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101 essential free fonts for web designers

Every designer knows that free fonts are a godsend when working on a project, but truly valuable free fonts can be tough to find.With this list we’ve endeavoured to bring you as many full font families as possible; fonts that are genuinely free (not just one style or weight free), a balance of fonts that work well for body text as well as display, and a full collection of fonts that are pleasing to the eye.Everyone can find something new and useful among these amazing free fonts.

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How to limit WordPress’ compatibility, and why you should

As web designers, it goes against our nature to restrict access to our code. We’re taught to maximize compatibility of our websites and strive for backwards compatibility wherever possible; to create progressively enhanced and gracefully degrading sites. If we can make it work on IE1, that’s no bad thing…In 14 key WordPress functions to jump-start theme development we went through some of the functions that, without fail, I include in my starter theme’s functions.php. In this article, we cover another crucial function that should go on your list of key WordPress functions.

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How to create an animated sticky header, with CSS3 and jQuery

Trends come and trends go. The ones that stick around the longest do so because they solve a particular problem. A trend that’s popular right now for that very reason, is sticky elements; elements that behave normally until we scroll, and then maintain their presence on the page somehow.In this tutorial we’ll create a header that sticks to the top of the viewport, but so that it doesn’t interfere with the content, we’re going to minimize it when the user scrolls down the page.

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50 fantastic freebies for web designers, May 2014

The best thing about the Web is the number of awesome freebies that generous members of the community release. It’s mind-blowin’ how cool some of the free stuff that we can download is, from themes, to icons, to fonts.With this much available, you’ll be spoilt for choice, so every month we’ll bring you a selection of our favorite tools, designed to make your task a little easier.This month we have 50 freebies for your delectation. Among them you’ll find tools, icons, fonts, applications, scripts and much more. All free to download right now.

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Free download: Resphekt font

Designed by Fontfabric & Evgeny Tkhorzhevsky, Resphekt is a sharp and slightly abrasive, masculine script. It mimics cursive hand-writing to the extend that you can almost see the author, or in this case scribe, because Resphekt has a distinctly old-school vibe. Its precise lines and angular terminals feel like they’ve been scratched onto the page. There is a distinct sense of an old fashioned fountain pen—or perhaps even quill and inkpot—about this typeface. The descending ‘s’ and old-style spur on the ‘e’ are particularly pleasing.

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8 simple CSS3 transitions that will wow your users

CSS3 has introduced countless possibilities for UX designers, and the best thing about them is that the coolest parts are really simple to implement.Just a couple of lines of code will give you an awesome transition effect that will excite your users, increase engagement and ultimately, when used well, increase your conversions. Here are 8 really simple effects that will add life to your UI and smiles to your users’ faces.All of these effects (bar one) are controlled with the transition property. So we can see these effects working, we’ll set up a div in an HTML page:

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The key to modern blog design: promote UX by retiring your sidebar

Let us take a look at and discuss the often aesthetic bane of the blog design, sidebars. Sidebars have been with us for years, and it is sometimes hard to think of a blog design out there on the web without one. But they do exist. And they exist in style. Some may think that usability must be in some way compromised, or worse, sacrificed on these sites that have gone sidebar-free, but I assure you that’s not the case.

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