June 2009

You can quote me on that.

Providing estimates and quotes can be a tricky business, often resulting in very costly outcomes for the unwary designer. There are many reasons why web projects are so commonly underestimated, and it should be a priority for all designers to be prepared. Smashing Magazine guides you through the processes and strategies required for producing accurate estimates, and keeping you from going broke.

Virtual business cards.

These days, business cards are going all virtual and that’s a good thing. Not only are paperless business cards good for the environment, and easier to carry, they’re also unlimited — you’ll never run out when you’re networking at an event or conference. Mashable shows you how it’s done.

Check please.

CheckMyColours is a tool for checking foreground and background color combinations of all DOM elements and determining if they provide sufficient contrast when viewed by someone having color deficits. Web developers will appreciate this site.

The inspiring type.

In the right hands, typography can produce a stunning visual experience. You can see 60 examples of truly inspiring typography at The Design Inspiration. Impressive.

Freebie Friday: Free PSDs.

It’s always appreciated when artists offer their hard work for others to use freely. There’s a nice collection of 35 Free PSDs at the WebResourcesDepot. You just might find something useful.

Designers should code.

Generally speaking, web designers (including game and software designers) usually only involve themselves in the ‘big picture’, and leave the nitty-gritty details to the web developers. This situation often leads to frustration and inefficiencies for all concerned. Six Revisions suggest compelling reasons why designers should learn to code.

Free library for designers.

So it’s not the Library of Alexandria in all it’s glory, but designers need reference work like all professionals. Along comes PositiveSpaceBlog with 30 more essential PDF documents every designer should download. Of course you need to link to the original post to aggregate it up to 60 essential PDFs.


Most people are loathe to introduce there website with a simple ‘Hello’. It’s a shame because when it’s done well, it can be genuinely welcoming. If you want to see ten examples of website introductions done well, check out Sitepoint for the way it’s done.

Eye candy.

Who doesn’t like looking at beautiful artwork? Photo manipulations are a great source of inspiration, a collaboration between photography and design. WebDesignerDepot showcases 40 examples that will knock your socks off. Yummy.

The times, they are a changin’…logos.

Oh, how the times have changed. Back in the day (yawn), when designing a logo, it was required to consider the limitations of production processes. The logo Must be able to be reproduced in a newspaper in mono (no gradients please). One, two or four color process for magazines or collateral. Now the only limitation is your imagination and Smashing Apps showcases 50+ masterpieces of creative logo designs using gradient effects. Ahhh…kids these days.