A flat design is certainly good: it’s stylish, modern and visual-friendly for mobile devices. However, the flatness is just a substruction of a concept, and we need something more concrete to add it and get a result. There are not so many ways to make a mobile app look absolutely all-sufficient. One of them is adding textures to interface elements: in most cases designers put them on backgrounds, so it become more noticeable and outline the foreground elements.
The texture is a nice method to deepen the visual unity of the app. In skillful hands the app can be transformed in something more alive and accomplished. Moreover, textures are able to improve the interface with an effect of skeuomorphism. Nevertheless, if one experiences a lack of professional taste, there is a great possibility to spoil the harmony of the app composition. So, in order to help you to improve the feeling of design relevance and just to inspire you I offer a collection of the most beautiful mobile app interfaces designs with textures.
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The background of this app follows the concept of maps. The implementation is rather elegant and clean.
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This application uses the skeuomorphic methods on its admissible maximum. Leather, paper textures are united in a notebook.
People caught their breaths in waiting. Don’t you know why? Seems like you are cut from IT news sphere. Well, I have no aim to test your curiosity:
iPhone 6 is coming…
Genial Steve Jobs started this series of this revolutionary device. And now, even after his death, Steve’s matter is alive. And the first characteristic of life is definitely evolution. Thus the next generation of iPhone should be released soon, probably in 2014. There are many rumors about the features iPhone 6 will include. The concepts from different designers often conflict each other, so no one (even Apple I believe) can say exactly how the new iPhone will look. However, I want to review the existing assumptions to imagine how iPhone 6 may look like.
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One of the most popular projects is one presented by a designer Johnny Plaid. It has a certain set of features, which create a unique and holistic design.
- Edge-to-edge display. The screen goes around the edge, so it gives an opportunity to make the device bigger without the resizing of the phone itself.
Cookies are such crafty things that give an opportunity to leave your browsing history of the certain site. It’s useful especially for eCommerce websites: you won’t need to put the same personal information again and again. If your browser has cookies enabled (by default it usually does), you are deprived from extra efforts, which are made by the machine.
From the other hand, the harvest of information about visitor can be very helpful for website owners. Web developers can effectively use it for proper UX and UI improvements, marketers can directly explore the target audience to offer the needed products.
However, it’s obvious the information exchange should be open and transparent. There is even EU Cookie Law prescripting certain restrains and put away the possibility of abusing in cookie functioning process. Average users rarely know all details of internet processes, so conscientious websites should demonstrate how they will use their visitors’ cookies. To help you with to stay in the bounds of good reputation, I want to present some free cookie warning scripts.
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It’s a very useful tool for getting a cookie warning script exactly for your type of the website (advertising, social media, analytics and other). The process is quite simple: you just need to click choosing the right point and the program will give you the proper code.
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CookieCuttr is a nice plugin created specifically for WordPress (already tested on 3.4 version). Your website will get an elegant cookie warning. Its design will be suitable practically for all websites.
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Sooner or later each user bumps into CAPTCHAs surfing the net. Some of them are so absurd that the decrypting of their weird messages can urge even the most peace-loving tolerant member of the internet community go berserk. At this rate most of the reasonable users are more likely to abandon your website than continue this idiotic process of proving that they are made of flesh and blood and not of lines of code.
If you are a caring website owner, respecting your visitors and striving for high conversion, we are ready to share valuable information about CAPTCHAs and arm you with user-friendly CAPTCHA tools and plugins, which will sooner bring huge grins on their faces rather than driving them nuts.
OK, let’s go…
What is a CAPTCHA?
Everything is simple: a CAPTCHA is a program that protects websites against bots. It generates and grades tests that can be easily passed by humans, but are absolutely overwhelming for current computer programs. For instance: we can read distorted text, solve small simple puzzles, move objects on the screen, but current computer programs can’t.
Below, you will see some amusing samples of ordinary CAPTCHAs, posted here just to make you smile:
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Writing about trends is ungrateful work. They change quickly and web developers need to seek for new ways of making internet more beautiful. However, we are developing web not only for us, but for all people of Earth connected. So, in this case the interests of mass user should be considered. Trends hurry to rescue in this case. Somehow instinctively we created this term to have a chance of harmonizing our creative potential with current requirements.
Talking about such important part of the backgrounds, you could notice that they experience an intensive evolution. Trends in background appear and disappear with an inevitable fastness. So, not to waste our time for ephemera, let’s check the features of modern website background trends, which have become stabilized and hold the position.
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The background layouts on current top designs are fullscreen and high-resolution. It’s already became a characteristic feature of fashionable website look. The conclusion here is that a natural human tendency for visual specification is unlimited (the fact that camera development is concentrated on the quality of illustration just confirm this thesis).
Okay, you can say: you got the size should be big, but what’s about the content? What should we exactly put in the backgrounds? There are couple sources: real life and graphic.
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Everything, we can take from the real life directly, fits this points.
Yes, in most cases we can watch simply photos of different things, which correspond the website theme: people, nature, furnishing and so on.
The precious thing about photos is that it’s quite simple to transform the primary material by adding effects.
HATE. Some programmers feel exactly that, when they need to fix the bugs in compatibility with Internet Explorer. All the versions of this browser, produced by Microsoft, look like a cripple comparing with other modern browsers (of course, I heard the latest version is good, however for now it’s just a rumor, because there are not so many bravehearts ready to check this). Nevertheless, some internet users due to some unbeknownst reasons still use it.
So what do we have? An epoch of nice and steady Cascading Style Sheets. And Internet Explorer. Do you feel the contradiction? Maybe, not (hello, IE user). But in if you are a person who needs to work with code, you certainly have all the frustration about the solution of IE and CSS awaken.
Be calm, I’m here to help you with that. I was searching through the web for competent CSS hacks for IE, and everything I found useful in this case is represented below. So, you don’t need to waste your time trying to find the materials to fix you problem with IE – all of them are united in this post. Not at all!
The whole web is following flat trend. If you want to keep pace with it, apply this trend design to your works too! Need a spoon of inspiration or a good basis for such works? Then try the freebie that is simple, clean and flat – Free Single Page Theme for Business Site. This single-page layout will perfectly work for a variety of business projects or any other you would like to set up.
Less is more – this is the key principle of flat design that is clearly seen in this free template. Flat soft colors, simple typography that looks effective against the colored background, clean graphics with all that neat boxes and a contact form.
Among the theme features you may want to see are:
- - single-page layout that offers seamless browsing through the content just scrolling up and down.
- - HTML plus JS animation that enlivens that design.
- - TM slider that was worked out by TemplateMonster developers.
- - Google fonts.
Deep colors that are used in this design create a pleasant tone of the web presence. They are good for presenting business companies and communicating their serious ideas. This layout makes use of simple colors, without any gradients and shadows that make it completely flat.
The overall clean look of the theme is accomplished with neat typography that emphasizes the messages of certain parts of the content, making it attractive and focusing the viewers’ attention on them.
Wise division of the content blocks, the border line that separates pages help perceive the information easily. Back-to-top button facilitates the navigation. How will the visitors interact with the future site based on this template? Check out live demo of theme to see it.
You could notice that with popularity of Android some elements of its design spread to non-mobile interfaces. The most noticeable, I believe is Hamburger menu (also known as a drawer menu). Why Hamburger? This element of UI is a representative icon, which looks like (guess, you got it now). So, now you can see it reminds the layouts of a hamburger – upper bun, stuffing and lower bun.
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Everyone understands that the most attractive themes can be made only by professionals, such people that devote a notable part of their life to web design. There’re a lot of them all over the world. So, whom should we pay attention to? I think, if web designers were able to organize a system of producing a plenty of templates, they are worth of attention. TemplateMonster represents such guys.
Taking into consideration a great offer from TemplateMonster, this post is dedicated to the best Joomla templates on available on their store. I gathered the most recent and the most attractive of them. Click the pics to view details. Enjoy.
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It’s an elegant template with trendy large picture background. One-page design makes the theme rather holistic. The navigation doesn’t overscore this concept, because new content is added below the main page, which is fixed.
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I would characterize the style of this template as “dark minimalism”. Indeed, the author absorbed the decadence beauty with modern web design fashion and natural aesthetic taste.