State of the Word 2016

December 4th, 2016 No comments

Some highlights-of-highlights, based on Brian Krogsgard’s post:

  • BuddyPress and bbPress will get new support and engagement over the next year.
  • WordPress 4.6 was available in 50 languages the day it was released.
  • the REST API [endpoints] get included in WordPress 4.7.
  • WordPress.com is now fully on PHP7. WordPress.org will now recommend PHP7 by default.
  • There is some concern about design. “If WordPress doesn’t make changes to the interface and otherwise, [Matt Mullenweg would] expect WordPress marketshare to begin to decline by 2018.” and “In the coming releases, he, ‘wants to see design leading the way.'”

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Web Animation Essentials: CSS Animations and Transitions

December 4th, 2016 No comments

A brand new course by Rachel Nabors. There is a lot here: learning the code and learning the tools to help work with the code and make sure you’re doing a good job. A couple favorite aspects of the course:

  • Captioned videos you can understand without audio.
  • Convenient CodePen exercises–no code to set up.

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Popular design news of the week: November 28, 2016 – December 4, 2016

December 4th, 2016 No comments

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

What’s New in HTML 5.1

Image Effects with CSS

YouTube Redesign Concept

Here’s What Websites Know About You, Just from the Way You Browse

Alter – A Beautiful Tool to Convert Code into an Image

7 Web Design Dos and Don’ts

Death by Hamburger

Protect your WordPress Site with this Wp-config.php

Jony Ive Designed a Christmas Tree and it Sucks

McGriddle, a Sass Grid Library

Google Releases its own App Builder

Learn How to Track User Behavior with Google Analytics

The Best Email App on iOS Just Got a Desktop Version

Corporate Vs. Design Agency: Perks and Pitfalls for UX Designers

20 Famous Graphic Designers and How They Impacted the World

Ant Design: One Design Language

10 Famous Designers’ Portfolios and What You Can Learn from Them

The Art of Minimalist Design

Character Design in Branding: How Mascots Can Help your Brand Stand Out

How Open Sourcing Bootstrap Made it Huge

Lorem Ipsum Generator — Stylish and Minimal

How to Add Icon Fonts to any Element with CSS

Le Corbusier’s Color Theories, Explained

Dispelling a “Flat Design” Fiction

Learning in the Bauhaus School: Five Lessons for Today’s Designers

Want more? No problem! Keep track of top design news from around the web with Webdesigner News.

Movavi Photo Bundle: Photo Focus, Photo Denoise & Photo Noir – only $29!

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Radios and Checkboxes on GOV.UK

December 3rd, 2016 No comments

An interesting journey of form UX, documented by Tim Paul. It started with browser defaults. It’s unclear why that wasn’t working. But interestingly, an alteration that included giant label-based click areas in color-offset boxes didn’t help. What actually helped was bigger (and custom) radios and checkboxes.

So far they’ve tested really well. In research, people of all confidence levels are clicking these controls quickly and easily.

I used to think the size of SurveyMonkey radios was awkwardly large. Now I think it’s probably a smart move.

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$1,076,940

December 3rd, 2016 No comments

High five to Dave Gandy and the Font Awesome team:

The Font Awesome 5 Kickstarter raised $1,076,940 with 35,549 backers, making it the most funded and most backed software Kickstarter of all time.

What’s do the funders get? 1,000 more icons, icon font ligatures (a uniquely cool thing fonts can do, like turn “right arrow” into ?, which can be an accessibility win), and, drum roll please, an SVG framework that will be open sourced.

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Comics of the week #368

December 3rd, 2016 No comments

Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD.

The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers.

These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today.

So for a few moments, take a break from your daily routine, have a laugh and enjoy these funny cartoons.

Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions below as well as any related stories of your own…

Cheap designer

A simple request

Fast designer

Can you relate to these situations? Please share your funny stories and comments below…

The Original CMYK Playing Cards – only $9!

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The Easy Guide to Making Money from Fonts and Designs

December 2nd, 2016 No comments
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Earning money doing something you love has got to be the pinnacle of working life right?

If you have a design or craft following or know exactly where enthusiastic hobbyists and professionals hang out, you have an excellent opportunity to cash in on that in a few clicks of a button!

Introducing Share and Earn

There are a few similar programs around, but none as in depth or intuitive as Share and Earn by Font Bundles. It’s taken an affiliate program and made it accessible to anybody, of any experience, with any size following. The best thing is they pay more than any similar programs out there, with 25% commission on ALL sales FOR LIFE.

The easy to use share buttons and tracking URL’s mean that in 1 click, you can be enjoying cash rewards for introducing people to the program. The best thing is, you don’t need to really do any selling. The products literally sell themselves, and with their range of premium FREE products, you can entice your audience with products they can try and use.

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The main highlights of the Share and Earn program are:

  • 25% sales for life commission (commission on every purchase a user makes for life)
  • Over 10,000 font and design products which can be shared at the click of a button
  • Payment within 1 hour!
  • Intelligent advanced statistics of where your visitors come from and what they buy
  • Email/Website creatives for any larger campaigns
  • Instant sign up and approval – no lengthy forms

It’s very easy to see why the program has been so popular with crafters and graphic designers, with some easily pulling in recurring 4 and 5 figure monthly sums for little work.

So if you are ready to earn some extra cash doing what you love, head on over and sign up to Share and Earn today!

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Deal: Create amazing lettering with Art Text, 37% off

December 2nd, 2016 No comments

Lettering is all the rage at the moment. Creating expressive text, that goes beyond what you can do with a single font adds a creative touch to any project. But learning to craft high-end lettering takes years; what’s a designer, who doesn’t have years to spare, to do?

Well, thanks to the Art Text app for Mac, you don’t need to spend years honing your skills, because it can put together fabulous, lettering-inspired text with just a few clicks. And—you guessed it—our sister-site, MightyDeals has put together an awesome deal on this must-have app.

Art Text lets you quickly and easily create lettering work out of text. Perfect for making logos, hero text, banners, and buttons, there are 70+ templates to get you started, all fully customizable; you’ll find 750+ fill tools, with different gradients, textures, and shaders; there are 30+ masks for shadow and glow effects; 1000+ different graphic elements ranging from vector shapes, flash, flare, sparkles, background and textures; 400+ 3D materials, with textures, bump map surfaces, and environment map textures.

With the holidays coming up, this is the perfect way to add some Christmas cheer to your seasonal promotions.

This fun and flexible type tool normally retails at $30, but for a very limited time you can grab it for just $19, that’s a 37% saving! Head over to MightyDeals.com to add this app to your toolbox today.

600+ Premium Photoshop Brushes from Layerform – only $14!

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20 spectacular Wildlife Photography Examples for your Inspiration

December 2nd, 2016 No comments
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From a close-up of a wasp to a herd of wild horses: Everyone loves beautifully composed photos of majestic wildlife. An adventurous journey to different species and locations. We couldn`t pick a favorite. Here are 20 striking Wildlife Photography examples for your inspiration.

Fénec The soul of the desert

Look at this sweet guy: a fennec (desert fox) from Morocco. It`s the smallest species of the family.

© José Mingorance

Ice age giant

Roy Mangersnes is a award-winning wildlife photographer living in Norway. It`s so cold there:


© Roy Mangersnes

O Dandelion

Boris Godfroid is an insect macro and nature photographer. Look at his colorful Insect portraits.

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© Boris Godfroid

The Power of the Criollo

Chris is famous for the highest quality of wildlife and nature pictures. The Criollo is the native horse of Uruguay.

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© Chris Schmid

Underwater Elephant

Vitaly Sokol loves underwater photography. One of the most challenging types of photography.

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© Vitaliy Sokol

Frog and strawberry

What a combination: a Frog and a strawberry. Great colors and sharp contrasts.

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© Oleksandr Voloshyn

American Alligator

Eric is a Self employed press technician, with a great passion for shooting nature photos.

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© Eric Isley

Portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl

Graham McGeorge’s work is published in such publications as National Geographic, NY Times Magazine, BBC Wildlife Magazine and much more.

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© Graham McGeorge

Moose in mist

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service loves Wildlife Photography. Take a look at the official Photostream.

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© U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Sergey Polyushko is a Ukrainian photographer. He mastered the art of eye-catching animal portraits.

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© Sergey Polyushko

Hands up

Georg Scharf is a nature photographer from Luxemburg. His landscapes and wildlife photos are spectacular.

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© Georg Scharf

Size doesn’t matter

Hint: The pelican swallows everything. There’s also a small fish visible in the pic that ended the same way.

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© daniele paccaloni

Duelling Tigers

A play fight in some water at Tiger Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. The capturing of movement is amazing.

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© Daniel Sakal

Fox

What a curious baby fox. Please take a look at Roberts galleries.

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© Robert Adamec

Curiosity of a Chimpanzee in Men

A chimpanzee at the Limbe Wildlife center in Cameroon. A playful peek from underneath the thence.

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© suzanne van dalsen

Om

Pedro Jarque Krebs is one of the best nature and wildlife photographers that you should know.

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© Pedro Jarque Krebs

Spontaneous Moments

A harbor seal rests, if only for a moment, in this magic scenery.

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© ralph pace

Cherry blossom season

Gorgeous blend of sharpness and blur. And saturated colors!

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© FuYi Chen

Gentoo Chicks

Richard has specialized in environmental filmmaking and nature photography. These are two newly hatched Gentoo Penguin chicks.

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© Richard Sidey

Swifts Over the Fall

This picture was shot at the majestic Iguazú Falls.

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© Francesco Filippo Pellegrini

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The Power of Controversial Content. The Three C’s of Engaging Content.

December 2nd, 2016 No comments
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INTRO

Every once in awhile, I stumble upon articles that simply change the way I think completely. Those kind of disruptive articles are really hard to find. And as a marketer, I’m always obsessed with creating that kind of content, disruptive content. Knowing that I could change the way you think, even in the slightest, and that my article could be a pivotal point in your career is simply mind-boggling and it truly resembles the staggering power of content.

Everyday, there are roughly 2 million new articles published on the almighty web and there are 571 websites popping out every 60 seconds.

That data alone is completely and irrevocably humbling.

It just gives you an idea of how small you are. If you aren’t new on the internet and you already have an audience, that’s something that you should take pride in and not neglect it. After all, with great power comes great responsibility.
Knowing that someone, someday, chose to read your article, admire your design, and use your products instead of going to the other gazillion alternatives, is truly mind boggling.

The Three C’s of Engaging Content

Now, in the vastness of content created every day, how do you get noticed? Namely, what sets your article apart and what is your value proposition?

Truth be told, nowadays, getting noticed is a matter of uniqueness. I full heartedly believe that as a modern day content creator, you can’t afford being stuck in the box. You can’t come up with the same ideas you came up with in 2013. There are a few factors marketers use to grab someone’s attention, and I think content creators can pull off the same techniques.
Curiosity, Creativity and Controversy. Or the three “C’s” of user engagement, if you will.

Although this article focuses mainly on Controversy, let’s talk a little bit about the two other C’s.

Curiosity

It’s disturbing but fascinating that we are paradoxically drawn towards some quite unpleasant things. The reason why a video about two guys eating a Carolina Reaper pepper gets more than 18 million views, is the same reason why someone would eat those peppers in the first place. Curiosity. Answering questions like “What happens if..” is fun, and being curious is something we all have in common.

Curiosity is the driving force behind mankind’s never-ending pursuit for knowledge. Curiosity can be the right incentive for an individual to click on your article, view your video, look at your design, or engage with your content for that matter.

Creativity

Differing from the other two, the process of creating something truly creative, requires a tremendous amount of work. It takes a good amount of skill to awe someone with your creative work.

The goal of creative work is to generate emotions. Whatever the purpose of the work itself is, you want people to connect with it. Regardless of the type of content you are creating, the way you deliver your content can make all the difference between standing out among the message flood or getting lost in it. After all, you can have a completely dull, or common idea and just approach it creatively. A great example is Apple. They took comon ideas like an Mp3 player and with the right design, and a creative value proposition, they revolutionised the music industry with the iPod

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Controversy

The type of controversial content that intrigues a user is so much more engaging than the same old traditional content.

Predicting the outcome of controversial content is arduous, which makes it really difficult to handle. Apple was probably one of the first companies that leveraged controversy as a PR move. the challenge has always been to break rules, to find something unexpected to engage people to tell a story. They knew that this tech is not going to be just another business for Steve, but this is actually going to change the world. They had to introduce the Mac in a dramatic memorable way. They needed something brave, something controversial. The ad depicted a sea of people blindly following “The Big Brother” which people perceived as being IBM. And here comes Apple, viewed as a women that stood up against the big brother through the democratization of computers.

People weren’t talking about the Super Bowl game where the ad was displayed but instead they were talking about the ad, which asserts the viral nature of controversial content.
United Colors of Benetton are known for their controversial ads which are often enough viewed as audacious. In one of their recent campaign, the Unhate campaign, the ads were showing some of the most influential people kissing as a symbol of unity across race, religion and political beliefs. The media exploded. Everyone was talking about the ads, and Benetton’s brand awareness grew exponentially.

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Sometimes, controversial content backfires.

Benetton was forced to pull one of its images from its new ‘Unhate’ campaign. The Italian firm withdrew the photograph featuring Pope Benedict XVI kissing a senior Egyptian imam on the lips after the Vatican denounced it as an unacceptable provocation. Some people would agree that creating that image of the Pope was a bad move and it brought a lot of hate to Benetton from the Catholic community, which is counterproductive considering the message of the campaign. However, it also brought a lot of media exposure, which we all know that it’s always good. Right?

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Final thoughts

Different and original content works. Regarding if it’s categorized as controversial, creative or curious, content that excites people at any level, is usually performing better than the other mainstream content. It gets attention on social media, it generates links and mentions, and it often leads to a huge amount of exposure. As long as controversial content is created and managed with care, it’s a great marketing tool.

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