35+ Best Google Slides Themes & Templates 2019

Google Slides is one of the best free tools available for creating a quick slideshow presentation. And we’ve collected some of the best Google Slides themes and templates to help you create a visually stunning slide deck. In this post, we’re featuring some of the best Google Slides templates you can use to create a professional presentation without designing everything from scratch. This collection includes various types of Google Slides themes, including templates for marketing purposes, startup pitch decks, product presentations, and much more. The collection includes both free and premium Google Slides templates. Feel free to browse and pick one that matches your project and presentation! Insine – Google Slides Template Insine is a creative and colorful Google Slides theme you can use to create a professional slideshow for business and marketing presentations. The template comes with 50 unique slides featuring vector graphics, icons, and editable colors. Price: Envato Read the full article…

25+ Christmas Desktop Backgrounds & Wallpapers

Decorating for the holidays can include more than putting up a tree and adding tinsel. Decorating can extend to the digital space as well with great Christmas desktop backgrounds and wallpapers. Here’s we’ve collected dozens of great Christmas desktop backgrounds, so you can change your screen every day during the holiday season if you like. While many of these desktop backgrounds and wallpapers are free, others can be found using stock image services or graphic design asset tools or marketplaces. Happy holidays! Pine & Berries A beautiful desktop depiction of pine, berries, and mistletoe that still leaves plenty of room for icons on your computer! Red Christmas A bold, red Christmas wallpaper that really puts you in the festive mood. Minimal Christmas Decorations A beautiful collage of Christmas decorations with a plain background. Stylish and minimal! Christmas Tree Close-Up Wallpaper Forget the traditional Christmas tree form, this is a close-up Read the full article…

Web Design And Development Advent Roundup For 2018

Web Design And Development Advent Roundup For 2018 Web Design And Development Advent Roundup For 2018 Rachel Andrew 2018-12-03T16:30:30+02:002018-12-04T08:11:09+00:00 In the run-up to Christmas, there is a tradition across the web design and development community to produce advent calendars, typically with a new article or resource for each day of December. In this article, I have rounded up all those that I have found to be running this year, along with RSS feeds where they can be located, and Twitter accounts to make it easier to follow along. Q: What’s 14 years old and not at all in a last minute panic? — 24 ways (@24ways) November 27, 2018 It is a lot of work to publish an article every day — as we well know here at Smashing — and we have a whole team here to help. However, the majority of the calendars published here are true community Read the full article…

Valve changes revenue-sharing tiers on Steam

Valve announced new Steam rules over the weekend. It might sound like a small change, but it’s the first time the company is changing revenue-sharing tiers. Before the change, Valve would keep 30 percent of all revenue on Steam, including full games, DLCs, etc. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo also take similar cuts on their own consoles. But the PC is a different market. You can install any app you want and you’re not limited to Steam for your digital games. While Steam is still the dominant platform, there are now many alternatives, such as GOG, Discord’s store and more. Game publishers also have their own stores, such as EA’s Origin, Activision Blizzard’s Battle.net and Ubisoft’s Uplay. In other words, Valve is now facing competition from other companies and game publishers themselves. Some big titles aren’t available on Steam (Fortnite, Overwatch, League of Legends…) and game publishers increasingly feel like they Read the full article…

Analogue’s limited edition SNES has custom sounds from your favorite Ghostly artists

Analogue’s Super Nt is a gorgeous, powerful aftermarket Super Nintendo. Ghostly International is one of the world’s premier electronic music labels. Now, the two have joined forces for a limited edition console, complete with custom Ghostly powered startup sounds. Today, Analogue is revealing the Ghostly LE version of the Super Nt. Like the standard model, it’s a console designed to play your old SNES cartridges on a modern TV, with a whole host of extra features. (You can find out more about it in our review.) The Ghostly edition is different in a few ways. It sports a bright, clean shade of white, for one thing, along with the label’s logo right on the front. More interesting, though, is that it also has seven distinct… Read the full article…

Learn how to model a 3D portrait in ZBrush and Maya

Bringing 3D art to life using ZBrush and Maya is a process involving a dozen different disciplines, from sculpting all the way to rendering. Being able to achieve the best result on every single detail certainly takes a lot of time. But, from my experience, it has always been an appreciated quality and ultimately helps you become a better artist. With this 3D portrait of Peter Dinklage playing Tyrion Lannister (from Game of Thrones), I tried to capture not only the look of the actor, but his personality, expressions, emotions and, of course, all those details that usually end up being sacrificed just because it takes too much time to create them. This includes elements such as the rings and the jacket pattern. In this tutorial I’ll provide an overview of the creation of the image and the software I used. I’ll show you how to solve some common issues Read the full article…

18 wonderful window display designs

You may be surprised how much a walk around your local high street or shopping mall could inspire you for your next project or design portfolio entry. With a good design eye, clothes, shoes, CDs, games, paper and even food can be combined to create a stunning window display. Originally set up to entice shoppers through the door, the art of window display has come a long way in the past few years. We’ve searched the world’s shopping streets to bring you the very best examples of window display design from the very best creative directors, graphic designers and artists across the world. Enjoy! 01. Galeries Lafayette A collection of fun characters adorn the windows in Paris’ Galerias Lafayette The window displays in Paris’ Galeries Lafayette for 2018 were inspired by the designs of children between 5-11, who entered a competition. The best drawings were then transformed into the cuddly Read the full article…

The Best iOS SDK Tools For 2019

There are lots of iOS apps worth adding to your home screen in 2019 and beyond. You have got Mobike for smart, convenient bike sharing, Blinkist for easy reads and insights and Oh She Glows for approachable plant-based recipes. Each of these iOS apps is completely different in idea and offering, but all aim to […] The post The Best iOS SDK Tools For 2019 appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

6 Tips to Keep in Mind for Iterative Usability Testing

By Paula Barraza The idea of bringing in fewer research participants for more frequent research sessions is becoming more prevalent in the field of UX Research. Usability studies that follow each cycle of iterative design are typically referred to as iterative usability testing. The purpose of iterative testing is to refine the design of a user interface over time. Generally, for iterative usability testing, UX researchers bring three or four research participants into a testing lab, each of whom takes part in a 30 to 60-minute research session. Based on participants’ feedback during testing, UX designers then make changes to the user-interface design. A researcher then tests the next iteration of the design—either with the remaining participants in the same study or during the next round of testing, perhaps a week or two later. Typically, UX researchers conduct iterative testing over the course of several weeks or even months, as Read the full article…

Fostering Learning Environments to Generate Sparkle

By Daniel Szuc and Josephine Wong Our environment refers to everything around us, including physical, chemical, and other natural forces. People constantly interact with their environment—including interactions between other people, animals, plants, soil, water, air, and other living and inanimate elements. They adapt themselves to the conditions of their environment. Their environment affects their growth and development as a person. What people do—or do not do—and the way we behave in our environment has huge impacts on others, affecting their behavior, body, mind, and heart. Different fields of knowledge use the word environment differently: psychology—Our psychological environment constitutes the impacts of other people, physical things, and places on our psyche. electromagnetism—In our electromagnetic environment (EME), radio waves and other electromagnetic radiation and magnetic fields interact. astronomy—The galactic environment of our solar system is the larger context in which we live among the stars. Read the full article…

Enterprise User Experience as a Competitive Advantage

By Chris Paddock Most enterprise software is not easy to use. Applications for domains such as content management, customer-relationship management, or business intelligence are rarely examples of UX best practices. The same is true of the Web applications that people access from their company’s intranet. Performing tasks such as logging time into a timesheet, choosing an insurance beneficiary, posting a job, and reviewing job applications can be daunting. These are the sorts of applications employers require their employees to use. However, people have been performing these common tasks for many decades—since well before the digital age. Why do such tasks so often translate poorly to the digital medium? How can enterprise-software vendors improve their products? Read the full article…

Free Mockups for Design Presentations

You’re reading Free Mockups for Design Presentations, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! In the world of 3D mockups, the presentation comes in all shapes and sizes. While we are accustomed to associating 3D objects with brand identities such as Modern Branding Identity Mockup Vol.2 or Coffee Branding Scene, they can be used … Read the full article…

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Review

Much like its half-human, half-animal protagonists, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a hybrid. It looks to push the grid-based tactics of games like XCOM 2 and Phantom Doctrine to their next logical step by incorporating stealth and pre-fight planning into the experience. Unlike its counterparts, however, Mutant Year Zero deftly cuts some of the strategy game abstraction by alternating between exploring areas in real-time and the familiar tactical combat that you probably already know and love. The result distills the essence of turn-based strategy games that have come before into something more intense. While it has an RPG-style progression, Mutant Year Zero is truly a series of tactical exercises. Having the right gear, the right plan and, honestly, the right luck all matter far more than your level or your opponents’. It’s tough, cerebral, and if you’re willing to learn how to play its way, pretty damn satisfying. Read the full article…