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A Curated Visual Search Engine for Design Inspiration: Niice

A Curated Visual Search Engine for Design Inspiration: Niice | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it
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Niice is a new search engine that specializes in retrieving high-quality images from a curated set of design sites which include for now BehanceIllustration ageDesignspirationSiteInspire & Fonts In Use.


Niice can be used as a visual trigger to find interesting and inspiring visuals on just about any theme or topic. 


The curated nature of its sources and of the images allowed into the index guarantees that your focus area will always be filled by visually interesting ideas.


I tried a few simple searches, and was quite inspired by the quality of the results. I'd say truly inspiring.

http://www.niice.co/?search=rome 

http://www.niice.co/?search=brass 

http://www.niice.co/?search=tao 


Free to use.


Try it out now: http://www.niice.co/ 





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Storytelling in Web Design: 10 Great Examples

Storytelling in Web Design: 10 Great Examples | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

In “Storytelling in Web Design,” I explained the three most basic aspects of storytelling — character, setting, and action — and offered ways to begin including storytelling in web design using basic design elements..."


Via Gregg Morris, Karen Dietz
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Here are ten illustrated examples of how storytelling can be an integral part of any web design and communication strategy.

The examples are nice and inspiring, and by simply looking at them, you can start to imagine in which way your own story could be told more effectively by using this approach.


For each one of these you also get to know the character, setting, and action found in each story.



Very useful. Excellent examples. 8/10

Full set: http://webmarketingtoday.com/articles/10-Examples-of-Storytelling-in-Web-Design/


(Thanks to Karen Dietz for her continuous research on the storytelling front)




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Brad Tollefson's curator insight, March 28, 2013 3:58 AM

Excellent. 

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Gesture, Simplicity, Motion, Scale and Discovery: The New Design Guidelines

Gesture, Simplicity, Motion, Scale and Discovery: The New Design Guidelines | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Robin Good: An elegant and innovative visual solution, that communicates effectively and with simplicity the new key emerging design factors to pay attention to:

  • Gesture
  • Simplicity
  • Motion
  • Scale
  • Discovery


Must watch. 9/10


Original: http://thenewdesignguidelines.derekevanharms.com 

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Single-Page Websites Design Showcase | SpyreStudios

Single-Page Websites Design Showcase | SpyreStudios | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Robin Good: A great showcase of one-page websites from which to draw inspiration. 

If you are a web designer wanting to find an idea on how to build your own new site, you may find quite a few gems in here.


Full showcase: http://spyrestudios.com/35-new-and-fresh-single-page-websites/ 

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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, February 10, 2012 12:42 AM
Cool idea that goes great with MaxOz's post on minimal design being where it is at now. Thanks. TY too for you entry into the contest you, maxOz, Anise and a group of other scoopers inspired. Marty
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UI Design For Smartphones: Mobile Design and User Experience Resources by Enavigo

UI Design For Smartphones: Mobile Design and User Experience Resources by Enavigo | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Here is a well curated basic list of great resources for mobile design and user experience.


Useful. 8/10


Curated collection: http://www.enavigo.com/ios-design-and-user-experience-resources/ 

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The Best Design Patterns and UI Showcase Collections

The Best Design Patterns and UI Showcase Collections | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are looking for good design inspiration as well as for specific references for UI development work, you will appreciate the curated collection of resources that Speckyboy has pulled together in this guide.


From the best patterns collections to the top UI public design guides, this 25-item collection has indeed all of the best resources you can tap into for any type of web or GUI design related work.


Recommended. 8/10


Full guide: http://speckyboy.com/2010/02/01/25-ui-inspiration-and-design-pattern-resources/ 

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Web Design Innovation: How To Break Rules and Conventions By Using Focal Points In Design Layout

Web Design Innovation: How To Break Rules and Conventions By Using Focal Points In Design Layout | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

From the article intro:

"Successful design in publishing, advertising, web design, illustration and anything else that ties together elements depends on drawing in the reader and leading their eyes across the page.


Some people think it’s not a big deal and that designing a page comes naturally because of cultural lessons we learn growing up and looking at design from childhood yet few, if any understand why it works the way it does."


In reality things are not simple, natural or obvious, especially if, you are in the group of those who do not just want to follow the mainstream standards but who like to break out of conventions and innovate while bringing greater value.


But how do you achieve that, unless you are already a great designer?


What are the rules that can be broken?


This good article by Speider Schneider provides some good basic advice, on what is needed to head properly in this direction.


Full article: http://www.instantshift.com/2012/01/06/focal-points-in-design-layout/ 
 

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Design a Beautiful-Looking Digital Magazine with ReadyMag



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A must try-out tool for web designers.

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Paco Arcoleo's curator insight, May 13, 2013 3:49 PM

Strumento davvero fichissimo per creare mag interattive: ReadyMag

cervenak's curator insight, June 7, 2013 4:05 AM

Digitální časopis

McSotos's curator insight, April 11, 2014 12:20 AM

Στους δασκάλους και δασκάλες που προετοιμάζονται για πλήθος εκδόσεων.

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How To Design a Graphic HTML Newsletter

How To Design a Graphic HTML Newsletter | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are looking for good advice, basic technical and design tips and a good bunch of nice examples of how you coud design your own newsletter, this is a good tutorial to check out. 


It includes good tips, advice on use of tables, CSS and images, as well as how to avoid ending up in the spam folder plus an extensive graphic newsletter showcase.


Useful. 7/10


Full tutorial: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/design-perfect-newsletter/ 

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Web Apps Design Guide in HTML5 Sauce

Web Apps Design Guide in HTML5 Sauce | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Robin Good: For web designers and web app developers. A great example of HTML5 design at work in this useful and information-rich "Field Guide to Web Applications" by Bert Appward.


Direct link: http://www.html5rocks.com/webappfieldguide/toc/index/ 

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Single-Page Portfolio Websites Design Showcase | DzineBlog.com

Single-Page Portfolio Websites Design Showcase | DzineBlog.com | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Robin Good: A great, valuable curated collection of one-page-only portfolio-websites illustrating with real-world examples how effective a site can be while keeping you always glued to the same page. 


Valuable. 8/10


Original collection: http://dzineblog.com/2011/09/42-awesome-single-page-portfolio-websites.html 

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How To Design Better Bills: The Mortgage Statement Fix

Two Australian designers, Tristan Cook and Thomas Nelson of Humans in Design have a video of their proposal: mortgage statements for the 21st century.


There’s a lot of worthwhile stuff in it.


Check out the accompanying blog post at http://humansindesign.tumblr.com/post/8490552292/my-mortgage-statement-was-rubbish-so-we-fixed-it .

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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, February 3, 2012 8:18 PM
Robin, another cool idea. I finally got well enough to finish the Curation Contest. Created a Scoop.it feed today and here is the link to apply (hope you will as you, Michel, Anise, and a handful of other scoopers is why I created the contest. http://www.atlanticbt.com/contentcurationcontest Thanks as always. Great weekend. Marty
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The Best Design Tools On The Market | Co.Design

The Best Design Tools On The Market | Co.Design | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

If you're wondering what tools other designers are using today, here is some visual data from a recent survey by Best Vendor that you may want to check out. http://t.co/Rnb9AfYw 

(Drawn from a survey of 180 design pros, it shows the favored apps in their toolkits.) 


Via Michael Allenberg, Pedro Costa Neves
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Alternative WordPress Themes and Templates-Shops | Webdesignfan

Alternative WordPress Themes and Templates-Shops | Webdesignfan | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

If you are looking for WordPress design themes and templates alternatives, here is a curated list of 14 different theme-shops cut specifically for this, alongside a short description and some indicative price references.


Useful. 7/1o


Full list: http://webdesignfan.com/wordpress-theme-shops-you-may-not-know-about/ 

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