June 2009

Hello.

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.

You can almost feel the texture.

You just gotta love textures, and Texture Lovers certainly do. They’re reasonably new, but have already archived some beautiful single textures and texture packs. The bonus is that they provide texture inspiration and tutorials. You can also submit your own creations. Nice.

Patterns sans seams.

Seamless patterns are always useful. There are heaps out there for the picking, but the Web Design Ledger has collected 100 new and beautiful seamless patterns created in the past few months.

The attitude at Latitude.

Creative Latitude is a worldwide community that unites various creative disciplines for collective promotion, education and ethical business practice. Joining Creative Latitude will assist you to become a better creative, end world hunger and bring about lasting world peace. Or not. Check them out.

Shorpy Higginbotham.

Okay, it’s time for a break from the resources and tutorials and work stuff. Let’s have some fun at Shorpy, a vintage photography blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to the 1950s. A wonderfully candid peek into American history. You’re going to want to bookmark this site.

Join the revolution.

If you’re a quality font designer looking to join a group of like-minded craftsmen, look no further than The League of Moveable Type. They intend to raise the standard of typography constrained by the limitations of the web. Although still in it’s infancy, the site looks worthwhile staying in touch with. Read their manifesto.

The incredible shrinking image.

One problem with content rich websites is the irritation of waiting for images to load. Reducing file sizes of the images on your website equates to faster page response times, and a happier result for all. Obviously if you’re using Photoshop, you’ve got it covered. But if you haven’t, Six Revisions offers eight excellent free tools to optimise your images.

Flush with Flash.

The bandwidth hogging, bloated, slow-to-load Flash websites of the past are gone. Flash can now deliver rich content, create motion, interactivity and an exciting visual experience. Who else but Smashing Magazine to showcase over 150 beautiful Flash websites for your inspiration.