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Web developers who have been keeping up with HTML5 specs know about the fascinating range slider. It was popularized on the iPhone and has since grown into a powerful utility for the web. Below are a series of customized range sliders using CSS3 or jQuery. Everything is free and open source to use in any project work either commercial or personal.

Rangeslider.js

range slider js open source library

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Although JavaScript is seen as a reliable language for animation CSS3 has also become a great choice. Transition effects can be used even in browsers where JavaScript has been disabled. But the greatest opportunity comes with a combination of both CSS3 and jQuery using fallback methods.

This post includes a handful of brilliant CSS3 animation libraries using transition effects. Many of them are based solely on CSS3 while others utilize a jQuery fallback. You’ll also find a small heap of open source code snippets which implement the same functionality with animated transitions.

Animisition

css open source jquery plugin animition

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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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How do you plan on tackling WordPress projects this year? You have a responsibility towards your client to create a website that works. You also have a responsibility towards yourself to use the best resources available and become more productive.

Accelerate positive outcomes with premium WordPress themes. As long as you work with the right ones, these themes can help you create E-commerce, business, portfolio, blog and event pages. It’s a lot better and a lot faster than designing websites from ground up. So, join me in unveiling a dozen or so accomplished themes that really make the grade in 2015.

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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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2015 kick-starts with a surging trend for websites that sport a large video or image background, and continues in the tradition of fancy typefaces and fonts for WordPress users. This year, we can expect WP themes to introduce some new techniques for extracting dominant colors from backgrounds, responsive image re-sizing, and quick loading.

As for type kits, you won’t find any shortage of options. Before Google Fonts started handing out beautiful fonts for free, only wealthy WP projects got their share of splendid typography. But now, the cost associated with beautiful type kits is no longer divorced from reality. Even further, they are often part of the deal with any well-designed WP theme.
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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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Whether you’re a CSS rookie or frontend virtuoso, frameworks can be used effectively during the early stages of development. Crafting a website from scratch is sometimes useful and oftentimes necessary. But it’s not the only solution in this wacky open source wonderland.

I’ve put together a large handful of free open source CSS frameworks related to every topic including mobile design, grid design, UI kits, animations, and typography. A good framework can be truly beneficial when you need to finish a project real quick and don’t have a need to hand-code everything from scratch. Take a look over some of these CSS libraries and see if you could try anything in future design work.

Topcoat

topcoat open source css framework webapps

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Every so often it may benefit your argument to display large portions of visual data. This content might appear in any format from bar graphs, pie charts, scatter plots, venn diagrams, or even visualization webs. There are dozens of tools out there to help create graphics for data-based content. This gallery includes 16 examples of jQuery plugins which are perfect for any visual data exhibition.

Pizza Pie Charts

pizza pie charts playground open source

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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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