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April 02 2013

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March 28 2013

14:22

15 Free Minimal And Responsive WordPress Themes

Here, we are presenting 15 free, minimal and responsive WordPress themes for you. WordPress offers the best platform for blogging and sharing content online. With loads of feature rich options and plugins, WordPress is the ideal choice of many bloggers, designers and creative people who want to share their content with the world. WordPress themes are there to set different WordPress websites and blog apart from each other. This time we have come up with some excellent and very appealing minimal and responsive WordPress themes.

Below, you will find 15 free and extremely appealing minimal and responsive WordPress themes that have the ability to balance your content with the minimal layout in the best possible way. All of these mentioned themes work absolutely fine. Furthermore, these themes are capable enough to make your website or blog look unique as well as make it stand out from the rest. Let us have a look. Enjoy!

Ari WordPress Theme

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Simple Grid Theme Responsive

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Gridly

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Shutterloop

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Grid Theme Responsive

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Pilot Fish

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Touchfolio

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Auto Focus Responsive WordPress Photography Theme

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Unique Theme Responsive

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Eclipse

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Adapt

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Lugada

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Respo

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Oxygen

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PressWork

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March 22 2013

19:33

Creative, Colourful Landing Pages

This guest post is written by Alex Black. Alex writes for printing company Print Express. In his spare time he enjoys studying graphic and web design and works on his Photoshop skills. You can follow him on Twitter at @iamalexblack.

As the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression. When you’re marketing a product or service, if your landing page doesn’t make a great first impression then it’s unlikely that visitors will return, much less use your product. Good landing pages show off the product, sell it’s benefits and do a good job of leaving the visitor with the impression that it’s well designed. Great landing pages, on the other hand, do all this and also stick in your memory – they stand out and are remarkable.

Of course, this is much easier said than done – how do you create a landing page that’s remarkable, and memorable while still being beautifully designed instead of garish? One of the ways in which you can do this is to focus on creating a tastefully bright, vibrant and colourful design. Use a bold, daring colour palette – or use subtle, muted colours but with bright, impossible-to-miss contrasts on the buttons you want users to click (like the “sign up” or “try the demo” buttons).

The use of colour in landing pages is an art form in itself, and we’ve brought this collection of designs together to help give you some inspiration for your next landing page project. We hope you find the collection useful and entertaining.

Viximo

Viximo is a company that works with developers to get their games published online. The landing page stands out instantly by using big, bold illustration and the muted colour palette grabs attention without being too garish.

 

Evernote

Productivity tool Evernote has a homepage that is awash with their trademark bright green. The header – which explains the concept and benefits of Evernote – is impossible to miss as a result.
 

Vimeo

Vimeo, the hosted video platform that rivals YouTube, is universally loved by creative, and so their homepage appeals to this group by the use of rich, colourful illustration.
 

MailChimp

Email newsletter provider MailChimp stands out with their use of big, bold typography and large, colourful backgrounds for each page. The use of colour is bold without being too overwhelming, and complements the large type nicely.
 

Amazing Alex

Amazing Alex, a mobile game from the makers of Angry Birds, features a lot of colour on the landing page, which compliments the cartoon theme of the game well.
 

Movie Poster Quiz

The Movie Poster Quiz is an iPhone game that tests your knowledge of film posters – and the landing page uses a vibrant, impossible to miss yellow backdrop to help the content pop.
 

Flutter

Flutter is an app that uses your webcam to allow you to control your music by waving your hand. It’s a fun and quirky concept, and the landing page suits that theme nicely with a bright, colourful, cartoon style.
 

Foursquare

Foursquare, the incredibly popular mobile app that allows you to virtually check-in to places, uses their brand colour of blue for the header and footer of their landing page, but they also add a tasteful element of colour by making the background a huge map of your city.
 

Keen IO

Keen IO is a tool that helps sites access their website analytics data through an API. They’ve made a tasteful use of colour on their homepage with their muted blue header which contrasts with their signup button in a slightly muted red.
 

Cue

Cue is an iPhone app that helps you plan your day, by automatically using your emails and calendar to tell you what’s coming next. The landing page uses huge background images to help illustrate a typical day using the app.
 

Loop11

Loop11 is a usability testing tool that allows you to see how well your site performs when participants try to navigate it. The landing page has a strong focus on their green brand colour, but they’ve also used bright orange to stand out and heavily contrast for the call to action “Let’s get you signed up”, and the “Sign up for free” button.
 

Skype

Skype – one of the first products that made video chat easily accessible to the masses – uses their brand colour combination of blue and white heavily throughout the site, and the landing page is a perfect example. The header, the top navigation and even the call to action buttons use the blue and white colour combination to always be on brand.
 

Wufoo

Online form builder Wufoo use an extraordinary amount of colour on their homepage, from the attention-grabbing red header to the variety of brightly coloured boxes, the landing page is hard to forget. All of this plays into the fun, personality-driven brand of Wufoo.
 

Everpix

Photo storage site Everpix makes use of colour on their landing page through the background, which constantly rotates through bright (but not distracting), slightly blurred imagery. Despite the colourful backgrounds, the bright orange “Sign up now” button is impossible to miss.
 

Fitocracy

Fitocracy is a social network designed around being healthy and keeping fit. They’ve used a bold, deep purple for the header to help grab attention and the muted orange thunderbolts in the illustrated robot stand out and help the design to pop.
 

Lorenzo Verzini

Lorenzo Verzini is an Italian designer and art director. His homepage aims to show off his creative, colourful art style – it’s both minimalist and simple, and colourful and iconic with a style that’s all his own.
 

Adioso

Adioso is a flight search engine that aims to make finding a flight simple and easy. Their landing page uses vivid, brightly coloured images of holiday destinations, which helps to inspire you to travel.
 

Treehouse

Treehouse provide teaching modules to help you learn how to code and design. Their landing page uses colour very tastefully to improve the visual aesthetics and to draw your attention to key areas – like the “Start learning today” button which stands out, compared to the darker background of the header.
 

LayarVault

LayerVault helps designers project manage their work and stores and syncs each projects files neatly. The landing page is a beautiful example of flat design on the web, but it also uses colour to help stand out visually. Their muted green backdrop on the slider helps to make their heading prominent, and adds some personality to the site.
 

DIY

DIY is an app that aims to teach you new skills by setting you challenges, and allows you to earn all sorts of badges to help mark your achievement. Because it’s such a big part of how DIY works, they emphasise this on the landing page by featuring a wide assortment of the brightly coloured badges that you can earn.
 
Have you found any examples of bright, bold, vibrant & colourful landing pages that you’d like to share? Please do let us know in the comments.

Tags: Design Web

March 18 2013

16:26

Ultimate Collection Of Free Coming Soon And Under Construction Templates

An under construction or coming soon page will come into play when you need to inform your users that the web page they are trying to visit is in the construction process and they should visit it after some time. At times, when companies decided to make huge changes in their online profile; they need to redesign the whole website or the large portion of it. At the same time, they do not want their users to see a blank page. Therefore, they design an under construction or coming soon page.

In this collection, you will discover some inspiring and free templates to design coming soon and under construction pages. Browse through this collection and download as many templates as you want.

Free Coming Soon Page Template: Blue Horizons

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Free HTML/CSS Coming Soon Page

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Blue Coming Soon Page

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HTML5 Coming Soon Template

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Simple Coming Soon Page HTML

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Elegant Clean Under Construction Page

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Beback Theme

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Coming Soon Page Template

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Website Under Construction Template

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LaunchTime WordPress Theme

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HOLDING PATTERN

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PaperLaunch

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Free Coming Soon Template

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Changing Room

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LaunchPad

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Clean Under Construction Template

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Creative Under Construction Template

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Modern Under Construction Template

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Critical Mass

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Colorful

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Landis

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Fleepy

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Coming Soon WordPress Theme

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Premium Under Construction Template

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Sapling

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jQuery Countdown Script

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Ready2Launch

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WP Launcher

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Cool And Free Launch Page With Ajax Newsletter

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Coming soon page template download (PSD)

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Tutorials

Creating a Stylish Coming Soon Page with jQuery

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a Stylish Coming Soon Page with jQuery.

Create an Effective Coming Soon Page

In this article we will talk you through how to construct a very usable, applicable coming soon web page. We will also be discussing why we are doing certain things, and what we’re trying to achieve with each step. This way you’ll not only be able to create a similar design, but you’ll understand the importance of the details, and just how effective they can be.

How To Design A Coming Soon Page In Photoshop

In this tutorial we will show you how to create a coming soon page in photoshop. To design a coming soon page is really important if you are about to lunch a new website, and is a pretty good marketing tool.

Design a Bright & Fun Coming Soon Page

In this tutorial you will learn how to design a fun Coming Soon Page for a website.

Sleek Coming Soon Page Design

Here we will be showing you how to create a cool coming soon web page design. The designs features a dark feel with a cool count down timer. Lets get started…

How to Create an Effective Coming Soon Page

Coming soon pages are generally very simply when compared to regular websites. However, they’re notoriously difficult to get right. The simplicity of the concept can actually overwhelm many designers, as they end up with a boring, lackluster design. Here, we’ll look at how to design a simple, but effective coming soon page, and some of the theories to bear in mind.

Freelance Coming Soon Photoshop Tutorial

We will be walking you through the process of creating a Coming Soon Page for your Freelance website. We will be using a lot of basic techniques and simple layer styles to create an excellent look.

Design A Textured ‘Coming Soon’ Web Page In Photoshop

This web design tutorial will show you how to make a simple “coming soon” web page that has a nice background texture and a slick web form that you can easily adapt into contact forms, newsletter signup pages, and more.

Design And Code A Sweet Custom Coming Soon Page

In this tutorial you will learn how to Design and Code a Sweet Custom Coming Soon Page.

Conclusion

This compilation features some excellent and high quality templates for Coming Soon and Under Construction pages that you can use for free. We have compiled this collection to help you make your Coming Soon or Under Construction pages more appealing and visually enticing. We hope that you will like this collection. Feel free to share your opinion with us via comment section below.

February 01 2013

12:33

On selling websites

Last week I was offered a five-figure sum for the sale of the Logo Design Love website. My sites will always have their price, but for a few reasons, I said no thanks.

Heart dollar
Photo credit: Instructables

My name’s on the book. If the website is controlled by other people, their actions will reflect on me, even if all traces of my name are removed from the site. That’s something I never thought about when naming the book, but on the other hand, the book’s success is helped by the popularity of the website, and vice versa, so it can be good having them linked.

Understandably, the sale was mostly based on statistics — visitor numbers and origins, what keywords drive people to the site, monthly ad revenue, etc. Thing is, I launched the site five years back, and since then it’s grown a personal value that’s more than numbers, not to mention the beautiful and smart readership that significantly adds to that.

Perhaps most importantly, the potential buyer owns another website where logos are sold in isolation at the lowest end of the market. One main reason for the purchase was to add banners and links pointing to this other site. Here’s a relevant quote from the Logo Design Love book.

“Every client is different, so every design project will be, too. It makes no sense to pigeonhole your clients into a specific price bracket. What works for one will not work for another, and your time — and profits — take a big hit when you limit yourself to a set range and attract clients on the basis of price alone.”

So not exactly a good fit.

Exit strategy?

If you’re thinking of selling your own website, here are a few questions worth answering.

  • What happens to the site after its sale?
  • How easy can you disassociate yourself?
  • How much have similar websites sold for?
  • What profit will your website generate over three years?
  • Can you trade for something other than money?
  • Who are you happy to sell to?
  • Do you want to keep any control over the content?
  • Will you provide support for a limited time?
  • How will you announce it to your subscribers?
  • Do you need a contract of sale?

If you want lower the time spent publishing content, but don’t want to sell completely, there are a couple of options: Hire writers, similar to Smashing Magazine or Web Designer Depot.

Site income > writer fees = profit.

Alternatively, store your content as an online archive, similar to Speak Up. Traffic will decrease over time, but it can still generate passive income, and act as a helpful resource.

Update:
Flippa seems to be one of the top marketplaces for those buying/selling a website (cheers Jon).

A couple of worthwhile reads for those in the selling market: Back in 2005 Yaro Starak wrote about how to sell a website. Some links are out-of-date, but much of the content still applies. Daniel Scocco of Daily Blog Tips shared a few tips for selling your blog or website on Flippa.


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January 25 2013

14:34

Interactive mind maps

To kick-start my thought process at the start of a project I’ll normally jot a few mind maps (or word maps). Sometimes I’ll use a thesaurus if there’s a word I want to pay particular attention to.

Late to the show, I stumbled upon Visual Thesaurus, a kind of interactive mind mapping tool.

Visual thesaurus

It was invented by Marc Tinkler of New York-based Thinkmap at a time when swissmiss was design director with his firm.

“I got to brand The Visual Thesaurus, shape the user interface of the actual app, do the first version of their site, and work on all marketing material. It was my last big project before I left and went out on my own and also one of the most exciting projects I have ever worked on in my career.”
— TINA ROTH EISENBERG

(Quoted from an interview with Tina on The Great Discontent.)

Visual Thesaurus now contains more than 145,000 English words and more than 115,000 meanings. You can listen to British and American pronunciations, and there are beta versions in five European languages, too.

It’s subscription-based, or you can test it for free.

A brilliant reference and education tool for anyone interested in communication.

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August 17 2012

16:55

50 Useful Websites And Resources To Become A CSS Expert

Here we have collected 50 excellent and valuable CSS reference websites and resources for you that will help you complete your CSS tasks easily and effortlessly. CSS knowledge come very handy when you need to modify or alter your website design, at least having some basic knowledge of CSS is must.

Since CSS is an easy language to learn and grab, you would not have to worry about using it. Furthermore, the vast variety of available resources makes learning process even more easier and fun activity. In this round up, you will find services that can help you in generating codes and cheat sheets for easy reference of selectors, properties and pseudo-classes. Enjoy looking into this collection and have more fun using them in your CSS work.

CSS Reference Websites and Resources

CSS3 Click Chart

CSS3 Previews

CSS3 Browser Compatibility Table

When can I use…

CSS Tricks

CSS Tutorial

CSS Shorthand Cheat Sheet

Mozilla CSS Reference

CSS Easy

Pxleyes Cheat Sheet

BlueprintCSS Cheat Sheet

YUI Library

W3C – Cascading Style Sheets, Current Work

CSS Advanced Layout Module

Conversation with CSS 3 team

The fundamental problems with CSS3

CSS3 properties tests for webkit based browsers

Rounded Corner Boxes the CSS3 Way

Attribute Selection in CSS3

CSS Property Index

100 Freebie CSS Resources

CSS Navigation Techniques

Learn CSS Positioning in Ten Steps

The 1 Kb CSS Grid

Free CSS Templates

Little Boxes

CodeBurner

Spiffy Box

CSS Type Set

Beginner’s Guide from a Seasoned CSS Designer

5 Tips for Organizing Your CSS

Will the Browser Apply the Rule(s)?

How to Size Text in CSS

Creating Sexy Stylesheets

CSS Cheat Sheet

CSS Beauty

CSS from the Ground Up

Turning Lists Into Trees

W3Schools Home

Fancy Paragraphs with CSS

Even More Rounded Corners with CSS

Dochub

Sencha CSS3 Cheat Sheet

CSS Font Size Reference

CSS Tools

CSS3 Generator

CSS3 Gradient Generator

CSS Generator

Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator

CSS3 Rule Generator

Sky CSS Tool

Conclusion

In this round up, we have collected 50 useful CSS resources and reference websites for you so that you can take help from these resources. So enjoy browsing through this collection and collect useful resources that will be helpful for you in your future projects. Do share with us what you feel about this compilation. Enjoy!

August 08 2012

05:38

Less Is More: 40 Free, Minimal And Clean WordPress Themes

he concept of minimalism has been greatly adopted in the field of web design, and to be honest, everyone simply loves the minimalism in web design. Stripping out all the unnecessary elements from the web design makes it look simple, uncluttered and easy to focus. Here we present the collection of some minimal WordPress themes for those who love minimalism in web design.

Browse through this collection of clean and simple WordPress themes and download your favorite ones. These WordPress themes are the perfect blend of excellent design skills and quality content. Though lots of new themes come out on a regular basis but this collection contains minimal and clean WordPress themes for your free download.

Cardeo Minimal WordPress Theme

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Architekt

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Elegantia

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Good

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Beauty and Clean

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Sharpfolio: WordPress Portfolio Theme

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Minim

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Tarski

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Sight

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Swissdessign

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Colorway

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Expositio

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Min.

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GRID!

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Clean Home

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Just Lucid

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Information Architects

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WordPress Theme: Upstart Blogger Purus

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Designmagz

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Get Some Aparatus! – Free Theme for WordPress

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Prototype

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Satoshi

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SmartOne

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Fusion Minimalist WordPress Theme

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MagaTheme

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Ultralight

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Nameless

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QuickChic

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Simple Magazine (3 columns)

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BlueBubble

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Journalist Minimalist WordPress Theme

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Constructor Minimalist WordPress Theme

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Manifest

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Modern

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Grid Focus

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Modicus

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Modernist

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Gridly

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Orion

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Oulipo

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July 31 2012

13:09

WordPress vs ExpressionEngine

I’ve used WordPress since starting this blog in 2006, but quite a few designers I respect favour ExpressionEngine. So I did a little digging on the pros and cons. Here are some interesting reads.

WordPress ExpressionEngine logo

ExpressionEngine/WordPress comparison, link points to a balanced comment on EE Insider, 2012
ExpressionEngine Should Be GNU (and Free?), by Chris Castiglione, 2010 (good comment thread)
WordPress versus ExpressionEngine and part two, on Lab.SixtyFive, 2011 (switching from WP to EE)
Switching Mindsets: From WordPress to ExpressionEngine, by Mindy Wagner, 2008
ExpressionEngine Designers Questions, answered by Mark Boulton, 2005 (still relevant)
WordPress vs Drupal vs Joomla vs ExpressionEngine, comparison by Paul Kortman, 2011

And a few designer websites running on each platform.

Designers using WordPress

Designers using ExpressionEngine

I think the choice depends on the requirements for the website and the preference of the designer, but I’ve no experience using ExpressionEngine so can’t give a personal comparison. Can you?

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July 30 2012

09:49

Bob Gill

Bob Gill website

Here’s a relatively new website for Bob Gill. Born in Brooklyn in 1931, the renowned graphic designer always seemed to have a talent for turning design briefs into memorable, appropriate, witty outcomes.

A couple of his logos (for AGM and Television Associates) are featured over on Logo Design Love.

See more on his site (some great illustrations and posters, too).

Bob Gill illustration

Bob Gill illustration

Ecumenical = general, universal (my new word of the day).

I missed the release of his latest book, Bob Gill, so far, published by Laurence King in October last year, but there’s a copy in the post so I’ll share a few thoughts and spreads when it arrives.

From the archives:
Graphic Design as a Second Language

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July 18 2012

10:52

17 Great Wireframing Tools for Web Designers

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“Time is of the essence” is a bold statement that definitely applies to any design career. We all get paid by the hour, so the faster we can work, the more money we can make. This means that being able to get up and running on our design work has become a necessity. This is where wireframing comes in. You can get a general idea of what will work and what doesn’t, saving you time when developing websites. It allows you to focus on the content of each page, making each page serves its purpose to the best of its ability. How you wireframe depends on your personal workflow. Here is a list of some of the most popular wireframing tools.

Balsamiq

Balsamiq

Balsamiq offers low-tech wireframes in the form of sketches so that you focus on content and functionality rather than design and looks.

ProtoShare

Protoshare

ProtoSahre focuses on collaborative wireframing between a team. This is geared towards a design team to streamline the process of creating a website from start to finish. ProtoShare’s focus is on UX and allows the creation of mobile apps.

Adobe Fireworks

Fireworks

Especially with CS6, wireframing and mockups have never become easier. With professional UI templates and wireframes built right in, Fireworks CS6 is geared towards web and mobile application creation, with a focus on getting up and running quickly and efficiently.

Pencil

Pencil

Pencil is an open source GUI prototyping tool. It works in the browser as an add-on and is geared towards making user interfaces quickly and efficiently. Highlights include stencils, page linking and the ability to make simple website mockups.

Axure

axure

Axure boasts rapid wireframe and prototype generation, as well as the ability to develop your wireframes and mockups to working prototypes.

JumpChart

jumpchart

JumpChart is another wireframing tool that boasts the ability to create rapid wireframes and prototypes. A unique aspect to JumpCharts export ability is to export directly into Wordpress.

JustInMind Prototyper

Just In Mind

Prototyper is a premium web and mobile app prototyping system that supports advanced use such as gestures, conditional rules, forms and more. They have a free version, but to get access to the extras, you need to purchase the premium app.

JustProto

justproto

JustProto is a wireframing tool that boasts rapid prototyping capabilities. It also has drag-and-drop capabilities, and produces fully interactive prototypes.

iPlotz

iplotz

iPlotz allows you to create rapid, interactive prototypes by utilizing built-in wireframe  components that are common the web development community. Along with wireframing, iPlotz boasts the capability of project management.

Pidoco

pidoco

Web based and used to quickly organize and create clickable prototypes and wireframes. Pidoco also has collaborative sharing capabilities.

Hot Gloo

Hot_Gloo

Besides being able to collaborate with others and being web-based, which means that you can access your work at any time with any browser, Hot Gloo also boasts an auto-saving feature.

Gliffy

gliffy

Gliffy is a free wireframing tool that contains a library of common elements so you can get up and running in no time. The ability to add in text to make notes and add descriptions really makes this a good option for designers on a budget.

WireFrameSketcher

Wireframesketcher

WireFrameSketcher is a simple and easy-to-use tool that allows you to build wireframes quickly and share them with other team members. Their site shows many different examples of the types of things that you can create quick mock-ups for, including: iPhone apps, websites, Facebook, and more.

FlairBuilder

flairbuilder

Flairbuilder is a robust wireframing tool that has a UI component library and the ability to create multi-page wireframes and master pages, so you can save time by not having to rebuild your wireframes for each page.

MockFlow

mockflow

Mockflow is interactive, allowing you to create working conceptual prototype. The unique feature is that Mockflow is hybrid, meaning that you can work online or offline. You can also create sitemaps, so that you can get through the planning process quickly and efficiently.

Mockingbird

mockingbird

Mockingbird is a nice wireframing tool with a lot of built-ins to help you create wireframes and prototypes quickly and easily. Mockingbird boasts the features of having built in grids like 960gs and Blueprint and the ability to export to PDF and PNG.

Frame Box

framebox

Frame Box is a tool that is browser based and featured a click-and-drag layout system. This is fantastic for creating resizable, easily adjustable wireframes on the fly.

Creately

creately

Flowcharts wireframes and mind maps can be made quickly and easily with Creately. With built-in sharing and ready-to-go templates, Creately ranks right up there with other wireframing tools.

Conclusion

Wireframes are an essential part of a web designer’s arsenal. They allow us to create quick mockups, sitemaps, and relate content to one another so that we can build fantastic user experiences for our clients. Do you use any of the wireframing tools listed above? If not, do you use another wireframing tool not listed here? Tell us what you use in the comments section below.

Tags: Tools Web

April 30 2012

01:06

How to Create a Simple Hover-Over Banner

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Traditionally, to make a button or banner change when you hover over it, developers and designers have loaded two separate images — not the most efficient method. The most obvious drawback is that the image would be loaded only when the user hovers their mouse over the image and therefore they don’t experience a fluid, smooth hover effect, which is bad usability.

It also requires you to have two different files that need to be loaded, which means more files to manage, more HTTP requests to process, and more bloat on your site. This can quickly get out of hand if you have a lot of hover-over images on your site.

There must be a better way to approach this! Well, luckily there is a more efficient way, and that’s what we’ll learn in this tutorial.

Instead of having two separate images stored in two different files, you can combine both images within one image — a sprite — and place them next to each other on the canvas; this would mean that instead of loading the image dynamically, when the user hovers, both the static, first, image would be loaded as well as the hover, second, image. To do this we simply combine both the hover image and the normal image and then use some CSS to create a div (or class if you need a hyperlink, which we do in this tutorial), give the background image a width half the size of the actual image file, and then use CSS to make the background image shift to the left when the user hovers over it.

Part One: Preparing Your Image

Firstly, you need to prepare your image so that it will display correctly when you hover over it and shift the image to left — the key is to make the image completely symmetrical. For this tutorial, I will be using Apple’s “Available on the App Store” badge and having the image display the price when the user hovers over it.

1. Open your original, static image in Photoshop (you can follow along easily in Fireworks if you prefer).

2. Go to the menu and open Image – Canvas Size (or press Option + Command + C) and then double the width on your canvas — so in my case it would go from 200px to 400px. However, I prefer to add around 6 extra pixels (or any even number of pixels) as this allows space between both images and makes it look tidier. So, it would go from 200px to about 406px.

Screen Shot 2012-04-21 at 16.03.23

3. Select the layer that your image is placed on and then move it to the leftmost part of your canvas.

4. Duplicate the layer that contains your image and move the duplicated image to the rightmost part of your canvas and you should have two identical copies of your image side by side with the optional gap in the middle.

5. Now, you need to apply the style and changes to your secondary image that will display when the user hovers over it – so, for instance, double click the secondary image’s layer to bring up the Layer Style window.

6. You can add a color overlay to your image to give it a tint when the user hovers over it, so navigate to color overlay in the left sidebar of the window and check the box next to it.

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7. Choose a color, in my case it’s black and give it a reasonable tint – I usually go for 80% opacity. This means that there’s enough tint to tell that it has changed but also allows the user to see the underlying image perfectly fine.

8. Once you’ve got a nice color going and applied the overlay, press Enter or OK.

9. Now, you have two images, one that will be displayed normally (the image on the left) and one that will be displayed when the user hovers over the original image (the one on the right). Now, you can add something to go on top of the hover image. Text is usually a good option.

10. Create a new layer above all the other layers and select the Text tool (or press T) and select an area above your hover image and start typing.

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11. Now, add some additional formatting like a fancy font, change the size or maybe the color.

12. Save your image with an appropriate name (for this tutorial, it’s app-store-badge.png) in your desired location as a PNG file.

Part Two: Applying HTML and CSS

In this section, we add the actual HTML and CSS that will make the image work and move when the user’s mouse hovers over it.

1. Open up your text editor, for this tutorial I will be using Chocolat — my favorite text editor despite the fact it’s still in beta — and create a HTML and CSS file in the same directory (the same directory that contains your image).

2. In your HTML file, create the basic structure of a HTML document (the HTML5 structure is below):

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en-US">
<head>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="main.css" type="text/css" />
<title>CSS and HTML Hover Image</title>
</head>
<body>
<a class="hover-class" href="http://go.affogato.co/"> </a>
</body>

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3. In this file, I’ve created an a tag in the body that will display the image as a link as well as perform just as if it were a div — it’s up to you as to whether or not you would like it to be a link or not and I’ve also linked the CSS file (main.css) within the head tag.

4. Now, if we switch from the HTML document to a CSS file, what we’re going to do is create the class and add the style to it. So, in your CSS file, add a new class as you can see, it is defined as .hover-class, and add the following code:

.hover-class {
height: 69px;
width: 200px;
display: block;
border: none;
background: url("app-store-badge.png") no-repeat;
}

5. Within the class, specify the height of the image and width of the first, original image because this is all we want to see at this moment – specify your image and ensure that there’s no border (to prevent Internet Explorer applying a border around the image) and that the display is set to block (this means there’s a small amount of white space above and below as well as preventing other HTML elements sitting next to it).

6. So, if you open up your HTML document, you’ll find that your original image is displayed however nothing happens when you hover over it — what’s up with that?

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7. We need one final piece of CSS code to give the class something to do when a mouse is detected over it. We need to move the location of the background image to the right so the whole image shifts over and hence, displays the rest of your image. In your CSS file, add the following lines to make the background image shift revealing the hover image when it’s activated:

.hover-class:hover {
background-position: right;
}

8. Providing you’ve done everything correctly and aligned both images correctly, then when your mouse hovers over the image in your browser, it should change and move the position of the background image revealing what you wanted it to.

Recall when we placed both images within the Photoshop document and aligned them symmetrically? This is where many people go wrong — if both images are not symmetrical, they will appear to actually move to the left or right when you hover over them, which doesn’t look professional and is something you should look out for.

Essentially, the purpose of this is to make a website more efficient and user-friendly as the images are loaded beforehand with fewer HTTP requests, causing the effect to work more smoothly and the page to load faster.

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Click here to download the source files.

April 05 2012

16:29

15 Handpicked jQuery Drop Down Menus Tutorials

Here we are presenting another brilliant collection of 15 jQuery navigation menu that you can download for free and use for your next projects. Navigation menu plays a crucial role in any web design and a well designed, functional and visually appealing navigation menu truly adds beauty to the overall design and feel.

So, feel free to browse through this collection of ready to use navigation menu and make your website easy to navigate. With these functional navigation menus, you will also make browsing your site easier for your visitors. So, enjoy looking into this collection of good looking and appealing jQuery Navigation Menu Plugins.

Fancy Drop Down Menus Using CSS and JQuery.

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Slide Down Box Menu with jQuery and CSS3

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Sliding Jquery Menu

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Create Simple Dropdown Menu Using jQuery

( Demo | Download )

Designing the Digg Header: How To & Download

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Easy to Style jQuery Drop Down Menu Tutorial

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Professional Dropdown

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A Different Top Navigation

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jQuery Drop Down Menu for RSS Subscription Tutorial

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Simple jQuery Dropdown Menu

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Dropdown Nenu with Easing and Hoverintent Navidropdown

( Demo | Download )

Solution For Very Long Dropdown Menus

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Create The Fanciest Dropdown Menu

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JQuery Drop Down Menu Tutorial

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Superfish v1.4.8 – jQuery menu plugin

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April 02 2012

16:49

40 Stylish Fonts For Professional Web And Print Design

The significance of good typeface in design simply cannot be overvalued. The correctness, accuracy and equilibrium of geometric forms can endow letters with the grace and sharpness that they are worthy of. In addition, stylish fonts can facilitate to express the message in a more convenient way.

Therefore, designers are always looking for new and fresh fonts that they can integrate into their designs. Furthermore, adding up new and unique fonts to your library can frequently assist in inspiring you, providing a fresh feel to your designs.

We have already submitted various posts on Free and Fresh Collection of Fonts, and today, we have also compiled an ultimate collection of high quality and professional fonts for you to download for free. This collection does not contain any ‘filler fonts’ that you frequently find in loads of roundups. So, enjoy!

Knubbel ( Download Font )

INTRO free font ( Download Font )

Adamas Regular – Free font ( Download Font )

Prosto font (FREE) ( Download Font )

Accent™ Free Display Typeface ( Download Font )

Rex free font ( Download Font )

Cubano ( Download Font )

Ribbon ( Download Font )

DUKE ( Download Font )

Exo ( Download Font )

Ranger ( Download Font )

Kilogram ( Download Font )

Melbourne ( Download Font )

Bready ( Download Font )

BP Diet ( Download Font )

ASO ( Download Font )

Nevis ( Download Font )

Homestead ( Download Font )

Springsteel ( Download Font )

Geotica ( Download Font )

Clutchee ( Download Font )

Jura ( Download Font )

Piron ( Download Font )

Amperisk ( Download Font )

AGE ( Download Font )

QUB Free Font ( Download Font )

Punchline ( Download Font )

Just Old Fashion ( Download Font )

Haus Sweet Haus ( Download Font )

Jembo Hands ( Download Font )

Neu Eichmass ( Download Font )

Poly – free web font ( Download Font )

Bispo free font ( Download Font )

Carton ( Download Font )

Static ( Download Font )

Miso (Registration Required) ( Download Font )

PLSTK ( Download Font )

Vastagurly Display ( Download Font )

Garagin Rock (Registration Required) ( Download Font )

Sn-Blinds ( Download Font )

March 31 2012

17:00

Answering a Designer’s Question: Should I Choose Web or Print?

Print and web are both huge areas of design and mean a lot in today’s world. Print has been with us for more than 100 years and we know pretty much everything about it, while web is a new area of design that became mainstream about 10 years ago. Before this, web design was totally unknown and only experts and developers knew its potential and helped it grow to how we know it today. Both areas of design have advanced so much in the past 10-15 years that they started to cross each others paths and while this can be beneficial, it can also create problems. We will talk about the advantages and disadvantages in this article and also about how the two areas of design differ from a designer’s perspective.

Main difference

The biggest and easiest difference to spot is the experience you get from them, which are quite different from each other. Reading a newspaper is totally different than browsing a website. Even reading a book is different than reading an ebook, although the process is the same.

While web design is usually made to be displayed on a screen, which can vary in size, print designs can be huge such as posters or ads. And while the user interacts with a website, it is impossible to interact with a newspaper or a poster. While web design creates an experience based on the user movements (clicks and scrolls) and can’t exist without user interaction, print design creates the experience through readers’ eyes moving around and searching for information.

Image by josephbradleycooper.

Canvas versus screen

Both mediums take into account the demographics of the audience, as they are very important while designing, creating, advertising and selling content. A detail worth mentioning is that designers use the same elements and concepts in both mediums: fonts and colors are the best example. While it is easier to play with them on a computer, therefore easier to use in web design, don’t forget that newspapers are also created on computers before being printed out. This means that pretty much everything you can do on a computer can also be done in a newspaper. Yes, to some extent.

  • Monitors come in different sizes, therefore designs have to look good on all of them, or at least on most of them.
  • Moreover, there are even more browsers and operating systems, all with their own rules which influence the way the code is interpreted.

While those issues exist and don’t seem like they’re about to disappear anytime soon, all web designers learn to work around them and just move on. Being able to provide cross-browser websites is actually an asset for a web designer today.

There are, indeed, some restrictions on the web due to technologies such as HTML5, CSS3 or JavaScript, but great design is created within restrictions given by a client or by the medium. And there are constraints in print as well, such as the size of any given newspaper, book or canvas. You can’t scroll on it. While the print uses a lot of paper for only a newspaper, the online magazines use bandwidth, a host and a domain which need to be renewed periodically. Both have advantages and disadvantages, but since the web went mainstream, less and less people became fond of print.

Regarding the things that need to be learned, both industries have their own standards. I would however say that it is much more demanding to be a web designer than a print designer. While typography, colors and concepts such as negative space are as important in web as in print, the second one doesn’t have technologies like HTML, CSS, PHP, ASP.Net and so on. Sure, there is some Quark, InDesign or Photoshop to learn, but the technical part is more demanding for web designers. This is probably the reason behind graphic designers who work on web not knowing how to code: it is not possible for everybody to know that much stuff without a hell of a lot of work. Being a complete designer is not an easy task.

When a print designer transitions to web he has some tough challenges to encounter.

  • The first one is, as said before, learning to code.
  • But wait, there are more. The canvas is fixed in print – each newspaper or publication has its own standards.
  • It is quite different from the web, where experts debate for a long time what should the right width of a website be?
  • Making things appear on a website like they did in Photoshop can also be a challenge.
  • Doing this in InDesign is easy – you just move elements around with mouse.
  • Web design doesn’t work the same way, so knowing code is crucial, as WYSIWYG editors usually add lots of junk and unnecessary code to your files.

Image by bcmng.

Moving the other way around might also be a challenge.

  • There are no pixels anymore; print designers work in inches or centimeters, depending on the region or country standards. A new concept is introduced to them as well: bleed and margins, things that do not exist in web. Printing is also a challenge of its own and a job that needs to be mastered.
  • Navigation is also a new concept for print designers, as flipping through a magazine doesn’t need such a concept. In web design it is totally different. Not having navigation is confusing and makes a website useless. And just having navigation is not enough. Designers need to make it stand out, while making sure the content is still more visible and important in hierarchy. The general web architecture is different than the one in print, therefore a print designer would need time to learn and adapt if switching careers from print to web.
  • Typography is also huge in both disciplines. However, in print it has always been important, but it has been ignored in web design until five years ago. When typographers had a boost of inspiration and showed the whole web industry how well used type can change a website, then many web designers started to experiment and play with fonts.
  • In print it is quite different. Once a publication sets some standard fonts, they are pretty much used all over the place and in each issue. Changing them doesn’t happen too often in print; it does, however, happen on the web. Since the introduction of Typekit, a web font service, and Google Fonts, the restriction to the fonts on the computers stopped.
  • Although not difficult to get used to, size is also different in web and print. While a type of 10 or 11 is suitable for print, the web demands larger sizes such as 12 or even 14. But with so many designers out there, there is not really a standardized font size for the web. If the font looks good, the size doesn’t matter. The style is also important, as in print serif fonts are suitable for blocks of text, while sans-serifs are suitable for text on web.
  • Images are an important part of design too. But there are some differences between how we handle images on the web and how we do it in print. The first difference is the color format. CMYK (for print) and RGB (for web)  are the standards. CMKY stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (which is usually black) while RGB stands for Red, Green and Blue, which every monitor, TV or digital equipment uses to create color.
  • Images need to be formatted and exported in CMYK if they will be printed out, otherwise the colors will not be shown exactly as on the computer screen. While this is not a difficult process, when moving from a domain to another it might take some time to get used to.
  • Image compression is also something worth mentioning. There is no need to have an image with more than 72dpi (doth per inch) on web, with level 8 or 9 (which equals “high”) JPEG files or PNG. In print it is good to have images of up to 300dpi in order for them to look good and have high-quality.

Image by birdfarm.

Another disadvantage of the print industry is the lack of interactivity. The content on web is not only readable, but also interactive, which makes the experience better. While newspapers do not have any interaction at all, this can also be their advantage. Interactive elements are often not usable in all browsers; there is no such problem in print, where things are kept simple.

If something is clearly similar between the two industries, then the grid system is it. Now I know not all web designers use it, but it is something which is becoming more and more popular on today’s web. While in web design it is still not a standard, a grid system is crucial in print.

Mastering both

People usually throw the same question out there: is it possible to master both print and web? Well yes, I think it is. If you understand that both industries have their own standards and are quite different, then mastering both of them is definitely possible. However, mastering only one of them might be enough for a career as well, so if you are interested in both of them, go for it. Otherwise it will not be a big issue. The fact that you don’t know how the print industry works will not be an issue if you deliver your work for the web in time and your employer is happy with you.

Bottom line

Designing for print and web are two different things, although they are bound by the same concepts. If your background lies in one of them, I am sure you will have no problem in switching to the other one if needed. You just have to keep in mind that while the print industry stalls (or at least drives forward very slowly), the web develops itself a lot year by year and this will only make the whole industry more challenging. Both domains have their own advantages and limitations and understanding them will only make you a better designer.

Until next time… how do you see the web and the print industry? Do you see yourself working in both at some point in time, or one of them is just not for you? Why do you think that?

March 21 2012

17:44

Extensive Collection Of jQuery Drag And Drop Plugins

jQuery allows you to create stylish yet user friendly websites that are not only pleasing to the eye but also are very lightweight and load quite quickly. This is the reason why jQuery has a special place in the field of web development. jQuery is getting better day by day thanks to the jQuery community that continuously share awesome plugins. At the moment, we are sharing with your some extraordinarily amazing jQuery plugins for drag and drop feature.

With these plugins, you will allow your visitors to personalize the website and its tools according to their needs; and in this way you provide them with loads of customization option that every user simply love! We hope that you will like this collection and find these plugins helpful for you.

jQuery mb.containerPlus

( Demo | Download )

This is a useful plug in to build full featured and fully skinnable containers. The container can be set to draggable, resizable, collapsable and minimizable.

jQuery Reel Plugin

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Reel is a jQuery plugin which takes an image tag and makes it a live “projection” of pre-built animation frames sequence. Its aim is to provide a 360° view of something or someplace. Great alternative to widely used Flash and Java techniques.

CropZoom

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CropZoom is a plugin that let you select an area of an image and then crop it. whit this tool you also will be able to zoom in or to zoom out, to drag and also rotate an image.

jquery.event.drag

( Demo | Download )

A jquery special event plugin that makes the task of adding complex drag interactions, to any element, simple and powerful.

jQuery TextAreaResizer plugin

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This project allows the user to extend the textarea element/area within the web page whenever they feel.

PPDRAG

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ppDrag is a Drag&Drop plugin for jQuery, which mimics the interface of jQuery UI’s Draggable. Currently supported is a small subset of its options, but the implementation is different (ppDrag focuses on performance).

jQuery Resizable and Draggable

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In this tutorial, we will show you how to do Resizing and Dragging of a DIV using jQuery UI. I will show you the demo of a DIV, which can be resized by pulling up the edges and also dragged here and there.

jQuery UI multiple draggable plugin

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The jQuery multiple draggable plugin is an extension to the jQuery UI Draggable plugin. This plugin extends the current functionality to allow for elements to be grouped and dragged as a group. The aim of the plugin is to include all of the current functionality listed in the options.

Resizable

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With this plugin you can resize rectangle with content easily.

Drag To Share

( Demo | Download )

We’ve all seen the brilliant functionality on Mashable where news stories and interesting articles can be shared to social networking sites; the functionality is driven by the images accompanying the articles; you click and hold on an image and can then drag it into a toolbar to share it. It’s brilliant and intuitive, and in this article I’m going to show you how we can replicate this behavior with jQuery and jQuery UI.

Jquery Iviewer

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JQuery.iviewer is an jquery ui widget representing image viewer component used to load and view image with ability to zoom image and to drag it with mouse in container.

How to Mimic the iGoogle Interface

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In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a customizable interface with widgets. The finished product will be a sleek and unobtrusively coded iGoogle-like interface, which has plenty of potential applications!

Drag’n Drop With jQuery And PHP

( Demo | Download )

Drag’n drop generally looks hard-to-apply but it is definitely not by using JavaScript frameworks. Here is, how it is done by using jQuery & jQuery UI.

MapBox

( Demo | Download )

The jQuery mapbox() plugin is for creating relatively small scale, zoomable, draggable maps with multiple layers of content. This framework could be applied to games, development plans, or any layout that could benefit from being able to zoom in and pan to get a better view.

Interface plugin for jQuery

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Interface is a collection of rich interface components which utilizes the lightweight JavaScript library jQuery. With this components you can build rich client web applications and interfaces with the same simplicity as writing JavaScript with jQuery.

Dragscrollable

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With this plugin you can build a similar effect as in Google maps where you drag contents of a div acting as a viewport.

Table Drag and Drop JQuery plugin

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This TableDnD plugin allows the user to reorder rows within a table, for example if they represent an ordered list (tasks by priority for example). Individual rows can be marked as non-draggable and/or non-droppable (so other rows can’t be dropped onto them). Rows can have as many cells as necessary and the cells can contain form elements.

Draggable

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The jQuery UI Draggable plugin makes selected elements draggable by mouse.

Creating a Draggable Sitemap with JQuery

( Demo | Download )

In this tutorial we will be creating a Draggable Sitemap with JQuery.

Drag & Drop with PHP & jQuery

( Demo | Download )

With this plugin you can Drag & Drop anything easily with PHP & jQuery.

Drag & Drop Sortable Lists

( Demo | Download )

Drag & Drop Sortable Lists with JavaScript and CSS

jQuery List DragSort

( Demo | Download )

A javascript file that provides the ability to sort lists using drag and drop. Built on the jQuery framework.

Drag everything in HTML page

( Demo | Download )

Ultra small code to drag everything in HTML pages

jQuery Draggable

( Demo | Download )

Drag and Drop Captcha

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Ajax Fancy Captcha is a jQuery plugin that helps you protect your web pages from bots and spammers. We are introducing you to a new, intuitive way of completing “verify humanity” tasks. In order to do that you are asked to drag and drop specified item into a circle.

jQuery: Customizable layout using drag and drop (examples)

( Demo | Download )

Drag and drop items within and between lists. A visual helper is displayed indicating where the item will be positioned if dropped.

jqDnR

( Demo | Download )

jqDnR is a lightweight plugin for jQuery that lets you drag, drop, and resize elements.

Collapsible Drag n Drop

( Demo | Download )

Drag n Drop panels are great to let the user control how he/she wants to see the information as he can arrange various information blocks according to his preference. This type of functionality is often provided by web portals or personal homepage services like iGoogle.

Dragndrop

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With this plugin you can drag and drop in a easy way.

Draggable Image Boxes Grid

( Demo | Download )

In this tutorial we will create a template with a fullscreen grid of images and content areas. The idea is to have a draggable grid that shows boxes of thumbnails and menu like items. Once clicked, the thumbnail will expand to the full size image and the menu item box will expand to a fullscreen content area.

JDock

( Demo | Download )

animaDrag

( Demo | Download )

animaDrag is an ultra lightweight drag and drop plugin that is independent of the jQuery UI framework. AnimaDrag allows draggable items to be eased by jQuery animation, which UI draggables do not allow.

EasyDrag jQuery Plugin

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It’s very simple, first you call the easydrag() method as in the old version and then you call the setHandler() method passing to it the id of the element that will act as the handle. The handle MUST be a child element of the content that will be dragged.

March 19 2012

14:00

40+ Fresh And Free WordPress Themes

WordPress is the famous blogging platform and a content management system for creating a blog or a website. WordPress themes are available there in order to customize ones WordPress blog or websites. You can choose a custom theme for your blog or website that will best represent you. since WordPress is the most commonly used blogging platform and millions of people all over the world are using it, choosing a custom WordPress theme is crucial for making your website stand apart from others.

Here we have put together 40+ free WordPress themes that you can download for free. Though there are plenty of paid themes also available but finding the freebies always is a pleasure. So, enjoy this collection and feel free to share your opinion with us.

SuvZone

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WP-The Tech News WordPress Themes

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Architekt

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Game Passion WordPress Themes

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Aldore

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gazpoMag: Magazine Style WordPress Theme

( Demo | Download )

Esplanade Free WordPress Theme

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Koi – Free WordPress Theme

( Demo | Download )

Gadgetizer – Free WordPress Theme

( Demo | Download )

Instinct

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Design Disease – Free WordPress Theme

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Pink Touch 2

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Inspect

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MagWire

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Photum

( Demo | Download )

WP-Karma WordPress Themes

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WP-Auto News WordPress Themes

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Flexy WordPress Themes

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Photolistic – Free WordPress Theme for Photographers

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Scientic

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Aviva

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Fotofolio Landscape

( Demo | Download )

Triton Lite

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Liquorice

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Ureeka

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Gears

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Berkeliumist

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Americiumic

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Uraniumoid

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TechGo

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The Blog

( Demo | Download )

Complete Free Business & Portfolio WordPress Theme

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Cupid

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Edgy Ellen

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Neptune

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Denitto

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Sana

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Camino

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Campo

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Submarine

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CelebrityMag

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Sentia

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Jukebox

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March 14 2012

16:48

40+ Excellent CSS3 Menu Tutorials

By presenting different tutorials on our site, we tend to help our fellow designers who are looking for a more specific and interactive medium to learn certain techniques and skills. And, for today’s session we have come up with 40+ truly amazing and valuable CSS3 menu tutorials. Though, there are dozens of tutorials available on the internet that let you use new properties of CSS3 but here we only focus on creating menu and navigation by using CSS3.

The tutorials presented below in this collection are more experimental. Through these CSS3 navigation tutorials, you will learn how to create user friendly navigation menu both vertically and horizontally. Check out these wonderful and excellent tutorials and make learning experience more pleasant!

CSS3 Minimalistic Navigation Menu

( Demo | Download )

CSS3 dropdown menu

( Demo | Download )

Creating a cool CSS3 Dropdown Menu

( Demo | Download )

Pure CSS DropDown Menu using :target pseudo class

( Demo | Download )

Making a CSS3 Animated Menu

( Demo | Download )

Pure CSS3 Multi Level Drop Down Navigation Menu

( Demo | Download )

Create an Advanced CSS3 Menu – Version 2

( Demo | Download )

Sweet Tabbed Navigation

( Demo | Download )

The Apple.com navigation menu created using only CSS3

( Demo | Download )

Dark Button Navigation using Css3

( Demo | Download )

Halftone Navigation Menu With jQuery & CSS3

( Demo | Download )

CSS3 Dropdown Menu

( Demo | Download )

Sweet CSS3 Vertical Navigation

( Demo | Download )

jQuery style menu with CSS3

( Demo | Download )

Create a Fun Animated Navigation Menu With Pure CSS

( Demo | Download )

Nicer Navigation with CSS Transitions

( Demo | Download )

How to Create a Drop-down Nav Menu with HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery

( Demo | Download )

RocketBar – A jQuery And CSS3 Persistent Navigation Menu

( Demo | Download )

Creating Fantastic Animated Buttons using CSS3

( Demo | Download )

Awesome Cufonized Fly-out Menu with jQuery and CSS3

( Demo | Download )

Creating a Toggle CSS3 Bottom Navigation Bar

( Demo | Download )

CSS3 Mega Drop-Down Menu

( Demo | Download )

Creating a Marble Style CSS3 Navigation Menu

( Demo | Download )

Slick Menu using CSS3

( Demo | Download )

CSS3 multilevel menu with transition and animation

( Demo | Download )

Modern Ribbon Banner Navigation Bar

( Demo | Download )

Creating CSS3 Dropdown Menu

( Demo | Download )

Dark Menu: Pure CSS3 Two Level Menu

( Demo | Download )

CSS3/jQuery Crossbrowser Drop-down menu with Tabs

( Demo | Download )

Creating an Accordian like CSS3 Onclick Vertical Navigation

( Demo | Download )

Creating a Multilevel CSS3 Metal Navigation with icons

( Demo | Download )

Create the accordion effect using CSS3

( Demo | Download )

Creating a Click-action CSS3 Dropdown Menu with jQuery

( Demo | Download )

How to Create a CSS3 Wheel Menu

( Demo | Download )

Click action Multi-level CSS3 Dropdown Menu

( Demo | Download )

CSS3 Chunky Menu

( Demo | Download )

Creating A CSS3 Animated Menu

( Demo | Download )

Creating CSS3 Slideout Menu

( Demo | Download )

Creating A CSS3 Dropdown Menu

( Demo | Download )

Creating a CSS3 Dropdown Menu

( Demo | Download )

Sexy CSS3 menu

( Demo | Download )

CSS3 Hover Tabs without JavaScript

( Demo | Download )

Cool CSS3 navigation menu

( Demo | Download )

February 22 2012

06:16

5 Tools to Get Started with Web Fonts

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typekit-rotated

Web typography used to be the Cinderella of design until about 2010. Not many websites dared to venture outside the safe area of Georgia and Verdana because the tools available for doing so forced too many major compromises. Times are changing, however, and with the global adoption of CSS @font-face, along came a burst in the tools supporting and diversity of web fonts. Here are some tools you can use to get more expressive with your web presence this year.

Typekit

Some folks call it “font-as-service” (notably Elliot Jay Stocks). Font rendering platform Typekit allows users to choose from a large web font library and embed non-standard fonts into their online documents (you can even import custom corporate fonts here). Typekit uses @font-face and also provides control over fallback fonts and styles for browsers that don’t yet have support for @font-face. Before opting for a font, you can check how fonts look in different weights and against different backgrounds, as well as simulate the behavior of fonts across browsers and operating systems.

Font Squirrel Generator

Have you ever wanted to spice up your work with some newly found fonts just to notice they were not web compliant? Font Squirrel Generator is a free service that helps you convert any font into versatile @font-face web fonts. You can upload TrueType (.ttf) or OpenType (.otf) fonts, plus Windows Postscript files (.pfb). The fonts rendered are compatible with any web browser that has the native ability to display @font-face web fonts. Font Squirrel also provides a range of pre-made web fonts for download.

Kernest

A delicate task for designers is combining several fonts on the same website in order to obtain an effect that is both readable and aesthetically pleasing. Kernest delivers harmonious assemblies of 3-5 fonts from a library of more than 1500. All fonts are optimized and licensed for any public use.

FontForge

FontForge is a font editor that lets you create your own fonts of almost any type, including all the majors: PostScript, TrueType, OpenType, SVG and Bitmap. You can also use this service to edit existing fonts and add some customizations, or to convert one format to another. FontForge is free, open source and works across all major desktop platforms.

Google Font Directory

Last but not least is the Google Font Directory, a free directory of fonts optimized for the web and ready to go — all served, for your convenience, from Google’s CDN. Just browse through the gallery and make your pick. Once you’ve decided on a font, the next step is to choose the styles and character sets. After that you are given a line of code to add to your website header and the CSS details, and you are set.

And before you go, have a look over the major trends in web typography for this year. While companies’ websites may be more conservative, the blogosphere is a source of endless experimentation with fonts. You will surely come upon the following trends:

  • Augmented sizes. For titles, a font of 60 pt or over is common these days. It helps create contrast with the main content and highlights the message using space.
  • Unique fonts used as images or flash.

unique-typeface

If you feel your creativity is restrained by the boundaries of ready-made fonts, you can always customize your own typeface. Most designers who create unique fonts opt for hand written ones.

  • A narrow combination of fonts for all purposes. The average practice is to use maximum 3 fonts to cover all elements of the website (titles, menus, contact form). The best choice is contrast, so pick a font with more obvious personality and several neutral ones.
  • Slab serif fonts.

slab-serif

Visibility is always a key concern and the tendency these days is to achieve it by using rectangular Egyptian typefaces such as Courier and Rockwell.

  • Clouds of mixed font weights, sizes and colors. The tag cloud in Blogger seems to have inspired a trend. All kinds of menus can be organized into clouds, where the qualities of the font are essential to the cleanliness of the overall appearance.

tag-cloud

Tags: Web

February 06 2012

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