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Interactivity, Dynamics, Animations: Fresh Examples of Non-Static Websites

Non-static websites is totally not a brand-new concept.

At the beginning it was flash-powered websites that impressed us with its fantastic animations and astounding effects, and today they “have passed the baton” to the next more sophisticated and lightweight HTML5-based solutions that ably combine together CSS3 and jQuery possibilities.

Though there are still lots of problems with browser compatibility and displaying even basic CSS3 animations, modern web developers are accustomed to look a few steps ahead, anticipating the moment of resolving all the inconsistencies. And those of us, who constantly update our software, can already fully enjoy the whole power of new technologies and easily immerse yourself in the whole new world of spirited and complex website designs.
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A Designers Guide to Ghost Theming

Lately a lot of people ask me on how to start out with making a theme for Ghost. And yes, after building three themes myself I have some experience in doing this stuff. Check them out if you want to know more about how I approach theme design:

• Marisa, a photographic Ghost theme
• Chiara, a minimal and elegant blogging theme. #1 Ghost theme on Creative Market, atm. This blog runs this theme
• Readium, an open source Medium-like theme

And your timing couldn’t be better. Ghost is still young, the community small but growing fast. Actually, designing themes for Ghost isn’t difficult in comparison to other blogging systems. But it isn’t that easy either, if you don’t know a few things about how Ghost works. I decided to make this small and comprehensive guide on the important things you need to know to start out. So that you can dive into making your own theme.
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Fresh Breath of Polygonal Style in Website Design

Amid extensive use of flat style graphics, visual storytelling solutions, rich content media approaches and a great deal of websites based on dynamic layouts, polygonal style — which was enormously popular several years ago — has recently found renewed life as an emerging design trend.

So what has actually changed? In terms of actual direction and implementation, almost nothing. It is still the same brilliant artwork with convex or concave plane areas that are constructed with the help of various plane geometric shapes entwined with ingenious color palettes. As for its use in website design, it has certainly undergone some changes. For example, a couple years ago polygonal style was mainly static and served as complementary ornamental instrument that used for backgrounds, standalone decorations and logotypes, whereas now it is being spiced up by various dynamic effects. It definitely occupies a favorable place in design and contributing to the whole aesthetic and as a way to draw user attention.
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What Does a College Dropout Have to do With Typography in Web Design?

Although it has had a relatively short history on the internet, typography has been in existence for centuries. It wasn’t until a college dropout by the name of Steve Jobs brought it to the world with the inclusion of multiple fonts on the Macintosh that typography in web design was born. However, the story is more complicated than that, because Jobs never would had the idea had he not dropped out of college and learned about the typography masters of the past.

The emergence of typography

Ever heard of the Gutenberg bible? It was the first successfully mass-printed book in history. Although the Chinese had been attributed to the invention of movable type, it was a German by the name of Johannes Gutenberg who perfected the design and changed the world with his printing press machine in Mainz, Germany in the 15th century.
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Android Wear UI Overview

If we’re designing interfaces for wrist watches we shouldn’t be calling it wearable interfaces, this is a whole new dimension for interface designers, it’s fashion!

Whatever we call it a year from now, the Android Wear SDK is here and designers should be sensitive to what makes people wear a wrist watch.

Is it the color? The size? The shape? The thickness? Is it for men or women? The diamond stone on the dial? Will the user wear it during the day or night?
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