The Best of April 2015: News, Tutorials, and Freebies
April’s a wonderful time for getting creative! Here, we’ve hand-picked some great web design and development resources to ignite your enthusiasm even further. Catch up with the latest industry news and get ready to produce some design magic!
Google’s latest mobile algorithm change came into effect on April 21. Now, mobile-friendly factors will determine if your site should rank higher in the mobile search results. If you haven’t ensured your site is fully responsive and optimized for mobile devices, don’t panic. PSD2HTML has a timely solution for you – 10% off responsive HTML5/CSS3 markup.
WordPress 4.2 Powell
The version 4.2 of WordPress is now available, and if you haven’t updated yet, you should do so now! The release has significant improvements to the Press This feature, customizer panel, plugin update, oEmbed support and much more. Go ahead and read more here.
MUST-SEES FOR DEVELOPERS
VISUAL GUIDE TO CSS3’s FLEXBOX LAYOUT
The Flexbox Layout is the new layout module in CSS3. It works wonders in terms of improved alignment, directions, and order in the container. This visual guide, from Dimitar Stojanov, provides an amazing, easy-to-follow explanation of how it works.
JQUERY: DO YOU NEED IT?
Although plenty of developers still use JQuery, some have cast doubt as to whether you still need it. Lea Verou’s post explores the disadvantages of sticking to JQuery, whilst acknowledging its great impact to the Web.
GET TO GRIPS WITH ANGULARJS
Would you like to find out more about AngularJS? This handy free cheat-sheet from DNC Magazine covers pretty much everything you’ll ever need to know about its most commonly used features.
WEBP: IS IT A GOOD IMAGE FILE ALTERNATIVE?
Image optimization has always been a key issue. If a page takes too long to load, most users will give up and go elsewhere. WebP is an image file format that provides lossless and lossy compression to images, and it’s generated the interest of Google, Facebook and more. How does it stand up under rigorous testing? You can find out at David Walsh’s blog here.
ONE-PAGE NAVIGATION CSS MENU
Do you want a fancy, one-page navigation, featuring different sections and a pure CSS menu? Head over to CodePen and check out this stunning demo by Alberto Hartzet.
WEB DESIGN MIX
FLAT VS MATERIAL DESIGN
It’s becoming a hot debate: which design style works best for your site? And more to the point, what’s the difference between the two? And which one should you use for your projects? Designmodo’s article sheds some light on the matter.
WHY SKETCH ROCKS
Sketch has been the word on every designer’s lips the last few months. Are you a Sketch fan, or are you still loyal to Photoshop and Illustrator? Ashley Bennett’s case-study on Smashing Magazine outlines why he started using Sketch and hasn’t looked back.
DESIGNERS’ GUIDE TO ACCESSIBILITY
Accessibility is a crucial aspect for any site. Jesse Hausler shares seven major things you need to know in order for your designs to meet the minimum standards in Section 508 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
CREATING A COLORFUL SPRING-THEMES TYPOGRAPHIC DESIGN
If you want to learn how to create a vibrant spring-themed vector text design, check out this easy Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Mary Winkler.
THE EVOLUTION OF FLAT DESIGN
Flat design has always been a hot topic in the design community. This free e-book by UXPin explores the trends in flat design, with 18 visual examples, discussion about pros and cons, and some handy resources.
WordPress Plugins for Mobile Sites
How can you make your WordPress site look great, whatever the screen size? There are some great WP plugins to help you.
Designers everywhere seem to have come over all summery, and this free Waterlily font is no exception.
Unishop eCommerce Template
It’s always good to have a free template, isn’t it? This fully customizable eCommerce template is fully layered and grouped with editable images. You’re welcome to download it for free or preview it for inspiration.
From scissors to artist scalpels, whatever art-themed icons you need, you may well find them within this useful icon pack.
MATERIAL DESIGN UI KIT
Here’s a free, super-useful UI kit to kick start your next material design project. It comes in a PSD format, so you can customize any element, button, widget and form you like.
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