Use of Blur Backgrounds in Website Design: Beautiful Examples Together with wide screen photo backgrounds which are frequently used tools for website decorations, blur backgrounds have thoroughly settled and found their niche in modern website design. Although, at first glance, it is rather difficult to understand what could be so amazing and attractive in blur technique that instantly kills all the detail of spectacular shot or image. But as a matter of fact, it has a whole bunch of advantages that, on the contrary, helps to stress aesthetic side, and make your design sophisticated and elegant. In addition, such backgrounds are able to add readability to your titles and taglines, focus attention on specified elements, easily make foreground elements stand out, and finally contrast and highlight color schemes. So, if you want to have a closer look at clever vague effect realization you should definitely turn your attention to our collection that includes remarkable examples of websites with blurred backgrounds. Reflection
The Dark: An Illustrated Meditation on Overcoming Fear from Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen by Maria Popova A heart-warming allegory about what it means to make peace with our demons. Daniel Handler — beloved author, timelessly heartening literary jukeboxer — is perhaps better-known by his pen name Lemony Snicket, under which he pens his endlessly delightful children’s books. In fact, they owe much of their charisma to the remarkable creative collaborations Snicket spawns, from 13 Words illustrated by the inimitable Maira Kalman to Who Could It Be At This Hour? with artwork by celebrated cartoonist Seth. In a conversation with NPR, Handler echoes Aung San Suu Kyi’s timeless wisdom on freedom from fear and articulates the deeper, more universal essence of the book’s message: I think books that are meant to be read in the nighttime ought to confront the very fears that we’re trying to think about. The Dark is part My Father’s Arms Are a Boat, part Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, but mostly the kind of singular treat only Snicket can deliver. Donating = Loving Share on Tumblr
30 Fantastic Examples of Parallax Scrolling Websites With HTML5 and CSS3 it becomes possible to create more interesting and eye-catchy effects in browsers. Parallax illusion is one of these effects that hit the world of website design. Parallax scrolling involves the background which is moving slower than the foreground creating an amazing 3D effect while you scroll down the page. The very first website with parallax scrolling effect was designed by Ian Coyle in 2011. It was the site for Nike “Nike Better World”. These days parallax scrolling is overused by a wide range of websites. Rimmel London Pressels Poppy Spend HotDot TEDxGUC Costa Flat vs Realism Teapot Creation NASA Prospect Boy Coy The Beast 13 Reasons Inforgraphic Lost World’s Fairs Puma Mobium Living World Olszanska Lexus Asia Madwell Tinke Jacksonville Artwork These Are Things Volkswagen Jan Ploch Mario Kart Wii Experience Moto Oakley Timmy Tompkins App Skinjay Anthelios Bagigia Putzengel About the Author Nancy Young is a passionate writer and blogger.
jInvertScroll - A lightweight jQuery horizontal Parallax scrolling plugin jInvertScroll - A lightweight jQuery horizontal Parallax Plugin What is it? It's a lightweight plugin for jQuery that allows you to move in horizontal with a parallax effect while scrolling down. It's extremely easy to setup and requires nearly no configuration. Note: By using this plugin, we expect that you know the limitations of horizontal parallax scrolling, for instance if the screen height is smaller than the content, the content will be clipped, but this plugin is intended anyway for webdesigners and -developers, so we think that you know what you're doing. ;-) Quickstart 1.) position: fixed; // All scrollable elements have to be position:fixed bottom: 0; // Make it stick to the bottom (or top) width: xxxxpx; // I recommend to assign the width in px, prevents preloading issues 4.) $.jInvertScroll(['yourselector1', 'yourselector2' Options You can tweak some options if you like: Download You can download the script as a zip file here: jInvertScroll.zip ..or get it from our GitHub repository.
Graphic Design & Web Design Brisbane | Twofold Creative D'Angelico Guitars | A Legend is Reborn How to Illustrate a Children's Book Have you ever wanted to know how to create your own children’s book? Illustrator Jane Massey shows you how as she talks us through the various stages of her latest commission When I was approached by Random House to illustrate author Jane Clarke’s Knight Time story, it was the challenge of depicting the two main characters, Little Knight and Little Dragon, that really appealed. The inspiration for the characters came to me quite quickly. The Little Knight was loosely based on my own son. When I illustrate animal characters I still think of them as young children when I think of their expressions and actions. I immediately thought of a favourite childhood read: Walt Disney’s Giant Story Book. For Knight Time, I had to strike a careful balance as it would be aimed at a young audience and so I deliberately made the characters and setting not too spooky. www.janemassey.co.uk 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. With each stage of sketches, I refine the characters as they become more familiar to me. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Parallax Hero Image in CSS and jQuery A full-width figure element, with floating images distributed in a 3D space. Browser support ie Chrome Firefox Safari Opera What you can achieve through CSS 3D Transforms is limitless. With power comes responsibility, though. There will be cases when you’ll take full advantage of CSS 3D capabilities. In most projects, though, you can just spice things up a little. Today’s nugget is an effect which is getting quite popular and relies on 3D Transforms. Since this effect relies on mouse movement, on mobile devices it won’t be visible. You can see this cool effect in action on websites like Squarespace and HelloMonday. Image credits: unsplash.com and subtlepatterns.com. Creating the structure The main HTML structure is a <figure> element containing our hero image (we used 3 different <img>s) and wrapped in a .cd-background-wrapper element. The images used should have the same dimensions. Adding style Events handling Note: Modernizr doesn’t detect preserve-3d support yet.
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How to illustrate children's books: 7 top tips | Illustration Want to get into book illustration? Well you're not alone. There are thousands of talented illustrators out there who'd like nothing more than to visually interpret works of fiction for a living. 100 amazing Illustrator tutorials Well, a good start is to get advice from someone who's already doing it. 01. When I began my journey into the book world, I was easily intimidated at how difficult it can be. I met my agency at a trade show, introduced myself and showed them my portfolio. 02. Whether it be a song, TV show or whatever, I take anything and everything that inspires me and try to make it my own. Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to open yourself up to it. Pinterest is where I met my mobile publisher Storypanda. 03. I find that the blank page can be very intimidating. Some of my best sketches are when I'm not thinking, when I'm on the phone and sketching or watching TV. 04. 05. There are so many ways and mediums to do things now. 06. Also, rejection is a great learning tool.
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