Sometimes, when you are about to design, a well-designed object can easily inspire you. And, using such objects:
- save you time
- improve the overall quality of the design (in general)
- help you to improve yourself by seeing how it is done & more..
This is a collection of 30+ free & various vector object sets to help you create better. Here they are:
Page Curls In Vector
Ecology Vector Set
Vector Ink Splatters
Free Vector Stickers (free sample #2)
Vector Rainbow With Clouds
Vortex Waves In Vector
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prettyGallery is a jQuery plugin for creating sliding image galleries on the fly.
Besides images, any content can be presented within the slider.
Images in the gallery are defined in an ordered list. Items per page, speed of the navigation & labels used can be configured.
The gallery uses prettyPhoto, a jQuery Lightbox clone, for displaying the images in large-size.
This lightbox clone is very good-looking & can display:
- present the images as an image gallery
It works in all major browsers & animation speed, opacity and more settings can be updated.
This is a free social bookmarking icon set that presents the logos in an origami style.
The set contains 15 icons & there are also logos of some other web 2.0 brands.
Icons are presented as PSD, EPS & transparent PNG files.
The set is created by Paddy Donnely who also created the beautiful origami style Twitter bird.
FusionCharts Free is a charting component for creating good looking, data-driven & free animated flash charts.
It can be used with PHP, Python, Ruby on Rails, ASP, ASP.NET, JSP, ColdFusion, simple HTML pages or even PowerPoint Presentations.
The component is the free version of FusionCharts & missing some features when compared with the paid one. But it is still powerful & supports:
- 2D / 3D column & bar charts
- 2D/3D pie & doughnut charts
- Line charts
- Area charts
- Stacked charts
- Gantt charts & more..
Another nice feature is the ability to combine different chart types in one chart.
iBegin Share is an open source "content share & bookmark" script.
Visitors can save/ spread the content as:
- share/bookmark at social bookmarking websites
- send it via e-mail
- save as PDF or DOC
The script comes as a standalone version & WordPress plugin.
And, contents shared at any time period can be analyzed with a stats page.
jQuery Corners is a jQuery plugin for creating nice-looking, anti-aliased rounded corners without using any images.
The plugin is unobtrusive & works well with all major browsers including iPhone.
The corners to be rounded & the radius of the corners can be easily set.
And, a great feature is the ability to round form buttons.
Update 26.01.2011: The URL of the resource is updated as the developer's website is no longer available.
Feng-GUI is a free web based service that enables you to view: "which areas of an UI is getting the most attention when an user looks at it in 5 seconds".
With an artificial intelligence behind, the service generates a heatmap over an image uploaded.
Generated heatmap’s opacity can be changed for a better view & can be viewed in a bigger modal window or downloaded.
Feng-GUI is very handy to get another thought -about a user interface designed- other than the collagues, customers..
Weather icons are very handy when displaying the weather status, generating a weather based content & more.
You can even customize the look of your website according to the weather conditions (CSS-Tricks has a nice tutorial on this).
There are beautiful free weather condition icons that can be used. Here is a collection of them:
Set contains 22 glossy weather icons.
Sizes are 16*16px to 128*128px. They are in both ICO & PNG format.
This set includes 10 icons & presented in a 1 PNG file.
47 sticky weather icons in PNG format.
All the icons in the set are very detailed 6 high quality.
47 flat weather icons in PNG format & 128*128px size with:
- 8 color combinations
- In English 6 German
- Several combinations of some icons
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It is based on MooTools & well-document with a list examples.
The library includes:
- layout managers
- grid control
JxLib helps creating very clean & easy to use interfaces that can be seen from the examples.
Allowing users to invite their contacts from other networks or e-mail providers is a popular method used in social networks & web applications.
OpenInviter is an open source PHP class, written in PHP5, for importing contacts from most of the well-known e-mail providers & social networks.
Such an invite feature is great, specially when presented as optional, to gain new users/visitors to any service.
There are already ready to use integrations for:
- phpBB & more.
- Windows Live
- Myspace & more..