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The popularity of Google Material Design has engendered a new era of user interface conceptualization. Both mobile applications and websites can be affected by Material Design precepts. This gives every type of interface designer a new style guide to follow.

In this gallery I’ve organized 15 handy resources for designing with Google Material. These include animations, buttons, CSS libraries, and a whole lot more. Take a peek at the examples in this post and see if anything can prove useful in future work.

Material UI

material ui design google open source

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Dynamic websites often utilize preloading screens to guarantee that all resources are loaded before the page fully renders in the browser. Preloading screens date back to old Flash websites but have made their way into HTML for resource-heavy layouts.

These tutorials and plugins offer a pool of knowledge for crafting your own preloading screens. The technique requires JavaScript to track HTTP requests and hide the loading screen once all the resources have completed. You won’t find this technique useful on every website but it does come in handy on large dynamic websites.

Codrops Preloading

codrops preloading screen tutorial open source

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Not every designer loves prototyping but it is a huge part of the creative process. Learning how to prototype on paper can be a great start, but it’s not always the easiest method. Software and webapps have been created to make the process easier for wireframing interfaces and drafting prototypes or storyboards digitally.

Take a look at these tools and see if anything catches your attention. Getting started with prototyping is much easier than you would think! Just like any skill it requires patience and lots of practice. Some of these products are free while others offer a free demo/trial account. But even if you don’t like prototyping on a computer you can always go back to drafting on paper.

Frame Box

framebox lightweight wireframing tool

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Most web designers tend to work in Photoshop because pixel mockups can be easier for developers. However designing vector-based interfaces will allow resizing for any resolution and easily offers a method of exporting the image in pixels. Illustrator can be just as useful when designing custom website graphics or icons.

Take a look at these detailed and useful Illustrator tutorials explaining how to build unique website interfaces. These articles go over common webpage elements, icons, buttons, and other similar graphics. Even if you’ve never used Illustrator before, these tutorials are excellent learning materials for getting started with vector-based web design.

404 Error Page

illustrator tutorial 404 error webpage

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The primary objective of every small- or medium-sized web design and development company is to thrive by taking on more and more clients. If you’re the leader of a start-up, then your team is also eager to take on a multitude of projects and step up the game. As you may already know, the larger your workload gets, the more difficult it is to control.

We’re here to tell you that you should consider using software for project management and team collaboration, which is bound to make you more efficient. 15 of the best are presented below. You will find that they are not cumbersome or demanding, but rather simple and empowering.

Paymo

One of the most helpful solutions for web based project management is Paymo. It gives you the chance to mobilize your team and schedule all of your projects via desktop, or smartphones. If you’re going to use your desktop for task management and time tracking, then Paymo has widgets for Mac and Windows, which allow you to edit a time sheet and detect idle workers. In addition, you can let PaymoPlus run in the background while you’re working, and you’ll be able to add all of your projects at the end of the day.
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  • Vector design is a popular topic because it can be extrapolated into the world of digital and print design. Icons are used for websites, branding, even mobile applications. Whether you’re building a website mockup or learning how to create your own graphics, freebies are quite useful to the process. This gallery includes over 20 free Illustrator files to play with icons and vector freebies.

    Flat Devices

    flat device screen mockups psd

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    Online video tutorials are one of the simplest methods for learning new techniques. They’re more visual, more procedural, and don’t involve much reading. Illiterates will enjoy that last point but they also won’t be able to read this post. There’s no denying the benefits of YouTube video tutorials for designers and web developers to want to expand their knowledgebase.

    This gallery focuses on 15 YouTube channels dedicated to development and design techniques. Some channels are more tutorial-focused while others pivot around presentations and keynote speeches. There is plenty of great info to consume if you have the time to spare.

    1st Web Designer

    1wd first web designer youtube channel

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    Whether it’s WordPress, PrestaShop, OpenCart, Joomla, or Magento, creative professionals put in a lot of effort day and day out to give shape to good-looking websites for their contractors. Part of that effort goes into finding auxiliary resources, especially themes and plugins that serve a specific purpose, and are compatible with the CMS or website launching platform at hand.

    Sound premium plugins are particularly difficult to come by. Consciously or unconsciously, each of us creates a list of favorites, over time. I have my own version of it, too. You can read all about it below, in an updated form for this autumn.

    LayerSlider Premium Multi-Purpose Slider Plugin


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  • Apple has been a big proponent of the cloud revolution with their iCloud service and cloud-based apps. Now most websites and social networks offer solutions to keep data in the cloud. Naturally the next step would be creating web applications that run solely in your web browser. How far into a futuristic utopia do we have to wait for these webapps?

    Thankfully we have quite a few available to us right now(the utopia part is debatable). This gallery includes 11 very helpful web applications for designers who want to work directly in the browser. It’s possible to create mockups, wireframes, patterns, and color schemes all from the comfort of your web browser. George Jetson would be so proud.

    Wireframing

    wireframe cc webapp minimalist prototyping

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    We are living in fast-paced times. Some of us are really caught up in our daily work schedules, so we barely have time for ourselves. This is where online shopping comes in handy. You can order the goods you need over the internet, and they will be delivered right at your doorstep.

    Online vendors thrive on this opportunity, but only if they have a good website, which invites guests to consider their products. Thus, designers try to find and use the right WooCommerce theme for each of their retailer clients. Scroll down for 15 great options.

    Bi-Shop

    Bi-Shop stands above all the other themes for WooCommerce websites, and deserves standing ovations. It’s an incredible, polyvalent solution that fits web stores of any kind. Even further, it has a mild learning curve, so you’ll understand how to use it in a jiffy.
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