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Creative and Development Inspiration 15

After a weeks break (Girlfriends birthday) I am back with another web dev/design rundown. There are some great UX/UI articles, as well as some darn pretty pictures.


People Don’t Scroll ( and Other Page Length Myths )

A few page length myths debunked. A few of those “beliefs” that are thrown around and checked against studies to see what really is correct! Do people understand scroll? How long should a page be?


UI Design Inspiration #3

A series of UI Design Inspiration from FreeUi.Design. Some beautiful examples of icons, applications and website. Definately worth a look.


Daily Life Interactions To Learn UX From

If we look into our everyday life, it consists of continuous series of microinteractions that often go unseen, almost at a sensory level. The thing is, they feel natural but they are 100% artificial, which means someone designed them and as UX researchers, we might want to learn from it.


SVG Backgrounds

Customizable SVG patterns and background designs for websites and blogs. Great for adding some colour, but keeping the page load time down!


The 12 Do’s and Don’ts of Web Design

If you design websites, you know that making your designs useful and enjoyable is your top priority. It can be an overwhelming task for anyone who just recently started creating websites, so to simplify it, Adobe has created a simple list of do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when designing your next web design project.


Build a Download Button Full of Micro Interactions

On the same vain as most of the other articles, UX! Learn how to build a button that is full of useful micro interactions. Some coding goodness to end the list.

Material Design Example

Creative and Development Inspiration 14

This week I have found some great links for UX snippets and examples, some CSS/JS magic, and a little titbit for you cryptocurrency geeks. All in a days work.


Bye bye Material Design

Considering Material Design for your next project? Emin Durak thinks otherwise. He belives that it is, I quote, “premature, shallow and arguably incorrect approach”.



A Microinteraction Libary Built with CSS Animations and JS. A great plug and play libary for a quick MVP.


How Much Do You Know About Web Typography

Web typography is a bit tricky. So many quirks and snippets of information you need to know. Take this web typography quiz and test your typography knowledge.


Gradient Topography Animation

Codrops is back with a great new code snippet. An incredibly sleek organic SVG shape layer animation based on Diana Hlevnjak’s work “Gradient Topography”. Powered by anime.js.


Button with Email Dropdown

Code My UI has brought us a nice little snippet to create a drop down input field from a button. Keep everything tucked anyand tidy!


Jump on the Cryptocurrency Bandwagon

Minergate is a piece of software that mines a varity of cryptocurrency coins in the background whilst you work. You can set the level depending on how much you need to use your CPU/GPU. Keep the referral link, and I get a small percentage of the fee (nothing is taken from you!)

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.

Tympanus Image Hover Effects

Creative and Development Inspiration 3: Hover Effects

Today’s list is a selection of mouse over / hover effects. These animations and transitions can make a massive difference between just another website, and a sleek user friendly interface that readers want to keep coming back to.


Tympanus Hover Effects

The first two links are from Tympanus. A brilliant site with hundreds of code snippets. I really recommend keeping an eye on this website, both as a developer, and a designer.

Each link has multiple examples within, and showcases different ways of animating the same element.


UX Design Agency Info Panels

UX Design Agency have used hover effects brilliantly on the home page panels. A gentle zoom and reveal of essential information is really engaging.


Product Card

This product card is very minimal, and shows the user exactly want they need to see. My only concern it is very JavaScript heavy, but I’m sure this could be rewritten to use plain CSS3.


Direction Aware Hover

This piece of code is a bit old, going back to 2013, but is still relevant. As the user hovers over each panel, it moves across from the one before.


Panel Hover Effect

This e-commerce panel shows the user a product shot, and basic information, and then provides a purchase CTA on hover.


True Paradise on Earth

An example of a blog panel. Simple, elegant. Paradise.


One thought it that designers and developers need to remember not all devices have hover, specially as large screen touch devices are getting more traction in the consumer market. Any information that is shown on hover, needs to be accessible for these other users as well.