5 Excellent Tips to Keep Responsive Design Engaging

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The craze of the latest smartphones with amazing features has increased among tech-savvy people. Infact, everyone out there wishes for a nice smartphone! You buy one and another one is launched making you regret not waiting for sometime. This is one example of how the world is going crazy over mobiles, tablets and other cool gadgets with amazing features.

Seeing the boom in number of smartphone and tablet users, it has become crucial for designers to expand their horizon.

Nowadays, the web world is not limited to the laptops and desktops instead more and more people are using mobiles, tablets and other gadgets to access the web. Therefore, designers are focusing on providing the viewer with best user-experience.

Following the design trend is must for every designer to be appreciated for their work, as people are curious to know what’s new in the world of web and technology. Responsive web design for instance, has become a popular design trend and designers are creating mobile-friendly websites to enable users to access the same from different gadgets anywhere, anytime they want to.

However, making the web design responsive, doesn’t ensure best user-experience instead as a designer one needs to ensure its quite engaging. Listed below are a few smart tips to make your responsive web design engaging enough to make the viewers enjoy the ease-of-use.

1.  Focus on Right Typography

Fonts or call them typography plays a vital role in making a good web design. Making your web design responsive asks you to keep every little aspect in mind as one mistake can make your entire effort go down the drain. In responsive designs, the screen size decreases, ensure that all the elements transform in such a way that users are able to get the right kind of information, the right way and enjoy the ease of surfing. Fonts/typography being one important element should be taken care of to ensure engaging responsive design.

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2. Ease of Use

This is not the first time I am talking about making the web design easy to use, navigate and find the right information for which the user has come to website for. Ease-of-use is must keep the user engaged for comparatively longer period of time. If the user finds it difficult to access the website and navigating it, the probability of closing the tab and leaving never to come back increases.

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3. Choose Images with Care

Visual appeal plays an important role in keeping the users engaged therefore make sure you use nice images. Just like typography, when the image screen decreases the image sizes  change too. Use such images which, when opened up in screens of different sizes do not look bad instead stick to being visually appealing. Resolution of images plays a major role in providing the visual appeal thus making the responsive web design engaging. Do check our article featuring a showcase of creative restaurant websites with full image background that will help you understand more about choosing images in web design.

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4. Easy Navigation

Now, this one is too an important element that if not taken care of will leave the viewers disappointed. While ensuring your web design is responsive, take care of the navigation. If your website is difficult to navigate, users will get bugged-up. Why would one want to stick back to the website that is not easy to navigate. To keep your responsive web design engaging, make sure it is easy to navigate and users get the right information without any fuss. If you are working on a website design, do check our article telling you 6 benefits of using fixed header bar in web design.

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5. Be Creative

This is the thumb rule which works when other elements fail to leave an impression. There are do’s and dont’s of everything but at times it is not easy to stick with all but creativity is one thing that works where other things fail or leave you disappointed. Creativity sheds everything and manages to cover little loopholes just incase any blunder happens to take place.

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To conclude, we all know that there are innumerable websites working on the same niche as yours providing the same information in a different way. Ensure, all the elements works in favor to ensure the best user-experience coercing the viewer to stick back and be a regular visitor. Simply making the website responsive, doesn’t ensure you have done your job well. You need to focus on even the minutest detail contributing in making your website one-of-its-kinds and the best!

We hope that the tips we listed above will help you understand how to make responsive design as engaging as they can be.

30 Useful Tools for Designers and Developers – August 2015

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In today’s cut throat competition, one sees the good side and the bad side of the technological advancements. Designers and developers to talk about are making keen efforts to ensure that users get to enjoy the unique cool features and get the best user-experience. Useful tools, applications, websites are such resources are helping designers and developers a great deal to help them come up with the superb results thereby providing consumers the best user-experience.

On the weekly and monthly basis, we at DesigniMag come up with the best useful tools compilation in the quest to help you all with the filtered data depending upon the smart functionality and ease of use. Check out our list of Useful Tools for Designers and Developers – August 2015 and which all tools will be of help in your designing/development projects.

1. Web Design Conferences of September 2015

Just recently we came up with a list of 40+ Web Design Conferences to Attend in September 2015. You all can take it as a reminder or in case you missed out our article, you can go ahead, check out the conferences that are scheduled to take place in September.

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2. 12 Best Machine Learning Tools

Machine Learning is a topic that is getting a buzz from all over. More and more people are getting inclined towards the subject and planning to learn more and more about it. To help those interested folks with Machine Learning, we came up with the list of 12 best machine learning tools to help you all the best way.

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3. 15 Must Have Productivity Tools for Web Designers

Remember the productivity tools we talked about a few days back. Did you all find them useful? If you missed out the list of productivity tools we prepared, here’s a quick reminder. Check it out by clicking the link.

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4. Pannellum

This is a lightweight panorama viewer for the web. It is free, and open source panorama viewer that is built using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and WebGL. The best part is that it is plug-in free.

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5. Pure CSS Apple

Pure CSS Apple is an Apple device generator that is coded and designed by Ömer Aslanbakan. With it, users can easily transform one Apple device to another using CSS3 animation and a few lines of Javascript.

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6. Codesign

Get visual feedback on everything with this amazing tool named Codesign that is promising to keep your feedback process clean, fast and organized.

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7. Gradify

Gradify is a module that helps users find the most prominent color from images and generates a scalable,responsive CSS gradient in super easy way.

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8. CodeDoodl.es

CodeDoodle is a website to look for curated creative coding sketches. Besides displaying engaging web experiments, it promises an amazing design and cool animations.

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9. Screenings

Screenings is a one stop destination for designers to get out various informational videos on a different subjects viz. UI, design, animation, typography, fonts, and much more.

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10. Substitureteacher.js

Substitureteacher is a unique JavaScript library to rotate a series of sentences to appeal awesome on any website above hero image.

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11. FlexBox

FlexBox is a tool that helps users in learning CSS Flexbox for free. Simply open up the website, enter your email ID and you will get free 20 videos that will help you learn CSS Flexbox.

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12. CSSPlus

CSSPlus as the name hints is a CSS based tool for developers which is fast and robust.

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13. Html5toolstips.js

HTML5toolstips is a website that provides a useful light and clean tooltips with smooth 3D animation without any framework.

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14. Export Kit

Export Kit is a an advanced Photoshop plugin to let users convert PSD into HTML, CSS, WordPress, jQuery, Android in a simple manner.

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15. GameAnalytics

GameAnalytics is a must have tool for game developers. It helps users in understanding the  game player’s behavior by giving relevant insights.

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16. Minigrid

Minigrid is a minimal zero dependency cascading grid layout. Its just 2kb in size and installation is super easy.

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17. @pixelSorter

@pixelSorter is a Twitter bot that sorts the rows or columns as you choose of an image according to specifications like hue,brightness, contrast, red and likewise.

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18. The WordPress Template Hierarchy

This is a visualization resource of which users can make optimum use.

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19. Stretch CSS

This is a 12 column grid that can have any gutter size as per the choice of the user. With this tool, columns can be offset and centered to make maneuvering content really easy.

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20. Resize.ly

Resize.ly is a tool to help users in resizing their images and making them responsive and retina ready with all the magic happening in the cloud.

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21. FontCDN

FontCDN is a tool by Thomas H. Park. It helps users in quickly searching Google Fonts for their upcoming project’s typeface.

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22. Xpressive

This is an HTML and CSS live design tool for Mac users. It dramatically improves the quality and productivity of interface design.

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23. getAwesomeness

getAwesomeness is a tool created to retrieve all the awesomeness from Github that is one resourceful destination for designers and developers.

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24. Tufte CSS

At Tufte CSS users can get tools to style web articles using the ideas demonstrated by Edward Tufte’s books and handouts in a fuss-free manner.

 

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25. ColorHunt

ColorHunt is a is a place for designers to get a superb collection of beautiful colors that are updated on a regular basis.

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26. Flinto for Mac

Flinto is a prototyping tool for designers for Mac OSX only. This app promises to help designers in creating anything from simple-tap through prototypes or creating complex ones with interactions.

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27. Rucksack

Rucksack is a cute little bag of CSS superpowers that promises to make CSS development all the more fun and enjoyable.

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28. CSSfmt

CSSfmt is a tool that is inspired by Gofmt and promises to help users in automatically formating CSS and SCCSS source code.

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29. CopyNHaste

CopyNHaste is a website that helps bridge the gap between coders and civilians. Here coders and non-coders can train and show off their typing skills together.

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30. Foundry

Foundry is a website to look for vector assets that will help users in designing mobile apps or interactive web designs.

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Have you got something to discuss, share with us and our readers? Leave your comments below and let us know.

Fresh Free Fonts – August 2015 Edition

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Fonts that have become an important part of the design world are these days made available in good number. Designers don’t just have to stick to one kind of font style to be made use of in various designing projects; be it web designing or mobile application UI designing or anything of that kind. Infact, the availability of oodles of various kinds of fonts has opened up the doors, thereby promising to enhance the creative skills.

With the good number of options, one gets to decide upon which font will be like a cherry on the cake making the overall design look all the more appealing. There are lot many creative designers who are looking for the right kind of font style be used in different designing projects whilst there is a whole bunch of them promising to leave no stone unturned to come up with different styles of fonts viz. free handwritten fonts ones, cursive and many other kinds of fonts.

With no dearth in the availability of various kinds of free and premium fonts, designers working on various endeavors are doing every bit to make their pick the best one that will actually do justice to the entire efforts put in. Looking for the right kind of fonts for different designs doesn’t at all indicate that the designer is not capable of designing on for their projects, its just that, what’s the point making the whole effort again if your fellow designers are already doing their bit to make various kinds of fonts to be used.

Making optimum use of resources is the best thing designers can do to ensure enhanced productivity and creativity. Each month, we at DesigniMag  prepare a compilation of best free fonts for your reference to ensure you don’t have to spend hours searching for the right kind of font. Instead, here you get the filtered ones picked on the basis of visual appeal and best suitability.

Before you hit a jump to check out our compilation of fresh free fonts of the month of August, how about sneaking a peek at Fresh Free Fonts – July 2015 Edition.

1. Break | Free Font

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2. Carlson (Free Font)

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3. Sea Free Font

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4. Free Typeface Devanagari Font

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5. Bavro Free Fresh Font

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6. Paralines – Free Font

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7. Camp Typeface (Free)

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8. Zefani – Free Typeface

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9. Code Free Font

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10. Charming

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11. Artic | Free Typeface

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12. Alcubierre | Free Typeface

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13. Rissa Typeface

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14. Brocha – Free Brush Typeface

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15. Chirk // Free Display Font

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16. Zebral Typeface

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17. Ikra

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18. Shihan

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19. Parabola Free Font

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20. Bemount Free Handwritten Font

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21. Intro Rust

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22. Billy Typeface (Free)

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23. Toro Font

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24. Metal Curve Free Font

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25. Cansiparane Free Typeface // 2015

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26. Zelda – Free Font

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26. Cine Free Font

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27. Polygonal Typeface

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That’s all for this month, stay tuned in for more cool, resourceful stuff here at DesigniMag. You all know what are the ways to get connected through social networking websites too. Don’t forget to leave us a comment so that we will get to know your favorite best free fonts.

Exclusive Freebie : Vintage iOS UI Kit from PixelKit.com

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UI kits are fast serving a great deal and helping them come up with amazing designs without much fuss. These kits are made available either for free download or for some money that one has to pay to grab one to be used in their projects. These UI kits eliminate the need of working on the design from scratch.

This is not the first time I am talking about the UI kits, before this, we have come up with 15 Fresh Free Mobile UI PSD Kits and Exclusive Freebie : Shapes UI Kit from PixelKit.com some time back. Hope these proved to be of help to you all in handling various design projects.

Did you all grab the premium Shapes UI Kit from PixelKit that was exclusively made available for all the DesigniMag for free? I am sure you all, after all it was a wonderful UI kit that was worth it.

Now that you all know about the superb one stop destination for premium UI kits and design resources that promise to help all our designer/developer friends in different ways possible. Yes, I am talking about PixelKit.com! Here we have another freebie for our readers. Its an free vintage iOS UI kit from Pixelkit.com that comes with a price tag, but then is is exclusively made available for DesigniMag readers to download it without shelling any money.

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This iPhone UI kit from PixelKit.com will help you create the next big thing when it comes to mobile applications. The kit comes with various elements that users will ever need to create any page for iOS application.

Also, the sample file is provided to help you all get an idea of what comes inside the full archive. The superb features that this awesome free UI kit comes loaded with include

1. Layered PSD files
2. Commercial use license
3. Free kit updates
4. Retina ready design
5. Native fonts used
6. iPhone app UI kit

So, guys aren’t the availability of this superb free vintage iOS UI kit for exclusively for all our DesigniMag readers sounds amazing? What’s the wait for then, if you are working on the iOS mobile application project or all set to kickstart it, then download it today and use it without worrying about the $$$ you will have to shell out. Let us know about what you think of this iPhone UI kit from PixelKit.com.