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27
Feb

7 essential tools for game design and development

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The world of gaming is fast-paced and hugely exciting, especially with the ongoing developments and projects being created using virtual reality applications. But this can be a daunting environment if you’re thinking of building your own experience. Thankfully, there are a number of tools and resources around to help make your game or app a success. Here are some of the best around to get you started… 01. Visual Studio Microsoft’s developer tool suite Visual Studio is a popular choice among designers and developers Visual Studio, Microsoft’s developer tool suite […]

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27
Feb

How the BBC builds websites that scale

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In 1948, the Olympic Games was broadcast live on television for the first time. Somehow, in post-war austerity with scarce resources and little money, the BBC broke technological boundaries. Live coverage came from two venues in North London, in what was at the time the largest outside broadcast ever made. It was a milestone in sports coverage. The beginning of a revolution, you could say, into the limitless sport on TV and online today.  28 outstanding examples of CSS 68 years on, we at the BBC continue to push how […]

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27
Feb

Naming Conventions for Sizes in Scalable CSS

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In this article, I’ll be exploring how naming conventions can be used to represent sizes in scalable CSS. So, what do I mean by this? One aspect of scalable CSS commonly involves creating patterns, components and utilities which are reusable across the codebase. Below is a very simple object pattern which boxes off content, similar to the island object, as detailed by Harry Roberts. .o-box { display:block; } .o-box–spacing-small { padding:10px; } .o-box–spacing-medium { padding:20px; } .o-box–spacing-large { padding:30px; } What makes this pattern especially reusable are the modifiers (The […]

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27
Feb

Create your own 3D typeface

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Creating any type of 3D art is tricky, but throw typography into the mix too and it can become all kinds of daunting. To get you started, designer Jamie Clarke talks through how he created 3D type family Rig Shaded. The 100 best free fonts Perfect for eye-popping headlines and logotypes, Rig Shaded is a layered or ‘chromatic’ typeface, which means that you can choose your own style and colour combinations. Its geometric letterforms are picked out with a distinctive halftone shading style and its four weights include a unique […]

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26
Feb

Google Analytics Data Studio

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I’ve said a number of times in the past: I wish I could just check a checkbox and make certain Google Analytics data public. I get that analytics can be a very private thing for some sites. I think there are just as many sites where that data just doesn’t need to be private. Not only would it be interesting, but insight might be gleaned from having more eyeballs on the data, and it could contribute to a wider data set of analytic trends. Anyway, there is no such checkbox. […]

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26
Feb

Weekly News for Designers (N.374)

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This is our popular weekly design news post where we share our favorite design related articles, resources and freebies from the past week. You can sign-up to our awesome weekly newsletter or follow us on Twitter for some more amazing design articles, resources and freebies. New Resources & Tools Brutalist Framework – An open source framework for the brutalist web design trend. Spacegrid CSS – An open-source, no-frills responsive grid layout to help you get started on your next project. CSS Loader – Simple loaders for your web applications using […]

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24
Feb

Top 50 Free Web UI Kits & Templates for 2017

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As people who design and build for the web, we are pretty lucky that there’s such a wide range of other designers out there that can help us. Whether it’s from answers on StackOverflow, to tutorials on sites like this, to freebies that we can use in our designs, the design and development community have always been great at helping others improve. One thing that I’ve found especially useful when working on web apps and sites are the beautifully designed UI kits that have been released for free. UI kits […]

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24
Feb

Make your own pop art portrait

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Here we’ll convert a bland portrait into a pop art masterpiece. It’s a brilliant way to get creative and enliven your forgettable shots. For this tutorial, we'll be using Photoshop filters, selection tools, Adjustment Layers and Layer Masks, and the Hue/Saturation command. Pop Art: 8 artists every designer should know You may have noticed that our start image isn’t that sharp! This is an added bonus of pop art images: you can use images that would otherwise have been discarded. 01. Make it mono Click to see the full size […]

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24
Feb

Are these the strangest advertising campaigns ever?

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It's easy to be cynical about advertising. After all, adverts just want to make people buy products, right? Well, yes and no. Adverts are also a way for companies to express themselves, cultivate an audience, and even have a bit of fun in the process. 10 free tools for creating infographics Whether it's a clever pop-up ad on a laptop or an innovative bit of billboard advertising on the side of a road, being a bit more creative with your campaign can really help get your message across. The latest […]

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24
Feb

DeviantArt gets bought by website builder Wix for $36M

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Yesterday the leading global software platform for small businesses, Wix, acquired the online art community DeviantArt, for the tidy sum of $36M. Home to more than 40 million registered members and some 325 million individual pieces of original art, the sale of DeviantArt also included $3 million of assumed liabilities. Founded in 2000, the word-of-mouth success of DeviantArt was bolstered by roughly $13.5 million from backers such as Autodesk, DivX and individual investors. However, the value of DeviantArt before the sale remains unknown. DeviantArt releases free mobile art app So, […]

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