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Weekly Design News Roundup – 3 January 2014

January 3, 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, 2013 for web designers, as well as trends and predictions for 2014, amazing ways to showcase your portfolio and much more.

8 Free Fonts Perfect for Clean Web Design

Clean and minimal web design has certainly grown in popularity, and typography plays a big role in this type of design. If you have been struggling to find the right font for your clean designs, we’ve rounded up 8 fresh free fonts that you should find very useful.


20 Best Free WordPress Themes of 2013

Holiday season is here and this year will come soon to an end. Web designers released a bunch of great, high quality, free WordPress themes last year, and we collected the best 20 to showcase in this post. Here are 20 Best Free WordPress Themes that we want to share with you now. Which ones are your favorite and which ones will you download and use in your own projects?


The best of 2013 for designers

In 2013, we covered a ton of new apps, resources, and more for designers and developers. In fact, we covered hundreds of resources! So rather than you having to go back through our archive of posts, we’ve gathered up the best of what was new over the past year in one place! We’re not including everything (after all, some resources are no longer available, sites may have changed hands, apps may no longer be active, etc.), but rather have put together a true “best of” compilation, with more than 130 entries! Including our favorite featured font from each month! Enjoy, and let us know in the comments what your favorite new resources were for the year!


15 Fantastic Music Website Designs

Music is one source of creative inspiration, there are times that we rely on music to boost our creativeness. It has been a flavor of our daily life, it can be in our home, in our car, office lounge and not to forget our little tiny media player. Music web sites have evolved over time to become one of the most diverse and creative genres of web designs. Every website is unique, has its own purpose, and speaks to its audience in a different way. For web designers, one factor that must always be kept in mind is the target audience of the site you are designing. This post is of music sites that do a wonderful job of designing for their audience.


How to Create Gmail logo with CSS3

Couple of months ago I showed you how to create RSS feed logo with CSS3. I figured it’d be fun creating something a little bit more complex. In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to create not one, but two variations of Gmail logo using just CSS3.


Trends and Predictions: How the Future Looks Like for Web Design in 2014

As a web design enthusiast, I’m constantly on the look-out for what’s hot and what’s not in the web design world. While some may think that trends are just passing fads, I beg to differ – trends are what makes ideas grow to fruition, and what better way jump early on the first bandwagon than to predict these trends yourself? Here are some web design predictions I collected. There are only single day left until the month of January is upon us – hopefully most of them would come true.


12 Free Web Apps to Boost Your Drawing Skills

Drawing and sketching were once activities limited to pencil and paper, but for budding artists in the digital age, there’s a wealth of online, browser-based tools to let your creativity run wild.  It doesn’t just have to be a hobby or pastime, though — drawing is useful for brainstorming and problem-solving, and these web apps can aid in any profession. We’ve picked 12 of the best drawing and sketching apps to suit any level of artist, ranging from professional-grade applications to simple tools for doodling. They’re all free, and since they’re all online, they can be accessed from anywhere.


50 Most Wanted Adobe Muse Templates From 2013

Adobe Muse comes like a revolution in Web Design industry. It helps users in creating websites without writing any kind of coding. Everything can be done in design mode and your website will be ready without any complications. In this article I collected some of the most wanted Adobe Muse Templates from 2013.


15 Amazing Tools to Showcase Your Online Portfolio

Whether you’re a web designer, developer, photographer, writer or any other type of creative professional, you need to show off your work using an attractive portfolio website. A beautiful portfolio not only helps you get new clients, but also build your brand and network. So having your online portfolio is a must to promote you and your work on a global stage. This is where great online portfolio tools step in and get useful.  Without programming knowledge or a prior design, creating a good-looking portfolio is a very time-consuming and complicated task. But don’t worry, there are plenty of tools out there which let you showcase, share and sell your work online by creating a standard portfolio. In this post, we’ve compiled 15 of the best online portfolio tools that are ideal for you to present your creative work to the world. Let’s have a look at them one by one.


What’s Your Favorite Code Editor? 10 Examples From Which You Can Choose From

As a programmer, you spend a lot of time in front of the computer. Well, that’s not something unusual mainly because 90% of us are spending a lot of time in front of a computer. But as a programmer, and in our case as a web developer, you actually need to be productive and not just browsing reddit therefore a good IDE is needed in order to accomplish your tasks. There are many versions out there, free or not and after all, it’s mostly a matter of taste but I think that 10 of these IDE’s are worth knowing about. In this article you can see a collection of 10 powerful IDE which are great for any type of web developer.


10 Excellent Design Essentials To Modernize Your Site In 2014

Web development is a rapidly changing and evolving space. So is the way people read and consume content online. This is why it is important to keep your site design up to date with the latest trends and techniques. If you don’t your site will fall behind and will start looking out of date and old fashioned. It might seem difficult and complicated to keep up with the latest trends, especially if you are not a developer, but this is where using WordPress and having access to thousands of themes and plugins comes very handy. You can join most of the trends below by switching to a more modern theme or by installing a plugin or two. Not much actual coding and development is needed from your side.


26 Useful Free PSD Files for Designers

This is the yet another new collection of Photoshop UI Design free PSD files for Web and Graphic Designers. All PSD files are available for free download. This is a fresh collection of free PSD files, no doubt, these psd files are very helpful and save lots of time on design projects. This is not the as usual long list with all the available PSD Files on the web, but it’s an latest collection of handpicked high quality free PSD files for designers.


80+ Of Our Favorite One Page Websites From 2013

2013 was a great year for one page websites around the web, and 2014 is looking even better! We saw new trends and techniques take off in 2013, like responsive web design, flat designs, and even more parallax than the year before. One Page Mania also had a makeover… rebranding, redesign, and tons of great new features added. Thank all of you for your support, especially from the design community for feedback and great submissions:) So, without further ado… here is a list of our favorites (mine and yours)… made up of some of my personal favs, and the sites with the most votes from you. These are in not in ranking order, but divided up by categories. If you don’t see your favorite site, let us know to include it in the comments below. Enjoy, and don’t forget to share it:)


95+ Ideal Responsive HTML5 Premium Landing Pages

This time, we have gathered for you guys, more than 95 out of the box Responsive HTML5 Premium Landing Pages. A Landing page can be a great marketing tool to augment the loyalty of the visitors of a website. It welcomes a visitor with a distinctive outlook of a website denoting something special in the page the visitor is currently visiting. A successful landing page is required to have an easy navigation, light weight and elegant design. It should be enthralling enough to make visitor deem the content in that particular page as his mere objective. Lander, an online marketing terminology stands for these landing page. Online advertisement or search engine results are often directed to these landers for the best outcome. However, with an increased usage of mobile devices, the landing pages have been hit hard with a serious issue of responsiveness. Thanks to media query which have repeatedly helped off to get over with the mess. Also, one should not neglect the role of HTML5 in web designs. It is verily the HTML5 that have taken the web designs to a whole new level. Below is the manifestation of the aforesaid. Have a look at 95+ Ideal Responsive HTML5 Premium Landing Pages.