Archive for January, 2010

15
Jan
10

55 Trendy Web Design Interfaces From Deviantart

I kind of got lost a little bit in creating Monthly Deviantart web interface features, but at least I loved to do research and get inspired every month, and since our blog is focused mainly on web design, I am sure you enjoy it as well. Let’s get started, get inspired and watch how trends are slowly changing from month to month.

More and more visually appealing and image heavy websites are being created, and of course we’ve got a reason – days with slow Internet speed are going to past and technologies are evolving every day! Let’s get started – shall we?

1. Art-Label.net Board Skin by DouglasEltz

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2. Environment information pages bySneakyOne1990

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3. Angel by miko434

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4. Green Palacy Theme by DouglasEltz

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5. InfoShop.com by DouglasEltz

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6. Idyll Ads by miko434

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7. Mecra by SencerBugrahan

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8. 99studios by dot-next

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9. Fenixround by DouglasEltz

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10. IT Services Company by inspiredMark

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11. Bonsai Collectors 2 by INSEKTart

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12. Another Portfolio Layout by simiographics

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13. EdgeSpan Revolution by deadlinesdesign

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14. Mocha furniture by gdnz

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15. 4 Sale Gaming by AndasoloARTS

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16. gs.com by akenord

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17. Caffeteria by Tokumoto

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18. OneSize v2 by acidflow

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19. KO by trunglq

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20. Restaurant Asian Bistro by preet618

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21. Pro web 2.0 portfolio template by jackinnes

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22. Portfolio by Mac002

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23. Szpital – FOR SALE by PanthereNoire92

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24. Quality Furnitures by Aqib14

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25. Lion Design Premium by FluidStudios

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26. My first attempt at web-design by vrs85

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27. Luscious by timsilva

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28. Web2.0 Company Portfolio by princepal

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29. Santa’s Town by Pilej

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30. Photographer by arEa50oNe

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31. The Web Meeting by miko434

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32. Joomla Template Tutor by princepal

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33. Vid by crazyclouds

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34. Amazium by sergitosuanez

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35. Counter Strike Evo 2.0 Design by renderworks

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36. Kreativo by cheafy14

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37. Oxid Eshop by Honya

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38. Alexion Home Page by raven9327

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39. Gaming Website by zblowfish

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40. Great Business Template by mabucs

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41. Balai besar 5 website by champchoel

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42. Glob-Data-website by desdoc

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43. Travel Inside by lewkaART

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44. RJDesignz by rjoshicool

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45. Layout-I Real Estate by whatnameisit

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46. Gold by aadi-f

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47. Cache networks by manujg

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48. Expoze Media Webdesign by EXPOZE-MEDIA

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49. Light Design by deadlinesdesign

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50. Template 19 by nodethirtythree

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51. Swiat Kwiatow by Pilej

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52. Officina Digitale v3 by Svengraph

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53. Pure Home by touchdesign

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54. iClipeo.com by mateuszmadura

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55. Folio Layout by inspiredMark

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13
Jan
10

45 Powerful CSS/JavaScript-Techniques

Interesting CSS Techniques

Building the New Visual Annotations

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Sexy Music Album Overlays
This aticle shows how to style your music streams and provides you some graphics to do so.

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A Colorful Clock With CSS & jQuery
This tutorial describes how one can create a clock using basic CSS and JavaScript.

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How To Create Depth And Nice 3D Ribbons Only Using CSS3
We will use box-shadow to create a drop-shadow with RGBa, a color model that allows an optimized contrast with any kind of backgrounds. RGBa is the standard RGB model (0,0,0 – 255,255,255) and it adds the last option (a) for the opacity. We can use this model also for other properties and it works with the new browser.

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Advanced Event Timeline With PHP, CSS & jQuery
This Advanced Event Timeline is used with the help of PHP, MySQL, CSS and jQuery. The result: a nice time line with clickable events. Adding new ones is going to be as easy as inserting a row in the database.

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CSS Navigation Menus

CSS 3D Meninas
“I’ve took the classic paint The Maids of Honour (Las Meninas) and created a CSS pseudo-3D / Parallax effect. It is pure CSS, no JavaScript or Flash is involved. It has been tested and is working on Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3, Opera 9, Safari 3, Chrome 4 and Konqueror 3.5, and it validates, too.

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Sproing! – Make An Elastic Thumbnail Menu
“In an ongoing attempt to offer alternative methods to spruce up menus, I’ve pieced together an elastic thumbnail menu. It magnifies menu items when they are hovered over and menu items expand upwards.

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How to Create Simple and Effective Sub Navs with Definition Lists
“When we need simple and effective on-page navigation, to either jump to content on the page or flip to another view, we use the dl element. Its sub elements, the dt and dd, make it very easy for us to create inline links with a clear label. Here we’re going to share with you a fast, lightweight method for how we’ll use CSS to do it.”

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Sticky SideNav Layout with CSS
Learn how to create a fixed sidenav layout for your blog or website. Having a fixed sidenav comes in handy when dealing with blog style websites where the content is extremely tall and there is a need for good amount of scrolling. The fixed navigation allows the user to cruise through the content without scrolling back up to the top to navigate through the rest of the site.

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Unobtrusive Dropdown Page Changer
Using a <select> dropdown menu to create navigation isn’t as common as it once was, but it’s still around. It got ripped on pretty good for being an inaccessible / obtrusive. Indeed a lot of the scripts you’ll find out there for creating a menu like this are this way. Bummer. Let’s make one that works with or without JavaScript.

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CSS Navigation: No JavaScript, jQuery or Image Required, Free CSS Navigation / Pagination with Tooltip
CSS-based navigation / pagination bar without JavaScript. There is a tooltip on hover for the ‘previous’ and ‘next’ page’s bullets that makes navigation easier.

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How to Code an Overlapping Tabbed Main Menu
Main navigation menu is that part of a website design that makes the whole site look lively and complete. But the most common type of navigation menu style still being used a lot is the tabbed navigation menu. Here is a tutorial on how to code an overlapping tabbed menu.

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Solution For Very Long Dropdown Menus
“I like to be confident with post titles, but the reality in this case is a possible solution for very long dropdowns. The problem with long dropdowns is that the dropdown itself can go below the “fold” of the website. That is, below the visible area of the browser window. So in order to access those menu items down below, you need to scroll your browser window. For those of us with scroll wheels of some kind on our mice (mouses?), it’s not a big deal. For those without, those lower menu items are totally inaccessible, because to use the browser scrollbar means mousing off the menu (and probably having it close).”

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Mega Drop Down Menu w/ CSS & jQuery
When used properly, mega drop down menus can be quite efficient for large scale websites. Let’s experiment with different ways of implementing this technique. A tutorial by Soh Tanaka, Smashing Magazine’s regular author.

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CSS Typography and Body Copy

How to Create a Cool Anaglyphic Text Effect with CSS
Anaglyphs are those amazing 3D images that are created by offsetting two of the red, green and blue channels, and are viewed with those nerdy looking 3D glasses with different coloured lenses. I don’t know if this effect works for real, as I’ve unfortunately misplaced my 3D specs, but it’s a pretty cool text effect nevertheless! Let’s take a look at how a similar style can be created for sprucing up your web designs, while taking into consideration semantics and avoiding the repetition of any markup.

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Typographic work planner
Enter this, a little HTML/CSS typographic work planner. By using some super-semantic HTML and a dash of CSS you can craft a beautiful looking yet incredibly simple work planner for you and your staff.

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Thinning Text in Webkit (Safari)
Safari has a not-so-lovely way of bulking up text using sub-pixel rendering. On previous versions of Safari, this was fixed with a text-shadow declaration, but since Snow Leopard that method no longer works. Fortunately, there is an alternative.

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Pseudo Drop Caps
They’ve been around for a while now, appearing in magazines, print and now the web. Designers and developers alike have experimented with multiple workarounds from using inline styles to using image replacement but with both of these solutions there are problems. For example, what happens when you recreate your site and decide that you no longer want to upload the drop cap images, you’re now going to left with a broken image at the start of every single post that you had previously created, this is obviously assuming you haven’t used text-indent. If you decided to go down on the inline style route then your are just bad, just very bad.

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How to Create Perfect Pre Tags
If you operate a website that features lots of code examples, you know how important it is to spend some quality time styling the &tl;pre> element. When left unstyled, wild <pre> tags will mangle your preformatted content and destroy your site’s layout. Different browsers treat the <pre> tag quite differently, varying greatly in their default handling of font-sizing, scrollbar-rendering, and word-wrapping. Indeed, getting your preformatted code to look consistent, usable, and stylish across browsers is no easy task, but it certainly can be done. This article explains everything you need to create proper <pre> tags.

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Improve your web typography with baseline shift
The baseline is an invisible line onto which all type characters sit, although of course some characters (including ‘j’, ‘p’, ‘g’ and ‘y’) have descenders that hang below the baseline. Baseline shift involves moving characters up or down in relation to the baseline and using it effectively can make a huge difference to the professional look of your type. Although baseline shift has traditionally been a part of using tools like InDesign or Quark, there are ways to accomplish the same results using CSS.

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Typograph – Scale & Rhythm
This page is both an essay and a tool. It sets out to explore how two, intertwined concepts, often playful but sometimes cheeky, can be encouraged to dance in web pages. Drag the colored boxes along the scale to throw these words anew. For the most part, this text is just a libretto for the performance you are about to play upon it.

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Fancy Quotes With jQuery, AJAX & CSS
Learn how to create a fancy quote rating system that will display a number of famous quotes and will enable site visitors to rate their favorites.

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How To Create Simple, Stylish and Swappable Image Captions
Most image caption solutions require a lot of excessive HTML, make it difficult to redesign or don’t communicate clearly that they belong to an image. Let’s see what we can do to address these problems.

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Styling photo captions with CSS
Sure, some photos are self-explanatory, but most photos are best served with text captions. It’s true for traditional media like newspapers and magazines, and just as true for blog posts and web articles. Here’s a quick tip on using photo captions and styling them nicely with the magic of CSS.

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Image captions on Web pages
This document suggests three ways of presenting an image with a caption in HTML. Styling in CSS is also discussed.

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Styling Post Headings That Stick Out
“Recently, I’ve noticed a trend in blog post headings where it sticks out of its base layout. I would like to share this technique for those who would like to give their post headings a new style. One tip to keep in mind when designing this is to make sure it fits your target audience screen resolution size. Note that this technique may vary depending on your design. My goal is for you to grasp the main concept in this tutorial so you can experiment and apply it to your own projects.”

Using ellipsis with HTML and CSS
If the text is too wide to fit into a container, a nice solution can be to have ellipsis to show there’s more information available. While not currently part of the official HTML specifications, it is possible to have ellipsis defined in CSS and it works for Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome and Opera. It doesn’t work for Firefox but there’s a workaround that can be done with jQuery.

5 Message Boxes to Style your Notifications with CSS
This article presents free notification boxes to use/customize as well as a very simple technique to create your own ones inspired from this roundup.

CSS Lists

Create a Microsoft Word-Style Outline with CSS
As you can see, the browser doesn’t bother to vary the indentation style much, or change the list type from roman numerals to alphabetical characters and so on… all the things we’re so used to seeing because Microsoft Word and other writing programs do them by default. So let’s use a bit of CSS ingenuity to make a Microsoft Word-styled outline using ordered lists!

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Pure CSS Timeline
“I wanted to build a CSS timeline for the “About” section of my site while using some clean and simple markup. I wanted to avoid using images as much as possible, so I spent a few minutes prototyping some options and came up with a solution using unordered lists. The result is a simple and clean looking timeline with some very straight forward markup. In this article I’ll share my approach to creating a timeline out of CSS and HTML which results in a nice looking, simple timeline.”

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Automatic numbering with CSS Counters
When writing documents, it is often useful to number sections and have a table of contents. You can number these by hand, directly in the markup, but this can be time consuming if the order changes and you have to edit all the numbers. CSS2.1 gives us a automated way to generate numbers using CSS counters, and this article will walk you through how to use them. One word of note before we start is that CSS counters are not yet implemented in IE, although they are on the roadmap for IE8.

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CSS tricks for custom bullets

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Elastic Calendar Styling with CSS
A traditional calendar is a grid of numbered boxes on a page. As a web designer, you might go right for a table, and I wouldn’t fault you for that. Tables, though, can sometimes be tough to muscle into shape. The CSS purist in me gets pissed when I set the width of a table (or a cell) and it decides it knows better and grows or shrinks as it sees fit.
You can tackle calendar styling with pure CSS, and I feel it makes just as much sense semantically as a table does. What is a calender, if not an ordered list of days? By using CSS, we can even do some cool things like do all our sizing with ems so our calendar layout will be elastic. That is, grow in both width and height when text is resized in browsers, while greatly increasing accessibility.

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Style a List with One Pixel
A one-pixel background image can be a pretty versatile thing. With repeat-x it can be a horizontal line, repeat-y makes a vertical line, and repeat makes it a fill color. Just as a little fun proof of concept, we can use that to create a depth-chart looking unordered list.

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Style Your Ordered List
By default, most browsers display the ordered list numbers same font style as the body text. Here is a quick CSS tutorial on how you can use the ordered list (ol) and paragraph (p) element to design a stylish numbered list.

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Simulating a Table Using an Unordered List
Your first question immediately might be, “why would I want to simulate a table with a list, why not just use a table?” With the raise in popularity of AJAX sortable list elements, using list items to represent a multiple column data table can allow for easy sorting of various more “tabley” information. So let’s get started.

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8 different ways to beautifully style your HTML lists with CSS
“The use of HTML lists (<ol> for an ordered list, <ul> for an unordered list) is very common these days. Today, we’re going to look a little bit further than creating regular lists, by showing 8 different ways to beautifully style your HTML lists with CSS. We’ll use some pure CSS techniques to make a bored list look awesome (and even have some extra functionality).”

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Quick Tip – Simplify List Margins with CSS
Have you ever set default margins for a layout, and then had to go back and manually adjust all of your lists? By default, list item markers have a negative positioning in relationship to the list item itself. This means that zero-ing out margins automatically leads to an overflow if the list is contained inside anything else. Wouldn’t it be easier to put the list item marker at the same starting point as other elements instead? Lucky for us, there’s a style to help do just that. Let’s see what can be done with the list-style-positionproperty.

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Sexy HTML List Tricks
Behold the ubiquitous list elements, <ul> and <ol>. These two sexy elements help millions of websites display lists of information in clean, semantic fashion. Without them, we’d be crawling around like filthy cavemen, eating dirt and howling at the moon. But these list elements aren’t just sexy, they are also extremely flexible, enabling us humble designers to create robust list configurations that are semantically versatile and highly customizable.

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Clickable <li>
I originally coded the markup to be a table, but discovered a problem when I tried to make the whole row clickable. I ended up with a list of articles instead.

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CSS Buttons

Simply-Buttons v2
This technique presents buttons of the size that always fits the content. There are 3 states: inactive, active and hover. The technique works in all major browsers and doesn’t require JavaScript.

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How to make sexy buttons with CSS
This tutorial will teach you how to create pretty looking textual buttons (with alternate pressed state) using CSS. Dynamic buttons save you heaps of time otherwise spent creating graphics and will basically make you a happier person at the end of the day.

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Liquid & Color Adjustable CSS Buttons
When working on a large site with multiple buttons, it can be quite tedious to make all the buttons in Photoshop. Making future adjustments on the verbiage and colors can be also be time consuming. By having dynamic buttons, this scenario is much easier to handle, and by having liquid and color adjustable buttons with CSS, we are able to change the verbiage and colors in a flash.

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Create a Button with Hover and Active States using CSS Sprites
Too many designers neglect the click state (active-property in CSS) in web design, either because they’re unaware of it, underestimate the importance of it or are plain lazy. It’s a simple effect that improves usability by giving the user some feedback as to what they’ve clicked on but can also add depth to a design.

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Recreating the button
“I thought it would be interesting to provide a portion of the background on buttons here, and discuss some of the iterations we’ve been through so far to get to the current state.”

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Rounded form buttons

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Google’s Imageless Buttons
An interesting discussion about various buttons design techniques to reconstruct Google’s imageless buttons.

13
Jan
10

Advertisements You Will Never Forget

Advertisements are everywhere. Consumers have a need and advertisements direct the consumer to the company that has a solution for their need. For years, we have tried in vain to escape advertisements, but aggressive advertisement companies have stepped up their creativity. These days, instead of relying on the simple goodness of lemonade and children’s laughter, ads have taken a decidedly more provocative turn. Gone are the nostalgic days of skipping through wheat fields. These days, ads venture on the irreverent. They cater to your physical senses and bend your mind to what is possible. Here are some of the most insanely good advertisements of recent memory, broken down into ambient, billboards, commercials and print.

Ambient

1. Skin Cancer Towel

2. WINZIP Compressed House

3. WPPED Cream Elevator Award

4. Neglected/ Invisible Children

5. McDonald’s Pole

6. Piano Stairs

7. Human Meat

8. Life Is Too Short for the Wrong Job

9. Kleenex Soap Dispenser

10. Elm Grove Police Department: Slower is Better

11. Unicef Land Mine

12. 2012. We Were Warned

13. Nikon D700: Papparazzi

14. Pantene Anti-Breakage Shampoo: Rapunzel

15. Swiss Skydive Elevator

Billboards

1. Panasonic nose trimmer: Fatty

2. Nestle Billboard

3. Sign from God

4. Formula Toothcare Bite

5. Imodium AD Toliet Tissue

6. Allstate Auto Insurance

7. Zimbabwean Money Billboard

8. iPod and iTunes

9. Powerhouse Gym

10. Get Organized with Peter Walsh

Print

1. Findus FraichíFrites: Granny Fries without the Granny

2. International Vegetarian Union: Vegetables Are All Your Body Needs

3. Bose Noise Reduction Headphones

4. Clorets: Fishy Breath

5. Gun Central Alliance, South Africa

6. The Joy of Pepsi

7. Utopolis: Reality Sucks

8. Fortis Bank: Plastic Surgery Loans

9. Target Dri Bots Nappies: No One Likes a Bed Wetter

10. McDonald’s Baby Ronald

13
Jan
10

30 Website Navigations that Make You Wanna Click It

The navigation might be the single most important aspect of a web design’s usability. Without a navigation, you would be stuck on the home page for a very long time. I believe a navigation or menu must be easy to use, but this doesn’t mean it has to be boring. In fact, it helps to add a little flair to your navigation. It entices visitors to click and hang around your site a little longer. Here are thirty examples of beautifully designed web design navigation for your inspiration.

Billy Tamplin

website navigation

Burciaga

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The Swish Life

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Mission Bicycle Company

website navigation

Typejockeys

website navigation

Red Velvet Art

website navigation

MetaLab

website navigation

Authentic Jobs

website navigation

Icon Dock

website navigation

Morphix Design Studio

website navigation

Sushi & Robots

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Utah.travel

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Robert Alan

website navigation

Hull Digital Live 09

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NOSOTROS

website navigation

Artua Design Studios

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Internet Dreams

website navigation

Strutta

website navigation

Pirata London

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Tapbots

website navigation

Weightshift

website navigation

Guifx

website navigation

Owltastic

website navigation

inkd

website navigation

Bohemian Coding

website navigation

Think Orange

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Culinary Culture

website navigation

Light CMS

website navigation

Toggle

website navigation

atebits

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13
Jan
10

32 Beautiful Text Art Creations

All About hand

All About hand

Created in Illustrator, this demonstrates how text can be used to make the ordinary seem dynamic and unique.

Mos Def Lyric Portrait

Mos Def Lyric Portrait

A beautiful mix of style and various typefaces give this Lyrical portrait a multi-cultural vibe that really make it ‘pop’.

Type Industry

Type Industry

An exploration of the combination of type and engineering, with a lovely use of angles to anchor the image on the letter T.

It's Graphic Design

It’s Graphic Design

It’s Graphic Design, not Art – so says this text art. It’s a short essay/manifesto about the relationship between graphic design and art.

Jimi In Type

Jimi In Type

It’s not as detailed as other type portraits but it’s worth seeing just for the attention to the hair, it’s managed to capture some of the Jimi Hendrix style.

Here's Looking At You

Here’s Looking At You

An illustration for Computer Arts Magazine #111, for an article about typography, with all of the elements hand placed in Illustrator.

Type Art Portrait

Type Art Portrait

This is one of the softest, most creative type art pieces i’ve seen. The tones created by the varying colours and typefaces are beautiful.

Tuatara In Type

Tuatara In Type

This is a Tuatara reptile which is native to New Zealand. It was created in Illustrator and the words used are those that describe the creature.

Love Graphic Design

Love Graphic Design

A different take on the usual text art portraits, it focuses on the background with a confetti like effect.

One Planet

One Planet

Created in honor of LIVE EARTH 7.7.07. It represents the fact that although we all come from different countries, we are all the same.

Deadly Sin Typography

Deadly Sin Typography

This is the deadly sin of Wrath with the entire image being solely illustrated by the word Wrath.

Steven Paul Jobs

Steven Paul Jobs

Perhaps one of the most well known pieces of text art is this portrait of the enigmatic Steve Jobs – founder of Apple.

Times New Roman

Times New Roman

An impressive piece which uses the word Typography to construct the female form. It’s a beautiful composition.

M Typographied

M Typographied

The letter M created with the theme “mystery” in mind, this is the second variation of this work which has been given the 3D effect.

Typograthree

Typograthree

In total there were 1612 words used all of them read the number Three. Each was individually set and not copied and pasted.

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

This has a delicate ethereal quality which is due to the fantastic use of light, gradients and colour.

What You Write

What You Write

One of the pieces here that delivers the biggest impact, combining photography and typography with a message behind it.

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

This is part 2 in a series, it uses Bickham Script Pro letters, numbers and characters which are scaled, not distorted along with about 8-9 shades of gray.

Typographic Tree

Typographic Tree

The history of Typography formed into the shape of a tree as if conveying the very roots of Typography and it’s growth throughout the years.

China Doll

China Doll

Created in honor of Hispanic day on DeviantART, this is a wonderful portrait drawn directly from a wonderful portrait photograph.

Typographic Portrait

Typographic Portrait

A creative use of the form of letters to suggest lines, the contrast of the huge letters with the stark white background is very effective.

Homeless

Homeless

A simple yet powerful message is conveyed where the park bench is constructed with a paragraph explaining the plight of those who face life without a home.

Convocation

Convocation

A piece for a school organisation where the words used for the question mark are a mix of communication professors, equipment, technicians, subjects and laboratories.

Eye Believe

Eye Believe

A highly original portrait made entirely out of text to give a newspaper scrapbook effect.

Beer Directions

Beer Directions

A poster with directions from Central New Jersey to Philadelphia. It’s themed around the visiting bars along the way and conveys the idea of a drunken night by making it jumbled confusing.

It's The Joker

It’s The Joker

An amazing piece of text art which absolutely captures the very essence in which Heath Ledger portrayed the Joker.

Brasil

Brasilia

Text art in the shape of Brazil, where the bold choice of typeface and colour give this an immediately strong impact.

Am I Your Type?

Am I Your Type?

A self portrait created with the font Trajan Pro, it’s one of my personal favorites due to the incredible details and raw emotion.

With Great Humility..

With Great Humility..

This portrait of Barack Obama contains the entirety of his 2008 Democratic Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech… in his face!

With Great Humility..

Typomin M

The word “typomin” is a combination of the words typography and vitamin. The image is composed solely of the letters “M”, “O” and “C”.

With Great Humility..

Love Her Once More

The wonderful effect that the face has exploded with typography is mesmerising to look at.

10
Jan
10

100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

High-quality WordPress themes always come in handy. Whether you are looking for some design inspiration or professional coding solutions — in both cases you can learn a lot, you can apply them and you can build customized designs upon them without reinventing the wheel all the time.

In this article we present 100 free high-quality WordPress themes. Together with hundreds of other designs, these themes have been manually selected, installed and tested over the last weeks. They all can be downloaded, customized and used for free in both personal and commercial projects. Links to demo-versions provide a direct preview of a theme.

Please notice that the listed WordPress themes are presented in 8 sections: vibrant themes, simple & minimalistic themes, magazine style, grid-based, clean and legible, advanced, experimental, photoblog & videoblog.

1. Vibrant WordPress Themes

FFF Lemon Twist (Demo and Download)

Lemontwist in 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

Several3 [ Demo ]

Several3 in 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

Adreu r2Demo ]

Adreu in 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

Blogging Pro ThemeDemo ]

Bpro in 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

DM-Bloodless [ Demo]

Dm in 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

IllacrimoDemo ]

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Elixir

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InsenseDemo ]

Insense in 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

Zeke 1.0Demo ]

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jsTheme
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Smashing ThemeDemo ]

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DarkRedDemo ]

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Gossip CityDemo ]

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Resurrection

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Blue Steel

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River Run

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Yoghourt

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Fluid Yellow Black

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Red StampDemo ]

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DilectioDemo ]

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Fauna

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dfMarineDemo ]

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Curved WordPress ThemeDemo ]

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Accord WordPress ThemeDemo ]

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iA

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Modicus 0.2

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ModernDemo ]

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DocumentationDemo ]

Documenta in 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

JentriDemo ]

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miniBits [ Demo ]

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GIMP Style

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Dayvan ThemeDemo ]

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Tree Theme [Demo ]

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DePo Clean WordPress ThemeDemo ]

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BlueBird 1.0

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Balance

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PaisleyDemo ]

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Autumn

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BrillianceDemo ]

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Pixelate

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PockettDemo ]

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ArtuellDemo ]

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Plane Jane

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Briny

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Elite

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Blue Moon

Bluemoon in 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

3. Magazine Style WordPress Themes

WP PremiumDemo ]

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Modicus Remix

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Morning After

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Futurosity MagazineDemo ]

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Structure WordPress Theme [ Demo ]

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Visionary WordPress Theme [ Demo ]

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WP PolaroidDemo ]

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Overstand Theme

Overstand in 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

Jello Wala Mello WordPress Theme

Jello in 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

4. Grid-Based WordPress Themes

Gridline Lite [ Demo ]

Gridline in 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

Refreshed: Grid Focus

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5. Calm, Clean and Legible Themes

Sharpfolio

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Coldblue

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CubismoDemo ]

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Yomel [ Demo ]

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Lust WordPress Theme

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AbstractiaDemo ]

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HemingwayExDemo ]

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Blubbr

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Greenway 3C

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K2-U3Demo ]

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OldLampDemo ]

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PrimaDemo ]

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ProSense

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SakeenaDemo ]

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Margot

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The Azure Hut

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Livegreen [ Demo ]

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SimpressDemo ]

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GluttonyDemo ]

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6. Advanced WordPress Themes

ExtJS WordPress Theme

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Lounge2

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Prebuilt

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Neoclassical
A 3-column template system with rotating header images.

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7. Experimental Themes

Bonsai, Red Growth Live
Big typography dominates.

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Trevilian WayDemo ]

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BrainTied 1.0Demo ]
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Tropical Grunge [ Demo ]

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Aspire

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Supermini

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Fontella
The front page features only the main/recent post of the weblog.

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ASCII Themes

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Retro Mac OS XDemo ]

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8. Photoblog & Videoblog Themes

Tumblelog For WordPressDemo ]

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Nautilus

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NishitaDemo ]

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01
Jan
10

10 Fresh Must Read Blogs for Creatives – the December Edition

December might be all about snow (for some lucky ppl!) and gifts, but the real creative souls are always in search for relevant information, always on the run with their magic mouse over the messy desk, always looking for more bookmarks and even more new posts. Here’s the list everybody! New creative blogs for you, Ho-Ho-Ho!

Design Informer

informer

Design Informer is a web design and graphic design blog. We feature freelance articles, tutorials, freebies, resources, and inspiration posts

Great Web Apps

greatwebapps

Great Web Apps is a live collection of the greatest web apps

Anthony Licari

licardi

Under normal circumstances you will see Anthony writing about blogging, marketing, web development, design, and social media among other things

Augmented Pro

augment

An Augmented Reality blog community for the marketing professional who is looking to be on the cutting edge of understanding Augmented Reality as part of the overall integrated marketing mix for a company, agency, brand, or personal use

What Creative blog

what

What!? is the blog of a creative design agency based in Sheffield & Leeds, UK

D-Lists

dlists

D-Lists compiles lists of the very best in design, including anything from advertising to web design

Collectives United

collectives

CollectivesUnited is a collection of the best design roundups. You see them everywhere. 10 tutorials of that, 20 tools for this, 5 free wallpapers on a subject etc

Appboy Blog

appboy

The official blog of Appboy, the mobile apps discovery and recommendation engine, reviewing daily a creative iPhone, Android or Pre app

Creative Overflow

overflow

Creativeoverflow is a design blog for anything creative. they strive to keep their readers interested and post 4-5 articles per week

Tripping Words

tripiing

Josh is a 25-year old bespectacled geek, academic researcher based in Melbourne, Australia. He loves the web and has written a thesis and spoken about youth online media. This web haunt is his space for all things beautiful and poignant, pertinent to the web

Cats Who Blog

cats

CatsWhoBlog.com has been created on October 10, 2009 as a sister-site to my established web development blog CatsWhoCode.com This is why I decided to create Cats Who Blog: To focus on blogging tips and tricks to make money online




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