CSS Border-Radius Can Do That?
TL/DR: When you use eight values specifying border-radius in CSS, you can create organic looking shapes. WOW. No time to read it all ? — we made a visual tool for you. Find it here.
During this year’s Frontend Conference Zurich Rachel Andrew talked about Unlocking the Power of CSS Grid Layout. At the end of her talk, she mentioned something about an old CSS property that got stuck in my head:
The Image is set round just by using the well-supported border-radius. Don’t forget that old CSS still exists and is useful. You don’t need to use something fancy for every effect.
— Rachel Andrew
Shortly after I heard this talk, I thought that you certainly could create more than just circles and started to dig deeper into what can be done using border-radius.
Let’s start with the basics. Hopefully this will not bore you. You are probably familiar with CSS, and you also know border-radius. It has been around for some years now, mostly used with a single value like this: border-radius: 1em and was maybe one of the most discussed/loved CSS3 features back in 2010 when css3please.com was your best friend.
Whenever you only use a single value, all corners are rounded by this value:
As you can see in the example above, next to fixed length values like px, rem or em you can also use percentages. Those are mostly used to create a circle by setting border-radius to 50%. The percentage value is based on the width and height of the given element. So when you use it on a rectangle, you will no longer have symmetrical corners. Here’s an example showing the difference between border-radius: 110px and border-radius: 30% applied to a rectangle.
Notice that the corners on the right side are not symmetrical and keep that in mind. We’ll come back to this later.
Four Different Values
When you use more than one value, you start setting values for each corner, beginning in the top left corner and then moving clockwise. Again you can also use percentages, and you could also mix percentages with fixed-length values.
Eight Values Separated by a Slash (This is Where it Gets Interesting)
I think most of you have already done everything I explained above. Now we get to the exciting part. What happens, if you separate values with a slash and specify up to eight values? Let’s see, what the spec says about that:
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5 Popular Brands With Arguably Bad Fonts/Typography
Graphic designers understand that typography is more than just simple text. In a digital age, the way you convey your messages needs to account for what you say in addition to how you say it. In order to stand out or stay consistent, you can’t overlook the significance of choosing a font that truly represents your brand and connects with your consumers.
It can be easy to overthink as a graphic designer. As you’re looking to be creative, inventive and unique, you can pull away from the true purpose of the graphic you are creating – to communicate an idea.
Looking back on the history of graphic design, especially in logos, you’ll find that brands are starting to understand the importance of creating a logo with purpose and intent, rather than simply a unique design. Many modern brands are tapping into the modern consumer and adjusting their font use to account for modern design best practices and user engagement. Other brands take a more traditional approach to font use.
While it makes sense to maintain a consistent image for your brand, at some point these more traditional brands will need to revamp their image in order to grow their audiences. What is your brand doing with its font that could be holding it back and what can graphic designers learn from poor typography to create logos and designs that connect with online users?
What constitutes a bad font?
Overuse – You don’t want to be part of a trend or, worse yet, late to a trend. Your brand shouldn’t convey a message of being typical and, therefore, replaceable. Who you are, the services you provide and products you offer, are unique.
Choosing an overused font for your graphics/logo can take away from the impact of your message. If you’re not the most popular brand utilizing a certain font, users could be distracted from your message by associating the font you use, with another brand.
Utilizing extremely popular/typical fonts like Arial, Times New Roman or Calibri is not only a common choice, but a thoughtless choice as well. If your brand feels as though the font that comes standard with the most popular word processors is most representative of your brand, you need to rethink your messaging. Users want something more animated and interesting than the standard.
Misuse – The modern consumer is an informed consumer. Utilizing a font that is inauthentic to your brand or industry...
Minimalist design: tips and inspiration to master the trend
At its core, minimalist design (or minimalism) is functional. No extras, no waste. Every element—including shapes, color palette and typography—is necessary. A simple geometric shape or form is given the power to stand in for a more complex object or idea. Simplicity in form and composition is valued above all things.
Minimalism works because our eyes and brains only have a finite amount of attention to give to a design. By giving our eyes fewer items to consider, we devote more attention to the ones that are there. This makes minimalism very versatile: from apps to logos to packaging and printed products, there’s no design that can’t benefit from this trend.
The minimalist design trend
Minimalist design first arose in the 1950s and 60s as response to an increasingly noisy, technologically-advancing culture. Suddenly simplicity, clean lines, and oodles of white space began to appear more and more in visual art, architecture and graphic design.
These logos by legendary mid-century designer Saul Bass are so timeless, they could have been created this year.The grungy, collage-driven styles of the 90’s were replaced by the bright colors of the early 2000’s, and by the 2010’s, minimalism was more than primed for a comeback. Only now are we seeing its power to grab attention in the ever-scrolling world of social media or mobile experience. From clean and airy websites to stylish Instagram feeds full of tasteful flat lay photography, brands across the spectrum are fully embracing the minimalist design trend.
Minimalist design is everywhere
Logo design is one of the places where minimalism is most ubiquitous. Why? Because when it comes to a logo, the canvas you’re working with couldn’t be smaller. Everyone wants a logo that stands out, that creates an instant reaction, and leaves a lasting impression of your brand’s values and ethos. The less cluttered this tiny space is, the more quickly and efficiently that message can be communicated.
There isn’t one way to do a minimalist logo design. Popular styles for logos include geometric designs, flat line designs and stark typographic designs. While some are cute and memorable, the truly excellent logos combine shape and type into a larger concept, like Andrey Karpov’s airplane logo, where the plane shape also forms an “A” and “P.”
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Add a Powerful LMS to WordPress with Masterstudy Theme
Online education is incredibly useful and convenient. What’s more, it’s not just for schools. Both public and private organizations use online education to train employees and help members stay in the know. It transcends industry and can be utilized in any number of ways.
The great news is that adding this capability to your WordPress website is as easy as installing Masterstudy. It’s the theme that will turn your site into an LMS (Learning Management System). You can build, customize and manage online courses with ease.
Want to learn more? Let’s take a look at what makes this LMS so powerful.
A Turnkey Solution for Online Education
Masterstudy is a WordPress theme built as a result of extensive research in online education. Every aspect has been carefully thought out, meaning that you’ll find all the features you need to run a full-fledged educational program.
Super-Fast, Thanks to Vue.js
The integrated Masterstudy LMS plugin offers several front and back-end features that are powered by Vue.js. The result is a UI that loads at blazing-fast speeds. Your students will spend more time learning and less time waiting for content to load.
The free Masterstudy LMS plugin is the perfect companion for Masterstudy theme. It gives you the power to create courses that match your specific needs. Build Text, Video and Slideshow lesson types. Whatever type of content you’re looking to present, Masterstudy has you covered.
Powerful Online Quizzes
Use the built-in quiz capabilities to help students reinforce what they’ve learned. Quizzes feature the ability to use an online timer, results reporting and optional retakes. Certificates can be awarded based on the criteria you set.
Built in eCommerce
Masterstudy includes built-in support for PayPal and Stripe payment gateways. This provides you with the flexibility to offer courses as one-time payments or recurring subscriptions. Plus, support for Paid Memberships Pro offers you another way to sell online. Looking to sell offline courses? This capability is supported with the use of WooCommerce.
Students and instructors can easily stay in touch. Use the real-time question and answer feature during lessons to ensure that everyone is on the same page. And, the private messaging system facilitates easy communication between users, anytime.
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All the News From Adobe MAX
Adobe’s annual MAX conference is well underway in LA, and as usual there’s a big buzz around changes to the Creative Cloud suite.
Adobe’s product line often seems archaic—parts of Photoshop’s first codebase were originally painted onto the walls of caves by neanderthals—but this iterative approach also provides a solid platform to venture into new ground in ways that would bankrupt a startup.
Not only has Adobe pivoted into prototyping with XD, overtaking the existing market in a brief couple of years, but it’s now applying the same approach to new markets, where the competition is even thinner on the ground.
Adobe XD Updates
Since May, when we reported that Adobe XD is now free, interest in the platform has grown exponentially. Despite interesting additions to Lightroom and Premier Pro CC, it’s XD that’s getting all the attention at MAX.
XD has new features, taking it far beyond any of its competition; you can now use XD to design for voice, and there are substantial changes to the animation design process that users have been asking for, for some time. XD’s $0 price tag means its business model is as a lure, to tempt designers into the rest of the CC product range, and as expected, tighter integration with other apps including Illustrator and After Effects has been unveiled.
If you’ve been wavering, now’s a great time to pick up XD.
Adobe has often talked a good game when it comes to device compatibility, and its mobile apps have always seemed slick, but very few creatives actually use them professionally; they just don’t have enough functionality.
Not since the first wide-eyed discovery of large touch screens has there been a more convincing reason to buy an iPad
That may now be about to change as Adobe has unveiled the hotly anticipated Project Rocket—that’s Photoshop for the iPad to you and I—due to launch sometime in 2019. The big news is that Rocket isn’t an iPad version of Photoshop, it’s the Photoshop. With a UI repurposed for touch screens, but with the full Photoshop engine behind it, Rocket makes design work on the iPad a realistic possibility for the first time.
Apple must be thrilled. Not since the first wide-eyed discovery of large touch screens has there been a more convincing reason to buy an iPad.
To further boost Apple sales, Adobe have also unveiled Project Gemini.
Gemini is an as-yet unnamed drawing and...
11 top tips for outstanding ecommerce website design
These days, we do just about everything online—and that includes shopping. Which is why there’s never been a better time to be in ecommerce.
In 2018, if you’re selling anything—whether that’s sneakers, salad dressing, or something in between—you need to hop on board the ecommerce website train. An ecommerce site offers you the chance to build your brand, connect with more customers, and sell more products—but only if you’ve got the right website design.
Web design is critical when building an ecommerce website. Not only does your site have to look good and feel on-brand, but it also needs to drive your website visitors to take action and, you know… buy your products. But how, exactly, do you do that? How do you design the kind of ecommerce site that will have products flying off your virtual shelves?
Here are our top ecommerce website design tips to help you take your design to the next level (and sell a crazy amount of products in the process):
1. KISS (Keep it simple, silly!)
One of the top rules you should keep in mind during the ecommerce design process? KISS—keep it simple, silly!
When it comes to designing an ecommerce website, simple is always better. The more elements you have on the page (Colors! Banner Ads! ALL THE POP-UPS!), the more it takes away from the entire point of the website—closing a sale.
You don’t need a ton of bells and whistles on your ecommerce website—all they do is act as distraction. Keep your design clear, clean, and simple—and keep the focus on the sale.
2. Make branding a priority
When it comes to shopping online, people want to buy from established brands—not faceless ecommerce sites that look like a front for trying to steal your credit card information.
If you want to build the trust you need to drive serious sales with your ecommerce business, you need to put some serious thought into your branding. Your branding is like the DNA of your ecommerce business; it’s who you are as a company, what you’re about, and how you’re different from your competitors—and it plays a huge part in building a connection with your audience and driving sales.
If you want to get the most from your ecommerce design, take the time to define your brand—and then infuse that branding into your design. If you’re not sure who you are as a brand, that’s ok! You’re just going to want to do a little business soul-searching before you get...
What’s New for Designers, October 2018
You might notice a theme this month in our collection of new tools for designers: color. There are lots of color resources sprinkled throughout this collection. But there are plenty of other goodies as well, including a beta tool from Google and some new ways to think about layouts.
If we’ve missed something that you think should have been on the list, let us know in the comments. And if you know of a new app or resource that should be featured next month, tweet it to @carriecousins to be considered!
Logo Lab is a new tool that helps you figure out if a logo is sound. Simply upload a logo, and you’ll be presented with visual experiments that test key factors like scalability, silhouette and balance. The visual tool shows where a logo succeeds and where it could use some improvement. This can be a great resource for individual testing or client presentations. It includes 10 tests (including a color blindness simulator and scalability test) and all you have to do to use it is upload a PNG or SVG version of your logo.
ColorBox by Lyft Design can help you create cool color sets that you can use and share. With plenty of options that you can adjust and see on screen, it’s easy to create all kinds of palettes and color combinations. Use it to create a base color scheme or pick colors for a gradient pattern.
New Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours
From modern color in the previous item to classic color here, Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours has been recreated for the digital age. The 1821 color guidebook is all new (and equally impressive) thanks to Nicholas Rougeux.
GraphQLEditor allows you to create visual diagrams without writing any code. Just click and experiment. (The code is generated as you draw.) It works using Graphql schema and when you create and join blocks the editor transforms them into code.
Firefox Reality is a new browser just for virtual reality. Mozilla says it “was specifically designed to tackle all of the new opportunities (and challenges) that come with browsing in VR.” Get it for your preferred VR device with support for Viveport, Oculus Go or Google Daydream.
Google Dataset Search
Google Dataset Search is a beta tool that allows you to search within datasets to find information. Here’s how Google describes the new project:
Dataset Search enables users to find datasets stored across...
Inspiration for Creating the Perfect About Page
What’s more important than your about page? Letting your site’s visitors know who you are encourages them to trust you and learn more about your brand! You can talk about yourself, why you started your website and what your goals are – all in a stylish way. It’s an extra personal touch that many people will appreciate.
Need some inspiration? Here are a few about pages that will blow you away!
Kommigraphics’ about page contains a fun team portrait scroller. Hovering an image stops the scroll effect and allows you to get more info on that employee. The strong palette is inverted as you scroll down, offering a visually interesting but consistent effect.
This is a fun website to browse, and the about page is no exception. Use your mouse to hover over the various objects and reveal cute animations and colors! Even the buttons and clickable text lights up. Hover over the team’s faces to see their photos in full color and trigger an animation!
Animations everywhere! This about page is a longer-than-average read. But it breaks up the text with clearly labelled sections and parallax animations at every turn. You’ll want to scroll down and see what happens next. The black, white and red color palette looks great, too!
Woodwork’s about page opens with a short blurb about the business and a shot of the working space. Scroll down and you’ll be greeted with an awesome animation that makes it look like each person is rotating! Everyone here shows off their character and there’s no way you can’t trust them with your next design project!
The Dragon Prince
It’s always great to learn more not just about the people behind a project, but a little bit about what they do and where they find inspiration! It’s great to get some behind-the-scenes in an about page and this website delivers.
Yelvy’s about page gets straight to the point; a bold mission statement in large text and some quick info on the company’s origins. From there, you can get right back to shopping. This brand is about self-expression and application, and that’s all there is to say about it.
This website puts animations and effects to good use. The about page, though beautiful, is short, sweet and to the point. They state who they are, what they do and why they do it well. All on classical light text that occasionally takes on a dynamic pastel sheen....
The 10 best freelance print designers for hire in 2018
When it comes to design, print is, hands down, the most popular medium. Just think of how many things you can design for print; from marketing brochures to flyers, book covers to posters, advertising inserts to informational pamphlets…the sky is the limit.
But designing for print is a tricky beast. You need to understand how your design is going to print, how colors are going to translate from the screen to the page, how to layout the design so it prints correctly…there’s a lot to consider. And that’s why you need a professional.
Working with a top designer can make all the difference when developing designs for print. Here are our picks for the best freelance print designers for hire right now:
The 10 best freelance print designers to hire in 2018
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