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Cssweekly

1. Issue #122 | CSS Weekly

"Issue #122

August 4th, 2014
Refactoring CSS for Maintainability
Responsive Web Made Easier with Chrome DevTools Device Mode

Articles & Tutorials

How We Make RWD Sites Load Fast as Heck
Understanding SVG Coordinate Systems & Transformations (Part 2) – The transform Attribute
Techniques for Mobile and Responsive Cross-browser Testing: an Envato Case Study
Bouncy Transitions
Keep Sass Simple
An Alphabet of Accessibility Issues

Tools

Critical
Responsive Email Patterns
A quite nice collection of patterns & modules for responsive emails.

Inspiration

Loader a Day


CSS TRICKS

2. Clever Uses for Step Easing | CSS-Tricks

“We all know the standard easing types: CSS’s ease and ease-in-out, jQuery’s swing, and the like. But what about the bastard child of easing? What about the easing type that was – for some reason – written into the CSS spec but few people actually know about and even fewer use?”


Smashing Magazine

3. Improve Your Email Workflow With Modular Design | Smashing Magazine

“Whether you’re in a Fortune 500 company or part a two-person team launching your first web app, email is one of the most important tools for reaching your customer base. But with the ever-growing number of emails to send, getting them all out the door can seem a little overwhelming. By putting in place a solid email design workflow, you’ll be able to regularly ship engaging and mobile-friendly emails with ease.”

Some good tricks here. Even just ‘Designing a Pattern Library’ is worth a look.


4. Design Responsive Websites In The Browser With Webflow | Smashing Magazine

“New tools have emerged to address the challenges of responsive web design — tools such as Adobe Reflow and the recently released http://macaw.co/. Today, we’ll look at one that I have tested extensively in the last few months. Though not perfect, it’s been a leap forward in productivity for the team that I work with. Its name is Webflow, and it could be the solution to the problems you face with static design comps produced in Photoshop and Fireworks.”

Another web service, and I personally try to keep my monthly fees as close to zero as possible. Still this looks pretty robust and useful.


Lifehacker

5. Turn a Bottle Cap Into a Cheap, DIY GoPro Float

"GoPro video cameras are fantastic for underwater shooting, but they have one fatal flaw: they sink like a stone. YouTube channel Wandering Designers shows how to turn a standard bottle cap into a cheap float for GoPro, to be used with any drinks bottle.

There are third-party floats for the GoPro, but they cost a lot and it’s just additional equipment to carry with you. Instead, the video above shows how you can make a GoPro floating mount for cheap. You’ll need a standard GoPro tripod mount ($4), 1/8th inch bolt and nuts ($1), a pack of Sugru ($2, or the free DIY Oogoo), 1/8th rubber washer ($0.20), Coke bottle cap"

This looks like a neat and simple project.


6. MagicPlan Creates a Floor Plan with Your Phone’s Camera

"iPhone/Android: Need a quick and dirty floor plan for your house? Free app MagicPlan can put one together using just your smartphone’s camera.

A few years ago, I built my own house. That means I a spent a lot of time agonizing over floor plans and materials estimates, and by the end of it I had every room dimension memorized down to the inch. Do you know who has the brain space for that? No one. That’s why when I moved to my new (150 year old) farmhouse—with all new room sizes and dimensions—I finally decided to let my iPhone do the work for me. This is where the MagicPlan app comes in."


Noupe

7. It’s a Rat Race: 40+ Free SEO Tools Any Site Owner Needs to Know – noupe

“Free SEO tools are a great way to get closer to that number one position without paying too much upfront. Dirty little secrets: even the average SEO specialist uses free tools, so why shouldn’t you? We have researched the following big list of free SEO tools anyone should at least know about. Even if you may have used one or two from the list already, we are sure you’ll find more than one gem you haven’t seen before. Let the race for the top spot begin…”


Codrops

8. Page Preloading Effect | Codrops

“Today we want to show you how to create a very simple page preloading effect with CSS animations, SVG and JavaScript. For websites, where it’s crucial to load all or part of the assets, these kind of preloader screens can be a creative way to make waiting a bit less boring for the visitor. The idea for this tutorial is based on the beautiful preloading effect seen on the website of Fontface Ninja. Initially, the logo and a circular progress element slide up and when the loader finishes its progress animation, i.e. the page assets are loaded, the whole ‘header’ moves up while the page elements are revealed with yet another animation. The sliding logo with its color change makes the icing on the cake.”


9. Page Preloading Effect | Codrops

When it comes to promoting a business, we have become accustomed to resort to online means such as websites, social media profiles, Google ads and the like. In doing so we extremely underestimate the power that is hidden in print material. Take that profane business card as an example. Of course these days business cards are no longer necessary to convey your contact information. But they still have the potential to set yourself apart from the competition. Start seeing business cards not as small pieces of paper, but more like an ad that is going to beat the drum for you. Focus on the details, the choice of paper, the print technology, the thorough design. We have compiled 29 professionally-crafted and free business card PSD templates in the following article. Let the inspiration begin…


10. July 2014: 20 Fresh and Free WordPress Themes of the Month – noupe

"We are back with our third month in a row, where all the new entries to the WordPress theme stage are being designed responsive. New ranking factors at Google take mobile usability into account, so building websites that are not mobile-ready today is shortsighted , to say the least. Don’t get caught that easy. Use one of our new entries instead. For another month we went out into the wild to search for the newest and coolest WordPress themes available. In the following article, we introduce you to our findings.

All these themes are free, though some have commercial variants available. We stated that where applicable. Enjoy!

The List

Zero: Modern Looking Blog Theme

Genre: Magazine
Responsive: Yes
Features: WooCommerce ready, SEO optimized
License: Free; enhanced commercial version available

Kwilli: Colorful Blog Theme

Genre: Blog
Responsive: Yes
Features: Shortcodes ready, slider ready
License: Free; enhanced commercial version available

Baskerville: Minimal Theme for Galleries

Genre: Portfolio
Responsive: Yes
Features: Custom page templates, Masonry grid
License: Free

Tracks: Flat Full-width Blog Theme

Genre: Blog
Responsive: Yes
Features: Sticky posts, Editor style
License: Free

Verbo: Minimal Magazine WordPress Theme

Genre: Magazine
Responsive: Yes
Features: Custom layouts, custom Logo and Favicon
License: Free

Wpboot: Clean Bootstrap Theme for Bloggers

Genre: Corporate
Responsive: Yes
Features: Threaded comments, featured images
License: Free

Accelerate: Green Multipurpose Theme

Genre: Magazine
Responsive: Yes
Features: Custom CSS and layouts, awesome slider
License: Free

Editor: Typograhpy Driven WordPress Theme

Genre: Blog
Responsive: Yes
Features: Jetpack enabled, clean and crisp typography
License: Free

Seobit: Flat Modern Theme for Blogs

Genre: Magazine
Responsive: Yes
Features: Logo and favicon options, 600+ Google fonts
License: Free; enhanced commercial version available

Radar: Modern Flat Style WordPress Theme

Genre: Portfolio
Responsive: Yes
Features: Custom sidebar and footer, featured content slider
License: Free

Daisy Blue: Bootstrap Theme for Magazines

Genre: Magazines
Responsive: Yes
Features: Flexible header, built with Bootstrap
License: Free

Coeur: Fresh and Simple Blog Theme

Genre: Blog
Responsive: Yes
Features: Custom menu and background, featured images
License: Free

Flatbox: Flat and Sober WordPress Theme

Genre: Corporate
Responsive: Yes
Features: Custom background and widgets, customize the logo, favicon, archive posts, single post
License: Free

Pasione: 3 Columns Theme for Girly Magazines

Genre: Magazine
Responsive: Yes
Features: Social buttons, featured content slider
License: Free; enhanced commercial version available

Touringg: Tourism WordPress Theme

Genre: Blog
Responsive: Yes
Features: Custom post types, featured content slider
License: Free; enhanced commercial version available

Minamaze: Light and Stunning WordPress Theme

Genre: Corporate
Responsive: Yes
Features: 600+ Google fonts, SEO optimized
License: Free

Solon: Flat Responsive Theme for Blogs

Genre: Blog
Responsive: Yes
Features: Google fonts, free support
License: Free

Avenue: Lightweight and Modern Theme for Businesses

Genre: Corporate
Responsive: Yes
Features: Full width slider, Font Awesome icons
License: Free

Litesite: WordPress Theme for Company Websites

Genre: Portfolio
Responsive: Yes
Features: Custom post formats, sticky posts
License: Free

Curvine: Strong Looking Theme for Magazines"

Genre: Magazine
Responsive: Yes
Features: Featured category widget, featured content slider
License: Free; enhanced commercial version available