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February 05 2014

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.

November 08 2013

13:19

25 Incredible Examples of Flat Design

It almost seems that this year flat designs have taken over the world of graphic design by force, but especially in the arena of mobile apps with the first industry-shaking flat design being for the iPhone5. Reality is that flat design has been around longer than the emergence of the iPhone5, but of course it was Apple that helped to bring such cross-industry awareness to the design style.

You ask almost anyone who owns an iPhone5 or who has read about the design in the news, and they’ll describe flat designs as, well, flat. In the design world, flat indicates a design style that avoids 3D effects, animation, and other bling-bling. Most flat designs also include lots of illustration, bold use of colors, and fairly minimal layouts. Just as with any style in graphic design, however, most flat designs do not include all of these aspects. A design can be usually agreed upon as flat if it includes more of these minimal aspects and less of the “extras”.

As mentioned beforehand, you can find flat designs in almost every area of graphic design. The list below includes websites, icons, and mobile apps that most would agree fall under the “flat design” category. Most very clearly follow the guidelines, if you will, for flat, but please feel free to share in the comments below if you have found a better example.

Websites

The following flat website designs use several flat aspects in a large part of the design scheme. A few do include a bit of animation, but were so minimal that they still fall under the flat design category.

Operativnik Website Design by Felix Baky

Bedford by Samuel James Oxley

Sacha Greif

Fostr

Neueyorke

Tivix

Bob Galmarini

Mike McQuade

Enso

Taasky

Layer

Icons

Flat icons are becoming much more abundant and easy to find as popularity in this design style has grown. Let us know if you have some of your own to share!

Flatilicious – 48 Free Flat Icons

99 Designs Icons by Northwood

Flat Icons Pack by Martz90

Circle Icons Pack by Martz90

Apps

In the app world, flat has almost seemed to become synonymous with everything “hip”. Google and Apple both seem to have taken a liking to the style, as well as the following apps and designers below.

TypeGrid by Ye Joo Park

Postcard iPhone App by Yasser Achachi

TV iPad App by Michal Parulski

Flight Search App iOS by Yasser Achachi

Flat Mobile App Music Player by Yasser Achachi

Samsung Smart Home App Concept by Ali Rahmoun

Canopy.co

Learnist

Workout Trainer

Color Zen

Which of the flat designs above do you think represent this style the best? Were there any designs above that you think should not have been included in the list?

October 02 2013

06:30

Flaticon.com: Use 11,000+ Free Icons from within Adobe Photoshop


  

Freepik, our friends from sunny Spain just did it again. They pushed out a new project by the name of flaticon.com. Flaticon.com is a platform hosting more than 11,000 icons, all in the looks of the ever so popular flat design trend. This week they added a brand-new Photoshop plugin to the free service. This makes it possible to access each and every icon directly from within Photoshop, which makes for a must-have for any designer out there…

September 17 2013

13:00

106 Free Flat UI Kits to Boost Your Designs in No Time

Over the past several months, we have noticed that in web design the use of flashy illustrations, extraneous textures and drop down shadows were minimized if not totally removed. This is due to the growing influence of flat design – a user-centric web design style.

Microsoft, Google and now even Apple is digging this design trend. If you have observed that you were left behind and you still have those beveled, bulged and eye popping gradients, you can catch up by learning the Basic Principles of Flat Design .

And here is more to help you get started. I compiled 100+ FREE downloadable Flat UI kits to help you kickin’ in no time.

UI kits are great packages for starters for they can save you time, which is important when you are catching up the trend. These kits usually come in PSD file formats and include brushes, patterns and a lot of user interface elements.

1.  Flat AP UI Kit

From: Andrew Preble
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2. Featherweight UI – A free, vector based and retina ready UI kit

From: Sara Hunt
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3. Flat UI Free – PSD&HTML User Interface Kit

From: Designmodo
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4. FREE flat UI kit.

From: Visualcreative.cz
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5. UI Kit

From: Abhimanyu Rana
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6. Polaris UI Free – User Interface Pack

From: Designmodo
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7. Square UI Free – User Interface Kit

From: Designmodo
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8. Freebie PSD: Flat / UI Kit

From: Sebastiaan Scheer
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9. #flatlyfe UI Kit [FREEBIE]

From: Dylan Opet
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10. Flat UI

From: Andy Law
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11. Blog/Magazine Flat UI Kit

From: Raul Taciu
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12. PSD Flat UI Kit Template Vol2

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13. Simple UI Kit with Flat Colors

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14. Free flat UI kit (.psd freebie)

From: Emanuel Serbanoiu
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15. Flat Design UI Kit Vol. 1

From: Bloom Web Design
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16. EVEN: A FLAT UI KIT

From: Adam Robertson
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17. The Free Modern Touch Kit

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18. Free Color UI Kit

From: Cüneyt ŞEN
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19. Flat UI Kit

From: JAN DVOŘÁK
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20. SmoothBerry – Free UI Kit

From: Mansoor MJ
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21. Free Minimal UI Kit

From: Ramil Derogongun
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22. Mega Flat UI Kit

From: Kim
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23. UI Kit – Free PSD

From: Rebecca Machamer
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24. Vertical Infinity – A Mega Flat Style UI Kit PSD

From: cssauthor.com
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25. Flat UI Kit (Free PSD)

From: Devin Schulz
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26. Metro UI kit

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27. Flat UI Kit

From: Zachary VanDeHey
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28. Beach GUI

From: Mike Clarke
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29. UI Kit – Free download

From: Hüseyin Yilmaz
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30. Dark UI Kit – Free download

From: Hüseyin Yilmaz
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31. Flat UI Freebie Pack

From: Shaun Stehly
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32. remember.me – Application Artboards (Free PSD)

From: Amit Jakhu
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33. Flat Design UI Components

From: Raul Taciu
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34. Free Flat UI Kit

From: Enes Danış
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35. Flat dashboard. Free UI kit PSD

From: Prowebdesignro
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36. Flat Web & UI Kit Final Pack

From: Dart 117
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37. UI Kit

From: Jamie Syke
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38. UI/UX Flat design – Free PSD

From: Julie Champourlier
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39. Freebie PSD: Flat UI Kit

From: Riki Tanone
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40. Freebie PSD: Flat UI Kit 2 (Blog)

From: Riki Tanone
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41. Flat UI Design Kit PSD

From: Asim Craft
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42. UI Kit (Free PSD)

From: Sanadas Young
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43. Flat UI Kit – Freebie PSD

From: Ryan Bales
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44. Avengers Flat UI Kit

From: Tristan Parker
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45. flat UI kit

From: Daniel
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46. Responsive UI Kit (PSD)

From: Emrah Demirag
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47. UI KIT – 1 PSD SET (FREE)

From: PremiumPsds
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48. Freebie: UI Kit PSD

From: Andreea Nicolaescu
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49. Flatastic UI

From: Designerzbase
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50. Flat UI Kit

From: Eric Bieller
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51. Flatilicious User Interface Free

From: Patrick M.
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52. Free PSD: Flat UI Kit

From: Blazrobar.com
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53. Flat UI Elements

From: andrewbeckwith.com
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54. Free Flat UI Kit

From: Wahib El Younssi
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55. Free Deal: Flat User Interface Set

From: inkydeals.com
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56. Flatter- A Free UI Kit

From: Andrew Coyle
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57. Freebie PSD: Oniam UI Kit

From: Federico Espinosa
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58. Flat UI Kit (free download!)

From: webdesignerdepot.com and freepick.com
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59. (FREE PSD) Flat UI

From: Zeki Ghulam (Flat & Filthy)
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60. Orange/Cyan UI

From: Marc Konno
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61. Tablet-Friendly Almost Flat UI Kit

From: Monkee-Boy.com
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62. Flat + Transparent UI

From: Monkee-Boy.com
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63. Flat UI kit

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64. Ecommerce Flat UI Kit Vol.1 (PSD)

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65. Minimize UI Kit

From: Alessio Atzeni
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66. Free Flat Design UI/UX Kit

From: Julie Champourlier
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67. Human After All -UI Kit Free

From: Tim Meissner
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68. UI/UX Flat Design Kit – Neon Theme – FREE PSD

From: Julie Champourlier
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69. Flat UI Kit – Free Download

From: Mark Peck
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70. Gideo UI Kit

From: Paul
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71. Flat UI Kit Free

From: Giuseppe Severo
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72. Free RockMedia Media UI Kit

From: Lester Gonzales
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73. Free modern UI PSD

From: Fatih Ocak
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74. Flat UI Kit

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75. REDMILK FREE UI Elements (PSD)

From: Emile Rohlandt
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76. Metrostyle Web UI Kit (PSD)

From: Josep Roselló
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77. touch50px UI Kit (PSD)

From: Angelo
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78. UI/UX Flat Design – Sorbet Theme – Free PSD

From: Julie Champourlier
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79. Flat Design Buttons for Websites

From: Asim Craft
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80. UI Kit

From: Sanadas Young
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81. Grooveshark PSD (Flat redesign)

From: Zeki Ghulam (Flat & Filthy)
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82. Metro Vibes UI Kit (PSD)

From: Pixelkit.com
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83. Free Flat Flags

From: Muharrem Şenyıl
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84. “Pizza” UI Kit – PSD

From: Boris Valusek
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85. Eerste – Flat User Interface Kit That Is Free To Download

From: Designyourway.net
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86. Minimal Blue UI Kit

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87. Weekly Freebie – Reservation Box

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88. Metro UI Kit

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89. Metro UI KitRegister UI — Free PSD included

From: Ionut Zamfir
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90. Friends list UI (Free PSD)

From: Nicolas Mata
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91. Sign Up Form

From: Dylan Opet
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92. Flat Web Ui

From: Josep Roselló
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93. Simple UI – Free PSD included

From: Ionut Zamfir
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94. Simplistic UI Kit

From: Tanveer Junayed
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95. Flattastic Free

From: Vlade Dimovski
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96. Ui Kit [Free PSD]

From: Pele Chaengsavang
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97. Freebie PSD: UI Kit

From: Patryk Adaś
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98. Transparent freebie

From: Patryk Adaś
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99. Simple UI Kit – Free

From: Sadat
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100. Freebie PSD: Flat & Casted Long Shadow UI Kit

From: Jacopo Spina
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101. RED UI

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102. Leo

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103. Almost Flat Dark UI Pack

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104. City Break UI Kit

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105. Arctic Sunset GUI Kit Free PSD (Exclusive)

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106. Sweet Candy UI Kit

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Having a library of UI elements can help you make your design process faster.
Download these Free UI kit now and you will never get left behind!
Hands down to our great designers who share their works for free!

September 12 2013

13:00

Giveaway: 7 Copies of Flat UI Pro by DesignModo (PSD & HTML)

Our friends at DesignModo are generous enough to give 1stwebdesigner readers a chance to win 7 copies of their Flat UI Pro ($69/copy)! If you’re a fan of flat design and you’re just itching to design as soon as you sit in front of your computer, then this is for you!

As of late, flat design has taken the Internet by storm. Not only that, the same style has been seen on interfaces of games, operating systems, logos, and you name it!

So, do you want to win this elegant kit?

Peek into the Box

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  • Not only does it come with the PSD file, it also has a pre-built HTML site that you can easily tweak.
  • Since it’s based on Twitter Bootstrap (TBS), you won’t have to code anything from scratch ever again.
  • If you are familiar with TBS, then you’ll know that a simple class call can result to an entire navigation bar.
  • The same is true for almost every aspect of a website: articles, tooltips, warning messages, footer, and many more.
  • Flat UI Pro is built around Twitter Bootstrap is retina ready, and is designed with alignment on 940/12 column grid.
  • Aside from the glaring facts that every web designer and developer will love this because it’s a complete toolkit for rapid prototyping,

How to Participate:

To enter the contest all you need to do is fill-up the form below. Note that you can earn multiple entries!

Very easy, right? Good luck!

Can’t Wait?

If you can’t wait to get your hands on this Flat UI kit, I highly recommend that you get it now!

And as always, don’t forget to leave your thoughts about this kit on the comments section.

August 12 2013

13:00

Basic Principles of Flat Design – And Resources to Get You Started!

In case that you have been stuck in a cave for the past few years, let me tell you this nice news: flat design is the current craze. We should now say goodbye to those intricate designs dominated by brushes, gradients, drop shadows and all those kinds of designs. I repeat, flat is the new trend.

The flat design is an emerging design style that uses flat shapes and icons. It basically revolves around the use of rectangles, circles, triangles and others shapes with the absence of other design elements like shadows, strokes and gradients. It was made popular by Microsoft in their computer systems, especially their new operating system they call Windows 8. Basically, the flat design style is rooted on two principles: simplicity and readability. These two principles guide the designers in formulating stylish web layouts, software designs, posters and many more.

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Flat Design’s Simplicity

It is the state of a design that refrains from the use of intricacies. Simple flat designs turn away from the use of drop shadows, strokes and other design elements. The reason behind this is that people now appreciate simple and easy to recognize styles. Also, with the advent of mobile browsing, where the screen space is limited, the use of simple images would maximize the use of the pixels on the screen. The minimalist style is also applied as the designers focus on wide spacing between icons, images and all the other elements of a web page or application. Furthermore, simple and flat images tend to load faster than intricately designed ones because the browser would not load the design elements packed together with the main image.

Meanwhile, the principle of readability comes in together with the minimalist style. With more ‘white-spaces’ (or empty spaces), the text is seen well. Also, the absence of drop shadows, strokes and gradients will ensure the readability of the texts placed within a page.

Facebook is one of the first to adapt the design format. In the past weeks, Facebook has evidently changed their design schemes, allowing users to see simple icons, designs and more eye-friendly visuals. Google has also followed the lead by changing its icons to colorful yet flat images.

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Truly, the flat design trend has slowly but surely invaded our web pages, apps and computers. Soon enough it will totally influence us. And before that happens, let’s familiarize ourselves with the philosophy of the flat Design. We’ll talk about the elements of the design and how are they used to fully utilize the screen space.
There are actually five elements. They are:

  1. Absence of depth
  2. Use of simple elements
  3. Typography
  4. Color
  5. Minimalism

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Photo source: The World is Flat

The Death of Depth

Depth is now dead. A new design trend is ruling the block. Unlike the previous design trends where we couldn’t live without drop shadows, strokes, bevels and gradients, the new flat design style focuses more on simple 2D blueprint. This philosophy of the flat design totally contradicts the skeuomorphistic design, where images are made to imitate the shape, color and utilization of a real-word object. Skeuomorphistic-designed websites and apps normally have background images which are realistic in nature. These use textures in the real world.

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A good example of this kind of design is the iOS6 (and previous versions of iOS) design. Each design is supposed to be an imitation of the real object. The use of 3d computer-generated images, the use of gradients, textures, strokes, bevels and embosses are maximized to make the image look like real-world. The newsstand app looks like an actual newsstand made of wood.

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On the contrary, these elements are removed in the flat design. The scheme of the flat layout removes these 3D elements. Drop the depth. Remove all those shadows, gradients and strokes!

Simplicity is Still Beauty

With the removal of depth in the designs, it is but normal for the images, icons and other design elements to become visually simple. Icons are now made to be flat and uses basic geometric shapes like circles, squares and rectangles. This will give a simple and easy to use graphic user interface. The average person will no longer feel the need for a manual because the visuals present themselves as they’re used.

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When you see an F icon placed in a blue square, you’ll easily know it’s Facebook. When you see an icon of a gear, it would easily tell you that it’s a settings menu. Flat design works like that. When you see a diskette shape, you’ll automatically know that it’s the save icon. Or when you see a big yellow letter M placed on a red background, the notion will always be McDonald’s. See, the simpler the logo gets, the better the recognition will be. What you see is what you basically get.

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Resources for designing a Timeless Logo:

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More on Okilla.com

Typography, as I told you before

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Photo by Courtney and Andrew
Typographies have their place in flat designs. It adds style even with the texts and gives you a reader-friendly interface. No more calligraphy. Use crisp and clear font texts with shorter messages and chromatically placed with color and shapes. For more information on this, read our typography tutorial.

Coo-lor Colors

As I mentioned in our typography tutorial, color is important. It can make or break your page. It basically sets the whole feel of your site or page. In the flat design principle, it is advisable to use candy colors which are slightly desaturated because they tend to add aesthetic beauty to your page without making your reader’s eyes bleed because of too much brightness. Candy colors attract the eyes better because they are cute, and can be complemented and contrasted easily with other colors. These colors are normally #e65d5d or #c43434 (for red), #7dc692 or # 508b61 (for green), #dfbc42 (for yellow) and # 3498db for blue. Flatuicolors.com provides a good guide for this.

Just remember that color is everywhere; don’t bore people by choosing the un-cool ones. Gradients are also not cool anymore. Avoid using bright yellow, neon yellow green, neon purple and bright red and bright orange. Don’t make your website visitors glare.

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Master Your Colors!

Less is more, lesser is most

Minimalism is the art of de-cluttering your page or screen. This principle originated from the magazines of the print media where white spaces are more evident than the text itself. It gives padding or breathing room for your texts and suggests a typographical peace. Leave a lot of empty spaces. Throw away the unneeded elements and impress people. Less is more. Lesser is most.

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Relevant: Why Creating Minimalist Design Makes You a Better Designer

The flat design could be simple as it looks, but creativity is still everything. When thinking of possible usage for this layout, remember to refresh your mind. Think of newer, cuter and sleeker designs. This design style will be still in style, but doing a wreck out of it won’t make it any more famous. Be creative. Try to experiment. View inspiration sites. Try your own style, commit mistakes, correct them and be a better artist!
Know that you know how to be flat. Let us all, go flat!

August 08 2013

13:00

30 Premium Flat WordPress Themes That Rock!

Looking for some flat WordPress themes for your website? Flat is hot right now! Flat design or flat UI is now the growing trend in the web design industry and the audience are going gaga for it. Going for a minimalist approach, flat designs are sophisticated, simple and sexy.

Most people don’t have enough time to spare to create a new flat web template and the best solution to that problem is to purchase one. Flat designs are also made to fit with retina displays; your blog can be visited by people on their tablets and smartphones. It’s the perfect concept for you to gather more audience. If you want to take the plunge into the awesome revolution in web design, then, let us cater to your needs in this article. Okay, let’s move on to the latest 30 rocking WordPress Themes with Flat Designs.

1. Flat – Responsive Portfolio Theme ($35)

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Features:

  • Responsive design w/1070px and 480px breakpoints
  • Retina ready w/optional retina logo upload field and vectorized icons
  • Collapsible menu
  • Interactive social icons
  • Full-screen, responsive and touch-ready slider
  • 2 homepage layouts

Demo | Buy

2. MetroFolio ($40)

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Features:

  • Responsive design (Optimized for iPhone and iPad)
  • Drag & drop interface for posts, pages and portfolio items
  • Customizable header description text
  • Customizable tile color
  • Color picker for customizable options
  • Widget-supported
  • WordPress 3.5 ready (featured images, menus…etc)
  • Pages templates (full width, archives)

Demo | Buy

3. Metrolium ($45)

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Features:

  • Responsive design & retina-ready
  • 2D & 3D premium sliders
  • Real-time WP customizer
  • jQuery sortable portfolio

Demo | Buy

4. Glider • Clean & Powerful Flat Stylish Theme ($45)

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Features:

  • Excellent page builder
  • 960 Vector icons
  • 7 Layouts and all blocks
  • Woo commerce

Demo | Buy

5. Hypertext – Flat Portfolio WordPress Theme ($40)

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Features:

  • Fully responsive design
  • Drag and drop unique page builder
  • Revolutionary slider, fully integrated
  • Valid HTML5/CSS3
  • Filterable portfolio with isotobe
  • Translation-ready .po/.mo files included
  • Many post media types
  • Many portfolio media types
  • Extensive theme options

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6. Forest – A Flat and Bold Portfolio WordPress theme ($40)

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Features:

  • Responsive design from Head to Footer
  • Optimized for retina display
  • Powered by StagFramework, a light yet powerful theme options panel
  • Full localization support ( .po/.mo files included )
  • In-built StagShortcode generator
  • In-built SEO settings
  • Custom widgets ( Twitter, Flickr, custom page and others )

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7. Emerald – Responsive One-Page WordPress Theme ($40)

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Features:

  • Responsive design with Parallax effect
  • Advanced theme option panel
  • Drag & drop page builder with visual composer
  • Unlimited colors
  • You can add your own background images to every page sections
  • Metro Flipboard slider – build exclusively for Emerald

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8. Fuse – Responsive Portfolio & Blog WordPress Theme ($45)

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Features:

  • Ultra responsive design
  • Retina-ready (provided you upload pictures at least 1000px wide)
  • Ultra smooth scrolling
  • Extensive theme options based on our awesome WpGrade Framework
  • Multilingual translation ready and .po/.mo files for localisation included ( WPML )
  • W3C HTML5/ CSS3 Valid

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9. Lambo – Premium Photography Theme ($45)

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Features:

  • Clean, modern design can be used for any type of website
  • Fully responsive
  • Built with HTML5 and CSS3
  • Unlimited colors
  • bbPress Ready
  • Customizable background image
  • Custom background pattern
  • Advanced option panel
  • 3 Header styles
  • Turn ON/OFF responsivness
  • Strong focus on typography, usability and overall user-experience

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10. Metrofy WP – Responsive Multi-Page & One-Page Theme ($40)

Features:

  • Custom theme color
  • Custom background
  • New links block. See example
  • More header icons
  • Support for bigger logos
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11. FlatPack – MultiPurpose Business WordPress Theme ($55)

Features:

  • 100% Fully responsive WordPress theme for Mac, PC, tablet and mobile devices
  • Fully customizable with a vast amount of color options available
  • eCommerce ready
  • Many font choices
  • Translation-ready
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  • Choose from a blog preset or widget-driven homepage layout
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  • Super-powerful slider
  • Social icons included
  • WordPress 3.5, fully-tested
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12. Hurry | Responsive & Retina Theme ($35)

Features:

  • 100% responsive and retina-ready
  • WordPress 3.5 ready
  • Unique home page layout (2 available)
  • Super easy installation & setup
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  • Cool theme options
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  • Theme-ready for sharing (plugged to Twitter, Dribbble, Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest)
  • Main shortcodes included (check them out in the live preview)
  • Cool CSS3 animations
  • Gallery included
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13. PrimoNews – Premium Magazine Theme ($45)

Features:

  • Clean, modern design can be used for any type of website
  • Fully responsive
  • Built with HTML5 and CSS3
  • Unlimited colors
  • Front-end editor
  • Translation support including .po and .mo files
  • Unbranded advanced theme options panel
  • Post sharing box with social icons13 Custom widgets
  • Working contact form
  • Cross browser support
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  • Strong focus on typography, usability and overall user-experience
  • 100+ Google fonts

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14. Spruce | A Refreshing Journal & Portfolio Theme ($40)

Features:

  • Custom header backgrounds (full width, pattern or color) – also an option to add a single site-wide header image.
  • Custom accent color pickers on each page & post.
  • Compatible with the free Bean Portfolio Plugin.
  • Compatible with the free Bean Shortcodes Plugin.
  • Compatible with the free Bean Tweets Plugin.
  • Clean, bold, & timeless design
  • Left and right sidebar switcher on any default page template.
  • Fully responsive build
  • Retina assets/CSS
  • Built with HTML5 & CSS3
  • More posts can be loaded functionality
  • Custom audio, gallery, video
  • Embedded video post formats
  • Related posts
  • SEO optimized

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15. Showy – Bold & Flat Portfolio ($35)

Features:

  • Responsive
  • Special CSS3 flip effect (fall back for older browsers and touch screens)
  • Filterable portfolio
  • Homepage portfolio shows 6 at most with link to full portfolio
  • One, Two or three column portfolio
  • Simple & clean layout
  • Fully working blog (Image, gallery, video, quote, link, aside)
  • Special single portfolio item page

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16. Arto – A Flat & Responsive Multipurpose Theme ($45)

Features:

  • New flat design style
  • Fully-responsive design
  • Layered PSD files for easy customization
  • Wide and boxed versions
  • Advanced theme option panel
  • HTML5 & CSS3
  • Dark and light theme skins
  • Unlimited color skins
  • Customize everything!
  • 500 + Google fonts
  • 9 Ready pages and templates – Home Page, Portfolio (3 templates), Blog, Contact, About Us, Our Services, 404 Page
  • Tones of custom shortcodes
  • Custom widgets
  • SEO-ready
  • Detailed documentation
  • Child theme
  • Flexible and multipurpose
  • Clean and unique design

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17. Weald – Flat Responsive Portfolio WordPress theme ($40)

Features:

  • Fully responsive
  • Easy to use single page layout (everything works automatically based on the main navigation)
  • Unlimited color schemes
  • Portfolio with multiple categories
  • Ajax pagination
  • Post formats
  • Featured images
  • 20+ shortcodes
  • 250+ icons using Entypo
  • Unique slider generator with Nemus Slider
  • Retina-ready
  • Translation-ready
  • Great and fast support

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18. Modern Metro – Responsive WordPress Theme ($40)

Features:

  • Metro, modern UI, tile based layout
  • Advanced responsivness – two completly different layouts: horizontal with column based text and vertical layout for mobile.
  • Easy to manage tile manager for every post, page and gallery item tile
  • Unlimited colors and style possibilites that may be changed with few clicks
  • Possiblity to set multiple featured images for each page/post that will be sliding on tiles or slider.
  • Cross browser – supports all major browsers.
  • Easy and clean admin panel
  • Build in blog and gallery page system
  • Automated share panel
  • Quick start video and documentation guide.
  • Advanced typography

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19. Vetro – A Flat UI WordPress Theme ($40)

Features:

  • Clean, modern design can be used for any type of website
  • Fully-responsive
  • Built with HTML5 and CSS3
  • Custom background image
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  • Designed using Designmodo Flat Free kit
  • Advanced option panel

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20. ThemeTastic Flat Responsive WordPress Theme ($45)

Features:

  • Compatible with the latest WordPress version
  • Responsive layout (Tested on iPad, iPhone and Android) – can be turned off with one click!
  • Build content easily with visual composer and/or shortcodes
  • Custom build theme & page options
  • Localizable with .po .mo translation files
  • WPML multi-language plugin support
  • Unique 3D slider caption effect which can, of course, be deactivated
  • 100’s of retina icons included for crisp graphics on every device
  • Various post formats with image, slideshow, Youtube & Vimeo video support
  • Many different portfolio/blog layout customization options
  • Unlimited portfolios
  • Unlimited sidebars

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21. Anubis – Responsive Portfolio & Blog Theme ($40)

Features:

  • Ultra responsive design
  • Extensive theme options
  • Shortcode generator
  • Accent color control
  • Sortable team & portfolio
  • Full localisation support (contains .po/.mo files)
  • 3 Custom widgets (Twitter, Flickr, social profile)
  • Revolution slider included
  • Isotope portfolio filter included
  • Fancybox included

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22. RENOVA – WordPress One-Page Responsive Portfolio ($40)

Features:

  • Stunningly unique design and highly reusable layout – a creative theme best suitable for creative agencies/ individual portfolios and for innovative business showcases.
  • Flat Design style, a popular trend on web that produces a clean and minimal look and feel.
  • Perfectly responsive layout across all devices including iOS mobile devices, Android and Windows phone platforms.
  • Built with Bootstrap 2.3.2 – The world’s best responsive front-end framework
  • Easiest to use and customize.
  • Isotope (Premium plugin worth US$15) powered filterable portfolio
  • Gallery with Lightbox.
  • Ajax and stand-alone blog pages with post format support
  • Content + Image carousel/slider – a very usable content slider that supports any HTML5 content.
  • Also supports all UI patterns from Bootstrap.
  • Integrated Twitter widget, displaying the latest tweets.
  • Working contact form with validations and PHP email sender
  • One-Page sections and standalone pages

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23. Unlimited – Flexible Responsive Business Theme ($45)

Features:

  • Visual composer – Style the entire theme from within the option panel.
  • 100% Responsive
  • Revolution Slider
  • Layout builder
  • Short-code manager
  • WordPress core resizing

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24. Aeolus – Corporate Minimalist WordPress Theme ($40)

Features:

  • Custom post type for slideshow
  • Support WordPress 3.x menu system
  • Post thumbnail support with dynamic image resizing
  • Custom page templates
  • Portfolio page templates with Pop-up Lightbox (support for image and Video type) with categories filter
  • User-friendly shortcodes
  • Translation-ready (available .po file)
  • Widgetable sidebar

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25. Octavus Responsive Portfolio WP Theme ($40)

Features:

  • Responsive HTML5/CSS3 design
  • Built with Bootstrap 2.2.2
  • Retina-ready
  • Unlimited colors (Integrated with WordPress built-in theme customizer)
  • Integration with built-in WP theme customization
  • 600+ Google fonts
  • 55+ custom shortcodes
  • Shortcodes generator, also available in fullscreen mode
  • Supports different post types: ‘aside’, ‘gallery’, ‘link’, ‘image’, ‘quote’, ‘video’ (even self-hosted movies!), ‘audio’, ‘standard’
  • Custom widgets
  • Ready for internationalization

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26. Acute | Beautiful & Responsive Blogging Theme ($40)

Features:

  • Compatible with the free Bean Shortcodes Plugin
  • Compatible with the free Bean Tweets Plugin
  • Clean, minimal & modern design appeal
  • Light & dark styles included
  • Brilliant CSS3 animations
  • Clean & suave typography
  • Fully responsive build
  • Retina assets/CSS
  • SEO optimized
  • Customizable 404 Page included.
  • Widget area generator
  • Powerful Bean Form Builder plugin
  • Flexible theme options panel

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27. Good Bones: The WP SandBox Theme ($40)

Features:

Demo | Buy

28. Alfa Responsive OnePage WordPress Theme ($40)

Features:

  • Full screen slider
  • Full screen video
  • Fully responsive layout
  • Isotope Gallery With Fancybox (Youtube, Vimeo, Metacafe, Dailymotion, Twitvid, Twitpic, Instagram… )
  • Fully working AJAX/PHP contact form
  • Parallax effects
  • Single page
  • Creative design
  • Built With HTML5 and CSS3
  • Google web fonts
  • Easy setup

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29. Naong – Premium Business WordPress Themes ($45)

Features:

  • Responsive designs to smaller screens
  • Drag and drop page builder.
  • 3 Predefined Home Page template.
  • Unlimited color options
  • 3 slider option, super easy configuration
    • 2D slider flexslider
    • 3D slider slicebox
    • Camera slideshow
  • Social share on each single post.
  • Filterable portfolio, with combination of 2, 3, or 4 columns layout
  • Portfolio item with hover effect or classic.
  • Well structured CSS
  • Well- documented
  • Fully compatible for all major browsers
  • Valid xhtml 1.0 transitional, please check
  • Translation ready, default .po and default .po file available.

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30. Designy: A Design-Led Business WordPress Theme ($40)

Features:

  • Child theme supplied
  • Client logos custom post type–supports links/no links
  • Our Team custom post type with masonry layout
  • Portfolio custom post type with gallery functionality, built in
  • Homepage item custom post type, create your homepage with this versatile full featured editor
  • Show/Hide client logos on ANY page
  • Full control of colours and font sizes and fonts
  • General template text translatable via theme options
  • Debadged theme options (no reference to MeanThemes)
  • Minified JavaScript files for increased performance, we provide un-compressed versions of the 2 core files if you want to tweak functionality.
  • Google Analytics
  • Show/hide author information
  • Show/Hide social icons in footer
  • Centre logo & navigation
  • Centre logo for mobile view only
  • Turn sharing on/off across posts, pages or portfolio
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July 27 2013

13:00

Flat Web Design Tutorial – Portfolio Landing Page [FREE Download]

Some people may find flat web design boring while others totally love it. I find flat design interesting and more user friendly. It puts more emphasis on the content and it’s very flexible, which is really ideal for responsive web design. If you, like me, love flat design, make sure to check out 40+ Flat Web Design Inspiration. I’m pretty sure you will get goosebumps after seeing several flat designs.

Feeling inspired seeing those designs? Good! Today I will teach you how to design a portfolio landing page. Almost an hour long free video tutorial!

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It doesn’t matter if you just started using Photoshop. I will guide you throughout the video, step by step using the basic Tools and Techniques like using Text Tool(T), Shape Tool(U) and quick tips to align elements and masking and manipulating an image.

Resources to complete this Tutorial:

Make sure you download all the resources! Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Flat Web Design Portfolio Landing Page Tutorial

That’s all guys, we’ve just finished our awesome portfolio. We hope you learned something from this tutorial. If you have questions feel free to drop them below. Don’t forget to share this article. Thanks!

July 24 2013

13:00

40+ Flat Web Design for Your Inspiration

For the last couple of months flat web design has been really a huge topic in the web. Up to now, it is steadily dominating the web. From UI, latest portfolio update, icons, and even the top web design blogs are now adapting flat web design.

So why many designers adapting this style?

Flat design makes things free from distractions, eliminating heavy background images, swirls, grunge that makes everything cluttered. It’s very easy to navigate, since there are no more gradients, drop shadows, glows and bevels. It gives more focus to the text, making making everything readable from big screens down to mobile.

Okay, enough talking. Time to check our collection of flat web design for your inspiration!

Agency

Blocklevel



Nitrografix



Conversionforge



Madebyfibb



Fhoke


PSD2HTML



Pexelplant



Playgroundinc



Northbounddesign



App

Sumall



Nextr



Geckoboard



Numbrs



Triplagent



Inky



Kippt



Publiq



Product

Winds Phone



Fitbit



Wistia



Mailchimp



Teamsort



Yourkarma



Fusionads



Kinhr



Portfolio

Adam Rudzki



Theissland



Sammrkiewi



Ivomynttinen



Evan Richards



Builtbybuffalo



Daniel Pertrarolo



Stedesign



Others

WDMTG



Mint Themes



BYNC



Redbull Studios



MTCDC



Tree House



Square Space



Chilicon Graphic



Dunked



Adayinbigdata



How inspired are you? Tell us!

July 02 2013

13:17

Create a Flat Countdown Timer in Photoshop – iOS 7 Inspired

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a simple countdown timer, iOS 7 inspired!

Flat design is dominating the web and I’m sure you all know that Apple created a new look and feel for their OS. I’m really happy seeing the minimal look of the user interface and I know Apple fans are eagerly waiting to test iOS7 this fall. So, while we’re waiting I’m going to show you some great wallpapers and we’ll create a countdown timer in Photoshop. The look and the colour scheme will be based on the iOS 7 wallpapers that have been released. This tutorial will be very quick and beginners will find this Photoshop tutorial helpful in understanding the power of Free Transform.

Video Tutorial

And in case you prefer to do it the rough way, here’s a text and screenshot combo tutorial for you!

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop 730px by 410px and then let’s create guidelines by just dragging some guides from the Ruler Tool and placing them at the center of the canvas horizontally and vertically.

Step 2

Using the Ellipse Tool (U) create a 120px by 120px shape and place it in the center. Hide the fill layer and a stroke of 5px, color to #e1e1e1.

Step 3

Zoom in about 1200% and create a 1px line using the Line Tool (U) starting from the top edge of the circle down to the middle.

Step 4

Press Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard and you will see a transform control. See that Pivot Point (something like the crosshair of a sniper) on the center of the line? Let’s move that to the bottom edge of the line by holding the Alt key on the keyboard and clicking and dragging it to the very bottom.

Step 5

Don’t press enter yet. While the transform control is still there change the value of the Rotation to 10 degrees and press enter twice.

Step 6

Now press Shift + Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard, what this does is copy what we did in Step 5. Just continue pressing the keys until you have a spiral line shape.

Then change the color to white.

Step 7

Duplicate the base first/base shape that we’ve created and place it at the very top of the layers panel. This will serve as the rotation indicator.

Apply this gradient overlay.

Step 8

Mask the part you want to hide and make sure it matches with the desired day, time, min, sec that we will put it.

Step 9

Using the Text Tool (T) add a number for the desired day, time, min, sec and add the right label to it.

Final Step

Group the layers that we’ve created and duplicate it 4 times and align them horizontally by adding a 20px gap between each timer.

Look what I did here. With the timer that we’ve created I put an iOS7 wallpaper and blurred it about 15%. Then I played with the layer mask to hide the unnecessary parts, added some drop shadows and Boom! I came up with image you see below.

It’s a challenge for you to take this tutorial and go to the next level by just playing with layer mask and adding touches to make it look interesting, yet still minimal.

The Wallpapers

Man Of Steel


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Flying Paper Plane


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Windmills


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Hot air balloon


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Hot, Ice, Cozy and Frapp


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The Evolution of Man Geek


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Paper Plane


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Vintage Camera


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Air Plane


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Space Shuttle


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iOS7 Wallpaper

Image from Ihponehacks
Here is the iOS 7 Wallpaper from WWDC 2013. You can download the wallpaper here.

That’s it guys, I hope you learned something from this tutorial. It will be awesome if you share your results below. If you have questions feel free to drop them below. I would love to hear your thoughts and I am willing to answer your questions. I’ll catch you guys in the comments. Peace!

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