Posts Tagged ‘ui’

30 Dribbble Freebies For Web Designers

Looking for some User Interface (UI) design for inspiration or free UI PSDs for your next design project? We dived into, and handpicked you some of the finest (and free) PSDs shared by various designers.

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Check out the entire list after jump.

For more PSD downloads – we recommend checking out our freebie section and the following posts:

Compact Music Player by Daryl Ginn [Download]
A lovely minimal compact music player design, would serve you in the best manner if you are to build a new app or something that requires a music player.

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Percentage Bar by Daryl Ginn [Download]
These two awesome percentage bars can be used in any application where something is getting loaded.

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Glass Music Player Freebie by Norm [Download]
Glass Music Player is a great music player with a classy glass look; this free PSD can be downloaded without any problem.

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Radio Player Freebie(PSD) by I’m Charlie – TheIssland [Download]
Here we have a beautiful looking radio player with a lovely track being played on it; a little addition of buttons can make it much better.

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Blixt Freebie #2 by Andree Blixt [Download]
This is a nice search bar made by using Photoshop; you won’t be able stop yourself from typing keywords in it.

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Twitter Button Freebie by Norm [Download]
These are two attractive Twitter buttons; they have been made with vector shapes and some layer styles.

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Half Moon Music Player by Norm [Download]
The unique Half Moon Music Player has got a lovely piggy nose styled pause button along all other major music player buttons.

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Calendar Freebie by I’m Charlie – TheIssland [Download]
We have got here a neat looking calendar freebie in PSD format; white background with black digits gives it a classy look, while the red top makes it look hot.

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The aButton Freebie by Diego Monzon [Download]
AButton is an exceptional freebie which can be used wherever you like and the shading around the white color gives an eye popping effect.

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Wrench Freebie by Diego Monzon [Download]
The wrench gives a strong feeling; this great PSD has been left editable in all ways and has got paths as well.

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Map UI Controls Freebie by Edi Gil [Download]
Some great images that can be used in map user interfaces.

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Wooden Button by Pontus Johansson [Download]
We have got a lovely wooden button over here; it’s a great idea of using wood effects to create a virtual button.

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Black UI Kit by Jonathan Moreira [Download]
This is a beautiful user interface kit with a number of buttons; it gives a dim light disco feeling.

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Audio Player by Cameron Dearsley [Download]
Simple, but stylish audio player PSD and it has the required audio player buttons on it as well.

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Pixels Shopping Basket by Norm [Download]
We have an attractive red colored shopping basket, ideal to be put on online shopping sites.

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Stylish Notification by Thomas Offinga [Download]
Those are three different attractive notification bars, which are ideal to be used in places where confirmation, error or warning signs are meant to be displayed.

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Loading Bar by Andreas Fluge Iden [Download]
These are three different loading bars having distinct colors and each can be used to denote specific processes.

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Wooden Menu by Breezy [Download]
Wooden Menu is a gorgeous looking wooden touch menu; it can be used on any appropriate site, probably some wood products site or on any site to give it a classy look.

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Notepaper Freebie by Norm [Download]
A beautiful fully layered PSD, appropriate for being used at any place where a note is required to be shown in a handwritten style.

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Power Button by Pontus Johansson [Download]
An impressive power button, the best part is that it really gives a feeling that something big can be turned on and off with it.

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Banner Designs by Scott Rollo [Download]
Pretty Banner is a really cute banner with a nice little star on it, the curve in the background gives it a natural look good.

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Macbook PSD by Dany Duchaine [Download]
This is a fully layered PSD Macbook pro, has the classic silver coloring and a nice Apple Inc. like surrounding.

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Your cart widget by Pawel Kadysz [Download]
Your cart widget is an amazing widget being shown in two different color schemes with different backgrounds.

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35 Sweet Social Icons by I’m Charlie – TheIssland [Download]
Sweet Social Icons are a number of sharp and well toned icons that can be used on any project to give it direct connection to social networks etc.

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Google PSD by Victor Ingman [Download]
This is an amazing PSD for Google+; the g+ logo is a bit dark, but becomes visible when you look more closely

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Vue by Fares Farhan [Download]
An amazing user interface kit with a number of buttons that support great features and can be used for various purposes.

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Wooden Panel Box by Patrik Larsson [Download]
A realistic woody panel box with several layers and it can be customized with ease, would cast a great impact on an online wood store.

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Freebie- Social Buttons by Patrik Larsson [Download]
These are really nicely toned social buttons for Facebook, Twitter and the latest big gun in the gang, Google+.

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Modern Vintage Stickers Badges by Pixeden [Download]
An outstanding set of 8 retro stickers and vintage badges. They feature all kind of styles including grunge, modern and retro. You can find a great usage for this in any web design or ui project you have in mind.

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Speckle Brushes by Maleika E. A. [Download]
An amazing pack of speckle brushes for photoshop which are made with only "the finest cocoa powder" This great brush pack is available for free download and commercial projects usage.

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15 Web Design Trends to Watch Out For in 2012

So far the year 2011 has brought upon some amazing changes in design and Internet technology. Web development has become a much smoother subject to jump into learning, not to mention the countless open source libraries useful in streamlining the process. And yet it seems the global design community is far from throwing in the towel.

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I want to introduce 15 ideas which have grown very rapidly over the past year. These trends encompass web and graphics design techniques which will likely play a big role moving into 2012. You have probably seen a few of these represented throughout many of your favorite sites online.

Thankfully the methods to implement these features are becoming easier to understand and much slimmer in code.

1. Responsive Interface Design

The average user’s experience is possibly the most important aspect to consider when designing a website. You want page elements to respond quickly to keyboard/mouse input and behave as expected. Some examples may include side fly-out menus, drop-down boxes, and popup windows.

Including famous JavaScript libraries such as MooTools and jQuery, it has become much easier to animate these features and even more. Most modern-day browsers support this code and even gracefully degrade when the scripts aren’t available. Ultimately you want to make the user feel comfortable when interacting with anywhere in the design.

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Similarly you should take form input and data checking into consideration. On many registration pages you’ll receive small responses as you work through each input area. You can automate checking for valid e-mail addresses, duplicate usernames, and even double-check password inputs. This will save time on the user’s end and provides a handy guide throughout the signup process.

2. Touchscreen Mobile Devices

In the past couple of years it has become evident that smartphones are gaining support among even non-tech enthusiasts. But only since 2011 have we seen an explosion of mobile sites and mobile-specific templates.

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The popularity of iPhone and iPad devices along with Android-powered phones means you will have visitors fully interacting with your pages through touch commands. This has to become a realistic consideration with every design mockup. Trends in mobile web design have shown that building an entirely separate mobile theme often provides the best results. In this way you can keep all the dynamic content in place on your main layout while serving up a slimmed version of the site to mobile users.

3. Tons of Freebies!

Who can say they honestly don’t enjoy free downloads? Web designers have been sharing their content online for years, but only recently has this become a very popular trend among digital artists. There have been a few communities built specifically around offering free downloads for web and graphic designers.

Two of my personal favorites are Download PSD and Designmoo, both of which get updated frequently by top-quality members. Additionally the Hongkiat Freebies archive has plenty of sweet goodies to check out. In any era before it has literally never been this easy to download free web interfaces, layouts, logos, banners, and practically any other type of PSD/AI file!

Some Neat Downloads

Below are just a few cool freebies to check out from earlier in 2011. And if you think this list has some great files, just wait until 2012 rolls around!

Mini Web UI Set

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Dark Mini Music Player

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Sliding Tags

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Dark Photo Slider

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Search Boxes

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Login in/Signin Form

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Login Modal Box

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Clean Login Form

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Pricing Tables

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Minimal Loading Bars

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Attachment Pop-up

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4. HTML5 & CSS3 Standards

Both of these new design archetypes have accumulated an ever-growing following throughout 2011. Semantic web designers have been waiting years to churn out CSS-only designs rendering rounded corners and drop shadows. Additionally the W3C has made a lot of headway in garnering support from the most popular browsers.

I can only see good things for the future of HTML5/CSS3 web development. Front-end designers are often overlooked in today’s field, yet they serve such a great importance to the entire composition process. Try not to squeeze yourself into any set ‘label’ based on the techniques you know and practice daily. We offer a beginner’s how-to guide for HTML5/CSS3 coding if you feel the need to catch up.

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Sticking with these new standards will also make developing in JavaScript and jQuery just that much easier. Developers have already been publishing and sharing their HTML5/CSS3 project code online, and if things continue we’ll surely notice a whole lot more of this going into next year.

5. Ribbons and Banners

Although this design technique isn’t exactly “new” it never truly broke through mainstream until just recently. You have probably seen examples of corner ribbons, banner navigation bars, and small ribbon badges. These trends have likely exploded because of the massive accumulation of detailed tutorials which can be found all through Google.

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Web designers are more competent these days in launching their own blogs to share information. Now simple techniques can easily be passed around between designers to duplicate the most popular effects. There are even free PSDs you can download to save yourself the effort.

6. Premium WordPress Themes

The final release of WordPress 3.0 included a host of long-awaited features such as custom post types and unique article images. Yet the most profound changes I have seen are coming from WordPress development shops which specialize in premium WP themes.

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After you purchase such a theme the installation process is similar to any other. Yet it’s now possible to include custom plug-in functionality, child themes, new admin menus, and a whole bunch of other features right from within the theme! WooThemes, ElegantThemes and Rocket Themes are few brands which stand out to me above all the rest. Their quality is impeccable and I feel their developers go above-and-beyond to create the best templates and most intuitive admin menus.

Going into 2012 I can only imagine WordPress will become even easier to use. This means more high-quality themes to be released, and more amazing blogs to be launched.

7. Online Magazines

Speaking about WordPress themes we should also bring up the quickly-adopted success of online magazines. These websites are not so different from any generic WordPress blog aside from the general structure and page layout. You can spot these larger mags by the sheer presentation of their home page, and collection of authors writing for the site.

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As magazines begin moving online they will become a source of income for many writers. Granted a topic such as ‘web design’ targets a smaller niche than, say, gaming or economics. But the fact that we’re seeing more design magazines online than print goes to show where the world may be heading in the years to come.

8. Easy Drop Shadows

As a facet of CSS3 it’s now easier than ever for designers to implement a drop shadow anywhere on the page. Box text and box-style elements have been given respective properties to render clear-cut shadow effects.

The text-shadow syntax is very easy to memorize and follows along as box-shadow. With images now unnecessary in rendering these effects, web developers can focus on expanding these basic ideas further. I personally love Matt Hamm’s page curls which were developed entirely with CSS3. You can find all the code on his website to duplicate the effect and implement a similar style onto your own pages.

9. Dynamic Typography

Fonts are a big part of the sphere encompassing web design tradition. The most notable fonts including Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, and Trebuchet MS have been around for years now. Although they continue to serve a deep purpose in web standards, there are plenty of alternate options for advanced webpage typography.

Typekit for example only requires a couple lines of code to be included in your document head. After this you can specify which font names to include and append them into your CSS. The best part about this technique is that it relies mostly on JavaScript, so the end user isn’t required to have the fonts installed.

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Another alternative is Google Web Fonts which behaves in a similar manner to Typekit. I recommend interested designers to check out CSS3′s @font-face media query, as you are given much more creativity. This code can be used to import a .ttf or .otf font file from your web server and include it as a usable stylesheet font! With so many alternate systems used for building dynamic fonts I’m expecting 2012 to hold a surge of innovation and design talent in this area.

10. Image Gallery Slideshows

With the subsequent popularity of jQuery I have spotted more and more image slideshows being dropped into web layouts. Galleries are perfect for demonstrating a quick glimpse of inner-page content. This could be a set of portfolio entries, photographs, blog posts with featured images, demo screenshots, etc.

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When you consider the many unique sliding and fading animations it has never been easier to construct a quick slideshow for your home page. I’m confident that 2012 will see an uptick in these trends, and not just between designers. Online web applications and software companies have been using slideshows as guided tutorials to display screenshots and unique features.

11. Modal Popup Boxes

I feel that modal boxes are still fairly new to the Internet considering they’ve been appearing in desktop software and mobile apps for years. The purpose of a modal window is to offer box content(such as user registration or login) on top of the current page without loading onto a new one.

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Many of the open-source image gallery scripts use a type of lightbox effect where the background fades darker than the popup box. I really enjoy this feature whenever I see it, although it has yet to be adopted by many. And although modal boxes are sexy and sleek, they can also be very difficult to code and get working properly.

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To get ideas for your own websites check out some of the more popular social news sharing communities. Reddit and Digg are the first two which come to mind as they both feature register/login modal boxes with a typical layout. Additionally the UI effects for Google+ boast a considerable amount of modal functionality.

12. Inspirational Lists

Collections of list items have appeared since the very early days of web design. As we moved into the new century designers began using HTML ordered and unordered lists to house navigation menus. But nowadays lists can and are being used for much more.

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In most of the blog themes I find the entire sidebar is loaded with lists! Not to mention designers who have crafted awesome CSS styles for lists in their article entries. We covered inspiring list styles in another post earlier this year which may give you some more insight to the matter. Looking forward into 2012 I’m expecting some really creative examples, possibly on par with Flowapp’s custom layout for tasks & to-dos.

13. Generated Image Thumbnails

In the web universe we can agree that content is king. But most designers will also agree that a page of blank text becomes boring real quickly. Images can add that extra spice if you know how to sprinkle them in gently. One such method is using dynamic thumbnails to provide previews for each page or article.

Blogs today are continuing to adopt the featured image trend, so why not apply generated thumbnails into your theme as well? These often draw my attention towards the article headline and help to break up a page full of text links.

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As another example Dribbble provides a whole gallery listing of thumbnails for each design shot. In such a table row-style layout it’s super easy to catch a glimpse of each thumbnail and scroll through to find what you’re looking for. This tactic has proven to grab the attention of the whole design community! Er, at least the members of Dribbble at best. I can only expect that 2012 will see further exertion of these ideas building upon such examples from the past.

14. Oversized Icons

This unique trend semi-originates from the popularity of Mac OS X icon designs. As programmers began to launch websites for their Mac applications we all too frequently have seen the enormous sizes represented in branding. Accordingly this trend has also been picked up through iOS developers and now comfortably rests within modern design culture.

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It’s difficult to predict how these trends will fair as we move into 2012. On the one hand these icons can be clunky and take up more space than necessary. Yet we’re not even close to hitting a shortage of iOS/OSX apps and designers are still churning out pixel-perfect icon specs. Not to mention that web designers are now including oversized icons within just about any page branding! It’s a good way to nab your visitor’s direct attention and build a name for your company.

15. Exaggerated Hyperlinks

Anchor links are certainly within the top five most important elements of any website. These have obviously come a long way since the 1990s and popular design trends have only been growing exponentially. It appears we are moving into an era where exaggerated design takes precedence.

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Check out a few of the link examples from Patterntap to see if any jump out and catch your eye. There are so many incredible ideas for hyperlink design, both in standard and hover effects. CSS3 rounded corners, text shadows, and custom font families add even more great ideas into the mix! One of my favorite examples is from SimpleBits which uses a short dynamic animation on each of their blog entry permalinks.


These ideas are only some of the more popular trends I have noticed gaining precedence throughout 2011. Great web design is always about focus and keeping user intentions as top priority. It’s unlikely these philosophies will differ moving into 2012, but how we build layouts and present data is always in change. Let us know your thoughts or questions in the comments discussion area.

Showcase of Beautiful Search Box UI Designs

It’s kind of common on the Internet where – if we fail to get what we are looking for on a website, we resort to searching. Search box has always been an essential part of a website. If you run a content-intensive website, it’s even more inevitable. They are usually placed in the following areas: header, top navigation menu or sidebar (upper-fold). Sometimes we may also throw in another one in footer to make searching more convenient for the users.

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We came a long way since Web 1.0; searching on the web is no longer limited to enter keyword and hit search. Developers strive to make searching a better experience for their visitors by revamping and adding more functions, says, search filtering to get more targeted results, providing search keywords or search histories as you type.

In today’s post, we showcase some beautiful search boxes with promising features we’ve come to know. Whether you are looking to revamp your website or simply seeking inspiration for a better search box, this post is for you. Full list after jump!


Starting with the prefix of "I am", this search module attempts to intelligently match and list the results matching your query as you type.

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Scroll Search Module

Suggested by designer Nico Nuzzaci, this creative search box allows you to search by typing or by scrolling the alphabetical panel.

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This search module has a combination of few functions: it wraps your search queries in tags format, and allows you to delete a specific search tag. It also comes with auto-complete. Looks familiar? It’s similar to Facebook tagging module!

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Remember The Milk

Similar to the YouTube search, the search box here tells you instantly if something matches your result. Yet another intelligent example of auto-suggestion feature.

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Authentic Jobs

I think Authentic Jobs already had their search with instant results up and running before Google.

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Kontain’s search box allows users to do a general search or filter down the search results to only "updates" or "user".

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New York Magazine

Similar to Kontain, NY Magazine’s search allows deeper filtering.

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Yet another example of filtering in search module to help visitors get what they want within minimal time.

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Search, Sort & Filter

Brian’s search box looks like an advance search module done in a beautiful way; you customize how you want results to look like before hitting the search button.

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Subtle and small search module on the sidebar – neat!

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If you are looking for a complete search module and yet space is a constraint, this approach may come in handy.

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Search module right after the logo, it’s really hard to miss.

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C Spire Wireless

A big fat search box that only appears upon hovering the search tab; another good way to make use of space.

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Selective searching with filtering done beautifully.

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Looking at its business nature, smacking the search box upper fold and right in the center is probably the best idea.

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Similar to other sites, iStockPhoto offers massive amount of resources for its readers, so filtering in search is definitely essential.

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Simple looking yet awesome search box.

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Grooveshark allows you to listen and share music online; the first page consists of nothing but just a search box for you to search the music you want. It totally makes sense.

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Gamers with Jobs

Nice example of how Google Custom Search is customized.

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David Torondel

Nice dark search box that blends well with the site design.

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Friday Freebies – 2 Months Strong

When I started up Friday Freebies as part of the HV-Network I was worried that there are too many freebie areas out there and that we would just be jumping on the bandwagon. After two months and eight freebies (Nine today!) I figured out that though we have jumped on the bandwagon you guys are still supporting us and downloading our freebies. That’s why, as a thank you, we decided to release our first three packaged freebie sets on FF absolutely free.

That’s right, as our ninth freebie release we decided that it was time for a freebie package. Our idea was to pull all the download into one package and charge a buck for the download, but we decided that since you guys have supported our site we want to continue supporting you with freebies. Until we hit our sixth package (1 year) the packages will remain absolutely and 100% free.

Each package will contain all new downloads, as well as the previous package. So, our package #2 will contain 8 freebies we released as well as the ZIP file of the first package so you are getting every freebie available on the site in one quick and easy zip file. So, head on over to the site and download the packages and also welcome the newest member of our team @_DomW

Awesome Photoshop Freebies #2

Over the last few weeks I have been saving the various awesome freebies I come across on the web.  Today I have finally gathered enough awesome freebies to make it worth a release for you guys. This freebie post will consist of awesome UI and Icon resources.

UI Kits and Elements



I hope that you enjoyed this freebie post and you can always check out our Freebie Network Site, Friday Freebies, for more a new freebie every Friday. I also want to thank all those featured here for their stellar contributions to the design world.