A well coordinated icon set adds visual cues that can help users navigate your site or engage with content. Grab the Linea Icon set from Dario Ferrando for a comprehensive icon pack that includes over 700 outline icons in both .PNG and .SVG as well as icon fonts for quick usage in web-based projects. The linea icon pack comes with a basic set of icons for standard UI elements, a music themed set, ecommerce icons, software icons, navigational arrows and weather icons and more. The set is free for use in both personal and commercial products with proper attribution.
Everyone wants to include stunning graphics and eye-catching photographs to enhance the look of their website, but with high-resolution images often come much higher load times. Even if you are using a CDN, a weak connection on the user side can cause unwanted delays for the delivery of graphics and other files. If you’re still intent on serving large images in your project, but want to keep the user engaged, looping preloaders are the answer. This set of minimal loop preloaders by MarinaD will complement simple, flat designs and offer a variety of different preloaders to best fit the aesthetics of your design. The set features .AI, .EPS, .PSD and of course .GIF.
Implementing the colors from an image into a design project is a surefire to have the colors complement one another. With the emergence of HTML5, grabbing specific colors from an image has never been easier, or quicker. Browsers can complete these simple tasks that were previously reserved for image processing software. The Get Colors From Image tool by HTML-Color-Codes enables designers to select individual colors from an image without ever having to upload the file to a web-server. The multiple windows display the original image, the targeted area of the image as well as the specific color and corresponding hexadecimal code.
Converting colors from their hexadecimal values to their RGB counterpart is a common task that any busy designer would like to streamline in their workflow. While there are a million ways to complete the process, the Hex To RGB Converter from the team at by Jamie Brittain performs this task with simplicity and style. The clean and minimalistic layout is a welcome departure from the free tools that are littered with ads and other extraneous content. Once a color is entered into either the RGB or Hex field, the browser window adjusts to the entered color, and its hexadecimal or RGB value is displayed. (If you add RGB code like this: rgb(0,001,123) it will convert to hex code.)
While browsers have gotten better at complying to the latest web standards and languages, many of the new CSS features still require browser-specific prefixes to properly display the content. PrefixMyCSS automatically adds the necessary prefixes to your CSS code so it will properly display in the major web browser. The tool allows designers to copy all of the CSS into one window and output a fully prefixed version of the CSS including comments. Prefix My CSS also includes options to control the spacing between the different CSS properties and the line spacing of the entire document for readability.
Adjusting the layout and design of a webpage can take up a serious amount of time due to the constant need to save, test and debug the appropriate code. CSS Terminal by Ben Barber is a browser bookmarklet that can input CSS rules directly into any current webpage, allowing a designer to get a live view of how changes or updates to the current CSS rules will affect the finished project. Once active in your browser, the CSS Terminal window will appear and apply any of the entered CSS rules immediately to the webpage as they are entered. The terminal window can be collapsed via the “ESC” or “Tab” key for a full view of the edited page.
Thanks to the prevalence of jQuery, content sliders or carousels have become a must-have for many websites. The crew at Egrappler has taken the content slider to the next level by creating a full-screen responsive slider to cycle through content and images in the largest possible format. Egrappler includes a fully packaged slider, complete with coding and slew of useful features that even non-programmers can use to add dynamic and interactive content to a webpage. A built-in “Category” function allows developers to quickly add content to the slider, while the responsive code ensures that the slider is functional on tablets and mobile devices.
Mobile is the wave of the future for web traffic. Don’t get left in the dust with a lackluster mobile product that fails to take advantage of touch-sensitive devices and the responsive design framework or function at all on a mobile device. Plunk App was developed by the ZURB team to help developers test out mobile products before putting them into use. Just upload a screenshot of a mobile webpage or application and Plunk will create a custom URL that can be used to test a product or distributed to a team of testers to analyze the functionality of the design. Plunk also includes features to test how users are interacting with a mobile design and exactly where they are touching.
With the widespread prevalence of social media, social icons have become a must-have feature of websites to ensure that visitors can share your content with friends and family on their own social media pages. Separate yourself from the rest of the pack with custom Twitter icons from Vincent Abry. While Mr. Abry’s designs are not licensed for commercial use, they can bring a spark of life to a personal webpage or blog. The icons incorporate the classic Twitter bird “Larry” for instant recognition while dressing up the icon with lighthearted images, icons and backgrounds.