Difficulties with YouTube UX

Since the time when google introduced new YouTube interface any major innovations were introduced. Here is a promo video of an interface, check it out!

Luckily for everyone (or unfortunately) Google is ferociously pushing its socials throughout all services, YouTube is no exception. Now you can connect your YouTube to Google+ and Facebook. And here is where difficulties appear.

The worst thing is that you can’t abolish those items, even if you choose not to connect to a Facebook account. The algorithm of display of shared via Google+ videos is pretty vague, you may see vids from strangers that’s due to Extended circles function, of even from people whom you’ve uncircled. The home page is a total channel-based mess. Google thinks you just want to watch stuff you’re subscribed to. Beneath those social media links are 5 of the channels you’re subscribed to.

In the center column there is a chronological listing of activity in all your channels. Clicking on the channel you’ll see activity from there. Guess what, there’s no way to change sort order, which is a failing if you’re trying to watch some kind of series of videos. You have to scroll to the bottom of the feed and work your way up.

YouTube recommends both channels and videos, based on…who knows what? There’s no way to disagree with a channel recommendation, meaning there is no possible way to improve them. For individual videos, you have to click through to the video and then give it thumbs down to get it out of your recommendations list. I’m not a YouTube power-user: I rarely “hang out” there, generally am driven there by a link or an embedded video with cats or something interesting, besides the things mentioned above the most frustrating are the ads, feels like you can’t hide from them.

If you experience any other difficulties with YouTube feel free to complain in the comments section.

Best Google Services for Web Designers

Some days it seems like Google is working hard at achieving its goal of organizing the world’s information, making it easier for us to find what we need. Other days it seems like the company plans to take over the entire world. And with a code of conduct that includes the direction of “don’t be evil,” maybe that’s not necessarily a bad thing. today we would like to offer you the list of Google services extremely useful for web designers. Check them out!


Google Search

The most important google service for web designer. Today anyone even the smallest of us who can barely walk use Google Search:)



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TemplateMonster Launches Jigoshop Themes

Today we would like to share the information about new product line launched at TemplateMonster’s “development factory”. The novelty comes from well known reputable WordPress templates. We are talking about Jigoshop Themes, if you are not acknowledged with the product yet the next paragraph will make the point clear.

Inherently, Jigoshop is a WordPress eCommerce plugin developed by skilful experienced professionals dealing with online stores of world brands. Before the present moment its versatile features were available only after deliberate installation and certain adjustments. It doesn’t seem to be too difficult, however, takes time and efforts. Jigoshop plugin allows you create multiple product types, apply detailed attributes, facilitating successful customers’ search. Sortable sales graphs, incoming order/review notifications and statistics on your stores performance are provided inside the dashboard. This link to the blog post will persuade you to try Jigoshop.

Five excellent responsive Jigoshop themes able to boost your online store are ready to your service straight away.

It doesn’t matter what kind of products you are going to sell, Jigoshop themes are suitable for all of them. The products are highly beneficial for small shops because they are extremely lightweight. There are over 100 extensions (both free and paid) for Jigoshop powered themes, here is a link to extensions repository!

jigoshop themes

Please view the list of specifications you will observe in Jigoshop themes:

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Jump for Your Success – Free Joomla Theme

All you need for a good start of your project is a solid design that will make all your creative business ideas come true. If you want to be introduced to the audience effectively, make your first step efficient and noticeable. Try the following goodie Free Joomla Business Template, and feel free to use it as the basis for your great projects!

You can always make more of your ideas when you present them in the attractive way. Good designs can come handy for this purpose. The one that is presented here is perfectly tailored for a variety of business projects you’re going to create, or renovate. With a number of powerful Joomla features it gives a good opportunity to create functional project with pleasant to eyes layout. Its clean and clear design speaks effectively and communicates your business ideas in the comprehensive way. Free template live demo of this theme will show it to you in action. Hurry up to get this free theme!

Free Joomla Business Template:

To download the whole package of this template, visit the Free Joomla Business Template download page at TemplateMonster and type an email address that you want the free template package to be delivered to (don’t forget to uncheck the newsletter subscription checkbox in case you’re already subscribed, otherwise you may not be able to download the zip file). Feel free to use this template for your business, but you cannot resell it as a template.

Download Free Joomla Business Template with PSD files (2,13MB)

IMPORTANT NOTICE:TemplateMonster does not provide support services on free templates – including this one. We only provide support for the products that are being purchased from TemplateMonster. Our free templates are produced according to the latest web standards and we’ve been trying to make the process of working with them as easy as possible, so for people with minimum web development experience it should be easy to work with them. However, if you don’t have any experience, we recommend you to refer to the tutorials or community forums on how to work with platforms that each respective template is made with, or to hire someone to do the job for you.


Trick or Treat: Halloween Photoshop Tutorials

Happy upcoming Halloween to everyone! I suppose some of you are going to have some fun and great parties equipped with all the scary stuffs. For those who are staying at home in front of the computer, here are 20 photo manipulation tutorials ( in horror theme ), try them out!

Ghost Effect


Haunted House

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Create a Beautiful CSS Button for Print – Tutorial

Buttons are the main point of entry for users. They need to be inviting, exciting and just begging to be clicked on. But to focus only on the interactive elements of buttons – their active and hover states, for example – is to neglect another fairly widespread way that websites move from person to person – via personal printed recommendation. So what can you do to ensure that your buttons look just as good on paper as they do in-browser? We’ll take a look.


You can put that anywhere in the body of your document. Next up, let’s have a look at the CSS.
To style a button correctly, we need to consider what kinds of colour scheme are going to work in print. If you’ve sorted your print styles correctly, you’ll have stripped out all background images on the site when printed, to save your poor users their ink (most browsers will do this automatically). So white is going to be a part of your colour scheme, no matter what. Working with this, let’s pick a dark colour for our button. We’re also going to round the edges, as that makes a much more appealing, pressable button.

The CSS.

That might seem like an awful lot of code, but you can strip out things you don’t think you’ll need. You should also consider the kind of printer that your user might use. In Q4 2009, 70% of printers shipped were inkjet printers (23.8 million of the 34 million shipped), so it’s a fair bet to say your users will in the main use them. This means you should be prepping your button for printing with ink, such as HP Ink or Dell Inkjet Ink. Using Dell Inkjet Ink as an example, we can draw a few conclusions. Firstly, vibrant colours are best. Muted colours will blend in to the paper background. Secondly, liberal use of borders is valid. The black reproduction from this kind of ink is far superior to laser toner ink, and so will delineate the button – the important action access point for your users – from the rest of the printed page.

About the Author:
Natalie Smith studied International Relations in Glasgow, and currently works for a digital consulting firm in London. She writes tech and web design articles in her spare time, and also loves trying out new gadgets and reading the entertaining prose of P.G. Wodehouse and David Sedaris, her two favorite authors.

The Grandiose Advent of Bootstrap Templates on TemplateMonster

Did you have the association with the word bootstrap other than this before?

bootstrap templates

After reading this blog post, the term will acquire an absolutely new sense for you.

So, according to our definition, a bootstrap is a framework for quick development of front-end web interfaces that has changed the way of web designs building for good and all. No wonder that since Bootstrap has become available, it turned into the most popular repository on GitHub, which is unprecedented.

You can get acquainted with all functional specifications of Bootstrap in this blog post.

Today is a special date as TemplateMonster launches Bootstrap templates. You are weclome to visit presentational page of this product. Hereinafter we will speak about the interpenetration of Bootstrap and TemplateMonster’s designs. The templates possess native Bootstrap functionality and large amount of fully-optimized original add-ons developed exclusively for this product line by TemplateMonster’s team.

All Bootstrap templates are built on the bootstrap framework. Comprehensive documentation on the product is enclosed into the template package. Each and every theme has a panel at the top with links to essential info the user should read.

bootstrap templates

Scaffolding, Base CSS, Components and Javascript links are native features of the framework. Please admit that native Bootstrap features complement the popular flow of responsive design. Each theme is based on the fluid grid and supports a certain number of media queries:

Label Layout width Column width Gutter width
Large display 1200px and up 70px 30px
Default 980px and up 60px 20px
Portrait tablets 768px and above 42px 20px
Phones to tablets 767px and below Fluid columns, no fixed widths
Phones 480px and below Fluid columns, no fixed widths

Four major layouts are preserved to fit all popular portable devices.

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Coolness of Blue in Web Design – Interactive Infographic

Why does Twitter use blue color scheme in its design? Why are blue designs so popular? What are the reasons for the choice of blue color as the primary one in your project? These questions will lead to the following cool infographic that I’m going to present you today. Coolness of Blue in Web Design. Interactive Infographic – here it is, and it seems for me that it will be a good inspiration for all of you, who are interested in design.

The psychology of colors is a powerful tool that helps create designs with a certain impact on its viewers. The visual presentation of information is of the primary importance. It is one of the first things that your visitors experience when enter you site. That’s why the choice of color scheme should be thought-out. This infographic focuses on blue color in web design, the tone that it brings in designs and the feelings that it arouses.

Blue is known as trustworthy and quality-related color, and that’s why a number of solid companies like social websites, computer technologies, finance, healthcare, airlines, political parties use it in their designs. A number of internet giants prefer it as the color of their logos. It is strongly associated with intelligence, stability, unity, conservatism, and this is one more reason for its immense popularity. Choose it if you want your web presence to appear as confidence-boosting

Do you know the number of shades of blue? What are the popular combinations of this color with others? What about its cultural meanings? All this you’ll find in the following infographic, and some other interesting facts like gender preferences concerning blue color, its power in branding, the sites that use it as the key color.

This infographic is interactive and features jQuery and HTML5 powered animation. Browsing it is a captivating pastime, ‘cause you choose your own way of working with it. Personally I enjoyed cute effect of hovering over the pencils at its header and bottom. And now it is for you to enjoy it.


(Here is a static and contracted version of Coolness of Blue in Web Design Infographic, at the bottom of it you’ll find the link to the full interactive version.)

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Perfect Decor for Interior Site – Free Joomla Theme

Hey guys, we are back with a good goodie for your inspiration and great designs – Free Joomla Interior Template. This is a perfect fit for the variety of sites that deal with interior designs.

Even if you face-lifted hundreds of interiors and decorated same number of houses, web presence of your Interior Desing Company will definitely give you additional flow of clients. The predominance of nature-related green in combination with silver grey and white transmit an adequate combination of patterns, shapes and images for your company.

The theme comes powered with Joomla engine one of the most popular and efficient today. What you will find useful and really helpful is that Interior Design Theme comes packed with a set of powerful Joomla features that will make your site fully-functional and user-friendly. What’s more, non-techies will be able to manage this theme “pain-free”. Before you start working with your web presence, check out free template live demo.

Free Joomla Interior Template:

To download the whole package of this template, visit the Free Joomla Interior Template download page at TemplateMonster and type an email address that you want the free template package to be delivered to (don’t forget to uncheck the newsletter subscription checkbox in case you’re already subscribed, otherwise you may not be able to download the zip file). Feel free to use this template for your business, but you cannot resell it as a template.

Download Free Joomla Interior Template with PSD files (16,5MB)

How to Build Your Design Brand using Social Media

Being a designer is not just about having the talent,drive and perseverance for success, but also about utilizing the right social media tools to make sure that your designs have the best chance to become known. This article will take a look at the major ways ideas spread through social media, and the tools you should be employing as an artist or a designer to continue down the road of success.

Understand how digital ideas spread

The spread of ideas is a delicate science, and one you should become accustomed to. You probably already know the most common tools of spreading your business or design, from Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, tumblr and personal blogs. However, an awareness of these methods is not enough; they must be correctly implemented. In the past few years, there has arguably been a shift from a focus on SEO (search engine optimization) to SMO (social media optimization). This means that a focus on effectively spreading your designs across various forms of social media– through posts, shares and likes – is currently the most effective way of creating a digital reputation. Here are some tips to optimize your social media presence.

Downward and Outward Projections

As a designer, you should spread your work with a dual-focused downward and outward trajectory. A downward trajectory represents connecting with fans, clients and consumers. An outward trajectory represents connecting with contemporaries, fellow designers, sponsorsand other professionals. Both of these methods of exposing your work are necessary as they provide different connections. While connecting with fans and consumers will secure the stability necessary for your continued work, connecting with fellow designers will help cement your place as an accepted member of that group. Sources of mutual inspiration should not be overlooked, and partnerships with other designers are a great way of increasing the number of people who are aware of both of your projects.

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