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- Blue Beanie Day 14: Toque ’em if You’ve Got ’em
On Sunday, November 30, web designers and developers across the globe will celebrate Blue Beanie Day 2014, wearing a blue beanie to show their support for web standards. Join in! “What’s Blue Beanie Day,” you may ask? Well, it’s possible you’ve seen it in years past: a host of avatars on Twitter and Facebook, with […]
- Driving Phantom from Grunt
- Destroying Your Enemies Through the Magic of Design
A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Jenny Lam and Hillel Cooperman’s new book Making Things Special, Tech Design Leadership from the Trenches, available now. A List Apart readers can also enter to win a copy of the book. Hierarchical organizations large and small are rife with politics. In fact, […]
- Knowledge vs. Intelligence
About a week ago, I was running into major issues during development of one of my side projects. After a few nights working to resolve whatever was breaking, I was getting frustrated with my lack of progress. The next night, I was video chatting with Olivier Lacan, and we started discussing the problem. Since he’s […]
- Overwhelmed by Code
I was recently chatting with a friend and he was talking about all the things he wanted to learn. I was exhausted just hearing the list and realized that I am either getting old or I am getting tired; I’m not sure which. There is a constant pressure to learn new things and keep up […]
- Why Responsive Images Matter
For the first few years of my career I’d joke that I “type for a living.” That was selling myself short, though, I know—making websites is a complicated gig. It’s more accurate, I think, to say that I’m wrong for a living. I’ve been wrong about damn near everything about this job so far. I’m […]
- Show Your Work: Demonstrating Progress on Your Projects
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how actual progress on a project doesn’t always match the impression of progress—sometimes a lot of code has changed but nothing looks very different, while other times a small change in code gives the sense that the whole project has moved leaps and bounds. This came up recently […]
- The Couch Cone of Silence
This is Geek Mental Help Week. We’re participating because we want to make it safer for people in our industry to talk about mental health. Join in or follow along at @geekmentalhelp and #geekmentalhelp. About five years ago, I bought a cushy couch for my office. (Okay, yes, I did get the model that could […]
- Learning to Be Flexible
As a freelancer, I work in a lot of different code repos. Almost every team I work with has different ideas of how code should be organized, maintained, and structured. Now, I’m not here to start a battle about tabs versus spaces or alphabetical order of CSS properties versus organizing in terms of concerns (positioning […]
- This week’s sponsor: Vitamin T
Vitamin T connects amazing digital creative talent with equally awesome mid-sized companies and ad agencies. Freelancers rejoice!
- 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 […]
- 20 All New Best Selling Fonts, Just $29 for Them All!
I’ve heard from many of my readers who love receiving my email notifications of spectacular deals on design resources. You guys can’t seem to get enough fonts, so you might be particularly interested in this latest collection from Design Cuts. At 98% off the discounts are getting so high there’s little left on the price […]
- 4 Free Seamless Knitted Christmas Jumper Patterns
I’ve been busy with my virtual knitting needles and crafted 4 free Christmas jumper patterns for your designs to wear this season. Each design is based on the popular ‘Fair Isle’ knitting style with lots of tiny red and white stitch-like graphics making up intricate festive patterns. The download contains patterns for both Illustrator & […]
- 6 Vintage Guarantee Badges for Premium Members
Last month Jascha from Creatticon kindly donated a set of 26 hand drawn vector ribbons for Access All Areas members to download. Today members can download more goodies courtesy of Creatticon, Jascha has kindly gifted 6 vintage style guarantee badges. They’re made using vector Photoshop shapes so they can be scaled to any size and […]
- The Most Popular Design Resources in the World
How do you fancy getting your hands on the hottest resources from the most popular design shops in the world? Design Cuts have put together another deal packed full of top quality resources and squashed the price down by 94%. These items are selling like crazy at their full price, which in most cases is […]
- 5 Free Weathered Wood Logo Mock Up Textures
A couple of months ago I shared some rusty metal logo mockups which allowed you to place your logo designs onto distressed textures to create simulations of your artwork being painted onto real surfaces. I’ve been hunting for more cool textures to create another set of free resources, so today’s giveaway is a collection of […]
- 40 HDR Lightroom Presets for Premium Members
Today I have a totally new type of resource for Access All Areas members to download. I’ve posted a few packs of premium Photoshop Actions in the past, but now Shutter Pulse is kindly sharing more goodies for photographers with this pack of 40 HDR Lightroom Presets. They give you the ability to add cool […]
- How To Create a Realistic Painted Effect in Photoshop
There’s some talented artists out there who can hand paint stunning hyper-realistic art, but those kinds of skills are something us mere mortals can only dream of. Thankfully with the help of Photoshop it’s possible to create cool effects to mimic the style of painted images. In today’s tutorial I show you a few steps […]
- Vintagizer Texture Overlays for Premium Members
I’ve been working with the talented Marie Wagner from Mousemade Design to bring more amazing resources for Access All Areas members to enjoy. Marie has kindly donated her popular “The Vintagizer” kit for members to download. It’s a collection of 23 high resolution texture overlays that transform your images from a normal picture to an […]
- Treat Yourself to Some New Design Resources
Last week I shared the news of Design Cuts’ Birthday Bonanza celebrations and posted a list of popular fonts bundles I thought you guys might be interested in. It turned out you were so keen to grab them that you crashed their whole site! Alongside tasty fonts, general design resources also seem to be popular […]
- 12 Free Vector Grunge Textures to Erode Your Artwork
It has been a while since I’ve shared any vector textures, so I made use of my trusty old sky lights once again to capture more of the awesome dirt, grime and bird poop that nature has kindly supplied for me to turn into design resources! Today’s freebie is a pack of 12 grunge textures […]
- New Poll: How many people touch the CSS in your current main project?
The question is in the title. The voting widget is the sidebar on larger screens and down there somewhere on smaller screens. By “touch”, I mean: Actually author and edit it. Or, are an active consumer of it. You/they write HTML and use the CSS available thus have a vested interest in the actual CSS, […]
- Poll Results: What one specific skill set are you most envious of?
We all wish we were better at certain things. The latest poll here on CSS-Tricks asked you to pick just one: If you had to just pick one of those that you most wish you were good at (and aren’t now), what would it be? Which are you the most envious of? (The original poll […]
- Sublime Text for Front End Developers
The following is a guest post by Wes Bos. Wes has been writing about Sublime Text and all the great stuff it brings to code editing for a while now. He has a new book and video package out now: Sublime Text Power User. I met him at a conference recently and saw his talk […]
- A Few Things from Chrome Dev Summit 2014
I got to spend the last two days at the Chrome Dev Summit (Thanks Paul Kinlan for inviting me!) I made some notes of a few things that caught my eye. There was a brief mention of the manifest.json file, which I had never heard of. Apparently it’s a Chrome thing that is important for […]
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- The State Of Animation 2014
> Find resources that help you build lightning fast websites by Daniel Guillan Direct Link to Article — Permalink Perf.Rocks is a post from CSS-Tricks
- Performance Budget Metrics
Tim Kadlec groups all the things you could measure in a performance budget into four groups: Milestone timings (Example: time to visually complete) SpeedIndex (WebPageTest’s well-loved but isolated score) Quantity based metrics (Example: number of requests) Rule based metrics (Example: getting a “B” in “Use cookie-free domains”) Direct Link to Article — Permalink Performance Budget […]
- CSS-Tricks Chronicle XX
I thought for this edition of Chronicle I’d focus on some web stuff that I’ve been enjoying lately. I got a new iPhone 6 Plus. I’m still in the “Woah, it’s (obnoxiously) big” phase. I’m getting a little used to it, but mostly I regret it. One-handed use is rough. The big screen isn’t that […]
- CSS Specificity Graph Generator
Spikes are bad, and the general trend should be towards higher specificity later in the stylesheet. Jonas Ohlsson created a tool around Harry Roberts concept. Direct Link to Article — Permalink CSS Specificity Graph Generator is a post from CSS-Tricks
- Template Monster Giveaway + Huge Savings
We have some great news to share! The folks from TemplateMonster (we hosted their giveaway a while back) announced a Seven Week Giveaway. They have seven great prizes like: Pebble Steel, NVIDIA SHIELD, Moto 360, Bluetooth Smartphone Watch, Nexus 5, Moto Hint, and iPhone 6. Each week they will be giving away a different prize […]
- Lining.js Offers ::Nth-Line selector to CSS
In CSS we already have the selector ::first-line to apply style on the first line of element. But there is no selector like ::nth-line(), ::nth-last-line() or even ::last-line. A Call for ::nth-everything from CSS tricks. ::nth-line() is actually really useful in some situation. There comes Lining.js. It offers you complete DOWN-TO-THE-LINE control. If you want […]
- 74 Sleek Payment Icons with SVG Webfont
PaymentFont is a sleek SVG webfont containing 74 icons of all main payment operators and methods. Simply copy or upload the folders /css and /font, include paymentfont.min.css and enjoy your icons. PaymentFont was originally made for our WooCommerce Payment Methods Plugin for WordPress and WooCommerce. The font is licensed under the SIL OFL 1.1. Attribution […]
- Easily Find, Install, and Publish RubyGems
The RubyGems software allows you to easily download, install, and use ruby software packages on your system. The software package is called a “gem” and contains a package Ruby application or library. It is the Ruby community’s gem hosting service. Instantly publish your gems and install them. Use the API to interact and find out […]
- Schema – A Modular, Responsive Frontend Framework
Schema is a modular, responsive, front end framework to easily and quickly help you jumpstart your process in building complex interfaces for the web right out the box. Schema comes fully equipped with the capabilities of creating familiar experiences across multiple viewports. From a desktop monitor down to a mobile device, Schema’s 12-column grid provides […]
- Vue.js – A Library for Building Interactive Web Interfaces
Vue.js is a library for building interactive web interfaces. It provides the benefits of MVVM data binding and a composable component system with a simple and flexible API. Technically, Vue.js is focused on the ViewModel layer of the MVVM pattern. It connects the View and the Model via two way data bindings. Actual DOM manipulations […]
- Pawnmail – Free Email Hosting for Custom Domains
Pawnmail was created by Andrew Belt to give domain name owners a simple email solution. He uses Pawnmail for his own projects and hope that you may find it useful as well. It provides Email hosting for custom domains with 2 GB storage and best of all, it’s free forever. The easiest way to access […]
- Material UI – CSS Framework for Google’s Material Design
Material-UI is a CSS framework and a set of React components that implement Google’s Material Design specification. Material-UI is available as an npm package. Use browserify and reactify for dependency management and JSX transformation. The CSS framework is written in Less, so you’ll need to compile that as well. The styles are separated into 2 […]
- MetricGraphics.js – A Library for Principled Data Graphics
MetricsGraphics.js is a library built on top of D3 that is optimized for visualizing and laying out time-series data. It provides a simple way to produce common types of graphics in a principled, consistent and responsive way. The library currently supports line charts, scatterplots and histograms as well as features like rug plots and basic […]
- Wami Map Project – OSM API Service for Everyone
Wami Map project makes OSM data for everyone, easily. They take advantage of MongoDB potential for big data management to implement a search for relevant data from OSM data sources. Their APIs make it possible to retrieve POI in different formats including geoJSON, which allows to display them directly on the client. Wami Map project […]
- 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 […]
- Interview with Steve Faulkner: HTML5 editor and new doctor
Steve Faulkner – invariably prefixed by the honorific “The Mighty” by those who know him – is Australian living in London with his wife and two kids. He works for The Paciello Group, a well-known web accessibility consultancy, and is a co-editor of the HTML5 spec at W3C Today, we’re pleased to announce that he’s […]
- 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 →
- Detect, Undo And Redo DOM Changes With Mutation Observers
I’ve been wondering why DOM Mutation Observers, which can monitor changes to one or more DOM elements and return a report of what changed, aren’t used more often in the wild. Mutation Observers have long-replaced DOM Mutation Events (which were … Continue reading →
- 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. […]
- 30 Personal Websites of Musicians and Performers for Design Inspiration
Advertise here with BSA I’ve found that the most interesting websites often focus around very specific topics. In the case of entertainers, musicians, actors, and performers, their websites are a networking tool for communication and selling their product(s). Anyone working in the entertainment industry should have a usable website offering all the necessities of their […]
- Optimize Your Team Collaboration with These Top-Notch Tools for Creatives
Advertise here with BSA The best part about being a web designer or a web developer is that you make it your job to create something from scratch – which is more than most people can say. We relish in our creative freedom, that’s why at first we get the feeling that administrative tasks are […]
- Premium Plugins That Web Developers And Web Designers Would Find Useful
Advertise here with BSA In the field of website creation, there is very little we can do nowadays without plugins. Web designers and web developers require the best resources if they are to reach the best outcomes in projects for their clients. While the markets are swarming with helping tools for many purposes, the measure […]
- Freebie PSD: iOS 8 Social News iPhone App UI
Advertise here with BSA The iPhone 6 and iOS 8 release has created a new environment for app developers. Interface elements are very similar following the flat design scheme but little tidbits have been updated. Also the larger iPhone 6 screen resolution with @2x(and @3x for iPhone Plus) comes out to a whopping 750×1334. For […]
- Showcase – Beautiful Websites Built With the Be Theme
Advertise here with BSA Be Theme is a multi-purpose solution produced by Muffin Group. You probably heard mention of it in many communities that deal with web design and web development. Loads of creative professionals have chosen to work with this theme, and so confirmed it as an uncomplicated way to come up with dazzling […]
- Current Design Trends for Digital Shops and E-commerce Websites
Advertise here with BSA Great web design requires research to pinpoint some of the more popular styles of building layouts. eCommerce is an ever-expanding field which can earn webmasters a lot of money through digital or physical products. Especially when you compare earnings to advertising revenue for small or mid-sized websites. In this post I’d […]
- 27 Clean & Responsive Design Agency Website Layouts
Advertise here with BSA How much more can be said about responsive web design? It’s simple, efficient, and really just the bee’s knees dripping with succulent user experience nectar. I’ve found more designers are pushing for responsive design because it solves the problem of every mobile device and monitor resolution. This inspiration gallery is focused […]
- Guidelines for Building Touch-Supported Website Layouts
Advertise here with BSA It should come as no surprise that people love to pass the time in waiting rooms by fiddling on their smartphones. These little devices have become a technological gateway to a library of applications and a sprawling metropolis of websites. This means a whole lot of people are visiting websites on […]
- Creating Useful Breakpoints in Responsive Layouts
Advertise here with BSA In our modern technological era you can find devices with any screen size that all have access to the Internet. This means bored people around the world can visit their favorite websites from a laundry basket full of different screen dimensions. If this were Pee-wee’s Playhouse I’d say the word of […]
- Monarch: The Leader of a New Generation of Social Plugins
Advertise here with BSA Each and every one of us comes across interesting pieces of information in our daily news feed, or as we are casually surfing the web. At times, we even feel the urge to share some of those articles, videos, images, etc with the people we know. We can either act on […]
- 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, […]
- Brand New Mockups, Our Contest for Free Mockup Templates for Life is On!
Brand New Templates! The end of the month means more new templates for you, our faithful Mockup Everything users. We’re hooking you Pro Users up with the following new templates: Men’s Crew Neck T-Shirt, Modelshot (version 2) Men’s Triblend T-Shirt, Modelshot Sport Shoes Heels Running Shoes and also, let’s not forget that: Our Lifelong Pro […]
- WMC 5 Audio – Veronica Corzo-Duchardt – Cultural and Historical Influences in Design and Creativity
Veronica Corzo-Duchardt, Cuban-American designer and artist behind the Chicago-based creative studio, Winterbureau, treated us to an intriguing talk at Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 5. In her time on stage, she discusses cultural and historical influences in design and creativity, as well as the intersection of design, art and archeology in her work. We couldn’t keep […]
- Black Friday Deals Revealed
Black Friday Graphic Design Deals Black Friday hits our Arsenal and Merch Store each and every year, offering you, our faithful customers, incredible discounts and exclusive deals. But this year, something especially epic is on the horizon. Here’s a little glimpse: 1. 50% off Store-wide * Black Friday bundles not included 2. Ultimate Vector Collection Mega […]
- Best Spotify Playlists for Getting Sh*t Done – Go Media Staff, Volume 2: Bryan Garvin
Music for your Monday Today’s Best Spotify Playlist for Getting Sh*t Done is brought to us by web designer and front-end developer, Bryan Garvin. If you want to be productive this Monday, may we suggest allowing that beard into your ear. Bryan Garvin’s “Beard in Your Ear” From Bryan: This is some new stuff I’ve been […]
- How to Hire a Designer & “Making Things Special – Tech Design Leadership from the Trenches” Book Giveaway
Today’s blog post comes to us from Jenny Lam and Hillel Cooperman, co-founders of the Jackson Fish Market, a user experience design consultancy, in Seattle, Washington. Making Things Special – Tech Leadership from the Trenches, from which this post is derived, is their first book. The book is available in print and ebook editions, but […]
- WMC 5 Audio – Grace Bonney – Do the Things That Scare You
WMC Fest Podcast: Grace Bonney Grace Bonney, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 5 speaker, is the founder of the blog Design*Sponge. She founded a national meetup group for women running creative businesses in 2008 and in 2011 she published her first book, Design*Sponge at Home. She is currently writing her second book, Design*Sponge by Hand. […]
- Designer’s Debate Club: Is the phrase “Do What You Love” ruining design?
Doing what you love… Is The popular refrain “Do What You Love” ruining design? “Do what you love” — it feeds the soul but will it pay the bills? As this dreamer’s mandate has spread from an idealized dream to the driving force in work/life decisions, we are left to wonder — is it ultimately […]
- Podcast for Designers – Episode 27: Looking Forward to 2015
We’re back for another edition of the podcast. It’s a solo show as Bryan talks about what Go Media’s been up to, why there hasn’t been a podcast episode since WMC Fest, and what you can expect from the podcast moving forward. Listen to the Podcast Reference Links WMC Fest 5 Vimeo WMC Fest 5 Gear […]
- Podcast for Designers – Episode 27: Looking Forward to 2015
We’re back for another edition of the podcast. It’s a solo show as Bryan talks about what Go Media’s been up to, why there hasn’t been a podcast episode since WMC Fest, and what you can expect from the podcast moving forward. Listen to the Podcast Reference Links WMC Fest 5 Vimeo WMC Fest 5 Gear […]
- Best Spotify Playlists for Getting Sh*t Done – Go Media Staff, Volume 1: William Beachy
If you’ve ever entered Go Media headquarters, you’ll most likely be blown away by one thing – quite immediately. The sound of complete and utter silence. It’s something I first noticed when I first stepped my foot onto the third floor of this, 4507 Lorain Avenue, and something almost everyone comments on upon entering. Quickly […]
- The Life of a Tuts+ Editor: Meet Sharon Milne
Ever wondered what it’s like to work remotely as a Tuts+ Editor? The latest Envato Stories is all about the life of Sharon Milne, Design & Illustration Editor for Tuts+. She lives in Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom and has been obsessed with vector for over 14 years. Sharon works from her home most […]
- How To Localize an Android Application
Localization is more than just the translation of the strings in your application in other languages. It also involves displaying data, such as dates and times, in the right format for your users. Even if you only want an English version of your application it’s good to know what localization involves. That way you’ll be […]
- Laravel, BDD and You: The First Feature
In the second part of this series called Laravel, BDD and You, we will start describing and building our first feature using Behat and PhpSpec. In the last article we got everything set up and saw how easily we can interact with Laravel in our Behat scenarios. Recently the creator of Behat, Konstantin Kudryashov (a.k.a. everzet), […]
- The Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Taxonomies
Let’s say that you’ve recently started developing things with WordPress. Perhaps you’ve created basic theme or a plugin that does something simple, but you’re ready to jump into more complex topics. This may include things such as custom meta boxes, the Settings API, custom post types, or using custom taxonomies. All of these are valuable things […]
- Get Started Building Your Blog With Parse.js: User Login
What You’ll Be Creating In the last session, you learned how to add data on Parse.com and render it on your website. You got familiar with the concept of objects, collections, and views, and created your first class. From this session and moving forward, you will be creating the admin panel of the blog system. And […]
- Deciding How to Develop Your WordPress Theme Framework
In the first part of this series, I outlined how theme frameworks work and the different types of theme frameworks there are. Before you can start building your own framework, you’ll need to consider how it needs to work and what it will be used for, so that you can use the most appropriate development […]
- How to Use Susy: Superpowered Sass Grids
Susy is a powerful set of Sass mixins for building grid-based layouts. What’s so great about Susy? We’ll show you the basics of working with Susy in this tutorial, but here’s a list of pros to consider: Anti-framework: Susy doesn’t impose any specific grid philosophy on you. Thus, you won’t be dropping in a CSS […]
- Digging in to Laravel’s IoC Container
Inversion of Control, or IoC, is a technique that allows control to be inverted when compared to classical procedural code. The most prominent form of IoC is, of course, Dependency Injection, or DI. Laravel’s IoC container is one of the most used Laravel features, yet is probably the least understood. Here’s a very quick example […]
- iOS 8: Creating a Custom Keyboard in Swift
Starting with iOS 8, your applications can extend custom functionality and content beyond your app, and make it available to users while they’re using other apps or the operating system. One way of extending the operating system is by creating a custom keyboard. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make your […]
- New Course: Testing Ruby With RSpec
RSpec is used throughout the Ruby community for doing test-driven development. In Testing Ruby With RSpec, we’ll explore some of the particular features that are available in RSpec 3. What You’ll Learn With the latest major release of RSpec, testing in Ruby has become even more powerful. New matchers, a better API and more power to the user […]
- Should You Run Holiday Sales as a Designer?
It’s that time of year again when nearly every business is offering holiday sales and specials as consumer activity increases by leaps and bounds. You may even know of fellow freelancers who offer… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- Ultimate Guide to Responsive Web Design
When I think of responsive web design I think of Transformers: Websites in Disguise. With one set of code you can build a website layout that runs flexibly from desktop to mobile. But instead of… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 25 Beautiful and Minimalist Websites
Minimalism is one of our favorite styles of web design. A well-designed website with a minimalist style may look simple, but they’re not always easy to design. This collection shows 25 excellent… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 25 Beautiful Free Lightroom Presets to Enhance Your Photos
Adobe Lightroom has been popular with photographers for several years, and in the past couple of years it has also increased in popularity with designers and hobbyist photographers. While Photoshop… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 13 of the Best Hosted CMSs
Open-source content management systems like WordPress and Drupal get a lot of attention on design blogs, but they are not the only options when it comes to choosing a CMS. There are a number of… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- Best WordPress Hotel Themes of 2014 (so far)
If you’re looking for a solution for a quality hotel website the options can sometimes be underwhelming. Whether you are looking for a website for your own business or working on a client project for… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 5 Successful Freelancers Share the Secrets to their Success
What defines success and “making it”? Not everyone has the same definition for successful freelancers. For some, it could be to become wildly famous in the industry. For others success may come when… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- Exclusive iStock Promo Code for Our Readers
A few years back I launched what was called “Vandelay Premier” to test my ability to sell “premium” stock graphics. While I would only consider it a moderate success, one main thing I quickly… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- The Ultimate Guide to Parallax Scrolling: Best Practices, Examples and Tutorials
The idea of parallax design is simply an awareness of movement. More specifically, the word ‘parallax’ is used to describe the perception of distance between objects while moving along a line of… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 6 Efficient Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder
One of the most common fights my husband and I had in the beginning of our marriage involved getting tasks done. Whether it was as small as carrying in groceries or as big a task as moving, he always… 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
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- 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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Crowdfund them today to save up to 30%, but act fast because the earlier you fund them, the more you’ll save. Crowdfunding runs through May 27th.
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Are you ready to make your own wedding website? It’s easier than you think. Check out these beautiful themes and templates to get you started in impressing your friends and family.
Wedding is an elegant WordPress theme to build a beautiful wedding website easily. You can share your wedding photos, galleries, videos and memorable moments with family & friends by using the wedding WordPress theme.
Wedding theme is also perfect for photography, travel, or any sort of portfolio site. Sidebars can be set to the left, right, or removed entirely.
Happiness is a HTML5/CSS3 optimized, bootstrap powered responsive theme perfect for wedding invitation and personal websites.
Hitched is a beautiful responsive single-page-scroll minimal wedding website template with just the feature you actually need.
Memories is a 5 page website design for wedding sites. Based on a personal 23 column grid. It can be adapted to any startup or personal template.
Mary and Troy is a tine theme helping to create small yet fully functional website for your wedding or other event.
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Bridal Pro is the perfect blogger aid when it comes to planning a wedding and sharing all those special experiences along the way. This theme has styling for a wedding countdown, that will keep track of how much longer until you being your forever.
‘Wedding’ is a beautiful responsive WordPress theme for weddings. Built with Bootstrap, it is compatible with the latest versions of WordPress. It is a single column website with all the facilities you need for your wedding website.
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