Design software shouldn’t bring people a sense of struggle, yet that’s exactly how the troublesome design software we grew up on made us feel. With their incredibly steep learning curve and counter-intuitive tools, they would deter our potential as designers rather than helping us to unleash it. We’ve all been there, and the frustration of having your creativity constricted by bad software can be overwhelming.
At Vectr, they know design connects people – they’ve experienced it firsthand – and they believe everyone should experience the almost indescribable feeling that comes from expressing your creative freedom through art and design. This belief drives everything we do. Vectr is a free graphics editor used to create vector graphics easily and intuitively. It’s a simple yet powerful web and desktop cross-platform tool to bring your designs into reality.
License: License Free
We are excited to bring your attention to the most recent update of Monstroid – a multipurpose WordPress theme packed with premade designs, tools for developers, plugins, and many other awesome features.
We have already featured Monstroid in one of our posts, and even hosted a giveaway. Today you have a unique opportunity to save 40% on this theme – learn the terms of the discount at the end of this post. Right now, we want to introduce you to what’s new in Update 1.1.3 for the owners of Monstroid.
5 New Child Themes to Choose From
In addition to 40+ existing child themes you receive 5 absolutely new designs suitable for a broad range of website topics. What these themes have in common is the professional code, attention to detail and rich functionality powered by numerous original Monstroid plugins. Check out all of them in our overview, or take a closer look at the entire gallery of child themes on the official website.
Hang Gliding is an image-rich WordPress theme with a full-width layout and a stick-to-top mega menu. The uppermost part of its homepage includes a large slider with a creative, minimalist navigation bar. The homepage itself is divided into separate content blocks, each serving its own specific purpose. Here you will find nicely designed company service lists illustrated with icons, contact forms, a timeline with the latest events covered on your website, social media buttons, and more. There is also a customizable Google Map, which can be used to indicate the location of your office to the clients.
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Arch is a versatile responsive business WordPress theme created with architecture and real estate companies in mind. It boasts a wide responsive layout composed of flat and image-based content areas enhanced with various visual effects. You can change the color scheme or replace the images to make the design unique. This theme features clean lines, large fonts and buttons, integrated Google Maps and modern ghost buttons. The convenient menu is minimized into a hamburger button, and is supplemented with a back-to-top button. Read the rest of this entry »
If you work in or near technology, you are well-versed in the high-stakes economy of engineering salaries. All engineers are in super high demand for sought-after (and well paid) positions, the collective narrative goes. Hired’s first-ever Hiring Pulse Report: Q2 2016 adds some nuance to that narrative. TL;DR: Engineers are still in high demand across the board — but certain technical skills are experiencing breakout growth.
While salary offers for software engineers decreased by 2 percent in Q2, at $123K on average, job security is no concern. Software engineers have received nearly 56,000 interview requests in 2016 — the highest of any tech role by far — and Q2 saw a 14 percent increase in requests.
While interview requests for data science candidates grew by a whopping 20 percent in Q2 — the most of any tech role — the number of data science candidates on the platform increased by even more at 50 percent. This surplus of data science talent may be driving salaries down. In Q2, companies offered data scientists an average of $127K, which is down by 2 percent since Q1.
Product managers were offered more money than any other tech role. Initial offers in Q2 were $133K on average, which is 2 percent lower than offers in Q1, but still the highest in tech. Interview requests with product managers increased by 8 percent in Q2, so salaries may go up again.
Read the full report here.
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Do you often find yourself struggling to find the right graphic asset to complete your projects? How does access to 5000+ highly curated fonts, graphics templates, icons, UI kits and much more for just one low monthly price sound?
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Dragging, dropping, resizing, copying, pasting, deleting and duplicating elements is also easy. The page becomes alive and each element feels tangible because you are able to manipulate everything in natural and intuitive ways. When you make a design change or add new content to a page, these changes appear instantly. This is because the new visual builder doesn’t rely on traditional loading, so there is need for page refreshes or Ajax loading bars during the majority of the builder experience. This is the future of WYSIWYG.
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License: MIT License
Most tools focus on delivering information to you today, but do not help in recording, retrieving and making use of it. Candy does. You can drop the meaningless links, lost articles in read later silos, and copy-pasting into docs. Candy helps you capture ideas in an easy and beautiful way.
Your highlights are recorded and placed on cards together with key information. A card is called a Candy. The whole article, including images and links, is archived by the Candy app and remains accessible instantly in a built-in reader. You can add Candys to collections the way you add songs to playlists. We call collections Storylines. You can re-arrange cards in Storylines in your order anytime.
License: License Free
License: MIT License
Cloudinary, a provider of solutions for managing images and video in the cloud, is offering HTTP/2 support, enabling developers to further optimize the user experience. To take advantage of HTTP/2, Cloudinary users don’t have to do a thing – it’s been automatically integrated into the online tools.
Websites have changed dramatically over the past several years, featuring more images and video. But the underlying HTTP protocol hadn’t kept pace, until the IETF’s recent approval of the HTTP/2. The goal of HTTP/2 is to improve website performance, reducing the amount of bandwidth required and latency, while making it easier for developers to use secure connections.
The adoption of HTTP/2 was initially slow. But since January 2016 more sites have announced plans to move to HTTP/2 or are offering true support of the protocol. For example, both Wikipedia and Blogspot announce in May that their sites are now supporting HTTP/2. The graphic below from HTTP/2 Dashboard illustrates the greater adoption since the beginning of the year, and enables you to interactively see how many domains have announced support for HTTP/2, and those that offer partial or true support at any given time. Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever stopped to look back at what your job was like 10 years ago? It’s common knowledge that web designers’ responsibilities have changed over the years.
In the past, you either needed some serious coding skills to be a website designer, or you had to rely on coding help from others. You needed creative skills as well. That need hasn’t changed. Your creativity is now focused on design and visualization, with a touch of marketing expertise thrown in. You also need to have a basic understanding of how WordPress works.
All this hasn’t made your work any easier. It may in fact be harder. To be competitive, you have to keep up with the the latest design trends and constantly work at improving your design skills.
You have the tools you need, but it’s how you use them that adds value to a project.
Read this article to discover how buying a 0.28$ website, like this one, will be the smartest purchase you’ll make this month.
When you buy a WordPress theme, are you really paying attention to the value for money?
A WordPress theme can be one of the most useful products you can buy to build a website. WordPress themes relieve you of most of the technical aspects of building a website. And you can concentrate on creativity, making smart design choices, and working with your clients.
Most WP themes do this for you, but some contain features you don’t need. Or features you need, but require hours of learning. For efficiency’s sake, you would greatly prefer a WP theme that offers most of what you need, and little or nothing more.
That’s what value for money is all about. Purchasing a product that offers the most in efficiency and effectiveness. In other words, a smart buy. Read the rest of this entry »