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The Best of January 2016: Tutorials, Freebies, and the Latest News

January 2016

With the year in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about how to sharpen your web development skills and take your career to new levels. To help you out with this, we’ve compiled a handy list of all the best tutorials, the juiciest news, and the most fantastic design freebies. We hope you enjoy them!


WordPress for Android

Good news – Version 4.9 of the WordPress for Android app is now available from Google Play Store. Great features include a fingerprint scanner, improved media library experience, and some expected helpful bug fixes. Find out more here.

New Safari features

Safari 9.1 has been updated, and now features handy bonuses, such as picture element support, faster response on the timelines tab, viewport changes, and gesture events to detect pinching and rotation on the magic trackpad. Discover all the details right here.

Atom Updates

Atom has been busy, creating a series of new updates to keep designers on their toes. Check out the full list of the most recent changes here.

End of IE Support

We all knew it was coming, but now it’s official – there will be no more support for older versions of Internet Explorer. However, before you start weeping into your coffee, here’s why we think it’s not actually a bad thing… in fact, here’s six reasons to celebrate its passing!

End of IE Support


Responsive Image Fix

We’ve all used responsive images in our designs, and when they go wrong, they can cause real headaches. Rather than using JavaScript to address the issue, explore Client Hints, a new initiative championed by Google – designed to help reduce both the size and verbosity of the image markup. Thanks to Smashing Magazine for this useful tip.

The Best Pens of 2015

You can always rely on CodePen to provide developers with some of the hottest experiments and tricks. This fantastic round-up features the most hearted pens of 2015 – and yes, there are 100 to enjoy. Have fun.

Cinema Seat Previews?

Wouldn’t it be awesome, when you chose your seat at the cinema to be able to get a sneak preview of what the screen would look like from where you were sitting? With this thought in mind, Mary Lou designed a demo that achieves just that. Check it out.

CSS Tips

When you’re working in CSS, it’s good to have a whole arsenal of tricks up your sleeve to wow your clients. This amazingly helpful guide provides you with some fantastic tips and techniques to take your CSS designs to the next level. Check them out here.

CSS tips


The Finest Fonts of 2015

Few things inspire debate quite like fonts. Typewolf have done their research and identified the ten most well-loved web fonts of 2015. However, they also have a few good reasons why you shouldn’t use these fonts, and should choose other ones instead. Read their article for more information.

Useful Design Ebooks

Ready for your next tea-break? Then download one of these free eBooks and read at your leisure. There’s 50 to get through in total – let us know when you’ve completed them all!

Web Design in 2016

2015 was certainly a memorable year in the world of web design and development, and 2016 looks set to be no different. Tuts+ has an uncanny knack of predicting the future of web design – so read this article, peer into their crystal ball, and see if they’re right!

Helvetica Alternatives

Helvetica. It’s a little bit yawn, isn’t it? However, it’s a useful font for certain designs. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a few alternatives – fonts that demonstrated the same simple clarity, whilst offering a bit of originality? You asked, and Hrvoje Grubisic delivered. Enjoy!

Helvetica Alternatives


Valentine’s Stamps

The most romantic day of the year is swiftly approaching, and you can bet your clients will want some suitably love-themed images. This set of Valentine’s stamp icons is ideal, and best of all it’s free to download!

Arabella Font

Here’s a beautifully elegant font for you to add to your design toolbox, courtesy of PixelBuddha. It’s especially well-suited to artistic sites, and is aptly called Arabella. You can download it for free right here.

Free Tiny Icons

Let’s face it, we can never have enough icons, can we? Here are 72 tiny icons – and they’re free to download.

Valentine’s Email Template

We couldn’t resist offering you a freebie of our own. Here’s a great Valentine’s-inspired email template for you to use, and yes, it’s completely free to download. We hope you like it.

Valentines Day Freebie

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this month’s round-up, and bagged yourself lots of great freebies and handy tips. Think we’ve missed anything important off the list? Just drop us a line in the comments below! To stay up-to-date with the latest industry news and our announcements, subscribe to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Happy coding!


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