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February 25 2014

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February 17 2014

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February 11 2014

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HTML, CSS, PSD and More: 24 Free Design Resources from January 2014


  

Creativity is like a cat. Sometimes it gives you head butts and rubs against you. Then it delivers you nothing but dead prey or stays away completely for days. As a creative professional you need to find ways to get creativity back, while your cat just needs you to patiently wait as long as it takes. Sparking your creativity is best done by inspiration and inspiration comes from many things, not the least other people’s work. In the face of this fact we’ve put together yet another set stuffed with HTML, CSS and PSD templates and added the best UI kits. Your cat will not be interested, but you should keep the following list safe and warm….

January 20 2014

11:00

HTML, CSS, PSD and More: 22 Free Design Resources from December 2013


  

Design resources are great in many ways. Some of us might just use them as they are, building their next project upon them. Others simply take them as an inspiration to create their own. All of us collect these resources. There’s no denying, we are hunter-gatherers. In the face of this fact we’ve put together yet another set stuffed with HTML, CSS and PSD templates and added the best UI kits. Bring it to the fireplace and hear everyone whoop with joy.

December 11 2013

18:04

HTML, CSS, PSD and More: 25 Free Design Resources from November 2013


  

Hello world! Another month has passed and here we are, back again with another collection of the most awesome fresh and free design resources we were able to dig up. We’ve put together a set stuffed with HTML, CSS and PSD templates and added the best UI kits. One important information before you read on: All the following elements are freely usable, though some will require a registration to download.

November 18 2013

07:30

Fall Cleaning Pt. 2: 26 Free Design Resources, Fresh from October 2013


  

Hello global design community!. We are back with another edition of our monthly collection of the freshest design resources. Today, we’ll show you, what October 2013 had to offer. If you know our series already, you know you can expect the best HTML, CSS and PSD templates, as well as UI-kits for your next great web or native app. All of the resources showcased here are fresh, free and easy to download, suitable for experienced and amateur web designers, so be sure to download the ones you love and share them with everyone you know!

November 04 2013

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October 22 2013

06:30

Bento: One-Stop Shop for Online-Courses on Web Development


  

It’s merely a few weeks ago, that we brought you a comprehensive overview of 22 of the online learning resources the planet has to offer. Just today we stumbled upon another effort for web designers, developers and programmers. An offering by the name of Bento curates the best learning resources in its field. The collection is community-based and as such more helpful than any Google search result could ever be ;-)

August 29 2013

06:30

Building an Interactive Navigation Bar with HTML/CSS


  

A straightforward navigation structure can increase the usability of your site, and make information easy to find. By using basic HTML and CSS, you can build a horizontal nav bar that provides interaction when a user hovers over a navigation link.

August 01 2013

06:30

Best of July 2013: 30+ Brand-New HTML/PSD Themes & UI Elements


  

This is the second compilation in our monthly series of brand-new HTML/PSD themes and UI elements. All the works exposed here are fresh resources from the month of July 2013. You will find another big set of ready to use themes, templates and elements for the web as well as completely editable files for your favorite image or vector editor. We got something for everybody…

July 22 2013

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July 11 2013

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Summer 2013: The best HTML/PSD Themes & UI Elements of the Season


  


  

If you develop websites and your environment is not WordPress, you still don’t need to live your online life in visual darkness or hide beneath the sheets. We curated a list of awesome templates layered in HTML and CSS to make your work easier, and with a lot of different grooves to find the appropriate one for your web. Or, if you are you more confortable developing your own theme based on some pre-built elements, here is the inspiration you need to create an awesome theme or application. Starting with the PSDs  and UIs shown below, you can create your own awesome design. Take a look!

June 12 2013

06:30

Webdesigner’s Basics: 10 Questions You Need To Be Able To Answer


  
diaper-w550 Wouldn't it be fun to let our readers test their knowledge through a quiz once in a while, we thought over here at Noupe HQ. As we like to play these kinds of games, we assume you might too. Our first quiz covers some of the basics of HTML from past to present. Don't expect full coverage, we only got 10 questions to go. Have a try!

May 20 2013

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May 06 2013

07:00

How To Create an iOS App Icon for Your Website

Did you know you can give your website its very own app icon for iPhones and iPads? It only takes a few seconds and it makes your site look really smart when it’s saved on a user’s home screen, or when viewed in popular apps such as Reeder.

Why create an app icon?

Specifying an app icon is one of those little finishing touches that isn’t really noticeable but makes all the difference if you take it away. Without an app icon if you bookmark a site on your iPhone or iPad you’re left with an ugly screenshot of the page crammed into the little rounded square, but with one line of code you can choose your own icon design, such as a logo. It’s much like a favicon, but on a larger scale.

Having someone bookmark your site onto their device home screen is probably a rare occurrence, but as I discovered today there’s another major benefit of creating an app icon. Roberto Alanís tweeted me recently asking how I achieved such a nice icon in Reeder app. My first response was “I don’t know!”, but then I realised it was my apple touch icon that was being used.

How to create an Apple touch icon

The specified dimensions of a touch icon directly from Apple is 114x114px, this will compensate for Retina displays and produce a nice crisp home screen icon. However, as you can see from the Reeder screenshot, other sites using 114px touch icons don’t fill all the available space. Reeder is one of the most popular RSS apps, plus the touch icon may be used elsewhere too, so it’s worth creating your icon at much larger dimensions.

I chose the dimensions of 512x512px, which is probably a little overkill, but apparently 241x241px would suffice.

Next you need to decide whether you want Apple to add their glossy highlight effects to your icon. If you do, name it apple-touch-icon.png, if you don’t, name it apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png.

<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/apple-touch-icon.png" />
<link rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed" href="/apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png" />

You don’t actually need to write any code to get your touch icon working, just pop it in the root directory of your website and it will automatically be used by Apple devices. It might be worth linking it in your <head> though just as a reminder that it’s there. If you ever redesign you might end up forgetting to update it. Once again, make your choice of glossy or precomposed.

March 22 2013

13:00

Basic Web Design Video Course – Complete HTML Markup & CSS Styles [Part 3]

Sup folks, it’s Mike here again, your design guru and this is the third part of our Basic Web Design Video Course. This time we are going to completely markup the HTML using the tags that we have learned in the previous videos. After that we are going to style it using CSS. Also, we are going to cover CSS reset, Clearfix Hack and new CSS3 properties to solve the most common issues encountered when you are starting to learn web design.

Buckle up and let’s get started.


Part 1: Basic Web Design Video Course – Wireframing, Photoshop Tools & Panels, and Designing
Part 2: Basic Web Design Video Course – Basic HTML Tags, Structure & CSS Properties
Part 3: Basic Web Design Video Course – Complete HTML Markup & CSS Styles

PSD Template Download - HTML/CSS File DownloadDemo


Final Product

1wd-basic-web-design-video-course

Complete HTML Markup

Applying CSS Styles Part 1

Applying CSS Styles Part 2

Finally, we’ve completed the markup and styled our very first layout. Always remember to reset your CSS before styling the whole layout and apply CSS3 box-sizing to all the elements. Also, if you encounter some issues with things like the wrapper and posts just apply the Clearfix Hack.

So, that’s it for this part. I hope you learned something and found the videos helpful. If you have any suggestions regarding the videos and for the next part to be covered feel free to mention it below. Thank you!

March 06 2013

13:10

Basic Web Design Video Course – Basic HTML Tags, Structure & CSS [Part 2]

Howdy, guys, it’s Mike here again and this is the second part of our “Basic Web Design Video Course”. This time we will talk about the tools needed before starting out with HTML and CSS,  then we will learn the most commonly used HTML tags. We are only covering the tags that are very useful to beginners, we will cover more tags at a later time. Then, we will style the tags using basic CSS properties. No worries guys, in the next videos we will go more in-depth and learn together.

Have you seen the first part? So if you missed out the first chapter make sure to watch it!


Download: PSD Template
Part 1: Basic Web Design Video Course – Wireframing, Photoshop Tools & Panels, and Designing
Part 2: Basic Web Design Video Course – Basic HTML Tags, Structure & CSS Properties

Final Product

1wd-basic-web-design-video-course

Preparation

Text Editor

Windows

Mac

HTML Basic Tags and Structure

We will talk about the most commonly used tags that you’ll see on a website. We will cover headings, paragraphs, links, images, list items and divisions. Also we will familiarize ourselves with the basic structure of HTML markup and how to open and close a tag.

Basic CSS Properties

In this video we will learn to style a certain element or tag using CSS properties by changing width, height, colors, floats, etc. Using these basic properties we can turn our HTML markup into a well presented website.

Now that we have finished positioning our layout structure we can now proceed to the next part, which is marking up the HTML of our very basic design template and completely style it using CSS.

So, that’s it for this part. I hope you learned something and found the videos helpful. If you have any suggestions regarding the videos, or how I presented them, please leave a comment below. I’m really excited to hear your thoughts in the comment section, see you guys down there.

August 24 2012

02:33

Windows 8 HTML5 WinRT RSS reader app

WinJS is a JavaScript framework for Windows 8, and David Rousset uses it here to create a quick RSS reader. He shows how in a tutorial series. This first article shows the way to build a welcome screen that employs WinJS ListView control. Blend and CSS3 are employed. The second tutorial shows work on the detail view displayed after a click-on-item. This uses a transition animation. Time to go through the two tutorials is estimated at 30 minutes. Check out the Windows 8 HTML5 WinRT RSS reader app.

July 14 2012

13:00

How to Build a Website Using Twitter Bootstrap and SASS – Part 2

This is the second part of my tutorial on How to Build a Website Using Twitter Bootstrap and SASS where we shall be customizing the Twitter Bootstrap-based web page using SASS. Just to set the context right, we will be starting out where we left off in the previous tutorial. If you haven’t seen it yet, please check it out and work through it. There you will learn how to setup your system for TBS, Ruby, and Compass.

In this tutorial we will be furnishing our webpage from the last tutorial using SASS. By the end of this tutorial you will be at the next level of developing beautiful websites and applications!

What we’ll be creating

Step 1: Creating a custom SASS file

Lets remember that we are using the same file set which we used in the first part of this tutorial. Also, please make sure all the setup guidelines are being followed. Primarily, the Compass compiler should be watching our entire folder to make sure all the changes in the SASS files are being converted to the relevant CSS file.

We can customize the above page in multiple ways:

  • We can edit the bootstrap native rules right away, making changes to ‘bootstrap.css’ according to our design
  • We can override the bootstrap rules using another stylesheet

The latter is always preferable (we discussed in the first part of the tutorial, that it’s always recommended to use a separate stylesheet file to override rules of any plugins or frameworks), because when it comes to multiple theming of the page, we just have to change the custom CSS file to another one in order to apply different skins to the layout. So lets create a SASS file (extension of a sass file is .scss) and place it in the ‘sass’ folder. Since the page talks about 1stwebdesigner, I’m naming it  ’1wd.scss’, and including it in the HTML. Also make sure you are including it after the line which includes all bootstrap styles. Our folder structure now looks like:

Step 2: Overriding the rules, using a mother hook

As a first step towards customization I always prefer adding a mother class to the body tag of the page, so that I can always group all the custom rules by referring to that class. So, lets start by giving the body tag of our HTML page a class – ‘fwd’. This helps us to maintain a first level of grouping in terms of selectors and makes sure we don’t override the bootstrap selectors directly.

Step 3: Customizing the layout

We will also be using a pinch of CSS3 in our styles. So lets include the CSS3 mixins in our .scss files so that we can make use of most of the CSS3 features easily using a single line of code.

Lets start with the header.

Here is a comparison of our current header and the customized one:

The key changes that we’ll be doing here are:

  1. Changing the main navigation items to
    • Coding
    • Freebies
    • Inspiration
    • Tutorials
    • Web Design
    • WordPress
  2. Insert the 1WD logo.
    The container ‘brand’ which contains the text ‘Project name’ should be styled in order to contain the logo. Lets add the logo image as a bg and hide the text using ‘text-indent’ and give a relevant height and width and a margin-top of 5px to position it uniformly vertically. The customized style for brand will now look like:
    .brand{
     text-indent:-999px;
     width:169px;
     height:26px;
     padding:0;
     margin:5px 0 0 0;
     background:url(http://cdn1.1stwebdesigner.com/wp-content/themes/1stwd/img/1wd-logo-rd.png)
     no-repeat center center;
    }
    
  3. Change the bg color and add a border to the header container (Refer to the code snippet added towards the end of 4th point)
    Lets style the container ‘nav-inner’ by adding a bg-color and a border.
  4. Style the nav items and add a border-radius.
    Navigation list items are under the container with class ‘nav’. We have to style the ‘a’ tag within the ‘li’ tag that comes under ‘nav’. Let’s add a border-radius of 5px (line number 11) using css3 mixin which (@include border-radius(5px) generates all the necessary browser specific rules to the CSS file being generated ) and relevant margin and padding along-with a hover bg-color to it (line no: 12. ‘&’ is added as a prefix to indicate the grouping of the selector that follows it. In this case, ‘&:hover’ associates the pseudo class – :hover to the parent selector, which is a.). With all the custom styles added, the navbar section styles looks like:
    .navbar{
     .navbar-inner{
      background:#eee;
      border-bottom:solid 1px #ccc;
      .nav{
       margin-left:20px;
       li{
        a{
         padding:5px;
         margin:5px 5px 0 0;
         @include border-radius(5px);
         &:hover{
          background:#000;
         };
        }
       }
      }
      .brand{
       text-indent:-999px;
       width:169px;
       height:26px;
       padding:0;
       margin:5px 0 0 0;
       background:url(http://cdn1.1stwebdesigner.com/wp-content/themes/1stwd/img/1wd-logo-rd.png)
       no-repeat center center;
      }
     }
    }
    

Next is the hero unit

Here is a comparison of our current hero-unit and the customized one:

The key changes that we’ll be doing here are (the final code for this section is given towards the end of this bulleted section):

  1. Change the bg colors of the container and the form within
    Lets style the container ‘hero-unit’ by adding a different bg color-#464646 , and a text color-#fff (line no:2 )
  2. Style the header text and the call for action button
    For the text ‘Welcome’ to be in a separate color, we will have to wrap it inside a tag. Lets add it within a span tag, style it, and let’s apply a text-shadow for the whole H1 header.(line no: 4 to 8)
  3. Style the form with the login fields
    Let’s add a border radius of 10px to the form using CSS3 mixin (line no: 15), a bg-color #>6d6b6b (line no: 16), and style the label and the input fields (line no. 17 to 30).
  4. The CSS code for the hero-unit now looks like:
    .hero-unit{
     background:#464646;
     color:#fff;
      h1{
       @include text-shadow(#000 1px 5px  10px);
       span{
        color:#F5821F;
       }
      }
      .btn-info{
       padding:15px;
       font-size:1.2em;
       }
       form{
       @include border-radius(10px);
       background:#6d6b6b;
       label{
        font-weight:bold;
        font-size:1.2em;
        &.checkbox{
        font-weight:normal;
        font-size:1em;
        color:#2d2d2d;
        }
       }
       input{
       background:#464646;
       border:solid 1px #545252;
       @include box-shadow(inset #2d2d2d 1px 0px 3px);
       color:#8b7b6c;
       }
      }
     }
    

Now comes the thumbnail section

Here is a comparison of our current thumbnail section and the customized one:

The key changes that we’ll be doing here are (the final code for this section is given towards the end of this bulleted section):

  1. Style the thumbnail containers and add relevant images
    Let’s style give a border-radius of 10px to the thumbnail container (line no: 2), and a bg-color (line no: 3).
  2. Positioning the caption of each thumbnails above the thumbnails.
    Let’s using positioning and absolutely position the caption on top of the thumbnails. To achieve this we will have to apply ‘position:relative’ to the parent tag of the caption (line no: 5), and then position the header (h5) accordingly so that it is appearing just on top of the thumbnail and in line with the bottom-line of the image, and also lets add a text shadow to it (line no: 8 to 13).
  3. The code for this section now looks like
    .thumbnail{
     @include border-radius(10px);
     background:#55626B;
     .caption{
      position:relative;
      color:#ccc9c9;
      h5{
       position:absolute;
       top:-19px;
       left:10px;
       font-size:2em;
       color:#fff;
       @include text-shadow(#000 1px 5px 10px);
      }
     }
    }
    

Finally the footer

I am just adding a custom pattern to the footer, add a border-radius and will be increasing the padding of the container to 20px. Please refer to the code of footer below:

footer{
 padding:20px;
 margin-top:30px;
 @include border-radius(10px 10px 0 0);
 color:#fff;
 background:url(http://cdn1.1stwebdesigner.com/wp-content/themes/1stwd/img/bg_header.jpg) repeat left top;
}

Finally after all the customization and coding, here is how our customized page looks:

This is just an intro to the power of SASS and TBS together. In the CSS file that we have used we can make use of variables effectively by storing color values in them and then importing the variable CSS to the main stylesheet at the beginning. With the complexity of each page, all the features of SASS can be leveraged in a much better way. Mixins, Extend, Variables and much more are in store for us to explore and implement.

Get started with this if you are planning to plunge into the world of SASS and wait for more to come your way. I’d appreciate your feedback on my approach and on this tutorial to help me improve!

July 02 2012

07:00
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