50+ Best Free & Premium Tumblr Themes 2018

Tumblr has been the go-to place for bloggers, inspiration finders, and creatives for years as a way of posting to the web. With that popularity came a whole culmination of themes. Themes varying from grid-based, portfolio style, and even ones specifically made for writers. Today we’ve rounded up a collection of over 50 of the best Tumblr themes, designs, and templates for you to browse through. Some of these are free, and some are commercial. Pick one of your favorite Tumblr backgrounds, make your own design tweaks and enjoy. We hope you find something that fits what you’re looking for! Calm – Minimalist Tumblr Theme Calm is a beautifully minimalist Tumblr theme you can use to build a blog or a portfolio website. The theme features unique designs for each and every post type that highlights its content. It also includes a fullscreen overlay menu, comes with fully customizable colors, Read the full article…

4 Unique Placeholder Image Services for Designers

A placeholder image service is a quick and easy way to find images to insert into web projects so that a wireframe or prototype looks more real. It can help other people envision the project and help keep it moving forward. Most designers try to do everything they can to help a client or non-visual team member see a project during the design, mockup and prototyping process. Often that means putting something together before the content itself is complete. Here, we’re going to look at four different (and unique) placeholder image services for designers to help you move projects along as efficiently as possible. (Plus, we have a list of reasons why a tool like this might be helpful.) Reasons to Use a Placeholder Image Almost everyone knows about using lorem ipsum as a placeholder for text. But it can be just as important to have a similar option for Read the full article…

The Holy Grail Of Reusable Components: Custom Elements, Shadow DOM, And NPM

The Holy Grail Of Reusable Components: Custom Elements, Shadow DOM, And NPM The Holy Grail Of Reusable Components: Custom Elements, Shadow DOM, And NPM Oliver Williams 2018-07-16T13:30:58+02:002018-07-16T17:29:08+00:00 For even the simplest of components, the cost in human-labour may have been significant. UX teams do usability testing. An array of stakeholders have to sign off on the design. Developers conduct AB tests, accessibility audits, unit tests and cross-browser checks. Once you’ve solved a problem, you don’t want to repeat that effort. By building a reusable component library (rather than building everything from scratch), we can continuously utilize past efforts and avoid revisiting already solved design and development challenges. Large preview Building an arsenal of components is particularly useful for companies such as Google that own a considerable portfolio of websites all sharing a common brand. By codifying their UI into composable widgets, larger companies can both speed up development time and Read the full article…

Klang gets $8.95M for an MMO sim sitting atop Improbable’s dev platform

Berlin-based games studio Klang, which is building a massive multiplayer online simulation called Seed utilizing Improbable’s virtual world builder platform, has just bagged $8.95M in Series A funding to support development of the forthcoming title. The funding is led by veteran European VC firm Northzone. It follows a seed raise for Seed, finalized in March 2018, and led by Makers Fund, with participation by firstminute capital, Neoteny, Mosaic Ventures, and Novator — bringing the total funding raised for the project to $13.95M. The studio was founded in 2013, and originally based in Reykjavík, Iceland, before relocating to Berlin. Klang’s original backers include Greylock Partners, Joi Ito, and David Helgason, as well as original investors London Venture Partners. The latest tranche of funding will be used to expand its dev team and for continued production on Seed which is in pre-alpha at this stage — with no release date announced yet. Nor is there a confirmed Read the full article…

Amazon’s Nintendo Switch Prime Day deal bundles a 64GB microSD and $20 eShop gift card for $299.99

Amazon’s Prime Day is upon us, and the company posted its Nintendo Switch deal. For $299.99, you will receive the console, a SanDisk 64GB microSD card, and a $20 Nintendo eShop gift card. That’s a good deal. The microSD typically costs $20, so you’re receiving a $40 bonus for buying the Switch on Prime Day. It sold out less than an hour after going live. Now you’ll just need to buy some games, and we have our recommendations here. (Zelda and Mario, of course!) As always, you can keep checking The Verge for more deals. We’ll be updating the website as they pop up. Update July 16th, 6:14 PM ET: After the initial stock sold out, it appears that Amazon now has more Switch bundles, though, it will likely sell out soon. Read the full article…

The GameCube controller’s A button subtly taught us how to play

In today’s digital age, it can sometimes feel like hardware has taken a back seat to the software that drives devices. Button of the Month is a new column that will look at some of these buttons and switches on devices both old and new to appreciate how we interact with our devices on a physical, tactile level. There has never been a controller quite like the one for Nintendo’s GameCube. An asymmetrical, colorful mash of shapes and buttons, the GameCube controller threw caution (and years of conventional logic on how to build a video game controller) to the wind, resulting in a bizarre-looking creation that somehow all came together to work. But the key to it working, at least for me, is the giant, oversized A button that dominated the… Read the full article…

The best Amazon Prime Day graphics cards deals

If you want to give an older desktop PC a new lease of life, treating it to a graphics card upgrade can be an excellent way to squeeze out some more performance without having to trash it and buy a whole new computer. And if your PC’s showing its age, Amazon Prime Day’s the ideal opportunity to treat yourself to a bargain uprade.  We’ve hunted down the three best GPU deals on the block. Whether you need a cheap performance boost or want to turn your PC into a 4K, VR-ready graphical monster, we’ve got you covered. If you’re not a Prime member, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial to take advantage of these graphics card offers. Amazon Prime Day homepage: see all deals Find more Amazon Prime Day deals on Creative Bloq The best Amazon US graphics cards deals The best Amazon UK graphics cards deals Read the full article…

How to create a comic page

My favourite part of working on a comic book is thinking through the script in my mind and considering possible alternate versions. In this tutorial, I’ll explain how I use Clip Studio Paint to develop a page for a book or web comic, from start to finish.  I’ll use an example from an old project: a Torchwood book that follows Captains Jack and John adventuring on a techno-jungle planet. It’s a strong action page that shows a variety of shots, strong character design and some good texture rendering. In this walkthrough I’ll take you through how I go from initial thumbnails, reference and my technique when working on a page (and all the mistakes I make).  I work on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 to create the prelims, and then for the actual page I’ll use a 27-inch Cintiq hooked up to a 21-inch iMac with 4GB RAM. Every page is Read the full article…

How Cyberpunk 2077 Benefits From Its Tabletop Origins

“Steal from the best, but admit you did it.” As a veteran designer for both tabletop and digital games, this is the advice that Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith offered new game designers during a recent interview with IGN. He expounded, saying that “You’re not going to invent it all yourself – you’re going to learn from other people.” While this is certainly excellent advice for newcomers to the world of game development (or just running their own tabletop RPG session), the idea also bolsters my faith in CD Projekt Red’s upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, and reminds me of how important it is that Cyberpunk 2020 (along with several other versions of the tabletop RPG) came before it. Read the full article…

Microsoft Is Reportedly Unwilling to Delay Crackdown 3 Any Further

Crackdown 3 is infamous for its repeated delays, but its most recent one may be the last. A new report from Eurogamer claims anonymous sources have reported this is “the final time” Microsoft is willing to delay it. Announced during E3 2014, Crackdown 3’s first release window was 2016, but it was pushed back to November 2017 for a planned launch alongside the Xbox One X. But following lukewarm receptions at E3 and Gamescom 2017, Crackdown 3 was again delayed to 2018. But that wasn’t to be either. Last month, Microsoft officially pushed the game back to February 22, 2019. Read the full article…