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Build a Web Page With CSS3 Flexbox

Build a Web Page With CSS3 Flexbox

Yesterday we discussed the future of CSS layout and a few of the new modules that CSS3 brings to the table in this arena. One of these that we briefly touched on was CSS3 Flexbox.

Today we’re going to dig deeper into this model and build a full-on web page with it. It will by no means be ready to implement on your projects but it will give you further insight into one possible way that we will be coding websites in years to come. Plus, this stuff is just flat out fun to play with!

June 30th, 2011 Posted in CSS
Farewell Floats: The Future of CSS Layout

Farewell Floats: The Future of CSS Layout

Floats are one of the most basic tools for structuring a web page using CSS. They’re both one of the very first things that we learn about and one of the last things that we truly master.

Today’s article looks at some of the reasons that floats are pretty lame and takes a look at a number of alternative layout systems, some of which are still under development but may one day represent the standard for CSS-based layout.

June 29th, 2011 Posted in CSS
Win a Free Copy of the Awesome Book Eloquent JavaScript

Win a Free Copy of the Awesome Book Eloquent JavaScript

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Last week we posted a review of a fantastic new book for web developers called Eloquent Javascript. This complete beginner’s guide to JavaScript will take you from newbie to pro in less than 200 pages.

This week we’re giving away a free copy of Eloquent JavaScript. Read on for more information on how to win!

June 29th, 2011 Posted in Competitions
50 Examples of Wonderfully Designed Wedding Invitations

50 Examples of Wonderfully Designed Wedding Invitations

It’s astounding how many people weddings provide employment to: photographers, caterers, florists and even designers can make a great living by focusing partially or even completely on wedding-related clients.

Wedding invitation design is one of the most creative areas of print design today. Talented designers really pull out all the stops and create some amazingly inspirational pieces. Keep reading to see fifty astounding examples of wedding invitation design.

June 28th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
The Freelance Mac App Bundle: 2 Days Left…

The Freelance Mac App Bundle: 2 Days Left…

As a freelancer, you always need to have a solid selection of software at your disposal. One of our favourite sites – AppStorm – has been running a brilliant app bundle over the past eight days, and it’s drawing to a close very soon…

Just as a quick reminder, for the next 24 hours, you can get your hands on all the following for the rock-bottom price of $49…

June 27th, 2011 Posted in Deals
Standard Trends in New-Age Minimalist Logo Designs

Standard Trends in New-Age Minimalist Logo Designs

Graphic designers have evolved an amazing trade. With so much information readily available it’s possible for high school students and even younger artists to buckle down and study the digital arts. From this we’ve seen a massive collection of astounding logos and trends in recent years.

More commonly it has become popular to portray minimalist trends in logos by slimming down content. These include solid-color backgrounds, basic text effects, vector shapes, and low-res icons. Pixel designs have also become popular amongst the techie crowd.

Below I’ve examined some of the new-age trends emerging with logo design. Hopefully these ideas can inspire a new generation of designers to pick up the trade. Most of these effects can be recreated in Adobe Photoshop, or Illustrator if you’re more comfortable. Spend some time browsing logo galleries for more in-depth inspiration.

June 27th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Web Design Critique #56: Ray Cheung

Web Design Critique #56: Ray Cheung

Every week we take a look at a new website and analyze the design. We’ll point out both the areas that are done well in addition to those that could use some work. Finally, we’ll finish by asking you to provide your own feedback.

Today’s site is the homepage of Ray Cheung, self-described simply as an Online Entrepreneur.

June 25th, 2011 Posted in Critique
Weekly Freebies: 20 Free Twitter Icons for Your Website

Weekly Freebies: 20 Free Twitter Icons for Your Website

Everyone loves Twitter icons. On just about every site you build your clients will want some way to direct users to follow them on Twitter and having a solid library of icons and buttons can save you a lot of time.

Today we’ve got 20 awesome free icons and buttons from some extremely talented digital artists. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments below!!

June 24th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Book Review: Eloquent Javascript

Book Review: Eloquent Javascript

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Most web designers these days know at least a little HTML and CSS, giving them the ability to bring their designs to the web. Advanced functionality, for the most part though, is handled by programming languages, which have a much higher barrier to entry. This leaves countless designers intimidated while wishing they had a firmer grasp of the most essential of these: JavaScript.

Do you wish you could finally scratch “learn JavaScript” off of your todo list? Does a hefty learning curve keep you from taking the plunge? Maybe you just need the right book. Today we’ll take a look at Eloquent Javascript: A Modern Introduction to Programming” by Marijn Haverbeke to see if it’s what you need to become a JavaScript ninja. Please keep in mind that “Eloquent JavaScript” does not teach OOP with classes such as how to create a class in JavaScript.

June 24th, 2011 Posted in Reviews
Say Hello: 50 Simple and Effective Website Greeting Messages

Say Hello: 50 Simple and Effective Website Greeting Messages

Placing a large greeting message at the top of your site is a great way to create a welcoming environment and provides the perfect opportunity to clearly state your purpose for being.

Today we’ve rounded up over fifty such messages for inspiration on both the message and visual appearance fronts. The greetings has been divided up into clear categories so you can analyze the different popular techniques being used by designers today.

June 23rd, 2011 Posted in Graphics
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