General Stuff

Are you looking for an alternative for Font Awesome? I have a good news for you! Themify has just released a new icon font called Themify Icons — a complete icon set consisting of 320+ pixel-perfect icons inspired by the iOS7 design. It is 100% free, with the ability to use and distribute for any purpose, whether personal, commercial, or anything in between. It is a must have tool for designing web templates and apps.

I’ve have two FITC Toronto 2014 conference tickets to giveaway and all you need to do is send a tweet for your chance to win. For those who don’t know about FITC Toronto, it is an annual technology and creativity event over three days with 80 plus speakers and 1200 attendees from around the world. Everything from UX design to 3D printing to Illustration to OpenFrameworks to JavaScript to pitching your business and more will be covered. And don’t forget about the evening parties! Top names this year include design phenom Stefan Sagmeister, a 98 year old graphic designer Hal Lasko, Robert Wong the Co-founder and Executive Creative Director of Google Creative Lab, and so many more.

Themify has come a long way since its launch 3 years ago, and I thought it was finally time to redesign the Themify website. The goal of Themify is to make it easy for anyone to build a beautiful, responsive website using WordPress and Themify themes. This means that we need to stay ahead of web design trends, and I thought that the redesign should reflect our desire to incorporate the latest and greatest practices found in the design world right into our website. This post will take you behind the scenes around our planning and decision making process, as well as some of the work that didn’t make the final cut for the Themify website.

WordPress is one of the most ubiquitous content management systems in the world. Even better, it’s open source! However, as an open source piece of software, it can be vulnerable to malicious individuals digging through code and finding vulnerabilities in the code, which they attempt to exploit. As such, WordPress sites have been prone to security breaches and being hacked, and having your WordPress site hacked can be damaging to your reputation and your business. At Themify, we often hear about WordPress security issues from members, thus it inspired us to share this article.

I’ve got two FITC Toronto 2013 tickets to give away and all you need to do is send one tweet for your chance to win! For those of you who don’t know what FITC Toronto is, it is a design and technology conference that brings together some of the world’s best digital creators for three days of learning, networking and partying, and it will all be taking place from April 21-23. This year’s event will feature over 70+ renowned digital creators from around the globe, covering everything from user experience to the awe-inspiring world of Film Holographic VFX. To enter for your chance to win a festival ticket, all you need to do is tweet the name of one of the speakers by Apr 5, 2013 with hashtag #designtechcon to enter.

Winners will be announced on Twitter, so be sure to follow @fitc and @nickla.

FITC is hosting SCREENS, a two day conference dedicated to development for mobile device and operating systems, this September 27-28 in Toronto. The conference features two full days of presentations covering a ton of topics relevant to iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry development including HTML5, NFC, PhoneGap, jQuery, responsive design and much more.

Update: The contest is closed and the winners are: Kevin Sato and Caroline McGregor.

I’ve been using Photoshop CS6 for a while and I have to say that the interface and user experience is a big improvement. Instead of releasing more new tools, Photoshop CS6 put a lot of focus on the basics — the essential tools that we use very often such as crop tool, type, layer group, and save. For example, now you can apply effects on layer group, keep cropped pixels, type styles, and save in background. These simple enhancements result in increase productivity.

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