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Parse Photoshop PSD files using Ruby

LayerVault has just open-sourced a library they have created to read Photoshop PSD files in Ruby. It allows you to parse the whole Photoshop document, inspect individual layers, even output a flattened image. Check out their post

Search Boxes – What makes a search, a search?

Hey troops, ever wondered what goes in to designing a search? And I don’t mean the UI of search, I mean how the search should function. Chances are when you’re making an app or website, there is

Front End Web Developer Glossary (2013)

  Hey troops, just starting out as a web designer / developer? Have we got the thing for you! What is it you may ask? Well, we here at Design Pieces decided to scour the 2013 interwebs,

5 Great Design Process Case Studies

Developing your own ‘design process’ is one of the key steps of becoming a master designer. Below are five great examples of design case studies that illustrate other designers’ design processes, and offer key insight into the

7 Great Resources for iOS UI Design Inspiration

Designing a new iPhone app can be a daunting task. So we have gathered together a collection of seven of the best iOS UI design blogs out there. Most of them break down apps into different UI

How to Remove Your Own Visits From Google Analytics

When using Google Analytics to track your websites traffic, one of the first steps is to exclude your own traffic, or traffic from your organisation. So lets have a look at how you can do that using

How to Make Twitter Bootstrap Not Look Like Twitter Bootstrap

Bootstrap is probably the most popular responsive front end framework on the web today. But if we are being honest, you can easily spot a Boostrap styled website – or can you? I’ll take you through five

Influential Designs: Path’s Reveal Sidebar Menu

Path 2 had one of the most inventive iPhone UIs (or even Mobile UIs) when it was released in November 2011. Now that a few years have past, we can look back at how this UI influenced

The Best Value Designer Icon Sets

Once a small market with limited candidates, there are now many different paid icons sets available to designers and developers. The icons cater to web, app and mobile (iOS, Android) design. But how do you choose which

CSS3 in All Browsers – Rounded Corners, Drop Shadows, Glows and Gradients

CSS3 supports a bunch of nice new CSS features, including rounded corners, drop shadows, glows, and gradients. However, different CSS vendors will use different prefixes to standard CSS3 features while still in an ‘experimental’ stage. This means