IM Creator’s XPS looks to be an interesting visual website design tool akin to Squarespace‘s visual editor. I have only used Squarespace on a handful of website and the biggest drawback is their monthly billing over buying the software outright. XPS seems to be more affordable for developers and has a great free option for students and non-corporate work. Personally I’m getting sick and tired of all this website building with code and long for the future when the tools will be more akin to InDesign than the movie Hackers.
Category: Web Design
Top Pens of 2014 on CodePen
Top Pens of 2014 on CodePen are just that. There is a pretty impressive range of code and features in the selections. Definitely worth a look.
CSS Guidelines: High-level advice and guidelines for writing sane, manageable, scalable CSS. Pretty great advice here for those constructing well documented collaborative stylesheets.
New Default Web Colors
If you have ever gazed dazed at the default web colors wishing they were not a garish mess, perhaps you might appreciate Colors. An more elegant open source replacement of the defaults.
The Great Discontent
The Great Discontent may be one of the best designed magazine websites ever.
Unheap jQuery Library
Unheap is a wonderfully curated collection of jQuery plugins with charming explanatory illustrations.
Form Follows Function
Form Follows Function is a site full of mind boggling examples of what can be done with HTML instead of flash.
Pressgram is an Instagram like image sharing app built for WordPress. Best of all, you retain full ownership of your images. Support it on Kickstarter!
I guarantee my jpgs, gifs and pngs are smaller than yours. That’s because of ImageOptim. This utility is a mandatory step when I create websites. It runs, at the time of this writing, 9 separate image optimization tools on your images to reduce their sizes. Best of all it is totally lossless, only removes pieces of information you don’t use, and is Free!