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Weekly Design News Roundup – 10 January 2014

January 10, 2014 • By

The week is coming to an end and that means it is time for us to look back on the week that passed, the best design news, resources and other goodies. This week we look at amazing WordPress Themes, great JavaScript libraries for developers, as well as asking the question whether a designer should know how to code or not and much more.

Photoshop Plugins you Won’t be Able to Live Without

To help make 2014 the most awesome year for you yet, here is a collection of amazingPhotoshop plugins for you. I’m not saying you should download them all as they do a variety of things but browse through these to find some cool and, most importantly, time saving plugins to help you be that much more productive. You’ve got the start this year right and the best way to do that is to get a few new Photoshop plugins into your workflow.

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10 New Useful JavaScript Libraries for Developers

Every month we bring you useful and handy JavaScript Libraries which help you to accomplish you development tasks. Today, We have collected 10 of the latest of these recently released JavaScript libraries to help you enhance your website related tasks and keep your website a step ahead of the competition. We hope you will find a few of the JavaScript libraries below beneficial to your web related needs. Enjoy !!

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The Startup Framework: Simple Web Mockups

Today we’re going to be taking a look at the Startup Framework from Designmodo — one of the most polished and professional component frameworks we’ve seen for a while. It’s a set of graphics, blocks, and components that are designed to help you plan and conceptualise your design, without spending weeks on starting from scratch. We’ll take a look at what’s on offer in the framework, and share a few examples!

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Should a Web Designer Know How to Code?

Absolutely – building websites with at least some knowledge of HTML is far more productive than simply drawing them with Photoshop. While web-designers who know how to code still often end up sending their PSDs to the “real” developers, the truth is that most award-winning websites are designed by code-savvy web designers. You wonder why? It’s because both HTML and CSS are very visual languages in themselves. Also, websites become increasingly interactive. User interactions though are very difficult to foresee using only Photoshop. Whereas having code in mind always helps creating designs that have interactions in mind.

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Web Design: 20 Hottest Trends To Watch Out For In 2014

After spending hours online at different websites, you tend to pick up discernable trends in design. Over the years I have written about changing trends, particularly in the field of website layouts and webapps. Advancing W3C specifications coupled with modern web browsers have opened the door toa new era of digital design. In this article I want to share 20 growing trends I hope to see blossom over the course of 2014. Many have already been set in motion while others are just beginning to dawn. New trends are fun to check out and see how long they stick around. When browsing websites in 2014 keep your eyes peeled for any of these UI/UX trends in action.

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5 killer ways to use responsive web design

There are lots of ways to create a responsive website. Gene Crawford shares his rules for any responsive approach. Responsive web design is hands down the most effective way to get a company’s website to the mobile market. There are a few ways to approach creating a responsive website. There’s ‘mobile first’, ‘content first’, retrofitting a website to be responsive and, probably the most popular, ‘just bulldozing through it all’. In a typical web design project that includes a responsive approach, you may lack sufficient budget to do it the ideal way. You may just be trying to fit in a mobile view by any means possible into the project. If you find yourself in this situation, there are a few rules of thumb you can apply to the mobile or smaller screen size aspect of your responsive design that can help the transition from desktop versions.

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20 Modern Web Design Examples for Inspiration

What seems modern today, might seem old school tomorrow. Trends in web design changes very quickly to provide a better experience for the users. Flat responsive design, realistic effects, vibrant colors, infinite scrolling, fixed header bars ruled the web design world last year. These elements are still considered to be modern and also provide good user experience. Probably you are looking for some inspiration to design a website with a modern look and that’s why I’ve made a list of modern web design examples that hopefully will inspire you. For a better view, click on the images to visit the website.

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60 Best jQuery Plugins for 2013

jQuery is one of the most popular javascript Libraries on the web, and almost every developer and designer are familiar with jquery’s functionality and features. jQuery resolves almost every issue and fits to your website requirements to make your website creative and innovative. Every month number of jQuery plugins released all over the web, Here at WebToolsDepot we searched and have amassed 60 Best jQuery plugins released in 2013, We hope following plugins might help you to enhance your websites by making them multifunctional, user friendly and visually creative. If you think few more should be added in the list, please mention into the comment section, we love to hear from you. Enjoy!!

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