7 Best deviantART Alternatives for Web Designers to Showcase their Skills

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

There can be many reasons to stick to deviantART (dA) — the biggest art community and a basic step for a design newcomer. At the same time none of these reasons should prevent you from participating in other professional networks and showcasing your skills.

Founded twelve years ago, today deviantART has the widest art-loving audience. However, lately there is an opinion that deviantART is overcrowded with work which can only be called “art” by a long stretch of imagination. So many men, so many censures! Anyway, like it or not, dA is a wonderful art community, but at the same time, it helps to be part of other art networks as well.

Today, we will take a look at seven major art communities and deviantART alternatives for aspiring designers and creative artists. 

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WebPlatform: Trustworthy Programming Language Documentation Backed by Facebook, Google, Microsoft!

Posted in News, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

Are you a web developer trying to create awesomeness using the power of code? If so, obviously, you are not alone. There are numerous talented developers like you, fighting evil monsters that wish to destroy the Internet, and at the same time using their coding skills to create a better browsing experience for the world!

However, let me ask you: what exactly is your specialization? PHP? JavaScript? Obviously CSS and HTML? Did I hear Perl, Ruby or Python?

I guess the point is clear: there are numerous languages out there, each with its own pros and cons, and as a developer, keeping up with the trends in technology can often be confusing. This is where development and design blogs come in: you simply subscribe to a blog, and that’s it! All the latest updates from the world of design and development right at your finger-tips!

However, what if, apart from updates, you need proper tutorials and theoretical info that only an encyclopedia or a wiki can provide? What if there existed a platform (not exactly a blog), which provided you with tutorials, wiki and other detailed how-to type documentation about your preferred specialization? What if you could find trustworthy documentation about PHP and CSS under one roof? Have no fear; WebPlatform is here!

So, what is it all about? Read on as we take a look!

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Adobe Edge Web Fonts – Adding Charm to Words

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 17 Comments

If you have anything to do with the design industry, whether you are an outright typographer, designer, or even someone with a keen eye for all things that look beautiful (ahem!), good looking words will never fail to impress your eyes. Keeping in sync with your affection for good typography, Adobe has come up with their own font library, Adobe Edge Web Fonts.

For ages, calligraphy and typography have been treated as something that should not be overlooked — both in visual and aesthetic senses. In this digital age, we have fonts that deserve a special mention and have the power to attract (or repel) one’s attention.

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5 Online IDEs for On-The-Go Web Developers

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

Angry birds, sketch games, tower defense, social media browsing, and a thousand more apps for tablet computers. I’ve seen people use their tablet for entertainment and, well, just entertainment. But how can you use your tablet or smartphone for web development?

Tablet computers and smartphones are indeed portable but what other use can you do with them aside from browsing Reddit and tagging photos of cute cats on Facebook and flinging wild birds onto measley-built fortresses?

Can you develop websites and apps using smartphones and tablets?

Don’t want to bring your heavy laptop? Why not code using your smartphone or tablet using Online IDEs?

Cool?

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20 Addictive HTML5 Games For You To Enjoy

Posted in 1WD Features, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

HTML5 game development is a trending topic that developers and designers often talk about these days. It is slowly but surely replacing Flash with its support for animations and game development in combination with JavaScript. You will see that more and more HTML5 games are created everyday with awesome graphics and cool effects. In this round-up, we are going to provide you with a list of addictive HTML5 games.

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Self-Hosted Videos or YouTube – What Should You Use?

Posted in Social Media, Tips, Tools2 years ago • Written by 22 Comments

Television is huge nowadays, even with the online videos being out there. It is the easiest way to transmit your message to people who are generally offline. The Hollywood industry is huge, even if video streaming is available all over the place on the internet – mostly for free. Even TV stations are moving to the internet today. This should give everybody an idea of  how big video really is. Videos can make the current era more interactive and send different messages across in a more powerful, easier and effective way.

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10 Outstanding Tools to Build Portfolio Easily and Professionally

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

If you’ve been working as almost any kind of creative, you probably know that a piece of paper with fancy stamps do not always guarantees work. And you also know that having a beautiful and clear portfolio that represents you is essential. Recently we published an inspirational article regarding successful designer portfolios. But I’m not a designer and I can’t create that kind of website on my own, you’d probably say. What to do then? Pay someone a big amount of money for your website? I hold that the content stands over the packaging and it doesn’t make a big difference if your portfolio cost you thousands of dollars or couple of sandwiches. It’s much better to focus on your work and leave its presentation on safe hands. That’s why for this roundup we’ve prepared a list of 10 tools that will help you build a portfolio easily and professionally.

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How to Properly Use Instagram and Pinterest For Your Company

Posted in Social Media, Tips, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

After the first two Etiquette Guides for Facebook and Twitter, I’ve decided to also tell you something about two other services which, although popular, are quite new to the market: Instagram and Pinterest. If you find them difficult to use in such a way that your company will benefit, this article will most likely answer your questions and help you make better use of these two underdogs.

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40 Unique and Multifunctional Premium Admin Templates To Help You Manage Your Website

Posted in Showcase, Tools, Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 13 Comments

Backend web development can be compared to your local government. You don’t usually see them, but they’re doing their work (efficiency is another matter). While content management systems like WordPress or Drupal do the work most of the time, there are occasions where you can’t do without a custom solution. As you know, building an administration page yourself can be quite difficult and time-consuming.

“I’d do it myself but..” You don’t have to build it yourself. Especially when there are dozens of unique admin templates around that are responsive, clean, full of features and plugins and customizable at almost no cost. In this article, you’ll find 40 customizable premium admin templates for your next website, project or application.

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Paper Prototyping and 5 Analog Tools for Web and Mobile Designers

Posted in Tips, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

Designers love analog tools. No wonder. These tools lets us physically interact with interfaces and speed up the design process, like paper prototyping. What takes hours in the digital world can be sketched out in a matter of minutes.

That’s why analog methods of prototyping are especially valuable right at the beginning of projects – when speed matters the most. Working with paper, or perhaps a whiteboard, can accelerate the speed of our learning loops. Sketch, feedback, sketch, feedback, sketch feedback – you can go through dozens of iterations in one day and you’ll set solid foundations for the rest of the work. Consider it kind of premium insurance. Getting rough feedback quickly can save you a lot of work.

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