50+ Best Slab Serif Fonts of 2019

Slab serif fonts can be used for a variety of purposes, ranging from general body text to headlines, to display copy. It’s a typography variant that has been used widely for digital as well as print purposes, and devices such as Amazon Kindle even use a slab serif as their default font. In order to celebrate this amazing subtype, we have gathered 40+ amazing slab serif fonts that you can use for your next design project. They’re bold, beautiful, and carry plenty of impact. All of the font packs included consist of different variants and weights that give you plenty of scope to experiment in your designs. Let’s take a look! Controwell – Victorian Slab Serif Font Controwell is an elegant slab serif font that features a design inspired by the Victorian era. According to the creator, the font comes with two layers that give it a metal-like look and Read the full article…

40+ Best Lightroom Presets of 2019

If you’re looking to supercharge your design workflow this year, updating your Lightroom presets with a new, powerful collection is a good idea! Lightroom presets let you instantly fix, improve, and enhance your photos with a single click. And we’ve found the perfect set of presets just for you. Having the right set of Lightroom presets can be a huge time-saver for designers. Everything from retouching portrait photos, to adding stunning visual effects, enhancing interior photos, optimizing HDR photos, adding retro effects, and much more is possible with the Lightroom presets we’ve included in this list. What Is A Lightroom Preset? For beginners, photo editors without a lot of time, or designers that want to create a consistent visual style for imagery, a Lightroom Preset can be a great alternative to manual editing. A preset is a free (or paid) add-on that comes with pre-determined settings for some of the Read the full article…

How To Convert An Infographic Into A Gifographic Using Adobe Photoshop

How To Convert An Infographic Into A Gifographic Using Adobe Photoshop How To Convert An Infographic Into A Gifographic Using Adobe Photoshop Manish Dudharejia 2018-12-13T14:00:11+01:002018-12-14T10:06:04+00:00 Visuals have played a critical role in the marketing and advertising industry since their inception. For years, marketers have relied on images, videos, and infographics to better sell products and services. The importance of visual media has increased further with the rise of the Internet and consequently, of social media. Lately, gifographics (animated infographics) have also joined the list of popular visual media formats. If you are a marketer, a designer, or even a consumer, you must have come across them. What you may not know, however, is how to make gifographics, and why you should try to add them to your marketing mix. This practical tutorial should give you answers to both questions. In this tutorial, we’ll be taking a closer look at how Read the full article…

The Importance Of Macro And Micro-Moment Design

The Importance Of Macro And Micro-Moment Design The Importance Of Macro And Micro-Moment Design Susan Weinschenk 2018-12-13T12:30:10+01:002018-12-14T10:06:04+00:00 (This article is kindly sponsored by Adobe.) When you design the information architecture, the navigation bars of an application, or the overall layout and visual design of a product, then you are focusing on macro design. When you design (one part of a page, one form, or one single task and interaction), then you are focusing on micro-moment design. In my experience, designers often spend a lot of time on macro design issues, and sometimes less so on critical micro-moment design issues. That might be a mistake. Here’s an example of how critical micro-moment design can be. I read a lot of books. We are talking over a hundred books a year. I don’t even know for sure how many books I read, and because I read so many books, I am a Read the full article…

Online ads and games would benefit from more rewards, according to UCLA survey

A new study from Versus Systems and the MEMES (Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports) Center at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management examines how gaming and advertising are evolving, and how one influences the other. As Versus Systems CEO Matthew Pierce put it, the goal was to study, “What is the impact on advertising as interactive media grows, and as more people consume interactive media?” The individual findings — People like rewards! Not everyone who plays games calls themselves a gamer! — may not be that shocking to TechCrunch readers. And because Versus Systems has built a white-label platform for publishers to offer in-game rewards, the study might also seem a bit self-serving. But again, this was conducted with UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and both Pierce (who’s a lecturer at the school) and UCLA MEMES head Jay Tucker pointed to the size of the study, with 88,000 Read the full article…

Pokémon GO trainer battles are now live (for some players)

Last week we did a deep dive on how Pokémon GO’s new (and long overdue) player-versus-player battle system would work. The only thing we didn’t know at the time was when, exactly, it would actually start rolling out. The answer: tonight. Just a few days ago, Niantic started shipping an update to the app that contained everything required for PvP, but they’d yet to actually flip the switch to turn it on. According to a tweet that just went live from the Pokémon GO account, it seems said switches have just been flipped: Calling all level 40 Trainers. Your time has come to #GOBattle Trainers of lower levels, please stand by, as we will be rolling Trainer Battles out to more levels soon. pic.twitter.com/Rf6NmFygE6 — Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) December 13, 2018 One catch (but one noted as likely in our initial post) is that it’s not available to everyone right Read the full article…

After a decade, MapleStory players finally get to fight their biggest villain

For 15 years, the massively multiplayer game MapleStory has foretold of a great evil at the heart of its story. Everything was great until the Black Mage arrived in town, tainting everything with his dark magic. During that time, players have never actually been able to fight the guy. For years, MapleStory fans have leveled up their characters through long, complex quest lines, coming to the rescue of non-playable characters, fetching them important quest items, all without ever actually coming into direct contact with the Black Mage. Instead, most of the main bosses in the game are minions sent by the Mage, while he watches on, always above it all. But that has finally changed. In an update that arrived in Korean MapleStory in the… Read the full article…

Nintendo’s NES controller for the Switch is a great but pricey way to play 8-bit games

The best part of Nintendo’s Switch Online subscription service is the included classic games. Since launch, Nintendo has steadily added more NES titles, including some enhanced additions; just this week came a version of Metroid that starts you out with a huge array of powers just ahead of the big battle with Ridley. But what’s the best way to play these 8-bit classics? The Switch Joy-Con and Pro Controller are both passable, and there are also a few solid aftermarket controllers as well. Now, Nintendo has a different solution: a wireless recreation of the original NES gamepad. I’ve been testing them for a few days, and while they’re just about perfect for Switch Online NES games, there are a few hangups that will make you question the… Read the full article…

Sega brings Genesis classics like Sonic and Streets of Rage to Amazon’s Fire TV

It’s hard to believe, but Gunstar Heroes is actually playable using an Amazon Fire TV remote control. Sega is announcing a new collection of Sega Genesis classics that’s available on Amazon’s Fire TV family of devices starting today. And while it’s in no way the ideal way to experience these games, the bundle represents perhaps the most accessible way to play retro games on your television without the need for gaming-specific hardware. The collection is available now for $14.99, and it includes the following games: Alien Storm Altered Beast Beyond Oasis Bio-Hazard Battle Bonanza Bros Columns Comix Zone Decap Attack Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine Dynamite Headdy ESWAT: City Under Siege Gain Ground Golden Axe Golden Axe II Golden Axe III … Read the full article…

The best new children’s books of 2018

As the end of the year approaches, we’ve taken a look back at the best new children’s books of 2018 and picked seven highlights. Spanning a wide range of age groups, these must-read titles tackle themes of courage and wisdom with spades of mystery, magic and mayhem thrown in. From enchanting picture books to suspense-filled stories for young detectives, each of the children’s books in this list is a modern classic. Read on for our pick of the best new children’s books in 2018.  One of Barnes & Noble’s best children’s books of 2018 and a New York Times bestseller, Be Kind is a beautifully illustrated exploration of kindness. The story is told through the eyes of a child as she ponders how to respond when a friend spills grape juice on herself. Combining irresistible watercolour and ink images with gentle text, the book shows how small actions can lead Read the full article…

Opinion: How Crash Team Racing Beat Mario Kart at Its Own Game

Confession time: I only tolerate the Mario Kart series because it reminds me of Crash Team Racing. There. I said it. Right now there are likely a few of you wondering why IGN would play host to such heresy. The audacity! Mario Kart: the second highest-selling racing series of all time behind Need for Speed. Mario Kart: the original kart racer, and the blueprint for every kart racer ever since. Mario Kart! The greatest spin-off series since they decided to build a new Starship Enterprise and put Patrick Stewart in charge of it. But the rest of you are saying, ‘Duh. Crash Team Racing crushes Mario Kart. This isn’t a radically unique opinion.’ And yet, after just a pair of PS2 sequels that never resonated with me in quite the same way, Crash’s four-wheeled follies dried up. A fourth, unannounced Crash karting game was reportedly in development at High Impact Read the full article…

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Version 1.2.0 Brings Pikachu/Eevee Spirits for Pokemon Let’s Go Players

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been updated to version 1.2.0 and it brings with it online connection stability in Battle Arenas, character adjustments, Pikachu/Eevee Spirits for players of Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and/or Let’s Go, Eevee!, and more. Announced by Nintendo Versus, in addition to the online connection stability, version 1.2.0 also contains “matchmaking improvements to further prioritize Preferred Rules in Quickplay.” Read the full article…