Crafting any user interface requires patience and some expertise with HTML/CSS. Yet rebuilding interfaces from existing code can be a lot more fun and exciting. You learn so much from studying what other developers have created and by screwing up their examples. This gallery has 25 free code snippets you can rework and copy into your own projects to craft amazing CSS3 navigation menus.

Bubble Popout

bubble popout nav menu code

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Even though Adobe has officially discontinued Fireworks it still remains a very popular tool for UI design. Creative Cloud includes Fireworks CS6 as part of the bundle and it should be supported for a least a couple more years. Thus learning Fireworks can be one of the best decisions you make when it comes to mockup design and wireframing. These tutorials are aimed at complete beginners who want to bring Fireworks into their typical web design workflow.

Fireworks UI

intro to fireworks ui

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Android Lollipop has become the standard method of design for smartphones powered by Google’s OS. This design follows the popular flat techniques to a T with slight drop shadows, but almost no gradients or bevels. It’s an easy technique to master but difficult to gain momentum.

These tutorials can teach even a complete novice how to design Android interfaces in Photoshop, Sketch, and Illustrator.

Tuts+ Material Intro

google material design introduction

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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 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 icons design

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