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5 Flickr Groups For Typography Fanatics

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Useful Resources | 0 comments

5 Flickr Groups For Typography Fanatics

Typography involves the utilization of type to form artistic, attractive, and useful statements with language. It is used everywhere from advertising to brand messaging to architecture and has been gaining popularity and usefulness as more and more different typefaces become available. It has gone from a very specialized field of master typographers to something almost everyone does at some point or another, often without realizing it. The Flickr groups below bring those with a passion for typography together. Found Typography While this group has hundreds of members and over ten thousand images, what makes them unique is that images submitted by members are picked to be a part of a webzine called Typezine. This adds an extra level of competitiveness along with the opportunity to have your work featured. All images used in the zine are fully credited back to the members flickr page or personal website, so it could also be a great way to promote yourself. Typophile Typophile’s member base dwarfs many of the others in this selection with over 6,000 members. It also boasts over 40,000 images that are sure to keep you busy and inspired for quite awhile. They have a very active forum community as well and make it easy to locate an obscure typeface or to get feedback on your own typography. This community has been around for awhile and doesn’t show signs of slowing down any time soon! Typography and Lettering While Typophile may have many members, the biggest group in our list is Typography and Lettering with almost 20,000 members and over 135,000 images. One of my favorite things about this group is that they have some really interesting and active discussions, including one about what fonts the members hate the most. Certainly there is a lot of disagreement, but also a lot of great discussion and interesting points of view. With such a great array of members from all different background and such an incredible selection of images to look through, this is one group where you can spend quite a bit of time and not come close to getting bored! Vintage Typography This group has nearly 3,000 members and nearly 10,000 images, but what makes them actually stand out is that this is a group for vintage typography. It celebrates that which has long since faded from being in fashion but still remains and important part of typography culture. It is an attractive and compelling walk down memory lane while celebrating some gorgeous typography. Your Typography What makes this group unique is that they only accept original typography rather than photos or other images of typography people just found and liked. That means that you have an opportunity to interact with the creators, give feedback, praise, and constructive criticism for the images. It also will allow you the chance to post your own and get the same kind of response from others who are also involved in the typography field. These are just some of the best groups among many great Flickr typography groups that celebrate the art and function of wonderful typography. What groups have you joined? What do you like about them? Share those and any great typography images below in the comments.   By Annie Wallace Annie Wallace is the typography amateur and creative blogger for Cartridge Ink, the eco-friendly printer supplies...

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20 Must Have jQuery Carousel Plugins

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Useful Resources | 0 comments

20 Must Have jQuery Carousel Plugins

jQuery is a fast growing and concise Java Script Library that simplifies the HTML documents, Ajax interactions, event handling and animations for rapid growing web development movement. A jQuery carousel plugin is highly useful if you have numerous images and would like to provide access to your users in a beautiful manner. Such representations of your website will be particularly simple and user-friendly with the help of jQuery carousel plugins. It will be considered as a very effective strategy to use these carousel plugins on your website to emphasize your images, videos, HTML contents in a compact and ocular enchanted way. These jQuery carousel plugins have the capability to create carousel lookalike slideshow pattern that will project each of your images by way of arrow indicator. A jQuery WordPress plugin can handle non-image contents like text blocks and videos and also provides you the liberty to choose from a vertical or horizontal order, slider timer length, transitions effect and variations of element position. These arrangements definitely save space and immensely useful to create a neat, tidy website with rich contents. Generally a very common challenge the designers have to face during a web designing to display the relevant content. If you are in the same league facing those problems during your designing project then most certainly you have come to the right place. In this article I will focus on some of the very best jQuery carousel plugins along with jQuery Photo Gallery Plugins with different features and options for customization which will certainly help you to create a wonderful website. 1.  jCoverflip 2.  Slidorion 3.  BxSlider 4.  jQuery Ms Carousel 5.  Showbiz 6.  Roundabout 7.   Multimedia 8.  Creative Duet 9.  Wowslider 10. All In One 11. Chop Slider 3 12. jCarousel Lite 13. Anything Slider 14. Photo Store 15. Agile Carousel 16. Sky 17. jQuery iNav 18. Royal Slider 19. jDigiclock 20. Liquid Carousel     About the Author This is a guest post by Janice. Janice is a web design enthusiast with interest in HTML5 development. She loves to use HTML Templates by MotoCMS for her...

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20 Beautiful Twitter Bootstraps Templates

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Useful Resources | 0 comments

20 Beautiful Twitter Bootstraps Templates

Bootstrap is a very important open source User Interface front end designed for Twitter. The twitter bootstraps has simply set off in the web development community since it was launched in the early 2011. Bootstrap was developed by Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton at Twitter as a framework to boost their consistency across the internal tool. Powerful features, responsive UI design and user-friendly interface made it largely popular in the twitter community. Interestingly a limber pre-processor is offering more than the traditional CSS. It consists of HTML and CSS-based design templates for typography, as well as forms, buttons, charts, navigation and other interface components and more that you can iterate with adorable JavaScript extensions. We can certainly declare that it has become more convenient for the web developers to create web applications including necessary features within its modules. Moreover twitter bootstrap have already proven its functional accessibility by establishing itself compatible on the cross browsers too. It is also consists of hefty amount of useful templates like jQuery Plugins, HTML components, 12 column grid system, LESS file, complete style guide documentation etc. However, there will be always haters, skeptics for any new development but twitter bootstrap has smashed all previous success and also acted as the primary inspiration for the next projects for the entire web development community. Bootbusiness United Ortax Flexform Andia Readable Smashing Myway Valor Yellowproject Ohmy Edge  Flat UI Free Xiara Verendus Joiee Crafty Viva Oresume Roy Night-Life Mars Lovinflat   About the author Richard is a freelance web designer currently working as content writer for DesignModo –Web Design...

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30 Fresh WordPress Themes in Various Layouts

Posted by on Oct 13, 2013 in Useful Resources | 0 comments

30 Fresh WordPress Themes in Various Layouts

Most of the cases a potential customer will have to look through to your business via your website. Subsequently your website can make or kill your business. You have to ensure that your website both contains aesthetically strong and pleasing content and a very user friendly interface. Primarily you should go for five of the main features that can attract any possible customer towards your service. These are: Responsive design, Colorization capabilities, and good browser compatibility with the support of an advanced option panel. It is also important to maintain a sleek design and a trend of basic styling which will strip out all the unnecessary elements, thus the customer can pay his/her attention solely towards the content with minimal distraction. Accomplishing the balance between the essential and minimal contents is not an easy task to perform, but it is the magic of an efficient content designer to emphasize the minimal styling design of your website. Nowadays the developers are creating some amazingly new ways to manipulate wordpress into all kinds of useful websites. As new wordpress themes are releasing day by day with added features. WordPress users can be benefitted to boost up their websites and blogs via an enormous community which is spreading its branches around in the very popular open source content management system. I, myself have always a soft corner for an excellently designed and a well forged blog with relevant collections of images, videos and blog posts with a simple yet effective design. And in my opinion wordpress is simply incomparable. It’s very useful for any type of website and most interestingly it is supported by most of the popular browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera etc. Avoid such themes which do not back up features like email support and periodic updates. We have previously featured 100 Beautiful responsive WordPress themes. In this article we showcased 30 fresh wordpress themes in various layouts worthy of paying attention. 1.   Hydra 2.   Fine Food 3.   Humble 4.   Nexus 5.   Tumblepress 6.   Nucleus 7.   Bloggie 8.   Volcano 9.   Spacing 10. Scoreme 11.  Lucid 12.  Jai 13.  Raiden 14.   Eris 15.   Point 16.   Bellum 17.   Mosaico 18.   Petrichor 19.   Aggregate 20.   Simpl 21.   Grandnews 22.   Opus 23.   Reporter 24.   Studio960 25.   Grunge 26.   Magzimize 27.   Praenoto 28.   Blogdrops 29.   Official 30.  Anthology   This is a guest post by +Debarshi Ghosh Dastidar. Debarshi is a creative writer and web design enthusiast. He is a WordPress fanatic and likes free flat wordpress themes more than...

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10 Examples Of Unusual Navigation

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in Useful Resources | 0 comments

10 Examples Of Unusual Navigation

I still remember the first time I came across a truly unique way of navigating a website. It was about ten years ago, and the page was for a small firm that dealt with web and graphic design. I had been hoping to hire them for my new blog, and it was the navigation page that sealed the deal for me. Rather than actual buttons, there were a series of stars on the backdrop of a sky. Nothing else was on the page, but the largest stars (that were in actual star shape and in metallic black and blue) were actual buttons to take you to the chosen page. None of them had writing, but when you hovered over it the star would rapidly spin and the sky background would dissolve enough that you could see a large text banner beneath. This banner stated the page the star linked to. This really impressed me. I had never seen anything so creatively done in a web design before, and since the name of the firm matched up with the design motif, it was even more incredible to me. That design has long since influenced me in how I look at layouts to this day. While that particular site is no longer up, here are ten other examples of unusual navigation on websites. 1. Stephen Vernon Clarke This portfolio for Stephen Vernon Clarke, a photographer and film maker, has an awesome overall design. The main page is just a single photo of himself. When you click on an arrow at the side it begins to scroll through a slideshow that features some of his photography work. In the top right hand corner is a small circle icons. When you hover over them they say things like Blog, Films, About, ect. 2. Small Stone Recordings US based record label Small Stone Recordings stuck with a theme that represented what they did for their navigation section. It shows an old fashioned car stereo. Different knobs go to different pages, such as information on their bands, tours press and contact information. 3. Yuna Kim I love this site. It uses simple geometric shapes in flat colors to make up both the design and the navigation. Hovering over each one takes you to a portfolio page, which is related to the column it has been placed in. Then there are a small shape headers at the top, which drop down text menus. 4. Racket Racket changes their layout all the time, so there is a chance you might see a different page by the time you read this than I am now. However, every time they change their layout it has a cool navigation format, even if it never stays consistent. Right now, everything is set on a single page that you scroll down. So there are no linked places for you to go to. As you move down the page you will find a contact form for quotes and questions, below that a slideshow that you control with side arrows to see former work, and below that is a collection of people they have worked for, and their social media profiles. 5. 75B This website is broken down into four sections that each take up a strip going down the page. These are for commissions, works, shop and about 75B. The final has a page for each of the staff members, showing a photo of them standing. Everything else is a glorified portfolio, but really well done. The whole website scrolls, so you only need the one page. Until you click on an icon...

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100 Beautifully Designed Responsive WordPress Themes

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Useful Resources | 0 comments

100 Beautifully Designed Responsive WordPress Themes

Responsive WordPress themes are designed to render perfectly on any screen size, resolution and device. This simply means that you can focus more on the better aspects of your website without worrying about how and where your visitors choose to access your site. Today, websites are displayed on tablets, mobile devices, laptops, big screens, home computers, and applying and tweaking a WordPress responsive theme ensures that your website doesn’t disappoint at any time. With WordPress responsive themes, you do not need to worry about tweaking, updating or applying some extra code as the specific theme is your all in one solution. In light of this, responsive themes have become widely popular across the globe, and good news is that most of them can be used by both beginner and advanced users. To make this easier, most of these responsive themes are complete with detailed documentation, and if that doesn’t work, there’s always the prolific customer support or online forums to count on. Listed below are our top 100 WordPress responsive themes, and we hope they help you make a perfect choice. Lucid [ Demo Link ] Glamour is a magazine style WordPress theme that features a multi column homepage display, and allows visitors to browse through your content the way they want. Its responsive layout allows it to be rendered on any screen size, resolution or device, and is tagged with a host of features including shortcode compatibility, powerful options panel, unlimited Google fonts, translation ready and Adsense and SEO optimized. Trim [ Demo Link ] Just as the name reveals, Trim by Elegant theme is a fully responsive WordPress theme that is clean, minimalistic and exquisitely designed. Created to suit beginners and advanced users alike, Trim comes list of extensive features includes secure and valid code, unlimited color schemes and unparalleled support, complete localization, cross browser and shortcode compatibility and complimentary page templates. SimplePress [ Demo Link ] If you’re looking to uplift your website with a clean and professional look, SimplePress is an excellent choice. This fully responsive WordPress theme is appointed with an uncluttered homepage that features clear hierarchy and an elegant Javascript slider. Some of its appealing features include responsive design, theme options, shortcodes, and page templates. Avada [ Demo Link ] Avada is a fully responsive and retina ready WordPress theme that comes loaded with an overwhelming number of perks. Some of its most notable features include 5 header designs, intelligent admin panel, custom shortcodes and options, unlimited colors and fonts, and retina ready. Flexible [ Demo Link ] Flexible by Elegant Themes is a sleek and minimal WordPress theme that is equipped with plethora of features including font customizer, perpetual updates, unlimited color schemes, cross browser compatibility, unparalleled support, page templates and much more. Reveal [ Demo Link ] Reveal is a fully functional and responsive WordPress theme that is designed to look great no matter what screen size, resolution or device it is displayed on. Some of its appealing features are responsive layout, theme options, custom widgets, logo upload, button shortcodes, video support, Google Web Fonts and cross browser compatibility to name a few. Hero [ Demo Link ] Hero is a minimal and clean responsive WordPress theme that is specifically designed for individuals who want to showcase their best work in the best way. The most appealing characteristic of this theme is probably its parallax homepage banner, but there are also others such as slideshow shortcode, custom widgets, localization support, filterable portfolio, logo upload and responsive layout. SmartStart [ Demo Link ] SmartStart WP is a clean yet powerful responsive theme...

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