11 Minimalist Office Setups

Posted in Illustration, Inspiration, Showcase, Tools7 days ago • Written by 2 Comments

Less is more

This quote is becoming more sensible, especially for designers who have adapted the minimalist design approach. Over the years, minimalism, or the act of putting away irrelevant things to make space for the relevant ones, has become a regular part of every modern design principle. As web designers, we too, practice the same maxim. In fact, we even want to make this philosophy for living our lives. We strive to achieve such state that we even want our office setups or work space to reflect what we believe in.

For one, having a minimalist design in your office setup has its advantages:

  • It makes us focus more on ‘work’ than goofing around
  • It lessens the distraction and makes you think that you have fewer tasks to accomplish
  • It is beautiful to the eyes
  • You can actually make a small room bigger
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30 Stunning WebGL Examples and Demos in Action

Posted in 3D Effects, Inspiration, Showcase, Web Interfaces1 week ago • Written by Leave a comment

WebGL(Web Graphics Library) was released  on the Web early last year. Its ability to use HTML5 Canvas elements to generate graphics dynamically made it easy for web designers and developers to create smooth 2D and 3D effects. Here are some WebGL examples and demos you should look at.

WebGL is a branch of OpenGL based on OpenGL Embedded Systems (ES). It is a JavaScript API for drawing 2D and 3D graphics in a compatible web browser of an HTML5 canvas without the use of plugins.

This Javascript API is managed by the consortium of non-profit technology Khronos Group and work together with Mozilla Foundation. Since early 2009 they develop prototypes and deploy such technology.

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How to Create Smooth CSS3 Animation Styles and Effects with Ease

Posted in Coding, HowTos, Tutorials, Tutorials, Web Interface1 month ago • Written by 12 Comments

With the newest capability of CSS3, transition from one style to another without using JavaScript or Flash becomes possible. It allows elements to change values over a specified duration, animating the property changes instead of having them static and leaving them dead. CSS3 animation styles and effects give your more freedom to create the design you want.

Today, I’m going to introduce to you different transitions and effects that can be done using only CSS3. So get ready and let’s rock!

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10 Exciting Premium WordPress Plugins That Are Worth Every Penny

Posted in Plugins, Tools, WordPress2 months ago • Written by 4 Comments

Everything in the world comes with a price. It’s nature’s way of balancing the scales. So don’t be surprised when the premium WordPress plugins can cost you a lot. You need to spend something in order to acquire something that you really need. In our modern world, money is most often that ‘something’ I was referring to.

It is, of course, good to find free WordPress plugins that you could use with your blog or the website that you are currently developing. However, free plugins have drawbacks.

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How to Use UI Kits – Plus Free UI Kits to Choose From!

Posted in HowTos, Quick Tips, Tutorials, Web Interface, WordPress3 months ago • Written by 2 Comments

UI kits can be seen anywhere on the Web. But what is this UI kit thing? Do you know how to use UI kits? You can see a lot of resources with beautiful interface elements such as buttons, sliders, breadcrumbs, media players, forms and the likes. Perhaps it crossed your mind how these elements came to be.

Let me give you first a brief introduction about UI kits. A UI kit stands for “User Interface Kit”, which are PSD files that are composed of user interface elements. These come in a variety of colors, patterns and asl files that are being integrated on web and mobile designs. Though sometimes there are UI elements that are included on the package that you don’t think you will be using. That being said, UI kits will vary according to your web design needs. Usually the premium versions of UI kits come with a lot of user interface elements than the free ones.

Using UI kits is all about improving and speeding up the workflow without giving a lot of time thinking what to design. This allows you to focus more on the functionality and usability of the website you are working on.

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How to Ace Your Freelancing Career

Posted in Blogging, Freelance, WordPress3 months ago • Written by 10 Comments

Has it ever occur to you how to ace your freelancing career? Freelance web designing is not an ordinary job. If you dip in the puddle of the freelance industry, you’ll discover that these people are a lot more creative and productive than those who work at desks and offices. Surely, they don’t earn the way people at desk jobs do but freelancers have the absolute and ultimate liberty on how well they utilize their time, and, in most cases, where they utilize it.

As a freelancer, you can work anywhere, anytime. You can design your website in a desk, an office, a coffee shop, in the bathroom – you name it. Freelancers have the greatest gift of all: Freedom. However, this freedom isn’t really that ‘free’. As a freelance web designer, you need to work with people, deadlines and the greatest enemy of all time, procrastination.

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10+ WordPress Plugins to Boost Your Social and Organic Traffic

Posted in Plugins, WordPress5 months ago • Written by 37 Comments

One of the best things about WordPress is the ability to extend the functionality of your WordPress installation with the use of plugins. You don’t have to mess around with the core files of WordPress since these plugins can easily achieve the same result and exist independent of the core WordPress files. At the time of writing this article there are over 27,000 plugins available via the official repository and many more in the form of premium WordPress plugins. I know how well the readers on 1stWebDesigner love their WordPress content, so I have decided to do a roundup of some of the very best WordPress plugins you can use on your site to attract more visitors via organic and social channels.

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10 Free Stunning WordPress Themes for Bloggers

Posted in Freebies, Themes, WordPress5 months ago • Written by 14 Comments

WordPress is one of the most amazing blogging systems ever created. It’s easy to use and tinker around, which makes it very popular for bloggers, and, especially for most web designers. One of its awesome features is it’s easy to understand theme structure. Using basic PHP and some of the WordPress functions, you will be gazing at the best theme that you could ever see in no time.

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[Giveaway] Five Premium WordPress Themes from Themefuse [Ended]

Posted in WordPress8 months ago • Written by 196 Comments

You read that right. Our pals over at ThemeFuse are sharing five premium WordPress themes of your choice. You are probably already using WordPress for your website or blog, why not vamp it up with a fresh look? After all, a custom or premium WordPress theme is the ideal option – with all those features and elements that you just can’t find on free themes. We know that premium WordPress themes are expensive…

You don’t have to worry now. You can be one of the five lucky winners. You can go through all of ThemeFuse’s attractive and amazing WordPress themes and choose the perfect one for no charge at all.

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30 Premium Flat WordPress Themes That Rock!

Posted in WordPress9 months ago • Written by 12 Comments

Looking for some flat WordPress themes for your website? Flat is hot right now! Flat design or flat UI is now the growing trend in the web design industry and the audience are going gaga for it. Going for a minimalist approach, flat designs are sophisticated, simple and sexy.

Most people don’t have enough time to spare to create a new flat web template and the best solution to that problem is to purchase one. Flat designs are also made to fit with retina displays; your blog can be visited by people on their tablets and smartphones. It’s the perfect concept for you to gather more audience. If you want to take the plunge into the awesome revolution in web design, then, let us cater to your needs in this article. Okay, let’s move on to the latest 30 rocking WordPress Themes with Flat Designs.

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