Denmark has long had a reputation for good design; the country has created beautiful, functional furniture and homeware for decades. New Danish webshop Paper Collective, founded in 2013, proves that it also has a number of contemporary graphic designers……
Microsoft has started rolling out a new Windows Phone update to its range of Lumia devices. Dubbed Lumia Denim, the latest update brings some significant camera improvements to the Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, and Lumia 1520. The first noticeable change is a new Lumia Camera app that launches faster and takes photos more quickly. Microsoft’s Lumia 1520 has a more than capable camera, but the slowness of capturing photos often lets it down, and this update is designed to address that.
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Brands need to innovate to keep up with changing consumer lifestyles and stand out from the crowd. However, often too much innovation is launched simply because it can be produced and it therefore often lacks relevance to the consumer and impact at shelf. When done well, innovation can prove hugely successful in building brands, but it has its risk with research suggesting between 70-90 per cent of innovation fails in the first year of launch.
For over a year now I (Tom Chalky) have been creating and selling fonts through Inspiration Hut's Marketplace. The feedback has been brilliant and it has been far more successful than we ever would have thought. So much so, it has become a full time gig that I look forward to waking up to. Until now the marketplace […]
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It’s the celestial universe of WordPress, where there are 34,541 PLUGINS 782,249,789 DOWNLOADS, AND COUNTING as of November 2014.
2015 is just on the doorsteps and now its a point where your organization has to decide whether to move base to WordPress and outmaneuver the opposition or simply do with your commonplace site.
In the event that you inquire as to why WordPress? That being said, it heads the CMS market with colossal pie of 61%.
In the event that you choose to scrub down with WordPress, here’s the rundown of most mainstream plugins to be droned in 2015.
- Akismet: Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.
- WordPress Simple Firewall: Not only does it protect your site like a firewall, but it also offers WordPress login protection, and comment spam protection.
- Wordfence: Wordfence includes a firewall, anti-virus scanning, malicious URL scanning and a very fast caching engine.
- BackWPup: This plugin allows you to easily backup your WordPress blog and restore previously saved versions. Simply choose a day, time and how often you wish to perform your backup. It’s then automatically send to your Dropbox!
- WP-DB-Backup: With more than 2 Million downloads, WP-DB-Backup is one of the most popular WordPress backup plugins.
- VaultPress: Setting up VaultPress and restoring from backups is just a matter of clicks. With some of their packages, they even offer security scans.
Contact Forms & Comment
- Jetpack Contact Form: You can add a contact form to any page or post, add and reorder fields, customize your email notifications, prevent spam comments, add redirect links, and customize the form appearance, including the text for the submit button.
- WP Contact form: WP Contact Form is a drop in form for users to contact you.
- Gravity Forms: Gravity Forms allow you to easily create any type of form you can imagine. Used by over 1 million WordPress sites.
- Smooth Slider: Smooth slider adds smooth content and image slideshow with customizable background and slide intervals to any location of your blog.
- Wow Slider: Add beautiful image slider to your WordPress. It provides awesome effects, fancy templates, point and click wizard, pure CSS fallback and so much more.
To get an entire exhaustive list of vital plugins, visit the below infographic created by Webby Monks:
These plugins will enable the developers to make better WordPress sites and provide a superior customer experience to all the visitors visiting the client’s websites.
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Chris Buzelli is an illustrator currently based in New York City, he specialises in oil paintings and his work has been featured in national publications, books and advertising agencies. A few of his clients include; United Airlines, Sony, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and McCann SF. via: Chris Buzelli
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A lot’s happened with Sony, The Interview, and North Korea over the last three weeks, and it’s been easy to get lost. So we’ve put together a quick refresher on all the news that’s come out since the attacks began. It’s been one of the strangest and most befuddling stories of the year, but we’ve answered the biggest questions below.
What happened to Sony?
On November 24th, the computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment abruptly stopped working, blasting a red skeleton image onto every monitor along with a message. The message said that they had been hacked by a group called the Guardians of Peace, who pledged not to stop until Sony Pictures was destroyed. Attackers wiped every hard drive, shut down the email system, and made off with a…
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These days, many people think of fancy, high-end and expensive smart gadgets when it comes to the perfect Christmas gift. It’s not wrong but if you prefer something out of the blue, unexpected or just downright different, how about going back to basics and getting your loved ones paper-based gifts instead.
I’d like to point out that I don’t mean gift cards or hand-made envelopes; there is much more in this category than you would think! There’s a whole world of paper-based gifts out there which I find very enjoyable. Plus, they are usually a lot cheaper than other gifts, and they offer a more personal touch as well – paper always feels like you put a lot of care in.
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Here are some ideas which I think are great for Christmas, I hope you like them as much as I do (and if you feel like it, feel free to send me one any time, not just for Christmas!).
The Typodarium is a calendar for font aficionados but you don’t need to be an expert on font foundries to appreciate a new font each day. I had one of these in 2013 and I’m extremely sad I didn’t get one this year (I must grab one for 2015!).
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There are a number of notebooks out there but I thought I’d show you two of my favourites. Moleskine is of course a huge brand, they make all sorts of great notebooks and even has an iPad app. If someone in your life loves food / wine / travel / beer / books etc. you may want to take a look at the Passion Journals for a great present. If you’re looking for something more general, the plain Notebooks are a great choice.
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If you have something a bit more “indie” in mind, take a look at Field Notes. A three-pack of these 48-page plain notebooks go for $ 9.95. They offer all sorts of other merchandise, but my personal favourite is the “Archival Wooden Box” which is an awesome-looking storage place to store your paper notes.
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Constraints – A Deck For Web Designers
I saw this project first when it was launched on Kickstarter a while back. It survived and is now available for purchase on constraints.co. The premise of Contraints is design practice, bent on keeping your designer skills top-notch. Pick a card and follow the instructions, which could be along the lines of, for example, “no words on homepage”. Create a little thought experiment or whip out Photoshop and try to make a site that works with this constraint. The deck contains 52 cards to use as you see fit.
(Image source: constraints.co)
I’m a board game geek and there are just so many games you can play with cards – which have nothing to do with poker and other traditional French suite cards. Munchkin is a hilarious game for the whole family. Who doesn’t want to smite a monster with the “Boots of Butt-Kicking”, draw the Duck of Doom, or fight the horrid monster: The Insurance Salesman! You can buy about a billion add-ons for Munchkin, so you’ll be all set for a couple of Christmases if the receiver likes your gift!
(Image source: World Of Munchkin)
Dixit is a hugely popular game because it is so simple. Small children can join adults and get in on the fun. All you need is a group of friends who aren’t afraid to throw their imagination around and tell stories, with the help of beautiful cards of course. I mean, seriously, look at it! You can buy Dixit at Toys"R"Us, Amazon or any board game store.
(Image source: Toys"R"Us)
(Image source: Amazon)
Bear with me here, if you are a developer, you have to love your work to stay in the game. Not only that, you might even feel like declaring your love, with the help of stickers like these. jQuery, Sass, Grunt, Handlebars and more, you name it, DevSwag‘s got it. If you need some custom stickers, or non-developer oriented ones, take a look at Sticker Mule. They craft stickers for DevSwag and can do a lot more!
(Image source: devswag)
(Image source: Sticker Mule)
Posters are great because they can be found in such great variety you’ll find something for anyone. You can grab movie posters here for Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America, LOTR and other popular movies or steer towards art, sports, cars or anything in between – you’ll be able to find a fitting poster for it for sure!
(Image source: allposters.com)
(Image source: allposters.com)
Back to useful gifts now, how about a specific sketch pad for your web designer/coder friends? UI Stencils has a lot of material from browser to iPad or Windows 8 pads, they’re all pretty useful and comparatively cheap and practical. Rain Creative Lab provides some great customizable web notebooks which make great gifts for fellow developers out there.
(Image sources: uistencils)
Make Your Own Paper
Are you or your friend obsessed with paper? You can actually make your own at home! You’ll need a few things, but you could grab them all at Arnold Grummer’s. This hobby may be a bit more expensive than you think. If you’re serious about it, the press alone can cost around $ 350. However, there are some paper-making kits that start around $ 70 that may be a better starting point for your first try.
If you know of a unique paper-based gift please do let us know in the comments!