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February 24 2014

10:00
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February 07 2014

14:00

15 Smartphone Apps You Should Have

With smartphones now enabling more mobile Internet accessibility, you are given limitless opportunities- and smartphone apps you should have on your smartphone. The mobilization of the Internet access has provided people with unlimited opportunities.

Imagine these scenarios: You’re in café and you suddenly wanted to check an e-mail? Pick your iPad or tablet PC, and voila, you could read what the e-mail is. You’re on a bus trip to the other side of the States and your best friend told you to check out his new Facebook photo. You pick your iOS7 phone and start browsing. You want to tweet in a conference, your Android phone is yours for the taking. With a readily available Internet connection, it has become easier to browse the Web.

Live View (iOS) – A great graphic designing and prototyping tool that allows a remote screen view.

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What the Font (iOS)  – Want to know what font your favorite brand is using? Take a picture of it and let this tool do the magic.

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Palletes (iOS)  – Create charming color schemes anywhere, anytime. You can also determine the color of a particular image and use it on your website. Just open the app,  pick a color from a photo or website that you like and add it to your color palettes for future use.

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HTTP Status Codes Free  (iOS) – Troubleshoot your webpages by identifying the HTTP error codes.

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Coffee Script at Once (iOS)  – Develop HTML, CSS and JS languages using your phone or tablet.

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Free WiFi Finder (iOS)  – Use it to locate WiFi hotspots closer to you. Great for outdoor browsing!

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iFreelancer (iOS)– Are you a freelancer? This app will help you search, save and apply for freelancing opportunities out there!

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HTML5 & CSS Quick Look Guide (Android) – This will provide you with the basic training you need in CSS and HTML5!

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920 Text Editor (Android) – Want a text editor that is e-reader enabled, multilingual, particularly easy to use? 920 Text Editor is the one for you. You’ll never know when that coding itch bugs you.

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Sketcher (Android) – Do your page layout or simple graphics anytime, anywhere. With Sketcher now saved on your phone’s memory, you will easily sleep at night and not worry if the computer has a virus or something. And, you can sketch all you want!

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WordPress for Android (Android) – Love WordPress? This is the best app for you. You can blog anytime or anywhere. Perfect for travel bloggers!

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VT View Source  (Android) –  A fully functional app, compatible with all browsers, that allows you to view the underlying HTML code of the website

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Magic Color Picker (Android) – Sometimes we are too engrossed in designing and we find it necessary to look for the color hexes of things. This one is made to do it. So in case you want to know what kind of orange does an orange have, this one is perfect.

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Fontroid (Android) – So, I heard you like fonts? Maybe you’ll want to make one right? Try this!

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Adobe Photoshop Express (Android) – Edit photos wherever you are using your mobile phone. Experience the power of Adobe Photoshop right at your fingertips. Editing your selfies has never been better with this app!

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Conclusion

With all these apps available over the Internet, I’m pretty sure web designers can never be happier. It’s possible that, someday, we’ll even be able to actually design a website using our mobile devices. And that is not a far shot. But for now, let’s indulge ourselves with these. Easy to access, mobile and equally powerful applications that will make our good lives, better.

February 06 2014

14:58

45 Awesome Freebies For Web Designers

In this session, we have collected some of the awesome freebies for the web designers that have been released recently. Having a good supply of fresh resources, useful tools and downloadable freebies make the job much more easier. Moreover, keeping oneself up to date with the latest tools and resources being introduced in the industry is very important for the web designers.

Keeping this in mind, we thought to compile a collection of some useful freebies for the web designers. Here we are listing down 45 awesome freebie that include icons, user interface kits, mobile ui, and much more.

Metro UI kit

Flat Login and Register Form

iPad Air PSD Mockup

Perspective Tablet Mock-Up 2

iPhone calendar concept PSD

App UI

Map Control UI

Got Wood UI Kit 2

Clean and Simple Social Icons

Nokia Lumia 1020 colourful mockups

Adore – Free icon set for iPhone (Theme)

iOS7 gradients and colours

Table / Chart Freebie

Flat Credit Card Icons Set PSD

WireKit – App Prototyping with Photoshop

Flat dashboard. Free UI kit PSD

Origin – Free UI Kit

Light Bulb Icon Set

Minimal Login Box

Compact Music Player

UI Kit

Leica Raw Edition iOS icon

Themezilla Relaunch

Sterile

iOS Icon

Origin UI Kit

Animated 3D opening type effect

Social App Interface

Price Tag PSD Templates

Flat Toggles and Sliders

Responsive Showcase PSD Mockups

Letterpress Logo Mockup (PSD)

Flat Long Shadow Login & Register UI PSD

Abstract Backgrounds Set 3

Radar Icon

Dark Portfolio PSD Template

Create a Flat iOS 7 App Icon in Photoshop

Corporate Identity PSD Mockup

Icons

iPhone5S – Flat design mockup

Play Music Player UI

Free flat devices PSD

Flat Sticky Note

Newsletter PSD Template Set 1

Vanilla Cream Web Kit

February 05 2014

14:12

8 Free & Useful Minimal Icon Sets

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Icons are certainly a very important element of a design. It doesn’t matter if you are putting together a website or app, icons will be the key for several user interactions. This is why it’s always good to fill your library with good icons you can count on. The good thing is that there are a lot of designers creating great stuff and giving it away to the community. Enjoy these free and minimal icon sets we’ve found for you.

99 beans Icon Set

8 Free & Useful Icons for your Library

45 Blue Drops

8 Free & Useful Icons for your Library

ilepixeli icons

8 Free & Useful Icons for your Library

free 120 icon square ilepixeli set

8 Free & Useful Icons for your Library

Food Icons: Free Icon Set

8 Free & Useful Icons for your Library

Extra IKONS

8 Free & Useful Icons for your Library

Social Media Icons

8 Free & Useful Icons for your Library

Budicon – 48 free line icon

8 Free & Useful Icons for your Library

14:00

25 Amazing Flat UI Kits to Use in Your Next Design

With the explosion of flat-designed websites, web designers now follow the trend in a snap, adapting a cleaner and much simpler design which can be found in flat UI kits. We seldom see skeumorphic designs nowadays. In fact, all the depth and other 3D stuff have been slowly becoming flat.This is the reason why more and more design blogs have created flat design UI kits for web designers who want to follow the trend.

These kits will allow each designer to fully utilize the trend and produce eye-popping results. It also saves the designer a great amount of time because he doesn’t have to create each individual design element. He just needs a kit, which is usually a PSD file, and voila! and instant web design masterpiece.

After some time of searching and selecting, 1stwebdesigner.com has compiled these 25 beautiful UI kits for you to use. These kits come in easy-to-access and easy-to-use formats. You’ll never run out of ways to use these because as flat design grows and develops, so too does your keen sense of art. So better take advantage while it’s still relatively new.

Flat UI Kit by Riki Tanone

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Flat UI Kit by Devin Schulz

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Eerste UI Kit 

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UI Kit by Abhimanyu Rana 

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Flat UI Kit by Zachary VanDeHey 

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FREE Flat UI kit by Visualcreative.cz 

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Flat/UI Kit by Sebastian Scheer 

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Splash of Color Premium Kit 

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Flat UI Kit by Design Modo

Flat UI Kit - HTML/PSD Design Framework

Flat UI Kit by Ben Moss

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Featherweight UI

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Free Flat UI kit by Emanuel Serbanoiu

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Vertical Infinity

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Responsive UI Kit

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Free Program Icons by Applove

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Flatilicious – 48 Free Flat Icons by Lukas Jurik

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FREE Flat Social Icons EPS by Jorge Calvo Garcia

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Free web icon by Zizaza – design ocean

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Big Flat Icons (.sketch) by Luc Chaffard

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UI Kit by Mike | Creative Mints

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Simplistic UI Kit by Tanveer Junayed

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 Square UI – Interactive Components Board by Vladimir Kudinov

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Free PSD UI Kit by Simeon K

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Flat Stroke UI Kit by Ryan Clark

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Flat UI Login Form by David East

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Sign Up by Dylan Opet

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Your Username by Giel Cobben

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 Sign In Flat Design by Logoswish / Maxim

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Signup Form by Prakash Ghodke

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Conclusion

These UI kits are made for the average designer who works alone or with a small team to save time. Now if you want to accelerate your designing stages, you will be given more time to work on more projects, which, in turn, will yield favorable results.

Now, after browsing these 25 Flat UI kits, what is your favorite? Why? Let’s talk about it.

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February 04 2014

14:52

19 Time Saving And Free Photoshop Actions For Designers

Photoshop actions are meant to simplify designers’ work and let them perform some sort of repetitive tasks quite easily and effortlessly. Adobe Photoshop is the most powerful as well as most widely used photo editing software. Many designers are dependent on this software for performing their everyday designing tasks. With Photoshop actions, designers can easily apply different types of effects on a given format.

Below, we have presented 19 very useful Photoshop actions for the designers. Check them out and pick the ones you like the best. We hope that you will like this collection and find these amazing Photoshop actions useful for you. Feel free to share your opinions with us via comment section below. Your comments are always more than welcome. Let us have a look. Enjoy!

Photoshop Soft Action

Photoshop Actions Set 2

Plexiglass by SparkleStock

Action 03

Photoshop waterscape Action

Denim & Leather

Curve

Najib17Stunning ColorFx by najib dod

Warm colors

Fun FX: Digital Corruption

10 Colorful Actions

Red Autumn

Yellow contrast

Yellow tree action

Fairytale actions

Dear diary

2010 color correction action

Summer Fade Ps Action

Autumn

February 03 2014

14:30

Expert Tips When Creating and Selling Fonts

Fonts are essential for the feel of the website. Font developers, like you, need to be smart when creating and selling fonts. In media, where typefaces are very much used, fonts have changed in the same rate as any other web page elements, adjusting to the need and time of its use. As there are people who are able to read, fonts will continue to evolve in its styles, uses and forms.

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Photo by Juan Joro

With that being said, the growing importance of font designers is also heightened. Because of the need for constant development, typefaces should adapt to the changes that the users demand, ergo, the talent and skill to create aesthetically beautiful and purposely readable fonts.

Actually, creating your own font is pretty rad. Imagine seeing your own handwriting or something you developed being used in designs and even in websites. At the most, if you have been trained well and created awesome designs, you could even sell your fonts! So it’s really a pretty good thing to learn.

This article will help you achieve that goal. 1stWebdesigner will be very much willing to teach you the following:

  • Things you need to know before designing a font
  • Shall I sell it or give it away for free?
  • Tools you might need to use, and some alternatives

With these points, let’s see if you can stand up to the challenge of being great font-designers and developers.

What do I need to know before starting to design my own font?

Sun Tzu once said,

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle”

You’re probably wondering why I wrote that. Well, those words should be the guiding principle in designing your own fonts. Knowing your ‘enemy’ and ‘yourself’ is a sure-shot weapon on making magnificent and potentially sellable typefaces. Once you mastered these principles, you can truly design fonts as sharp as the samurais.

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Photo from Career Girl Network

The first thing to keep in mind is your ‘enemy’. Now, who is your enemy? Let’s just say your enemy is your target. What is your purpose for designing this font? Knowing where to use it and to whom you shall use it for will be the key in making fonts that impact (pun intended) in the world of web design.

Ask yourself:

  • Am I targeting kids for this design? If yes, then, design a comical font.
  • Am I targeting professionals here?  If yes, then, you might want to think of a typeface that would suit them.
  • Do I want to see my handwriting on the computer screen? If yes, then you might want to think of a font that will suit this answer.

You should be careful in targeting your audience because you might fire a stray bullet and hit the ones you’re not targeting. So keep in mind that fonts have their specific uses for specific purposes.

Try reading: Font Police: 20 Fonts to Avoid to Maintain Your Readers’ Sanity

Next, consider if what type of font you will use. There are a few types of fonts out there. What you need to do is to know where to place your font in these categories. Doing this will easily make your font sellable and searchable in case you wanted to make money out of them.

Read Working with Types: Typography Design Tutorial for Beginners for the different types of fonts.

After knowing what font you will use, you will be challenged to know what fonts to suit you. As a designer, you probably have your own niche. Are you comfortable with script fonts? Do you prefer comical fonts rather than formal ones? What will make your design workflow easier, faster and better?

You need to address those cases and try to look at your own designs. Assess your strengths and play with them. If you are good at formal typefaces, then go for it. Learn where are you going to put yourself and also where to have fun doing it. Remember, if you love what you do, your target will  love what you make out of your designs. So choose.

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Shall I sell my fonts or give them away for free?

Now this is a pretty good question. Say, you were able to design a handful of awesome fonts. Your friends are pressuring you to sell them out so that you could take them out for dinner. And now, you come to ask yourself, “Can I really sell these?”

The answer is yes. Though the second question will arise, will they buy it? Now that’s another good question.

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Making people actually buy your fonts could seem very difficult, though, very possible. With the Internet growing more vibrant as each day passes by, you are basically given an unlimited number of people wanting fonts. Now, with a growing number of demands, your fonts will be competing with other designers which, in some ways, could be better than you. Now, how do you win? Try these:

  • Foundry Method – Foundries are font manufacturers. They distribute typefaces to a lot of outlets like web shops and resellers so it’s a pretty big opportunity to sell your font through them. It is an exclusive deal as the foundry will maintain the right to sell the font you designed as dictated by the contract. In return, you will be given royalty.

Good points of this method:

  • It requires minimal to zero business knowledge. The foundry will take everything in. No headaches.
  • They can improve your design and make it more sellable.
  • Foundries protect you from piracy and misuse.
  • You can focus on designing more fonts rather than thinking about how to sell them.

Bad points:

  • Little to no control at all with the method of selling the fonts.
  • You will receive only a portion of the earnings.

Things to consider about your foundries:

  • The niche of the whole foundry.
  • Their assistance to the production of your font.
  • Target market of the foundry.
  • Length and terms of the contract.

Here are some foundries you’ll want to take a look at.

  • Reseller Method – Resellers offer fonts from a lot of different foundries. What they do is they sign contracts with font publishers or foundries and sell the fonts in the latter’s library. They receive a particular percentage from selling the fonts. Each reseller can have different and various customers. It’s up to them how to sell the fonts.

Good points:

  • You could be able to reach more diverse markets, hence, more customers.
  • You could maintain the brand pricing and rights with different resellers.

Bad Points:

  • You need to know a lot about business.
  • You have to share your earnings with the reseller.

Things to consider about your foundries:

  • Who are their clients?
  • Are they pretty respected?
  • What are their methods?
  • What fonts do they actually sell?

Here are some resellers you can visit: Graphic Design Forum

  • Forever Alone Method – if you think you can handle it, you could go by yourself. Though it may be pretty scary to sell fonts on your own, it can give you a very good value boost. But it could be pretty difficult as you have to have great designs that stand out to do this.

Good points:

  • You have full control over your design and selling strategy.
  • You could take home 100% of the profit.
  • You can establish a name for yourself.

Bad Points:

  • You need to know a lot about business.
  • It requires less time on designing, more on selling.
  • It is pretty difficult to go in the system.

Tools you might need to use and some alternatives

As you will be delving into the world of font creation, you will appreciate the following tools, which will make your life easier and your designing experience, more fun.

For Drawing the Fonts

  • Paper and Pen – very rudimentary, yes, but this method is still accepted. If you have a cool handwriting and a pretty decent pen and a clean sheet of paper, you’re on the go. You could just scan it afterwards. (Tips: Draw big to achieve higher resolution and detail)

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Photo by Jeenie Green

  • Pen Tablet Input Tool – this is for serious designers. This will cost you money but will spare you from scanning the fonts. So it’s also a good deal.

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Photo by James

  • For Editing the Drawings

 Adobe Illustrator –Adobe Iillustrator is a very versatile tool to vectorize your fonts. It’s pretty complicated but learnable.

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Photo by Viktor Hertz

GIMP – GIMP is very easy to use, though, lacking the features that Illustrator possesses.

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  • For Rendering the Fonts

Fontographer ($350) – easy to use yet powerful font editor. You can design typefaces, customize existing fonts and it displays them in high resolution!

FontLab Studio ($650) – is a professional font editor used by major computer companies and most font foundries. It is very comprehensive and yet flexible software that targets professionals and amateurs alike.

Fonstruct(free) – is a fully operational web-ran software that allows you to create your own fonts. You can register as a user to be able to render your design.

Other free tools here!

Conclusion

The creation and selling of fonts just proves that the typeface is important in any aspect of design. Creating new typefaces signifies that this notion is still alive and moving. With newer designs emerging almost every day, it’s pretty good to see that it adds a sense of uniqueness in the design, making it more viable for income. Truly, when you learn how to make fonts, you’ll be in places you’ve never been.

January 31 2014

21:15

January 30 2014

11:57

40 Amazingly Creative Square Patterns For Free Download

In this round up, we have gathered 40 surprisingly creative square patterns for you that you can use in your design work. Square is one of the basic shapes that we all were taught in our childhood. Using this basic shape in your design process can bring a big change in the overall appearance of your design and make it look even more appealing and attractive. Though, it is a very and simple shape yet it can create beautiful design patterns and hence can be an important element is your design project.

Check them out and pick the ones you like the best. We hope that you will like this collection and find these amazing and creative square patterns useful for you. Feel free to share your opinions with us via comment section below. Your comments are always more than welcome. Let us have a look. Enjoy!

5 Stones

Falling squares

Transmit

Silent square

80 Trunks

[The Sharp Edges]

Sakai Blocks [t]

Free Repeat Pattern in a Retro Style

Micro Patterns

Freefalling

Blue Squares

Bathroom Tile

Night bubble girl

Dice patterns

Retro

Purple Radiance

Not 1974 Anymore

Square Pattern Background

Diamonds and squares

Dice patterns 2

Uptown Loft

Multisquare Pattern

Lackadaisical

Kimi’s The CLAD!

Colors Sparkle

Retro Cubes Pattern Set

Cool in cotton

Candy bunnies

Squares_[t]

Squares Patterns

Sunshine Squared

Grungy Abstract Squares Photoshop Patterns

Congratulations

Hashtag

Woven Pandanus

Mark of Thumb

Cool and quilted

Rock the tartan

Dice patterns 3

Golden cubes

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