20 Beautiful UI & UX Designer Portfolios For Inspiration

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20 Beautiful UI & UX Designer Portfolios For Inspiration

20 Beautiful UI & UX Designer Portfolios For Inspiration

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 07:01 AM PST

A modern world requires new rules and you just can’t be a successful graphic designer without a personal portfolio website. Even when it comes to mobile user interface or user experience, without the ability to showcase your skills, you will have a hard time acquiring clients.

In that thought, we have collected a showcase of breathtaking UI & UX portfolios by a few talented designers and carefully chosen a few work examples that bring out their true genius. Not only are they good with catchy mobile interfaces, they also take the cake when it comes to website design.

Make sure to not only check out the samples of their work here, but also to check out their original sites for more of their work. Let us know which are your favorite and if you have other designer portfolios you would like to share with our readers.

CreativeDash Design Studio


Cosmin Capitanu

Mariusz Cieśla


Miro Hristov

Vitor Pinho

Aleks Faure

Jordan Flaig

Dave Keller

Cody Sielawa

Leo Drapeau

Jeff Broderick

Jackie Tran Anh



Guilherme Bento

Julien Renvoye

Anthony Anderson

Érik Guittière


5 Free Android Apps For More Productive Meetings & Presentations – Best Of

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 05:01 AM PST

Meetings may not always be productive but they are essential evils that keep the gears in the office oiled and running smoothly. If you need help creating a more organized, effective and efficient meeting or presentation, then this post will be of some help.

Anywhere Pad App

We have for you today 5 great Android apps that can help with collaboration, keeping everyone on the same page, sharing files and important documents as well as web conferencing. Best of all, these apps are not only available for Android, some of them can be used across multiple platforms, desktop and mobile, so you don’t have to worry about who is carrying which type of mobile device.

1. Mindomo

Mindomo is an app that is loaded with tools to help increase efficiency for brainstorming ideas. Users can easily draw out ideas on mind maps and turn them into a presentation. Colleagues can watch and even collaborate in real time. You can even embed Youtube videos, upload videos or sound clips, comments or use themes to improve the overall visualization of your mind map.


The great thing about Mindomo is that it runs actively on all platforms such as Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux and of course Android. This is a great app to keep note of all your ideas since it can work both on desktop and mobile.

2. Studiopass

Studiopass is a collaboration app to synergize your meeting content in one streamlined interface so that you can get all your files shared easily within the group in a meeting. You can present your Microsoft Office documents, PDFs and even videos to the participants and even let them collaborate on the documents at the same time.


It also includes Dropbox support so you can import all your files easily and decide who can access your files by giving them roles ranging from administrator, folder manager, files manager or user viewer. They have support for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android platform but at the moment run only fairly well on tablets.

3. Cisco WebEx Meetings

This is one of the most popular services for setting up online meetings. Cisco WebEx Meetings lets you schedule a meeting from your Android device while on the go. Its integrated VOIP and web conferencing via WiFi or 3G plus features like sharing content with annotations make it the perfect tool for team presentations.

Cisco WebEx Meetings

If you are the chairperson of the meeting, you can choose to pass the ball to other participants to make them the temporary presenter to contribute their section or their data in an quick and easy manner. Interested in experiencing a full online meeting experience? Try out Cisco WebEx Meetings.

4. ISL Groop

If you need a great online meeting app with great presentation features, you can check out ISL Groop. It also gives you the option to collaborate from just about anywhere. ISL Groop allows slide-sharing, drawing or even live screens. Meetings can be done on every major platform including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android, making them as competitive as many other similar apps on the market.

ISL Groop

If you are not always around for a meeting, you may give ISL Groop a try so you don’t ever miss another one again.

5. Anywhere Pad

Host your meeting in a streamline manner with this paperless boardroom solution Anywhere Pad, where you can schedule a meeting to brainstorm for ideas or do a presentation on the go all using your Android device. You can consult with your participants miles away while also sharing notes in real time. Anywhere Pad can help you to reduce the time you spend on scheduling meetings as well as archiving the meeting contents because you can send agenda, documents and updates easily.

Anywhere Pad

It also lets you download meeting-related documents for offline viewing. If you want to save paper and costs spent on document printouts then Anywhere Pad is the right solution for you.


15 Valentine’s Day Gifts You Can Get Under $25

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 02:01 AM PST

Stuck thinking of the best gift to give for Valentine’s Day? The usual choices include flower bouquets, chocolate or jewellery, sometimes an expensive dinner at a high-end restaurant or a "labor-of-love" homecooked dinner. Any and all of them can easily set you back a couple of hundred of dollars.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Everyone tries their best to make Valentine's day fantastic and memorable, but there is more than one way to achieve that goal. In this list, you will find 15 Valentine’s Day Gifts you can get under the $25 mark.

From items to make heart-shaped food, to romantic gestures in the form of mugs, pillow cases, sunglasses, ice cubes etc, you can find some pretty nifty gift ideas here that won’t break your budget. We’ve also added 5 more gift ideas that are over the $25-limit but are still great ideas for a lovely Valentine’s Day gift. Let us know if you love them, in the comments section.

Heart Shapers. Make Valentine's day morning special by cooking festive heart-shaped breakfast pancakes for your sweetheart. [$6]

Mustache Case Cover for iPhone. Two cool iPhone cases for the hipster couple, complete with mustaches. Grab a white one or a black one. [$2.89]

“Dreams Come True” Couples Pendant Necklaces. For him and her, these pendants will serve as reminders that dreams can come true. The couple found each other, didn’t they? [$14.99]

Zooquariums: Heart Shaped Fish Tank. Love is in the air! Let your fish feel the same with this awesome heart-shaped tank. Perfect as a bedside decor as well. [$25]

Red Heart-Shaped Silicone Ice Cube Tray. This Valentine’s Day, turn everything lovey-dovey, including your ice cubes! [$1.90]

Tiny Message In A Bottle. Looking for an unusual way to be honest about your feelings? This tiny bottle is a romantic method to leave a sweet message for your loved one. [$14]

DIY Photography Bokeh Masters Kit. This DSLR bokeh kit will turn your night photo shoots into a fun game! [$24.95]

Heart Shape USB Flash Drive. This is the perfect gift for a geek, is it not? An 8GB USB flash drive in the shape of a crystal heart that doubles as a necklace. [$7.75]

Love Letter Soap Dish. This "Be mine" soap dish looks like a nice love letter. It will remind your special one about you every time he or she goes to the bathroom. [$16]

Red Heart Sunglasses. Following the red heart theme, these heart-shaped sunglasses is a great spring time gift for a lovely, sassy girl. [$15]

Gold Heart Mug. This elegant white mug with a lovely golden heart on it could be a nice gesture for both him or her. [$9]

Hearts – Aqua, Bright Pink, Purple Wall Decals. Decorate your walls with these awesome wall stickers to put you in the Valentine’s day mood or create a special atmosphere for a quiet date. [$19.99]

Tunes for Two. Want to dance to music only the two of you can hear? Get this heart-shaped tunes for two plugin and dance away to your song. [$10.36]

Valentines Day Cover For iPhone 5. This gift will make your heart melt away. Fantastic red case covers couples with iPhones. [$11.99]

Velvet Heart Optical Mouse. Every computer lover will appreciate this cool red mouse. It's covered with tender red velvet for a pleasant user experience. [$21.53]

Got A Larger Budget? Try These

Heart Waffle Maker. How about heart-shaped waffles for breakfast? Make your own with this great waffle maker. [$34.37]

Prestige Medical Clear Sound Heart Stethoscope. Here’s a cute twist to a usually boring stethoscope design, perfect for the "love doctors" who mend broken hearts. [$26.04]

‘Reasons I love you’ stones. In this red bag are stones with reasons to love someone etched on them. If words are difficult for you, let the pebbles do the talking for you. [$29.95]

"Catch My Love" His and Hers Coffee Mugs. If you place these two cups together they'll create a lovely image that tells a story. Make sure to keep these two mugs together. [$29.95]

Pillow Talk Pillowcases. With these pillows your beloved one will know for sure where his/her side of the bed is. No more fighting for space on the bed, especially on Valentine's day. [$82]


A look Into: The Kit Language

Posted: 11 Feb 2014 09:01 PM PST

Let’s say you were building prototypes for a website with HTML files. You have about 10 HTML pages or so, and these pages share some common components such as Header, Sidebar, and Footer.

Now here comes the problem: if you make a change in these shared components, you may end up having to change them in the other files as well. It is counterproductive and a big waste of time.

To avoid this, you can try out templating engines. There are a number of templating engines out there, each with its distinctive features. In this post, we are going to walk you through one that we have found to be the simplest yet still powerful: Kit.

What is Kit?

Kit is a proprietary language of Codekit that brings variable and file import ability to HTML. It is written with a .kit file extension. Using Codekit, it can then be compiled into an HTML file upon a file save.


Kit variables are not set in stone; they can be defined with the $ or @ notation. So, if you use Kit along with LESS, you can name your variables with the @ notation to follow the LESS convention. Similarly, you can use the $ for Sass. The values can be assigned with colon, equal sign, or space. Below are some examples:

 <!-- $var: variable value --> <!-- @var: variable value --> <!-- $var = variable value --> <!-- @var = variable value --> <!-- $var variable value --> 

However, it is worth noting that you may only set one variable per comment, so the following example won’t work as a variable.

 <!-- $var1: variable value, @var2: variable value --> 


With the Kit language, you can import any type of file including .html, .txt, .kit, and even .php. To import files, you can use @import or @include.

 <!-- @import "file.kit" --> <!-- @include "file.html" --> 

Furthermore, unlike defining variables, you can import multiple files in one line, like so:

 <!-- @import file1.kit, file2.html, inc/file3.txt --> 

Upon saving, Codekit will grab the content in these files and append them to the file.

Using Kit

So we have seen what Kit has to offer. They may not be much, but they are certainly powerful enough to make life easier when handling a bunch of HTML files.

In a practical scenario, we can break our document down into several files, for example: header.kit, sidebar.kit, footer.kit, head.kit, opening.kit, and closing.kit. We will import these files into our pages so that when we make a change, it will apply on all the pages.

Document Opening and Closing

I’m sure the file names are pretty self-explanatory as to what the files are carrying, except (perhaps) the opening.kit, and the closing.kit.

In our example below, the opening.kit file contains the Doctype, the HTML opening tag, and the opening body tag. In this file, we also import the head.kit which contains anything that is wrapped within the <head> element, and can also define several global variables that can be inherited through all the files, like so:

 <!DOCTYPE html> <html lang="en-US"> <!-- @path_js : js/ --> <!-- @path_css : css/ --> <!-- @path_img : img/ --> <head> <title><!-- @page_name --> &mdash; Hongkiat.com</title> <link href="<!-- @path_css -->style.css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen"> <script src="<!-- @path_js -->jquery.js"></script> </head> <body class="<!-- @body_class -->"> 

Note that I also added two variables: @body_class in the body tag and @page_name in the title tag. These variables will allow us to set different classes and page names across the pages. If we have two pages named index.kit and about.kit, in each of these files we can set the values of those two variables like so:


 <!-- @page_name: Homepage --> <!-- @body_class: home blog --> <!-- @include inc/opening.kit --> 


 <!-- @page_name: About --> <!-- @body_class: about page page-template --> <!-- @include inc/opening.kit --> 

When we have saved the files, Codekit will replace the variables that we have put in the body tag and the title with those values. One thing to note though, is that the variables have to come before the inclusion of opening.kit, otherwise they will not be picked up.


As previously mentioned, Kit could be the simplest templating language available. It only uses the HTML comment tag, and gives great flexibility in defining variables and importing files.

Being able to use variables and import files in HTML means that we can increase our producivity, as we no longer have to change our codes multiple times in multiple files, which is very time-consuming. In addition, it also allows us to make our project modular, and thus more manageable.



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