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5 Ways to Create Better iPad Applications

We've just passed the two-year mark of the iPad being on the market. And with a second milestone of 200,000 iPad applications on the App Store nearing, there's no better time than now to reassess how to approach the UX of iPad applications. Some of the ideas in this article are relevant to all tablets, not just the iPad. But in consideration of the tremendous success of the iPad, it does warrant specific attention and focus.
April 20, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov Rating: Not enough votes

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Simple Map Illustration

In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create your very own simple vector map illustration. First, Andrei Mariu will build the starting shapes using pixel perfect alignment, some basic vector shape building techniques along with a bunch of warp effects. Then he will put on the finishing touches. Then add the colors along with some simple effects and highlights to give it that final bit of character.

April 11, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov Rating: Not enough votes

Creating Complex Style Illustrations: A Process

Learn the process of making a tribal-style illustration using only some fundamental techniques in Adobe Illustrator. This is more of a process overview than a play-by-play tutorial and thus, some basic skills in the program are needed in order to follow along. The main goal here is to show a workflow process, and from there, it’s up to you to add your own style and aesthetic preferences to your piece.

April 10, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov Rating: Not enough votes

Create an Interactive Liquid Metal Ball with WebGL

Making websites is tons of fun, but sometimes you need to break free and do something a bit unusual. That’s what Paul Lewisis will be doing today. He’ll be using the excellent Three.js engine to create an interactive metallic ball. As you click and drag the ball distorts and then slowly settles back to its original shape. To do this he’ll be covering spring physics, 3D vectors and ray casting all in an effort to create a compelling and fun interactive experience.

April 4, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov Rating: Not enough votes

Mobile UI Design Patterms: 10+ Sites for Inspiration

User interface design patterns are solutions to common design challenges, such as navigating around an app, listing data or providing feedback to users. Mobile apps and sites have unique UI design requirements because, compared to their desktop counterparts, they’re used in smaller screens and, at least with today’s modern mobile devices, rely on fingers instead of a keyboard and mouse as input mechanisms.

March 29, 2012 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

5 Rally Useful Responsive Web Design Patterns

Responsive web design requires a very different way of thinking about layout that is both challenging and exciting. The art of layout was already complex enough for the centuries that it was defined by fixed elements, now things are becoming exponentially more complicated as layouts become increasingly adaptive.

March 28, 2012 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

What's New for Designers, March 2012

The February edition of what’s new for web designers and developers by Webdesigner Depot includes new web apps, frameworks, jQuery plugins, icons, productivity tools, responsive design resources, and some really great new fonts. Many of the resources below are free or very low cost, and are sure to be useful to a lot of designers and developers out there.

March 12, 2012 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

How to Make the Facebook Like Box Responsive

In this tutorial we'll discus how to integrate the Facebook like box into the sidebar and make it responsive. As it uses an iFrame, it has to have a set pixel width and that means it won’t behave how we want it to as it can’t grow or shrink. Turns out, there’s an easy solution with a bit of CSS and a div to enclose the iFrame.

March 5, 2012 Author: Daniela Vaseva Rating: Not enough votes

The Elements of a Clean Web Design

Clean, simple web designs have become a popular trend. This article will cover the subject through a two-part discussion. First, we’ll talk about a few traits that clean designs tend to have in common. Secondly, we will share some tricks and techniques that can be helpful when trying to achieve a clean design.

February 29, 2012 Author: Daniela Vaseva Rating: Not enough votes

Responsive Design: Why You’re Doing It Wrong

Responsive design isn’t a fad that arose because of a cool CSS technique, it’s an answer to a problem. Always remember that and constantly ask yourself whether or not you’re really adequately addressing that problem. If you’re using copy and paste to insert your media query breakpoints, your solution might be flawed.

February 23, 2012 Author: Daniela Vaseva Rating: Not enough votes