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Useful Learning Resources For Web Designers


  

Fortunately, learning is not limited to only a small minority of people anymore; it is not even limited to visiting a school or a university. The Internet makes it possible for us to distribute knowledge at a small price, and is full of resources to expand everyone’s knowledge on an enormous variety of topics.

Since learning is a lifelong task that doesn’t stop after pursuing a certain academic certificate, this round-up is not only dedicated to beginners. It’s for everyone who wants to become an expert in a certain field or is simply curios about the Web and the world around them.

We hope that this round-up will bring you closer with many of the valuable resources that are available out there. Some are completely free while others can be obtained through quite affordable memberships. You may also be surprised to find your local university also publishing free classes and courses on all sorts of topics you can think of — check out the list!

Here are the topics of learning resources we’ll cover today:

Coding

Code Avengers
Code Avengers’ courses are a fun way for students to learn computer programming and Web design. Participating in interactive coding challenges, bug hunts and robot missions takes the pain out of learning JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3. The lessons are designed for students of all ages.

Code Avengers

Coderwall
Thousands of developers share their achievements and current projects on Coderwall. Connect with them, share your own pro tips, and get feedback. Learning new programming languages, tools and technologies has a playful twist and is far from boring. Discover how others are solving their challenges, and gain badges for every completed project.

Coderwall

The Starter League (formerly Code Academy)
Trying to build Web apps without the necessary support and guidance can be painful. The Starter League provides you with expert instruction and mentorship. They also paired up with 37signals (creator of Basecamp and Campfire) to provide hands-on knowledge on building successful Web apps.

The Starter League

Pluralsight
Pluralsight was created by a group of developers with the goal of providing the highest quality training possible — for developers, by developers. The library is huge, with courses on nearly every topic you could ask for.

Pluralsight - Hardcore Developer Training

TekPub
TekPub was created with the goal of educating developers. The mini-casts topics range from JavaScript to Ruby on Rails, with more in-depth tutorials available. (Note: Tekpub has been acquired by Pluralsight; old videos can be accessed via Pluralsight).

TekPub

PeepCode
PeepCode offers high-quality one-hour screencasts on development resources. Learning the most important techniques is quick and easy with these tutorials. (Note: Peepcode has been acquired by Pluralsight; old videos can be accessed via Pluralsight).

Peepcode

Hacker Rank
On Hacker Rank, coders compete to beat high scores by solving little challenges accross the whole science universe, including areas like algorithmy, code gold or artificial intelligence. How do you match up against others when coding a bot to win at tic-tac-toe?

Hacker Rank

Mozilla Webmaker
Mozilla Webmaker wants to help you move from merely using the Web to making something amazing with it. It has new tools for you to use, projects to help you get started, and a global community of creators — educators, filmmakers, journalists, developers, youth — all making and learning together.

mozilla

Google Developers University Consortium
The Google Developers University Consortium features courses on mobile and Web development. You will find many usful resources, especially if you’re working with Android and Google Maps.

googlecode

Android Training
On Android Training, you will find a collection of classes to help you build Android apps. The classes explain the steps to take in order to solve a problem or implement a feature, using code snippets and sample code.

Android Training | Android Developers

Programr
Programr is an online lab for students and enthusiasts who want to learn programming. The platform’s goal is to give you the skills you need in order to write sophisticated programs. Test your coding skills by mastering assignments, build your own app right in the browser, and check out contributions by other users. You can even show off your know-how in programming contests. It supports coding languages for console, Web and mobile.

programmr

Learn Code the Hard Way
“Less talk, more code” is the credo of Learn Code the Hard Way. Students start by getting code to work; learning the theory comes second. The website focuses on practice by featuring exercises and rote repetition, which will help you gain confidence in whatever you want to do.

Learn Code The Hard Way

LearnStreet
LearnStreet makes learning to code easy for anyone. Whether you would like to start off with JavaScript, Ruby or Python, the platform has got you covered. Build your skill base in the interactive courses, and use it in fun little projects.

LearnStreet

PHP Academy
PHP Academy provides free tutorials on PHP and other Web development topics, including MySQL, JavaScript (including jQuery) and CSS. There are free video tutorials, optional premium membership and a forum to ask for help.

phpacademy | Free Video Tutorials | PHP, MySQL, CSS, jQuery Tutorials

PLAYterm
PLAYterm is a platform where CLI users share their skills and inspire others. It can replay your terminal sessions online, and it provides embed codes that you can put on your website. Share your knowledge and help others improve their skills.

Playterm

The New Boston
With his project, The New Boston, Bucky Roberts makes high-quality education available for everybody. His YouTube channel features a lot of computer-related tutorials on topics such as Java, C++, After Effects or Phyton.

The New Boston

gotoAndLearn
gotoAndLearn is a free video tutorial resource for Flash, Game development and HTML5 by game developer evangelist Lee Brimelow.

gotoandlearn

repl.it
On repl.it, you can explore more than 15 programming languages in your browser — even on the go with your phone or tablet. Just type an expression into the console and wait for the results. The Web application also lets you save your session and share it with others.

replit

The Pragmatic Bookshelf
The Pragmatic Bookshelf’s mission is to improve the lifes of developers by offering text books, audio books and videos for training. The content is produced by programmers for programmers, addressing relevant cutting-edge topics.

The Pragmatic Bookshelf

HTML and CSS

30 Days to Learn HTML and CSS
Do you want to learn HTML and CSS but don’t know where to start? 30 Days to Learn HTML and CSS is a free course consisting of one video daily for 30 days. All you have to do is spend 10 minutes a day on a new topic. By the end, you’ll have the necessary building blocks to code an entire website.

30 Days to Learn HTML and CSS

A Beginner’s Guide to HTML & CSS
This simple and comprehensive guide will help novices take their first steps in HTML and CSS. Outlining the fundamentals, it teaches you all of the common elements of front-end design and development.

A Beginner’s Guide to HTML & CSS

Don’t Fear the Internet
For those who don’t want to learn to code, this website provides a brief introduction to WordPress, CSS and HTML, even throwing in some PHP trickery. Jessica Hische and Russ Maschmeyer have prepared short chunks of technical information in concise videos.

Don't Fear the Internet

JavaScript

Backbone Screencasts
If you’re learning Backbone.js, these screencast will be very useful. The extensive live coding sessions will walk you through, from the beginning to more advanced stuff like using Backbone.js with Ruby on Rails.


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appendTo
JavaScript and jQuery skills are becoming more and more sought after. By offering a number of lessons, appendTo helps you develop those skills. Signing up isn’t even necessary; just watch the free screencasts (each around 10 minutes long), and start building your foundation of JavaScript and jQuery knowledge.

.appendto, Developer Learning Center

JavaScript Garden
JavaScript Garden is a growing collection of documentation about the most quirky parts of JavaScript. It offers advice on avoiding common mistakes and subtle bugs, and it lays out performance issues and bad practices that JavaScript programmers might run into on their journey to the depths of the language. The resource is dedicated to professional developers, rather than beginners, and it requires some basic knowledge of the language.

NodeSchool
NodeSchool offers interactive lessons for Node.js, including core concepts and electives. There is also a list of free/affordable in-person NodeSchool events around the world which are .

nodeschool

Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming
The book “Eloquent JavaScript” by Marijn Haverbeke introduces the JavaScript programming language and programming in general. A free digital version is available in HTML format and you can order a paperback version from Amazon. Furthemore, the book has been translated to French, German and Polish. (Note: A second, more modern edition is currently in process.)

Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming

Node Tuts
Node Tuts by Pedro Teixeira offers free webcasts exclusively about Node.Js.

Node Tuts - Node.js

Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails Tutorial
Michael Hartl has written a tutorial book named Ruby on Rails Tutorial. Visit the website to find the free online version, along with screencasts.

Ruby on Rails Tutorial

TryRuby
Ruby is a revolutionary programming language from Japan known for its simplicity and power. On TryRuby, you can experiment with it right in your browser. A 15-minute interactive tutorial will help you get started.

TryRuby

Hackety Hack
Hackety Hack teaches you the basics of programming by introducing the Ruby language. Build your skills from scratch, and use them to build desktop applications and websites.

Hackety Hack

Virtuous Code
Avdi Grimm is a software “cultivator” who publishes a screencast series on Ruby development. When you subscribe, you get new screencasts every Monday and Thursday (or access to the full scripts if you prefer reading to watching), the source code for each video and access to the complete archive of episodes.

Virtuous Code

RubyMonk
RubyMonk is an interactive Ruby learning plattform. You will learn the basics of the programming language right in your browser. The tutorials are free but donations are very welcome.

RubyMonk- Interactive Ruby tutorials

Rails for Zombies
Learn Ruby the zombie way with Rails for Zombie. You don’t have to worry about configuration. After watching short introductory videos, you can start experimenting right in the browser. The course is aimed at beginners, but there are also courses for more experienced Ruby developers.

Rails for Zombies

RailsCasts
RailsCasts by Ryan Bates, offers a free weekly screencast featuring Tips and Tricks for Ruby on Rails. The topics are targeted for intermidiate users, but beginners and experts can also get something out of it. You may subscribe for additional screencasts.

RailsCasts

Design

Drawspace
Drawspace is a community of drawing enthusiasts, professional artists and art educators. It features a huge library of free downloadable lessons that teach you how to draw or enhance your current abilities. With a profile, you can track your progress, from beginner to advanced levels.

drawspace

Miscellaneous Lessons From The Web Industry

Treehouse
Treehouse is for beginners and experts. It offers material for learning everything you need to be successful in the Web industry. This includes technical knowledge, but also skills for starting a successful business. You can learn via specific tracks (i.e. Web developement) or topics.

Treehouse

Tuts+ Premium
Tuts+ Premium is a subscribers-only platform that offers resources for learning creative and technical skills such as design, Web development, motion graphics and photography. The content is created and constantly revised by leading experts. Choose whether to learn by video or articles with screenshots. A large community is behind Tuts+ Premium that you can connect with and ask for further help.

Tuts+  Premium | The best way to learn creative and technical skills.

Ontwik
Ontwik gathers the latest lectures and conferences from Web developers and designers in one place. It covers topics such as JavaScript, NodeJS, jQuery, Ruby, Rails, HTML5, CSS3, UI, UX and more. There are also lectures on creativity, marketing and startups.

Ontwik

Because technical knowledge is not enough

A Student’s Guide to Web Design
Here is an attempt to better equip graduates in the design industry. It provides resources and information to help young Web designers with life after graduation.

#The50
After graduating from art college, Jamie Wieck realized that he had no clue about professional life. So, he started #The50 to help students and graduates in the same situation learn what every creative should know. The tips are made up of 140 characters and a hash tag, making them easy to share on Twitter.

The Web Design Community Offers Advice to Beginners,” Smashing Magazine
We asked, “What is the single best tip from your experience that you would give to a newbie developer?” This article compiles all of the amazing responses we received.

The Web Design Community Offers Advice To Beginners

Jessica Hische’s Thoughts
Illustrator Jessica Hische doesn’t have a traditional blog, but she shares answers to frequently asked questions about her and her work. You’ll find useful advice on random topics regarding the Web industry such internships, pricing, non-creepy networking and so on.

jessicahische

The Secret Handshake
The creative industry is very different from traditional companies and applying only traditional methods in the application process won’t bring you too far. The Secret Handshakes is a resource for students and young creatives looking for insiders insights, honest answers and solid solutions to help you go pro.

secrethandshake

WaSP InterAct Curriculum
Designed to keep up with the fast-moving industry, WaSP InterAct is a living curriculum that prepares students for careers on the Web. Courses are divided into several learning tracks, covering everything from the foundations to professional practice. Recommended reading lists, assignments and exam questions help you to become a real Web professional.

WaSP InterAct Curriculum

Conference Organiser’s Handbook
Are you planning to organize a conference? Then, the Conference Organiser’s Handbook is the best place to start. The website was put together by Peter-Paul Koch and provides information on everything you need to know, from start to finish.

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Expanding Your General Knowledge

TED
TED is devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” You can watch talks on technology, design, business, global issues, science and entertainment. Get inspired by other thinkers, and get involved in a community of curious people!

ted

Khan Academy
The Khan Academy wants to provide anyone anywhere in the world with a world-class education — for free! All you need is an Internet connection. A huge video library provides you with lessons on a wide array of topics, covering everything from basic maths to macroeconomics to programming basics and even art history. Test your knowledge, track your progress and earn badges.

Khan Academy

University of Reddit
The University of Reddit is an open-source peer-to-peer learning platform. The courses are free and range from computer science to mathematics to languages.

University of Reddit

VideoLectures.Net
Registering on VideoLectures.Net gives you free access to educational video lectures. The videos cover many fields of science and feature distinguished scholars and scientists at conferences, workshops and other events. The high-quality content is aimed at both the scientific community and the general public.

videolectures.net

P2PU
The Peer 2 Peer University is an open-education project that encourages lifelong learning, following its credo “We are all teachers and we are all learners.” Everybody can participate and make use of the content. It also features a School of Webcraft, with some basic tutorials.

P2PU | School of Webcraft

Online Courses
Online courses offers 100 open courses for tech geeks. Among them, you will find general computer science topics and courses on Web design and development. The website also provides information on accredited schools, college finances and studying.

Online Courses

Lynda
Lynda helps you learn software, creative and business skills. As a member, you get unlimited access to a huge library of high-quality video tutorials, taught by working professionals. Topics also include design and development.

Software training online-tutorials for Adobe, Microsoft, Apple

Learners TV
Learners TV provides a huge collection of free downloadable video lectures on all sorts of topics, including computer science. The website also features science animations, lecture notes and live, timed online tests with instant feedback and explanations.

Learners TV

ReadWrite
ReadWrite covers all things Web, tech and social media. Its list of tech-focused instructional websites links you to platforms that teach a wide array of topics. The topics are pretty general, ranging from computing to hacking.

readwrite

Learn a new language

Radio Lingua
Radio Lingua is a podcast that helps you learn languages where, when and how you want. There are quick starter courses if you want to learn the absolute basics of a language, or you can take your skills to the next level by diving into grammar and vocabulary. The episodes are aimed at learners of all ages and conducted by experienced teachers and native speakers.

Radio Lingua Network

Busuu
Learning a language with Busuu is completely different from what you are used to. As a member of the platform’s community, you learn directly from native speakers via video chat. That way, everyone is not only a learner, but also a teacher. To keep you motivated, the language you are learning is represented as a tree, which grows with the effort you put in. Joining Busuu is free.

busuu

Open University classes & University-style classes

Udacity
Udacity’s learning experience is different from other education platforms. Learn by solving challenging projects and by interacting with renowned university instructors and other students. The courses are as demanding as studying at a real university, but a range of certificate options are available.

Udacity

OnlineCourses (formerly know as Lecturefox)
On OnlineCourses you will find high-quality classes from renowned universities such as Harvard, Berkeley and MIT. Topics range from biology to accounting, foreign languages to science.

opencourses

Education Portal
Making education accessible is the goal of the Education Portal. The platform offers articles and videos on researching schools, degree programs and online courses. Covering everything from arts to sciences, it also has a list of free Web design courses that lead to college credits.

Education Portal

OpenClassroom
Stanford University’s OpenClassroom provides videos of computer sciences courses. You can watch the videos for free, and the lessons are split up into short chunks of quality information.

OpenClassroom

MIT OpenCourseWare
MIT OpenCourseWare publishes virtually all MIT course content. The open platform doesn’t require any registration, and it features free lecture notes, exams and videos.

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OpenCourseWare
The OCW consortium is a collaboration of higher-education institutions and associated organizations from around the world to create a broad and deep body of open-education content using a shared model.

opencourseware

The Faculty Project
The Web isn’t be the only thing you are interested in. If so, then the Faculty Project might be for you. It brings lectures from leading university professors to anyone with an Internet connection. The free courses are taught through video, slideshows and reading resources, and they cover lessons from maths to economics to history.

The Faculty Project

Academic Earth
Whether you want to advance your career or just take classes that interest you, Academic Earth provide anyone with the opportunity to earn a world-class education. The website offers free lessons and learning tools from many disciplines. If you would like to study further, it also connects you to universities and scholars.

academicearth

Course Hero
Course Hero has a mission to help college students get the most out of their education by giving them access to the best academic content and materials available. Search for study documents by department, keyword and even school. After registering, you can use the resources for free.

Course Hero

edX
edX is a not-for-profit enterprise by MIT, Harvard, Berkley and the University of Texas System. Take part in high-quality online courses from different disciplines — including computer science — and obtain a certificate from one of the renowned universities. The institutions use the insights they gain from the platform to research how technology can transform learning.

edX

Coursera
Partnering with the top universities from around the world, Coursera offers free online courses. The lectures are taught by renowned professors and cover a variety of disciplines. Assignments and interactive exercises help you test and reinforce your knowledge.

Coursera

Webcast.berkeley
Since 2001, Webcast.berkeley has been a window into UC Berkeley’s classrooms, publishing courses and campus events for students and learners everywhere in the world. View audio and video recordings of lectures online, or download them to your device.

webcast.berkeley | UC Berkeley Video and Podcasts for Courses

The Open University
The Open University is open to anyone and offers over 570 courses at many different levels, from short introductory courses to postgraduate and research degrees. Studying is flexible and adapts to your lifestyle. You can even connect to other learners online and use the activities to assess your progress.

The Open University

Last Click

WeekendHacker
Do you have a small project or idea in mind but need a little help? WeekendHacker is a place to reach out to designers and developers who may be able to assist. Simply sign up, post your project, and sit back and wait for someone to help.

Until Next Time!

We hope that this list of learning resources will help you to further develop your skills and open doors for you. Of course, you’re more than welcome to share other resources that are missing in this round-up in the comments section below! Also, we look forward to hearing which resource you find most valuable, and why!

By the way, you may also want to check out Melanie Lang’s list of inspirational podcasts — we highly recommend it!

(sh, ml, ea, il)

Front page image credits: Programmr.


© The Smashing Editorial for Smashing Magazine, 2014.

February 13 2014

15:12

9 Free E-Learning Authoring Tools

In this round up, we have put together a list of top 9 free e-learning authoring tools for you. Thanks to the internet and the technology, today we have several tools to make our work easier. These tools can be used in many different ways and we can take benefit from them if we use them wisely.

Below, we are listing top 9 and free e-learning authoring tools for you. we have chosen the best out of best tools for educational writers that they must start using as soon as possible.

CourseLab

CourseLab is a powerful, yet easy-to-use, e-Learning authoring tool that offers a programming-free WYSIWYG environment for creating high-quality interactive e-Learning content that can be published on the Internet, Learning Management Systems (LMS), CD-ROMs and other devices.

Smart Builder

Smart Builder is the elearning authoring tool that enables you to create custom elearning without writing code.

Vyew

Vyew allows you to meet and share content in real-time or anytime. Upload images, files, documents and videos into a room. Users can access and contribute at anytime.

Writing House

The fully automatic bibliography and citation maker. Save time by creating a cited page instantly in the MLA,APA,Chicago,or Harvard referencing styles! It’s easy, fast and it’s free!

MOS Solo, The Free Authoring Tool Offered By MOS

MOS Solo is simple yet powerful: it requires none or minimal training but offers the power of a sophisticated multimedia tool. It lets you create highly interactive, graphically appealing, and media-rich eLearning modules, with ease and efficiency: courses, quizzes, evaluations, demos.

Landing

Izzui is a platform for building customized Learning Channels on Facebook. Deliver an unforgettable Learning Experience to your fans when and where it matters.

Easy Generator

Easygenerator brings together ease of use with the flexibility and power needed for a variety of project types and instructional styles.

Zenler

Zenler Studio is a powerful, yet easy-to-use, eLearning authoring system that offers a programming-free environment for creating high-quality interactive eLearning courses which can be published on the Internet or to any SCORM compliant LMS.

Lesson Writer

Create comprehensive literacy lesson plans and student materials from any content in minutes.

February 12 2014

15:36

35 Best HTML5 Development Tools To Save Your Time

Are you running out of time? Want to save your time without compromising on the quality of your work? Here is the solution for you. Have a look at this collection of 35 best and most useful HTML5 development tools that not only save your time but also improve your productivity as well. The introduction of HTML5 has greatly modernized the designing and development industry and completely altered the way development was done before.

Check them out and pick the ones you like the best. We hope that you will like this collection and find these amazing HTML5 development tools 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!

HTML KickStart

HTML KickStart is a ultra–lean set of HTML5, CSS, and jQuery (javascript) files, layouts, and elements designed to give you a headstart and save you a lot of hours on your next web project.

Patternizer

Patternizer is an easy to use stripe pattern generator. It’s lots of fun and free!

Font Dragr

A revolutionary way to test custom fonts in the browser. No coding, no uploading, just drag and drop.

CreateJS

A suite of Javascript libraries & tools for building rich, interactive experiences with HTML5.

Sprite Box

Spritebox is a WYSIWYG tool to help web designers quickly and easily create CSS classes and IDs from a single sprite image. It is based on the principle of using the background-position property to align areas of a sprite image into block elements of a web page. It was made using a combination of JQuery, CSS3 and HTML5, and is totally free to use.

Adobe Typekit

Adobe TypeKit is a cloud-based service that offers a vast library of web safe fonts to add flair to your webpage designs. Learn more.

Online 3D Sketch Tool

A drawing application that lets you save and share replays of your work with friends.

Liveweave

Liveweave is a HTML5, CSS3 & JavaScript playground for web designers and developers.

The HTML5 Test

The HTML5 test – How well does your browser support HTML5?

Moqups

The most stunning HTML5 App for creating high fidelity, resolution independent SVG mockups and wireframes.

Stitches

Stitches – An HTML5 sprite sheet generator.

SproutCore

SproutCore is an open-source framework for building blazingly fast, innovative user experiences on the web.

Zebra

HTML5 Canvas Rich UI JavaScript Library.

Less Framework

Less Framework is a CSS grid system for designing adaptive web­sites. It contains 4 layouts and 3 sets of typography presets, all based on a single grid.

Webdirections

Rendera

Type in your HTML code and see it rendered in realtime. Then style it with CSS. You can use any of the HTML5 or CSS3 tags your browser supports.

CanvasLoader Creator

The Heartcode CanvasLoader Creator is a free online tool which you can use to generate scripted preloaders (spinners or throbblers) for your HTML projects. The Creator is using the CanvasLoader UI Library.

On/Off Flipswitch HTML5/CSS3 Generator

Generate pure CSS3 On/Off flipswitches with animated transitions.

Adobe Edge Animate

Adobe Edge Animate is the premier HTML software with integrated tools for creating compliant cross-browser animation and other content.

Initializr

Initializr is an HTML5 templates generator to help you getting started with a new project based on HTML5 Boilerplate. It generates for you a clean customizable template with just what you need to start!

LimeJS

LimeJS is a HTML5 game framework for building fast, native-experience games for all modern touchscreens and desktop browsers.

CreateM

Create.js is a comprehensive web editing interface for Content Management Systems. It is designed to provide a modern, fully browser-based HTML5 environment for managing content. Create can be adapted to work on almost any content management backend.

Twitter Bootstrap

Sleek, intuitive, and powerful front-end framework for faster and easier web development.

Foundation

The most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world.

Skeleton

Skeleton is a small collection of CSS files that can help you rapidly develop sites that look beautiful at any size, be it a 17″ laptop screen or an iPhone.

Montage HTML5 Framework

An HTML5 framework for building modern Web Apps.

Edge Code

Adobe Edge Code (Preview) is a lightweight HTML and CSS editing tool that includes preview, quick editing, and integrated visual design features to help you speed up the development of your projects.

Edge Inspect

dobe Edge Inspect is a workflow and preview tool for testing and simulating across multiple mobile web browsers.

Edge Webfonts

Adobe Edge Web Fonts provides access to a suite of free web fonts to use immediately in your websites.

PhoneGap Build

Adobe PhoneGap Build is a cloud-based service for creating apps without downloading iPhone, Android, or Blackberry SDKs.

Html5 Video Voting

This tool allows you to gather feedback on your videos. Voting is exquisitely simple. All you do is click on the video and use the spacebar to submit your vote, it will automatically populate the bar graph above.

HTML5 Reset

This tool allows the developer a way of resetting the clock. It enables web designers to take their old website designs and re-write them as if the first code they every dealt with was HTML5.

Video.js

Video.js is a JavaScript and CSS library that makes it easier to work with and build on HTML5 video. This is also known as an HTML5 Video Player.

Mercury Editor

Mercury is a full featured HTML5 editor. It was built from the ground up to help your team get the most out of content editing in modern browsers.

Maqetta

Maqetta is an open source project that provides WYSIWYG visual authoring of HTML5 user interfaces. The Maqetta application itself is authored in HTML, and therefore runs in the browser without requiring additional plugins or downloads.

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.

11:00

Responsive Images: Still Waiting for a Standard? Try Rwd.Images.Js Instead!


  

Responsive Images is a topic far from resolved. Will it be the picture element as proposed by the W3C or will it be the srcset attribute as proposed by WHATWG in the end? No matter what time will bring, responsive images are a problem that needs to be solved today and not sometime in the future. No wonder that JavaScript is the remedy of choice. There are quite a few scripts targeting responsive imaging, quality varies though. A brand-new script by Matt Stow from Australia shows the potential to become the best available client-side interim solution…

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

16:47

40 Twitter Tools, Resources & Creative Backgrounds

There are so many popular social networking websites are available in the internet and Twitter is one of them. If you are bore with your default blue twitter background or you want an exciting change in your twitter page then check out this collection where you will find outstanding tools for your Twitter background. Social networking profile should be update and trendy because it show your taste and give your impression to other. So its time to make your Twitter profile more interesting and happening.

In this assortment, we are presenting 40 superb tools and resources to spice up your twitter background. Scroll through our wonderful collection and make your Twitter page more attractive and eye-catching through this collection. We hope you will like this assortment. Please give us your feeds back about this wonderful assortment because your feeds back are very precious and important for us. You can also download these awesome tools without paying any money.

Twilk

Put your Twitter followers on your background.

Free Twitter Designer

Now you can personalize your Twitter background like never before. The tool below will help you create free Twitter backgrounds that have the same look and feel as those done by professional graphic designers. It’s easy to use, and best of all, it’s Free!

Twitter Background Checker

Check if your twitter profile looks like poo-poo in smaller or higher resolutions.

Twiback

Want to know how to change the Twitter background or profile icon automatically? It’s never been this easy — with our professionally designed, simple user interface you can change your Twitter background or profile icon automatically! Just try it!

Peekr

Are you hip to twitter? Well, peekr is kinda like a Twitter Widget (a “twidget”) because it’s a tiny little Twitter helper. Some tweeple might call it a bookmarklet, but we know it’s so much more! Is this making any sense yet? Maybe you’ll have to try it and see it in action to get a good feel for how useful peekr can be… Go ahead, click the button above that says, sneak a peek! to see what peekr does. Go on, you know you want to!

TwitBacks

In less than 2 minutes… Brand yourself on Twitter by creating your very own Twitter background and Twitter header.

Flickr My Background

Put your latest Flickr image in your Twitter background We check for new photos and sync every hour.

ChethStudios

Free Twitter Backgrounds PSD Layered files.

Twitpaper

An online community where hundreds of Twitter layouts & backgrounds can be downloaded FREE.

Twitter Gallery

We are your source for Free Twitter Backgrounds. Every day we update twitrounds with new Twitter Backgrounds for you to use on your profile. Getting a background is very easy. Simply look through all the backgrounds we have to offer, click on the background thumbnail, then use our auto-install tool to easily post the background to your Twitter profile.

Create A Twitter Background using PowerPoint

Who would’ve thought that the presentation app used to lull audiences to sleep could also be used to create an appealing Twitter background? The process is fairly simple and only limited by your imagination and Twitter’s 800Kb upload limit.

Twitlay

Upload your own pictures and customize the Layout. You can change the color and add text to the background. Select colors for your profile and preview it in real time. Save all these to your Twitter account with a single click.

Twitter Backgrounds

The themes and images on these pages are free for use as twitter backgrounds. Click on a thumbnail of the backround you would like to get and then download the file to your hard drive or use an auto install feature which will post the selected background to your twitter profile.

Twitter Background

Ever wanted to see the background image while in a Twitter page? Now it’s just matter of clicking on it and voila, everything else goes away so you can appreciate the background. Click on the page again to restore it.

Artweet

Make your twitter beautiful!

Custom Background for Twitter

Need a professionally designed custom Twitter background or Facebook landing page?

Free Twitter Backgrounds

Here’s a set of grungy Twitter backgrounds that you can customize and use for free. They’re all hi-res PNG files. Just load them into your favourite image editor, add an image and some text and you’re good to go.

Free Twitter Backgrounds

Every background is free, lightweight and optimized for mostly used 1024 resolution but we were thinking about all of you with big screens so have no fear our Twitter layouts are going to look the same on 1280px or wide screen.

TweetHawk

TweetHawk Custom Background Designs are free to use for personal use under the Creative Commons 3.0 Licence.

Twitter Backgrounds

1000′s of unique free Twitter backgrounds. Click “Get Twitter Background” beneath any image you want to put on your Twitter. The new page will show the image as a background and give step-by-step instructions on how to add it as your Twitter background.

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SweetTweet

Here you will find everything for your twittering needs! We have everything from twitter backgrounds to twitter buttons and we’ll even show you how to use twitter too!

Design a Unique Twitter Background

Spreading word about your business or services via a Twitter account can be a useful addition to a marketing strategy. There are many resources with advice on what, when, and how to tweet. But since we’re creative professionals, we should also pay attention to what our Twitter pages look like

Twitter Background Design How-To and Best Practices

Let’s take a look at some of the best practices around Twitter background design and get to work creating our own.

Creative Twitter Backgrounds:

Charity Micho

Twestival_Jozi

Andysowards

Anousone

Bigjonevans

binoj Xavier

Deb Kolaras

Dickie adams

Jolly Lizard

Imagination

Go Media

KimDeanArt

Wolfgang Bartelme

Graphicidentity

Patternhead

Designerdepot

January 27 2014

16:09

42 Mockup And Wireframing Tools For Developers

Wireframing and mockup tools are very important for the developers as they make the process of creating a cloud computing based SaaS app or website fundamentally easier. They are the most crucial tools when it comes to communicating a prototype’s usability and functionality to clients. Therefore, almost all developers spend loads of their time in searching good and high quality mockup and wireframing tools.

Below, we have put together top 42 mockup and wireframing tools for developers. With these tools, they can provide their clients a streamlined and uncluttered visual to supplement verbalized ideas and designs. Check this out and get to pick one!

Do let us know what you feel about this round up.

Free Tools

Framebox

Lightweight online tool for creating and sharing mockups (wireframes). Easy, fast and free in use.

xmind

Millions of people use XMind to clarify thinking, manage complex information, run brainstorming and get work organize.

Appery

The only cloud-based platform with visual development tools and integrated backend services.

Lumzy

Lumzy is a Quick Mockup and Prototyping tool. Runs on the browser.

iPhone Mockup

Pick “Illustration” or “Pencil” to create a new iPhone Mockup.

Pencil Project

Pencil is built for the purpose of providing a free and open-source GUI prototyping tool that people can easily install and use to create mockups in popular desktop platforms.

Cog Tool

CogTool is a general purpose UI prototyping tool with a difference – it automatically evaluates your design with a predictive human performance model (a “cognitive crash dummy”).

iPlotz

iPlotz allows you to rapidly create clickable, navigable mockups and wireframes for prototyping websites and software applications.

Cacoo

Cacoo is a user friendly online drawing tool that allows you to create a variety of diagrams such as site map, flowchart, mind map, wire frame, UML diagram and network diagram. Cacoo can be used free of charge.

Denim

DENIM is a system that helps web site designers in the early stages of design. DENIM supports sketching input, allows design at different refinement levels, and unifies the levels through zooming.

Pidoco

Pidoco is a web-based prototyping software for rapidly creating clickable wireframes and UI prototypes for web, mobile and enterprise applications. It’s easy to use with smart sharing and collaboration features, a convenient specification generator, exports and much more.

Wireframes.org

Mix Low fidelity and High fidelity. Link sketches to build prototypes. Dashboards and Charts builder.

Creately

Easily draw diagrams online using Creately’s online diagramming tool. Diagram software packed with templates and features.

Mocknow

MockNow is easy, fast, (Drag & Drop) and totaly free web based online Mockups (Wireframe) Creating and Sharing tool for website and ready to publish in minutes.

Flair Builder

FlairBuilder is a prototyping tool that lets you create interactive wireframes for websites and mobile applications. It’s easy to learn and use, and comes with lots of options.

Uxpin

UXPin: UX Design & Wireframing Tools As Beautiful As Your Work.

Omni Graffle

OmniGraffle can help you make eye-popping graphic documents—quickly—by providing powerful styling tools, keeping lines connected to shapes even when they’re moved, and magically organizing diagrams with just one click.

Gliffy

Professional-quality flowcharts,org charts,UML diagrams,network diagrams,wireframes,technical drawings and more.Gliffy works directly in your browser!

Proto

Silly-fast mobile prototyping. Create fully-interactive high-fidelity prototypes in minutes that look and work exactly like your app should.

Premium Tools

Mockup Builder

Mockup Builder is a prototyping solution that helps design software or websites while reducing the time and cost spent on the negotiation stage. Identify your requirements and get the job done right!

Wireframesketcher

WireframeSketcher is a wireframing tool that helps designers, developers and product managers quickly create wireframes, mockups and prototypes for desktop, web and mobile applications.

Solidifyapp

Easel

Wireframe

Mockup Designer

Mockflow

Moqups

Framerjs

A prototyping tool for animation and interaction on desktop and mobile.

Conceptdraw

Justinmind

Intuitionhq

Create and share hosted prototypes with HTML, CSS, Javascript, Coffeescript, Less and Markdown.

Verify App

Verify lets you test screenshots of your design work to gain valuable insights on your users’ expectations and reactions to your apps and websites before writing a single line of code. Your team will love the great-looking, actionable, reports that will help them make informed design decisions.

Concept Feedback

Polldaddy

Create surveys and polls that match your brand, budget, and vision.

Hot Gloo

Prototyper

Five Second Test

Pickfu

Usability Tools

Tech Smith

Optimizely

Visual WebSite Optimizer

January 22 2014

16:14

Not Using CSS Preprocessors? You Should Be.

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CSS was both a wonderful innovation and a missed opportunity. Being able to separate the form and the content of a webpage massively improves the process of web design. But, CSS has a number of limitations. As anyone who has ever written CSS knows, for all but the most simple of sites, the CSS can become a tangled mess of repetitions, overrides of previous CSS, and overrides of overrides. CSS does not conform to coding best practices, and its simplicity steps over the line from simple to simplistic, frequently hindering the design and development process.

Thankfully, CSS preprocessors provide us many of the features that would ideally have been included in CSS from the beginning. There are a number of different CSS preprocessors, with the most popular being SASS and LESS. There are significant differences between the two, but rather than looking closely at particular preprocessors, we’re going to have a look at how CSS preprocessors in general can change the way you think about writing CSS.

Not Using CSS Preprocessors? You Should Be.Image by Naiara Abaroa

What Is A CSS Preprocessor?

Put simply, CSS preprocessor languages are more feature-rich than CSS alone and can be processed into CSS that works as normal.

As the name suggests, CSS preprocessors take a text file, process it, and output correct CSS. Exactly what that text file contains depends on the individual preprocessor, but both SASS and LESS are a superset of CSS. They include everything already in the CSS specification plus additional features. A major benefit of which is that if you know CSS, you can already write valid LESS and SASS, and just need to learn a few extra tricks.

Variables, Mixins, and Functions

CSS does not include variables. Anyone familiar with coding understands how useful variables can be. Variables allow web developers to assign a value to a name, which can then be used throughout the stylesheet. If you need to change the value, you only have to change it in one place, rather than hunting through all of the CSS files for every instance.

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Mixins are slightly more complex. They allow for the properties of a class to be embedded in another class, which can then be used throughout the stylesheet, in much the same way as a variable. Functions are much as you would expect to find in any other programming language, although with some limitations.

It Will Make Your CSS DRY

“Don’t Repeat Yourself” is one of the foundational best practices of modern coding. With CSS alone it’s almost impossible to adhere to, but with SASS, LESS and the others, variables, mixins, and functions allow developers to write their styles in one place, and use them throughout their stylesheets.

CSS Preprocessors Will Save You Time

Not Using CSS Preprocessors? You Should Be.Image by Mario Bieh

All of the inefficiencies in the way CSS is written and maintained take up a lot of developer time. Using a CSS preprocessor drastically simplifies the task of writing readable, maintainable CSS, which means developers and designers have more time to work on the really important stuff, like making the site look good.

If you’ve been avoiding CSS preprocessors, perhaps it’s time you gave them a look. They will save you time and they are very easy to learn for anyone already familiar with CSS.

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January 20 2014

14:42

44 Flexible Grid Tools For Responsive Websites

The web is changing at a great speed and is getting more and more responsive day by day and so its designs. Today, designers are now focusing on creating more responsive websites. Innovations and new technologies have given the web development a new and better dimension. Today’s websites are interactive, visually attractive as well as responsive.

Creating responsive website is a pleasant and refreshing shift but it requires loads of hard work and efforts. Such websites need to have two important components; one of them is a flexible fluid grid and the other one is responsive images.

Here, we are presenting 44 flexible grid tools that will help you in creating responsive websites. Here is the full collection after the jump. Enjoy!

Gridpak

Responsive Web Design tool for creating grids by Erskine Design.

The Grid

It’s a 12-column flexible grid that can scale out to an arbitrary size (defined by the max-width of the row) that’s also easily nested, so you can build out complicated layouts without creating a lot of custom elements.

Golden Grid System

A grid system for responsive web design. Includes folding columns, elastic gutters, a zoomable baseline grid, and a delightful grid overlay script.

Susy

The web is a responsive place, from your lithe & lively development process to your end-user’s super-tablet-multi-magic-lap-phone. You need grids that are powerful yet custom, reliable yet responsive.

Columnal CSS Grid System

The Columnal CSS grid system is a “remix” of a couple others with some custom code thrown in. Columnal is an elastic grid, while some code inspiration (and the idea for subcolumns) are taken from 960.gs

Semantic Grid System

Set column and gutter widths, choose the number of columns, and switch between pixels and percentages. All without any .grid_x classes in your markup. Oh, and did we mention it’s responsive?

Responsive Calculator

Just a simple calculator to help turn your PSD pixel perfection into the start of your responsive website.

Adapt

Adapt.js is a lightweight (842 bytes minified) JavaScript file that determines which CSS file to load before the browser renders a page. If the browser tilts or resizes, Adapt.js simply checks its width, and serves only the CSS that is needed, when it is needed.

Gridless

Gridless is an optionated HTML5 and CSS3 boilerplate for making mobile first responsive, cross-browser websites with beautiful typography.

Simple Grid

Responsive. Infinite nesting. One class per element. Simple.

Base Framework

A super simple, responsive framework designed to work for mobile devices, tablets, netbooks and desktop computers.

Bourbon Neat

A lightweight semantic grid framework for Sass and Bourbon.

Kube CSS Framework

Minimalistic and sufficient for everything, adaptive and responsive. Revolutionary flexible grid and beautiful typography. Absolute freedom with no imposed styling.

One% CSS Grid

One% CSS Grid is a 12 column fluid CSS grid system. It’s been designed as a base for building responsive web layouts easily, quickly and with minimum effort. You don’t have to take care of resizing and rearanging your layout for each platform separatelly. One% CSS Grid will do all this for you.

RWD Grid

rwdgrid is just another Grid system based on popular 960grid , which is responsive and ranges from mobile, tablet, laptops and wide screen displays. Naming convention of this grid system is similar to 960 grid system, where underscore is replaced by hyphen (increases readabilty).rwdgrid is having different Grid system made for 1200px+ Displays, 960px+ Displays, 720px+ Displays and Mobile screens.

Responsify

Responsify is a browser based tool, which allows you to create your own responsive template. Think of it as a foundation for you to build upon. You can customise the grid to suit your content, rather than trying to make the content fit the grid.

Simple Grid

Simple Grid was created for developers who need a barebones grid. Simple Grid works well with 1140px layouts but easily adapts to any size of layout. With fluid columns, Simple Grid is responsive down to mobile.

Toast CSS Framework

Toast is a CSS framework made as simple as it can be, but no simpler. A plain-English responsive grid makes simple layouts a breeze, and with box-sizing you can add padding and borders to the grid, without breaking a single thing.

Ivory

IVORY can easily adapt to any size screen from phones to TVs. It offers 4 different width layouts 1200px, 1140px, 1024px & 960px. You can define your own width also.

Responsive Aeo

Convention over configuration, just twelve columns,less code to learn means less bugs to solve.

Gumby

Gumby 2 is built with the power of Sass. Sass is a powerful CSS preprocessor which allows us to develop Gumby itself with much more speed — and gives you new tools to quickly customize and build on top of the Gumby Framework.

Skeleton

Skeleton is a small collection of CSS files that can help you rapidly develop sites that look beautiful at any size, be it a 17″ laptop screen or an iPhone.

1080 GS

The 1080 Grid System expands upon Nathan Smith’s 960 Grid System by simply adding an additional 120 pixels while utilizing the same margins. Thus, anyone who has ever used the 960 Grid System to design can easily do so with the 1080 Grid System.

960 GS

The 960 Grid System is an effort to streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels. There are two variants: 12 and 16 columns, which can be used separately or in tandem.

The Grid System

The ultimate resource in grid systems.

978 GS

978 is a grid layout system that uses 12 columns at 54px, with 30px gutters. This comes out to a total of 978px, which uses up most of the space on a 1024×768 monitor.

Grid System Generator

The grid system generator will create custom grid systems in valid css / xhtml for rapid prototyping, development and production environments.

Responsive Grid System

The Responsive Grid System isn’t a framework. It’s not a boilerplate either. It’s a quick, easy & flexible way to create a responsive web site.

Mueller Grid System

MUELLER is a modular grid system for responsive/adaptive and non–responsive layouts, based on Compass. You have full control over column width, gutter width, baseline grid and media–queries.

Variable Grid System

The variable grid system is a quick way to generate an underlying CSS grid for your site. The CSS generated file is based on the 960 Grid System.

34 Responsive Grid System

34Grid is a Responsive Grid System based on “equally distributed columns” layout basis. In contrast to other great grid systems (@see bottom of page), 34Grid provides equally distributed columns for each row. (and also column complements for inequal distributions)

ZEN GRIDS

A responsive grid system built with the power of Sass.

LessFramework 4

Less Framework is a CSS grid system for designing adaptive web­sites. It contains 4 layouts and 3 sets of typography presets, all based on a single grid.

Fluid Grids

A CSS Framework for Rapid Interactive Prototyping.

Flurid

A cross-browser CSS grid framework that doesn’t hide pixels in margins!

Gridset

Designing grids with Gridset is as easy as dragging guides in Photoshop or Fireworks. Gridset provides whatever you need: PNGs, a comprehensive cheat sheet and CSS.

Tiny Fluid Grid

The happy & awesome way to build fluid grid based websites.

Style Tiles

Style Tiles are a design deliverable consisting of fonts, colors and interface elements that communicate the essence of a visual brand for the web.

Responsivepx

Responsivepx – find that tricky breakpoint.

Multi-Device Layout Patterns

Through fluid grids and media query adjustments, responsive design enables Web page layouts to adapt to a variety of screen sizes.

Responsive Web Design Sketch Sheets

Responsive Design Test Bookmarklet

Screenqueri

Proportional Grids

January 16 2014

11:00

Brandnew App for Mac OS: 2,800 Free Icons for Designers


  

The name Ivan Boyko will sound familiar to quite a few designers out there. He is the creative head behind icons8. The website by the same name offers 2,800 icons to download for free. 1,600 of them are designed following the design style of Windows 8, while the other 1,200 fit into the version 7 redesign of iOS. Today, Boyko added a way to access his icon sets even more easily. A brand-new and also free app can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. This app brings all the icons right to your desktop…

January 14 2014

12:55

10 Online Applications To Help With File Management

Managing file is a necessity of today’s world because we have to deal with the great amount of different types of files on a daily basis – be is documents, images, photos, multimedia, etc. therefore, it is important to have a system where you can manage all of your files without any hassle.

Today, the communication and business processes demand the files to be rapidly shared, edited and created. People all over the world can now edit of view the accessible files regardless of their PC specifications and internet speed. This circumstance gives rise to the use of online services rather than desktop applications. Online entrepreneurs mostly use online services to manage their work files so that they can access them wherever they go.

eXtplorer -PHP and JavaScript based File Manager

eXtplorer is a web-based File Manager. You can use it to, browse directories & files on the server and, edit, copy, move, delete files, search, upload and download files, create and extract archives,

Pydior

Pydio allows you to instantly turn any server into a powerful file sharing platform.

FileMan

Share files with your clients or staff on your web site. Enable your users to securely access, upload and organize documents from anywhere with only a web browser. Store your confidential files on your own server and have full control over them.

CKFinder

Install CKFinder to increase daily website content management productivity. Easily upload and download multiple files. All users will find the interface intuitive and simple to use. You will only regret not having installed CKFinder on your website earlier.

FileRun

Full featured PHP web based file manager with an easy to use ajax user interface. Upload and download large files for easy sharing.

ActiveCollab

Here’s what activeCollab can offer to help you manage your projects more effectively: Organized projects and task management, Centralized and open communication, Simple and easy way to track time and expenses, Billing your clients for the work you’ve done.

Confluence

Give your team one place to share, find, and collaborate on information they need to get work done. Give your team Confluence. No email. No meetings. No problem.

Producteev

Producteev is the leading social task management solution for teams. It’s helped thousands of teams get work done faster and more effectively.

Central Desktop

web based collaboration software for business teams to share information and collaborate on projects.

Teambox

Teambox is a collaboration platform for task management, file sharing and communications.

January 13 2014

15:26

Essential UI Design Tools & Resources For Web Designers

Looking for some must to have type UI design tools and resources? Well, if your answer is yes then look no further. Here, we are presenting a fantastic collection of some most essential and must to have User Interface (UI) design tools for the web designers. Generally, it is a complex thing to design User Interface within the initial levels but if you have some basic and essential UI design tools then this it will not be a big problem for you.

Below, you will unearth a fantastic and extremely useful collection of some essential UI design tools that you must have. These tools not only save your time but also let you complete your job easily and effortlessly. We hope that you will enjoy this collection. Feel free to share your opinions with us via comment section below. Enjoy!

Fillerati

Fivesecondtest

GuideGuide

MockFlow

Adobe Kuler

Android Asset Studio

Flow – Mobile App Landing Page Template

User Interface Design Framework

The Ero Widget UI Kit

DIY Kit

The White Stripes UI Kit

Gliffy

LivePipe UI

Small GUI Pack

Android UI Elements Set

The Pencil Project

iPlotz

Editable Grid

Scripty 2

ZKoss

Dojo

DesignerVista

Napkee

iPhone Mockup

Eclipse Stencil for OmniGraffle

OSX Leopard GUI Set

DHTMLX

Echo 3

Lumzy

Go Mockingbird

ForeUI

Patternry

Hot Gloo

Mini Ajax

Cacoo

Placehold.it

Pattern References and Libraries

qTip2

Wireframe Sketcher

Clean and Usable UI Kit

Blue UI Touch Kit

Pattern Tap

EightShapes Unify

Concept Feedback

January 10 2014

11:00

Wallpaper for jQuery Adds Image or Video Backgrounds to Any Website Easily


  

Such is life. Client X needs a landing page within the next 15 minutes. It’s a rather simple page with not a lot more than a full-screen background image. Now, how can I achieve that in the quickest and easiest way? Having evaluated a few alternatives I decide to go with Ben Plum’s newest jQuery plugin Wallpaper. This lets me do the job in less than ten minutes. Being able to change the image to a video background using the very same solution made my client smile with joy…

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