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Google promises to support Chrome on Windows 7 until July 2021

Google is promising to support Chrome on Windows 7 for at least the next 18 months.

“We will continue to fully support Chrome on Windows 7 for a minimum of 18 months from Microsoft’s End of Life date, until at least July 15, 2021,” Max Christoff, Chrome’s engineering director, wrote last week in a post to a company blog.

Christoff touted the post-retirement support as a win for enterprises, which over the last several years have designated Chrome as their workers’ primary browser. He highlighted the management tools Google offered as well as Chrome’s sync skills. “If you haven’t started your move to Windows 10 yet, or even if your organization is mid-way through migration, you can still benefit from the enterprise capabilities of Chrome,” Christoff contended.

That emphasis was no surprise. This week will mark not only the end of support for Windows 7 (Tuesday, Jan. 14) but also the public debut of Microsoft’s refurbished Edge (Wednesday, Jan. 15). Microsoft, which built the new Edge with Google’s Chromium technologies – the same that drive Chrome – has pitched the browser as a better fit for enterprises, based on Microsoft’s long history of management prowess.

It remained unclear on Monday how Microsoft will support its new Chromium-based Edge on Windows 7. Historically, Microsoft has stopped serving browser updates when the underlying operating system exited support. However, Edge on Windows 7 will, like Edge on Windows 10, be updated using mechanisms separate from the OS. Microsoft may continue to support its new Edge after this week on all Windows 7 PCs, not just those in organizations that have paid for Extended Support Updates (ESU).

Google’s pledge to support Chrome on Windows 7 for “a minimum of 18 months” was reminiscent of its support for the browser on Windows XP. Months before that operating system’s April 2014 retirement, Google told users it would support Chrome at least until the following April.

Google ended up supporting Chrome on XP for two years after the latter’s expiration, or until April 2016.

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Popular design news of the week: July 29, 2019 – August 4, 2019

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

Drama – The Ultimate All‑in‑one UI Design Tool

 

Amazon Didn’t Hire this Guy, but Still Used his Photo on their Jobs Website

 

8 Rebranding Examples Showing Superb Rebranding Strategy

 

17 Tips to Improve your Design Skills

 

Freelance Design Pricing Survey 2019

 

✚ on Margin

 

The Hidden Secrets of UX

 

This is What Photoshop was like in 1988

 

How to Design When the UI is not the Point

 

How to Structure an Effective Typographic Hierarchy

 

How to Build a High-Converting FAQ Page on your Website

 

Bruce Vansteenwinkel’s Graphic Design Revolves Around Personal Identity and Experience

 

Apple is Regressing to their 1990s Identity

 

The Best Newsletters to Subscribe to for a Frontend Developer

 

Tokyo Subway’s Humble Duct-tape Typographer

 

Website Optimization: 17 Tools to Help Improve your Website in 2019

 

Forget the Computer – Here’s Why You Should Write and Design by Hand

 

Figma Isn’t the Best Tool for Designers, it’s the Best Tool for Design

 

New Bill Would Ban Autoplay Videos and Endless Scrolling

 

Bringing CSS Grid to WordPress Layouts

 

Web Designer Job Description Written by Designers

 

Top Vue.js Open Source Projects

 

Free Font: Ugly Gerry

 

How to Take a Selfie, According to Rembrandt

 

Yours Truly, Freelance Design Advice

 

Want more? No problem! Keep track of top design news from around the web with Webdesigner News.



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UltraViolet is Shutting Down on July 31st, Here’s How to Transfer Your Movies

UltraViolet redemption process with an overlayed No crossbar
UltraViolet/Wayback Machine

UltraViolet, one of the largest digital rights locker for your movies (at one point, anyway), is shutting down on July 31st. You don’t have to lose your content though; you can connect VUDU and move your library to Movies Anywhere.

UltraViolet was all but the de-facto method for digital copies of your movies for years. Unless it was a Disney movie, chances are if you bought a disc that came with a digital code, that code was for the UltraViolet service. But all that changed when Disney unveiled Movies Anywhere, an expansion of its Disney Movies Anywhere service. Combined with the might of Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, and others, Movies Anywhere became an unbeatable service, as evidenced in part by this shutdown notice.

UltraViolet closure notice
UltraViolet

UltraViolet states that you have until the July 31st to connect a partner retailer to preserve your library. The good news is that list includes VUDU, which means you can transfer your movie library to Movies Anywhere. Your TV shows will transfer to Vudu as well (but won’t make the jump to the other services with your Movies).

How to Transfer Your Library

First, log into UltraViolet and choose the Retailer Services option.

UltraViolet website with Retailer Services section highlighted

Then click on the Vudo option (if you see a checkmark, then you’ve already connected, so you’re finished).

UltraViolet Retailer Services options with Vudu highlighted

Sign into Vudu.

VUDU sign in page

Click on your Account name in the top right corner, then choose the “Account Settings” option.

VUDU Account options

Click on the Setup button to the right of “UltraViolet Library.”

VUDU Account Settings details

Click on the words “Already Have UltraViolet?”

VUDU and UltraViolet Connection Page

Provide your UltraViolet account details and click Login (if see your UV account listed, click the Connect button”).

UltraViolet Login page

You will receive confirmation that the accounts are linked.

If you haven’t already, connect the Movies Anywhere service by going back to your VUDU account settings (where you first selected UltraViolet) and click on the Movies Anywhere option to sign in with that account.

Your UltraViolet movies will populate across any services you have connected to Movies Anywhere, including Amazon Prime Video and Google Play.





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Popular design news of the week: July 22, 2019 – July 28, 2019

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

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Create your own professional website with Wix.com

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

Top 19 Web Design Trends for 2019

 

Savee.it

 

32 Best Blog Design Examples in 2019

 

We Built a GDPR Compliant Website Analytics Platform Without Using Cookies

 

Online Museum Tracks Photoshop’s Design History

 

The History of Web Design

 

How to Build a Vue Front End for a Headless CMS

 

4 Do’s, and 4 Don’ts of Making a Graphic Design Portfolio

 

The Beginner’s Guide to CSS

 

Inspiring UX Designer Portfolio Examples

 

Output: HTML’s Native Live Region Element

 

11 Tips for Presenting your UI/UX Designs to Non-designers

 

Narrowr – Share Just One Link Per Day

 

How to Fend Off Bad Client Ideas

 

Site Design: Zinacor

 

Airlines are Finally Fixing the Middle Seat

 

How to Find or Create your Brand Personality

 

Minimum Viable Design Process

 

A Tool to Create Printable UI Mockups and Wireframes Templates

 

29 Years of Adobe Photoshop Design History

 

Rooki.design – The Online Magazine for Design Students

 

The World’s Most-advanced AI Can’t Tell What’s in these Photos. Can You?

 

Design Tools are Holding Us Back

 

How to Test UX Design Early on in your Process

 

The Unlikely Origin Story of the Productivity Hack that Took Over Silicon Valley

 

Want more? No problem! Keep track of top design news from around the web with Webdesigner News.



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What’s New in Chrome 76, Arriving July 30th

Close up of the Google Chrome logo.

Chrome 76 hits the stable channel on July 30. This latest release brings some serious changes to the web. Flash is now disabled by default, and websites won’t be able to detect whether you’re using incognito mode.

Flash Is Disabled by Default

"Plugin blocked" message in Google Chrome.

Google Chrome now blocks Adobe Flash by default on all websites. You can re-enable Flash, but you can only use Flash in click-to-play mode. You’ll also see a warning that Chrome won’t support the Flash Player after December 2020.

Adobe will also stop supporting Flash starting in 2021, so it’s a sensible move for Google. Until then, you can still use Flash—but Google is making it extra annoying to encourage websites to upgrade and move away from Flash.

Websites Can’t Detect Incognito Mode

Sites could detect you’re in incognito mode by making a FIleSystem API request, which is disabled in incognito mode. Some websites use this trick to block visitors who are in incognito mode, as incognito mode is a common way of bypassing paywalls on the web. But Google is closing this loophole.

For example, some news sites like The New York Times limit the number of articles you read and block you from reading in incognito mode to prevent you from getting around that. Websites will no longer be able to detect and block incognito mode specifically.

Google says it’s fine with websites offering a limited number of articles, but recommends they require readers to log in. Blocking incognito mode is off the table, and Google won’t let it happen.

Some researchers have already found a way around the block, so the game of cat and mouse is well underway. But Google will keep on stamping out loopholes.

Automatic Dark Mode is Coming to Websites

Starting with Chrome 76, websites can detect whether you’ve chosen dark mode on your operating system. If you’ve enabled dark mode, the site can automatically enable a dark mode theme for you. Web developers can take advantage of this with the “prefers-color-scheme” media query in CSS.

Websites will have to enable this feature, but many sites that have offered dark themes—including YouTube and Twitter—could plug into this feature and automatically enable them for you rather than requiring you hit a switch.

Websites Can’t Hijack Your Escape Key

Let’s face it; you’ve never had a reason to use the Escape Key while interacting with a website. And realistically you never will. If anything, you may use the Escape Key to stop a site loading. The Escape key will also let you close full-screen videos and dialog boxes.

Unfortunately, some malicious websites hijacked the Escape key to force popups in Chrome, preventing it from working in the normal way. That won’t work anymore. The Escape button belongs to the browser.

Chrome Will Let You Spy on Your Extensions

Chrome extension activity log history tab

Google is cracking down on browser extensions and requiring them to request only as much data as they need to function. Some extensions track your browsing habits without adequately warning you. Thanks to a new logging page, you’ll be able to see what an extension is doing on your system. Knowledge is power.

For now, this feature is hidden behind a command-line switch. Once enabled the --enable-extension-activity-logging flag, you can select any extension on the Extensions settings page, click on details and then View Activity log to see what an extension is doing.

Progressive Web Apps Are Easier to Install

Google Chrome Omnibox, showing Progressive Web App install button.
Google

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are essentially websites turned into a local app for you to use. If a site supports PWAs, they may be able to bypass creating a dedicated mobile app, saving on time and effort for development.

Until now, installing a PWA has been too difficult. Starting in Chrome 76, if a site supports PWAs, you’ll see an install button at the right side of the Omnibox.

Chromebooks Get GPU Acceleration for Linux Apps

Installing Linux dialog for Chromebooks.

A little under a year ago, Google brought Linux apps to Chromebooks. Those Linux applications didn’t have access to GPU acceleration, which meant graphically intensive apps like games didn’t run smoothly. Now Chrome 76 aims to solve that with GPU acceleration.

This could mean Steam for Linux would perform well on an Intel Chromebook, unlocking a whole world of PC games.

RELATED: Linux Apps Are Now Available in Chrome OS Stable, But What Does That Mean?

Notifications Are Easier to Clear on Chrome OS

Clear All button for notifications on Chrome OS

If you hate clearing notifications in Chrome OS, you aren’t alone. The more notifications you have, the harder it is to get to the Clear All button, which Google tucked at the bottom of the list.

The latest update solves that in the best way possible, moving the Clear All button to the top. No more scrolling forever; just click and move on.


As usual, Chrome 76 also has a lot of changes for web developers, including improvements to the Web Payments API. Some web features have been removed or deprecated, and the developer tools have some new functionality.





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Popular design news of the week: July 15, 2019 – July 21, 2019

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

Create your own professional website with Wix dot com.
Create your own professional website with Wix.com

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

Product Design Tools to Use in 2019

 

Google Photos is Making Photos Semi-public

 

84 Cognitive Biases You Should Exploit to Design Better Products

 

How Uber Redesigned its Interface for the Rest of the World

 

Everything You Need to Know About CSS Margins

 

Interaction Design Inspiration – Jul 2019

 

A New System for Designing Motion with Both Sketch and Figma by Google Design

 

Ways Web Designers Give Away their Time (Without Realizing it)

 

How do I Increase my Domain Authority in 2019?

 

DuckDuckGo Expands its Maps UI with a Few Familiar Features

 

Resource: The Website Directory

 

Building a Design System: Typography

 

Bamburgh UI Kit

 

Accessible CSS Generated Content

 

Managing Multiple Backgrounds with Custom Properties

 

The Spectrum of Maturity for Design Systems

 

Let’s Build a Web Server. Part 1

 

Creating Pixel Art with CSS

 

Butchery – Free Script Font

 

When You Can’t Find the Words, 65 New Emoji are Here for You

 

Dear Google, I’m Blocking You from my Website

 

50 Shades of Black: Effective Use of no Color

 

See the World’s Oldest Emoji in this New Archive of 650 Ancient Symbols

 

The 17 Coolest Fonts of 2019

 

How to Survive an Open Office

 

Want more? No problem! Keep track of top design news from around the web with Webdesigner News.



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What’s New for Designers, July 2019

Our monthly roundup of what’s new for designers and developers highlights the best free (or very low cost) new resources launched or updated in the last four weeks.

It’s hard to stay focused this time of year. With vacations coming up (or having recently passed) it’s easy to get distracted from work-related tasks. For that reason, this month’s roundup is full of design tools plus a few design diversions that you can have fun with.

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404 Illustrations

Have you ever wanted to create a cool 404 page but didn’t have the time or inspiration? 404 Illustrations takes all the work out of it for you with funky and trendy illustrations for lost website users. Each illustration comes with a cute description as well and they are free to use. The designers promise more illustrations in the future.

404

 

Spotlight

Spotlight is a lightbox gallery library that’s lightweight, easy to run, and has no dependencies. It literally runs from the download without additional JavaScript, HTML snippets, additional CSS resources, images or assets, and no additional handling of dynamic content.

spotlight

 

Eva Design System

Eva is a free and open-source design system that’s adaptable to your needs and team. It works with Sketch and provides symbols and style configurations. The system allows you to design and code using a quick process that can eliminate repetitive work.

eva

 

Screenzy

Screenzy is a tool for creating and editing screenshots quickly. Just paste an image or URL and use on-screen settings to adjust the image, add text or choose from one of 5 pre-set options.

screenzy

 

Drag and Drop Sticky

Scott Kellum created a cool drag and drop sticky note element with no JavaScript. It works as a textarea element and as you move it around, technically you are just resizing a the textarea and the “note” follows.

sticky

 

Freezeframe.js

Freezeframe.js lets you pause animated gifs and then reanimate on a hover, mouse click, touch event, or another manual trigger. The new version of this tool no longer uses jQuery and functions thanks to modern JavaScript.

freeze

 

Space Shooter

Space Shooter is a fun pen by Andrew Rubin that’s a good distraction when you are trying to work through a design problem and a fun bit of inspiration. You can build something like this. Why not make a game? Fork it and play around.

space

 

Pika CDN

Pika CDN is made for packages written in ES Module syntax, that runs natively in browser. Use it to distribute more modern, unminified packages that uses a proprietary package builder, putting everything into a ready-to-import JavaScript file. The tool is free and a pro version is on the way. (Sign up to get notified when it is ready.)

pika

 

Swipemix

Swipemix will help you design better layouts and collages on Instagram. It allows you to sequence images with easy templates in just a few minutes from an app on your iPhone.

swipe

 

Source Wireframe Kit

Source Wireframe Kit helps you prototype faster with more than 500 blocks that can be moved, combined, and adjusted into a complete design system. Everything is grouped into categories to help you work faster and you can use it with Sketch, Figma, Marvel, or Invision to bring prototypes to life.

source

 

Hubcap

Hubcap is a free screen recorder that works without installing any software. It works with Chrome or Firefox and allows you to record a screengrab and share it instantly. You can record up to five minutes and Hubcap will store if for up to 2 weeks at no cost.

hubcap

 

Brutalism Web Kit

Brutalism Web Kit is a collection of artboards to jumpstart website projects using this design trend. It includes 70 styles and works with free tools including Google Fonts.

brut

 

Ant Design UI Kit

Any Design UI Kit is a collection of components for Figma based on the React UI library. It includes 2,100 components, 630 icons, 140 customizable styles, and 43 screens, making it one of the biggest component inventories for Figma.

ant

 

Anggada

Anggada looks like it could be inspired by the title characters in recent Aladdin movie release. It includes a full character set that’s most appropriate for display use. The demo version is free and the full font is available from the typeface designer.

angg

 

Basier Mono

Basier Mono is a modern style monospaced typeface with a free and family (premium) download option with square and circular shapes. The typeface is also packed with cool alternates, fractions, and supports multiple languages.

basier

 

Bright Salkiy

Bright Salkiy is a scrawling script with thin lines that has the look of an elegant signature. The free version is for personal use only and includes a full character and number set.

bright

 

Cataclysmo

Cataclysmo is a bold, tall slab serif for display use. It includes an uppercase-only character set and numbers.

cata

 

Nairi Amber

Nairi Amber includes a regular sans serif, italic sans serif, and script character set for personal use with the free version. Each character set in the family works well together with a wide stance and rounded letterforms. The script is somewhat more compact.

nairi

 

Rise of Kingdom

Rise of Kingdom is an uppercase serif typeface that would be a great display option. It has a somewhat whimsical feel with tall letterforms on the thin side.

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Popular design news of the week: July 8, 2019 – July 14, 2019

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

Create your own professional website with Wix dot com.
Create your own professional website with Wix.com

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

Web Designers Create the Most Annoying UI Ever

 

Ad-Free Internet by Firefox

 

Creating the Perfect Color Palette for a Website

 

Menu (or not)

 

Web Design Color Trends for 2019

 

Site Design: The Atlas of Moons

 

The Twelfth Fourth

 

Bringing New CSS Techniques to Production

 

Design Principles are Dead

 

My Approach to On-Page SEO in 2019

 

How to Run a Small Social Network Site for your Friends

 

Google’s Taking Another Crack at Building a Social Network

 

It’s Never Going to Be Perfect, so Just Get it Done

 

No, not “everyone is a Designer”

 

Niice Insights

 

How We Used UI/UX to Confront the Climate Crisis

 

Canvas UI Kit: A UI Kit for your Growing Business – For Sketch & Figma

 

JavaScript Classes – A Friendly Introduction

 

Eva Design System: Deep Learning Color Generator

 

Awesome Stranger Things Fan Art

 

Why Information Architecture in UX Process is a Necessity

 

How to Build a Bulletproof Product Design Strategy

 

Google has a Fun Wimbledon Easter Egg You Can Play

 

You’re Getting Screwed on Amazon Prime Day

 

It’s Never Too Late to Be Successful and Happy

 

Want more? No problem! Keep track of top design news from around the web with Webdesigner News.



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Windows 7’s July 2019 Security Patch Includes Telemetry

Windows 7 wallpaper

To the surprise of Windows watchers, the latest Windows 7 “security-only” update includes telemetry. The telemetry in question is Microsoft’s “Compatibility Appraiser,” which checks PCs for problems that could prevent upgrading to Windows 10.

As Woody Leonhard points out on Computerworld, this is pretty odd on Microsoft’s part—the telemetry code was previously available and is probably installed on your system already if you use Windows 7. But, it was restricted to the normal “cumulative” update rollups. As Ed Bott explains on ZDNet:

What was surprising about this month’s Security-only update, formally titled the “July 9, 2019—KB4507456 (Security-only update),” is that it bundled the Compatibility Appraiser, KB2952664, which is designed to identify issues that could prevent a Windows 7 PC from updating to Windows 10.

It’s hard to say exactly why Microsoft is trying to install the telemetry on all Windows 7 PCs now, but extended support for Windows 7 expires on January 14, 2020. Windows 7 users don’t have much time left before they should upgrade—just six months. Windows 7 is already nagging users about updates. Microsoft may want to understand how many Windows 7 machines are left in the wild and whether they have compatibility problems with new software.

When Ed Bott asked Microsoft why it added the telemetry code to this update, he received a “no comment.” As usual, Microsoft is making itself look bad by refusing to be transparent and explain what it’s doing. The security update doesn’t seem to bundle any code for upgrading to Windows 10.

We still always recommend installing security patches for your PC. After installation, you can stop the telemetry from running, if you like. As abbodi86 advises on the Ask Woody forums:

Disabling (or deleting) these scheduled tasks after installation (before reboot) should be enough to turn off the appraiser

MicrosoftWindowsApplication ExperienceProgramDataUpdater
MicrosoftWindowsApplication ExperienceMicrosoft Compatibility Appraiser
MicrosoftWindowsApplication ExperienceAitAgent

If you don’t want this code running. head to the Task Scheduler and disable these scheduled tasks. If you disable them before a reboot after running the update, they won’t even run once.

RELATED: How to Avoid Windows 7’s End-of-Support Nags





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20 Best New Portfolios, July 2019

Every month we roundup the best portfolios launched by agencies, freelance designers, and other creative professionals, into one easy-to-digest collection.

And now it’s July. I’d just like to tell my American and Canadian friends to hydrate properly, and the hangover should be gone by October, just in time for the sugar crash. While you recover, we’ve got more portfolios.

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Lots of good, grid-based stuff this month. And lots of dark layouts. It’s like all the color got used up last month or something. Anyway, I hope you like minimalism! Enjoy.

Note: I’m judging these sites by how good they look to me. If they’re creative and original, or classic but really well-done, it’s all good to me. Sometimes, UX and accessibility suffer. For example, many of these sites depend on JavaScript to display their content at all; this is a Bad Idea™, kids. If you find an idea you like and want to adapt to your own site, remember to implement it responsibly.

 

White Elephant

White Elephant combines pastels, some asymmetrical design, some very grid-focused design, and a whole lot of absolutely gorgeous type to create a pleasant, pretty browsing experience. Also, there’s the occasional witty GIF used during page transitions, a sort of blink-and-you’ll miss it detail that amused me.

Platform: WordPress

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Adam Brandon

Adam Brandon’s portfolio keeps things very minimalist. But then, when you have Netflix, Apple, Nike, and Ford in your portfolio, do you really want that much getting in the way of all those logos? No, in these situations, minimalism is definitely the way to go, and the sort of grid-based collage doesn’t hurt.

Platform: Squarespace

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Planetary

Planetary’s agency site is pretty, modern, and I have to say that the designers sure know how to effectively use just the tiniest splashes of extra color for emphasis. It’s just that nice to look at. Plus, this site just introduced me to the typeface known as Neutrif pro, and I think I’m in love.

Platform: Gatsby

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Werlen Meyer

Werlen Meyer keeps things fairly simple with a dark layout, simple sans-serif type, and quite a bit of background video. I have to hand it to whomever is optimizing this site. All of the video/animation loaded fast and smooth on my 5Mbs connection.

Platform: Custom CMS (I think. I never know for sure when Lua is listed as the programming language.)

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Renaud Rohlinger

Renaud Rohlinger is a “French Creative Developer living in Japan (soon)”, and this is presumably why his site is a mix of Japanese and English. Not content with that, however, he threw in a whole lot of gorgeous WebGL animation that runs pretty smooth and fast, even on my old laptop with integrated graphics.

While there could be some improvements made layout-wise, and the body text could be a little bigger, the whole thing is a technical marvel.

Platform: Static Site

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Tiago Majuelos

Tiago Majuelos’ one-page portfolio is colorful, wild, and full of… hieroglyphic-clipart graphics? I’m not sure how the heck else to describe his art style. You can browse the work by dragging/swiping horizontally, or you can scroll down to see the most organized collage I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen anything quite like this, so it’s on the list.

Platform: WordPress

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Josh Newton

Josh Newton’s portfolio has a beautifully simple dark layout, great condensed type, and body text that’s sadly way too small. That usability issue aside, it’s rather nice to look at. Another great grid-based layout.

Platform: Custom CMS (Probably)

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Diogo Akio

Diogo Akio’s portfolio is more grid-based goodness, mixed with more horizontal scrolling goodness, and a heavy dose of modern minimalism. And for variety, it’s not a dark layout.

Platform: Static Site

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Rise

When Rise was being designed someone clearly looked at a bunch of sites with asymmetry and overlapping elements, and said, “That. I want loads of that.” Then threw in some pretty decent typography, and they’ve managed to pull off using the color yellow, so they’ve earned their spot on this list.

Platform: ExpressionEngine (Haven’t seen that for a while.)

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makespace.

Makespace. More dark layout. More collages. More grid stuff. Lots of periods going around. No but really, it’s a fantastic looking site, and you don’t see too many collages that are animated like a slideshow. Unfortunately, this site falls into the same small-text trap that many dark sites fall into in their quest to look elegant.

Elegant text is text I can read. Just saying.

Platform: Static Site

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Diana Costa

At first glance, Diana Costa’s portfolio seems downright brutalist. Dig in a little, though, and you’ll see the monochromatic tones and monospaced text tempered with plenty of white space, and simple, smooth animation. It’s amazing how much white space can transform the feel of a website, almost on its own.

Though I don’t like sites that depend on JS to run at all, especially sites this simple, I have to respect the developers for putting in a warning message when you turn JS off.

Platform: Static Site

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Firstborn

Like many minimalist sites, Firstborn uses animation to spice things up, decent type, and multicolumn body text. Well okay, multicolumn isn’t that common. No, they’re not relying on CSS to do that just yet, it’s being done with JS. Even so, I’m glad to see it out in the wild.

Platform: Contentful

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Yuen Ye

Okay, you know that see-the-preview-on-project-title-hover thing? Well Yuen Ye’s portfolio has officially done it better than everything else. There are elements that are rather convincingly animated to look like cloth on the home page, and hovering over a project title changes the “pieces of cloth” into the preview for… go just got look at it.

Rarely am I actually impressed by these sorts of bells and whistles, but it’s beautifully executed here. The rest of the site is pretty solid, too.

Platform: WordPress

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Onix Design

Onix Design improves on the ever-familiar modern/dark aesthetic by adding a fair amount of illustration, including some sort of semi-3D illustrations of faces that I found strangely compelling. The color scheme is a bit of a blast to the eyeballs, even with the mostly-dark layout, but it’s certainly a striking, and uncommon look.

Platform: Custom CMS? (It’s programmed in Go.)

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Zef

Zef’s Website is decidedly new-looking, even as certain aspects of it (including the name) evoke a sort of Geocities-era nostalgia. I love everything: the curving text on the home page, the clashing colors, the careless-seeming typography that is actually quite effective. It’s amazing.

Platform: Static Site

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thePXA Creative

thePXA Creative’s agency site is darned good-looking. Far more good-looking, perhaps, than usable. Even so, I found myself liking this highly PowerPoint-ish site for it’s sheer style, and commitment to a theme.

Platform: Static Site

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Muax

Muax is another dark, grid-loving layout, sure. It’s also a showcase of just how absolutely gorgeous Russian typography can be. I have no idea what any of it says, but I could stare at it for a good ten minutes.

If this is what Dostoevsky’s work looked like in Russian, no wonder people read it to the end.

Platform: Custom CMS

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Casper Fitzhue

Casper Fitzhue’s portfolio is one of those very white designs that could get boring if you don’t love that sort of simplicity as much as I do. But to keep things interesting, the background will change color depending on what you’re looking at/hovering over. Plus, I like how things like essays and other text-based works are included in the portfolio.

Platform: Static Site

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Chris Cyran

Chris Cyran’s portfolio is maybe the only one I’ve seen that’s bold enough to just sort of… put a business card design right in the middle of the page, and leave it there no matter what else happens to be scrolling by.

Platform: WordPress

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Locomotive

Locomotive looks like a site that should be minimalist, but they occasionally just sort of… don’t do minimalist things. It also leans hard into the animation, creating an experience that is at once familiar and outstanding.

Platform: Static Site

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