Articles by Speckyboy Design Magazine

  • The 20 Best Free Responsive Joomla Templates

    Joomla is known as the second most popular content management system after WordPress. Users of different skill levels choose this open-source solution, as it provides usability, multilingual support, built-in SEO features, regular updates, and front-end editing. There is also a huge set of extensions to extend its default functionality and templates to build a professional […]

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  • Weekly News for Designers (N.348)

    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 or follow us on Twitter for some more amazing design articles, resources and freebies. New Resources Tools JS Tips – Improve your coding skills […]

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  • The Cross Browser CSS Styling Tips You Need to Know

    The web could exist without the use of CSS, but it would never be as accessible or look as great without. As web designers, the main goal is to provide an innovative design that looks great in every web browser. Because of the fact that there are still people that use older browsers such as […]

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  • Can Technology Make You a Better Designer?

    Ah, the world of technology. It helps us to manage our increasingly hectic lives and careers and stay in touch with everyone we’re connected to both personally and professionally. However, the biggest question floating around the minds of many in the design industry is: does all of this convenience and instantaneous communication actually improve our […]

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  • Freebie: Cute Valentine’s Day Cards and Backgrounds (AI & EPS)

    By Speckyboy Editors Feb 8 2017Freebies If you’re looking for a last-minute Valentine’s Day card that doesn’t quite look like it’s last-minute, then you’ve come to the right place! Courtesy of our friends over at Freepik, we have a small collection of creative and fun Valentine’s Day card templates you can quickly customize, print out […]

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  • 10 Best WordPress Video Themes for 2016

    WordPress makes it very easy to run a video blog or website. With the help of right plugins, you can embed or host videos on your website within minutes. Plus, there are numerous specialized WordPress themes for video blogs or sites to help give your website a unique look. In this collection, I have collected […]

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  • Methods for Using Micro-Interactions on Your Site

    When it comes to user experience, micro-interactions drive all interactions. Only a few years ago, when touch screen devices first entered the market, micro-interactions were everywhere. However, users often needed to interact on their smartphones and mobile devices the same way they would on a desktop. At the time, doing so was clunky. Today, many […]

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  • The 5 Most Overused Design Elements You Should Retire

    Everybody has their design pet peeves. Some of them are pretty universal. We have all cringed when opening the website of an otherwise respectable company only to find that the entire thing is in comic sans or papyrus. We’re also beginning to feel the same way about Lobster. Unfortunately, there are many design elements that […]

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  • Is Your Creative Vision Shortchanging UX?

    When approaching a design challenge, it is easy to get caught up in the aesthetics. After all, for the skilled designer, selecting a unique font, minimizing clutter, and generally showing off good taste and artistic ability are part of the fun. Putting that personal spin on a project is part of what makes it worthwhile. […]

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  • It’s Task Management, Not Time Management

    We’ve all looked at our to-do lists and sighed in despair at how many items were still waiting for us to finish. Sometimes it can even seem overwhelming; we’ve got so much to finish, and it seems as though the days are shrinking in length, as there never seems to be enough time to get […]

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  • Weekly News for Designers (N.370)

    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 or follow us on Twitter for some more amazing design articles, resources and freebies. New Resources Tools Caching Explained – Explaining something which even […]

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  • Putting Exuberance into Your Travel Photographs

    How should you photograph the people you encounter when visiting a foreign country? Is there some winning technique? How about special rules of etiquette? Depending where you are, there may very well be. I will describe a method that will make your travel portraits as exuberant as this Cuban fruit seller: The Traditional Method If […]

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  • 10 Useful htaccess Code Snippets and Hacks

    .htaccess is one file that every web admin should know and understand. At its basic level, it controls access to your sites directories. But there is much more that you can do, as the snippets in this post will show you. If you you would like to learn the basics of .htaccess, you should check […]

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  • 14 Useful WordPress Themes for Your 2017 Projects

    Looking for a WordPress theme? The options seem endless; and it can be a bit overwhelming. Any old theme won’t do. You want one that enables you to build awesome websites, while providing the best value for your money. What to look for: An Aesthetically Pleasing Design: If you plan on being in business for […]

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  • Weekly News for Designers (N.370)

    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 or follow us on Twitter for some more amazing design articles, resources and freebies. New Resources Tools Caching Explained – Explaining something which even […]

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  • Leveraging the Power of Sushi to Improve Your Designs

    Sushi has been popular in the Western world since the 1970s, when it was introduced to diners in the U.S. You probably have a strong opinion about it – either you love it and are always looking for ‘the best’ sushi in your neighborhood, or you absolutely hate it and can’t understand how anyone could […]

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  • 10 Custom Hover & Click Effects With CSS & JavaScript

    Developers can make some crazy effects with simple user actions like hovers and mouse clicks. These mostly relate to desktop users but the mobile web also supports click/touch effects in most browsers. If you’re looking for some cool ideas to replicate in your own projects then this collection is sure to have something for you. […]

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  • 10 Beautiful Free Themes for Sublime Text

    Sublime Text is one of the more popular text and code editors out there – and it’s easy to see why. The app makes life easier for programmers with features like the ability to select multiple instances of the same string (like a PHP variable, for example), powerful search that lets you open up a […]

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  • Weekly News for Designers № 396

    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 or follow us on Twitter for some more amazing design articles, resources and freebies. New Resources Tools Grabient – An online tool for creating […]

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  • How to Add HTML5 Video to WordPress Using Custom Fields

    Generally speaking, if you ask 10 WordPress developers how to do something, you’ll receive ten different answers. But that speaks to both the versatility of the CMS and that there is more than one solution to any given task. Recently, I faced the challenge of setting up an HTML5 video inside a WordPress page. It’s […]

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