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Becoming a skilled artisan for the web is a tough goal. Somebody who can build layouts may not be so great at designing text effects or icons. Thankfully the open source movement provides a lot of support for web designers who need resources for project work.

I’ve cataloged a total of 25 outstanding icon sets for download. Each set is completely free and they’re all linked to an original Dribbble shot. Designers who release their stuff on Dribbble don’t often make it a big deal – so it’s tough to find these links without searching extensively on the website. I hope these icons can prove useful in future web projects.

Cryst4l UI

cryst4l crystal user interface icons freebie

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The wait is over! There is finally a solution for those web designers out there looking for a UI kit that not only looks good, but is easy to use, too. It’s called PixelKit. The library full of high-quality UI kits is there for anyone looking to improve the look and feel of their website.

What do you actually win?
If you are lucky enough to win one of three annual membership accounts from PixelKit, you will gain access to everything you could possibly need to improve yourself as a web designer.
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HTML5/CSS3 web applications have rapidly meshed into mainstream web design. Apple’s iOS App Store requires moderation before your app can be listed. This helps to remove poor-quality submissions but also stifles innovation by other means.

If you want to build a mobile app but don’t want to go through all the bureaucratic Apple guidelines, why not create a mobile webapp instead? These resources can help you get started building an iOS-styled web application interface. Most of these tools are built with CSS3 while others might utilize JavaScript libraries. But any framework should prove invaluable when building your own mobile web application.

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Vector design is such a different concept in relation to bitmap graphics. Adobe Illustrator is often regarded as the premiere vector software for learning how to create icons, illustrations, and other flexible graphics. But getting started can be a real struggle when you’re a beginner.

Take a look over some of these tutorials and see if anything looks interesting. Many of these articles include free .ai files that you can download and play with. It’s a great way to get started illustrating scalable vectors when you don’t have much prior experience in the field.

Getting Started in Illustrator

getting started adobe illustrator tutorial

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About Inky Deals

Inky Deals is one of the leading deals websites in the design community, with an extended family of more than 300,000 design enthusiasts. It’s the place to go if you want to buy premium resources at unbeatable prices, whether you’re a graphic or web designer, developer, or business owner looking to improve yourself and your work. They’re the only ones who offer a 200% money back guarantee on every product. This means that if you’re not happy with it, you get your money back and you also get to keep the product.

Testimonials

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Microsoft has popularized the metro interface design with their mobile smartphone OS and the new release of Windows 8. Web designers have also picked up this trend in various layout elements such as headers, buttons, backgrounds, and hyperlinks.

This gallery includes a number of free metro flat PSD user interface kits. You can download and play with anything that catches your attention to create mockups of mobile apps or websites. Some kits are more focused on flat elements while others follow the metro design trend. But all of these kits should provide value to designers looking for new ideas in their work.

Flat UI Kit

basic flat user interface kit psd

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Being productive is always a challenge. All of us have too many things to do, emails to reply, news to read, meetings to attend, stuff to organize, social media to update and so on. The problem is that staying on top of all that while doing our work and taking care of our sanity may be a real challenge. This is why we are so thankful to productivity tools and services. Read the rest of this entry »

We’ve been posting a lot about content management systems lately, like our post from the other day here. Trust plays an important role in any type of relationship, especially the one that you have with your customers and clients. Within a traditional brick-and-mortar store, face-to-face interactions and physical contact can assist greatly when it comes to earning that trust. However, within an online store, there are several ways to achieve the same goal simply by using your eCommerce CMS.
Provide a High Level of Security
One of the biggest concerns of the average online shopper is that of security and privacy. During 2012 alone, more than 80 percent of websites suffered from at least one major security vulnerability, according to SC Magazine, and statistics further showed that even IT websites were not invincible to security threats. Therefore, make sure that your website is secured and, more importantly, that your customers are aware of the security measures you have taken. Doing so will allow them to feel comfortable and even let their guard down as they build trust in your website.
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While developers may love diving under the hood, those are usually marketing people who end up using content management systems and paying money for web design agencies. And so great content management systems must be built with the actual content managers in mind first. One of such systems is ImpressPages.

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Are you familiar with blank WordPress themes? These themes are also known as starter themes, naked themes or base themes, and they serve as starting points for you to create your own theme. These themes count with basic boilerplates that you can custom the way you need without having to start everything from scratch. When you start from a blank theme you will have basic WordPress PHP, CSS, and HTML code ready for your customization needs. This is good because it will make your life easier when you need a new theme but you don’t want to do all the base work again, which reduces the time you spend coding and helps your workflow process. Read the rest of this entry »

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