Have you watched Fullmetal Alchemist? Have you played Arcanum? If not, let me explain what steampunk is. This genre in art has grown from the combination of cyberpunk and Victorian age aesthetics. In the best traditions of postmodern in result we got a quaint syncretism, which is nevertheless quite recognizable. Once you see steampunk you clearly understand – it’s steampunk. The style can thank for this numerous elements such as clockwork, pipes, steam valves, pinions, copper knobs and other typical attributes of Steam age, designed in anachronic manner. As for the cyberpunk influence, you can catch a flavor of noir.
Steampunk is the most popular among other derivatives of cyberpunk and the only one among them that can be supposed as a distinct and separate genre. Moreover, steampunk has already become an integral part of mass-culture. But what’s about the Internet? Well, web designer also like to use its aesthetics in their works, especially if it fits the theme of the website. And though web design can be called art only metaphorically, it demonstrates steampunk style very representatively. For you to acquaint yourself with the genre – below the most attractive examples of steampunk in web design are listed.
* * *
* * *
Nowadays it’s definitely obvious that every skilled photographer should have his or her own website. There you can demonstrate your works, put a detailed information about your services and prices for them. The personal website is also useful as a portfolio: once you need to show somebody your professional achievements you can just share a link to your website. I believe no one would deny it’s really comfortable.
Are you a professional photographer? Don’t you still have a personal website? Well, don’t worry. I understand that you want some original trendy design. The problem is that such themes are mostly quite expensive. And in this case I’ve found a solution for you. Experienced web design company TemplateMonster released a free HTML5 Theme for photography site. You can begin to rejoice, and let me demonstrate the template itself.
* * *
Today, blogging has changed its way from being leisure time hobby to a profitable venture and is rapidly growing popularity among people worldwide. Now, the confusion arise which platform to choose in order to start blogging WordPress.com or WordPress.org, which is the most frequently asked question. Before moving ahead with the major differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, it is very important to know what exactly WordPress is. It is widely preferred open source blogging tool that is freely available and a content management system powered by PHP and SQL that runs on a web hosting service.
The difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is much similar to having an email account with email service providers like Yahoo, Gmail, etc. Or working on email program downloaded on your computer like Outlook and others. We develop blog on WordPress.com server like we store and manage mail through Gmail and others and the web-address of blog is name.wordpress.com. Whereas, in WordPress.org we build blog or website with self-hosted WordPress installation. It is similar to purchasing a software at online store and installing it to the computer.
Choosing the best one out of the two is not a real concern, but there is a need to have clear picture of WordPress.com and WordPress.org, so that one may opt for the WordPress that the best meets its requirements. Both are used for blogging purpose and the similarities between the two ends here only. So, now we are going to discuss the differences between them.
If you work with CSS you should definitely know about SASS. And you should know how SASS can ease your development with CSS. In case you have no idea what that is, let me briefly explain. SASS is an abbreviation for Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets. It’s a scripting language, which is interpreted into CSS. Sass consists of two syntaxes: indented syntax and SCSS. The first one uses indentation to separate code blocks; the second one uses block formatting like in CSS.
Using SASS can definitely make your coding with CSS faster and more efficient. Besides, this language extension is open for many frameworks like Compass, which greatly improves the effectiveness of the working process. Below I gathered 10 sass tutorials posted in 2013 – they are all new and fresh. Most of them will be suitable for SASS beginners, nevertheless I believe advanced users will be also able to find helpful things for them.
* * *
* * *
New Year is coming… We sum up the achievements of the passed year. And then it animates new hopes, new dreams, new plans. People evolved into eCommerce are not an exception. New Year is a great period to start some new projects. And I have good news for them.
Guys from TemplateMonster launched a munificent promo – 50% off the price for all templates. It’s a great chance for you to take a professional and high quality theme for your online business paying just a half from the original price. The profit is obvious. Take you chance and don’t forget that New Year discount is active from December 26 till December 31.
No building ever comes up without a structural blueprint. No business ever starts without a plan (even if it’s on the back of a tissue or in the depth of your head).
Planning is mandatory, no matter how boring it might sound. Similarly, websites need conceptualization. You can call it a plan, a wireframe, a concept, a mockup, or an idea. The closer your actual website is closer to the concept and is aligned with your goals, the more effective your website is going to be.
Here are at least eleven considerations for getting your website conceptualization right:
Have you ever asked yourself a question why we use icons in our designs? We won’t say something new now, as all of us know that users don’t start reading the content immediately. First of all they scan it for visually attractive elements in order to make their verdict: whether your website is worth their attention or not. That’s why experienced designers place a kind of traps for visitors’ eyes here and there, like icons, for instance.
It’s a well known fact that text broken into smaller paragraphs is much more digestible for reader, and here icons can serve as great text styling elements.
Actually, icons can be found everywhere on the web page: they decorate navigation menus, search boxes, block quotes and web forms. Icons make your content more understandable even without reading, sometimes they even replace the text. This phenomenon today can be frequently observed in buttons design.
What is the main goal of using icons?
The ultimate aim of icons application in web design is to help users absorb and process information without intension but with maximum efficiency.
Here is a general, rough list of places where you can arrange your small or large helpers (the size is not that important) to draw users’ attention and make their online experience much better:
- 1. Various lists. Otherwise your enumeration falls under the risk of looking boring.
- 2. Drawing attention to new or cool, unique features in your web application.
- 3. As an invitation (call-to-action) to try out something new or do what you want the user to do.
- 4. Logos. Icons are simply ideal for logo design.
- 5. Titles and headers. They stand out much better when supplied with icons.
- 6. Schematic explanation of the paragraph point preceding it.
- 7. Separation of long text abstracts.
Needless to say that icons should uphold the general website design style, be it classical, minimalist, flat, grunge, etc. Remember that carefully selected icons make your website look friendlier, more inviting, understandable and professional. There are no small details in web design. Thinking about them you show the user how pedantic you are in everything that relates to your work. Sometimes even the tiny icons can add unique charm and personal touch to your website. You can experiment with icons of different sizes and places of their location to raise readers’ interest. Creativity is always a winning tactics. Actually, there is only one restriction in using them: no matter how beautiful single icons are, they should seamlessly blend with the rest of the layout, otherwise, your website will look messy and unprofessional, as a set of random elements.
For those who can’t call him/herself an expert in icon drawing, we offer a set of simple, effective tutorials, teaching how to draw different types of icons in Adobe Illustrator. This way, you will be able to create absolutely unique icons that suit your individual web design needs. So, here they are: icon design Adobe Illustrator tutorials.
In this tutorial the author shows you a few tricks on creating clean lines and edges when working with the flat design trend, in Adobe Illustrator.
More and more people want to launch their own websites. Nevertheless, just a small fraction of them are acquainted with coding and web development well enough to do it independently. But still, there is a way, if you don’t want to waste money on hiring specialists and therefore depend on them. I mean SaaS – Software as a Service, when you can use some website engine without buying hosting services, downloading website engine, etc.
In terms of creating website one of the best SaaS solutions is certainly Shopify. It’s a simple-to-use and effective service, which gives an opportunity to create online store without any knowledge in coding. Besides, it exempts users from activity related to hosting. I don’t want go into details about all the features, because it’s quite quickly to register for you – and then you will get 14-day trial to check many of the benefits and options, available in Shopify.
Design is neither an invention nor a discovery that could happen by accident! It has to be backed by a process, should be thought of thoroughly, planned and properly managed. Conventionally, a design team or designer is responsible for the design management, which is included in the design phase. Designs in agile projects are tightly integrated with delivery; hence it is actively involved with design management. Design could be a bottleneck if it is considered separately to the rest of the team with different priorities and schedules.
…“Step into Christmas, let’s join together
We can watch the snow fall forever and ever
Eat, drink and be merry come along with me
Step into Christmas, the admission’s free”…
(Step into Christmas by Elton John – we decided to begin our post with the words from this song instead of traditional Christmas carol and hope you have nothing against our ploy).
Are you ready to step into Christmas with us? We’ll have a good time, make no doubt about it!
Let’s retreat from rigorous religious connotation of the holiday, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ into Christian World, as we are not sure about the name of God or the numen our readers believe in. Actually, the word Christmas derives from “Christ-Mass”, which means a celebration at the solar solstice of winter for the rebirth of the solar force in matter. Christians call that solar force Christ, Persians – Ormuz or Ahura Mazda, Hindus – Krishna, Egyptians – Osiris, Chinese – Fu Xi, Greeks – Zeus, Jupiter, the Father of the Gods, Aztecs – Quetzalcoatl, in the Germanic Edda, Baldur is the Christ. As you see, each culture has its own name for God and very similar story of his life, miracles he worked and brutal assassination he undertook. Some of them were referred to millions of years before Christ. So, as our traditions and viewpoints are different, we offer to take God not as an individual now, but as an inconceivable cosmic principle of life-giving energy assimilated within our physical, psychic, somatic and spiritual nature, somewhere within our souls.
So what do we celebrate according to this philosophy?
The holiday of Christ Mass is a celebration of the birth of the solar force within us, a feat made possible by living the teachings given by those who already incarnated that force.
But enough with this short historical excursus. We hope you’ve already bought the tickets to your native town? What for? Of course to celebrate the most wonderful, fairy and joyful festival of the year – Christmas, even if your family lives in Australia and you’ll have picnic on the beach with surfing and sunbathing instead of traditional turkey table. We asked you about tickets because from ancient times Christmas was considered a family holiday and it may be a real problem to get to your home town on the 24th of December.
How are you going to celebrate this Christmas? Most likely you are busy with buying presents for your beloved ones, decorating your house with scented candles, glittering lights, huge, thick Christmas tree, etc. It’s a good time to show your love and care to friends and relatives.
In our turn, we couldn’t leave our respected readers without a kind of Christmas present, aimed to raise their holiday spirit. Try to guess what is it? Today it’s a sparkling cocktail of funny, cute, free Christmas wallpapers and movie posters. Yes, your computer also deserves a small gift. Open your soul to Christmas wonders, tune to festive mood and don’t forget to change your desktop wallpaper. It’s free!