PRINT ISN’T DEAD Magazine: A quarterly showcasing innovation in illustration and design work on paper

PRINT ISN'T DEAD Magazine


Bright and beautiful, PRINT ISN’T DEAD is a brand new magazine dedicated to and honoring those who still work on paper. Inside, interviews and features are bolstered by smaller articles, art and a thorough directory. An extension of );…

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Realistic iOS App Icons For Your Inspiration

Generally when we look at the designs of icons for iOS apps, we don’t pay much attention to it, especially after we get used to looking at it on a daily basis. However, like all things involved in design, there is a lot of detail and consideration that needs to be taken when designing these icons.

Ramotion have taken our perception of icons and elevated it even further by making them as realistic as possible. The elegant details and thought put into the designs are evident by the end-product itself, each one an example of both simplicity and complex ideas. Take a look at just some of their realistic iOS icon apps below and if you’re interested in looking at more of their work, you can browse here.









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Into the black hole: an interview with comics author Grant Morrison

More than almost anyone, Grant Morrison has plumbed the weirdness that lies at the heart of comics. Since the 1980s, he’s helped redefine the superhero genre, producing surreal, fourth-wall-breaking titles like Animal Man and Doom Patrol, as well as popular iterations of Batman and Superman and the DC Universe-wide Final Crisis storyline. The Invisibles, one of his best-known works, slowly unfurled from a straightforward story about a team of countercultural rebels into a mind-bending…

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The Ultimate Designing Guide for WordPress Website

If you’re getting prepared to create your first website you need to have a list of things to do. We’ve prepared a guide for you go find out things to do.
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Weekly News for Designers (N.250)


This is our popular weekly design news post where we share our favorite design related articles, resources and freebies from the past week.

You can sign-up to our awesome weekly newsletter for some more amazing articles, resources and freebies.

New Resources & Tools

Timesheet.js – A JavaScript library for creating simple HTML5 & CSS3 time sheets.
Timesheet.js - A JavaScript library for creating simple HTML5 & CSS3 time sheets

Animsition – A simple jQuery plugin for adding page transitions with CSS animations.
Animsition - A simple jQuery plugin for adding page transitions with CSS animations

Writefully – Turn a Github repo into a CMS.
Writefully - Turn a Github repo into a CMS

C3.js – A chart library that makes it easy to generate D3-based charts.
C3.js - A chart library that makes it easy to generate D3-based charts

Slap – A Sublime-like terminal-based text editor that makes editing from the terminal easier.
Slap - A Sublime-like terminal-based text editor that makes editing from the terminal easier

sweep.js – A JavaScript library for smoother color transitions.
sweep.js - A JavaScript library for smoother color transitions

Markdown Here – An extension that lets you write email in Markdown and render it before sending.
Markdown Here - An extension that lets you write email in Markdown and render it before sending

Learning Resources & Tutorials

Create a minimal and responsive newsletter form with subtle CSS3 animations by codyhouse.co.
Create a minimal and responsive newsletter form with subtle CSS3 animations

How to create your first Windows Phone 8 application by Sani Yusuf.
How to create your first Windows Phone 8 application

AngularJS front-end with WordPress back-end by Matt Saunders.
AngularJS front-end with WordPress back-end by Matt Saunders

Creating responsive and interactive animations with Raphael.js by Chris Youderian.
Creating responsive and interactive animations with Raphael.js

Customizing WordPress archives for categories, tags & taxonomies by Josh Pollock.
Customizing WordPress archives for categories, tags & taxonomies

How To Wireframe iOS App Interfaces using Photoshop by Jake Rocheleau.
How To Wireframe iOS App Interfaces using Photoshop

Taking a look at Buffers CSS by Brian Lovin.
Taking a look at Buffer’s CSS by Brian Lovin

Are you ready for a programming challenge? Try the Javascript Quiz from Tutorialzine.
Are you ready for a programming challenge? Try the Javascript Quiz from Tutorialzine

Free UI Resources

Freebie: Aves Icon Set (PSD).
Freebie: Aves Icon Set PSD

Freebie: Jolly Hand-Drawn UI Kit (EPS, AI & PDF).
freebie Jolly Hand-Drawn UI kit EPS AI PDF

Freebie: Awesome UI Kit (PSD).
Freebie Awesome UI Kit PSD

…and finally…

A Single Div: A CSS drawing project.
A Single Div A CSS drawing project

You may also like to browse the Weekly News Archives.


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10 wonderful examples of design symmetry

Read more about 10 wonderful examples of design symmetry at CreativeBloq.com


Symmetry can really bring a piece of design to life. Whether it’s an ambigraph or straightforward symmetrical execution, these illustrations are pretty wonderful when it comes to being a copy-cat. Take a look at the beautiful use of symmetry as part or all of their design for some reflective inspiration.







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Reddit’s new official app is the best way to read AMAs

Reddit’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) section is one of the most popular areas of the site, but the Q&As themselves can be a little difficult to read — not every question gets answered, other users jump in with their own thoughts, and threads can quickly balloon out of control. Now Reddit has addressed the issue by releasing a free mobile app that streamlines the reading process and makes for a much better experience overall.

The AMA app lets you filter out questions that weren’t replied to by the (often celebrity) thread starter, meaning you can read the whole thing more or less as a straight interview. The app also helps you ask questions of your own, and has features to highlight trending AMAs or those in a given category. “We want to make…

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Quirky illustrated alphabet book offers an alternative ABC

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“A is for Apple, B is for BORING…” say the authors of new children’s alphabet book Alphabetics Patrick and Traci Concepción.







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Challenge others to a saving duel with the DUEL piggy bank

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This piggy bank is perfect for people who have a hard time saving, but are highly competitive. Obviously this is not for big savings, these usually happen at the bank, but it can make saving a little money much more fun.

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10 crucial points to check before you launch a website

There are many points to check before you launch a website, which makes it very easy to forget something.

1. Review content and contact information

This is not web design work per se, but if you are a web designer who works directly with the client for content, it becomes your responsibility to check that he’s be proofreading his website.

Bad content will hurt a website even more than bad design, and I’m not even mentionning how wrong contact information can make you lose money.

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2. Validate CSS and HTML

Validation is not mandatory to publish a website, but it does show that you are a real web professional. It also works as a debugging tool that makes future maintenance much easier.

To validate your sites, you can use the W3C Markup Validation service or use the web developer toolbar‘s deditated tool.

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3. Pages display well on all browsers

The browsers offering is not as bad as it used to be, but there are still some tricky details in your web designs that can break down when you test on another browser.

There are great tools for that, you can check out these.

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4. Responsiveness

About one quarter of all website visitors are not on mobile device, whether it’s tablets or mobile phones. The share is even bigger for some websites, and it keeps on growing.

With that evolving market, it’s not impossible to ignore it and not have a responsive website. With modern frameworks like Foundation, it’s very easy to make your website responsive, so you have no excuse.

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5. Forms are working

Forms that don’t work on a website launch is really a nightmare scenario. Visitors can discover your fancy new website, but can they place an order or contact you?

So don’t be that guy that can’t take order when launching the site, double-check everything thoroughly.

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6. Your analytics are installed

Launching a website, when properly done, can be a critical moment for your business. It is important that you can track how efficient your marketing efforts were, but also your conversion rate and traffic sources.

Don’t miss out on this and make sure you install Clicky or Google Analytics.

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7. Google Webmaster Tools is set up

Google Webmaster tools is one of the most overlooked resources by website owners. It helps you with many things regarding Google, such as your rankings on keywords, page speed, and much more.

Google will communicate on very important topics through this medium, if it has problems indexing your site, found that your site was hacked, or if your site has some big speed issues.

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8. You have a backup system

As a professional, or simply as someone who invested a lot of time in working on a site launch, you need to make sure that you won’t have to redo the work.

If your site is updated frequently, it is important to have an automated system that will keep a backup of your files and databases. For WordPress sites, Blogvault is an excellent option.

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9. Your site is secure

It’s hard to stay 100% secure online, but you should do everything in your power for that. This checklist is a good start if you are looking to make your site more secure.

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10. Your 404 page is ready

This one is not as important as the other points in this list, but make sure that you have a 404 page ready. If you have any URL issue or page that doesn’t work, you should create a useful 404 page.

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