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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: October 2013

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. 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.

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: October 2013

This creativity mission has been going on for over five years now, and we're very thankful to all the designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for August 2013. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your desktop wallpaper, folks!

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BlendMe.in: Accessing Vector Icons Without Leaving Photoshop

Update (10.10.2013): Please note that the ZIP file has been updated after this article has been published. In case Photoshop should crash on your end, please rename your Photoshop settings folder to fix this. You can find the configuration folder here: /Users/[Username]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC Settings. Please note that this will reset all Photoshop settings to default. If you should still happen to run into any issues, please kindly send an email to contact@blendme.in. Thank you for your understanding and support. – Ed.

Here at Smashing Magazine, we're very fond of the creativity and mutual support of the Web design community. Today, we're proud to feature a free Photoshop extension, BlendMe.in, that will help everyone access those font icons they need without even leaving Photoshop. Enjoy!

BlendMe.in: Accessing Vector Icons Without Leaving Photoshop

There is no doubt that the Web is full of websites that are packed with free icon packs, and that doesn't necessarily make it easier for designers to find their way around when they're looking for a particular icon for a particular project. When you're in your creative zone and have an idea about something that would perfectly fit in your design, you don't have time to waste and struggle with finding the right asset.

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Freebie: E-Commerce Icon Set (33 Icons, PNG, PS, AI)

Today we are happy to feature a set of 33 flat e-commerce icons, created exclusively for Smashing Magazine by Responsive. The icons are ideally suited to e-commerce projects and include many popular payment providers, including Bitcoin.

Freebie: E-Commerce Icon Set (33 Icons, PNG, PS, AI)

The icons come in different-sized PNGs (32 × 32, 64 × 64, 128 × 128 and 256 × 256 pixels), and the set includes Photoshop and Illustrator files containing all of the icons.

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Smashing Conference Live — Day 2

Today is the second and last day of the Smashing Conference. As promised, we've collected insights, photos and highlights just for you — live from the conference venue. You can also track the tweets from the conference by following the hashtag #smashingconf and the permalink for live updates.

Smashing Conference Live — Day 1

Please note that no live stream is available, but all videos will be made available for free after the event. You might want to check out the schedule of the conference as well and the report from day 1.

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Smashing Conference Live — Day 1

Over the next two days, we'll be bringing you all of the insights, photos, and highlights from the Smashing Conference — live from the conference venue. Our team will be posting updates from the early morning to the late evening on both days to bring you as close to the conference as possible.

Smashing Conference Live — Day 1

You can also track the tweets from the conference by following the hashtag #smashingconf and permalink for live updates. Please note that no live stream is available, but all videos will be made available for free after the event. You might want to check the schedule of the conference as well.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: September 2013

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.

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: September 2013

This creativity mission has been going on for over five years now, and we are very thankful to all the designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for August 2013. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Read more...

Type & Grids: Free Responsive HTML5 Template

Today, we are pleased to introduce Type & Grids, a free responsive HTML5 template by Jeremiah Shoaf. It looks great on all devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets and phones. All of the content resides in a single HTML file, so setting it up is super-simple.

Type & Grids: Free Responsive HTML5 Template

Its extensive customization options set Type & Grids apart from other templates out there. The template has 21 type themes and 29 color themes built in, giving you over 500 unique design combinations.

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