Deal of the week: UX web tiles for flow diagrams and sitemaps

Anyone who works in the fast-paced world of web design knows that it’s vital to strike while the iron’s hot. Whether you’re dealing with an anxious client, racing to meet an impossible deadline, or just packing in more work than is humanly possible; what you need are web tiles. This handy set of layout tiles for site maps and flow diagrams is the ideal solution for rapidly getting to grips with your project, and thanks to our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, you can grab it at an amazing 79% discount....
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10 ways to avoid becoming a commodity freelancer

OldCo is a well-established company that uses only freelancers to maintain a website that drives 35% of all its revenue. Whenever the current workload exceeds capacity, it hires a few more freelancers. Work begins, and all of a sudden priorities change. The freelancers are dropped and are told they will be contacted again once the company figures out what's best for the business. Sound familiar, right? Do you hate having your time wasted? Do you feel like your client only cares about what you can do for...
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How to use clipping and masking in CSS

CSS is growing more sophisticated all the time, with new tools for us to use. In this article I'll talk about one new feature: clipping with clip-path and masking. clip-path and masking are two properties that push the boundaries of the box model a little further than we've seen before. Browser support ... Happily, browser support is pretty good for clip-path. For desktop browsers it's supported as far back as IE9 (although some older browsers need vendor prefixes, as we'll see). The only real issue...
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Deal of the week: 1,075 pixel-perfect vector icons from Icons Solid

Crisp, clear and communicative icons are a must-have for every designer. This amazing set from Icons Solid, features 1075 pixel-perfect icons that will suit any situation. Icons range in groups from communication and business, to hardware, user interfaces, to people and objects. Right now, thanks to our sister-site mightydeals.com, you can download this set at less than half price. The key to this great icon set is that so many bases are covered. With this complete approach, you’ll always...
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Parallax scrolling is better code-free. See why with Webydo’s closed beta invite for DD’s readers

[— This is a sponsored post on behalf of Webydo —] Following on from the professional web design platform, WYSIWYG application Webydo’s announced its community-choice’s latest feature: Parallax Scrolling Animator. Voted for by almost 93,000 users, Webydo’s release of its code-free Parallax Scrolling Animator is an exciting feature update for professional web designers; giving them the freedom to create incredible web experiences for their clients and visitors, without the need...
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How to use the MediaRecorder API

We we first discovered that we could access a user's camera using Navigator.getUserMedia, we were all pretty amazed; but there's more… With the MediaRecorder API (MediaStream Recording) that's a construct inside Navigator.getUserMedia we can record media streams for the user's device and instantly use them in our app. Using the MediaRecorder API ... To use this API we need to have some recorded media to work with and for that we will use getUserMedia to get some. We simply create an if statement...
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Deal of the week: SuperSpray plugin for Photoshop

Copy, paste, drag, copy, paste, drag…if you’ve ever built up a collage of images in Photoshop you’ll be well aware of how laborious the process is. Well labor no longer! Our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, has arranged a great discount on this superb plugin for Adobe Photoshop that takes over the hard work for you. Simply paint your intended area black and SuperSpray will paint the area with transparent PNGs. You can use any kind of transparent PNG in your designs, one of the 11 built-in objects,...
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The coder’s guide to finding the perfect color palette

I’m far more of a programmer than a designer. I can deal with hex and RGB color values all day and plug them into my CSS like a champ. I can poke around in Photoshop, take some color samples, tweak them in the palette tool, and come up with pretty colors. But how do I come up with real, usable color schemes? Thankfully, for both the color hack like me and the graphic artist with a more refined eye, we have a large array of color resources available online: tools to help create palettes from scratch or based on an...
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