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4 Interesting Kickstarter Projects Web Designers Need To Know About.

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Are you a web developer? Planning to start a new career/business in the field of web designing? A web designer’s job might seem easy but the ground reality is that web designing requires a lot of skill, discipline, creativity, and innovating thinking, which ultimately shows in the websites created. Following is a list of 4 noteworthy Kickstarter projects that could give a dash of help, ideas, and inspiration to all web designers out there.

Macaw: The Code-Savvy Web Design Tool

If you’re a web designer, Macaw is a nifty web design tool that might interest you. This is a tool that not only feels fluid and intuitive like an image editor but also serves as a powerful design-to-code engine. It has a fluid canvas that can be changed anytime, the grid can be easily modified, and even the elements that you draw are fluid. This makes it increasingly simple to design percentage-based layouts. You can simply drag and drop the elements wherever you want them, and Macaw will ingeniously do the calculations for you. Macaw has its Style Editor that lets you save commonly used styles and apply them to multiple elements and edit them. Alchemy, Macaw’s powerful design-to-code engine, helps developers unlock the language of the web and also pull code that meets their personal preference. Some other terrific features of Macaw include responsive breakpoints, element morphing, typography stats, HTML insertion, multiple backgrounds, linking, style guides, and much more.

Iconic: Advanced icons for the modern web

Being a web designer, you already know the importance of web icons. Iconic is the popular open source icon set, which was designed to be clear and legible, with a dash of personality. What gives Iconic a unique edge, is the capability to output icons in various colors, sizes, and formats. Though it has already been four years since the creation of Iconic, the creator now wants Iconic to reach its full potential by pushing iconography forward with new techniques, technologies, and thinking, and to create a commercial version of Iconic. The new set will have hundreds of icons, with each icon designed in three sizes. The idea is to increase the number of beautifully designed icons and make Iconic better. The new collection will be available in PNG, SVG, WebP, and font formats, there will also be a set of “Smart Icons” that respond/adjust to data. With the availability of three sizes, users can select the right sized icon according to the screen size – this is referred to as Responsive Iconography. Iconic, with these new developments, is definitely one of the best integrated icon systems you could lay your hands on.

Constraints Cards

Looking for an innovative and interesting way to tackle web design problems? If you’re a web designer, a developer, coder, or a creative director, Constraints is the only deck of cards you’re ever going to need, really. Constraints is a card deck designed especially for developers and web designers as a platform to help improve practice, structure hack days, and basically, to level up. These are cards that give you constraints to practice against, and aim at challenging the way you work, pushing you to find better ways and techniques to deal with design problems. Constraints are great for shifting your perspective, making new additions, focusing on specific areas, learning, bring out more ideas quickly, and most importantly, for having a direct impact on how you design, think, and build.

Learn WordPress!

Everything that you wanted to know about WordPress is right here, in this awesome Kickstarter campaign. WordPress is hands down one of the best and most widely used content management and blogging platform powering millions of websites across the globe. Moreover, there has been more demand for WordPress in 2013 than any previous year, and this demand is only getting higher. This incredible project has been started by Alexander Tushinsky, who has been teaching WordPress since several years now and would like to expand his material and share his expertise with you! This project is essentially a complete, easy, and intuitive course on WordPress, Web Design, and Blogging. The course will cover all possible aspects of WordPress such as installation and configuration of WordPress on Linux and Windows, various WordPress features and their uses, HTML 5 and CSS 3, SEO techniques, MySQL and PHP, use of graphics, and a lot more! Whether you are looking to start your own web design business, expand your current career, or even if you are a freelancer or a theme designer, WordPress is an ultimate blogging and content management platform that will help you in numerous ways.

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Jenny Wadlow, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger, currently writing for, ITW Consulting, a reputable website design and web programming company. She takes keen interest in fishkeeping and has a commendable stamp collection. You can follow Jenny on Twitter @JennyWadlow.

Geek Fitness

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When most people hear the word geek, they automatically think of a person who sits inside playing computer and video games throughout the day. While geeks may enjoy their technology, they also have plenty of different techniques and methods for exercising and staying fit. Geeks can put their love of technology to good use when it comes to achieving fitness goals. For example, a geek who loves playing World of War Craft could easily begin to multitask by playing the game while riding on an exercise bike in the comfort and privacy of their home.

There are also several video games that can keep these geeks on their feet. While some video games require hours of sitting and shooting, Just Dance 4, Techno Motion, and Dance Dance Revolution are all popular dance games that geeks cannot seem to get enough of. The good part about these games is they get people off of their feet, or off of their rear, and get them moving around.

Source: Geek’s Guide to Fitness


20 Beautiful Examples of Video Game Art

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The artwork that’s involved in modern video games is so intricate and detailed that it often looks like you’re involved in your own interactive movie. From concept art to campaign posters and actual scenes from the games themselves, we’ve searched for some of the most beautiful, dramatic and evocative works of art from video games. Is your favourite here?

Batman Arkham City

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The follow up to Batman Arkham Assylum, City has a sprawling sandbox environment. There’s such a great level of detail in its unlockable outfits, concept art and 3D character models.

Mass Effect 3

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In terms of achingly cool artwork for modern walls, this tri-colour poster for Mass Effect 3 is a prizewinner.

El Shaddai

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Ascension of the Metatron is quite surreal yet breathtaking. With impressionist style artwork. This campaign artwork at a conference gives a little insight into its elegance.

Mirror’s Edge

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This futuristic action adventure has some epic moments, most of which arise through the character’s use of parkour to deliver messages in a dystopian society.

Far Cry 3

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This promotional wallpaper from Far Cry 3 demonstrates the level of thought that went into the game. The lush tropical island setting is meticulous in detail.


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Wistful, dreamlike (or nightmare like depending on your outlook!) and very artistic, Limbo is an award winning puzzle game from Indie label Playdead.

Fallout 3 Poster

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Enigmatic and evocative, this campaign poster is as gritty and realistic as the game itself. In case you needed reminding of the way things might look like after a nuclear fallout.


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This fan-made poster paying homage to the striking Ico game is really impressive. Taking the theme of minimalistic boy-meets-girl concept and Japanese style.


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Probably the only Shinto based Playstation game? Probably. The style really adheres to traditional Japanese ink art.

Halo 4

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Actual screen shot, showing the level of beauty in each shot in this game. Panoramic views, awesome sunsets and the like.


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If Manga is your style, you’ll love this game. During game-play the backgrounds are mind-blowingly pretty. This poster only scratches the surface.

Dragon Age

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This sculpture promoting role-playing game Dragon Age: Origins would be a great addition to any fan house.

Heavy Rain

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The cover of Heavy Rain featured an origami crane in, yep, you guessed it, heavy rain. The game is seriously dark – literally and metaphorically.

Unchartered: Drake’s Fortune

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A beautiful scene which shows some awesome water detail and astounding architecture of the Flooded Ruins.

Starcraft 2

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Violence involving massive Terrans never looked so pretty. Wings of Liberty was a massive success, after fans waited 12 years for it!

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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Adam Jensen, the lead character, is shown here in all his prosthetic glory. Set against a burning backdrop, it picks him out as a hero.

Fallout 3

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The concept art shows the devastation of the architecture featured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Art of Video Games exhibition.

Rock of Ages

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Drawing inspiration from one of the greatest periods in art history, the Renaissance. Sure, the game is ridiculous, but it’s fun and actually quite nice to look at.

Shadow of the Colossus

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One of the most beautiful games of all time, and moving too. The Colossuses (Colossi?) really are a sight to behold. You’ll almost feel guilty killing them. But that’s the aim of the game.

Skydrive New Features Video

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There are new document management and sharing capabilities like sharing individual files from private folders. You can control permissions and post files to Facebook and share with Linkedin with a couple of clicks. You will also be able to upload a bunch of documents at once. The new interface has been encoded with HTML5’s file api to drag’n’drop documents in any standards compliant browser. The slideshows are improved, and you can right-click to edit individual documents and photos inline. The will be much faster as a result of losing the Silverlight overhead.

Skydrive New Features:

Share a single document or photo without having to share an entire folder. Right-click any file and then click Share.
Reach your friends—when you share, email goes to inboxes, not spam folders.
Share what you want with Facebook, LinkedIn, or other networks. Just click Share.
See what people have shared with you—all in one place. In the left pane, click Shared

Apple Mac App Store Coming Next Week

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Rumor has it that Apple is planning to launch the Mac App Store on Monday, December 13. Developers are rumored to prepping their products for the store. Delays are possible, but it looks like it will happen before Christmas.

via: Techcrunch

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