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Web Design Digest No.5 (30 — 08 July 2013)

Web Design Digest No.5 (30 — 08 July 2013)

This is weekly Web Design Digest No.5. Оnce a week, we will publish a digest of the latest news, useful tools for web developers, freebies and many more cool stuff from the world of web design.

Web Coding

Need HTML Prototyping Resources? Here’s My List.

Here’s the list I have compiled, with descriptions from Wikipedia. It’s my list, so don’t be offended if you aren’t on it.

DevDocs

DevDocs is an all-in-one API documentation reader with a fast, organized, and consistent interface. It allows you to search multiple documentations at the same time and can be operated entirely through the keyboard.

Command Line Tools in PhpStorm

PhpStorm has had support for command line tools for a while. Using the command line tools, we can invoke commands right from our IDE!

Responsively retrofit older sites

You can use responsive techniques on older sites as a first step toward better small-screen experiences

New Features in Firefox Developer Tools: Episode 24

A little alitteration leads to lots of cool features coming this release. I’m only touching on a few highlights here; to see a comprehensive list of all the new changes to developer tools.

Catapulty

Are you a cross-browser coder tired of copying the same URL into 10 different browsers? Then Catapulty’s bookmarklets are here to help you…

Make HTML5 work today with polyfills

Want to use modern web features but need to support older browsers? Polyfills might be the solution. Jason Johnston fills in the essential details.

Swapping Out Text, Five Different Ways

It’s a common need in web apps: you click something and the text of the thing you just clicked changes. Perhaps something simple like a “Show” button that swaps to “Hide”, or “Expand Description” to “Collapse Description.” This is a fairly simple thing to do, but there are various considerations to make. Let’s cover a bunch of ways.

Hot in web standards: May/June 2013

Lea Verou on the latest developments at the W3C

Progressive enhancement is still important

About 5 years ago it felt like the progressive enhancement battle had been won, but after watching the reactions to Nicholas Zakas’ “Enough with the JavaScript already” it seems all the old arguments are back with reinforcements. Well, I’m wearing my angry-pants and I’m ready for a jog down ranty lane.

Antialiasing 101

Antialiasing is something of an unsung hero in web graphics; it’s the reason we have clear text and smooth vector shapes on our screens. There are actually a couple of approaches to antialiasing used in browsers today which are most obvious when it comes to text rendering. When the algorithm used for antialising switches it can lead to unexpected visual results. In this article we’ll take a look at the approaches to antialiasing and see how the pixels get drawn.

Introducing the HTML5 FullScreen API

Right now Apple, Microsoft, Google and Mozilla are pushing towards “flat” design by slimming down the visual clutter of their applications. Despite this minimalist trend, it is unavoidable that at least a few buttons and menu options will remain in browsers.

CSS

Making HTML dropdowns not suck

In this article, in order to customize the look of the native HTML dropdown select, we’ll be using a different approach based on some cutting edge techniques like @supports, pointer-events and appearance.

Understanding CSS and the modern web

In the first chapter of his book, CSS3 Foundations, Ian Lunn explains what the modern web is and why CSS is so important to it

CSS filters, GIFs, and performance

A few months ago, I blatantly ripped off Charlie Gleason’s idea. His presentation at MelbJS featured greyscale, full-screen, animated GIFs (of his own face, among other things) behind the text on many slides. I discovered that he’d painstakingly edited and optimised each GIF in Photoshop so it looked good behind the text on each slide.

Responsive vertical timeline with CSS

You need a simple yet beautiful timeline to demonstrate the clients you worked for, recent achievements and events in your life in a chronological order? Your search ends here: let me introduce you to Timeline.css

Using Custom Data Attributes and Pseudo-Elements

A tutorial on how to (ab)use custom data attributes and pseudo-elements for creating image captions.

Loading Effects for Grid Items with CSS Animations

Some inspiration for loading effects of grid items using CSS animations.

LESS Hat. A bunch of smart LESS mixins.

Why LESS Hat? We were searching for LESS mixins library that we could use in CSS Hat plugin for exporting Photoshop layer styles into CSS.

Triggering CSS Animations with Sibling Selectors

In this article, we’ll learn how to trigger CSS animations using the two sibling selectors.

Sizing (Web) components

When using a UI Framework, I think it’s quite important that you can easily customize it. This is especially true for Web Frameworks where there isn’t really a “style guide” like on platforms like iOS or Android.

Centering Percentage Width/Height Elements

If you know the exact width/height of an element, you can center it smack dab in the middle of its parent element easily with this classic trick: top and left set to 50% and negative margins half the width and height of the element. That’s great if you know the width and height of the element you’re trying to center, but what if they are percentages?

JavaScript

Scroll Activated Fixed Header Animations

In this tutorial we’re going to be looking at animations that activate as the user scrolls down.

Lugo Labs

This simple jQuery plugin animates the button’s icon as the data are being fetched from the server. (Click on the buttons above for a demo – a timeout of 2 seconds imitates a server load).

chance.js

Chance is a minimalist generator of random [1] strings, numbers, etc. to help reduce some monotony particularly while writing automated tests.

Add Rules to Stylesheets with JavaScript

Since we’re using so much JavaScript in our web applications these days, we’re looking for more ways to keep them fast. We use event delegation to keep event listening efficient, we use function debouncing to limit the number a times a given method can be used, use JavaScript loaders to load only the resources we need, and so on. Another way we can make our pages efficient and fast is to dynamically add and remove styles directly to a stylesheet instead of constantly querying the DOM for elements and applying styles. Here’s how it works!

An Intro to Hitch.js and the Extensible Web

It’s pretty interesting stuff, so I thought we should share that here. Hitch is an artifact of a larger “Extensible Web” movement, including a manifesto, community group, and funny word.

AngularJS Tutorial — Build an App Using Directives and Data Binding

AngularJS is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most forward-thinking JavaScript frameworks around, with good reason. Backed and developed by Google, Angular takes an approach to your front end that may seem a little odd at first, but you’ll soon wonder why you did things any other way.

Web Design

21 Inspiring Examples of Big Images in Web Design

Back in April we showcased 21 Beautiful Examples of Big Images in Web Design. Since there are a lot of new websites using big images, we decided to gather a new round of inspiration around this trend. Once again you will be able to see websites using large and beautiful photography as backgrounds, headers and much more. Beautiful images get a lot of attention and are certainly a nice way to spice up your design. So check out these excellent examples and use them as inspiration for ways to use big images in your next project.

A Showcase of Fresh Logo Designs

We here at UnderWorld Magazines enjoy showcasing logo’s, we’ve shown you 20 great logos that feature berries and 20 Creative Logos With Buildings. So we will keep showcasing logo’s in this article we have listed 20 A Showcase of Fresh Logo Designs for your inspiration. To find more inspiration visit websites like logofaves.com, logomoose.com, and logopond.com.

Euro 2016 logo unveiled

“Conceived by Brandia Central, the Portuguese agency behind the UEFA EURO 2012 insignia, the UEFA EURO 2016 logo is a representation of various art movements and football elements. Different inspirations can be identified, all centred around the iconic Henri Delaunay Cup. The red, white and blue of the French flag combine with flowing lines and shapes to produce a contemporary and bold style, lending the logo distinction and elegance.”

long shadow design

Let’s be honest guys, flat design is so old already. Now every major smartphone’s interface is flat design, and most of the shit that goes on dribbble is too. In fact, they even have a ‘beating a dead horse’ badge if you post about flat design on designer news. Let’s face it guys, flat design has gone mainstream.

A Showcase of Creative Redesign Concepts

We hope you find the showcase an interesting source of inspiration and that it helps with your next project.

The Correct Business Card Size and Format

Business cards carry information about a Company or an individual, which are generally exchanged in formal meetings to memorize.

Freebies

3D Isometric Map Mockup (Psd, Action)

A 3D map Photoshop action to convert a flat map to a three dimensional isometric stylish one a single click.

Free Photoshop Custom Shapes For Download

Here is a collection of high quality and “Free Photoshop Custom Shapes For Download” that will definitely catch your eye and make you want to use them.

Promo – Flat Style Landing Page PSD

Promo is a landing page PSD template that utilizes the ever popular “flat” style of design. This simple landing page is excellent for displaying a product promotion.

Minimal UI Kit

A simple minimal UI kit severely inspired by Google+

8 Free Distinctively Distressed High-Res Wall Textures

Here, we have some really interesting distressed wall textures to give to you for free. They’re perfectly weathered, and they have been baking under the tropical sun for quite a while. We hope you enjoy these textures and find them useful in your personal and commercial projects. All these texture files are huge at 3,000px-wide, and are set a high resolution.

40 Useful and Free Photoshop Textures for Designers

These textures provide you a lot of different abstract effects which could easily make your design stand out from the rest.

A Collection Of Free Graffiti Brushes For Photoshop

Today’s freebie is graffiti brushes for photoshop users.If you have a design project related to graffiti artwork then check out the blow the free graffiti brushes to add in your brush library.

50+ Free Illustrator Brushes for Download

These are free Illustrator brushes that all designers need. All of them are free to download.

25 Graffiti Fonts For Free To Use

Here is a list of 25 graffiti fonts for free that will provide you visualization of perfect implementation of graffiti fonts.

25 Free Popular Fonts For Designers

In this post we have collected “25 Free Popular Fonts For Designers”. These free fonts are very helpful for designers they can easily download and use in their works.

Quirky Nots (Free Font)

Foresee | Free typeface

Hanoi Typeface – Free Font

Thanks for reading!

Zfort Group
The article has been written by the Zfort Group, an IT Outsourcing Services Company. Zfort Group specializes in top-notch IT outsourcing services since 2000.
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  • July 8, 2013

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