The Best of May 2015: News, Tutorials, and Freebies
It’s time for our monthly round-up of the best web design and development resources, news, and tutorials from May. So, go ahead and make yourself a drink, and check out the stories below.
Firefox 38 Release
Tone: An Experimental Chrome Extension
Google Chrome’s impressive new add-on enables you to share URLs with someone else’s computer, provided they can ‘hear’ one another. Simply select the tab you want to share, click the extension, wait for the beeps, and the link will be sent to all computers via a notification. Sounds exciting, huh? Check out the official release notes here.
MUST-SEES FOR DEVELOPERS
JCF in Review
Getting Dicey with Flexbox
Flexbox is a really powerful tool. It is a relatively new CSS layout spec, enabling you to create great, dynamic layouts in no time. If you are looking to get started with flexbox, check out this fantastic tutorial and learn how to create dices.
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about SVG fallbacks, then this comprehensive guide by Amelia Bellamy-Royd, has all the information you need.
Pull Down to Refresh
Though this coding demo is neither optimized for mobile devices, nor fully cross-browser compatible, it is a real delight to the eye. Check it out!
It’s always challenging to arrange a site that has a lot of content, especially when you need it to be really easy to navigate. CodyHouse guys have some great tips on how to create a custom responsive mega-dropdown component.
WEB DESIGN MIX
Immersive Interaction Design
In web design, it’s always important to stay one step ahead of the competition. This helpful guide by Jerry Cao outlines all the key IxD techniques and how to use them in your own creations.
Material Design Principles
Material design is big news at the moment, and a number of designers are using it not only in their Android designs but in other projects, too. If you’re interested in learning how to use material design in your work, make sure you read this blog post by the Adobe Dreamweaver team first.
Sketch with Material Design
Sketch has become one of the most popular design tools, and it’s particularly well suited to material design. If you want to find out more about how the two work seamlessly together, read this great article by Smashing Magazine.
Creating a narrative online is a powerful feature on a website. However, getting it right can be tricky. This thought-provoking article from Senongo Akpem helps you to think about constructing non-linear narratives on your site, and how to do it effectively.
Vintage Text Effect Tutorial
If you’d like to add a stylish retro touch to your site, check out this amazing, detailed Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Chris Spooner.
40 Free Photoshop Brush Packs
Every good designer knows, if you want to produce great effects, you need excellent brushes in your designer toolbox. Speckyboy.com scoured the Web for the best free brushes, so make sure to get them quick!
Top 100 Free Typefaces for 2015
Are you looking for some amazing free fonts? Check out this impressive selection of 100 free fonts hand-picked by the Awwwards team.
It’s important to ensure your responsive design looks great on all devices. When you’re displaying your work to clients, you want to be able to show them how it will look in all layouts. Here are 15 mock-up PSDs, sourced by Line25, to help you achieve that.
We hope this round-up gave you enough food for thought and plenty of handy resources to use in your future projects. If you think we’ve missed something important or you want to add a comment, please feel free to do so. Also, make sure to subscribe to our email newsletter and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with all the latest design news, reviews, and resources!