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Graphics / 23 Jan 2013

Check Out the New American Airlines Logo

American Airlines has had the same logo for forty-five years. That’s definitely a pretty impressive stretch! They’ve decided to hang up their Helvetica though and look to not only a new typeface, but a new eagle and even a new livery design.

Read on to see the logic behind the new design and whether or not I think it’s another chapter in a long line of recent brand redesigns gone bad.

CSS / 21 Jan 2013

Build a Fun True or False Quiz With CSS

I’m constantly surprised by what you can achieve using only HTML, CSS and a little ingenuity. I love to think outside the box and attempt creative experiments just to see if I can pull it off.

Today’s random challenge is to create a fun little true/false quiz. Questions will be presented to the user and answers will be revealed only on click. To make the magic happen, we’ll turn to some pretty crazy methods and use features like active, focus and even tabindex! You’re bound to learn some quirky stuff so hit the jump and follow along.

Critique / 18 Jan 2013

Web Design Critique #95: WPMU DEV

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 WPMU DEV, a marketplace for WordPress Themes and Plugins. Let’s jump in and see what we think!

CSS / 17 Jan 2013

6 Awesome Emmet CSS Time-Saving Tips

Emmet is one of the most useful text editor plugins that you’ll ever come across for developers. It has the seemingly magic ability to turn a tiny bit of work into a ton of code, which can save you an incredible amount of time and effort in the long run.

Previously, we took a look at some of the best features of Emmet from an HTML perspective, today we’re going to follow that up with some tips for how Emmet can improve your CSS workflow.

CSS / 16 Jan 2013

Code a Spinning Circular Menu With CSS

Don’t be a square, break outside your boring box and try on a circle for size. Today we’re going to build a circular navigation menu that spins to different points as the user hovers over an anchor.

Along the way we’ll have to overcome several obstacles like how to structure our HTML to be conducive to a remote hover and how to position all of the elements just right so that everything works. It’s a fun challenge and there’s a lot to learn, let’s get started!

Competitions / 15 Jan 2013

Giveaway: 3 Premium WordPress Themes From ThemeFuse

ThemeFuse has decided to share 3 WordPress themes licenses with our readers. How would you like some free stuff? What better way is there to start the day off?

The three winners of today’s giveaway will receive access to one premium WordPress theme of their choosing – at absolutely no cost whatsoever. If you run a WordPress site, you’re in for a special treat here. We’ve got 3 vouchers to give away. Here’s what you need to do to get one!

CSS / 10 Jan 2013

Perform a Split Reveal With CSS

CSS can pull of a lot of really great image tricks: size manipulation, desaturation, even blur. One limitation that we run into though is that you can’t really slice an image into multiple parts. For instance, if you wanted to cut a photo in half and animate the separation, you couldn’t really do it with pure CSS. Could you?

Today we’re going to code up a work around that allows us to achieve this very trick without an ounce of JavaScript or extra files. Let’s see how it works.

Competitions / 9 Jan 2013

Winners Announced: Win a Free Set of 100 Business Cards From MOO!

We’re delighted to have MOO provide us with a set of 100 Business Cards for three of our lucky readers! If you have not heard of MOO before, they love to print – whether it’s MOO’s renowned creative business cards, Postcards, Greeting cards, Stickers or any other products.

If you’re interested in scoring your own awesome set of printed MOO business cards, read on and learn how to enter!

Software / 8 Jan 2013

Create Outstanding Product Shots in Seconds With PSDCovers

Creating high quality 3D product mockups is a ton of work. I used to do print design work for various major store brands and I spent hours and hours toiling away in attempts to build attractive Photoshop mockups of various products.

If only PSDCovers.com had been around back then! This awesome resource is loaded with free packaging and product mockups that you can instantly apply your designs to in Photoshop. Sound too good to be true? Read on to see how it works.

Software / 7 Jan 2013

Generating Placeholder Content in Sublime Text 2

Everyone needs a little placeholder content now and then. Whether it’s a quick dummy image or a chunk of lorem ipsum, placeholder content can help fill the void when you need to flesh out a project but don’t necessarily have your pieces in place.

Today we’re going to take a look at how Sublime Text 2 can help you generate placeholder content automatically so you can save time and move on to the important stuff. Let’s check it out!

CSS / 3 Jan 2013

Photoshop to CSS Conversion: 3 Methods Compared

Converting Photoshop mockups to live web code is an extremely common practice among web designers. We’ve all done it a million times by hand, so it’s pretty exciting when we start seeing solutions pop up that will help us automate this process.

The latest version of Creative Cloud Photoshop CS6 has a built-in feature for converting Photoshop styles to CSS, and if you need another solution, there are two solid extensions that you can check out. Today we’ll compare the results of all three methods: Photoshop, CSS3Ps and CSSHat to see which is best.

Typography / 2 Jan 2013

Add Flair to Projects With Alternate Lettering

Most typefaces have more than just 52 letters – 26 uppercase and 26 lowercase. They also contain an assortment of alternate characters that can help add flair and interest to your typography.

These special characters have been around since the beginning of type. Renowned typographer Johannes Gutenberg even used them in printing early copies of the Bible.