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Microsoft Surface Pro review | Creative Bloq

Microsoft’s newest Surface Pro is undoubtedly a very tempting machine for designers and creative professionals. It’s compact, light, powerful and looks the part. So naturally we wanted to review the Surface Pro for designers and creatives, to find out how it performs as a design tool and whether it can rival Apple’s iPad Pro. Surface Pro overview The Surface Pro has a fantastic pen for sketching, and its dual form factor means you can use it as a laptop or…

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Announcing Changes, A Design Kit, DNA Malware, And Why Meaning Is An Advantage – Smashing Magazine

You know, we use ad-blockers as well. We gotta keep those servers running though. Did you know that we publish useful books and run friendly conferences — crafted for pros like yourself? E.g. our upcoming SmashingConf Barcelona, dedicated to smart front-end techniques and design patterns. You might have noticed it already: in the past few weeks you might have missed Anselm’s Web Development Reading List1 issues here on SmashingMag. No worries, from now on, we’ll switch to collecting the most…

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8 great business cards for UX designers

Given that UX is all about simple usability and accessibility, it’s not surprising UX designers often opt for minimal, monochrome designs when it comes to business cards. The problem is, the simple approach runs the risk of just looking boring when applied to a business card. And given that most people don’t really have room in their wallets anyway, why give them another reason to ditch your card the moment you’re out of sight? Instead, these UX designers have all…

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UXPin releases free Material Design UI library

The makers of UXPin have released a free Material Design UI kit: a set of 140 handcrafted UI elements and 35 hi-fidelity screens. The kit also includes Material icons, layered files, and Google fonts. The library includes everything from headers and footers to contacts, galleries, calendars and more, all neatly organised into folders for ease of use. Everything is available in three formats – Photoshop, Sketch and Illustrator – making it simple to slot into your design workflow. All elements…

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Announcing Changes, A Design Kit, DNA Malware, And Why Meaning Is An Advantage – Smashing Magazine

You know, we use ad-blockers as well. We gotta keep those servers running though. Did you know that we publish useful books and run friendly conferences — crafted for pros like yourself? E.g. our upcoming SmashingConf Barcelona, dedicated to smart front-end techniques and design patterns. You might have noticed it already: in the past few weeks you might have missed Anselm’s Web Development Reading List issues here on SmashingMag. No worries, from now on, we’ll switch to collecting the most…

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An Intro to Minimalist Web Design

Minimalist design is everywhere, and it’s especially popular among web designers. It’s easy to see the appeal: Many of minimalism’s core tenets mesh very well with the constraints of modern UI and UX design, especially on mobile devices. A (Very Brief) History of Minimalist Design Minimalism traces its origins back to the early twentieth century. Though we tend to associate it with media and design now, its origins lie in fields as diverse as architecture and painting. Here are a…

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Understanding The Basics Of Responsive Website Design

It is no longer enough to design a website solely for the desktop screen. The growing market of mobile phones and tablets is compelling web designers to reconsider how their work would be displayed on various devices. People are using their smartphones more often than accessing their desktops today. This necessitates a responsive web design. What Is Responsive Design? RWD or Responsive Web Design is a design approach that would be allowing the code and the design to respond intuitively…

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Hero Images: Trends & Examples For Web Designers

Hero images are the large background photos you see in website headers. They’re prominent on ecommerce sites but have branched out to every major type of website. These large hero images are a staple of modern web design but they all come with their own techniques. In this post I’ll showcase a bunch of hero image styles and how they fit into a typical layout. Whether you’re looking for design inspiration or just want to learn more about hero images…

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Brutalist Web Design Finally Gets A Takedown

Brutalism is best known as the modernist architectural movement distinctive for its rugged concrete construction and utilitarian lack of ornamentation popular in the 1960s and ’70s. But in recent months, the term has been applied to digital design, with “Brutalism” describing an emerging design style that favors rudimentary layouts and basic typefaces. It’s both a throwback to early web design and a rejection of the super-polished, user-friendly design so popular today. This new form of Brutalism was originated by Pascal Deville, creative director at the…

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