Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: April 2014

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for six years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: April 2014

The Mystery #3 Is Resolved: A Story Of Muffin Crumbs, Shady Characters And Invisible Letters

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? You find yourself in a coffee shop abroad, sipping cappuccino and chomping a muffin as you realize that your laptop’s battery charge is just about to crush your creative session to dust. Well, perhaps you’ve got your power adapter with you but, of course, it isn’t the right one for foreign power sockets.
So you end up looking around and chatting up with strangers asking for help.

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The Mystery #3 Is Resolved: A Story Of Muffin Crumbs, Shady Characters And Invisible Letters

The Mystery Is Resolved: A Story Of Muffin Crumbs, Shady Characters And Invisible Letters

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? You find yourself in a coffee shop abroad, sipping cappuccino and chomping a muffin as you realize that your laptop’s battery charge is just about to crush your creative session to dust. Well, perhaps you’ve got your power adapter with you but, of course, it isn’t the right one for foreign power sockets.
So you end up looking around and chatting up with strangers asking for help.

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The Mystery Is Resolved: A Story Of Muffin Crumbs, Shady Characters And Invisible Letters

Design Principles: Visual Perception And The Principles Of Gestalt

In 1910, psychologist Max Wertheimer had an insight when he observed a series of lights flashing on and off at a railroad crossing. It was similar to how the lights encircling a movie theater marquee flash on and off.
To the observer, it appears as if a single light moves around the marquee, traveling from bulb to bulb, when in reality it’s a series of bulbs turning on and off and the lights don’t move it all.

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Design Principles: Visual Perception And The Principles Of Gestalt

Smashing Mystery Riddle #3: Have You Figured It Out Yet?

By now, you might actually know how it works. The good ol’ Smashing Mysteries: the door that would never open and the rain that would never stop. Well, the Mystery continues! To celebrate the launch of Paul Boag’s Digital Adaptation book, we’ve prepared a new riddle, and this time it’s a bit different and a bit easier.
How does it work? Below you’ll find three animated GIFs that contain a hidden message.

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Smashing Mystery Riddle #3: Have You Figured It Out Yet?

Smashing Mystery Riddle: Have You Figured It Out Yet?

By now, you might actually know how it works. The good ol’ Smashing Mysteries: the door that would never open and the rain that would never stop. Well, the Mystery continues! To celebrate the launch of Paul Boag’s Digital Adaptation book, we’ve prepared a new riddle, and this time it’s a bit different and a bit easier.
How does it work? Below you’ll find three animated GIFs that contain a hidden message.

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Smashing Mystery Riddle: Have You Figured It Out Yet?

Mojo Motors’ Responsive Redesign With Fireworks: Visual Design Stage

In the previous article in this series, I discussed our ideation and initial prototyping process. We covered details on how to use Adobe Fireworks to set up a responsive design wireframe, reusable components, prototypes and ways to share designs.
In this article, we’ll share how we used Adobe Fireworks in our iterative visual design process, along with other useful tips.
Further Reading on SmashingMag: Sketch, Illustrator or Fireworks? Switching From Adobe Fireworks To Sketch: Ten Tips And Tricks The Present And Future Of Adobe Fireworks The Power of Adobe Fireworks: What Can You Achieve With It?

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Mojo Motors’ Responsive Redesign With Fireworks: Visual Design Stage

WordPress Performance Improvements That Can Go Wrong

If you’ve searched recently for tips on optimizing WordPress’ performance, then you have definitely come across various techniques that people recommend. These include all sorts of caching mechanisms, such as reverse proxies, object caching and cache plugins, CSS minification, using sprites for images, and so on. All of them are viable and effective ways to speed up a WordPress website’s performance. However, be careful when implementing any of these techniques, and always test their effect on your particular website.

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WordPress Performance Improvements That Can Go Wrong

Arabic Calligraphy – Taking A Closer Look

Arabic calligraphy was originally a tool for communication, but with time, it began to be used in architecture, decoration and coin design. Its evolution into these major roles was a reflection of the early Muslims’ need to avoid, as their beliefs required, figures and pictorials that were used as idols before Islam was established in the Arabian Peninsula.

While the Arabic tribes preferred to memorize texts and poetry, the first Muslims tried to document their holy book (Qur’an Kareem) using the scripts that we’ll look at in this article.

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Arabic Calligraphy – Taking A Closer Look

How To Plan Your Next Mobile E-Commerce Website

The O’Neill Clothing store had a nearly 600% revenue increase from going responsive, and Skinny Ties saw a 377.6% increase in revenue for iPhones after going responsive as well. Even Think Tank Photo’s transactions on smartphones and tablets increased by more than 96%… go figure!
In this article, we’ll walk through all of the vital steps when planning a highly converting mobile e-commerce website. The most important questions you need to ask are:

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How To Plan Your Next Mobile E-Commerce Website