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A traditional designer might prefer pencil and paper for wireframing. This is still a popular choice and for good reason: it works. But some designers are moving into the digital realm for wireframing mobile interfaces and general website layouts.

The following applications are completely free to use and come equipped with everything you’d need. Some are web applications while others are programs you download and install on your computer. Either way these are perfect for anyone who wants to get into wireframing without the pecuniary commitment.

Moqups

moqups design webapp

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Both mobile and web interfaces can be enhanced through proper icon use. There are many varieties and styles of icons, so it’s important to figure out when and why you’d need them. But the absolute best resources come in the form of premium iconsets with hundreds of different choices.

Take a peek at the following selection and see if any icons could be of use in future project work.

Smashicons

smashicons icons design

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One of the most disputed issues in web design today is the seemingly-eternal question: To Code or Not to Code? You’ll hear opinions in every which way but the truth is at the end it comes down to efficiency and workload. If you’re designing for fun and love the developer’s point of view, do that; but if you’re trying to grow your design business the answer might be more complicated.

That’s exactly why many agencies are going for the no-code design options. Many tools out there are currently offering ways to create a site from scratch with only user-friendly, visually based tools and no coding. These vary in style and quality, obviously; some fit amateur needs and some are more professional-oriented.

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Giveaway: Enter to win 5 x Adobe Creative Cloud Free FOR LIFE

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We are happy to announce another massive giveaway from Inky Deals: Win†5 x Full membership to Adobe Creative Cloud Free FOR LIFE!
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From agencies to blog magazines, fixed headers are all the rage. It’s more common that this effect is created with plugins rather than custom-coded effects. Because of this fact many developers have released free open source plugins for fixed navigation bars. Take a look at these examples and see how they can fit into your projects.

Headroom.js

fixed header headroom js

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Working freelance is always a challenge. Juggling work and client communication is never easy, but with the right tools your job can be a little easier. These resources have been hand-picked for designers working on their own or running a very small agency. Most of these tools are based online and target a niche that every freelancer is looking to fill.

Mail’ette

mailette design approvals webapp

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Remember the old days, when internet was first emerging and we all took for granted that getting on the internet so you can chat with your friends or read the weather report meant waiting for a connection – waiting for the site to come up – waiting for pictures to load…

Who could imagine working that way now? In the age of ultra-fast internet connections, getting better by the minute, we can’t stand it when a website takes too long to load. Nor can your clients and their website visitors.

You’ve put in the work, created a website – maybe even designed it with a tool like Webydo, which lets you design beautiful, responsive and professional sites without even having to code – you shouldn’t let anything else come in the way!

If you want to do a good job and if you want the website to serve its purpose well, one of the things you have to look out for is loading and responsivity speed. A fast website is a website where you don’t even notice how fast (or slowly) it works, but are instead free to focus on its content. Luckily, there are several ways to make sure this is the case – here are six useful tips.
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Elegant Themes has just released their latest version of Divi, their flagship theme. Divi 2.4 is expected to become more popular than ever because of a massive revamping of key features, including header options, module settings, and the addition of a new library. You will in fact find significant enhancements and improvements in almost all areas.

Divi has been a popular WordPress theme since its inception, due in large part to its ease of use and flexibility. With this upgrade, both characteristics have been enhanced considerably, and to the point where the website developer has a nearly unlimited set of options to work with.
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Whether you’re into photography or UI design, Photoshop is considered the premiere tool for both. Workflow tips and keyboard shortcuts are great ways to save time but Photoshop actions can be just as useful. These are automated tasks which run over any number of documents at the click of a button.

Most designers create their own actions but some are happy to release actions online for free. This gallery includes 20 free actions that you can download and reuse in your own Photoshop design work.

No More Banding

photoshop free action no more banding

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