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Creative and Development Inspiration 10

Starting this year as I plan to go on, with a good old list. This time I have brought together 6 articles that look across the year to help you develop your skill set, as well as a glance back at the past year.


2017 Web Design Trends

The list would’nt be complete without a look back at 2017 and it’s trends. 1st Web Designer do a great job at highlighting the best examples.


Froala Design Blocks

This is a brilliant open-sourced respository on Github. It is a collection of 170+ responsive design blocks that can be used to build a website. A great way of rolling out a site in minimul time! Based on Bootstrap 4 and entirely customizable



Reframe.js is a javascript plugin that makes unresponsive elements responsive! This could be a lifesaver.


Tips for Designing Awe-Inspiring Conversational Interfaces

As online chat becomes an industry in itself, with virtual assistants and help desks it becomes essential that the interface is as user friendly as possible. Those of you who are just getting started in this direction will benefit from these eight tips for designing awe-Inspiring conversational interfaces.


Shards – Modern UI Toolkit

Shards is a modern design system based on Bootstrap 4. Unbelievably clean, and packed with 10 custom components. Only 12kb minified and gzipped.


18 Designers Predict UI/UX Trends for 2018

There is no other way to end this list. With a look across 2018, and a few thoughts on which direction ui/ux trends will go. Whether you approve of it or not, I think #8 is very likely.


I would love to hear your thoughts on trends for 2018, both design and development. The both industries are moving at such a rate, with great new technologies emerging. It’s going to be an interesting year.

Purple is 2018 colour

Creative and Development Inspiration 9

Because next week is Christmas (and I won’t be creating a list, family and all that) I have pulled together a longer selection than usual. This week there have been some really great pieces of code coming to the surface, as well as some great graphic design inspiration.



I’ll kick off with DesignClever. This is a brilliant design inspiration website that collates beautiful design from all all corners. It was created to showcase work from designers all over the world. Definitely one to keep an eye on!


Pantone Picks 2018 Colour

The blue-based purple has been selected for its “provocative” and “thoughtful” shade, which nods to current trends in areas like spirituality and space exploration. This article explains their reasoning.


How Efficiency Makes you a Better Designer

This is something a bang on about all the time, so it’s nice when someone else writes an article about it and breaks it down. Being efficient can not only make a job more profitable, it makes the process seem easier. This issue is working out where to start, and what the right areas are.


Tracy – From Paper to Vector

This little tool could be a life changer. Rather than scanning in your drawing, and running the JPG through Illustrator (if you have it), the image can be passed to this website and it spits out an SVG. Give it a whirl.



Described as a functional JavaScript motion libary, Popmotion is a 11.5kb tool for animators and interaction developers. The animations are smooth, and the code required to use it is simple and understandable. It is also modular, allowing you to pick and choose certain parts, depending on what you require.

Take a look at the examples.



This is a small library that gives you the ability to watch variables and objects to check for any changes. It works recursively, so will detect changes even if you modify a deep property. A neat piece of code!


Specificity Visualiser

This tool gives you a quick overview of selectors and their specificities across a CSS file in bird’s-eye view. It’s a visual way to identify potentially problematic patterns and especially useful for analysing very big and complex style sheets.


30 Seconds of Code

This has appeared on a fair few blogs over the last couple of days. Understandably so. It is a list of code snippets that take less than 30 seconds to understand, and will probably save you a lot more than 30 seconds of your life. Some brilliant problem solvers here!

Definitely worth a bookmark.


That’s all for this week. Have a great Christmas/break and leave any comments below.

Animated SVG Strokes

Creative and Development Inspiration 8

This week I have pulled together 6 pieces from across the design interwebs to showcase some of the best articles, code snippets and a little bit of inspiration to get you started.


User Experience Matters to Marketing

User Experience (UX) can effect your marketing, if users view it positively. This post looks at the various elements that great UX includes and how UX impacts your marketing goals and strategies.

It even uses big pictures, for those of you who hate reading.


Web Design Trends for 2018

Every year these articles come out by storm. Now I am not agreeing with every point on the list, but it is a good idea to keep on top of what seems to be big currently. At least someone else did the work to put them into a list for us 😉


Speckyboys 50 Top CSS Libaries, Frameworks and Tools from 2017

I am a big fan of Speckyboy, and this is one of the reasons why. They have brought together their top CSS pieces from 2017 into one place. Some brilliant ones on here. Great for speeding up dev, or just for being plain old helpful.



A brand new, fast growing market place for code snippets, great if you want to sell, or buy. They launch a weekly flash sale where selected items are 50% off, a nice concept.


How to set up Webpack for any Project.

I am yet to start using Webpack, I am a Gulp man personally. I am putting this on the list so I can come back to it. Webpack is great for JaveScript projects, and configuration based which makes the whole process extremely simple.


Animated SVG Strokes

This one is for those of you who love a good animation. Code Drops looks after us once again with a beautiful SVG bike animation. Really clever, really sleak.


If you have any great articles, code snippets or just interesting links stick them in the comments below!

An example of yellow websites

Creative and Development Inspiration 6

This weeks list is more design focused, with a story telling script thrown in for good measure. As most design/dev sites are shouting about Cyber Monday deals, I wanted to keep this on the same track as we started. I hope you enjoy.



Needing to flex your design muscles? A little down time in the studio? Designercize has you covered. It randomly generates a concept that needs a design for. Brilliant for wireframing / whiteboard design practice.



Its been a while since I have come across a script that really gets me thinking about its potential. Scrollama is a lightweight JS libary that helps with storytelling.




Need a 3D mobile phone mockup? Just upload your design and you are set. Completely free and no need to download software.


Obstructed Text

Some websites look great, even if they defy conventional wisdom or tenets of design theory. A new design trend is showcasing that very idea with elements that cover or obstruct some of the text in the design.


Design needs Three Levels of Type Heirarchy

Another one from Design Shack, they really impressed me last week. This article discusses how design needs three levels of typography. It seems very common-sensual, but its interesting to see it written in such a concise way.



Web Design Dev have brought together 20 examples of yellow being used in design. A great article to click through, with no need to read anything. A nice ender to this weeks run down.

Animated button tooltips

Creative and Development Inspiration 5: Feature Highlights

Finding ways to display hidden information for users can be tough. The number of times brochure websites have required some level of user engagement and I have had to scour the web for examples such as these. I thought I should share.


Project Feature Highlights

By adding tooltips into div elements they can be positioned anywhere on a page. I imagine this could get a big fiddly for a responsive page, but nothing a few calculations can’t fix!


Intro JS

A step-by-step guide and feature introduction script. It has no dependencies and is pretty small! Very easy to integrate.


Animated Tooltips

Simple, effective use of tooltips. There are three styles. Fading, expanding and swing. By using the HTML5 data-title attribute they minimize the amount of extra HTML required.


Automated Tooltips

Attractive, small tooltips that effectively display extra information for the user.


Animated button with Tooltip

I have included this, not so much for the button, but how the tooltip looks. If this was applied to a product image to show extra information, it would work brilliantly.

Google Material Mobile Menus

Creative and Development Inspiration 4: Hidden Menus

Today’s post is focusing on code snippets for hidden menus. These could be used on both mobile and large devices. Although they are not particularly attractive menus, I am focusing more on the usability and style. The purpose is to help inspire.


Simple multilevel menu

This menu is a code snippet from Cody House. It gives two examples, one plain CSS, the other with JQuery animations. Simple, but user friendly.


Pure CSS Accordion with Simple Microinteractions

This mobile accordion menu moves icons down as the user selects a different section. The animated micro interactions make the whole experience feel more crafted.


Breadcrumb Navigation

This subtle menu gives the user more information when they hover. The effect works really well, however I am dubious about how it would work with touch devices. The menu would have to be touch to show, which adds a touch point. Still a nice effect though.


Circular Material Design Menu

I personally don’t like how this menu looks. However, the concept is really slick. This style could be altered to look a bit nicer and really work. I am a fan of the animation though!


Google Material Inspired Circle

Staying on the Google Material style, here is another simple menu that could be great if styled slightly differently.


Menu Overlay Focus Change

This is completely different to menus I am used to seeing. Although it needs some tweaking to work on smaller devices, the effect it great. By moving the cameras focus when the menu is open adds a whole new layer to the site.


CSS & JS Toggle Menu

A bit of an experiment with SVG icons what chage colour when selected. It uses a subtle material transition to make it look dynamic. Really nice for use with a more modern B2C site.

Screenshot of Spoon plugin google

Turbo VM Extension injecting code

For those of you who have found the same thing. Enter Turbo VM Extension.


I was in the latter stages of developing a WordPress theme when I found a strange section of code inserted at the bottom of the page. I originally thought it was a mistake in my code as there was a large white space at the bottom of the page until I used the console log on Google Chrome and noticed the following:


<div id=”spoon-plugin-kncgbdglledmjmpnikebkagnchfdehbm-2″ style=”display:none”></div>


Upon Googling this issue I found the snippet turned up in a few places. At the bottom of a piece of code on Github, bottom of forum signatures, and inside the code of other WordPress themes. Always at the bottom.


That day I had downloaded Launcher, a browser emulator. To create a login for the launcher I used (seeing the connection now?). Turbo VM Extension is a Google Chrome Extension. When it is switched on, for some reason it injects itself into specific websites.


For now I have disabled the extension whilst I research it a little more…