SiloMag #35

We just released the spring just a week ago, and we already have a new SiloMag number between us. And as always, we bring you the best articles, resources and tools that we have collected during the last two weeks on graphic design, web design, and WordPress.

And in this SiloMag, on graphic design, a cover on the new Marvel movie, 100 color combinations, and a tool to optimize PNG files. In web design, a guide on SVG, a generator of low-poly funds, and a tool to make graphs. And about WordPress, an interesting article about plugins, solutions to security problems in WordPress, and how to use Patreon in your blog.

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

Graphic Design

Avengers: Infinity War Magazine Cover Design For Empire

avengers empire cover

Orlando Arocena is a Mexican-Cuban-American vector artist and creative director based in New Haven, USA. One of his dreams was to collaborate with the Empire Magazine. And in this cover features no one else but the super villain THANOS and it also rocks a super colorful, I dare say 80s graphic design look. Below you can learn a bit more about the creative process behind it.

100 bright color combinations and how to apply them to your designs

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Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start when you choose a color palette for your design project. But do not worry, from Canva they take care of the heavy work, offering us 100 combinations of colors inspired by nature, food and drinks, travel and articles of daily life.

Crunch: optimize your PNG

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Crunch is a macOS tool for lossy PNG image file optimization. It combines selective bit depth, color type, and color palette reduction with zopfli DEFLATE compression algorithm encoding using embedded versions of the pngquant and zopflipng PNG optimization tools. This approach leads to a significant file size gain relative to lossless approaches at the expense of a relatively modest decrease in image quality.

Web Design

SVG: A Practical Guide

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We live in the age of pixels. As designers & developers of the web, pixels can be both our friends and our enemies. We want everything to look nice and sharp for anyone who uses any of the websites we work on, but we need to keep file sizes down for performance. There is pretty much only one way to go with icons, logos and illustrations on the web — SVG. Scalable Vector Graphics can look crisp at all screen resolutions, can have super small file sizes, and can be easily edited and modified. This guide aims to give a practical overview of how you can use SVGs on your websites — with some tips and tricks along the way to get the most out of them.

Low poly pattern generator

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Trianglifly is a web application that allows us to generate images with low poly style. We just have to enter certain data such as the output resolution, the color palette that we want the final image to have, or the size of the mesh, to generate it. In addition, we can download the image in both PNG and SVG, to avoid problems in any type of device or screen size.

TOAST UI: an easy way to draw charts on your web

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The TOAST UI Chart is an open source JavaScript library that can be used in legacy browsers including IE8. It is intuitive and easy to apply without any other learning. If you like, you can change the chart in detail using many options and custom themes.


The Slowest WordPress Plugins (and Alternatives to Try Instead)

slow plugin wordpress

We all know that performance and speed are a critical part of how visitors perceive their experience on a website. That’s why we use optimized web hosting plans, install CDNs, and utilize caching plugins to keep WordPress sites running quickly and smoothly. Let’s talk about how to either do away with these slow WordPress plugins entirely or find lighter-weight and more efficient alternatives to replace them.

Top 10 Tips To Fix Most Common WordPress Security Issues

security wordpress

Three out of every four WordPress websites are vulnerable to attacks. If your site is hacked, it will not only cost you in terms of restoring the system back to a safe level, but it will also damage your reputation and affect your search engine ranking. But if you follow some best practices you can tighten the security and protect the website from malicious attacks. Here are some tips to fix WordPress security issues.

How to Use Patreon to Crowdfund Your WordPress Content

mobile patreon wordpress

You may have started your WordPress blog as a hobby. Or perhaps you’ve invested a lot of time into creating valuable content to earn some passive income and seen no real payoff? This can be especially frustrating if you have a decent following, but traditional revenue streams aren’t even bringing in enough to cover your hosting fees. In this scenario, you may want to learn more about crowdfunding.

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