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A List Apart
  • Accepting Our Lack of Control

    It’s easy to forget that our users have ultimate control over how they view the web, even though it has been said before. As people making the web, we merely offer suggestions. These suggestions of ours should make it easier, not harder for people to access our content in the manner that best suits them. […]

  • Coming May 6: Sass Talk

    To preprocess or not to preprocess? Every time we run a piece about Sass (which we’ve done a lot of lately), we get tons of thoughtful comments on both sides of the issue. Here are just a few: There is no ‘dark side’ to pre-processors… Writing CSS Vanilla on a website with a large scale […]

  • This week’s sponsor: Web Designer News

    Thanks to Web Designer News for sponsoring A List Apart this week! Take a look at their curated stories for designers and developers.

  • Lyza Danger Gardner on Building the Web Everywhere: WAI-finding with ARIA Landmark Roles

    Recently, as part of my research for a presentation about web accessibility for non-specialized teams, I asked around about how people were applying the HTML role attribute in their day-to-day web practice. Their answers didn’t surprise me. Many expressed chagrin at their apparent ignorance, admitting they copied and pasted examples a lot. Some had a […]

  • 15 Years of Dao

    John Allsopp’s prescient essay is about the tension between the culture of print design and the culture of web design, circa 2000. That tension persists—not just between print and web, but between people who see the web as a publication medium and those who see it as a software development medium. It persists between people […]

  • Designing Social Tools for Tweens

    Designing any type of online social experience for kids is a tricky business. You need to strike the right balance between fun and private, personal and respectful. This becomes especially important for kids in the tween years, ages 8–12, as they are just starting to recognize the vastness of the online space. In my years […]

  • Let Links Be Links

    The concept of the web as an application platform has never been more popular, but the tools used to create these so-called “web apps” are still fraught with pitfalls that are often ignored or misunderstood. Single-page web app frameworks have gained traction because they can easily be used to create fast, complex applications that feel […]

  • Initiation to Code

    When you imagine a programming mentor, certain archetypes might flash into your mind. Maybe you see the wise monk who’s meditated on design patterns for decades. Perhaps it’s the sophisticated keynote speaker with a staggering list of open source contributions. Or it might be that mad scientist polyglot obsessed with a dozen languages you’ve never […]

  • On Our Radar: Self-Centered Edition

    Okay, we admit it: it’s all about us. From steps to sleep to social activities, we’re counting every kind of personal data you can think of. But what’s all that data add up to? How could we look at it—and ourselves—differently? This week, we’re asking ourselves—and our self—the tough questions.  My so-called lifelog While waiting […]

  • Laura Kalbag on Freelance Design: The Illusion of Free

    Our data is out of our control. We might (wisely or unwisely) choose to publicly share our statuses, personal information, media and locations, or we might choose to only share this data with our friends. But it’s just an illusion of choice—however we share, we’re exposing ourselves to a wide audience. We have so much […]

Awakened Voice
  • Adventures In Cord Cutting

    This may be of some interest to folks interested in tech and web development so I’m cross-posting from my personal blog. I am going to embark on a personal crusade in 2011 to scale back my reliance on Cable TV in favor of the HTPC approach. If you’re interested in that sort of thing check […]

  • The Future Of Technology

    Recently I was listening to an Economist podcast (embedded below) where the discussion centered on where things would stand 25 years from now. When talking about what types of things would and would not exist 25 years from now the gentleman speaking said he was certain that books would exist but many current high tech […]

  • Tablet Mania At CES

    Holy tablets Batman! CES 2011 was flooded with companies promoting their soon-to-come tablet computers including Toshiba, Vizio, Acer, Samsung, Motorola, Blackberry and more. Most will run some version of Android but a couple will have other operating systems like Blackberry or Windows 7. Two major players who didn’t announce anything tablet related, but probably will […]

  • My Favorite iOS Apps

    I have seen a lot of blogs posting their favorite iPhone or iOS apps which seems to make sense since there will be a lot of new owners of iPhones and iPads after the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays. So in the spirit of sharing I decided to post links to a few of the apps that […]

  • Assessing The Chrome OS

    I have been watching the discussion about the Google Chrome OS with great interest. Since there hadn’t been much news on the OS in the past year I thought maybe that Google had decided to focus more on Android and continue to develop Chrome as only a web browser. But then Google launched their Chrome […]

  • The Murdoch Myth

    If you listen to the shows This Week in Tech and This Week in Google on Leo Laporte’s TWiT network you hear lots of interesting commentary on tech topics. Unfortunately from time to time you also hear some ridiculous hyperbole, most of which references News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch is famous for many things […]

  • How Big Companies Mess Up Acquisitions

    When big companies such as Yahoo acquire small companies like Delicious or Flickr they usually do so with the best of intentions but almost always seem to end up messing it all up. The world of Web 2.0 has seen more than their fair share of these situations. Think News Corp’s acquisition of MySpace. Or […]

  • The Unfortunate Predicament of Google TV

    Well, this isn’t what Google hoped for when they released their very hyped Google TV software. The “this” I’m referring to is the blocking of the software by major television networks. Since Google TV supports Adobe Flash in the browser (Chrome) included with the software many assumed that they would be able to access sites […]

  • It’s Time For Microsoft To Up Their Game

    There are major changes afoot in the world of computer operating systems. Since the original iPhone was released in 2007 many people and companies have altered their expectations about their mobile device experiences. For many years cell phone operating systems were expected to be just utilitarian enough to easily manage a few basic tasks such […]

  • Web Based Services Come And Go

    It has been busy week for web conglomerates shutting down services that are not performing. Six Apart decided to shutter their Vox blogging service. Amazon is folding Amie Street into their current music download service. Finally, IAC Interactive is killing web-based RSS reader Bloglines. None of this is earth shaking news but it serves to […]

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  • Brown Paper Texture Pack Vol 1 for Premium Members

    This week Access All Areas members are being given a brand new resource from Simon Birky Hartmann’s The Shop. This Ultimate Brown Texture Pack is the first of three volumes that will be donated to members over the upcoming months. Each pack contains 15 super high resolution texture files of brown paper bags with varying […]

  • 99% Off 22 Professional Fonts. That’s a Saving of $2500!

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything for sale at 99% off before, but Design Cuts have just released a new font bundle with this massive discount. For a limited time you can get your hands on 22 professional font families worth $2622 for just $29, giving you an unbelievable saving of over $2500! The […]

  • 20 Free Logo Mockup PSDs to Present your Designs

    Logo mockup templates are clever PSD files that allow you to easily place your logo onto various surfaces to create realistic simulations of how your design would look as a real life print. These logo mockups are especially useful for presenting your designs to clients, or showing off your work in your portfolio. Seeing a […]

  • 90 Photoshop Texture Brushes for Premium Members

    I have a brand new resource for my Access All Areas members this week, courtesy of Sivioco. Brush Lab is a collection of over 90 Brushes and 5 Actions, but these aren’t your average Photoshop brushes! The problem with a typical texture brush is it doesn’t really behave much like a brush at all. Rather […]

  • Video Tutorial: Retro Style Badge Logo in Illustrator

    Follow my latest Illustrator video tutorial to learn how to create a retro style circular emblem, which are really popular as trendy logos or badges. We’ll build up the design with vector shapes, then apply some texturing using my free Dust & Scratches textures to give it an aged and distressed appearance. Subscribe to the […]

  • 8 Free Glitter Effect Patterns & Styles for Photoshop

    My home office is a complete mess with fairy sprinkles everywhere after creating my latest free design resource. This pack of 8 glitter patterns will help you glam up your designs and achieve realistic glittery effects in your artwork. They’re available in various colours as repeating JPEG images, a set of Photoshop Patterns and Photoshop […]

  • 40 Light Leak Photoshop Actions for Premium Members

    The latest resource for Access All Areas members to download is not one, but two premium Photoshop Action packs from FilterGrade. The popular Light Leaks Series I and Light Leaks Series II packs have been donated for my members, making a total of 40 Actions which quickly add trendy retro style film burns to your […]

  • Superb Resources for Creating Popular Artistic Effects

    There’s a range of effects designers often need to produce in their artwork. Watercolour effects, sketched effects, printed effects and illustrated effects are examples of popular styles that can take considerable amounts of time (and skill) to create manually using traditional tools. Thankfully there are time saving kits that allow us to produce realistic effects […]

  • How To Prepare Your Artwork for Special Print Effects

    It’s every print designer’s dream to work on a project that involves special print effects. Varnishes, fluorescents, foils and embossing are just some examples of cool finishes that can be applied by industrial printing companies, but the added cost makes these projects quite a rarity. If you’re lucky enough to have an adventurous client, or […]

  • The Atomic Age Print Kit for Access All Areas Members

    Today is a great day to be an Access All Areas member! Dustin Lee from RetroSupply has kindly donated the popular Atomic Age Print Kit for members to download. It’s a powerful PSD that allows you to create authentic halftone and textured ink overlays with one click! What’s more, this comprehensive pack comes with 2 […]

CSS Tricks
  • HTML vs Body in CSS

    The difference between <html> and <body> is easy to overlook. It seems to be one of those things that falls into the category of trivial. Admittedly, I have a bad habit of applying all global styles to <body> and, when that falls short, I move to <html> without thinking about it. There are differences, however, […]

  • Sponsor: Mack Weldon

    Guys. (Literally guys this time, sorry gals.) I don’t particularly like clothes shopping. So I don’t. 95% of the clothes I own I buy online. But I also like nicely made clothes. It’s not a splurge. They last longer, are more comfortable, and end up being a more economical buy. That’s why I’m glad there […]

  • Cut and Copy (from JavaScript)

    Matt Gaunt shares that IE 10 and bleeding edge Chrome and Opera how support document.execCommand(‘copy’); and friends, which can make for some mighty convenience UX opportunities. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Cut and Copy (from JavaScript) is a post from CSS-Tricks

  • Using Chrome DevTools to Debug JavaScript in Any Browser with Ghostlab 2

    The following a guest post by Andi Dysart and Matthias Christen of Ghostlab. I was pretty impressed when I heard that the newly-released Ghostlab 2 could do this. I think a lot of us developers use Chrome because the DevTools are so good, and it sure would be able to use them in other browsers, […]

  • More Control over Text Decoration

    Marie Mosley just finished up a revamping of the text-decoration property (and friends) in the Almanac. You’re probably aware of this property. For instance, most default browser styles include underlined links by way of text-decoration: underline; – which you can remove with text-decoration: none;. But you may not be aware that there is more you […]

  • Chronicle XXII

    We put up a proper Team page. CSS-Tricks isn’t just me, but a whole team of part-time staff that keep this ship sailing. That includes writers. We’ve always had guest posts, but now, for the first time, you’ll be seeing articles not written by me that also aren’t “guest” posts, because they work here! Example. […]

  • Be Careful with will-change

    The concept behind the will-change property is to stop using hacks like transform: translateZ(0) to tell browsers where to optimize and standardize it. The typical, understandable gripe is that this complicates CSS. Shouldn’t browsers be smart enough to do these optimizations, rather than leaving it up to us authors? To which browsers say: it’s near […]

  • I don’t like our company’s process. How do I tell my boss?

    A reader wrote in explaining their problem with the process at work. I’m posting the question and my response here, with permission. I work for an online marketing company. My boss (the founder) has a 4-week process for the sites we build: Week 1) Collect information Week 2) Build site Week 3) Get feedback Week […]

  • I don’t like our companies process. How do I tell my boss?

    A reader wrote in explaining their problem with the process at work. I’m posting the question and my response here, with permission. I work for an online marketing company. My boss (the founder) has a 4-week process for the sites we build: Week 1) Collect information Week 2) Build site Week 3) Get feedback Week […]

  • Override Gmail’s Mobile Optimized Emails

    Many emails are designed with a large screen in mind. Text that looks great on a large screen can be difficult to read on a mobile device, though. If Gmail deems that the font-size of any text in an email is too small to be legible, it will increase the size and flag the message […]

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  • Inspiring Kids to Learn Coding through Playing Games

    Code Kingdoms wants to inspire kids to learn one of the essential creative skills of the 21st Century – coding. They want kids to have the freedom to have fun and be creative with code, so they built a game that enables just that. In Code Kingdoms, kids build and protect their own worlds and […]

  • Useful Services & Tools for Converting Designs to Code

    An experienced website or mobile app developer can sail through the initial design process, only to have things come to a grinding halt when the time comes to convert his designs into SEO-friendly, cross-browser compatible code. PSD to HTML conversion can be a time-consuming task, and an error-prone one as well for anyone who does […]

  • A Responsive, Magazine-like Layout with Animated Grid

    Today Codrops has shared a Grid Item Animation Layout with us. The responsive layout has a sidebar and grid items that animate to a larger content area when clicked. In the first demo the content area fills the grid and in the second demo, the whole layout moves to the left while the grid item […]

  • GeekTyper – Coding Like You are Hacking

    “Hack” like a programmer in movies and games. GeekTyper was inspired by the various media where hacking is usually portrayed incorrectly. Simply randomly mash your keyboard and code will display on your screen. Press TAB to display hotkeys that activate various effects. The “hacking” isn’t real, and everything you type isn’t stored anywhere. Your preferences […]

  • Pexels Videos – Free for Commercial Use

    Pexels is a huge platform for free stock photos. Many designers and bloggers use it every day to find photos for their personal and commerical projects. Now we would like to introduce Pexels Videos. The only difference is that its purpose is to find free videos instead of photos. All of the videos on Pexels […]

  • Google Prediction API with RESTful Interfce

    You can use Google’s Prediction API machine learning algorithms to analyze data and predict future outcomes using a familiar RESTful interface. You can easily predict future trends using historical data. Route messages, detect spam and recommend products for users by using Prediction API. Your data is replicated across multiple data centers using Cloud Storage. Most […]

  • Rainyday.js – Rendering Raindrops with JavaScript

    The idea behind Rainyday.js is to create a JavaScript library that makes use of the HTML5 canvas to render an animation of raindrops falling on a glass surface. Rainyday.js features extendable API, collision detection and is easy to extend with your own implementations of different animation components. It is a pure JavaScript library which uses […]

  • 5 Design Tips to Increase Website Engagement

    When we are designing a website, we not only want that site to look great, but we need to make sure that our design encourages people to complete important tasks for which the site was created. This could be making a purchase, requesting more information, becoming a member, or some other action that turns a […]

  • Grav – A Crazy Fast Modern Flat-File CMS

    Grav is a Fast, Simple, and Flexible, file-based Web-platform. There is Zero installation required. Just extract the ZIP archive, and you are already up and running. It follows similar principals to other flat-file CMS platforms, but has a different design philosophy than most. Grav comes with a powerful Package Management System to allow for simple […]

  • 15 Free Vector Design Resources for Designers

    You will find the best and most attractive free graphics for designers at 1001FreeDownloads. They make it easy and fun to search and find the graphics you need in an quick and easy to use platform. They have a collection of tens of thousands of files and they are constantly expanding our content. We have […]

HTML 5 Doctor
  • On HTML belts and ARIA braces (The Default Implicit ARIA semantics they didn’t want you to know about)

    The question of whether HTML elements need the addition of ARIA role attibutes to expose their semantics, is one that surfaces on a regular basis. The answer is maybe for a subset of elements, but increasingly no. Patrick Lauke modelling last seasons must have; HTML5 casual Polo neck with lumbar support [button] belt and [role] […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • The main element

    Recently, <main> was formally added to the W3C HTML specification. Now that the dust has settled, it’s about time we dive in to find out where and when it’s appropriate to use <main>. Let’s get started. History The inclusion of a main element (or similar) has long been debated in the working groups with authors […]

  • The classList API

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

  • Comparing and contrasting ins, del, and s

    Since the mists of HTML 2 we’ve been able to semantically indicate added or removed information using the elements <ins> and <del> respectively. While seemingly simple on the surface these elements have hidden depths. I’ll also compare and contrast <del> with <s>, recently out of font style rehab and back in HTML5. Let’s start with […]

Andy Osmani
  • Auto-formatting JavaScript code style with JSCS

    In my write-up on medium.com, I look at the powerful new auto-formatting feature in JSCS for automatically applying style guide rules in scripts. This has been in-development for some time and is in my view, a game changer for keeping … Continue reading →

  • Chrome DevTools: State Of The Union 2015

    As the complexity of the web apps you build keeps moving, so do the Chrome DevTools. In DevTools State of the Union, I walk through the latest updates on your favourite debugging companion; exploring new features like paint profiling, animation … Continue reading →

  • JavaScript Application Architecture On The Road To 2015

    In my new write-up on Medium, I look at the state of application architecture in the JavaScript community as we ebb our way towards 2015. In it, I talk about composition, functional boundaries, modularity, immutable data structures, CSP channels and … Continue reading →

  • 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 →

  • ~199 slides on Front-end Tooling Workflows

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  • Explorations In Automatically Fixing JavaScript Linting-errors

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

  • Slides: Advanced CSS Performance Tooling

    These are the slides from my CSS performance tooling talk, presented at CSSConf.eu earlier this month. High-performance sites need to feel instant and deliver the goods in < 1000ms. In this talk, learn about the bleeding edge tools that can … Continue reading →

  • Video: JavaScript Memory Management Masterclass

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

  • Slides: JavaScript Memory Management Masterclass

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

  • Component Interop With React And Custom Elements

    Today we’ll look at how to wrap React components using Custom Elements, allowing us to interop with Web Component-based libraries using the DOM as a simple configuration API. Similar to libraries like Polymer, React cares about composition, lifecycle events and … Continue reading →

Internet Techies
  • Watch Blockbuster Hindi Movies on YouTube BoxOffice, Premieres with Band Baaja Baaraat

    YouTube is already hosting lot many hindi movies which are available to watch  for free. Few weeks ago, YouTube showcased the blockbuster movie “Dabangg” and now they have launched the YouTube BoxOffice which premieres with the latest blockbuster from Yash Raj Production named “Band Baaja Baaraat“. YouTube BoxOffice will showcase one blockbuster movie per month. […]

  • What to Expect from Windows 8 Built-In Video Chat Application Chatter

    The next version of Windows operating system i.e. Windows 8 is getting ready for the first beta release. Microsoft is very much excited about this version and few days ago, they released the first preview of Windows 8 build (demo video attached below). On the lock screen, an icon of a webcam was visible where […]

  • How to Add Twitter Follow Button on Website

    Are you active on Twitter? If yes, then go ahead and add official “Follow” button on your website or blog to let visitors follow you on single click. Twitter has released a Follow button with counter to show number of followers and one click follow option. This post “How to Add Twitter Follow Button on […]

  • Access Synchronized Google Chrome Bookmarks on Android Browser

    Do you want to have your desktop’s Google Chrome bookmarks available on Android device browser? I think if you have maintained a nice list of pages in computer’s Chrome bookmark then this free app will prove pretty useful. This post “Access Synchronized Google Chrome Bookmarks on Android Browser” first published on Internet Techies. Related posts: […]

  • Few More Free Services to Send Fax Online from Computer

    Earlier we shared a list of 5+ online services to send fax for free and also shared couple of services to send fax trough email. Now adding to the list of online services to send fax for free of charge, we are going to provide you couple of more links. This post “Few More Free […]

  • Find Best Possible Hosting Server Based on Expected Daily Page Views

    Are you planning to start hosting your website’s data on managed hosting servers? Are you confused whether you should go for shared hosting, VPS (Virtual Private Hosting) server or Dedicated one? These questions should be answered before making the final decision. Compare and find best hosting provider for your requirements. This post “Find Best Possible […]

  • Encrypt and Password Protect USB Drive with BitLocker in Windows 7

    Windows 7 Ultimate is having BitLocker application which can encrypt and password protect USB Flash drives and other drives on disk. Learn how to carry important data with peace of mind. This post “Encrypt and Password Protect USB Drive with BitLocker in Windows 7” first published on Internet Techies. Related posts: Protect USB Flash Drive […]

  • Solution for Common Problems on Windows 7 Visualized [Infographic]

    If you are facing common problems on Windows 7 Computer like Iphone not syncing with PC or Aero Effect not working etc. then you should take a look at the Infographic attached in this post. This post “Solution for Common Problems on Windows 7 Visualized [Infographic]” first published on Internet Techies. Related posts: How to […]

  • 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. […]

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  • 20+ Free Responsive Templates

    Advertise here with BSA If you still have any doubts about how important it is for you to adopt a responsive layout, it is time for you to stop wondering. It doesn’t matter what you are working on, your website need to work smoothly in all browsers. From desktops to smartphones and the huge range […]

  • Top Tools and Services for Converting Your Designs to Code

    Advertise here with BSA  A website or mobile app developer will at times encounter significant obstacles when attempting to convert design images to SEO-friendly, multi-browser compatible code. Even if the developer has the necessary programming skills, PSD to HTML conversion can be a tedious, likely to fail process. Several companies will do this task for […]

  • Attaining Balance in your Website’s Color Scheme

    Advertise here with BSA Designing for astute balance is never an easy task. Although it should be a primary objective in each designer’s mind, balance tends to appear once a composition has reached a state of equilibrium. This requires some idea generation because it’s silly to assume that balance can be achieved from a blank […]

  • Qards: How To Become A Visual Storyteller For A Photography Blog

    Advertise here with BSA Everything becomes crystal clear through the lens of a camera. Imagine if all the inspiring stories would be highlighted on a beautiful photography blog. Well, you can give a helping hand by learning how to become a powerful visual storyteller. It’s time to expose your art on the digital window Designed […]

  • Tips & Resources for Enhanced Checkout Forms

    Advertise here with BSA eCommerce websites are some of the most complicated and time-intensive projects. Each design requires many page styles like the products listing, single product page, user profile, and naturally the shopping cart. Adding onto the project is a concern of security, and just building a single eCommerce site can be quite draining […]

  • Freebie PSD: iOS 8 Instant Messaging Chat iPhone App UI

    Advertise here with BSA Do you love building mobile apps and working with pretty pixels? Are you an Apple fan who also enjoys free design resources? Assuming you answered yes to these rhetorical questions, you’re gonna love this new freebie released exclusively on DesignMag. This free iOS 8 IM/Chat Application follows the iPhone 6 screen […]

  • Introduction to Grid-Based Typography in Web Design

    Advertise here with BSA What do math teachers and city planners have in common aside from indispensable yet low-compensating jobs? A love for grids, of course! This is one of those special topics that seems really important because it is really important but still doesn’t get enough attention. It’s on par with balancing a checkbook […]

  • Web designers: Generate income easily with Stamplia, the email templates marketplace

    Advertise here with BSA As a web designer your mission is to create hight-quality design. The problem is that you’re out of time. Nowadays, web designers spend most of their time on finding customers and less on honing their craft. Working directly with a client usually means insufficient time to perfect designs and having to […]

  • Popular Web Design Trends for 2015

    Advertise here with BSA Although many designers have written on this topic, I want to share my thoughts on the future of web design as we forge ahead into 2015. The new year is always an exciting time and I love to contemplate the potential for young new web designers just entering the field. I […]

  • 35 Inspiring Website Designs for Zoos and Aquariums

    Advertise here with BSA It feels natural that every type of website deserves an inspiration gallery. Modern designers are working on hundreds of different projects each year and so many of them are dedicated to niche subjects. Zoos and aquariums serve a very similar purpose as an attraction to see a wide variety of nature. […]

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  • 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. […]

  • 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

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  • Friday Fashion Passion: Fun & Funky Panties & Undies

    The great thing about your undies is that they are normally something kept all to yourself. Perhaps you have a fantastic personality yet your job requires you to wear a boring uniform with absolutely no way to fun it up, or is there? Well here’s your chance!

    Holy moly, the panties and underwear coming out of creative heads these days are fun, funky and hilarious… and admitedly, sometimes a little gross. I don’t recommend googling “men’s funny undies” …needless to say it gets a little, ahem, interesting.

    Personally, I think Etsy Seller, FlashYouAndMe really hit the spot for selling fun and funky undies to both women and men with their line of Couples Underwear! For real! Not to mention their imagery really rocks with super character rich illustrations mixed with attractive models full of expression! Take note if you run a fashion accessories etsy shop.

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    raindrops | green stars | stripes (aka chocolate bar) | gray (truly yours) | “pertrol green” with turquoise dots | “stars Nr6″ (lavender + black stars)

    My observation for taking a gander around on the world of colorful fun and funky undies is that, wow, women seem to largely be the target market for fun panties. Apparently it’s totally socially acceptable for a woman to trot around wearing a fox face (with ears!) on her behind (laughing to herself all day about it) over a man doing this. What do you think?

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    Vintage Monster Inspired Garter BeltVintage Underwear Ad | Animal Panties | cupcake bottoms | ruffled rainbow bottoms | pelvic skeleton panties | Tie Die Shorties | salmon & turquoise hipster panties | source | source | source |

    Remember, I don’t recommend googling, Pinteresting or even Facebooking, “Men’s Underwear” – you’ve been warned! Have an excellent weekend!!

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    Header Image Source: Fox Face & Ears Panties by KnickerRocker on Etsy

  • Charismatic Geometric Photo Booth Backdrops

    Photo booths have taken parties to the next level in the last couple of years. They have become an expectation to experience at weddings and most large events. They continue to thrive and outdo each other year after year. What started as classic simple white backdrops with funny props and decent photography, has turned in to colorful looniness on hyper-drive with all sorts of melange in the backdrop.

    While photo booth props seem to stay somewhat the same, the backdrops have gained creativity beyond imagination using anything from balloon arrangements, streamers of all types and measures to amazing use of colorful paper designs. Flowers of all paper and tissue types have been getting replaced by popular geometric inclusions.

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    3D triangles (purple, turquoise, orange and yellow) | triangles | geometric (diamond) | triangles (grey, ivory, blush and saffron)pastel, gold and brown 3D triangles | hex green, gold and grey 

    Backdrops can be used for so many different things! Not to mention using them for a wedding or special event such as birthday parties, corporate parties or showers, it will certainly boost the socially fun atmosphere while creating fantastically hilarious (usually) memories. Besides using them as an ice-breaker at your next party, many of these designs are just as well suited for bringing a splash to your home decor.

    header image source: triangle – gold, aqua, pastel aqua and blush

  • Phenomenal Abstract GIF Inspiration of the Talented Mr. Div

    Animated GIF’s have been trending around the mainstream world wide web in the past year with simpler, more automated tools for the average human to create with. However, artistic phenomenon species such as the talented Mr. Div, have been skillfully crafting works of digital abstracts for years now.

    Mr. Div, aka Matthew DiVito, is a musician, motion graphics designer and aspiring game developer from Boston, Massachusetts. His GIF designs truly grab your attention quickly and hold your gaze for a mesmerizing moment or two… or three… I cant seem to peel my sight from these seemingly simple, yet complex designs.

    “There’s an aspiration there for a kind of very sharp,very PURE image quality, while people like me want to make things more soft and rough.”

    ~ Matthew DIVito via Twitter @mattdivito aka Mr. Div

    Matthew’s artwork combines repetitive motion and dimension with incredible patterns and gradient palettes. I can only imagine how cool it would be to see some COLOURlovers patterns and palettes animated! See more of Matthew DiVito’s work here on his CargoCollective website or his Tumblr site.

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    So what is a GIF? Formally called a Graphics Interchange Format, it is a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987 and caught trend for it’s wide support and portability on the world wide web. 

    The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, allowing a single image to reference its own palette of up to 256 different colors chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of up to 256 colors for each frame. These palette limitations make the GIF format less suitable for reproducing color photographs and other images with continuous color, but it is well-suited for simpler images such as graphics or logos with solid areas of color.

    Directly Sourced: Wikipedia.org – “GIF

  • Folk Art & Trends of Today

    Scandinavian design trends have brought on popular demand for folk art in many forms. The attraction in contemporary folk art might relate to the sentimental value with connections to generations past, although folk art was never actually considered a particular art form.

    Antique folk art was considered more a part of cultural trends in ordinary life, sharing community values and expressing lifestyle much like tribal art. An art form mostly based on cultural geography that continues to morph through modern day trends.

    While it was never considered a movement in art, it certainly contributed to inspiration and influence for certain artists throughout history. Pablo Picasso for instance, was influenced by African tribal sculptures and masks.

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    Crying woman (1937) by Pablo Picasso | Dogon Dancer by Raphael Bick

    Folk art has certainly gained a new spin and style by many modern illustrative artists. While many of these artists still seem fairly culturally bound by heritage, it again is not limited culturally and has spread to some degree to many more spaces of the world. The folk styling is much derived from personal tutelage and a portrayal of many different illustrative translations in art.

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    Styles like Ashley Percival, certainly portray an inkling of modern mixed with historic and geographic-culteral styles. While artwork amongst his Etsy Shop is largely centered around children’s artwork prints, his colorful, unique creations can be seen on clothing, home-ware, decor, stationery, cards, and album covers. Ashley’s client list certainly boasts that there is most certainly a place in this world for traditional art in modern product design showing that consumers today value it enough for it to become vastly corporate.

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    Recognizable brands such as Ikea, Urban Outfitters and Forever21 certainly speak volumes for what consumers desire in contemporary folk art designs. Ashley Percival is from the UK and has been a freelance illustrator, working professionally since 2010.

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    Helen Dardik is another fascinating folk artist! The shapes, the patterns and style cease to amaze me.

    I have always seen Folk Art to be such a vintage trend based on things my mom had held on to from her childhood. My earliest, most distinct memory of loving Folk Art is a set of vintage Old Maid cards that were hers when she was a little girl. Ashley Percival and Helen Dardik both remind me so distinctly of those playing cards. Do you have a favorite modern or vintage folk artist?

  • Get in Touch with COLOURlovers Roots – Aaron Epstein Interviewed by Mixergy.com

    Recently, Aaron Epstein, Co-founder of COLOURlovers.com was engaged in an exceptional interview on Mixergy.com. Mixergy is a site that shares the wisdom and talents of founders from a multitude of industries. In the interview, you’ll learn how Aaron’s ColorSchemer software helped introduce him to Bubs and Chris and how their collective talents collaborated to develop our beautiful community.

    Here’s a great opportunity to hear the history of how COLOURlovers came to be!  I’m about the same age as Aaron, so personally it was kind of fun to listen to his historic timeline of events from his Y Combinator days through his ColorSchemer days and then eventually meeting up with Darius (aka Bubs) and Chris who had started COLOURlovers in 2005.

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    Aaron, Chris and Darius officially merged their business scope in 2009, which launched the real core of the community we have today. Watch the interview of read the raw transcript at Mixergy.com

    Thanks again to these guys so invested in bringing a resources of color to the online world. When did you join COLOURlovers?

  • A Friday Fashion Passion: Steampunk

    The Steampunk Trend has been building such momentum for some time now. This vintage-modern abstract style garners the marriage between beautiful and sleek with a  mechanical-industrial flare, bordering at times on “trashy” if done wrong. It’s a style of opposites meshing to make a fantastical smash to fashion.

    I am so drawn to this ultra creative Steampunk trend, yet I’m not sure what to do with it in my every day life. I want it, but how? As a photographer and creative in general, I find myself meandering (ahem, wasting time) perusing all the steampunk crazed Pinterest boards dreaming up excuses to bring some Steampunk in to my life.

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    wedding dresses & jewels | red corset | necklace | globescale braheaddress | watch

    What I love about this fun trend is that you can incorporate it in to anything! Visually it’s super appealing, so applying it to some of your home decor is easy and simple and is almost an edgy version of “rustic” trends. Jewelry is easy to incorporate in to your every day style. And if you’re really looking to make an impression host a Gatsby themed party. I am loving the beautiful dresses adorned in metals for weddings completely decked out in steampunk.

    Steampunk takes on a modern twist to historic trends, like the medieval age collided with an industrial era.  Do you love this trend? Is it too gimmicky for you?

  • 12 Poetic & Quote Worthy Pillow Covers for Your Home

    Custom slip covers are all the rage spanning over Pinterest and Etsy these days. The options are endless to disguise your boring old throw pillows in to squishy pieces of art. Methods are not limited to, but include photo transfers, screen printing, hand stitching and simply using sharpies. Aside from using patterns or graphic prints to add artistic whimsy to your couch or bedspread, opt for lettering in the form of quotes or poetry as a great way to punch up any social atmosphere in your home.

    To celebrate National Poetry Month this April, I hope you’ll enjoy this brilliant collection of the many slip cover types ranging from poetic classics quoted from the masters to downright amusing lines full of witty emphasis, down to abstract typographic meanderings.

    J.R.R. Tolkien | “some feel the rain” | “trust the universe” | yellow & | hang.ry | gray alphabet | wedding song | “silence the mind” | “take me to the sea” | “all you need is love” | “I carry your heart” | Desiderata |

    I truly love this trend of adding quotes, poems or words on to your average everyday throw pillows. Using slip-covers, it is an easy thing to switch up for seasonal messages or witty notes when you host.

    Community Highlight

    There are a number of fun, member-managed wordplay games here on COLOURlovers. One specific group sets up a challenge with palettes combined with HAIKU, we did a feature on it in 2011 here. Check it out!

  • A COLOURlovers Renaissance

    COLOURlovers has been a beautiful international creative clique since its conception in 2008. During its first years, the community thrived as a small island atmosphere; everyone knew everyone at this down-to-earth “local artists cafe.” As COLOURlovers was presented to the outside world, it grew by leaps and bounds, and as more people were introduced to this colorful experience, being the community that you are, you opened your arms and welcomed the community’s growth.

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    I hike through the mountains of colorful palettes and get lost in the maze of intricate patterns, I see the beauty of these well loved creations synchronized in the gardens of our community, it makes me glow with pride that there are so many who create simply to create. COLOURlovers has always been a place of selfless design. This alone makes me thrilled to announce that we’re back!

    The Renaissance: Autodesk + COLOURlovers

    As most of you may know, in February of 2014, Autodesk welcomed COLOURlovers, along with our crafty little sister, Creative Market, into their fantastic creative family.

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    Autodesk boasts a plethora of professional arts and engineering apps; the two that speak loudest to my creative addictions are Pixlr and Sketchbook. Personally, two of my most proficient skill sets are traditional art and photography. This puts us in a fantastic position to gain more avenues of personal artistic growth!

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    Somewhat like weeding an unkempt garden, a few minor maintenance tasks have been performed to keep up with what is relevant for the website to function in the current. We’ve removed the antiquated Store section and we’ve altered the business blog channel to reflect a more fun topic, Digital Art. At this point in time there are no lofty goals to punch a hole in the sky, but more to garner the revival of art within the community.

    The Future of COLOURlovers Depends on Your Etiquette!

    I was asked to return as a friend of the community and while I will be working on re-establishing contests, giveaways and community features, I will be at the heart of these plans along with a small task force confident about bringing some engagement back to the community!

    With all of this fun stuff happening, we kindly ask you all to please mind your manners and think before typing. We are here to create fun and get some inspiration as well as some awesome community engagement going again.

    Autodesk has been kind to provide us with support to rebuild the community we love. We are free to be the artists we are here on our COLOURlovers planet. Let’s give them every great reason to continue their support to keep this planet alive.

    I look forward to the re-building of this beautiful digital garden. Feel free to private message me if you have any lofty concerns or just to say “Hello.” It’s good to be back!

    Credits:

    eclipsed_by_night was used for “We’re Back!” image artwork:
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    Palette by CL member, joy_of_summer was used in the “Be Kind” image artwork.
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  • How to Incorporate the Color of the Year into Your Site

    Every year, Pantone announces the Color of the Year. In 2014, the Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. While this may seem like news that only affects fashion designers and paint manufacturers, it also affects web design trends.

    Trends Are, Well, Trends

    It is more than likely that the average web designer will have at least one request to design a site that is decked out in Radiant Orchid in 2014. Though using a trendy color for a website may draw attention this year, next year Pantone will announce another color. This means that a website that was cool in 2014 may look dated in a very short time. If the clients want to ride the trends, then they will need to update their websites every year, incurring more costs. This is probably something the trendy client didn’t consider, so having a discussion about trends is likely a good idea.

    Another thing about using a trendy color is that it’s everywhere. Just like a song played over and over on the radio, people will get tired of this trendy color pretty quickly. That doesn’t mean using Radiant Orchid is a bad idea, but these are all avenues worth considering as a web designer.

    Does It Fit The Brand?

    Another thing to discuss with your clients is whether or not they are being trendy at the detriment of their brand. Usually, brands use specific colors throughout the company’s lifespan. The right colors for their site generally are ones that echo their brand color. If businesses are choosing a trendy color for their brand color, you may want to ask them if they are sure this is the color they want to use long term. Small businesses without marketing experience may think that going with a color like Radiant Orchid will make them look current but haven’t thought through the long-term consequences.

    This can directly affect your work. For example, if you start building a site in 2014, and it isn’t finished until 2015, your client just might send you back to change the color as soon as the new Color of the Year is announced.

    Small Doses

    If your clients are set on using Radiant Orchid in their web designs, suggest they use touches of it around the site. Small touches will be easier to alter and won’t look like a complete website overhaul when the color changes are made.

    Flat Design

    Another way to incorporate a trendy color without it looking dated quickly is by using it in a flat color scheme. In flat color schemes, many different coordinating colors are used in a design. This design, while colorful, is also simplistic. Often, the designer will leave out shadows, bevels and other fancy design elements and focus on how the colors work together to create a pleasing look.

    So, when you get website design requests for the number one color for 2014, Radiant Orchid, make sure to discuss the color’s uses with clients to be sure they aren’t heading down an expensive road that may not fit with their brand. Then, if they are set on the color, give them several design options that will make the site modern for a longer period of time.

  • Scribble: One Pen, Any Color

    Ever since I was a small child, I knew that more was better in terms of color options. I showed up to the first day of school so proud of my box of 24 crayons only to be disappointed and extremely jealous when I spotted my classmate’s box of 48. There was no way around it, the bigger the box, the cooler the kid.

    What if you could have absolutely any color in your artist’s arsenal? Imagine how large your tool set would have to be to pull off such a feat! The folks behind Scribble will blow your mind with an unconventional answer: one pen. That’s all you need to replicate any color you see.

    How is this marvel of technology accomplished? The tip of the pen is equipped with an RGB color sensor. When you point it at an object, it grabs that object’s color. The pen is smart enough to mix the included ink to arrive at your chosen color!

    Too good to be true you say? Unfortunately, cool tech doesn’t come cheap. You’ll have to hand over a whopping $150 for a single pen. If you’re a digital doodler, there’s a stylus alternative for $80.