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The Ultimate Responsive Web Design Tools for Designers – Part V

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Ultimately we have reached the last part of this “responsive web design tools” series. Previously, we have discussed about a lot about the essential and important tools that almost every designer needs to make their responsive web design process successful.

We have presented before you a lot of responsive grid systems and frameworks, JavaScript and jQuery tools, wireframing and sketching tools and also some essential testing and preview tools. In this last part, we would continue our discussion on the Testing and Preview tools that we had started in the previous part.

Before ending this series, we would present some special tools in the bonus section. I hope all the tools that we have mentioned in this series will prove to help you a lot in your design project by saving a lot of precious time and increase productivity. Continue reading

The Ultimate Responsive Web Design Tools for Designers– Part III

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The third part of the series continues on the JavaScript and jQuery plugins and is fully dedicated to it. And undoubtedly jQuery is a sure winner in creating responsive web designs. jQuery is used to enhance JavaScript and create cutting-edge mobile-friendly websites.

The jQuery library simplifies important actions like event handling, animation, navigation, etc and gives you the control over the tiny bits of responsiveness you need. A proper combination of CSS3 and jQuery can give your web development process the power it deserves. So if you want to create websites to meet the user expectations and give a proper user experience, then jQuery is a must have in your responsive design process.

A wisely constructed website which is fluidic enough to adapt to any screen size with ease and deliver the best experience to all kinds of users and at all time, should be your primary aim. Continue reading

Anatomy of Hipster Web Design. Non-Mainstream Web

“I liked it before it was cool.”

You can often hear the same sayings from all devotees of hipster culture that has emerged about several years ago and has spread all over the world. You can recognize a hipster by large glasses, beard, cool top-hat, stylish vest, vintage leather shoulder bag. This movement wearing Oxford shoes is now omnipresent, and web is not an exception.

What’s a Hipster Design?

It’s a smart, progressive, non-mainstream, easy to use design that can be named a trend of these days. Being spread across the globe, hipster style couldn’t skip the web and a lot of designs turned hipster. All designers who keep abreast of the latest trends choose it to give a new breath to their works. That’s the reason for emerging a number of websites with extremely trendy layouts.

Hipster Markers

The anatomy of hipster web design is also called “hipsterology”. When it goes about web, most hipsteresque designs distinguish from the crowd with simplicity, washed out colors, vintage elements (patterns, textures, fonts), styled ribbons, arrow/bear/glass vectors. You can also find in the repertoire of hipster websites “dream-like” images, created with Instagram filters or using Photoshop actions. Fans of hipster way of life love and use social media, and Instagram is one of the most favorite tools of speaking about their lives. It’s also easy to detect a hipster site due to its background music. The music hipsters listen to is a distinctive feature of this movement. When you enter a site and hear something from independent rap, classic rock, nu-rave, minimalist techno playing on background, you can be sure that you’ve hit the hipster site. The cutting edge layouts of hipster websites with all the mentioned above elements don’t complement on the usability of these websites, thus being pleasant for visiting.

How to Create Hipster Site?

It’s interesting to browse all that recently created website designs that look extremely modern and original due to their hipster nature. If you want to deep into the essence of hipster design trend, you have to see how it looks, check out live examples that inspire and show how to perform it in the best way. Here is a bunch of sites that are created in the best hipster traditions. This compilation will show you the most common elements that are implemented in design for making it look hipster, so you can make use of them for dressing up your own designs.

Hipster Websites Tips & Tricks

Dream-Like Photos

Describing hipster culture is impossible without demonstrating wonderful dream-like photos that you can find in any social account of a true hipster. Analog cameras are the most favorite among this community. For example, Lomo LC-A (the true cult of analog photography) shots are in fave of all hipsters, because of their amazing originality. The same look can be achieved with Instagram filters, and it makes this social network a good source of inspiration for hipster culture fans.

In the examples below you can see stunning photos that remind Instagram or the ones taken with analog camera. Most often, they are a part of the site background, giving hipster look to the design and driving more interested viewers in. If you’re going to create true hipster design, don’t forget about dream-like photos.
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35+ Free & Premium Photoshop Brush Sets Every Designer Should Have

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Photoshop brushes are a fantastic way to create rich artworks in very less amount of time. Though Adobe Photoshop comes with a pre-installed set of brushes, but the main problem with them is that these brushes hardly get updated ever and they exploit only a bit of the limitless possibilities of the brushes.

But fortunately we have a huge community of designers who create and share amazing brushes and now we have them for almost everything we can think of – like putting a scratch on a wood texture or a burn on a paper. A quick Google search can help you find the brushes that you desire of, but not always.

There is a huge spectrum of brushes available and it is sometimes really painful to find high-quality brushes, so in this article we have decided to put forward some of the best and most high-quality collection of free and premium Photoshop brush sets each and every designer must have in his/her toolkit. Continue reading

40+ Awesome Menu and Button Making CSS3 Tutorials to Boost Your Skills

CSS3 is completely changing the web design world and the way we design webpages. Now-a-days, we need not to rely much on JavaScript and images to design awesome design elements for our websites. CSS3 does the magic for us easily and efficiently. Though there are many designers who are still reluctant to use CSS3 due to lack of support in some browsers, but there are many who are moving forward and designing some awesome stuff in CSS3. So, if you want to boost your skills in designing some awesome menus and buttons using CSS3 too, then this article is something you were looking for. We have worked very hard in compiling only the best and the most well-written tutorials available in the Web. We have decided to include both Button and Menu making tutorials so as to make this list an epic collection. Continue reading

30+ Most Useful Tutorials to Learn and Master PSD to HTML/CSS Conversion

One of the best ways to design a website is to have a Photoshop mockup which can be easily manipulated according to the needs and demands of the clients. Designers can show these Photoshop mockups to their clients, and can alter the design easily and quickly as per the requirements of the client.

When the client is satisfied with a particular design, the designer just needs to convert it into a finely coded HTML/CSS version which can be read by the Internet Browsers. This approach of designing the PSD first and then converting it into HTML/CSS, is very efficient and less time consuming

In this article, I have tried to collect some of the most well-written, easy to understand and elaborate tutorials for you to learn and master the skills of PSD to HTML/CSS conversion. Every tutorial can give you something new to learn. The more you read, the better you can boost your skills.

If you are an absolute beginner, then you can go for the easy ones first and then go for the more advanced tutorials. If you are already experienced with the process, and want to know even more, then the advanced tutorials are for you. For many learners, video tutorials prove to be more interesting and engaging, so I couldn’t stop adding some video tutorials too. Continue reading

Top 10 Responsive Web Design Tools

News flash: The internet is going mobile. As more and more people view the internet from mobile devices, the need for responsive website design intensifies. Learn how to create a responsive, user-friendly web design with these top tools:

1. Gridset

Tired of calculating column configurations for multiple screen sizes? Gridset helps you design custom, responsive grid layouts easily. It can help you create any kind of grid you want – from simple to complex – all without having to worry about the measurements and calculations. You can even save and reuse your grid sets for future use. Continue reading