Future Of Interface Design – Touchscreen Or The Legacy Grandpa Style

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My grandpa, somehow, still prefers raw milk (which includes milking the cow himself) over pasteurized milk. He advocates that “the human race existed long before pasteurized milk was heard of.” I won’t be discussing the benefits of pasteurized milk, but I wanted to shed some light on human nature which finds it hard to shed its old skin in order to wear the better one. He does drink pasteurized milk daily as we don’t have cows in our backyard yet he continues to rant about his good old days of raw milk. Somehow, I found Bret Victor’s view on Interaction Design almost related to my grandpa’s situation. It was more of a love to hate you situation.

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Usability Tips and Tools for the Visually Impaired on the Web

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The internet is the most important tool in modern society. Through its use, people have access to a wealth of opportunity and information. This access of course includes things like communication, business, social interactions, entertainment, shopping, and so much more between people virtually anywhere in the world on a daily basis. Simply describing the internet as an important tool would just not be enough. In actuality it is a vital necessity, and one can’t truly survive without it. With that being stated, can you imagine what it would be like not to be able to view the internet?

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Background Pattern Design Trends And An Inspirational Showcase

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How many times have you focused on the layered background textures or the background image of a website instead of its overall appearance? Background Patterns are like the watchdogs for a website that watches her back without even disturbing its existence. Background patterns (when used smartly) add to the website’s overall appeal. Sometimes they might look overdone but design is very subjective and sometimes new designers go a bit overboard. This discussion is part of our ongoing series of Design Trends in the design industry. Stick with us and rest assured that some astonishing designs are coming your way.

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4 Simple Steps To Make Silhouettes Using Photoshop

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Silhouettes as an art form originates back to as early as 18th century drawing its name from a French minister Étienne de Silhouette who imposed heavy economic cuts on French people. Quite symbolically austere outline portraits which became popular in the same time period started to be referred as Silhouettes.

Silhouettes art had tremendous popularity which has grown over years and is now associated more with images depicting fashion and fitness. Traditional ways of making Silhouettes are somewhat complex which involve cardboard and paints, but thanks to two wonderful inventions of mankind – Photoshop and Wacom things are much simpler now.

In this tutorial I will take you through some beautiful examples for inspiration and then we will proceed to make a silhouette from scratch.

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Creative Christmas Gift For Geek Lovers – Web & Mobile App

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Oh, Christmas. The magic time when you spend all the money you’ve been saving the whole year. Oh, and we have all that Christmas Spirit, of course.

Now, you probably want to spend a lot on your soul mate’s gift, to show her how deep is your love.

Yeah, money can buy cool things, but guess what: almost every year I make my own gifts for my girlfriend (but I always have to buy something else anyway). And I feel that she just loves when I do something by myself instead of just buying it (unless shoes, she wouldn’t like if I made her a shoe). So I’ll show you, dear Padawan, how to make a cool one-page-gift for anybody that you like.

Our goal here is to do a simple “slider”, where a lot of messages and pictures that you like are shown. In the meantime you’ll learn a little bit about design, jQuery and CSS3.

So, let’s rock!

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50 Excellent Text Effects Tutorials in Adobe Illustrator

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We are all well acquainted with the power of  the Adobe Illustrator and how important it is to a designer. Be it creating appealing text effects or creating awesome characters, Adobe Illustrator is always there to help out designers. In this collection, we are presenting some amazing and helpful tutorials regarding creating incredible text effects by using Adobe Illustrator. With this selection, you can learn how to create blurry, sketchy, bubbly, sticky, sleek, glossy, retro, or futuristic effects.

Without further ado, let us move towards the collection of amazing tutorials. Kindly note that some of these tutorials may also require the use of Photoshop intended for finer details.

If you think we have missed some cool tutorials out there, then let us know or share them with us in the comments. Enjoy!

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The Grim Future of Web Browsers

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Nothing new appearing today in the IT world is labelled as a surprise, because everything moves so fast and at some point in time you start to know when the big news hit the market. With the technology advancing so fast, especially all the mobile devices we call smartphones today part of the mainstream and are, maybe, the most important thing in our lives. So by sending a message from your QWERTY Android device or by playing Fruit Ninja on your latest iPhone, have you ever thought that you yourself are changing the IT world?

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Using The Magic Of QR Codes To Increase Mobile Website Traffic

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Are you using QR codes to drive traffic to your mobile website? If not, you should be. QR codes are the latest marketing craze here in the States, but they’re old news over in Japan. For those not familiar with QR codes they look similar to bar codes. They are those little square barcode-looking things that you’re seeing everywhere you turn. Marketers are putting QR codes in creative places in order to deliver a message or drive readers to their website.

When you see a QR code on a product, TV commercial, business card, etc. you can whip out your smart phone, open your QR code reader, and snap an image of the QR code. You are then taken to a marketing message or website landing page from whoever created the QR code. As you can probably guess, QR codes are great tools for driving readers to websites from anywhere on the planet. In this article we are going to review the benefits of using QR codes, list some of the top QR code generators, provide tips for creating successful QR codes, and review the steps you need to take to create your very own QR codes.

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Customize WordPress With Four Easy-To-Add Scripts

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Probably at some point you wanted to customize things in WordPress instead of using the “default” for every page. Like a pretty image gallery in a few posts, a syntax highlighter for your tutorial category or a demo page for your tutorials.

Well all those things break the standard, so people will see it as “impossible” to change. Should you put the following scripts on every page? No. That would be a waste of resources, since you’ll load a lot of useful things many times. Should you put them directly in your content (dear lord, please, don’t ever do this)? This would be really hard to maintain, since every simple change would be a big waste of time because you would have to make those changes post by post.

Let’s see a couple of ways to get this easily working.

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Tales That Will Bring You Closer To Typography

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Typography is an integral part of our lives. We know it. But, have you tried to connect with your favorite fonts? I was pretty surprised when I was digging into the history of Ampersand due to its legacy stories. It inspired me to dig more into the broader range of typography. This discussion will dive into the backwoods of our print world and move along the journey which has already been covered by our typefaces.

Remember, basically typography is white. It is the black space in between that changes its forms.

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