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Update: What’s New in Ghost Themes

Since our original Ghost theme creation tutorial series was published in late 2013, a lot  of new changes have gone through the theming API. There are some new requirements for themes, a few things that are deprecated, and a great big stack of new helpers, contexts, templates and added features. In this tutorial we’ll take “UberTheme”, the theme that was completed in lesson six of the series, update it to c ...

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Best Premium Iconsets for UI Design

Both mobile and web interfaces can be enhanced through proper icon use. There are many varieties and styles of icons, so it’s important to figure out when and why you’d need them. But the absolute best resources come in the form of premium iconsets with hundreds of different choices. Take a peek at the following selection and see if any icons could be of use in future project work. Smashicons Pixel Love Gly ...

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Building a Slider with Metafizzy’s Flickity

Flickity is a JavaScript slider library, built by David DeSandro of Metafizzy fame. It’s optimized for touch gestures, performance, and includes things like physics-based animation. In this tutorial we’ll get it up and running, then examine some extra features it brings to the table. Let’s go! The Task Let’s imagine that we've been asked, by a fictitious online learning company, to implement a slider on the ...

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Comprehensive Guide: When to Use Em vs. Rem

You may have come to terms with using flexible units of measurement, but you still might not fully understand when to use rem and when to use em . This tutorial will help you figure it out! Both em and rem are flexible, scalable units which are translated by the browser into pixel values, depending on the font size settings in your design. If you use a value of 1em or 1rem , it could translate in the browse ...

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Tuts+ Celebrates 20,000 Free Tutorials!

The whole team here at Tuts+ is excited to announce that we’ve just published our 20,000th free tutorial. Since launching in 2007, Tuts+ has helped more than a quarter of a billion people learn new skills and improve their lives. We’re very proud to have helped so many people from all over the world expand their knowledge across a huge range of topics—all for free! To celebrate the occasion, we asked our ed ...

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Smashing Newsletter: Front-End Performance and Instruction Manuals

We love experiments, and trying things out. So what if we published our lovely Smashing Email Newsletter 1 , with thoroughly collected, written and edited little articles on useful tips’n’bits for web designers , in the magazine as well? This newsletter issue was sent out to 181,631 newsletter subscribers on Tuesday, July 14th. Perhaps you’ll find something useful in there, too. We’d love to see your feedba ...

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Silky Smooth Web Animation with Velocity.js

Animation, when thoughtfully applied, can improve website interfaces and, ultimately, the user experience of a website. In this tutorial, we are going to look into  VelocityJS , a JavaScript animation engine for fast performance animations. VelocityJS has become one of my preferences when dealing with animation on the web, the reasons being, in my opinion: It’s quite simply better.  VelocityJS is as fast as ...

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Silky Smooth Web Animation with Velocity.js

Animation, when thoughtfully applied, can improve website interfaces and, ultimately, the user experience of a website. In this tutorial, we are going to look into  VelocityJS , a JavaScript animation engine for fast performance animations. VelocityJS has become one of my preferences when dealing with animation on the web, the reasons being, in my opinion: It’s quite simply better.  VelocityJS is as fast as ...

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