June 2009

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.

Naming rights and wrongs.

Coming up with a catchy business name is not as easy or simple as sitting down and brainstorming with friends. You need a name that is memorable, doesn’t sound like a copycat, yet sounds respectable. And you need to be able to register a domain name. Lifehacker offers links to useful sites, but there are many more in the Reader’s Comments at the end.

Color psychology, take a seat on the couch.

There’s no need to tell you the importance of color selection in design, especially in corporate identity. But how and why do we make these choices? Are we making the right choice? Logo Critiques explores color psychology in logo design to point you in the right direction.

Online generation X.

Favicon generators, CSS generators, badge generators, color generators, generator generators. There are just so many useful online generators for designers on the web, but where to find them?. Well, Balkhis has done all the hard work for you and presents 55+ useful online generators for designers.