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Freebies: Beautiful Freelancer Icon Set For Your Business

As freelancers ourselves, how can we forget icons that are related to us. So today, we decided to release a set of beautiful icons specifically for freelancers. Whether you are a designer, developer or writer, we hope you will find this icon set useful.

The freelancer icon set is available in 5 formats, .AI, .SVG, .PSD, .PNG, .EPS, and consists of 49 delicately crafted icons.

About Vector4Free.com

Vector4Free.com is a resource site dedicated to vector graphics: Adobe Illustrator AI, EPS, PDF, SVG, Corel Draw CDR files, all free to download. To facilitate your work every free vector is classified by tags.

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Feel free to use this icon set for personal or commercial projects but please do not sell, modify, distribute or host them elsewhere whether online or offline.

Freebies: Beautiful Freelancer Icon Set For Your Business

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We offer our sincere thanks to Vector4Free.com for creating this icon pack and we really appreciate their efforts.

Our freebies are created specially for our readers at Onextrapixel and the design community. If you’d like to release any freebies on Onextrapixel, feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you.

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Freebie: Beautiful SEO Icon Set in PSD, SVG and More (36 Icons)

Are you an SEO agency or consultant that is looking for icons to beautify your website? Look no further, today we are glad to release a set of 36 icons that is related to SEO. They are available in 5 formats, AI, EPS, PNG, PSD and SVG. The SEO icon set is released exclusively by DryIcons on Onextrapixel.

About DryIcons

DryIcons creates unique icons and icon sets, vector graphics and web templates and initially gives them away freely, with their Free License. That way DryIcons is giving priority to independent coders/developers, small design firms and organizations. For the rest of the users, who are not able to use the Works with the Free License, DryIcons offers two different, affordable licensing options, the Regular and the Extended License.

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Feel free to use this icons set for personal or commercial projects but please do not sell, modify, distribute or host them elsewhere whether online or offline.

Freebie: Beautiful SEO Icon Set in PSD, SVG and More (36 Icons)

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We offer our sincere thanks to DryIcons for creating this icon pack and we really appreciate their efforts.

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25 Beautiful and Useful Apps to Watch Out For

There are useful apps, then there are beautiful apps. But it’s a little rare to see the two qualities put together. This roundup is composed of beautiful and useful apps, some are for serious use, some for fun (like taking photos and making sharing moments easier between friends), and some could help you significantly with your life.

In any case, I present to you 25 apps that you probably haven’t heard of yet but should!

Beautiful and Useful Apps

Carbo

Carbo is pretty straightforward but very useful as it basically captures and organizes handwritten notes and sketches without the fear of your writing or work being ruined by pixel artifacts to show all expressiveness and “personality” from your handwriting and drawings.

CARBO

Color Splash

Want to add more drama to your photos? Then Color splash is for you! It lets you give photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white and also giving you the option to keep a chosen detail/part in color for a more dramatic effect.

Color Splash

Fotograph

Fotograph is a photo app that brings out your creativity in taking photos! With a comprehensive set of 25 film-based filters as well as the power to take a photo under manual exposure and even save your basic everyday adjustments such as contrast as a filter for easy application.

Fotograph

iTranslate Voice

Want to hear your voice in a different language? Then iTranslate Voice is the app you need. Listen to your voice as the app translates and replies in one of it’s 42 languages which is perfect whether you’re on the go and need of a quick translation or just curious then iTranslate can help you.

iTranslate Voice

Houzz Interior Design Ideas

Houzz has everything you need for your home design ideas and needs with over 5 million high quality photos from all over the net like you were to clip design magazines to scrapbooks. Not only does it provide photos and ideas but you can also speak and get in touch by joinng discussions and comments with their community.

Houzz

Snapspeed

The power of a professional photo-editing software in your smartphone! The Snapseed 2.0 app allows you to retouch, edit, crop and adjust the perspective on your photos. Also includes other features such as filters, frames and even spot repair to make your photos “picture perfect”.

Snapspeed

Pocket

Pocket was designed for travelers and commuters in mind giving you the ability to save articles, videos and web content for later reading/viewing offline! It is also easy to organize and share to Facebook, twitter and to a friend as well.

Pocket

Zombies, Run!

Get ready to run like you mean it with this interactive app that warps you, along with 1.5 million runners on the adventure for your life! Wear your headphones and after as little as 100 years, you will hear “them” closer they come and you have only one option and that option is to RUN!

Zombies, Run!

edjing PRO – Music DJ mixer

The world’s most popular DJ app is now released in it’s full professional version. A full featured DJ mixer designed by and for Deejays ! No ads to interrupt and no hidden charges, this app brings the same level of features as a Professional DJ controller with real time sound processing to achieve your best mixtapes!

EDJing

Spendlytics

This is for those who have opened or enrolled to a Santander debit or credit card. Gain insights and monitor your money in store or online to keep track of your money and how or where to spend it.

Spendlytics

Word Swag

Turn your words into beautiful designs with Word Swag. Instant text designs as well as various filters, font color and 3 font styles can help you create art with a few clicks of your smartphone!

Word Swag

Expensify – Expense Reports

Losing yourself in expenses? Worry no more with Expensify! Capture receipts, tracking time, mileage, business travels and creates reports that are easy to understand. Never get lost in your expenses again!

Expensify

Tworlds

Have you ever wondered if someone somewhere from any part of the globe is feeling the same way as you? The Tworlds can help you by comparing your life with what you post with that of a random stranger. Discover that you might not be alone in your emotions, in that we and someone out there are on the same wavelength.

Tworlds

Pixelmator

A powerful photo editing software, Pixelmator separates itself from others by being a full-featured layer based image editor that not only lets you put fancy filters on your images but also allows you to touch up, and even sketch, paint and create complex compositions on the go.

Pixelmator

Dark Sky

The perfect weather app, Dark Sky can help you tell when it will rain (or snow depending on your area) up to an hour in advance, basically giving you a head’s up in case you have plans to go out. As an added bonus, you can explore beautiful weather animations as well.

Dark Sky

TransferWise Money Transfer

Money transfers have never been as easy as they are with TransferWise which lets you transfer money abroad quickly and at the lowest possible cost that is 90% cheaper than your bank. They also use real currency exchange rates for Expats, exchange students and others for more convenience.

TransferWise

Nutshell Camera

Fun and easy, just take 3 pictures, add some effects, captions and animation and you have a mini movie clip that you can share for fun or to tell your story.

Nutshell Camera

Type Machine

This is for people who have ever lost what they have been typing for so long when either the app crashes or another unexplained reason. Type machine saves everything you type in the app, open it to back-read and find old entries so that you never lose any piece of text no matter how unimportant it may be.

Type Machine

GAIN Self-Guided Workout Apps

Train for the body you’ve dreamed for with GAIN! Recommended and featured in NYtimes, PCMag and Huffington post, GAIN Fitness helps you keep track of your workout routine by showing comprehensive workout info to help you achieve your dream body.

GAIN

DSLR Camera Pro

Turn your ordinary camera phone into something that mimics a DSLR as good as possible with DSLR Camera Pro! With it’s an easy to use interface, you can fix your settings and shoot like you were using a DSLR with no fuss, fancy filters or any effects. Just pure photography for the photo enthusiast.

DSLR Camera Pro

Cameringo+ Effects Camera

With a simple interface, Cameringo+ effects camera shows how powerful it is with it’s large variety of live photo filters such as Lomo and Lo-Fi effects all in real time as well as deformation types such s fisheye, wide angle filters and a lot more.

Camerino+

Shift

If you’re tired of ready made filters that don’t hit your creative spots then Shift 2.0 is the app for you. This app allows you to create thousands of custom photo filters that suit your own taste to give you total control and achieve the unique and beautiful finish you’ve been aiming for for your shots.

Shift

Ferris

The app that helps you organize and make your videos watchable, splice or even combine them to make your own story. No matter what the format maybe or the length, let Ferris make your story and share it for the world to see.

Ferris

Gyft

Organize and send personalized E-Gift cards from hundreds of popular retailers such as Amazon, iTunes and even Starbucks. Don’t forget to add a personalized message as well.

Gyft

Sortly

The ultimate organizing app, create a visual inventory of whatever you have on your phone from photos, notes and many more saving you hours and helping you be more productive and organized.

Sortly

Conclusion

Do you use any of the featured apps? Are there any we have listed that are just what you have been looking for? Which do you think are really beautiful and useful, and which not quite so much?

Have an app to share that I failed to include in the list? Be sure to share beautiful and useful apps (and fun too)! Please leave your links and opinions in the section below.


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Qards: Build Beautiful Websites Faster

Building websites is not a full-time job anymore. At least, it could be this way. Thanks to the evolution of technology and the strong desire to obtain quality results as fast as possible, now almost anyone can create beautiful websites.

Why Qards could be the tool you need

No matter the profile of the clients you’re working for, all of them need a clean digital presence. That’s a fact. Having a website means much more than increasing your Google ranking. It’s also a sale and PR instrument, one which could bring real value on the table. To be a pro in this field means to be able to build a website where eye-candy design meets functionality, where UX is in the same picture with information architecture. Briefly: to create a puzzle from all the pieces required.

In order to do that you can take advantage of Qards, a robust visual editor from WordPress. You can use it to create a single page or an entire website, depending on your needs. No matter the final decision, the process will be the same: easy to follow and pretty fast to deliver.

Feel free to skim through some examples of websites created with Qards and then you can fully understand how things work by analyzing the whole process.

The quick and easy-to-follow process of making the best out of Qards

In this section, we will explain the main benefits of using Qards through highlighting some of the most valuable features of this design plugin.

First, let’s take a short tour behind the scenes. You can start with small steps, like creating a new page and name it as you wish. Though, make sure it’s easy to remember, especially if you plan to do many of those.

Now, get used with the + icon from the left-corner. It’s your gateway to get to the main menu and you’ll click it quite often. All those buttons, from Text to Subscribe and backwards are there to help you by providing a bunch of stunning pre-designed cards.

Basically, what you have to do next is to explore them and choose what fits you best. Maybe you want to present something through an appealing image. You can do that by uploading through Drag & Drop an image on the big cover section or anywhere else.

But what if you aim to add some text in different areas of your layout? That’s also possible due to the fact that you can easily duplicate blocks of content. All the items provided by Qards are fully editable so you can change almost anything in the blink of an eye.

Moreover, if you have some knowledge about coding you can play a bit with HTML & CSS by editing them as you feel like. If not, no worries, this visual editor is ready to be managed also by those without technical skills.

Furthermore, after you managed to build at least 2-3 sections for your website, you can dive deep into some fine-tuning. For example, you can modify the grid to better suit to your final objective. Or you can upload a YouTube video to sustain your key message by simply copy-paste-ing the URL in the right box. Or you can add an interactive background, or some call to action buttons, or anything that brings value and keeps your prospective users interested.

All in all, you can use Qards in a wide range of business contexts. For example, you can adapt the amount of pre-designed cards for promoting a great barista, a small fashion brand or a bike studio. It’s like playing with LEGO: you start from a single piece and in the final lap you already have an entire structure.

In order to quickly understand what Qards is about, go ahead and skim through the next set of hot features:

  • A bunch of pre-designed cards to make sure you find what you need in the same place
  • Drag & Drop builder to upload images at a glance
  • Editable components to adapt to your very specific needs
  • Typography checked with the help of Typekit integration
  • Customizable grid to easily get along with your own vision
  • Interactive backgrounds through YouTube videos
  • SEO ready for conquering Google
  • Friendly with main cache plugins, such as W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache and Quick Cache
  • Designed to make performance and to generate positive digital experiences

Qards = Style & Simplicity

Style and simplicity are two main assets of Qards.  The former stands out because this plugin offers you a huge palette of visual patterns in order to boost your creativity and imagination. The latter is proved by the fact that you can create a stand-alone website page with Qards without losing tens of hours of hard work.

Still skeptical?

Watch this video about Qards and let your imagination fly.

Three reasons why I enjoy using Qards or a few take-away pills

  • Clarity – Qards is very easy to use from top to toe, therefore you can save a lot of time which you can invest into feeding your creativity.
  • Efficiency – The stack of editable pre-designed cards saves you from all kind of situations by being on the same page with pretentious clients.
  • Versatility – You can work on several different projects at once, from restaurant to coffee shops, from mobile agencies to photographs.

All in all, Qards provides you a complete framework to explore. It’s up to you to shape it in order to build beautiful websites for your clients. Be bold and design your own creative path through crafting amazing visual stories.

Lead by example and start your journey with Qards.

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15 Insanely Beautiful Leaflet Designs

Editor’s note: Chris is a print design enthusiast with a passion for minimalism. He has collected over 100 leaflets over the years, which now serve as inspiration for his design projects. You can follow him on Twitter.

Leaflets are everywhere, but most of the time, they can be pretty boring and also, rather dull.

A lot of designers tend to overcomplicate leaflet designs, cramming them with as much text as possible; this can overload the reader with information right from the word go.

However, not all leaflets are so poorly designed. In fact, there are some pretty incredible designs out there if you’re willing to seek them out.

So, if you’re looking to embark upon a printed leaflet design project in the near future, check out our list of 15 insanely beautiful leaflet designs below; you might just find the perfect inspiration for your project.

#1 – Fresh Recipes

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Fresh Recipes is a leaflet designed by the graphic design agency, Leo Burnett, and showcases a number of delicious, fresh recipes in a handy leaflet format.

It features a relatively simple design, as the high-quality photography does most of the talking; the text simply compliments the photography.

In terms of colour scheme, the leaflet has been designed around the colours naturally found in the included photography, which keeps the design consistent throughout.

Each full spread of the leaflet features two delicious recipes, all of which are laid out in exactly the same way, further helping to ensure consistency throughout the design.

#2 – Coqo’Clock

insanely beautiful leaflet designs

Coqo’Clock had this leaflet designed by the Italian graphic designer, Giorgio Presinenzi.

It’s a simple yet effective design that certainly manages to catch your eye. Colour is used rather sparingly throughout the design and the designer has used some cool design tricks to give the text a level of depth.

In fact, only one colour has been used throughout the design and that is a pink/red colour. Again, this helps to ensure consistency throughout the design and helps to tie everything together.

It might be minimalistic, but the design is one of the best out there.

#3 – Nick Cave

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Allison Wilton, a graphic designer from Buffalo, New York, created this leaflet in conjunction with the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery and Nick Cave.

Nick Cave is a textile and performance artist who is well known for his colourful and “out there” work.

Because of the colourful nature of Nick’s work – of which the leaflet was designed to showcase – only a neutral grey colour is used throughout the folded leaflet design in order to accentuate the vividness of Nicks work.

The result is a minimalistic – yet beautiful – leaflet design that is as beautifully printed as it is designed.

#4 – CHP

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Nicole Kraieski, a designer based in San Francisco, USA, created this leaflet design on behalf of the Centre for Health Policy.

More often than not, leaflets for such establishments tend to be dull and boring, but this leaflet design is far from boring.

As you can see, the designer has managed to keep things simple and professional while also creating an exceptionally colourful design. A beautiful bold red colour drives the design, with a light blue/green colour used to complement it.

#5 – Hot Club

insanely beautiful leaflet designs

This leaflet design, created for the Hot Club in Portugal by graphic designer, Joao Neves, serves as yet another great example of how the right colour combination can make or break a design.

In this instance, Joao has opted for a bright red, blue and white combination. When combined with the rather adventurous typography, the leaflet design gives a good representation of the type of place that the Hot Club might be (i.e. a fun, creative place).

As the leaflet is opened out, the pattern on the front opens out to show an illustration of a jazz player. This is a subtle design choice and looks fantastic.

#6 – Design Futures Exhibition

insanely beautiful leaflet designs

London-based design, Alex Tomkins, created this design on behalf of the Design Futures Exhibition. According to Alex, the design brief was to design a suite of materials (including the leaflet pictured above) that would showcase Design Futures and their success within the industry.

Clearly, the leaflet fulfills the design brief perfectly, as it shows exactly what the organisation does in a visual and easy-to-digest manner.

The front of the leaflet incorporates geometric shapes, each of which are “inherently embedded in the history of packaging solutions”, according to Alex.

#7 – Singapore Central Narcotics Bureau

insanely beautiful leaflet designs

With this leaflet, the brief was to educate youths about the potential side effects and penalties of taking Heroine and Methamphetamine.

Reaching such a young target audience in regards to such a subject is never easy, and once again, these kinds of leaflets are often dull and boring. However, the designer of this leaflet, which was created on behalf of the Singapore Centre Narcotics Bureau, really pulled things off.

The leaflet is extremely eye-catching thanks to the use of a bright red and blue combination. It also features a hard-hitting headline and graphic, which further helps to capture attention.

#8 – Events Leaflet

insanely beautiful leaflet designs

Informing people about events is one of the most common reasons that leaflets are created, but even so, they very rarely look as good as this.

As you can see, this leaflet is pretty large when it’s unfolded completely, but it folds back into a relatively traditional size with ease. What’s more, it’s extremely colourful, and it gets even more colourful as you open it up.

Each page is a completely different colour, which helps to divide the leaflet up into logical sections, while also helping to keep the design consistent throughout.

#9 – Retro Barbershop

insanely beautiful leaflet designs

Retro Barbershop is a template offered by the popular website, Inkd.com, and you can get your hands on it for a mere $ 75.

This is a traditional tri-fold leaflet but as you can see, it has been designed to cater for a young, hip crowd of people. It would work exceptionally well for a modern, trendy hairdressers or salon.

Overall, the leaflet is quite simplistic in terms of the design. It makes use of cream, red and black throughout, with a few well-chosen fonts that work beautifully together.

#10 – Counselling Brochure

insanely beautiful leaflet designs

Counselling Brochure is another simple, tri-fold leaflet design created by Inkd.com and once again, you can get your hands on it for $ 75 at the moment (usually $ 99).

Despite the substantial use of colour and a number of illustrations (which aim to depict common stress-inducers), this leaflet has an air of professionalism to it and would work well for a variety of different organisations.

A consistent, professional, and highly readable type is used throughout; this helps to further portray a professional image that is both serious and straightforward.

#11 – MCA

insanely beautiful leaflet designs

Michael Schepis, an Australian graphic designer, created this exceptionally elegant and minimalistic leaflet design for MCA.

This leaflet is absolutely beautiful and as you can see, uses a large, consistent typeface throughout. It also makes excellent use of white space and large imagery to break things up.

It’s not the most “text-heavy” leaflet in the world, but it doesn’t have to be. The large imagery and typography say everything that needs to be said.

#12 – CTP

insanely beautiful leaflet designs

Javier Fuentes, a Boston-based graphic designer, created this leaflet on behalf of Computer to Plate (CTP).

The idea behind the leaflet was to introduce young art students to the Computer to Plate printing technique. To do this, the designer opted for an eye-catching – yet informative – design.

On one side of the leaflet, there’s information about the technique itself while on the other, there’s a large eye-catching design that unfolds into a poster.

#13 – Colourful Leaflet

insanely beautiful leaflet designs

We have no idea who or what this leaflet was created for (or if it is, in fact, just a template) but either way, it’s a great example of a beautiful and creative leaflet design.

It’s also an extremely colourful leaflet, as you can see. The cool thing about this leaflet is that the colours used for the text on the cover aren’t just random; if you look closely, you’ll notice that the colour choice actually reflects the mood of the word. For example, “sweltering” is written is bright red, while “cold” is written in blue.

The use of white space is another notable point, as it helps to ensure that the text itself stands out as it should.

#14 – Farmers Market

insanely beautiful leaflet designs

Farmer’s market leaflets can often be quite dull and uninviting; they’re also often filled with low-quality stock photography that quite honestly, never looks good.

However, this leaflet is different and there’s no bad stock photography in sight.

Rather than opting for a dull, lifeless design, the designer has created a colourful- eye-catching leaflet that oozes a sense of freshness and liveliness that a farmers market should be known for.

A bright colour palette is used throughout, and the typography choice is readable, modern and certainly not dull.

#15 – WWF

insanely beautiful leaflet designs

Raewyn Brandon teamed up with WWF to create this leaflet, which aims to capture the audience with hard-hitting statistics and bold typography.

Raewyn has made use of extremely large bold typography to display the main topic of the leaflet on the front cover, while orange text is used on the other side to draw attention to the chilling facts surrounding the topic.

The leaflet’s minimalism fits perfectly with the brand identity of WWF and the subtle use of colour helps to draw attention to the important points.

Other useful resources:
32 Easy-to-Follow Photoshop Print Design Tutorials
42 Examples of Clean Graphic Design for Print Marketing

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How to Create a Beautiful Fullscreen Single Scrolling Page like Huge Inc

Huge Inc is a website that generated a great impact on its release in January 2014. Following the trends of the time, it used full screen sections with a minimalist look, but they went one step further, creating an original effect by combining the scroll hijacking technique with fixed backgrounds and a “normal site” placed underneath the sections.

Huge is one of the best design firms nowadays providing its services to companies such as Google and Apple and its website is nothing less than a reflection of their work.

Create the Huge Inc Page with pagePiling.js

Huge Inc

In this tutorial I’m going to explain step by step how to create a page with a very similar effect to Huge Inc by using the jQuery plugin pagePiling.js.

pagePiling.js

Introduction

If you take a quick look at the pagePiling.js demo website you might be wondering what do both sites have in common. Both use scroll hijack and full-page sections but… the effect looks different! Right?

Taking a deeper look into the Huge website you will notice how the text in each of the sections moves up or down when scrolling ending up fading out when reaching the top. Isn’t that exactly what happens when using pagePiling.js? Do you start seeing the similarity now?

It is only the image which stays static, and the text has exactly the same movement as in pagePiling.js. The trick is on the fixed backgrounds. Once we have that, we will only have to worry about the second problem. Create a “normal site” underneath the sections free from the scroll hijacking.

Creating Fixed Backgrounds

This is nothing new, by just using CSS we will be able to get it done. We will only need to make use of the background properties like so:

 .section {     /* the important one*/     background-attachment: fixed;       background-size: auto 80%;     background-position: 50% 0%;     background-repeat: no-repeat; } 

We apply the styles over the .section class because it’s the class I’m using for my sections in my example. Any other can be used, but I prefer to use the default class used by pagePiling.js. If you want to use any other class instead, remember to tell pagePiling.js by using the option sectionSelector ( i.e. sectionSelector: '.page')

background-attachment: fixed; is the property which will fix our background so it stays static in our viewport.

With background-size I’m just specifying the dimensions of my background for this example. Feel free to use cover for yours if it fits better with your design. Any other option can be used here.

And to have it centered, background-position: 50% 0%;. 50% horizontally and 0% vertically.

Now that we have the background properties defined, let’s add a different image for each section:

 #section1 {     background-image: url(imgs/h1.jpg); } #section2 {     background-image: url(imgs/h2.jpg); } #section3 {     background-image: url(imgs/h3.jpg); } 

As you can see, I’m using different id names to distinguish between sections.

Our HTML should look like this right now:

 <div class="section" id="section1"></div> <div class="section" id="section2"></div> <div class="section" id="section3"></div> <div class="section" id="section4"></div> 

But we need to wrap it into another element because that’s the way pagePiling needs it to be, so:

 <div id="pagepiling">     <div class="section" id="section1"></div>     <div class="section" id="section2"></div>     <div class="section" id="section3"></div>     <div class="section" id="section4"></div> </div> 

Notice we didn’t add any background to the latest section because that’s the one which will contain our “normal content page”.

Adding Content

This doesn’t require much explanation. I’m going to add a couple of sentences in the sections with backgrounds, just as in the Huge Inc website, and then I’ll add a larger text in the last section:

 <div id="pagepiling">     <div class="section" id="section1">         <div class="intro">             <h1>All business.</h1>             <p>A new home for the word's most influencial management magazine.</p>          </div>     </div>     <div class="section" id="section2">         <div class="intro">             <h1>Nike Making.</h1>              <p>Inspiring the creative community to make sustainable design choices.</p>         </div>     </div>     <div class="section" id="section3">          <div class="intro">              <h1>Floored.</h1>             <p>Clean, modern, and fast. Introducing the new Lexus.com.</p>          </div>     </div>     <div class="section" id="section4">         <div class="content">             <p>My normal website</p>             <p>My normal website</p>             <p>My normal website</p>             <p>My normal website</p>             <p>My normal website</p>             <p>My normal website</p>             <p>My normal website</p>             <p>My normal website</p>         </div>     </div> </div> 

I wrapped all text because we will need it later on, but basically it will make it easier to style and play with those elements in JavaScript.

Creating the Scrollable Section

pagePiling.js provides a simple way to force a section to be scrollable. It just needs to have the class pp-scrollable and like magic, it will provide us with a scroll bar and it won’t scroll to any other section until we reach the top or the bottom of its content.

We will slightly change our section4 declaration adding the necessary class:

<div class="section pp-scrollable" id="section4">

Seeing the Magic

Now, we just need to initialize the plugin:

 $  (document).ready(function () {     $  ('#pagepiling').pagepiling({         verticalCentered: false,         css3: false,     }); }); 

We feel forced to use the option css3:false because of a bug in Chrome when dealing with the CSS3 property translate3d and fixed backgrounds

Here we have what looks like a quite similar page to Huge Inc!!

But of course, we can still polish it more!

Taking Care of the Details

If you compare the achieved result with the Huge Inc site you’ll notice a couple of differences:

  • We still have navigation bullets in the last section
  • The way the last section is shown is not exactly the same as what they achieved at Huge Inc. Their content is sliding up and ours is static in the background while the previous section gets smaller to show it.
  • Our text doesn’t fade in or out
  • We don’t have a clickable arrow at the bottom of each section to move forward
  • We didn’t apply any styling to our text

So… lets solve all of them!

Removing Navigation Bullets in the Last Section

pagePiling provides us with some callbacks that come in very handy for things like this.

We will be using the callback onLeave for our case, so whenever we leave the 3rd section to reach our normal site, we will fade out the navigation bullets. And whenever we leave the last section, we will show them again.

Our callback should look like this:

 onLeave: function (index, nextIndex, direction) {     if (nextIndex == 4) {         $  ('#pp-nav').fadeOut();     }     if (index == 4) {         $  ('#pp-nav').fadeIn();     } } 

And it will be placed in our pagePiling initialization like this:

 $  (document).ready(function () {     $  ('#pagepiling').pagepiling({         verticalCentered: false,         css3: false,         onLeave: function (index, nextIndex, direction) {              //reaching our last section? The one with our normal site?             if (nextIndex == 4) {                 $  ('#pp-nav').fadeOut();             }              //leaving our last section? The one with our normal site?             if (index == 4) {                 $  ('#pp-nav').fadeIn();             }         },     }); }); 

We are fading in and out the element with id #pp-nav because that’s the identifier used by pagePiling for it.

Sliding up the Last Section

This step can be a bit more tricky to think of in a first instance, but it is not that complicated.

As pagePiling piles our sections one over another, our last section will always be under the 3rd one and will always show its content whenever it leaves. But… what if we fire an action on leaving the 3rd section so that an element in the last section slides up just at the same time as the 3rd section does and at the same speed?

Then we will have the illusion of a 4th section sliding up! As the static content of the 4th section wouldn’t be visible because the sliding element in that section would be sliding up at the same speed as the previous section disappears.

Here’s a picture to illustrate it:

Viewport

In fact, this is more difficult to explain with words than with code, so lets go directly to the code!

First of all, we need to position our content just at the bottom of our last section, so we can slide it up later on:

 #section4 .content {     top: 100%;     position: absolute;     left: 0; } 

And now, using the same callback as before, onLeave, we will be animating it using the same scrollingSpeed used by default in pagePiling.js (700) and the same jQuery easing function (easeInQuart). To see the default values check pagePiling docs.

Here we go:

 onLeave: function (index, nextIndex, direction) {     //reaching our last section? The one with our normal site?     if (nextIndex == 4) {         //fading out navigation bullets         $  ('#pp-nav').fadeOut();          //sliding up the content         $  ('#section4').find('.content').animate({             top: '0%'         }, 700, 'easeInQuart');     }      //leaving our last section? The one with our normal site?     if (index == 4) {         //fadding in navigation bullets         $  ('#pp-nav').fadeIn();          //sliding it down to its initial position         $  ('#section4 .content').animate({             top: '100%'         }, 700, 'easeInQuart');     } }, 

Fading Text

Once again, we will use the callback onLeave and the help of jQuery to achieve this result:

 onLeave: function (index, nextIndex, direction) {     //fading out the text of the leaving section     $  ('.section').eq(index - 1).find('h1, p').fadeOut(700, 'easeInQuart');      //fading in the text of the destination (in case it was fadedOut)     $  ('.section').eq(nextIndex - 1).find('h1, p').fadeIn(700, 'easeInQuart'); } 

This should be added to our existing callback, so it would look like this:

         $  (document).ready(function() {             /*             * Plugin intialization             */             $  ('#pagepiling').pagepiling({                 verticalCentered:false,                 css3:false,                 sectionsColor: ['white', '#E8E8E8', '#f2f2f2', '#EC008C'],                 onLeave: function(index, nextIndex, direction){                      //fading out the txt of the leaving section                     $  ('.section').eq(index -1).find('h1, p').fadeOut(700, 'easeInQuart');                      //fading in the text of the destination (in case it was fadedOut)                     $  ('.section').eq(nextIndex -1).find('h1, p').fadeIn(700, 'easeInQuart');                       //reaching our last section? The one with our normal site?                     if(nextIndex == 4){                          //fading out navigation bullets                         $  ('#pp-nav').fadeOut();                          $  ('#section4').find('.content').animate({                             top: '0%'                         }, 700, 'easeInQuart');                     }                      //leaving our last section? The one with our normal site?                     if(index == 4){                         //fadding in navigation bullets                         $  ('#pp-nav').fadeIn();                          $  ('#section4 .content').animate({                             top: '100%'                         }, 700, 'easeInQuart');                     }                 },             });         });     </script> 

Creating the Clickable Arrow

Clickable Arrow

As this is a matter of design, I will show here the style I will be using to replicate the same effect, but I won’t give any explanation about it.

I will add the following just after the opening <body> tag, but it could have been placed anywhere else, as it will be fixed:

     <button id="arrow">         <span>↓</span>     </button> 

The following styles will be applied to those elements:

     #arrow{         width: 100%;         height: 50px;         text-align: center;         cursor: pointer;         position: fixed;         bottom: 0;         left: 0;         border: 0;         outline: 0;         z-index: 100;         color: #BBB;         background: transparent;         -moz-transition: all 0.2s cubic-bezier(0.7, 0.01, 0.3, 1);         -o-transition: all 0.2s cubic-bezier(0.7, 0.01, 0.3, 1);         -webkit-transition: all 0.2s cubic-bezier(0.7, 0.01, 0.3, 1);         transition: all 0.2s cubic-bezier(0.7, 0.01, 0.3, 1);         font: 36px Heiti, 'Lucida Grande', Arial;         font-weight: bold;     }     #arrow span{         display: inline-block;         position: relative;         top: -18px;         -moz-transition: all 0.7s cubic-bezier(0.7, 0.01, 0.3, 1);         -o-transition: all 0.7s cubic-bezier(0.7, 0.01, 0.3, 1);         -webkit-transition: all 0.7s cubic-bezier(0.7, 0.01, 0.3, 1);         transition: all 0.7s cubic-bezier(0.7, 0.01, 0.3, 1);     }     #arrow:hover{         background: #EC008C;     }     #arrow:hover span{         top: 0;         color: #FFF;     } 

And to link it with the action of scrolling a section down, we will be using the function moveSectionDown provided by pagePiling.js linked to a click event over the button:

 $  ('#arrow').click(function () {     $  .fn.pagepiling.moveSectionDown(); }); 

A Touch of Style

And just to finish with our lovely website, we’ll style the headers and text a bit. This is basic CSS that won’t be explained in this tutorial:

 /* Styling titles and text for the sections with backgrounds*/ .intro {     position: absolute;     bottom: 100px;     text-align: center;     width: 100%; } .intro h1 {     font-size: 5em;     font-weight: bold;     color: #000; }  /* Styling our last section, our content */ #section4 .intro {     color: #000; } .page {     width: 80%;     margin: 60px auto;     background:white;     padding: 60px;     -webkit-box-sizing: border-box;     -moz-box-sizing: border-box;     box-sizing: border-box; } .page p {     font-style: 12px;     margin: 20px 0 0 0;     line-height: 1.35em;     color: #333; } 

And that’s all!

I would say you can have a pretty good result by just using pagePiling.js default behavior and forgetting about the second half of the tutorial, but if you really want to achieve what Huge Inc did, then you will have to put a bit more effort into it and follow the whole procedure.

To make it simple for you guys, I will add links to CodePen so you can play with it more comfortably.


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A Beautiful and Useful Selection of Free Vectors from 1001FreeDownloads – Examples

1001freedownloads offer a huge selection of royalty free images and resources that are available for both personal and commercial use. The team search the internet for free graphics for designers, and the site is updated daily with new and useful resources – photos, fonts, icons, wallpapers, brushes, styles, patterns, textures and clipart, as well as vectors, that we are concentrating on in this article. Signing up for their newsletter will keep you informed of all their new finds, and take some of the hard work out of your image-sourcing tasks.

Examples of Stunning Vectors: Travel Theme

Here are a few examples of the vector illustrations available from 1001FreeDownloads on the theme of travel as the holiday season will soon be upon us.

Transport Objects Vector Illustration

This vector illustration of a flying airplane is available in .eps format.

Transport Objects Vector Illustration

Vector Illustration Ocean Liner

A beautiful, retro illustration of an ocean liner, available in .eps format.

Vector Illustration Ocean Liner

Travel Icons

A set of 6 icons with a travel theme. Available in .eps format.

Travel Icons

Vector Pins

A beautiful set of 4 location pins with airplane, bicycle, coach and car images. Available in .eps and .ai formats.

Vector Pins

Travel Vectors

A set of 4 travel themed vectors on striped backgrounds – there are a few different sets of this style of vectors available. Available in .eps format.

Travel Vectors

Examples of Stunning Vectors: Backgrounds

1001FreeDownloads have many stunning background vector images, here are a few examples.

Geometric Illustration

This geometric background is useful for the current trend, and you can change the color by using a color overlay and various blending options will give a different result. Available in .eps, .ai and .jpg formats.

Geometric Illustration

Summer Illustration with Leaves

A beautiful, bright background illustration with a touch of bokeh representing sunshine and some leaves forming a frame. Available in .ai and .jpg formats.

Summer Illustration with Leaves

Bokeh Illustration

A bokeh background with pastel colors. Available in .eps, .ai and .jpg formats.

Bokeh Illustration

Landscape Illustration

A pleasant summer landscape background. Available in .eps, .ai and .jpg formats.

Landscape Illustration

Abstract Gray Wave Stripe Pattern Background

A striking monochrome background design, available in .eps and .jpg formats.

Abstract Gray Wave Stripe Pattern Background

Examples of Stunning Vectors: Shopping

The team at 1001FreeDownloads haven’t forgotten your ecommerce projects, and they have a section of vectors related to shopping, and here are our final examples.

Sale Labels Tags

A set of 3 labels designed to promote sale items. Available in .eps and .ai formats.

Sale Labels Tags

Clothing Icons Set

A set of 9 icons, perfect for categories on clothing ecommerce sites. Available in .eps format.

Clothing Icons Set

Shopping Objects Illustration

A set of illustrations for clothing ecommerce sites. Available in .eps format.

Shopping Objects Illustration

Fashion Boutique and Trees

An illustration of a storefront – in this instance a fashion boutique, but I am sure that can be changed to whatever store is required. Available in .eps and .ai formats.

Fashion Boutique and Trees

Shopping Bags

A vector illustration featuring shopping backs, a ribbon-style offer banner, ghost button and text area. Available in .eps and .ai formats.

Shopping Bags

Conclusion

There is a vast selection of vector graphics available at 1001FreeDownloads, and if you find something you (nearly) like, you are offered ‘Similar vectors’ from that page – where you might well find something you (completely) love!

Have you used any images from 1001FreeDownloads for any of your projects? Please share your links and opinions with us in the comments section below.


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Suggestion or Obtrusion: Beautiful Modal Window Pop Ups

It may seem that website design and policy of imposition has nothing in common, yet it is not so. Of course, not in its original understanding, but presented in another angle: various call-to-action pop-up modules/windows are the spotlights of our article.

We are going to consider various types of such notifications. They can be conditionally divided into 2 categories: the first one involves elements that overshadow everything that is behind them and include nothing more than just a piece of data that users need to read in the first instance – they can be considered as instruments of obtrusive encouragement, and the other ones that suggest can’t-miss-it offers or free helpful stuff, so as to say some kind of a sweet “carrot”, that can be considered as a skilled marketing ploy.

While both of them pursue one goal (i.e. gaining more newsletter subscribers, social media followers and/or community members) they have some differences: some of them can evoke positive feelings, while others can turn you away. In order to find out, we have compiled 18 websites that are equipped with such elements.

Modal Pop Up Windows

Pinterest

Pinterest skillfully utilizes a relatively high panel that is stretched over full screen width. It is based on a semi-transparent background in order to not distract attention from the images, but at the same time, provides the content with a solid contrasting foundation.

Pinterest

Inspiration Hut

Inspiration Hut has an email newsletter box that appears instantly when you start scrolling down the blog. Since the website offers various inspirational posts, the window has a complementary decorative vibe that is accomplished through line style graphics, hand-written typography and coloring.

Inspiration Hut

Joystiq

Joystiq has a truly modern and leading-edge newsletter box that draws attention to a visually-appealing photo-based centerpiece. It includes compactly arranged data that is displayed via an excellent mix of font styles and choices.

Joystiq

CSSAuthor

This is a commonly-used solution among numerous bloggers and owners of online magazines: while you are reading through the article, the small module with a “sign up” watchword slides out from the bottom and accompanies you till the end of the post.

CSS Author

Vandelay Design

Vandelay Design also takes on the same approach. However, in this case the box aims to promote the special offer. The window looks really nice and eye-catching thanks to a pleasant vibrant vector illustration, neat button and proper text formatting.

Vandelay Design

Creative Market

Being a huge marketplace for selling and buying graphics, the Creative Market tries to win over potential customers and visitors through giving away some professionally-executed goods. The front page is marked by a basic pop-up info box that emerges immediately when the page fully loads.

Creative Market

ElegantThemes

ElegantThemes also follows such an effective strategy. The team offers you to download one of its free WordPress themes through accepting a regular newsletter subscription. The team also leverages a pop-up box that has an eye-catching badge style special offer decor element that instantly grabs attention.

ElegantThemes

DesignMag

To my mind the owner, to put it mildly, has overdone things with this info box, behind which you do not even have an opportunity to enjoy the blog itself due to the dark overlay screen until you close the window, yet it still may have its benefits.

Design Mag

The Next Web

The online magazine has equipped its inner pages with a sort of a push notification that appears when you finish scanning the article. It features a related article that falls under the reader’s interest.

The Next Web

Sitepoint

Placing a narrow bar at the top of the page that reveals a special offer with a call-to-action button made in the same style and manner as the whole website is an optimal way of drawing attention to whatever you want to put in front of your viewers.

Sitepoint

WebUIkits

Much like the previous example, the website features a full-width bar with an advertisement that sticks to the top of the page and reminds viewers about itself while scrolling down the article.

WebUIKits

DesignModo

DesignModo has several topnotch valuable products for web developers that need to loom before users’ eyes as often as possible, so the online magazine features an elegant vibrant narrow panel with a video-based advertisement that sticks to the top and follows users while they are looking through the front page.

Designmodo

365psd

The home page is marked by a pretty plain subscription module that appears as soon as the page fully loads; its design totally corresponds with the overall theme.

365psd

Web Designer Wall

Though the website fascinates by its mind-blowing lush illustrated backdrop and lots of vibrant ad blocks, the owner has managed to make the offer quite visible through utilizing an ultra-narrow panel based on a rigid solid color canvas that immediately catches the eye.

Web Designer Wall

WebDesign&Such

The pop-up module looks really sophisticated and subtle. The flat style in tandem with contrasting coloring and perfect typography produces a pretty pleasant impression.

WebDesign&Such

Webdesigner Depot

This highly popular online magazine for designers and developers meets its online audience with a freebie. The free stuff varies, so you can easily stumble upon professionally-crafted textures or GUIs.

Webdesigner Depot

Mojo Themes

The team goes for the same solution as Themeforest does: it presents its range of digital goods(aka themes) via a set of miniatures where each item is displayed in more detail through a pop-up box, thereby helping you to make your decision quicker.

Mojo Themes

Bufferapp

The blog makes use of a standard solution that includes the incorporation of an ultra-narrow bright conspicuous panel with an offer to become a subscriber that is fixed to the top of the page.

Bufferapp

Conclusion

Pop-up modules and sticky top bars are often-used instruments for directing attention to important issues such as getting new subscribers, promoting products, making special offers or simply encouraging readers to stay for a while by proposing to them an interesting related post at the right time.

What do you think about our featured pop-ups? Which one do you prefer? Which one does scare you away? Share with us examples that you consider irritating.


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Strengthen the First Impression: Beautiful Splash Screens

Splash screen is a term that comes from the computer industry, which needed some distraction tricks while heavy software, programs or processes are loading. However, as is usually the case, as befits every useful technology with a trace of UX like this, it has been successfully migrated into mobile applications and web-based projects, having carved out a special niche for itself there.

Initially, a splash screen is a graphical element that covers some corporate identity elements including logotype, title of the program and a current version. Its prime aim is to notify the regular user about progress of the process that is loading, in that it is akin to a basic loading page, the trend that is gradually gaining popularity nowadays, but with some minor differences.

When it comes to website design, a splash screen can be referred to as an introduction page, which precedes the appearance of the front page. If you take into account its other key purposes such as unobtrusive promotion, clarifying issues that need to be done only once per visit or providing helpful instructions, you will definitely see its appropriateness and aptness in this sphere. Besides, splash screens are great instruments for strengthening the first impression of your project.

Today we are going to explore some basic yet eye-catching and nifty splash screens that include animations and embrace loading indicators, logotypes, catchy phrases, guidance or enlightenment; so, stay updated with our magazine publications, since we are going to examine other visually-appealing and complex splash screens that have been skillfully turned into video introductions. Now let’s look through our collection.

Splash Screens in Web Design

Corentin Bac

Corentin Bac welcomes its online audience by showcasing a simple animation that smoothly draws the “Welcome” word on a clean black monochrome backdrop. The project in such way tries to behave according to some rules of etiquette.

Corentin Bac

The Mobile Company

The Mobile Company opts for incorporating a series of witty slogans that should characterize the agency’s sphere of work, by including such phrases as “we design apps”, “we develop apps” and “we love apps”. Each phrase lays a special emphasis on the word “apps” unobtrusively making it the key one.

The Mobile Company

Sound City Project

Here the splash screen is used for informational purposes. The animation comprises the alternation of the intro phrase, the helpful instruction and the loading bar. Everything is bolstered by an amazing cityscape view placed on the background that naturally strengthens the overall urban atmosphere.

Sound City Project

Velvet Hammer

While the page is loading the user has an opportunity to quickly contemplate a series of highly energized, music-themed photos that flash in the center of the page. Such a solution is aimed to set the tone of the project and immediately give a hint about what to expect.

Velvet Hammer

Alpha Beta Fox

Alpha Beta Fox has an amusing character that performs a series of movements to the music. It marks the splash screen, providing regular users with a pleasant dynamic background while you decide whether you want to dip into the project or not.

Alpha Beta Fox

Piaget

The website features a small intro that quickly familiarizes the online audience with luxurious watches. Moreover, it includes a fantastic lineart that accompanies the loading bar.

Piaget

Remuskat Design

Before letting you in, the website asks you a simple question “How long is forever for you”, thereby trying to encourage you on some speculations as well as boost the creativity in you. The front page of the project gives its own answer, providing users with some spectacular photo-based proof.

Remuskat Design

Maddalena Del Gobbo

It becomes transparently obvious from the first seconds that the website is dedicated to some talented female musician. The elegant silhouette figuratively serves as a “hole” through which the home page appears. Such an approach immediately establishes a marvelous womanish and highly artistic vibe.

Maddalena Del Gobbo

Lorenzo Bocchi

Though the artist goes for a minimal approach, its realization looks absolutely refined and subtle that provides the content with a contrasting background and sharp appearance. The splash screen includes a title and several catchy words that instantly characterize the owner.

Lorenzo Bocchi

Nextgen

The website has a distinctive geometry vibe that is achieved through diagonal wide stripes that populate the design; the same design pattern runs through the splash screen. It features a lopsided image-based block with the name of the agency that lasts only few seconds.

Nextgen

La Piece

The website is brightened by 2 splash screens, each of which includes a different animation. The first one includes a puzzle featuring the logotype, the second one also makes use of the logotype, yet it is enlivened by a “blowing up”-style effect. The designer wisely puts the brand identity to the fore.

La Piece

Raise the River

The website aims to highlight the burning issues of the ecological problem of The Colorado River, so it is quite obvious that the first few seconds of the website’s loading time are reserved for displaying a series of spectacular pictures of this river. Each shot is supplied with some accompanying info in order to produce a truly dramatic effect and skillfully draw you into the project.

Raise the River

BVLGARI

Here minimalism meets the classic color combination in order to recreate a truly refined appearance corresponding to this brand of luxurious jewelry. The splash screen comprises the logotype, an instructive animation, navigation aids and of course, the watchword.

BVLGARI

The Building of Memories

While the website generates for you a scenic background by drawing illustrations of buildings, the splash screen tries to clarify some issues concerning the right utilization of the project through providing you with clear instructions bolstered by a clean vector-style animation.

The Building of Memories

Elmore

Elmore includes a regular splash screen that features only an official garish logotype. This multicolored centerpiece foreshadows the appearance of the home page, preparing you for some upcoming fun.

Elmore

Red Bull Soundclash

The first screen gives a clue about the project. It features a date and a place where the Red Bull Soundclash event will occur. As befits all websites dedicated to leading producers, the page is presented in brand colors and includes the corporate identity symbol.

Red Bull Soundclash

Dagobert

Dagobert has a quite enigmatic splash screen that has a quick alternation of slightly animated geometry-style shapes. Such an intriguing solution definitely forces you to stay in order to find out what else the project is hiding from you.

Dagobert

K-Swiss

K-Swiss features several highly-realistic mockups of sneakers painted in rigid, almost toxic coloring. The animation absolutely corresponds to the theme of the website and is made in one spirit.

K-Swiss

Extreme Sensio

Extreme Sensio is brightened by a toxic splash screen that embraces a series of phrases, where each one begins with “a story of”. It is aimed to demonstrate a huge scope of work done by the agency in a pretty creative manner.

Extreme Sensio

Conclusion

Sometimes the first few seconds decide everything, so strengthening the first impression is really vital. The effect can be produced through various means, and incorporation of splash screens is one of such productive and beneficial method. Have you used splash screens in any of your designs? Do you have a splash screen on your own page? Please share your links and opinions with us in the comments section below.


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