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Paul Andrew (586 Posts)

About: Paul Andrew is the editor and founder of Speckyboy Design Magazine.
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The Origins and Evolution of Flat Design

Ever since Windows 7 Mobile was released in a distinctly anti-skeuomorphic format, the explosion of flat aesthetics has been obvious, evident, and pervasive. Anything with an edge is eschewed, gradients are grinding to a halt, and shadows are even more insubstantial of late than usual. Flat design is considered modern, corporate, and cucumber cool. Its influence can be witnessed from…

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50 Extensions and Plugins for Extending Bootstrap

Bootstrap itself is already chock-full full of useful tools, extensions and components, and is more than enough to kick-start most web projects. But there will be times where the basic components are not quite enough for what you need. That is where this post comes in. We have assembled 50 extensions, plugins and addons for extending Bootstrap. Rather than group…

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50 CSS Libraries, Frameworks and Tools from 2014

With all of the changes and advancements that CSS has gone threw these last few years, we should not be surprised at the huge volume of free resources and tools that are currently being released. These time-saving CSS libraries, frameworks and tools have been built to make our lives that little bit easier and also offer a clear learning window…

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Thought-Provoking Conceptual Illustrations from Davide Bonazzi

Italian illustrator, Davide Bonazzi has in recent years created an impressive portfolio of thought-provoking conceptual illustrations, covering provocative topics such as global security, proportionality of criminal offences & penalties, racism in football, comparison of old and new journalism, and many more. Without ever taking a pro or con stance, his remarkable illustrations will remain in your mind for a long…

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50 More Photo Manipulation Tutorials for Photoshop

The photo manipulation tutorials that we have chosen for this post are all aimed towards beginner and intermediately skilled manipulators. So if you are a Photoshop expert, there is nothing here for you, move along please. We are also not going to pretend that these tutorials will make you a guru, mastering Photoshop is hard, really hard. What they will…

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Great Moments in Football History Illustration Series

Football fan and designer Osvaldo ‘Oz’ Casanova has recently created a uniquely designed football history illustration series covering some the most famous, and sometimes infamous, moments in world football from the last 50 or so years. Does anybody remember the day Eric Cantona kung-fu kicked a fan? How about the ‘scorpion kick’ from Rene Higuita at the old Wembley? Nobody…

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50 Free Bootstrap 3 Templates and UI Kits

In this article we have collected 50 Bootstrap 3 templates for you to freely use in your next project. We have purposefully omitted all of those starter, bare-bones and unstyled templates from this round-up, of which there are a multitude freely available on the web. We instead have focussed on highlighting 50 fully-featured, creatively designed, and of course, free Bootstrap…

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15 Free Bootstrap Admin Themes

In the past the admin section of a web application tended to be built solely for functionality, with not much, if any at all, consideration for the design side. Thankfully things are changing. Functionality and design, especially over the last couple of years, have been merging. And with the huge rise in popularity of the Bootstrap framework, creating a beautiful…

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20 More Sets of Free Icon Fonts

Last year we published our very popular post 30 Free Icon Font Sets, and today we are back with another 20 fantastic free sets for you. Icon fonts do have their pitfalls and there are certain things you should consider before using them. To ensure that your icons always load and have reliable fallbacks for browsers that don’t support @fontface,…