Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: October 2016

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A new month means new wallpapers! This journey has been going on for eight years1 now, and each time anew artists and designers from across the globe challenge their artistic skills to cater for some fresh inspiration on your desktop. And, well, it wasn’t any different this time around. This post features their designs for October 2016. The collection is a mix of ideas and styles, of wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. All wallpapers come

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: September 2016

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We all love a good wallpaper to polish up our desktops. So to provide you with fresh artwork on a regular basis, we embarked on our desktop wallpapers mission1 eight years ago. Each month we challenge you, the design community, to get your creative juices flowing and produce some inspirational and unique desktop wallpapers. And, well, also this time designers and artists from across the globe challenged their artistic abilities and contributed their designs for September. The result is a

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Photoshop Etiquette For Responsive Web Design

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It’s been almost five years since Photoshop Etiquette1 launched, which officially makes it a relic on the web. A lot can happen on the web in a few years, and these past five have illustrated that better than most. In 2011, everyone was just getting their feet wet with Responsive Web Design. The traditional comp-to-HTML workflow was only beginning to be critiqued, and since then, we’ve seen a myriad of alternatives. Style Tiles2, Style Prototypes3, Visual Inventories4, Element Collages5, style

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: August 2016

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Since eight years1, our monthly desktop wallpapers challenge is a Smashing favorite that wouldn’t be possible without the tireless efforts of talented designers and artists from across the globe. On a quest to cater for wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd, we challenge you, the design community, to get your creative juices flowing and produce some interesting and inspiring designs each month anew. And, well, it wasn’t any different this time around. This post features

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How To Create Icons In Adobe XD

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Released in March this year, Adobe Experience Design1 (“XD”) is a new all-in-one tool that lets you design and prototype websites and mobile apps. It is bound to provide a fast and efficient way to create new user interfaces, wireframes and visual designs for multiple devices. XD is still in beta and available for Mac — a Windows version will be released in late 2016. As an icon creator, I tried to use XD to create icons from scratch and

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: July 2016

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To help you start into July freshly inspired, artists and designers from across the globe challenged their artistic abilities and created desktop wallpapers for you to indulge in. This monthly creativity mission has been going on for eight years1 now, and each month the enthusiastic work of the community brings forth interesting, beautiful, and unique results. Wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This post features their designs for July 2016. All wallpapers come in versions

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Quick UX Prototyping With Adobe XD Shortcuts (PDF Cheat Sheet)

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Every designer has their favorite prototyping tools1. However, when it comes to UX wireframing and prototyping, there is often more than one tool involved. Sooner or later, you find yourself switching from one tool to another to cherry-pick the best ones among them. We kindly thank Adobe and Elaine Chao for making this post possible. Adobe announced Project Comet2 in October last year to provide a fast and efficient all-in-one solution. A few months ago, the secret behind the codename

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