The Best of February 2016: Tutorials, Freebies, and the Latest News
We hope you all enjoyed the most romantic month of the year! Now with spring approaching, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and bring some fresh air into your designs! Here are some awesome coding tips, fascinating industry news… and of course, some well-deserved freebies for you. Have fun!
SUBLIME TEXT BUILD 3103
Sublime Text 3 is finally out – the first available with new syntax definition format: sublime syntax. What does this mean for you web dev experts? Richer syntax highlighting and a vastly improved performance! You can download it right here.
BIG ADOBE UPDATES
Adobe has also some exciting updates: Adobe Muse CC and Adobe Animate CC. Muse CC now has fully responsive design, and Animate CC (formerly Flash Professional) has a whole range of new features and enhancements. Read all about it on Adobe’s official blog.
MANDRILL SUPPORT BY PSD2HTML
Yes, MailChimp rocks. However, if you’re sending out transactional emails, Mandrill is where it’s at. It’s a much easier way to manage all your transactional emails – with great features and loads of templates to use. Our team is excited to announce that Mandrill support is now available for all email template projects. Just go ahead and order it here!
NEW OUTLOOK FOR OUTLOOK?
We’re all excited about the new Outlook.com – which has been updated to take on rival Gmail. There are a few nice design additions, such as new emojis and ability to tag specific people within the email; plus GIFs and ability to ‘like’ emails. Here’s Outlook’s official word on the matter.
MUST-SEES FOR DEVELOPERS
EMAILS WITHOUT MEDIA QUERIES
Sometimes, making responsive emails can be tricky – especially as email clients like Google and Yahoo don’t support media queries on mobile. There’s a few ways you can get around this in your designs – though Remi Parmentier thinks he’s perfected a technique that avoids using media queries at all. Read more here.
UNDERSTANDING BACKGROUND CLIP
Background-clip isn’t a property that’s used very often. However, when you know how to use it wisely, it can be pretty useful. Check out this article by Ana Tudor explaining how it can improve your designs.
Filters work wonders with images – creating a variety of different effects and atmospheres in your designs. Here’s a useful tutorial, detailing how to use filters to maximum effect.
FROM CONCEPT TO CODEPEN
There’s not many things more exciting than seeing a great UI concept turned into coding. Check out these two posts from UpLabs (1 and 2), which compile some of the most inspirational concepts brought to life.
WEB DESIGN MIX
Designing for the Reading Experience
As a designer, you already know how important it is for your work to tell a story. Narrative styles lend themselves well to virtually all industries – but what design techniques are best when you want to captivate your audience? Erik Klimczak of TrustLabs has provided us with some interesting thoughts on the matter, and so has Marko Dugonjić!
We all know that beauty is only skin-deep. But how come some of the world’s ugliest websites are also some of its most popular? This fascinating article explores the theory behind unattractive or dated sites, and suggests that you shouldn’t judge a website by appearances.
GET ORGANIZED IN PHOTOSHOP
Are your Photoshop files getting out of control? Being unorganized can have a negative impact on your productivity – so it’s a good idea to tackle the problem head-on and bring some zen-like organization to your life. This guide shows you how.
Typographic posters are really on-trend at present, and it’s a good idea to know how to create one. This detailed tutorial walks you through the process of creating an eye-catching poster in Adobe Illustrator.
We believe that you can never have too many amazing fonts in your designer’s toolbox. SmashingMagazine have compiled a list of some fantastically creative fonts – and they’re all free to download!
These swipeable cards with parallax effect were originally created for Nike, but you can play around with them and tweak for your own design projects. Now that’s what we call a freebie!
FREE WEBSITE TEMPLATE
GraphicBurger.com has got a great freebie this month – a multi-purpose website template (PSD), which can be downloaded without spending a cent. Pretty sweet, huh?
Brush fonts are experiencing something of a comeback at the moment – and their imperfect, vintage style matches the current trend for retro sites. SpeckyBoy has compiled a list of some of the best free-to-download brush fonts out there, just for you.
We hope you found this month’s round-up informative, entertaining, and more than a little bit useful. To keep up to date with all the latest news, tools and tuts, simply subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.