Web Design

10 More Responsive Navigation Solutions

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Last August we published our original post on responsive navigation solutions, and even after only six months that post seems out-dated and almost reduntant. RWD techniques are moving on so fast that we felt we had to publish an up-to-date post for you.

Last year converting your navigation into a <select> drop-down menu was all the rage. Now, its all about the “three line” toggle menu, drawer-style nav and animated side panels (Facebook-a-like). Hope these resources help you:

This tutorial shows you how to, with a relatively short amount of code, progressively enhance a responsive site and build a “three line” responsive menu without adding additional markup to the page. All additional markup will be included dynamically using jQuery.

Responsive Three Line Menu

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30 Abstract and Colorful Desktop Wallpapers

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Abstract art is, at its core, a visual representation of something that most of us will neither see nor understand. Sad to say, unless you’re an art critic, the meaning behind most pieces of abstract art will be completely lost on you.

That doesn’t mean we don’t think they look good.

As meaningless as they often appear to the artistic layman, abstract art has a certain appeal that we can’t quite place. Whether it’s an interesting use of geometry, an intricate design in folded newspapers, or, I don’t know, a heart shape fashioned out of dripping tomato sauce. There is something pleasing about certain abstract pieces that we just like.

Of course, it’s not just the weird and wonderful that falls into the category of abstract art. Plain old objects can become abstract, with the right tinkering. A DSLR camera with rainbows shooting out of the lens. A 1960s television set riding a wave of DVDs. When your art looks like something from a strange dream, your opportunities are, quite probably, endless.

So endless, in fact, that there’s really no way of determining what kind of abstract wallpaper will suit your needs by description. Few people think about what wallpaper they’d like on their desktop, and come to the conclusion that they’d like to see “something with a horse made of vegetables flying through a meat rainbow”.

The only way to be sure, is to see it. That could mean a lot of abstract wallpapers to flick through, so, to help you get started, here’s thirty good ones for you to look over.





















So, there we have it. And, remember, there’s plenty more wallpapers around the web. If nothing else, the selection above should serve to at least give you an idea of what kind of abstract wallpapers might suit your tastes.

You might also like…

50 Illustrated Desktop, iPad and iPhone Wallpapers

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Collection of Useful Open Source CSS Resources

Posted on February 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm

There are loads of free scripts to download and include in your website projects. Developers are constantly releasing their work under open source General Public Licenses. This allows other developers to work off the same code and even customize pieces to better suit their project’s needs. Overall the majority of codes you’ll find these days are written in JavaScript or backend languages.

But I will say there are some newer CSS libraries and resources which are extremely beneficial to most frontend developers. In the article below I have put together a set of very handy tools, resources, and code libraries for web developers. All the codes are written in CSS-only and should not require any JavaScript to function. This is a nice mindset to build around your website since not all users will browse the Internet with support for JavaScript.

1. Ivory Framework

IVORY is a frontend CSS framework for building responsive grids in web design. You can check out their live demo which showcases much of what can be accomplished. The codes are also completely free and open source for developers to play around with.

Visit Website

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Weekly Design News – Resources, Tutorials and Freebies (N.169)

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

This is our weekly column were we share our favorite design related articles, resources and cool tidbits from the past week. Enjoy 🙂 If you would like to receive our daily updates and keep up to date with the latest and greatest articles and resources from the design community, you can follow us on Twitter, on Facebook or by subscribing to our RSS feed. Our Weekly Design News has been…

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Gallery of Backlit Photography

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Creative backlights are often used to lend an artistic and enigmatic touch to photographs. In fact, if done properly, backlights can single-handedly transform an ordinary photograph into a masterpiece. In this gallery, we present to you some of the finest examples of backlit photography. You might also like… 20 Inspirational and Free Downloadable Photography Magazines → Tutorials for Creating Beautiful HDR (High Dynamic Range) Imagery → 20 Amazing Images That…

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50 Fantastic Photo Effect Tutorials with Photoshop

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Photo effects never get old. If you’re looking for a cool Photoshop photo effect tutorial to spice up your image collection, this round-up was put together for you. There are 50 fantastic tutorials to help you to become a true Photoshop rockstar!

Here you’ll find popular tift-shift techniques, watercolor effects, Instagram effects, polaroid and vintage effects and many, many more. Don’t hesitate to choose the image effect you like the best and follow it through to create truly stunning art.

1. Instagram Your Images Using Photoshop

Learn how to create a “Nashville” filter from Instagram in a few easy steps.

View the Tutorial

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25 Free Chunky & 3D Fonts for Your Next Project

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm

If you are looking for some new fonts, you have come to the right place! In this roundup, we have put together some of the best 3D fonts for you to download and use in your projects.
Headings, titles, posters, graphics — no matter what the purpose be, you will find fonts that can prove useful for a varied set of usages. And the best part All of these fonts are absolutely free!

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Animating Background Colors

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 11:57 am

As promised in my previous post, I will be sharing some of the scripts used on the Themify redesign. Today I’m going to share the animating background color script as seen on the site. It is a simple jQuery script that animates a series of background colors in a loop. It runs smoothly on desktop, tablet, and even mobile devices.

View Demo Animating BG Colors

Download Demo ZIP

Required Javascripts

It requires jQuery, jQuery UI, and the animated_bg.js script.

  • jQuery
  • jQuery UI
  • animated_bg.js

How To Use It

1. Include the scripts

Include the required Javascripts in the page.

 <script src="js/jquery-1.11.0.min.js"></script>
 <script src="js/jquery-ui.min.js"></script> 
 <script src="js/animated_bg.js"></script>

Add .animated_bg class

Then add animated_bg class to any element where you want the animating background color function to appear. It can be added in html, body, link, heading, div, form elements, etc. It literally works on any element!

 <div class="animated_bg">

Custom animating colors

You can add your own custom colors and animation speed. In the sample code below, I’ve added .animated_bg2 and .animated_bg3 to show different colors and speed. Add as many colors as you want.

 			colorSet: ['#abebfe', '#aad667', '#57e6ee', '#ff7ebb'],
 			speed: 2000
 			colorSet: ['#71a98b', '#b15c8e', '#dc6b68', '#6c5a94', '#b14c4e', '#736357'],
 			speed: 6000

CSS Fallback

In the CSS, specify the background color of the element to be the same as the first color of the animation. In case Javascript fails, it will fallback to the CSS background-color property.

 /* set bg color same as the first color defined in the animation function */
 .animated_bg {
 	background: #ef008c; 
 	color: #fff;
 .animated_bg2 {
 	background: #abebfe; 
 	color: #000;
 .animated_bg3 {
 	background: #71a98b; 
 	color: #fff;

Have Fun!

View final demo or download the demo zip. Feel free to use this script for your projects or any purpose. If you would like to provide credits, please link it to this article or themify.me site.

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Quick Prototyping: Collection of Free HTML/CSS/JS UI Kits

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

The main idea of HTML/CSS/JS UI kits is to offer you a range of production-ready web elements with a consistent style, so that you quickly kick-start any new web project. Typically standard UI packs will include buttons of different sizes and types, form field elements, navigation & pagination systems, tabs, alerts and tags. But some, like the UI packs we have for you below, will offer much, much more.

InK – Interface Kit

Ink is a UI kit for quick development of web interfaces, very easy to use and expand on. Built using a combination of HTML, CSS and JavaScript it offers modern solutions for building layouts, display common interface elements and implement interactive features.
Included Components: Navigation, Icons, Forms, Alerts, Modals, Galleries, Tables, Tree View, Sortable Lists, Date Picker and Tabs.

InK – Interface Kit

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FITC Toronto 2014 Ticket Giveaways

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 11:57 am

I’ve have two FITC Toronto 2014 conference tickets to giveaway and all you need to do is send a tweet for your chance to win. For those who don’t know about FITC Toronto, it is an annual technology and creativity event over three days with 80 plus speakers and 1200 attendees from around the world. Everything from UX design to 3D printing to Illustration to OpenFrameworks to JavaScript to pitching your business and more will be covered. And don’t forget about the evening parties! Top names this year include design phenom Stefan Sagmeister, a 98 year old graphic designer Hal Lasko, Robert Wong the Co-founder and Executive Creative Director of Google Creative Lab, and so many more.

$100 Coupon

Winners will be announced on Twitter so be sure to follow both @FITC and @nickla. If you are interested to purchase the tickets, I have a coupon code for you. Use ‘WDwall’ code to save $100 off the tickets (valid for conference, the works, flex, student, and student the works tickets. Not valid for 4-packs, workshop only or one day tickets.)

How to enter:

For your chance to win a conference ticket, tweet which speaker you’d like to see by April 17, 2014 and be sure to use @FITC #FITCToronto and @nickla #designtechcon in the tweet.

A sample tweet:

Hey @nickla, I want to see @sougwen at @FITC Toronto April 27-29. #FITCToronto #designtechcon

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