The Best of 2015 at Speckyboy

With 2015 coming to a close, I’ve taken a quick look back at some of the most popular content I published on Speckyboy this year. There’s a little bit of something for everyone. Trends, CSS tools, web-based apps, inspirational styleguides, free ebooks, templates, themes, and much more.

The accumulated total of these published articles is over one million page-views, which kinda surprised me!


A Hilarious Collection of CSS Puns & Jokes

Most web design languages tend to be quite sober. We can’t help that; we’re very serious about what we do. HTML. PHP. JavaScript. Not even a little smile from them. But when it comes to CSS, things can be quite different, things can be hilarious!


50 Free Books for Web Designers & Developers

There are 1000s of books available for web designers and developers online. There has been no language, no point of discussion, or no trend that has not, at one time or another, been extensively explored and analyzed, and eventually published into a book. And we have collected our 50 FREE favorites for you!


40 Tiny Web-Based Tools & Apps

We have accumulated a super-useful collection of our favorite little web-based apps and tools for web designers. All of the tools have been created with the intention of being either time-saving generators to some of the more frustrating aspects of working with CSS or handy little problem-solving tools.


50 CSS Tools & Libraries from 2015

Over this past year, we’ve seen a huge rise in popularity of Flexbox layouts, subtle CSS animations, SVG usage, Structure Styleguides, Instagram-style effects, deeper CSS integration with mainstream applications, like Photoshop and Sketch, and CSS preprocessors, like Sass and Less, are continuing to gain wide-spread acceptance. Here are our 50 favorite CSS tools of 2015.


50 Free Responsive HTML5 Web Templates

We have collected 50 fantastic pre-built responsive HTML5 templates that with just a little bit of creative tweaking will have your web design project live in no time. And the best thing is they are all FREE!


50 Beautiful & Free WordPress Themes

We’ve collected some of the best free WordPress themes for you. The 50 free themes have all been developed to the highest of standards by some of the top names in the WordPress community. All are responsive, so will adapt to any screen size, and all have been designed with latest design trends in mind.


Exploring the Long Scrolling Web Design Trend

Long-scrolling creates plenty of new opportunities for storytelling, navigation, creative visuals, and a more immersive overall experience. As a result, we find several common techniques and strategies start to emerge.


Taking Full Advantage of Minimalism in Web Design

Minimalism is all over the web these days, and for good reason. Its lightweight layouts and low maintenance make it flexible for responsive design, and its natural elegance is sought by many brands and agencies. But appreciating minimalism and recreating it are two different things.


A Collection of Inspiring Sitemaps & User Flow Maps

We take a look at some sitemaps that have taken design into consideration. Not the site design, but the actual design of the sitemap. So no post-its, no Sharpies, no whiteboards, no mind-mapping software, just a beautiful selection of carefully crafted sitemaps.


Inspirational Examples of UI Style Guides

According to Wikipedia, a UI style guide is a ‘set of standards for the writing and design of documents’ and that it ‘ensures consistency and enforces best practice in usage.’ All very true. But what it neglects to mention is how inspiring UI style guides can be just to look at and get lost in.