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  1. Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: May 2016

      

    We always try to challenge your artistic abilities and create some interesting and inspiring artwork. As a matter of fact, we discovered the best source for inspiration: desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd.

    This creativity mission has been going on for eight years now and, like every month, artists and designers from across the globe got their creative juices flowing to produce desktop wallpapers for you to indulge in. The wallpapers all come in versions with and without a calendar for May 2016 and can be downloaded for free. A big thank-you to everyone who contributed their works! Now, could there be a better occasion to freshen up your desktop?

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  2. Web Development Reading List #135: Boxy SVG, How To Keep Up, CSS Frameworks

      

    After spring has started marvelously, this week brought us some snow again. But today, the sun is shining, it’s getting warmer, and nature is flourishing. Inspired by the fresh green of spring, I’d like to announce The Evergreen List.

    This is a sub-part of my reading list, collecting important links that stay relevant over a longer time so that you can find them more easily. Give the page a try and if you have feedback, just email me.

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  3. From Zero To Appium: A How-To Guide For Configuring Appium With Android

      

    If you are a web developer who cares about quality, most probably you have heard of Selenium and the advantages of using such a tool for test automation. Now, if you are a mobile developer, you might know how much harder it is to test your app due to the existence of different platforms, different OS versions and even variety of devices.

    Imagine how great it would be to write your tests only once and run them on different platforms. If so, then maybe today is your lucky day, because I want to tell you about Appium, a tool inspired by the Selenium WebDriver that allows you to write tests against multiple platforms using the same API.

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  4. Freebie: Hotel And Spa Icon Set (55 Icons PNG, SVG)

      

    Our daily routine can be quite challenging at times. The more roadblocks we experience in fulfilling the demands of our workplace, the more we look forward to a seamless holiday experience to break out from our everyday tasks. This wonderful hotel and spa icon set can help you to design a visually delightful holiday experience for the customers of your tourism clients.

    Designed by the team behind IconCrafts, this icon set consists of 55 carefully crafted vector icons. All icons are available as 48px, 64px and 128px PNG (+ @2x versions + sprites), as well as SVG files. The icons come in five styles different styles.

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  5. This Interface Is A (Good) Joke!

      

    For a few years now, a mild debate has simmered over "delightful" interaction design. For some, features that instill delight, as long as they don’t interfere with the fundamental capabilities of the system, sit with pleasure atop Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as redrawn for interactive systems.

    Others don’t really care about such features, or place "delight" alongside "frictionless" and "seamless" as just the latest buzzwords (leaving "scalable" and "disruptive" in their dust). What none of these design partisans gets is the place of delight in a much larger process that everyone can enjoy: the hearing of a good joke.

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