20+ Best Social Media Kit Templates & Graphics

Are working on crafting a content plan to promote your brand and business on social media? Then these social media kits and templates will help you design amazing graphics for your social media campaigns like a pro. Preparing content for your social media promotions is a time-consuming process that most social media managers and marketers have to deal with. But don’t worry. You can use these social media kits and graphics templates designed by professionals to quickly edit and use with your own social media campaigns. The best part is you can easily edit and customize them all by yourself. You can download all these kits, templates, and 500,000 more graphics for a single price when you subscribe to Envato Elements. Social Media Templates Kit Volume II This bundle of social media templates and graphics comes with more than 20 different templates in 5 different categories. You can use these Read the full article…

Monthly Web Development Update 1/2019: Rethinking Habits And Finding Custom Solutions

Monthly Web Development Update 1/2019: Rethinking Habits And Finding Custom Solutions Monthly Web Development Update 1/2019: Rethinking Habits And Finding Custom Solutions Anselm Hannemann 2019-01-18T12:40:24+01:002019-01-18T21:18:05+00:00 What could be better than starting the new year with some new experiments? Today I figured it was time to rethink JavaScript tooling in one of my projects. And since we wrote everything in plain ECMAScript modules already, I thought it would be easy to serve them natively now and remove all the build and transpilation steps. Until I realized that — although we wrote most code ourselves — we have a couple of third-party dependencies in there and, of course, not all of them are ECMAScript modules. So for now, I have to give up my plans to remove all the build steps and continue to bundle and transpile things, but I’ll try to figure out a better solution to modernize and simplify our Read the full article…

Free to play games rule the entertainment world with $88 billion in revenue

They may be free, but they sure pay. Games with no upfront cost but a plethora of other ways to make money generated a mind-blowing $88 billion in 2018 according to SuperData’s year-end report — leaving traditional games (and indeed movies and TV) in the dust. While it may not come as a surprise that F2P (as free to play is often abbreviated) is big business at the end of 2018, the Year of Fortnite, the sheer size of it can hardly fail to impress. The total gaming market, as this report measures it, amounts to a staggering $110 billion, of which more than half (about $61 billion) came from mobile, which is of course the natural home of the F2P platform. Credit: SuperData The $88 billion in F2P revenue across all platforms is large enough to produce a dynamite top 10 and an enormously long tail. Fortnite, with its Read the full article…

Netflix thinks ‘Fortnite’ is a bigger threat than HBO

Netflix thinks “Fortnite” is a bigger threat to its business than HBO. The company in its latest quarterly earnings report released on Thursday said that while its streaming service now accounts for around 10 percent of TV screen time in the U.S., it no longer views its competition only as those services also providing TV content and streaming video. “We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO,” the company’s shareholder letter stated. “When YouTube went down globally for a few minutes in October, our viewing and signups spiked for that time…There are thousands of competitors in this highly fragmented market vying to entertain consumers and low barriers to entry for those with great experiences.” In other words, Netflix today sees its competition as anyone in the business of entertaining their customers, and eating up their hours of free time in the process. That includes breakout gaming hits like Read the full article…

Niantic finalizes its Series C at $245M with a valuation of nearly $4B

We’ve known since around December that Niantic (the company behind Pokémon GO and the soon to be released Harry Potter Wizards Unite) was in the middle of raising a ton of money for its Series C round. At the time, it looked like it’d come in around $200 million. The company has just officially announced the round, disclosing the final amount: $245 million. Niantic says that the round was led by IVP, and backed by aXiomatic Gaming, Battery Ventures, Causeway Media Partners, CRV and Samsung Ventures. They also confirmed that the company’s current valuation is “nearly” $4 billion, as rumored when word of the round was first floating around. This raise comes just as Niantic is plotting its next steps, post overwhelming Pokémon success. It’s just about to launch another game based on massively nostalgic IP with Wizards Unite, all while working on slowly opening up its armory of AR Read the full article…

Penny Arcade partners with Wizards of the Coast to publish official ‘Acquisitions Incorporated Dungeon Manual’

Penny Arcade partners with Wizards of the Coast to publish official “Acquisitions Incorporated Dungeon Manual” Penny Arcade, the Seattle-based webcomic that spawned the popular PAX video game conventions, is partnering with Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast to release an official Acquisitions Incorporated Dungeon Manual, the first official third-party D&D book. According to the announcement, with this new manual, “fans will be able to franchise their own branch of the famous finders collective.” Currently in its eleventh year, Acquisitions Incorporated began as a podcast hosted by Wizards of the Coast producer Chris Perkins and starring Penny Arcade co-creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik as Omin Dran and Jim Darkmagic, respectively, in addition to a rotating cast of other friends of Penny Arcade. Right now at the #AcqInc live show with DM @ChrisPerkinsDnD and @TychoBrahe @PatrickRothfuss @HollyConrad @cwgabriel at @Official_PAX #dnd pic.twitter.com/D6DubLovXL — Dungeons & Dragons (@Wizards_DnD) September 3, Read the full article…

This Nintendo Switch Gamecube dock mod even has working controller ports

Although it debuted on the Nintendo 64, Super Smash Bros. has always been inseparable from the GameCube’s iconic controllers. In fact, every Smash game produced since has allowed you to play with them. Now, Reddit user u/Littlewolf128 has taken this pairing a step further, with a Nintendo Switch dock modified to look like an entire Gamecube console, that’s complete with working Gamecube controller ports. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen such a mod (in fact Littlewolf128 said they used a pre-existing design created by Rated-e Mods) but it’s the first time we’ve seen the project attempted since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate came out for the Switch in December. It’s also the first to use the console’s Japan-exclusive Spice Orange… Read the full article…

Mocha Pro 2019 review

For version 6 of Boris FX’s planar tracker, roto-masking and visual effects tool, there’s a new naming convention (named by the year) signalling future major releases will be annual. The first thing you’ll notice about Mocha Pro 2019 is the redesigned interface and addition of four workspaces. Designed for newcomers, the default Essentials workspace presents a simplified layout that’s streamlined to focus on the bread-and-butter tasks of tracking and roto.  Buy Mocha Pro 2019 from Boris FX Existing users will be at home with the Classic workspace. There’s also Roto and Big Picture workspaces, so you can pick the one that suits your 3D art workflow. Sadly there’s no option to create your own custom workspaces. The interface has been tweaked, becoming darker and a lot sharper as Mocha Pro has got better at taking advantage of high-DPI resolution screens, including Retina displays.  New spline tools have been added that Read the full article…

20 typography terms you might not know

If you’ve ever tried to explain the intricacies of a design to a colleague or client, chances are you’ll have found that sometimes words can fall short of the mark when it comes to specifying what you’re talking about. That’s where some wonderfully bizarre terminology comes in, and the field of typography boasts plenty. The varied and obscure vocabulary surrounding typography might seem pernickety on the surface. But when you know the anatomy of your letter shapes, you’ll not only have more authority when working with others, you’ll also be able to diagnose problems with your type more easily. That’s the thinking behind this infographic of 20 lesser-known typography anatomy terms put together by Toptal, a marketing place for visual interaction designers. Like all the best infographics, this one makes its data immediately understandable. Clear illustrations by Micah Bowers pinpoint a collection of letter parts that every designer should know, Read the full article…

Free Essentials for Designers: Textures, Patterns, Shapes and Backgrounds

You’re reading Free Essentials for Designers: Textures, Patterns, Shapes and Backgrounds, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! We are living in an era where everything is digital and artificial. However, there’s still room for old-time crafting tools. CSS-based illustrations, SVG icons and images, WebGL-powered pieces and dynamic effects of all types and kinds are the most popular … Read the full article…

The Punisher Villain Jigsaw Explained

Netflix’s The Punisher: Season 1 wrapped up with the badly disfigured Billy Russo — ex-friend of Frank Castle — clinging to life in a hospital bed and silently vowing revenge against Castle, locking him in as the villain Jigsaw in Season 2. And now with Season 2 of the Netflix show debuting, here’s everything you need to know about Jigsaw and why he’s managed to stay the one recurring thorn in the Punisher’s side all these years. Jigsaw Explained: The Basics Given that the Punisher’s entire modus operandi is killing criminals in brutal and spectacular fashion, it makes sense that his rogues gallery is pretty small compared to the likes of Spider-Man or Iron Man. Yet somehow, Billy Russo has managed to survive one encounter after another with Frank Castle, repeatedly cheating death and returning to exact vengeance on his most hated enemy once again.