SiloMag #26

For the second time on our English site, a new issue of SiloMag, where we collect, and share with you, the latest news, resources, articles and tutorials from the three fields that we are passionate about.

And in this SiloMag, about graphic design, we will see iconic logos drawing from memory, a photography website with an excellent quality, and a collection of shortcuts for design software. On web design, a theme for Atom & Visual Studio, a curious button effect, and an app for searching fonts. And finally, for WordPress, how to create user groups, optimization for your web, and how to auto-update your themes and plugins.

As always, we hope you like it, and you can leave us any suggestions in the comments!

Graphic Design

10 iconic logos drawing from memory

Adidas icon draw

The logos of global corporations like Apple, Starbucks, and Foot Locker are designed to create instant brand associations in the minds of billions who see them every day. But how accurately can we remember the features and colors of these famous symbols? A curious experiment that they propose to us from Signs, and that surely surprises you.

Skuawk – A photography website with public domain images

girl photography in Skuawk

Here is another service to know to dress up your sites and creations. If you’re fed up with stereotypical pictures of big picture banks that seem straight out of a bad series, head over to Skuawk. The site offers few photos, but they are all of excellent quality. We have a real job as a photographer and photos that really contrast with the classic stocks.

shortcuts designers sorftware is a website that lists every shortcut a designer ever wants to know, all designapps in one place and in a simple and clear way. It’s very usefull for beginning designers to quickly charge their workflow, when you switched to a new designtool or when you just want a reference to see which shortcut to use for that action you have to do all day long.

Web Design

City Lights for Atom & Visual Studio Code

Atom City Lights theme

City Lights is a suite of beautiful dark theme goodies for Atom & Visual Studio Code. Also include dark syntax theme is designed with focus in mind. City Lights Syntax Theme supports over eight most popular coding languages. And an icon package has over 60 file type icons and is easy on the eyes.

Liquid Button

Blue liquid button

We love the experiments we found when immersing ourselves in CodePen. In this, Andreas Storm creates a button through HTML, CSS and JS with a very striking liquid effect. Do not miss it!

WhatTheFont Mobile App

WhatTheFont logo

The WhatTheFont app is powered by deep learning, a type of artificial intelligence which makes it fast and accurate. Because of this, it can to do things the desktop version can’t do, like identify connected scripts and identify multiple fonts in the same image. Now as a smartphone APP, after you take a photo, WhatTheFont automatically looks for text. You can even try out the fonts with your own text.


How to use Advanced Custom Fields to create User Groups

User groups WordPress

From Quick Clean Code, they propose us a challenge. Create user groups in WordPress, each with a leader. This leader should receive an email every time a member creates a publication. In addition, the leader himself may reassign his functions temporarily in another member of the group. Something complicated to do everything at once, but that can be solved thanks to the Advanced Custom Fields.

SQL Query Optimization for Faster Sites

SQL WordPress

You know that a fast site = happier users, improved ranking from Google, and increased conversions. Maybe you even think your WordPress site is as fast as it can be – you’ve looked at site performance, from the best practices of setting up a server, to troubleshooting slow code, and offloading your images to a CDN, but is that everything? Iain Poulson tells us from Delicious Brains

How to Auto-Update WordPress Plugins and Themes

Autoupdate plugin

Keeping WordPress core up-to-date has become so easy in the last few years that I barely even thing about it. Keeping WordPress plugins and themes up-to-date is currently still a more complex task. There are plugin-based solutions for it, but in this article David Hayes covers the method that’d be more favored by those who love writing PHP: the code that makes WordPress auto-update your plugins and themes.

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