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The rules of responsive web typography

Responsive web typography is tough – you need to have both design chops and technical know-how. But however tricky it might be, getting it wrong …

Typography

The Paradox About Play That Can Make You A Better Creative In 2017

Think you know what simple words like “play” and “fun” mean? Ian Bogost’s latest book Play Anything will bake your noodle.<p>In a world where creative hyphenates have become the norm, game designer-philosopher Ian Bogost stands out. His most famous game, <i>Cow Clicker</i>, began as an impish parody of …

3 ways typography can create design contrasts

Contrast helps to create focal points on a page and a hierarchy for what readers will see first. Here are several ways to create contrast in your …

Motiv crams a fitness band’s worth of functionality into a ring

Here’s one of those devices I can’t wait to put through some real world testing. Motiv’s creators have made some pretty big claims for their tiny wearable – which are pretty impressive, if true, putting a new spin on the somewhat staid and oversaturated world of fitness tracking wearables.<p>For what …

15 More Chrome Extensions That Will Increase Your Productivity as a Web Designer

With thousands of extensions and apps to help you become your most productive self, it’s no wonder Google Chrome is well loved in the web design …

Web Design

Best Online Typography Tools for Designers and Developers

by Bradley Nice, Content Manager at ClickHelp.co<p>The following comprehensive list of online typography tools will help you to establish a beautiful …

7 new browser-based tools for designers

Whether you work as an illustrator or graphic designer, web developer or 3D modeller, new design tools are being released all the time, many of them …

Software

7 Great Web Design Tools That Are More Than Worth Your Time

Web design walks a thin line between art and craft. While the aesthetic side of a website is important to maintaining your artistic integrity, …

5 Mistakes to Avoid For The One-Man Band / Solo Producer

1. Don’t Get Stuck in the Box<p>Fig 1 Mixing one or two live audio tracks into a primarily “in-the-box” arrangement can help provide a looser, more …

"Pirate Printers" Are Using Manhole Covers to Print Urban Designs Directly onto Shirts and Totes

Who says you need a fancy printing press and machinery to create your own t-shirt designs? The Berlin collective called Raubdruckerin (“Pirate Printers”) have taken to their own city streets with only a paint roller, ink, and a keen eye for geometric patterns. The group finds street fixtures—like …

Art

91 free UX ebooks for designers

The collaborative design platform UXPin hosts the largest free UX ebook library on the web.<p>A regular contributor to Creative Bloq and net magazine, …

UX Design

Best Free Retro Fonts for Designers

Vintage style designing is pretty popular in web and print designing. For retro style designs, you need good retro style fonts.<p>Today in this post …

Got an Idea for a Lego Set? Submit Your Design and Earn Royalties!

The toy giant is paying for winning crowdsourced ideas<p>Last year Lego overtook Ferrari to become "The World's Most Powerful Brand," according to …

Pure.css Offers an Intriguing Alternative to Bootstrap

If you're looking for a slimmer alternative to Bootstrap, check out Yahoo's open-source responsive framework. It's just 4.5 KB minified and gzipped.

Bootstrapping

10 best new web design tools in July

If the existing tools for pattern libraries aren't quite right for you, this month there are two new ones that might be a better fit for your needs. …

Use These 100 Design Websites To Jumpstart Your Creativity

The web is an incredible place. In less than 30 years it completely changed the world connecting and empowering people. One of the biggest benefits it brings is an endless inspiration for any field you can imagine.<p>As a creative entrepreneur, I am constantly looking for inspiration. I love reading …

Graphic Design

3 pro tips for using flexbox

If you're not using flexbox yet then it's time to start adding it to your workflow; it's been around for a while but with spec now solidified and …

Five design innovations for Europe’s refugee crisis, vetted by Ikea’s head of design

To address the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, one Dutch design organization issued a global call to the creative community: “What can designers do to help?”<p>This spring, Amsterdam-based conference <i>What Design Can Do</i> partnered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and …

Mainstream Media

The Seven Deadly Sins of User Experience Design

If you want a competitive advantage, nothing is better than offering a great experience to your customers. But then, you know that if you are reading …

UX Design

This Designer Invented The Ultimate Font Finder

Spector is a pocket-sized gadget that takes the detective work out of identifying fonts and colors.<p>There are certain celebrity fonts that get so much play, they’re instantly recognizable. (Looking at you, Helvetica, Comic Sans, and Times New Roman.) But it can be frustrating to sleuth the true …

The Edge of Wearables: When Will Society Take the Ultimate Leap?

<b>New wearable technology will soon have the capacity to become skin-deep, but society might not be ready to adopt it just yet.</b><p>If your socks told your …

Type Is The Most Important Element Of Your Company’s Brand

“Type is your brand,” says type legend Bruno Maag, founder of font studio Dalton Maag.<p>Sure, he’s biased. As a font designer with a career spanning over 25 years, Maag has worked for <i>The New Yorker</i>, Monotype, Nokia, and most recently, Amazon, for whom he helped create the Kindle’s new Bookerly font. …

Getting Started with HHVM and WordPress — SitePoint

Only a few months ago, <b>HHVM (HipHop Virtual Machine)</b> was a popular buzzword in the PHP community. Many of us were curious about this technology, …

10 Best CSS Code Generators for Web Developers

Web developers are always looking for shortcuts to save time in their routine. Many great dev tools ease the process, and it’s now easier than ever …

CSS

Japan’s UltraSmall Houses Photos

In Japanese cities, the average house is 1,075 square feet. That makes sense when you consider that the country has a landmass smaller than Montana but a population that puts it at number 11 worldwide. Creativity abounds despite such constraints, notes Naomi Pollack in Jutaku: Japanese Houses …

Ingenious Embossed Rollers Create Seamlessly Repeating Patterns in One Easy Motion

Clare Bosanquet was at a market in Romania when she stumbled upon a special type of paint roller that had a design carved into its form. Excited by the creative possibilities, the UK-based artist spent the next two months lugging around many of these rollers and “regretting her cumbersome …

Etsy

Google Fonts just got a huge Material Design overhaul, and it’s beautiful [Video]

Google has today completely revamped its longstanding Google Fonts website with Material Design, making it easier — and more beautiful — than ever to browse and try out the site’s huge collection of open source designer fonts. The old Fonts site — which first launched in 2010 — was practically …

Typography

101 best free fonts of 2016, so far

2016 has been one of the best years for type design in decades. The lettering craze has pushed a lot of illustrators towards digitizing their work. …