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Weekly News Roundup – 8 February 2013

February 8, 2013 • 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 great examples of Flat Web design, the 10 commandments of Modern web design, and introduction to creating sliders, as well as an interview with the guys behind the Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook.

Flat Design: 17 Examples Of Flat Web & App UI Designs

Early 2013 has seen a rise in some pretty interesting discussions on the use of ‘flat web design’. Flat design seems to be causing a slight stir amongst the design community right now, arguments for and against the flat design trend are often lively and heated. Flat Web Design? Firstly, flat design in the case of this article is referring to either app or UI web design – NOT housing or apartment decoration. Flat design rather simply means your web or app design contains minimal use of heavy gradients, bevels, drop shadows or any form of element that would provide considerable depth to the user interface.


10 Tools for Creating Infographics and Visualizations is another free web-based tool for creating infographics. You cannot create graphs using real data with this tool, but its really good for conceptual visualizations and storytelling. It has a beautiful user interface and the themes you can start with are gorgeous.


10 Commandments of Modern Web Design

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction. Albert Einstein I would argue that a huge part of that genius Einstein refers to can be found in clarity of purpose and principles.


7 Rules for Creating Effective Slides

The key to a great presentation design is to create visually stunning yet simple slides that your audience can quickly comprehend. Most people can’t effectively read and listen at the same time. The presentations that really stand out allow viewers to avoid reading lots of text by communicating information visually. The following presentation by Alex Rister takes a look 7 fundamental rules in creating slides: Introduction to Slide Design.

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5 innovative examples of user interface design

In these days of intuitive touchscreens and intelligent apps, your audience is not going to put any work into using your product, app or operating system – they’ll expect it to be obvious. No one is going to read a lengthy, detailed instruction manual; instead, the user interface should guide your customer through to achieving their goals – doing all the hard work so the user doesn’t have to.


Tools and Tips on how to Optimize Images for the Web

The time a page takes to load is something every designer worries about, or at least is something that every designer should worry about. It doesn’t matter if the layout is nice and beautiful if it doesn’t function properly. Since images can be pretty heavy, this is certainly an issue to keep an eye on. And this is why today we gathered a few links here to show you some tools and articles that will help you with this issue.


10 PowerPoint Alternatives That Make Meetings Fun

This article presents 10 ways to make your meetings go by a little faster, everyone is tired of seeing the same boring PowerPoint template and it is time for something new.


50+ Clean, Simple and Minimalistic Website Design Examples

One of the fastest ways to set up minimalistic websites is to build it on top of WordPress and one of the many great simple templates available for this popular publishing platform. In this article, I have collected more than 50 Minimalistic website design examples you can use as inspiration.


MIHTool, the iOS web debugger

If you are a web developer, the strangely named MIHTool (MIH for “make it happen”) will make you happy. If you mostly work on mobile web applications, this will change your life. It’s the missing developer tool you wanted for so long, and Apple didn’t give you.


Sketch VS Fireworks

In response to many who have suggested in my blog Sketch VS Photoshop that Fireworks is a great alternative to Sketch, I decided to download it again after many years.


Pixel Perfection Precision handbook interview

Last week we had a chance to interview the guys from ustwo, to discuss their latest book “Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook”  You can download it here, And of course be sure to follow @pppustwo on Twitter for all the latest pixel news and advice!