Podio. Podio has been receiving a lot of attention from our industry lately. Creative professionals are wondering if Podio has what it takes to unseat the old guard. That old […]
- Go Media’s 1st Annual Best of Cleveland Design Awards
Best of Cleveland Web and Graphic Awards Here at Go Media, we totally geek out about design. It’s all that we do and all that we dream about. We love not only getting our hands dirty every single day, but also recognizing great design when we see it. And living in Cleveland, we are proud […]
- Beyond Collaboration: A Talk by Jolby and Friends
Today’s talk, held at our annual design, art and music conference, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 2014, comes to us from Jolby and Friends. Jolby and Friends is a collaborative studio based in Portland, Oregon dedicated to telling stories through design and illustration. Here’s what Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols, otherwise known as Jolby and […]
- 5 Keys to Branding Your Apparel Line Like a Boss (+ 1 Top Secret to a Successful Launch)
How to Brand Your Apparel Line: Keys to Success “It’s a common misconception that a brand is a company’s logo,” Go Media Partner Jeff Finley notes in his book, Thread’s Not Dead. “That’s just part of it. Some experts say that a company’s brand is the “gut feeling” in their audience. The brand is actually a combination […]
- How I Founded One of the Cleveland’s Most Respected Rock Venues: Cindy Barber of Beachland Ballroom shares her story
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- Want to Get Comfortable Charging What You’re Worth? Start Shifting Your Mindset About Your Pricing Structures. Here’s How:
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- Racial Diversity in Graphic Design: a Panel Discussion
Racial Diversity in Graphic Design: a Panel Discussion Weapons of Mass Creation, a design, art and music festival held annually in Cleveland, Ohio, takes great pride in being a festival characterized by it’s dedication to diversity. This past year in particular, 2014, we highlighted discussions surrounded by this topic. The video you’ll see below is a panel […]
- Photoshop Drawing Tutorial: Digital Illustration & Drawing Techniques Video Tutorial
Photoshop Drawing Tutorial New year’s resolutions are always thrilling for me. They breathe a sense of new life into both my personal and professional life. In 2015, I have one main goal - to throw every ounce of my soul into design. To dive into it, roll around, fill my brain with the endless information available and explode with happiness because […]
- Swift from Scratch: An Introduction to Classes and Structures
In the previous articles of this series, we covered the basics of the Swift programming language. If you followed along, you should now have a solid understanding of variables, constants, functions, and closures. It’s now time to use what we’ve learned so far and apply that knowledge to the object-oriented concepts available in Swift. To […]
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One thing I keep asking myself: “How can I work more efficiently?” Efficient workflows are hard to obtain and even harder to keep efficient. Everyone has the tendency to fall into ruts which end up costing more time. The ruts are “comfortable” because they are what you are already doing. They turn into a trap. […]
- A Look at More WooCommerce Product Settings
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- New Course: WebSocket-Powered Rails Applications
Today’s web applications demand real-time, low-latency data transfer. Users expect to interact with data in as close to real time as possible without minimizing the overall user experience. WebSockets allow you to do just that, by creating a persistent connection between a client and server that can be used to send data in real time. […]
- Hosting a WordPress Website on Google App Engine
When WordPress started out, it was just a blogging platform, but it has continuously evolved into a full content management system, offering its users the ability to create and publish awesome websites and blogs. The plugin database is one of the largest and is continuously growing. The biggest attraction for me is the simplicity of the […]
- How To Write a Product Feature Set
One of the key benefits of a product feature set is that it helps communicate your product vision with others, such as your team or investors. In this article, I’ll teach you how to structure your product feature set and what should be covered in such a document. Along the way, I’ll try to convince […]
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- How to Set Up Configurable Products Using Options in OpenCart
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- iOS 8: How to Build a Simple Action Extension
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While there are plenty of options available when choosing an eCommerce platform, the possibility of using WordPress for eCommerce has become more enticing in recent years due to continued development… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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Balance is all about harmony. So, when you see something that looks nice with a sense of consistency and similarity, most likely you observe a perfectly balanced composition. It can be an object in… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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If you’ve been a web designer for over five years, it’s probably time for some of your early web design clients to upgrade their websites. Or you may be contacted by a prospect who already has a… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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If you are a blogger, designer, or budding online entrepreneur, you probably have something to sell. And you might not even know it. In this age, digital content is all around us. From eBooks to… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- A Guide to Passive Income for Designers
There are a number of different ways to earn a living as a designer or developer. Of course, you could work as an employee for a design studio, you could work as an in-house designer for a company,… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 45 Free Retro and Vintage Fonts
The vintage and retro inspired style is popular for web design as well as for other types of graphic design. Font choices are important if you’re hoping to create a retro or vintage feel, and… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 36 Beautiful New Calligraphy Fonts for Designers
Having the right fonts is critical to successful graphic design. Fortunately, there are a lot of quality free fonts that are available for use. In this post we’ll feature 25 calligraphy fonts for… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- Ghost Buttons: Will This 2014 Design Trend Reign in 2015?
Now I know that a ghost button is a true trend of 2014. But some weeks ago, we all had heard nothing about this strange wording. I mean, I wrote web design related posts describing new empty buttons… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
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While Amazon.com started out as a small ecommerce store selling only books, it grew into the world’s largest retailer in a relatively short amount of time. This impressive company has now expanded… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- How to Incorporate the Color of the Year into Your Site
Every year, Pantone announces the Color of the Year. In 2014, the Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. While this may seem like news that only affects fashion designers and paint manufacturers, it also affects web design trends.
Trends Are, Well, Trends
It is more than likely that the average web designer will have at least one request to design a site that is decked out in Radiant Orchid in 2014. Though using a trendy color for a website may draw attention this year, next year Pantone will announce another color. This means that a website that was cool in 2014 may look dated in a very short time. If the clients want to ride the trends, then they will need to update their websites every year, incurring more costs. This is probably something the trendy client didn’t consider, so having a discussion about trends is likely a good idea.
Another thing about using a trendy color is that it’s everywhere. Just like a song played over and over on the radio, people will get tired of this trendy color pretty quickly. That doesn’t mean using Radiant Orchid is a bad idea, but these are all avenues worth considering as a web designer.
Does It Fit The Brand?
Another thing to discuss with your clients is whether or not they are being trendy at the detriment of their brand. Usually, brands use specific colors throughout the company’s lifespan. The right colors for their site generally are ones that echo their brand color. If businesses are choosing a trendy color for their brand color, you may want to ask them if they are sure this is the color they want to use long term. Small businesses without marketing experience may think that going with a color like Radiant Orchid will make them look current but haven’t thought through the long-term consequences.
This can directly affect your work. For example, if you start building a site in 2014, and it isn’t finished until 2015, your client just might send you back to change the color as soon as the new Color of the Year is announced.
If your clients are set on using Radiant Orchid in their web designs, suggest they use touches of it around the site. Small touches will be easier to alter and won’t look like a complete website overhaul when the color changes are made.
Another way to incorporate a trendy color without it looking dated quickly is by using it in a flat color scheme. In flat color schemes, many different coordinating colors are used in a design. This design, while colorful, is also simplistic. Often, the designer will leave out shadows, bevels and other fancy design elements and focus on how the colors work together to create a pleasing look.
So, when you get website design requests for the number one color for 2014, Radiant Orchid, make sure to discuss the color’s uses with clients to be sure they aren’t heading down an expensive road that may not fit with their brand. Then, if they are set on the color, give them several design options that will make the site modern for a longer period of time.
- Scribble: One Pen, Any Color
Ever since I was a small child, I knew that more was better in terms of color options. I showed up to the first day of school so proud of my box of 24 crayons only to be disappointed and extremely jealous when I spotted my classmate’s box of 48. There was no way around it, the bigger the box, the cooler the kid.
What if you could have absolutely any color in your artist’s arsenal? Imagine how large your tool set would have to be to pull off such a feat! The folks behind Scribble will blow your mind with an unconventional answer: one pen. That’s all you need to replicate any color you see.
How is this marvel of technology accomplished? The tip of the pen is equipped with an RGB color sensor. When you point it at an object, it grabs that object’s color. The pen is smart enough to mix the included ink to arrive at your chosen color!
Too good to be true you say? Unfortunately, cool tech doesn’t come cheap. You’ll have to hand over a whopping $150 for a single pen. If you’re a digital doodler, there’s a stylus alternative for $80.
- Harmony 2: A Beautiful Color Palette Game for iOS
har•mo•ny 2 is an innovative iOS game that brings together beautiful color palettes and an immersive soundtrack. As you solve puzzles, you unlock awesome wallpapers that you can download for your phone. Check out the video below for a glimpse of the har•mo•ny 2 experience.
- A Little Vintage Shop
I love getting lost in old pictures and paintings of old Europe. A Little Vintage Shop has captured the romance of many of the castles and given the images a beautiful and vintage feel. Check out this fun collection to decorate your walls by illustrator Auriel Aki.
Vintage Opera de Paris
Have you ever been in Paris? You can move Paris to your home! Imagine this Vintage Hand Drawn View of Opéra National affixed on the wall of your airy verandah. Drinking champagne with friends pretending to sit in a bistrot in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.
Opera de Paris at night
View of Castles and Palaces in Naples
“See Naples and die”. It means that before you die you must experience the magnificence of this spectacular city in the southern part of Italy. And if you want to bring in your own place the secret and beautiful heart of Naples, dipping into its famous monuments and castles, this is the right picture for you!
View of Old Castle in Belgium
Make your home, hotel or office a wonderland, with this hand drawn illustration of a famous old castle in Belgium
View of Feathers Hotel in Ludlow
Make your home a more lovely place to live in, with a hand drawn illustration of the amazing Feathers Hotel’s façade, one of the best known hotel in the UK.
Vintage Page Menu for Restaurant
Fun Vintage Better Menu. Which means better food, better drinks, better place, better staff, better company, better days, better life! Say it better!
Vintage Blackboard for Espresso
Detailed illustration of a Vintage Hand Drawn Blackboard for Espresso Menu.
Graphic Elements for Italian Cuisine
Dean Martin was right: Pasta is endless love and you can use my Vintage Graphic Element for Italian Pasta Menu as your heart suggests.
- 6 Vintage Stamp Resources
I just love old postcards, letters, and stamps. It makes me think of a more romantic era and the quality of beautiful design that used to go into simple, everyday items. It’s fun to play around with these designs and create something beautiful yourself to send to a loved one. Have you ever thought about including some of this vintage inspiration into your design?
- Prequel to PantoneHave you seen this Colossal post? This is completely amazing! Over 300 years ago (271 years before the first Pantone Color Guide existed), Dutch artist, “A. Boogert” wrote about the use of color in art. In an 800-page book, Boogert describes every color imaginable at the time, and included color swatches as well. This was an incredible find by historian Erik Kwakkel who translated part of the introduction.
The book was called the “Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau” and you can find a high definition images here.
- Serious About Stripes! Modern Wedding Inspiration
If there’s one look that defines trendy, modern weddings, it’s stripes. We’ve seen this chic print on dresses, decor, stationery and even cakes — and we can’t get enough of it. If you’re looking for wedding inspiration that’s super stylish and eye-catching, read on!
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Wedding is an elegant WordPress theme to build a beautiful wedding website easily. You can share your wedding photos, galleries, videos and memorable moments with family & friends by using the wedding WordPress theme.
Wedding theme is also perfect for photography, travel, or any sort of portfolio site. Sidebars can be set to the left, right, or removed entirely.
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Hitched is a beautiful responsive single-page-scroll minimal wedding website template with just the feature you actually need.
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Bridal Pro is the perfect blogger aid when it comes to planning a wedding and sharing all those special experiences along the way. This theme has styling for a wedding countdown, that will keep track of how much longer until you being your forever.
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