Freebie Powered by Open Framework for Drupal Based Sites

To get a feature-rich Drupal website, consider this pre-configured Free Drupal Open Framework Theme. Feel free to download this theme and make the power of Drupal, Stanford and Open Framework work for your project.

This free template is based on Open Framework – responsive Drupal theme based on Twitter Bootstrap 2.3. By the way, it will be switched to Bootstrap 3 soon. It should be also mentioned that this framework works only with Drupal 7 and it’s not compatible with the older versions. Follow the links to read more about this framework:

Open Framework Official Website
Open Framework on GitHub

Open framework is the core of this theme, and its layout is designed in correspondence to Stanford branding identity (the chosen colors and set fonts). Why Stanford? Because Stanford framework theme is a sub-theme of Open Framework and for today there are 5 Stanford’s Drupal themes available for today. The sixth one is the free template from this post. Its clean elegant layout will perfectly work for a variety of websites (business, communications, education, etc.). Click the link below to see this simple and user-friendly design in action. And get its source files to set up a site on its basis.

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Free Drupal Open Framework Theme:

How to Design a Powerful Brand Identity

It’s powerful enough to embody the core ethics of your business, draw people towards your product, and say everything about the consumer base itself. It’s the medium which becomes the message and endeavours to set itself ahead of the game. It’s the brand identity which becomes the key marketing device and imprints itself in both the commercial and social market, forging itself into the minds and imaginations of the cultures within which it operates. Designing a powerful brand doesn’t just have to be catchy – it has to be unforgettable, revealing, and indispensable.

Reasons that popular apps like the Logo game place the most popular logos on the easier levels isn’t simply because the companies are commonplace household or roadside names. It’s because they have become ingrained in the historical psyche of society and the brands are reflective of this. Whether or not the logo has changed its shape and nature multiple times – aka Pepsi – the brand that is successful is always recognizable.

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When Death is Not the End: Adobe ImageReady Tutorials

Everyone knows about Photoshop: this product from Adobe is so widely known and used that it can be definitely called legen…WAIT WAIT…dary. However, its extra popularity can put a shadow on other Adobe products.

For example, there is a utility called ImageReady, which gives a opportunity to work with bitmap formats. It has been a faithful companion for Photoshop for almost 10 years. And finally, lacking the users’ attention, it was discontinued in 2007. Nevertheless, Adobe ImageReady is still used by people who know its benefits for creating animations. Below I would like to present some helpful Adobe ImageReady tutorials from such skillful people. Welcome the world of ImageReady.

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Animation in Adobe Photoshop / ImageReady

It’s a very informative tutorial that teaches different aspects of working with ImageReady. It is divided into 5 pages, each of them includes step-by-step guide.

Adobe ImageReady Tutorials

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Adobe ImageReady Tutorial

This is very interactive tut from famous Newgrounds community. Just click and watch the next step.

Adobe ImageReady Tutorials
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Halloween Promo from TemplateMonster: Holiday Themes 30% Price Off

This is Halloween! This is Halloween!

Okay, you got it and maybe even remembered the theme from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. But what does it mean for web developers?

Well, I have useful news for you. TemplateMonster opens traditional Halloween discount period. It begins today and finishes on 14th of November. You have a lot of time to make your purchase till its end. The promo concerns any holiday template and takes 30% off the price.


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Best Free Coding Resources To Educate Yourself

Everyone today understands or at least guesses that the good old traditional education runs out. All this sitting in university classrooms is so annoying if considering modern technologies provides us with so wide opportunities to get useful information and learn. The first sprouts of new education system, which effectively uses all the latest achievements of human civilization, began to born throughout the web. These resources appeared really actual, their popularity grows with inevitable intense. For now the most famous educational website is Coursera, it contains hundreds of learning courses from professors of authoritative universities from different parts of the world. Coursera concerns a wide variety of directions. And, of course, it’s not the first to understand the importance of e-learning for today society.

The pioneers of studying on the web were web developers, coders, programmers and other internet builders. Of course, it’s natural, because people of this activity field were immersed into the global net system in the deepest way (well, they were creating it!) and know about its potential most comparing with other people. Their educational resource had a wide specialization, teaching how to work with web. In order to honor their deposit to the progress of educational system and just to share with you definitely helpful website, I want to present the 10 best free coding resources for education.

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Codecademy

Free Coding Education Resources

It’s probably the most famous code education resource. You begin you first lesson from the main page right away. Once it’s finished, Codecademy offers you to continue after registration. The education process is quite interactive and therefore easy for the quick pace of modern human being.

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Coderace

Free Coding Education Resources

Coderace demonstrates a rather original concept. The educational process is made in the form of the game, where speed gives more points. A player is fighting with opponents getting meanwhile different prizes. Indeed, competitive spirit is a good stimulation for many people to learns.
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Early Drupal 7 vs. Drupal 8

Drupal is a powerful content management system that has been dominating with its enhanced functionality over some other platforms. Its incredibly rich features attract numerous web developers: i.e. performance, usability factor and scalability. It grabs the attention of users across the globe. The latest version of Drupal has come up with some new and enhanced features than the previous one. In this article you will find a complete differentiation between previous version of Drupal 7 and new expected features of Drupal 8.

Let’s firstly discuss the previous version of Drupal, the 7th one.

Drupal 7 VS Drupal 8

Reasons for choosing Drupal 7

Less number of Modules

Software engineers who worked on the previous version know that it has hundreds of modules that make it complicated for the web developers to increase the caching speed for a website. Drupal 7 possesses a lesser amount of module downloads which helps in resizing the image and the aspect ratios of the video libraries to any promising size.

User Friendly Interface

Software engineers who had ever used Drupal 7 will admit that the platform is quite user friendly. It has various options to modify the website at any stage of development. Many tasks can be performed by quick shortcuts which are admired by the software engineers very much. Actually, namely quick shortcuts make Drupal 7 so unique.

Website Development

A large and rapidly growing group of people works on developing Drupal, supports its usage and is very passionate about its improvement. Drupal possesses a framework that developers can use to quickly create custom functionality. The users of this version can make complex websites very easily.

Expected Features of Drupal 8

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The Arrow of Time is Never Frozen. Seth Taras Proves It with “Know Where You Stand” Campaign

The history is being created right now. Don’t you feel it? Every moment is inevitably sliding from your view becoming past. The future abruptly transforms into presents. Then, present goes to past. In few sentences I gave you obvious arrow of. In such human civilization is developing. Every moment is important being a link in the history continuity. However people often forget about this simple truth.

And some artist are definitely annoyed with that negligence. I assume that Seth Taras is one of them. Not so long ago this awarded photographer made a set of works that surely prove my assumption.

Mr. Taras took photos of some special places. Actually, historical places, where important events of past occurred. For example, the location in New Jersey, where Hindenburg blimp crushed in 1937. And the creative idea of the author was to combine the old photos with modern peaceful ones. The works were aimed for History channel campaign called “Know Where You Stand”. The result you can see below.

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Seth Taras Know Where You Stand Campaign

Hindenburg was a German blimp. It accidentally crushed at the very end race from Germany to USA, in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 6, 1937.

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Seth Taras Know Where You Stand Campaign

Long ago there was wall dividing Berlin into two parts: the capitalist area and the communist one. The wall was destroyed in 1989 from the commie side. Read More

Daniel Mackie’s Art: Paintings That Will Change Your Attitude to Animals

In spite of postmodern era came threatening with completeness of senses, the art hasn’t stopped in its essential development. It’s not surprising, because people own the inevitable inclination for expressing themselves in different forms – and even if we have no new senses, we can create them through new forms. The technical novelties of modern times just facilitate this tendency opening more opportunities for artistic expression. And the thing is not in raising of tech comfort like iPhones and tablets for everyone, but in its influence on human minds. Information freedom makes people freer and their expressions develop to more and more all-sufficient. I want to make conclusion that if earlier art was defined by genre, nowadays the epoch of individuals in art came.

The artist I want to tell you about today is very distinctive. Of course, his works have some influences like surrealism and Japanese graphic. And it’s natural, because without them he could create his own style. But anyway, I don’t want to characterize the art with some labels. I’ll just tell you the name. Daniel Mackie. And his beautiful paintings are presented below.

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Animal Art

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Animal Art
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Direct Communication: 60+ Best Web Designers to Follow on Twitter

The era of short messages and compressed information… These are days we are living in. Twitter made the spirit of epoch so apparent that it quickly gained popularity and partially interchanged TV and newspapers. It’s not surprising, because you just need the internet connection to watch and watch exactly what is interesting to you. This became a real breakthrough in the information interchange. Also, it became possible for so called non-celebrities to gain popularity for their real achievements without any PR mediators.

Once we are on Design (!) Float, I’m daring to suppose we are all interested here in web designers. So, let’s review the alive examples of people who make Twitter their mouthpiece. They share their thoughts, ideas, advice, works and many other things. Praise to internet freedom: you can easily interact with them and gain some useful experience.

But how to know which designers are worth of our attention? Well, that’s why I’m here: I’ll give you a comprehensive list of the best web designers to follow on Twitter.

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Jason Santa Maria

Designers to Follow on Twitter

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Jeffrey Zeldman

Designers to Follow on Twitter
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Free Cursors – Small Funny Blues Exorcists (Save the One for Yourself)

When you spend major part of your day staring at the computer screen, it’s normal that you have the desire to adjust it to your mood, temperament and behavior. For this purpose we set wallpapers on our desktop, make shortcuts to the programs we constantly use, change types, in short, organize our work the most efficient, convenient and pleasant way.

Today, you will have one more opportunity to customize your work area, notably, to set a nice funny free cursor that will bring a smile on your face even if the weather is nasty, your chef is a tyrant and your salary is equal to the one of slaves in times of slaveholding.

As you know, in computing, a cursor is an indicator showing the position on a computer monitor or other display device that will respond to input from a text input or pointing device. The mouse cursor may also be referred to as a pointer due to its arrow shape on some systems.

No Standard Arrows! Just Giggling Free Cursors Allowed

Hum! Who told you that a cursor should look like an arrow? Our collection of funny cursors contains everything you can think of, but arrows.

If you possess a good sense of humor, and we believe you do, finally, you will get the opportunity to demonstrate it to the rest of your colleagues by means of the comic cursors we showcased herein under.

Since today, a friendly, droll mug will look at you back from your computer screen and raise the level of positive emotions to the higher mark.

Now, we guess, you want to know how to update your cursor. It’s very easy, indeed. We’d dare say that you are just a click away of the cursor you like. Besides, the service is absolutely free, which is also important. When your new cursor will cease to cope with its entertaining duties, you can always restore your default one or choose the new virtual friend.

So, here they are – 20 funny free cursors to pick out from. We sincerely hope that they will brighten up your day!

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Medieval Cursors

Aren’t they cute? Look like 3 year old child scribbles.

free cursors

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Oxygen Cursors

These cursors resemble the points of ancient spears. They are cool.

free cursors

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