27 June 2014
Formica Envisualizer is a cool online tool allowing you to create, share and download patterns. Patterns can be saved in PNG or vector format. The platform uses WebGL so it works best in Google Chrome 10.x, Firefox 9.x, or Internet Explorer 10.x (it is currently not optimised for mobile or tablet use).
26 June 2014
CSS Hero is all about making it ultra easy for you, or your client, to edit and style your Wordpress powered website with the aid of an intuitive point and click interface. Not all Wordpress themes will be compatible with CSS Hero so be sure to check before you commit. There's a decent selection of modern themes available on the website, which are guaranteed to be compatible with CSS Hero.
20 June 2014
This awesome software would make The Human Torch proud - create your very own flame graphics with the aptly named Flame Painter. It's available for Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone and comes in two flavours, Personal ($29.99) and Professional ($89.99). Flame Painter also integrates with Photoshop (Pro version only). Seriously hot stuff, check it out now.
For design inspiration and high-res design elements to use in your own projects you'll find Media Militia has it all. Some of my favs are the lens flare pack and the particles pack. To see how some of these assets can be creatively used check out this tutorial on psdbox.
Particles, dirt and debris pack - 25 high resolution images
Lens flares - 50 free high resolution transparent images
psdbox is a fantastic website for designers; grab yourself some design freebies or browse awesome Photoshop tutorials. Along with Photoshop resources, such as brushes, you'll also find tips, free PSD files and more. Some content is for members only, i.e. Premium content, but the fee is worth the amount of quality tutorials.
At some point every designer needs inspiration, and whilst inspiration is all around us, it helps to have a website which makes it just that little bit easier to get inspired. Introducing Pixel Clouds. You'll also find some design freebies and useful advice so check it out.
Ever wondered how many (and often) tweets or Facebook posts are put onto the internet? Wonder no more because The Internet in Real-Time shows you these stats and much much more. There's also a link to watch how much money Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc. are making as you watch. Unnerving stuff but fascinating all the same.
Perfect for journalists, designers and other creatives, Odyssey allows you to create interactive stories using written narrative, map-based interaction, and multimedia. Start with a template or create your own from scratch, and actions include scrolling, slide based, and more.