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Extended Entypo Glyph Set (EPS, PDF, PSD, Typeface, Web Font)

After endless suplications from the design community Daniel Bruce finally finished his update of the Entypo Glyph Set — a free set of universal 284 carefully crafted pictograms for regular design projects. The icons are available as EPS, PDF and Photoshop PSD files as well as desktop typefaces (TrueType, OpenType) and Web fonts.

Entypo Glyph Set

This set contains a large collection of glyphs for all occasions and uses — common pictograms that shouldn't be missing in anybody's arsenal. Each glyph was drawn and optimized to make sure that it fits the overall style of the suite. You can use this glyph set freely for commercial and personal projects.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: November 2012

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 over four years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

November Desktop Wallpaper

We continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for November 2012. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

  • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper,
  • You can feature your work in our magazine by taking part in our Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?
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Upcoming Web Design Events In Late 2012 – Early 2013

With the intense workload throughout the year, we tend to miss out on the opportunites for networking with like-minded designers and developers. This makes it difficult for us to catch up and stay up to date with what's going on in our industry. For this reason, we’ve put together a list of upcoming Web design and development conferences that will present to you only the best techniques, tools and modern design approaches that are in strong demand worldwide.

Upcoming Conferences

This post covers events taking place in about a five-month timeframe up to late February 2013. These conferences take us pretty much through the end of the year, so keep a lookout for our next issue as 2013 gets underway.

There is no way for us to include every possible event, so you are more than welcome to help us out and provide a comment to an upcoming event that you feel would be of interest to Smashing Magazine’s readers. The list is quite lengthy, so let's dive in.

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The Brand New Printed Smashing Book: “The Mobile Book”

The future is mobile. As more and more people are turning to mobile devices, designers and developers are facing new challenges and opportunities. Web design has to adapt, but before it can do so, we have to do our homework first. We have to understand the new medium, discover the right techniques and tools, and be well-prepared before we start designing for it. The Mobile Book, our brand new printed book, serves exactly this purpose.

This beautiful hardcover book will be released early-mid December 2012, and will be provided as an eBook (ePUB, PDF, Kindle) as well. Starting from today, you can pre-order and save 20%!

Get the Mobile Book today!

Our brand new printed Mobile Book features the most important things that you need to know as a designer, developer or mobile strategist to make your websites optimized for mobile. You'll dive deep into the peculiarities of the mobile industry, explore responsive design strategy, design patterns and optimization techniques, learn about wireframing and prototyping for mobile as well as the guidelines for designing with gestures and touch. The extra to the book will also provide insights into the popular platforms such as iOS and Windows Phone, as well as introduces developing and debugging techniques for advanced HTML5 Web applications.

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Movie Icon Set (PSD Source, PNG, JPG)

Today, we present yet another freebie — a free set of icons related to movies and television, designed by Samuray and released for Smashing Magazine and the design community. The icons are available in six different sizes as transparent PNG files, JPG files as well as Photoshop PSD source files.

Freebie: Movie Icon Set

You can use this icon set freely for commercial and personal projects. Please link to this release post if you want to spread the word. The icons are released under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: October 2012 (Halloween Edition)

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 over four years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

Smashing Magazine's Desktop Wallpaper - October 2012

This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for October 2012. Many of the wallpapers this month are related to Halloween which seems to have become a tradition on Smashing Magazine over the years. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

  • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper,
  • You can feature your work in our magazine by taking part in our Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?
Read more...

Useful JavaScript Libraries and jQuery Plugins

If you have a problem and need a solution for it, chances are high that a JavaScript library or jQuery plugin exists that was created to solve this very problem. Such libraries are always great to have in your bookmarks or in your local folders, especially if you aren't a big fan of cross-browser debugging.

JavaScript Library
Image credit: Yeoman

A JavaScript library isn't always the best solution: it should never be a single point of failure for any website, and neither should a website rely on JavaScript making the content potentially inaccessible. Progressive enhancement is our friend; sometimes JavaScript won't load, or won't be supported — e.g. users of mobile devices might run into latency issues or performance issues with some JavaScript-libraries. Often large all-around JavaScript libraries such as jQuery might be an overkill, while tiny JavaScript micro-libraries could serve as good, "light" alternatives for a particular problem. We'll present some of them today.

In this two-part overview (part 1 and part 2), we feature some of the most useful JavaScript and jQuery libraries which could be just the right solutions for your common problems. You might know some of these libraries, but you probably don't know all of them. In either case, we hope that this overview will help you find or rediscover some tools that you could use in your next projects.

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