June 2009

Free mac freeware.

I’m not even gonna enter into the mac/pc debate, I’m over it. But if you’re a macaholic, DesiznTech has collected 40 mac freeware and open source applications for web designers. Image editors & utilities, text editors, ftp clients and more.

Just tooling around.

The aim was to collect the ultimate list of font and typographic related tools available online. Well, 1stwebdesigner seems to have accomplished the task with 32 font and typography tools for you to try. This should keep you typographers busy.

Pick a color, not any color.

A time-tested formula may not determine the difference between good or bad taste, but it does predict common taste. And that makes the formula quite useful when you’re choosing colors. CreativePro re-presents an article courtesy of ColourLovers. Sadly I couldn’t find the original article.

May 2009

Setting the standards.

There are many conventions and standards that every graphic designer should know. The Designers Toolbox has a wonderful collection of information about envelope sizes, postcard sizes, proofing marks, binding styles, folding styles and much more. They also have downloadable templates for CD and DVD labels and covers.

Use all the crayons in the box.

Colors come to life in 3D with Color Rotate. It’s an intuitive tool that allows you to create color palletes in 3D, in real time, and in a way that matches how our minds process color. There’s also a Color Rotate community where you can post your palettes and join in discussions.

It’s vector magic.

This wonderful site lets you easily convert bitmap images to crisp, clean vector art. You get two free conversions to check it out, then there’s a monthly online usage fee, or a desktop edition (for the professionals). It really is Vector Magic.

Somewhere over the rainbow.

Color is fundamental in our lives. It surrounds and influences us from the moment we wake up. And most importantly, in our work. Check out color trends and palettes at Colourlovers. If you have trouble naming or identifying colors, Name That Color is a lot of fun. Color Name & Hue has a similar approach, as well as linking to color blindness.

Kuler is a free web-hosted application for generating and browsing color themes. It’s provided by the good folk at Adobe.

The Rasterbator (!)

This is simply awesome. The Rasterbator creates huge, rasterized images from any picture. Upload an image, print the resulting multi-page pdf file and assemble the pages into extremely cool looking poster up to 20 meters in size.