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18 Best Weekly Web Design & Development Resources #22

Here’s the 18 Best Weekly Web Design & Development Resources #22 Collective that aims to introduce fresh new, trendy and easy-to-use web design & development resources (freebies, codes, graphics, tools, inspiration, etc) from the past week. Have fun with it and remember to share with your friends.

15-Fresh-New-Pattern-Texture-Packs-For-Free-Download

15+ free new pattern & texture packs for web & graphic designers.

Structure (Free Font)

Structure-(Free-Font)

Structure is a modern geometric Typeface. The idea was to create a thin and high font, that is suitable for titles, for using in brochures, posters, logos etc. It consists of uppercase and low case alphabet, numerals and basic punctuation.

Phantasm Font

Phantasm Font

Phantasm Font designed by Adil Siddiqui.

GEOM Display Typeface

GEOM Display Typeface

GEOM is a free display type inspired in basic geometric forms and grids, it’s just my daily study. Feel free to use (personal and commercial work) and adjust.

ASK FREE UI Kit

ASK FREE UI Kit

30+ Free elements UI KIT For personal and commercial use.

Shophia – Free PSD eCommerce Template

Shophia-Free-PSD-eCommerce-Template

Apple Watch Icon Template

Apple Watch Icon Template

JavaScript Load Image

JavaScript-Load-Image

JavaScript Load Image is a library to load images provided as File or Blob objects or via URL. It returns an optionally scaled and/or cropped HTML img or canvas element. It also provides a method to parse image meta data to extract Exif tags and thumbnails and to restore the complete image header after resizing.

BigScreen

lake

A simple library for using the JavaScript Full Screen API.

Interactive Apple Watch Lap Timer/Stopwatch

Interactive Apple Watch Lap Timer Stopwatch

Vertical Responsive Menu

Vertical-Responsive-Menu

A mobile first vertical responsive menu using HTML, CSS & JS.

Clusterize.js

Clusterize.js

Tiny vanilla JS plugin to display large data sets easily.

medium-style-confirm

medium-style-confirm

medium.com style confirm dialog.

Material Design Stopwatch, Alarm and Timer

material-design-stopwatch-timer-and-alarm

It consists of three parts – an alarm clock, a stopwatch and a timer. The application is responsive and has a bunch of subtle animations that react to user input.

betty

betty

Betty (or Ben for the ones who prefer a male receptionist) is your own customizable receptionist, to forward call and messages to your team anywhere in the world. It’s particularly useful if your organization is operating in the US, but based in another countries.

CSS Element Queries

CSS-Element-Queries

Element Queries is a polyfill adding support for element based media-queries to all new browsers (incl. IE7+). It allows not only to define media-queries based on window-size but also adds ‘media-queries’ functionality depending on element (any selector supported) size while not causing performance lags due to event based implementation.

PleaseWait.js

PleaseWait.js

A simple library to show your users a beautiful splash page while your application loads.

ramjet

ramjet

Morph DOM elements from one state to another with smooth transitions.

Neo Design Geeks

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9 Creative CSS Form Designs From Codepen

Here, we are presenting a useful assortment of some creative CSS form design ideas for your inspiration. Creativity is like a cat. Every now and then, it offers you head butts and scours against you. Then it provides you nothing but dead prey or stands back absolutely for days. The best way to spark your creativity is through inspiration and inspiration can come from anything. Therefore, we have compiled this collection to give your some inspiration so as to take your creativity to the next level.

Here is the full collection of 9 creative CSS form design ideas for you. We hope that this collection best serves its purpose. Here is the list. Do share your thoughts with us via comment section below. Enjoy!

Login page with blur background

Calm breeze login screen

React signup form example

Flipping login form

Animated Login Form

Material Design Login Form

HTML5 Contact Form

Sign-Up/Login Form

Form Design


SmashingApps.com

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20 Responsive CSS Frameworks and Grids Worth Considering

CSS frameworks have gone responsive, squeezing content into a spectrum of desktop and mobile browsers with varying degrees of success. There’s already a ton of these things floating around.
Today we are taking a look at responsive CSS Frameworks and Grids that we feel are worth your consideration.

Base

Base
Base is super simple responsive framework built to work on mobile devices, tablets, netbooks and desktop computers

Twitter Bootstrap

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

Kube

Kube
Minimal and enough. Adaptive and responsive. Revolution grid and beautiful typography. No imposed styles and freedom.

Foundation 3

Foundation 3
The most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world, built with Sass, a powerful CSS preprocessor.

Skeleton

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.

Gumby

Gumby
Gumby Framework was built to be the most maleable grid framework you’ve ever used while still maintaining the familiarity and ease-of-use of the grid you’ve always used.

IVORY

IVORY
IVORY is a simple, flexible and fully responsive grid based framework. It takes you all the way from 1200px down to 320px.

Proportional Grids

Proportional Grids
Proportional Grids uses CSS box-sizing to create a solution that allows for fixed gutters (ems/rems) mixed with fluid columns.

StackLayout

StackLayout
A flexible width, component based CSS layout system.

Susy

Susy
Responsive grids for Compass.

Responsive Grid System by Graham Miller

Responsive Grid System by Graham Miller
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.

Titan

Titan
With Titan Framework you can create responsive layouts that adjust to any screen resolution at maximum width.

Responsive Grid System by Denis LeBlanc

Responsive Grid System by Denis LeBlanc
Simple CSS framework for fast, intuitive development of responsive websites, built using the ‘Mobile First’ approach.

Toast

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

Gridiculous

Gridiculous
Gridiculous is a 12-column, up-to-960-pixel-wide framework that allows nested columns. Unlike other nesting frameworks, inner columns have their own 960-pixel break point.

Responsive Aeon 2.0

Responsive Aeon 2.0
New version from HTML5 NewAeon Framework, now with a responsive grid all based in percentage with mediaqueries, html5 starting point and javascript.

Inuit.css

Inuit.css
It is a Sass based, Object Oriented framework that is full of objects and abstractions. inuit.css provides little-to-no design which means no undoing things, no deleting CSS and no adhering to other peoples’ design decisions.

320 and Up

320 and Up
‘320 and Up’ is a lightweight, easy to use and content first responsive web design boilerplate.

The Semantic Grid System

The Semantic Grid System
The Semantic Grid System leverages the power of CSS preprocessors (LESS, Sass and Stylus) to create customizable variables for things like gutter and column width.

Columnal

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

Your Turn to Talk

Choosing a CSS framework is not an easy decision. There may not be one right answer for everyone, there are few wrong answers for everyone.
If you are into grid systems, I’d love to hear your feedback about the frameworks above. Which ones have you tried and what did you think of them? Which is your favorite?

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12 Chrome Extensions For New Tab Extensions

Google Chrome is a wonderful and very popular web browser. It is the most commonly used web browsers because it is faster and simpler. Developers and designers tend to prefer using Google Chrome for so many reasons and one of them is the huge plethora of available extensions that make Google Chrome an even more powerful web browser in the world.

For this compilation, we have picked up 12 excellent Chrome extensions for awesome new tabs experience. With these extensions, you can be more organized while working on multiple tabs. So, say goodbye to empty newly opened tab and have fun with these new extensions. Feel free to share this post with others on Facebook, Twitter and other websites. Enjoy!

Speed Dial 2

Speed dial 2 is ultimate replacement of new tab page with quick access to your most visited pages, bookmarks and browsing history.

Personal Dashboard – Momentum

Replace new tab page with a personal dashboard featuring todo, weather, and inspiration.

Start!

A new start page for all your start paging needs.

Taco

See your tasks from 40+ other services on Chrome’s new tab page. Asana, Basecamp, GitHub, Gmail, OmniFocus, Trello, Zendesk, more.

Cardboard – New Tab Page

The default New Tab is not Google enough ? Try Cardboard, Now with more Material Design (plus nifty features)

Be Limitless

Track your time and stay focused on your goals. Constantly be motivated to stay at your best.

Incredible StartPage

A new, customizable start page for Chrome. Easily find your favorite bookmarks and closed tabs. Take notes as you browse.

Prioritab

A new tab page to remind you of your priorities.

Personalized New Tab Page – Noosfeer

Your reading list with mind blowing images in your Chrome new tab page

Wunderlist New Tab

Replace your New Tab page with a lightweight version of Wunderlist that lets you quickly add new to-dos to your lists.

Panda 4

Bringing you the most popular shots from Dribbble and latest news from Layervault Designer News.

InstaTab

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9 Newest Free jQuery Plugins For This Week August 2015

Here’s our best collection of 9 Newest Free jQuery Plugin with examples we found around the web from last week (17/07/2015 to 23/07/2015). These jQuery plugins haven’t been featured on our website yet I think you might find useful. Have fun with it and remember to spread the word!

Full Screen Form

full-screen-form

Fullscreen step by step form wizard.

jQuery jtwit.js

jQuery-jtwit-js

Twit is a subsidiary tool to add your tweets on your web page swiftly. Usage of this application is easy and format of the app is ready.

jQuery emoji-translate

jQuery-emoji-translate

Translate text to emoji!

jQuery addUI Store

jQuery-addUI-store

addUI Store is an easy to use jQuery plugin that adds a fully featured store to any website in minutes. The store plugin is written in pure JavaScript (jQuery).

jQuery howcomplete.js

jQuery-howcomplete-js

A jQuery plugin to calculate how much a form or page has been completed by user.

jQuery formBuilder

jQuery-form-builder

FormBuilder jQuery (UI) plugin for advanced HTML5 form handling.

jQuery Animated Color Grid

jQuery-animated-color-grid

Animated color grid is a small plugin that as the name indicates creates an animated grid that that will randamly animate between text and/or images.

jQuery tapatar

jQuery-tapatar

Tapatar is a lightweight, extensible jQuery plugin, that lets users pick an avatar from a social network, disk, or other source.

jQuery devicemock

jQuery-devicemock

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Trends that Web Design and Development will follow in 2016-17

Trends change with time and often following the trends can define whether you will be successful in attracting the right target audience for your online business. This can only happen if you have a website that is trendy and in tune with the times. Let us examine the website design and development trends for the next year, that catching on already.

Design

Originality in Design

If you take your website seriously and depend upon it absolutely or at least majorly for business, then you would also seriously consider is whether it would still look modern and trendy in the coming months, or by the start of the new sale season, it would start looking outdated or like a piece of museum art.
It is understandable that it could be quite difficult to come up with originality in a short period, especially when the competition is breathing down your neck, but this is a definitive trend for the coming year, which will reinforce the design though in the coming months.

Is Flat Design In?

The concept of flat design has been reinforced with the introduction of iOS 7 and iOS 8 along with Android 5.0. It is primarily Android that has contributed a lot to the improvement of flat design. The implementation has been primarily on mobile. The desktop now has take now taken a cue from mobile, and we now see the ‘card’ concept in action which provides a layered approach to 2D as well as 3D design.

Changes to page height

I guess people have got fed up of scrolling vertically endlessly, and it is expected that web designers will take note of this trend. Scrolling is a way to read text in small portions, but ‘endless’ scrolling is definitely not the way to view an entire website. Scrolling or swiping a long way down does not make sense presently, but it is definitely going to take some time for sense to prevail once again.

Sensibly using typography

Good typography helps better letter designing and improving the style and technique of content. Besides enhancing overall site design, it helps your brand to stand apart from the competition. However, if you mess around with the typography, your website could look extremely flawed. There are free typography fonts available on the Internet, but a professional website designer will probably use customized fonts so that your brand’s uniqueness can be emphasize and accentuated.

Add great static Images

If your website looks too full of text then adding an image or two helps improve the web page in general and brings your story to life. Add an image in line with the theme of your website and your business/aim of your website. An odd image will certainly look out of place, while an image in line with the subject of the website will provide a great deal of motivation to the visitor to go through the website.
Alternatively, if moving images are required, then do not hesitate in adding a moving image such as a cinemagraph or a small video instead. The trend of adding a cinemagraph will definitely overshadow videos because these occupy a small bandwidth compared to videos.

Conclusion

With 2016 only a few months away, it is good to see some predictions that could become true for the web designing world. Let’s hope that designing websites becomes a pleasure rather than a pain in the coming months!

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50 Time-Saving and Free Photoshop Actions

Most designers and photographers spend many hours in Photoshop, whether it be for designing or editing photos. In your client projects you may receive photos from the client that need to be touched up, or you may be a photographer yourself. Photoshop brings endless potential for photo editing, and one of the best ways to make use of Photoshop’s capabilities is to use actions. Photoshop actions are useful for quickly completing repetitive tasks, like performing the same steps to achieve a specific type of photo effect.

There are countless actions available that can be purchased or downloaded for free, but finding the best quality free actions can take quite some time. With that in mind, this post showcases 50 different actions and action sets that are available for free. The actions showcased here will allow you to create all kinds of different types of effects for your photos from matte and film looks, to vintage effects, to stunning black & white conversions, and even HDR. With these actions in your arsenal you will be able to save time while editing photos, and you also will not need to scour the web to find quality free actions.

Browse through this collection, find the ones that suit your needs, and try them with your own photos. You’ll find that you are able to create some really amazing effects in very little time with the help of the right actions.

Free Photoshop Action Collection

Free Photoshop Action Collection

Color Pop Photoshop Action

Color Pop

Matte Photoshop Action

Matte Photoshop Action

Matte Photoshop Action

Matte Photoshop Action

Deeply Matte Photoshop Actions

Deeply Matte Photoshop Actions

Dreamy Matte Photoshop Action

Dreamy Matte Photoshop Action

Vivid Matte Photoshop Action

Vivid Matte Photoshop Action

Vintage Matte Photoshop Action

Vintage Matte Photoshop Action

Faded Film Photoshop Action

Faded Film Photoshop Action

Old Film Photoshop Action

Old Film Photoshop Action

Fashion Photoshop Actions

Fashion Photoshop Actions

Skin Retouching Photoshop Actions

Skin Retouching Photoshop Actions

Crimson Shimmer Photoshop Action

Crimson Shimmer Photoshop Action

Soft Haze Photoshop Action

Soft Haze Photoshop Action

Mystical Light Photoshop Actions

Mystical Light Photoshop Actions

Nightmare Photoshop Action

Nightmare Photoshop Action

Cold Nightmare Photoshop Action

Cold Nightmare Photoshop Action

Intensity Photoshop Action

Intensity Photoshop Action

Copper Photoshop Actions

Copper Photoshop Actions

Blue Evening Photoshop Action

Blue Evening Photoshop Action

Vintage Effects Photoshop Actions

Vintage Effects Photoshop Actions

Instant Hipster

Instant Hipster

Vintage Heaven Photoshop Action

Vintage Heaven Photoshop Action

Vintage Photoshop Action

Vintage Photoshop Action

Vintage Photoshop Action

Vintage Photoshop Action

Soft Vintage Photoshop Action

Soft Vintage Photoshop Action

Washed Memories Photoshop Action

Washed Memories Photoshop Action

Vintage Wedding Action

Vintage Wedding Photoshop Action

Lomo Photoshop Action

Lomo Photoshop Action

Lomocam

Lomocam

Vintage Light Leak Photoshop Action

Vintage Light Leak Photoshop Action

Light Leak Photoshop Action

Light Leak Photoshop Action

Sunset Photoshop Action

Sunset Photoshop Action

Winter Breeze Photoshop Actions

Winter Breeze Photoshop Actions

Creamy Photoshop Actions

Creamy Photoshop Actions

Mini Fusion Photoshop Action

Mini Fusion Photoshop Action

Cross Processing Photoshop Action

Cross Processing Photoshop Action

Retro Cross Photoshop Action

Retro Cross Photoshop Action

Faded Cross Process Photoshop Action

Faded Cross Process Photoshop Action

Marshmallow Photoshop Action

Marshmallow Photoshop Action

HDR Photoshop Action

HDR Photoshop Action

Plexiglass

Plexiglass

Premium Looks Photoshop Actions

Premium Looks Photoshop Actions

The Mini Collection

The Mini Collection

Bold Black & White Photoshop Action

Bold Black & White Photoshop Action

Bold Black & White Photoshop Action

Bold Black & White Photoshop Actions

High Contrast Black & White Photoshop Action

High Contrast Black & White Photoshop Action

Silver

Silver

Aged Black & White Photoshop Action

Aged Black & White Photoshop Action

Food Photoshop Actions

Food Photoshop Actions

Finished

You’re a creative talent. The last thing you probably want is to be stuck performing the same task a hundred times on different images. These Photoshop Actions are for you. With Photoshop Actions, a set of otherwise repetitive tasks can be applied automatically, freeing you up for the real work: being creative.

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10 Newest Free jQuery Plugins For This Week #17 (2015)

Here’s our best collection of 10 Newest Free jQuery Plugin with examples we found around the web from last week (31/07/2015 to 06/08/2015). These jQuery plugins haven’t been featured on our website yet I think you might find useful. Have fun with it and remember to spread the word!

jQuery Burger menu

jQuery-burger-menu

jQuery and CSS based burger menu.

jQuery jmolTools

jQuery-jmol-tools

jQuery plugin for declarative 3D structure visualization based on Jsmol.

jQuery inputLimit

jQuery-input-limit

A jQuery plugin to limit the input of a text field to numbers, commas and decimal places.

jQuery PodPicker

jQuery-pod-picker

A Podcast Timeline Generator (jQuery Plugin).

jQuery downBoy

jQuery-down-boy

A small jQuery plugin to push your footer to the bottom of your responsive dynamic height page.

jQuery User Input Calculator

jQuery-user-input-calculator

Create a calculator that accepts user input using jQuery event listeners and JavaScript functions, if/else or switch statements, and jQuery val methods.

jQuery Full Width Headlines

jQuery-full-width-headlines

A jQuery plugin for creating headlines that span the full width utilizing the CSS flexbox model.

jQuery obeyCursor

jQuery-obey-cursor

obeyCursor is a jQuery widget that can make able every DOM object (slaveObject) to follow the cursor.

jQuery quietflow.js

jQuery-quietflow-js

quietflow.js is a jQuery library for creating beautiful dynamic or static visual effects.

jQuery ChunkIt

jQuery-chunkIt

A jQuery plugin and image processing utility. This is useful when you are playing with images. This enables you to extract portion of image, crop, de-sprite and many more.

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15 New Responsive HTML5 CSS3 Website Templates

Creative HTML5 templates for any business or portfolio website. Unique and responsive HTML5 templates are perfect for landing page with great typography. All web templates are easy to customize and hundreds of icons can be added dynamically and by using shortcodes. These website templates are suits for business websites, Photo Studio, Freelancers, Portfolio Theme, Personal, Restaurant, Medicine, Travel, Creative Agency, Corporate, Magazine, Blog, Interior, e-Commerce and Mobile application sites.

Responsive Website Templates

These web templates are focused on rich media storytelling and featured block-based architecture which is perfect to create single- or multi-page web solutions.

Romisa – Portfolio / Showcase HTML Template

Romisa, an Enjoyable and Colorful choice for all kinds of Agencies & Creative workers out there. It is a perfect choice for Artists, Creative Agencies, Collectors and the ones who need to Showcase their work in a beautiful yet elegant way.

Romisa - Portfolio / Showcase HTML Template

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Lapas – Multi Purpose Html Template

Lapas is a pixel perfect and creative HTML Template with 18 fully layered PSD files.This template is best for agency, portfolio, creative, personal blog and Ecommerce or Shop.

Lapas - Multi Purpose Html Template

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NorthWest – A Simple Blog HTML Template

North West is an elegant simple blogging template designed to showcase your content with minimal effort. Packed tons of great features such as a beautiful full screen slider, creative angled images option, and Instagram footer feed. It also has 10 different blog layouts to choose from. North West’s clean and contemporary design is the best way to show off your content in a way that will make heads turn!

NorthWest - A Simple Blog HTML Template

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Oringin – Onepage HTML5 Template

Oningin is a creative, high quality and fully responsive template. It is well organized and very easy to costumize.

Oringin - Onepage HTML5 Template

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Lion – One Page – Multipurpose HTML Theme
Lion - One Page - Multipurpose HTML Theme

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Hygge – Multipurpose Single/Multi Page Template

Multipurpose powerful site template with multiple options for header, portfolio, blog and slider. It features multipage and onepage options, 10 color presets and rich layout with possibility of unlimited combinations. Hygge will be a great solution for your portfolio, business, corporate, personal blog or any other purpose website. Since the template is responsive, the layout will adapt to different screen sizes which will make your website compatible with any device such as smart phones, tablets and desktop computers.

Hygge - Multipurpose Single/Multi Page Template

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Aneta | Creative Portfolio Template

Aneta is a clean and professional theme for agencies or creative studios. It can be customized easily to suit your wishes.

Aneta | Creative Portfolio Template

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Sauce — Material Design Restaurant & Cafe Template
Sauce — Material Design Restaurant & Cafe Template

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EDO – Ecommerce Responsive HTML Template

EDO is a modern, clean and professional HTML Template, It is fully responsive, it looks stunning on all types of screens and devices.

EDO - Ecommerce Responsive HTML Template

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Deco House – Single Property Real Estate HTML Template

We wanna to present you a professional and awesome HTML template for real estate, single property. Our product has a modern design and is very flexible allowing you to customize it to your needs.

Deco House - Single Property Real Estate HTML Template

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Holax – Multipurpose HTML eCommerce Template

Holax – Multipurpose HTML eCommerce Template is fully hand crafted, simple, flat and clean with huge features template which build by Bootstrap Framework.

Holax - Multipurpose HTML eCommerce Template

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Yonkers – Responsive Retina-Ready HTML5 Portfolio

This unique template is a responsive and retina-ready HTML5 website with grid system layout. It is built with the new packery extension for isotope, which practically rearranges your tiles to fill empty spaces.

Yonkers – Responsive Retina-Ready HTML5 Portfolio

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BOW – Parallax Responsive Fashion Template

Bow Fashion is a template for the design of which refers to the world of fashion here you will get a unique design in the form of cart page detail page view list of clothing, and many more features unique features that you can see inside.

BOW - Parallax Responsive Fashion Template

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Graphic Design Junction

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Comparing Bootstrap With Google’s New Material Design Lite

Since Google announced Material Design with the introduction of Android 5.0, a large number of frontend frameworks emerged with the goal of bringing the concept to web apps. We already have a number of libraries which promote the concept – MUI, Material-UI and Polymer, which is built around web components.In the beginning of July 2015, Google publicly released a new framework that is easy to use and has no additional dependencies. It’s called Material Design Lite (MDL for short), and it is aimed straight at the hugely popular Bootstrap framework. But which is better? Let’s find out.

Key Differences

Before we dive into the examples, let’s brake down the major differences between Bootstrap and Material Design Lite:

Philosophy

  • Bootstrap was originally built by Twitter with the purpose of making it easy to build responsive websites. It gives you a lot of components and customization options for making web apps.
  • Material Design Lite is a way for Google to spread its material design concept to the web. It gives you only the base building blocks for building material apps. The rest is up to the developer.

Development Experience

  • Bootstrap has a very detailed documentation. Development involves copy pasting from the examples and getting a usable result fast.
  • MDL is built around BEM, and components are built by combining multiple classes. This approach gives a great deal of control, but can sometimes lead to unwieldy HTML.

Components

  • In Bootstrap, almost all built-in HTML elements are styled and can fit nicely together in a layout. It gives you a great number of additional components for any type of design.
  • MDL gives you fewer components than Bootstrap, but they are all focused on building modern Material Design applications. They come with animations and beautiful default styles.

Layout

  • Bootstrap has an advanced grid system with offsets, column wrapping, hiding and reordering of columns.
  • MDL has a more primitive grid that gets the job done most of the time, but doesn’t support advanced features.

Design

  • Bootstrap gives you a passable default design which we have grown tired of by now, but there are plenty of wonderful themes to chose from.
  • MDL looks fresh and features bold colors and animations. It dictates exactly how your web app should look like and gives you a limited opportunity for customization by choosing base and accent colors.

Community

  • Bootstrap has been around for quite some time and has an enormous community, which produces themes, plugins and blog posts.
  • MDL came out only recently but has already become quite popular on GitHub. However it is still in its early days, and most of the time you are on your own.

But how do these frameworks compare in practice? This is a more difficult question to answer. This is why we’ve prepared a number of examples implemented in both frameworks that will help you compare what they are capable of. Click the images to see the examples side by side.

1. Grid

Arguably, the grid is the most important building block for a modern web page. It makes it possible for a design to scale from smartphones to large desktops.

The Bootstrap grid splits the page into 12 equally sized columns. Depending on the viewport width, four different size classes are applied – extra small (from 0 to 768px wide), small (768px to 992px), medium (992px to 1200px), and large (1200px+).

MDL has a similar grid system, but it only has three sizes – phone (0 to 480px), tablet (480px to 840px) and desktop (840px+). MDL desktop has 12 columns, tablet has 8 columns and phone has only 4 columns.

Grid example

Grid Example (Click To View)

The Boostrap grid offers a lot more control. You can offset, hide and reorder columns, which helps with responsive design. In MDL we have to resort to empty columns to achieve offsets, but hopefully this will be fixed in the next versions.

Docs: Bootstrap Grid | MDL Grid

2. Header Navigation

Headers in Bootstrap are called Navbars. They begin collapsed in mobile views and become horizontal when there is enough space for them. Inside, you can nest an array of different elements that can be positioned with the help of classes.

Similarly, MDL header navigations start off collapsed behind a hamburger menu and expand with the growth of the viewport. They too have different stylings and possible positions.

Header Example

Headers (Click To View)

Docs: Bootstrap Navbars | MDL Navigation

3. Footer

Bootstrap doesn’t actually have separate footer components, while Material Design Lite has two options, a mini and a mega footer. For this example, we’ve translated the default MDL design to Bootstrap, using the grid and a bit of extra CSS.

Footer Example

Footers (Click To View)

Notice that on small viewports, MDL’s columns collapse and can be toggled one by one. For this effect to work, they’ve used a CSS only checkbox hack, instead of going for a JavaScript solution.

Docs: MDL Footers

4. Tabs

Both frameworks use pretty simillar syntax to create selectable tabs with different content. A number of links for swapping between the tabs, and an array of divs, selectable by id, for storing the content. They also both require JavaScript to work (Bootstrap requires jQuery as well).

Tabs Example

Tabs (Click To View)

Docs: Bootstrap Tabs | MDL Tabs

5. Buttons

Bootstraps default buttons are rectangular and have a bunch of size options. They can have their color changed via CSS or with the modifier classes (Danger, Warning, Success,…). Another unique feature to Bootstrap is the split button which is half button, half dropdown.

MDL offers both rectangular and circular buttons. Google has a guide on how and in which situations to use the different types of buttons. All buttons in MDL support the ripple animation effect.

Buttons Example

Buttons (Click To View)

Docs: Bootstrap Buttons | MDL Buttons

6. Tables

Tables are generally hard to make responsive. Bootstrap has overcome this problem by making a scrollbar appear when the table doesn’t fit. MDL’s developers haven’t added responsiveness to tables yet, but what they’ve done is add amazing styles making tables look super cool.

In bootstrap you can also make tables striped, bordered and condensed. MDL offers a default style (which again, looks very neat) and a design with selectable rows.

Table Example

Tables (Click To View)

Another cool feature that MDL brings to table is the option to align content according to it’s type by using classes. This works similar to Excel sheets, text in the middle, numbers to the right.

Docs: Bootstrap Tables | MDL Tables

7. Forms

Bootstrap’s forms support more types of input elements and have classes for making different alignments to the labels and inputs. It doesn’t come with validation out of the box, you will need to use a library like Parsley for that.

MDL has few supported input elements, but the ones that are supported have the material animations added to them making them pleasing to interact with. They also have integrated verification and pattern matching. This allows them to show an error message and turn red when the data isn’t valid.

Form Example

Forms (Click To View)

Docs: Bootstrap Forms | MDL Text Fields

8. Dropdown Menu

Here the approach of the two frameworks is the same. A button or anchor element to toggle the content, and an unordered list of items for the drawer.

The bonus of Bootstrap is you can add a separator line or a heading and do split buttons.

The plus of MDL is again a smooth animation compared to Bootstrap’s “display: none/block” technique.

Dropdown Example

Dropdowns (Click To View)

JavaScript required in both cases.

Docs: Bootstrap Dropdowns | MDL Menus

9. Tooltips

Bootstrap’s approach to tooltips is to add data-attributes to a button element, which then shows the tooltip on hover and click. The framework also presents two separate components: a simplified tooltip and a more advanced popover with a title.

MDL have achieved this with a different model. A button for toggling and a span element for the tooltip’s content. Two alternatives are given, a small and a large design. A negative here is that these only go downwards.

Popover

Tooltips (Click To View)

JavaScript is required in both frameworks.

Docs: Bootstrap Tooltips | Bootstrap Popovers | MDL Tooltips

10. Icons

Bootstrap comes with the Glyphicons icon font, which gives you over 250 pretty icons to choose from. They come bundled with the bootstrap CSS file and no special setup is needed.

MDL uses a set of icons that Google released some time ago called Material Icons. This is a huge set of nearly 800 icons. They are not bundled with MDL so you need to link it in the HEAD section of your page:

Material Icons

Icons (Click To View)

Conclusion

Overall Material Design Lite is shaping up as a good frontend framework. Go with it if you want your web application to follow the Material Design guidelines, but you find Google’s other framework, Polymer, too complex. It is still the early days, but the fact that it is made by Google gives you confidence that it will always conform to the latest material design spec.

And if you don’t find Material Design appealing, there is Bootstrap with its large community. You can even get the best of both worlds by using one of the material themes that are available for it.

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The Inception of Mobile Application Designs

Mobile being the talk of the town, being the architect of your town (mobile app) it is incumbent on you improves the aesthetics and facilities of your town, so that it can attract maximum number of visitors. It is also you duty to stay abreast with the latest advancement in order to deliver the best app to your users.
So without much ado let’s discuss the most trending mobile app design trends prevailing in the market.

Design

Translucent elements

This trend of blurred elements was introduced by Apple in iOS7. Apple beautifully uses transparent/blurred underlying elements and overlays text or other elements on them. The term given to these elements is translucent elements and looking at its cognitive impact one can easily use it to focus on a targeted element overlaying on top. The picture given below shows how beautifully one can employ this method to get business gains. This happens to generate some sort of curiosity among the users, as they can read the content, but still they need to know what’s hidden back, behind that translucent veil.

Improved Design

At the inception of mobile apps we had designs with glossy buttons drop shadows and gradient was used in the navigation bar.

This design pattern was overtaken by flat design which is growing very luxuriantly. Colors are now used in single tone, icons are simplified and load time is reduced. The design pattern is now moving towards delivering better usability to the users. Wherefore, the navigation was changed into a streamline flow by moving options into hamburger styled menus.

Improvement in the designs has given us apps which are quite easier to read, navigate though and browse. Though it would be complacent of us if we say that this design is the best, as there is always a room for improvement in the steepest corner.

Apart from this we have seen that the developers are now opting for data-driven approach for designing modern age mobile apps. Though now we have a new buzz word in the technical town called as the material UI launched by Google.

Minimalistic interface

Talking about online magazines we can see minimalist interface adopted by the most famous ones. In order to make the letters legible to the users the font chosen was very simple and they focused more on the images. Moreover, the current focus is to deliver on bigger devices such as iPad, as people prefer these bigger devices to read.

There are various minor design changes which came across us during past couple of years. For instance, we now use light shades in the background so as to make the text more legible to users. Along with this the advancement has now increased the space and mobile apps now accommodate big pictures for featuring their websites. This new feature looks terrific on large screens and on smart phones with higher pixel resolution.

Card layout

This increasing mobile traffic is quite a pain for developers and for those who have so much information to showcase on one goes. News or interest based social networking websites and online magazines to name few as example. How to arrange things to utilize the limited space intelligently which can serve the purpose? : Was the biggest question. This was when designers came up with card design. Though simple yet this was an extremely intelligent creation. Information fragment in chunks along with their images seems quite appealing to the users and the experience seems quite intuitive to the users.

Animated elements

If you have mastered the art of attracting the users for more interactions then consider your half job done. Animation seems to be the most attractive thing to gain attention of users. Wherefore, mobile apps are using animations to gain their visitors attention.

Animations have replaced platonic visuals and are now playing a vital role in delivering messages and making your app more enticing. They are thus a strong motivational factor for apps and further deliver a pleasant user experience. If implemented in a subtle way they can work as the center of attraction for your mobile app.

Gestures

Apple who was one adamant over the size of its flagship phone eventually realized that the users are now opting for bigger phones. Thus, they launched the bigger and slimmer version of iPhone 6. Apple is renowned for its usability and renders services which functions using a single hand. However, this was not possible with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Wherefore, gestures arrived.

Gesture is the essence of a touch screen Smartphone and with time we can see a considerable advancement in the gestures as well. Operating system is now the new input system and now you need not to go to the interface button to go through your app. This allows users to go through the different pages simply by swiping through. They can also swipe up/down which allows users to go to the notification and control center. Keeping in mind that the future devices will generally be of larger size, as compared to the present one we will tend to see a considerable improvement in the gestures.

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Fresh Free Font Of The Day : Monoid

Here on Designbeep,we also aim to help designers to find free yet high quality resources whether for your web design projects or graphic design projects.Who doesn’t like freebies?
Well,although we bring together free font collections time to time we decided to share a free font everyday and today’s free font Monoid is designed by Andreas Larsen.

Monoid is customizable and optimized for coding with bitmap-like sharpness at 15px line-height even on low res displays.Monoid comes in regular, bold, oblique and retina versions with >650 latin, greek, cyrillic, ligature, alternate and Powerline glyphs.

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Using Color Theory to Improve Website Accessibility

There are tons of articles and guides about color theory and its importance for every web designer. Colors are really essential in design and may even influence people’s behavior in many cases. Thus, web designers usually check their website colors are suitable for the overall website style and that they create a good impression for users.

But focusing on standard color theory web designers often miss one point. There is a small amount of people who see colors differently. The specifics of their eyesight don’t allow those people to see particular colors the way other people do. Your beautiful website with colorful accents may simply not work for those people. Since color blindness affects about 6% to 8% of males and less than 1% of females you could lose a significant amount of potential customers.

Improve Website Accessibility with Color Theory
Why Be Accessible?

Paying attention to website accessibility in terms of color combinations gives you many benefits. You can still make a great-looking website with an excellent color palette but you can also please lots of people with visual disorders who can now access most of your website’s features. Here are a few more reasons for you to choose accessibility for your website design:

  • It allows you to score an advantage before your business competitors. If your website is color-blind-friendly and your competitor’s is not, you may win the battle and get more repeat traffic from this category of people.
  • Accessible websites may rank higher with search engines.
  • Non-accessible websites may fall foul of legal issues because they don’t provide equal opportunities for people with visual (and other) disabilities.
  • The ethical aspect is also important. People with visual disabilities simply cannot use non-accessible websites in full. It’s frustrating and really hurts UX.

Despite your possible fears, making a website accessible for color blind people is not such a hard task. In fact, sometimes it’s even harder to make a non-accessible website. With proper planning and a clever use of color theory and color contrasts you can create a really cool website with a great UX.

Accessibility Challenges

Of course, making the website 100% user-friendly for ALL kinds of users is an impossible mission. First, it’s hard to determine how exactly color blind people see colors. To tell the truth, even average users with no color blindness perceive colors and hues differently.

There are researches that cast some light upon the idea of how colors are perceived by people with different types of color blindness. But they are not absolutely accurate, so predicting what a color blind user sees is still a challenge.

You can always prioritize website elements and content to improve it and make sure most people will see it properly. There are many ways of making vital elements stand out and user-friendly. And you should definitely make sure that those essential elements are color blind safe. The best way of doing so is using contrasting colors for the background and the element itself. Thus, the traditional use of black text on a white background is determined by the high contrast between those two colors. Navigation elements should also be highlighted so users can easily differentiate between links and the main content.

Using Color Theory for Color Blind-Safe Design

The very first step in creating a color blind-safe website is choosing legible and well-matching colors for your color palette. Your task is setting aside color meaning and psychology and focusing on good color combinations and contrasts for creating legible website pages with strong hierarchy and accents.

You can use the following techniques and approaches to avoid possible pitfalls and have an accessible website design:

1. Avoid “Bad” Color Combinations
The most common types of color blindness are the difficulty of distinguishing between red/green and yellow/blue. So, avoiding those combinations can save you from offering a frustrating experience for color blind users. Other “dangerous” color combinations are:

  • brown/green
  • green/blue
  • purple/blue
  • grey/blue
  • green/grey
  • black/green
  • yellow/light green

Bad Color Combinations

2. Color Contrast is Good
As you may notice, the “bad” color combinations above are inappropriate because they are poor in contrast. Yellow and light blue colors are too close in the amount of light so they will be extremely difficult for color blind users to distinguish between the two.

Remember that color blind users should be able to easily tell the difference between two colors, like ordinary people do. It doesn’t matter what colors exactly they see; it’s about them being able to perceive them as two different colors. Note that color blind people are reportedly better at perceiving bright colors rather than distinguishing the difference between dull ones.

3. Use Complementary Colors
Complementary colors (the ones that are opposite each other in the traditional Color Wheel) are the best for achieving a great color contrast that won’t affect color blind users. Of course, except for pairing red and green colors that are also opposite in the Color Wheel but are a big no-no for most colorblind users.

Paletton

4. Choose Cool/Warm Color Contrasts
The Color Wheel can also be divided into cool and warm tones. Just divide it in half to set cool colors like blues, purples and greens aside from warm tones like yellows, oranges and reds. In most cases, contrasting between cool and warm colors works perfectly well and can be used for creating accessible designs. The idea is to combine a darker shade of a cool color with a lighter shade of a warm one. Don’t forget, that some color blind users have a yellow/blue type of visual disorder, so it’s better to avoid this combination.

5. Opt for Monochrome Palette
To make sure you’re not using some poor color combinations that can be not color blind-safe, go for combining several tints of one color. Monochrome design saves you from making the wrong choice. In addition, a monochrome palette and minimalist style go hand in hand and make your website really trendy and user-friendly.

Slayeroffice Color Palette Tool

6. Use Texture and Thickness for Creating Accents.
Adding texture to one of your colors makes it more prominent and helps to show the difference between two objects. Thick lines and bold text will be helpful as well. Some color blind people note that they can differentiate between two colors if they have some “weight”, while thin lines and text in italic are much harder to differentiate.

Tools and Resources for Designing Color Blind-Safe Website

There aren’t too many tools and services that are focused on creating websites safe for color blind users. You can always check color combinations on various color palette generators and look for complementary colors, as I advised you above. Here are a few more tools and resources that should help you in creating a website that is easy-to-use for color blind people.

Vischeck

A nice simulator that runs tests on images and web pages. With its help you can find out how people with different types of color blindness (forms of red/green or blue/yellow color deficit) perceive them, and build your website according to the results.

Vischeck

Colors for the Color Blind

A great resource that contains tons of info about the nature of color blindness, its types and their peculiarities. It also offers various tests for colorblind users and tools for checking website colors online.

Colors for the Color Blind

MotoCMS 3.0 Color Picker

This website building service offers a nice tool for checking colors. It automatically shows a color palette of a chosen template with 5 main colors and a row of hues for each of them. You can change the main colors and add new ones from the row below. The changes to the color palette will apply across the entire template.

MotoCMS 3.0 Color Picker

Color Blind Web Page Filter

This tool is still in development. But it already offers a cool range of filters that allow you to interpret your website as it is perceived by color blind people. You just enter your website URL in a field and choose one of the color deficiency types to check.

Color Blind Web Page Filter

Color Laboratory

This tool allows you to check how the 216-color webmaster’s palette is perceived by people with different kinds of visual color deficiency.

Color Laboratory

Conclusion

Of course, website accessibility is not only focused on color blind-safe features. There are other aspects that you should consider to make your website friendly for all types of users. Start with tests and check often to make sure your website is comfy for use and your traffic will grow.

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Bonsai.js – An Intuitive Graphics API and SVG Renderer

Bonsai is a lightweight graphics library with an intuitive graphics API and an SVG renderer. Bonsai’s main features include: Architecturally separated runner and renderer, iFrame, Worker and Node running contexts, Shapes, Paths, Assets (Videos, Images, Fonts, SubMovies), Keyframe and regular animation (easing functions too), Shape/path morphing and much more…

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Requirements: JavaScript Framework
Demo: http://bonsaijs.org/
License: MIT License

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40 Free JS Libraries for Dynamic Content

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Designers and developers can recognize the vast improvements in modern web design. From animated SVGs to customized web forms and movable typography, the list is practically endless. Dynamic content is the new norm and JavaScript libraries only make creation easier.

If you’re looking for some cool dynamic effects on your website take a look at these open source plugins. Everything in this list is completely free to use on any project. Most plugins also include fantastic documentation to get everything setup and running lickety-split.

TextFill

jquery textfill plugin

Layzr.js

layzr js javascript plugin

Address Field

jquery address field

Sheetsee.js

sheetsee js open source library

Parallax.js

parallax js library

jQuery Carousel

jquery image carousel plugin

contextMenu.js

context menu js javascript

Stacktable.js

stacktable js open source plugin

Spin.js

spin js open source plugin

AniJS Studio

anijs javascript studio plugin

Quovolver

quovolver jquery plugin design

nanoScroller.js

nano scroller scrollbar js

Windows 8 Modal

win8 modal window

Readmore.js

read more js open source

Textillate

textillate js plugin

Underscore.js

underscore js open source plugin

Immutable.ks

immutable typography javascript plugin

Awesomplete

awesomplete lightweight plugin open source

flexibleArea.js

flexible area js open source

Bacon.js

bacon js javascript open source

Slick

slick carousel js javascript

Infinity.js

infinity js open source plugin

React Components

react components plugin

dgrid

dojo grid plugin open source

SlipHover

slip hover js javascript

PourOver

filtering sorting library javascript pourover

Bootbox.js

bootbox.js javascript open source

Mostslider

javascript most slider plugin

jQuery Confirm

jquery confirm plugin open source

jQuery PowerTip

jquery plugin powertip open source

Grumble.js

grumble js javascript plugin

Filtrr.js

filtrr filter javascript plugin

tQuery

three js jquery combined library

Flexloader

jquery responsive flex loader

Cropper

cropper design custom plugin

Materialize

materialize css js open source

Parallax Scrolling

js parallax scrolling open source

Facebox

facebook style lightbox plugin facebox

ElementTransitions.js

element transitions js javascript open source

Gauge.js

gauge js open source plugin

Web Design Ledger

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Essential Tools, Resources, and Services for Designers

With so many WordPress themes, page builders, and other design aids and services on the market, it can be difficult for a web designer to know where to turn when in need of a new tool, an additional resource, or a different design approach. Some of the products and services listed here are ideal for general use. Others are excellent choices for designing websites or apps intended to serve a unique or dedicated purpose.
If you find a product or service here that suits your design needs, you can be assured it is top quality, or it would not be on this list. Browse through this list and find out what are the most essential tools, resources and services to have in your toolbox.

WordPress Themes
X Theme

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X Theme is exciting. It always has been, but with the release of Version 4 a new level of excitement has been attained. Users of this recently released version are raving about it, with the centre of attention being a new, unique, and innovative page builder – Cornerstone. Cornerstone is highlighted again in this listing, but what it will do for X, the fastest selling of the Themeforest themes, is make it more popular than ever. Cornerstone may have temporarily placed a number of the other X features in the shadows, but they remain as impressive as ever, and everything about using this premier WordPress theme’s features is backed up by a rock-solid, 24/7 user support team, a dynamic community site, and forums offering information, advice, and details of other user’s experiences. With a purchase of X, you are given free access to all Themeco plugins, and you will also receive free updates as they are released.

Enfold

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Visit Enfold’s website, and the first thing you are asked to do is to Choose a Demo. If you do so, your search for a premium website theme will quite possibly come to a halt. This top-rated, multipurpose Themeforest theme’s primary characteristic may well be its extremely user-friendly operation. It may in fact be the easiest to work with website building theme on the market. Start with a blank page and an idea, and you can build any layout you want at warp speed. Enfold is always kept up to date, and you will always receive updates as they are released. You can also expect to receive nothing less than the very finest user support.

Be Theme

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Be Theme is every bit as big as it claims to be. Its more than 40 core features give you every website design capability you are ever likely to need, and this responsive WordPress theme is easy to use from the time you select one of its 100+ pre-made layouts and begin your editing and page building process until your design is complete. The largest number of topical layouts you will find anywhere makes Be one of the most versatile themes on the market, and the layouts are in the eyes of many this premier theme’s number one attraction, and the reason for its immense popularity. User support is exceptional as well.

Website Builders and Platforms
XPRS

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If you liked playing Lego as a kid you are sure to love XPRS. Unlike drag&drop website builders, this one uses pre-made and easy to customize content blocks that you can connect into 1 beautiful website. There are tons of content blocks to choose from with different layouts and style (e.g features, call to action, teams, galleries, pricing and more). You can also add a store and it’s totally free with every package.
This method of building websites makes it very simple to create your own website while still allowing professional designers a full control over the details.
XPRS if totally free for artists and students and also offers a great ‘White Label’ package that includes unlimited websites for just $ 250 a year.

Webydo

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Webydo is a cloud-based design platform for professional designers with a code-free, full-service business solution that empowers design professionals to lead the responsive website creation market. No other platform in the market provides a comprehensive, A to Z, solution. Webydo is a community-led platform, with professional designers determining which features that platform should  or should not have. Webydo is all about reshaping how we create for the web and in order to foster putting the designer in the driver’s seat. What is more, with Webydo’s Full White Label’ option designers can present Webydo’s technology as an integral part of their own design brand by customizing the system colors, adding logos and presenting a fully branded CMS and Dashboard to their clients.
WordPress Page Builders

Cornerstone

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Cornerstone is a brand new page builder. It is ridiculously easy to use, and it has received a ton of attention. Users are raving about it. The 100% front end editor and preview functions are displayed side by side. When you make an edit, you can instantly see what your web page will look like. There is no need to check later to see what needs fixing.

Themify Flow

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Themify Flow is a powerful framework that enables you to design your own responsive themes within WordPress (it allows developers to do so as well). It features a drag and drop builder with a sidebar display in which you can style elements as they appear in the live preview of the layout you are building. Each template you design can have its own header, sidebar, and footer versions. Themify Flow is open source, and free to use!

Project Management and Collaboration Tools
Nutcache

8

Nutcache saves important things until you need them. This project management tool has to be one of the better collaborative solutions you are likely to come across. You can use it to organize a project, or use it to present a collection of diverse ideas in an organized manner. Project status can be displayed in easy to comprehend graphics, and Nutcache gives you an easy and seamless way of tracking time, submitting invoices, and getting paid!

Azendoo

9

Azendoo offers a more relaxing, less stressful way for you to go about your work; efficiently, and without compromising quality. This intuitive project planner and task manager helps you avoid getting caught up in the rat race, and still focus on your priorities. This collaborative teamwork tool was designed with marketing and design teams in mind. It provides a nice alternative to the necessity of setting up a cumbersome organization.

Converting Designs to Code
PSDGator

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PSDGator is a small, highly dedicated team that has become well known for producing impressive results. They make PSD to code conversions quickly, and they specialize in taking Photoshop designs and converting them into responsive, hand-coded, SEO optimized HTML/CSS. The finished product is clean code that has been optimized for speed. One of their more thoughtful services is their policy of first reviewing your design to uncover any potential problems before they undertake a conversion process.

40 Dollar Markup

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One good reason for looking into 40 Dollar Markup for PSD to code conversions is their ability to provide clean, hand-coded, pixel-perfect code that is optimized for speed. Automated coding tools, with the inefficiencies they can introduce, are never used. Their deliverables are fully supported, and if you have an entire website you would like to have converted to responsive code, they will take it and make the necessary conversion for you.

Direct Basing

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Slicing is what Direct Basing does best, and they do it well. In addition to standard HTML5 slicings, their other featured services include PSD to Email and Resposive HTML5 slicings. Direct Basing also has a team dedicated to converting your PSD to a WordPress template. Their customer base ranges from freelancers and small businesses, to Fortune 500 companies. If you select this slicing company, you are in good company.

Hosting Services
Glow Host

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This service provider has servers located in 16 worldwide datacenters which says a great deal about its size and customer base. Glow Host’s hosting plans include Unlimited Single Domain and Unlimited Multi-Domain hosting, Personal hosting, and a Professional Hosting plan. All four plans have a number of attractive features, making this hosting service well worth looking into. Setup and activation are instantaneous when you sign up.

Rackspace

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Rackspace places great emphasis on what they call ‘fanantical support’. Cloud hosting is their specialty, but they are more than just a hosting resource. Rackspace offers best-fit web content management solutions to ensure your website has the speed, performance, and security you need. Rackspace also offers customized Ecommerce hosting solutions, and they will optimize websites for page loads, security and PCI compliance; services few hosting companies offer.

Stock Photo Agencies
Bigstock

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Bigstock has a truly amazing selection of quality, royalty-free images. There are in fact more than 26 million photos, vectors, and illustrations to choose from. Fortunately, their selections are well organized, and searching rarely becomes an issue. Once you have licensed an image, you can always re-download it for free. Your first 35 images are free as well. Sign up now for your week of free images from Bigstock.

Stockfresh

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You can prepay for images or save considerably by signing up for subscription downloads. Either way, Stockfresh has neatly categorized photos, vectors, and illustrations in abundance, and ordering one or more is a snap. Their website is responsive, so you can browse and place orders from your mobile device. You can rely on prompt customer service should you run into any problems selecting and ordering images.

Web Apps
Sendloop

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Sendloop is an excellent choice for anyone who has been looking for an easy to use e-mail marketing solution. Their package includes a drag-n-drop email builder, an online image editor, and a nice selection of mobile-device-ready email templates. Coding is not necessary, but a professional HTML email editor is included for those with HTML coding skills. Sendloop has more than 20,000 current customers, and has been offering email marketing solutions for more than 15 years.

Typeform

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Typeform is on a mission to make forms simple, beautiful, and human. You can create surveys, contact pages, user feedback, quizzes, contests, and even take payments. How’s that for versatility? Leave the stone age of forms behind. Facebook, Nike, and Jetblue can’t be wrong. Core features are free, but if you’re a power user, try their Pro plan.
UI Kits

Baikal – Stylish Web Component Based UI Kit

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If you were expecting a rather compact kit having a few templates to work with, you are in for a surprise. Baikal features more than 130 drag and drop web components, together with a collection of over 1000 design elements. The web components have been placed in 10 well-organized categories. The eCommerce category alone is worth a look, but the content in every category is quite impressive.

Zed – Essential Wireframe Kit

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Zed is an ideal wireframe kit to have on hand for prototyping websites. You can, for example, choose one of the 25 PSD templates that come with the kit, open it, add a client’s image or logo, and show your client how a final website might appear. The 1500 pixel wide templates can be opened in Photoshop CS5, and they have been neatly placed in 10 commonly used categories. An impressive array of design elements are also included.

Icons and Fonts
Icons Responsive

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Icons Responsive is an excellent resource to have on hand with its library of 1000+ icons, and counting. These easily scalable, pixel-perfect, responsive icons come in 4 sizes, ranging from 16×16 to 128×128 pixels, as well as in line, flat, and filled glyph styles. Since they are presented in vector format, they are easy to edit. This is a truly outstanding and comprehensive selection of useful icons.

Troia Classic Serif Font Family

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Troia is comprised of a classic handcrafted Serif font family. It features 6 different fonts in light, regular, and bold weights. Italics, and Italic bold are also featured should you have a need for them. These multilingual serif fonts cover all Latin 1 glyphs, and they can be used in the Scandinavian languages, German, French, Spanish, Afrikaans, and others. This resource is available for both commercial and personal purposes.

To sum up

Everything in this listing of premium themes, website, app, and page building tools, design element resources, and website design services is top quality in all respects. You can’t really make a bad choice. If you have a problem, it would be in trying to choose between products or services of roughly equal merit. In any event, we hope you have found something to your liking.

Whether you found what you have been looking for, or you feel an important product or service should have been on the list, but wasn’t, we would like to hear from you. Please feel free to send along your thoughts and comments.

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The Anatomy of Time Tracking Tools: Breaking Down Its Essentials

As more and more professionals are focusing on getting the most out of their time at work by boosting their productivity, time tracking tools are in vogue right now.

By using any of these apps to monitor your time spent on each tasks individuals have for the day or week, they will gain a better understanding on how they work and should find ways on how to make better use of their time to improve productivity. For client’s, they will be able to keep tab of the time spent by their remote employees and pay them accordingly.

Given that these tools are developed using sophisticated coding and programming techniques, a two-part post over at Scotch.io deconstructs the components of time tracking tools. The purpose of this exercise is to see how the parts come up with a unified whole and how developers and programmers can come up with their own time tracking tool for themselves.

Find out what a time tracking tool is made of so you can create your own! (Click Here to Tweet This Quote!)

Ingredients of a time tracking tool
Angular JS

This free open source framework by Google will be one of the many dependencies with Bower and serve as the backbone of the time tracking tool. Using this will make testing and developing single-page applications much easier.

For a comprehensive primer of this dependency, refer to the one-hour Youtube video below, which discusses the use of different techniques to build an SPA shown at the end of the video.

Angular Bootstrap

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Using this will provide the tool with a native AngularJS directives that will shape its appearance and UI. For this exercise, the timepicker directive will be used.

For an example of how Bootstrap and Angular work hand in hand, below is another Youtube video that show both dependencies in action as the author create a complicated form.

ngResource

Referring to this Angular resource will help you keep in touch with the RESTful (Representational state transfer) data-sources from the server side. This help in the creation of a cleaner and more efficient code for the tool to be created using $ resource instead of $ http.

To get a glimpse of ngResource in action, here’s a Youtube video for your viewing pleasure.

Bootstrap

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The tried and tested framework will give the standard styles for the creation of a responsive and mobile-friendly tool. For themes, templates, development tools, and other resources that can help in building a time tracking tool, refer to the Bootstrap Resources and Plugin List from Start Bootstrap.

Moment.js

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Since time (and date) is of essence in the creation of this tool, Moment.js is an integral dependency that will simplify the managing of time for the time tracking tool. Instead of storing the start of end times of an individual using the time tracking tool, this Javascript library lets you compute for the time on the fly.

For a better idea on how this work in a real setting, this Youtube video is a good introductory video on how it can make your life easier.

Laravel 5

This framework serves as the second foundation in building and developing a time tracking tool. Essentially, Laravel 5 helps you write clean, concise, and beautiful code to ensure that your SPAs and applications load in warp speed.

Below is a playlist on Youtube videos teaching first-time users how to handle and manage this framework.

As mentioned in the videos, you must learn how to use Composer, another dependency management system, first.

Synthesizing everything together

Now that you are aware of the parts that make up a time tracking tool, you can follow the step-by-step process of building one by referring to the two-part tutorial from Scotch.io here and here.

This is the appearance of the finished time tracking tool as detailed in the two-part tutorial at Scotch.io. A must-read for developers and programmers who wish to try their hand at creating this tool and building up their skills.

This is the appearance of the finished time tracking tool as detailed in the two-part tutorial at Scotch.io. A must-read for developers and programmers who wish to try their hand at creating this tool and building up their skills.

You can tinker with the appearance and feel of the tool once by choosing the right theme and templates. But following the tutorial closely should help you develop your coding skills and get vaulable hands on experience with the dependencies and libraries listed above. Furthermore, the accompanying videos for each library should open your eyes on the other ways in which they can be used for different purposes.

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Custom Grid Design for Structured Website Mockups

The best print and digital designers are those who can master the use of grids. In many cases it’s possible to forego the grid, but you’ll generally create higher-quality work if you learn the rules of grid structure and composition.

Grid design is one of the most important components for structuring layouts. Websites use grids to find balance between text, images, and overall page elements.

Although there are many free open source grid systems available, you’ll generally be better off learning to create your own. This post will cover the benefits of custom grid design and how you can learn to build your own grids from scratch.

Planning the Composition

The best professional design workflow starts with wireframing. This traditionally takes the form of a quick sketch where you draw out various ideas to see if any of them feel right.

Some designers prefer to work digitally while others prefer pencil & paper. There is no right or wrong answer – only the the best method for you. Stick with a method that allows you to rapidly iterate between ideas so that you can find the best ones to fit your content.

custom sketchbook moleskin wireframe

While sketching you need to consider the overall composition. Think of a website primarily as a container for content. Important tidbits should stand out through symmetry mixed with asymmetry. Design a grid that fits your content and don’t be afraid to move things around.

Generally speaking, wireframes are used to discover raw ideas. During this phase there are no mistakes – only experiments.

Find a way to organize grid structure to create a repetitive meter between different areas of content. Balance can be created by sticking with measurable spaces in recognizable patterns.

early wireframe sketches notebook

If you have trouble getting started pick out a pre-built system like 960GS. It would be better to create your own grid but there’s no harm in starting with a trusted grid system. This allows you to focus more on content organization and less on specific column/gutter values.

Use this initial phase as a testing ground. Figure out how to create repeatable patterns so that users learn when to expect content while browsing through a website.

Spacing Patterns

Symmetrical rhythm is a big part of grid design, especially in regards to lengthy vertical websites. Content should have a natural flowing pattern that guides visitors throughout the page.

One way to find a natural rhythm is to study other websites. Measure the distances between paragraphs and put together a vertical/horizontal rhythm for content. Vertical space is most important on the web but horizontal space also plays a role in compositional structure.

live view grid layout website

Keep in mind that patterns are meant to be templates as opposed to rules followed slavishly. The best designers rely on their grid as a compass for direction. Sometimes it’s a good idea to break the grid to help an element stand out against surrounding elements.

When it comes to pattern recognition you will need to create some semblance of repetition. Give visitors something to expect while browsing the layout, but don’t be too stiff. I know it seems like a hypocritical remark but with practice you’ll learn when to follow patterns and when to break them.

Grid Design in Practice

Some designers like to use Photoshop guides for delimiting grid columns while others use a separate layer full of rectangles. It honestly doesn’t matter how you create grids, so long as you feel comfortable with your method.

Although there is no particular workflow to follow it’s usually good to start with a horizontal grid. This defines the total number of columns and their sizes in relation to gutters. This process will also give you a final width so you know how big to make the PSD or Sketch file.

webshop grid baseline preview

Once you’ve settled on a horizontal grid it’s a good idea to organize a vertical grid, also known as a baseline. The vertical grid’s function is to organize typography so that it aligns with other elements in a natural rhythm.

When combined together you’ll have a powerful tool that can help you reorganize and realign layers so they fit together comfortably. The best grids aren’t seen by users but their presence can be felt in all aspects of the design.

wireframing grid to mockup design

To get started try building a practice project for a made-up client. This way you have no pressure to do a good job but can still learn a lot about custom grid design workflow.

Beyond the Structure

After creating a grid you’ll need to learn how to use it for content placement. Obviously your skills will improve with practice but there are some prototypical rules you should keep in mind.

Try to see beyond the grid structure and imagine how content would fit together. Web design is dedicated to content and every layout should reflect this accordingly.

Try restructuring paragraphs to fit them in the middle of columns instead of right on the edges. Add some extra space below content sections to give the impression of a “new” area on the page.

Another thing to try is merging different grids together for an overarching unified system. Take for example The Gerstner from Gridset. This design uses a 6-column grid with a 4-column overlay matching the same width.

gerstner grid preview

Now you have multiple points to work with so your options are greatly enhanced. But the extra grid can be intimidating so you really should practice traditional grids before overlapping and merging ideas together.

fonmon grid system asymmetrical design

One other advanced technique you might try is using an asymmetrical grid. Fonmon is another sample from Gridset using 5 columns of differing widths. Although it’s rather unconventional, this can help you break out of a regimented structure and reframe your design ideas in a new light.

Grid Tools & Resources

You’ll find plenty of articles discussing various grid systems and how to use them, so I’d like to avoid these resources and focus on grid-based webapps. I’ve put together a few websites that can help you generate your own custom grids from scratch.

It’ll help if you already understand composition and have some working knowledge about how to design grid layouts. But when getting down to the nitty-gritty you’ll save time and stress by using grid generators/calculators.

Gridpak

gridpak custom grid generator

In the realm of grid generators one of the best options has to be Gridpak. It’s a free online webapp that allows you to scale the grid based on any width to fit columns/gutters accordingly. When you’ve fully designed the grid you can download a “Gridpak” that includes HTML/CSS code along with a PNG template.

Gridr Bildrrr

gridr generator grids

If you’re looking for a simpler solution Gridr might be perfect. This tool allows any grid size by manipulating columns, margins, and gutters together. It’s perfect for testing various ideas before devoting yourself to a particular grid.

GuideGuide

guideguide photoshop extension grids

Perhaps my favorite Adobe extension is GuideGuide for Photoshop. It’s completely free and lets designers auto-generate guides for grids based on repeating intervals. You simply enter your grid details and GuideGuide will do the rest.

This extension works on Photoshop CS5-CC and is frequently updated to handle newer releases. You can also find more information in the GuideGuide documentation covering general setup tips.

Practice Makes Perfect

If you’re unfamiliar with grids then the best way to learn is to just get started. Wireframe 10 or 20 different layouts with the goal of simply learning. They might be horrible or they might be great. Ultimately grid design is learned through experience so the sooner you push through the fear of failure, the sooner you can start designing with confidence.

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20 Best Free WordPress Themes for Those Who Wisely Choose a WP Template

There’s been a lot of talk that free things cannot necessarily be of good quality. Undoubtedly, most of the time this statement is probably right. But sometimes – and this is just such a case – this statement is absolutely wrong.

WordPress theme providers have to strive to maintain their place in the market. If you know the basic laws of economics – the more competition there is, the better the product that is produced. So you can relax, sit back in your comfortable chair and reap the fruits of the competitive WordPress themes industry.

Let’s imagine a situation: you’ve found nice-looking WordPress theme on the Web and bought it. A couple of days later you run into a post with a list of beautiful WordPress themes which would have fit your project perfectly well. For Free. And different images start getting into your head like the charcoal grill or a new device for your garage that you could’ve bought for that sum of money.

Don’t rush to purchase a theme from the Web – check out the list of free themes first. Whichever project you have – whether it is a portfolio website, a blog or a veterinary clinic website – you may use any of the templates listed below.

Single page templates, Parallax scrolling, Mega Menu, responsiveness and other great features will help you create a beautiful WordPress-powered blog, restaurant, business website or… whatever you decide it’s good for.

When choosing a theme for your project, pay attention to whether it contains the latest web design trends. The ones below are beautiful, function perfectly and, one of the biggest advantages of this list, they are free.

Enjoy!

Cherry Framework Free WordPress Theme

This is a truly impressive theme built on > Cherry Framework 4.0 . which is a framework that was recently updated and has more functionality than other frameworks on the Web. It’s one of the first to have features which make the designing as flexible as possible and also it includes plugins which work independent of the Cherry framework with any WordPress website.

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Virtue

Pay attention to the image slider in this template. Also, look at the ‘Featured projects’ section: there’s a great slider, too. The theme creators managed to combine them in one theme and yet kept the website clean looking whilst maintaining ease of perception. By the way, if you place your cursor on the images below the slider, you’ll see nice and unobtrusive hover buttons.

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Consulting Firm

Beautiful, isn’t it? If you need to build a beautiful website with a neat Parallax scrolling effect, you may consider using this free WordPress template. Its responsiveness will present your website perfectly on any type of device and its mega menu will help people navigate the site easily.

Additionally, it’s a great option for those websites that need to present their business-related content in the most effective way.

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Board Walk

This free WordPress theme has an unusual design which will definitely make your project outstanding. If you have your pictures prepared for the project, you can visualize how it will look. He who takes no risks ever gets to drink champagne. Maybe this layout is the key to your future success… try it ;)

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Attitude

Business is all about attitude – this is what this theme says. Attitude towards your work should be simple, confident and progressive. Just like this theme – a great design embodying these features. Check it out!

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Kundalini Yoga Club

Why practise yoga? There are many reasons for doing that, in fact, so many that it’s pointless to enumerate all of them right now. However, what we can answer is “Why try this yoga template?” It’s fully responsive, it’s a match for almost any blog or portfolio website, it’s widgetized and it has a modern design. Everything you need for the healthy structure of a website.

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Photographer Portfolio WordPress Theme

This clean theme is stuffed with great features alongside beautiful design, Parallax scrolling, lazy load effect, ghost buttons, social options… and many more. To see more of it, check out the demo. See? This is how your project could look.

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Bouquet

This is a theme where a cute little deer somewhat distracts your attention. However, once you get yourself back to thinking like a professional, you’ll see the coziness emanating from this template. Also this responsive theme with a right sidebar is translation-ready, so you won’t have any troubles with different languages.

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Gridsby

A beautiful Pinterest-like layout is a great solution for those who aim at an image-oriented, free WordPress theme. One of its greatest features is a hidden menu, which allows you not to overload the design of the template.

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Oblique

A darkly seductive WordPress theme with a diagonal graphic as a key design solution. If you feel that this template may become a great basis for your project… you know what to do.

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One Tone

It’s beautiful, parallaxy and stylish. This template has a free version, so you may consider using it. And by the way, you can place video on the home page. That could be a pretty engaging feature of your website.

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Arcade basic

A really romantic airy WordPress template with a full-screen image and hover buttons. It can serve you well if you are interested in including the latest trends of 2015 in your website.

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Fortunato

One more full-screen image with social media icons just at the bottom of it so the people who want to share your content don’t have to go too far. A beautiful picture and the ability to share it with your friends right away – what else do you need for web design aesthetics?

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Globaly

Parallax scrolling, flat design, drop-down menu, no charge – these are great features, aren’t they? Great color scheme, symmetry and easy navigation will create the best impression for a business website. Are you interested? See the demo – better to see it once than hear about it 100 times.

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Moesia

Full screen image, Parallax and a lot of hover effect – these are the main features of this theme. Beautiful flat widgets contribute well to the design. Moesia can become a great helper in the creation of a beautiful one-page WordPress website.

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Metro CreativeX

A dark responsive WordPress theme for those who have a lot of visual content to present. The combination of bright colors and dark background makes the theme even brighter, and although, in many themes, content blogs can simply get lost on the page, here each and every one of them will be seen perfectly well.

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Free WordPress Restaurant Theme

In French, in order to express that you hope your guest(s) enjoy their meal you might say ‘Bon Appetit’, in the Belgian language they say “Smakelijk”, in WordPress language they say…nothing! They just refer you to a nice appetizing template! Check out a free WordPress template created to become a basis for the best restaurant projects.

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Free WordPress Fashion Agency Theme

This WordPress theme is definitely worthy of attention – it is responsive, WPML ready and built on Cherry Framework.

Check out the elegant drop-down menu, muted colors and the hover effect the menu has.

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Receptar

An extremely appetizing WordPress theme, which will make your mouth water. If there is a perfect way of presenting food on a website – this must be it. Enjoy the effects it has when you move the cursor.

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Patio

Again, a visually oriented theme where you can show your images to their best advantage. This template is well suited for a blog – for example, if you are an adventurous traveller and you want to tell your stories to the world.

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15 Free Wireframing Tools for Designers

We all know that good wireframes are the backbone of any software, mobile and web designing project. Wireframing lets designers to work out the basic navigation and layout structure before finally starting off with development of web applications, mobile applications or a software.

There are hundreds of wireframing tools in the market, some online, some desktop-based, some free, and some paid. In today’s list I collect 20 wireframing tools for designers. Hope you will find the right one for you!

Moqups

Mockingbird

Wireframe CC

Proto

Justinmind

Fluid

MockFlow

Framebox

Thismanslife

Cacco

Axure

UXPin

Simple Diagrams

Mockup Designer

FlairBuilder

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20 Extremely Effective Unbounce Landing Page Templates

Have you heard of Unbounce? Unbounce is a great new web platform which lets marketers build, publish & test landing pages in minutes. This landing page platform is absolutely code-free and gives marketers some of the best landing page templates.

Unbounce comes with a powerful drag & drop landing page builder lets you create responsive pages without any help from a web designer. You can easily build a high-converting landing page, then publish to the web. No need to hire a web designer to do this and no knowledge of HTML andor CSS is needed.

With this platform you already have integrated useful marketing tools such as MailChimp, Salesforce, Marketo, AWeber, Constant Contact and more. Easily add Google Analytics, KISSmetrics and other conversion tools like live chat and surveys.

If you want to increase your conversion rate, check out these 20 extremely effective Unbounce landing page templates! They will surely help you a lot!

Check out these too: Super-Effective Premium HTML Landing PagesProfessional Unbounce Landing Page Templates and Corporate Landing Page Templates.

Creamery Shop – Unbounce Landing Page

Creamery Shop - Unbounce Landing Page

Hoster – Hosting Services Landing Page

Hoster - Hosting Services Landing Page

Nightclub – Unbounce Responsive Landing Page

Nightclub - Unbounce Responsive Landing Page

BrandPro – Unbounce IT Template

BrandPro - Unbounce IT Template

Bigidea – Unbounce Agency Template

Bigidea - Unbounce Agency Template

Booster – Unbounce Multipurpose Template

Booster - Unbounce Multipurpose Template

Lance – Startup Landing Page (Unbounce)

Lance - Startup Landing Page (Unbounce)

MyTuts – Education Unbounce Template

MyTuts - Education Unbounce Template

Caption Flat Startup Landing Page

Caption Flat Startup Landing Page

Flat Vault – Unbounce Landing Page Template
Flat Vault - Unbounce Landing Page Template
Massketing – Unbounce Landing Page Template

Massketing - Unbounce Landing Page Template

MyStart – Startup Unbounce Landing Page Template

MyStart - Startup Unbounce Landing Page Template

OneStop – Unbounce Template

OneStop - Unbounce Template

ProPage – Multipurpose Unbounce Template

ProPage - Multipurpose Unbounce Template

Cloud Soft Unbounce Landing Page Template

Cloud Soft Unbounce Landing Page Template

Dwonders Travel Landing Page For Unbounce

Dwonders Travel Landing Page For Unbounce

Tattoo Shop – Unbounce Responsive Landing Page

Tattoo Shop - Unbounce Responsive Landing Page

Afton – Unbounce Template

Afton - Unbounce Template

Knights Multipurpose UnbounceTemplate

Knights Multipurpose UnbounceTemplate

Hype Startup Unbounce Landing Page

Hype Startup Unbounce Landing Page