June 2009

Another motherlode of free fonts.

How do they manage to accumulate over 10,000 free Truetype fonts? If you know the name of the font, you can search by letter, or you can search by style. Pimp Your Font claim to be the largest hand-selected archive on the net.

A dictionary of jargon for designers.

There are specialized terms referring to all sorts of aspects of web design. For someone just getting started in web design, or someone looking to have a site designed, all the technical jargon can be overwhelming. Especially the acronyms. Smashing Magazine clearly explains the jargon, and provide some resources for each term to give deeper information.

Wicked Adobe tips.

Don’t you just love to get a hot tip. Especially if it’s from an authoritive ‘in-the-know’ source. Well, the folks at Layers Magazine have gone straight to the horses mouth: the Senior Product Manager at Adobe. If you use an Adobe product (and what designer doesn’t), this post is for you.


You can never have enough photoshop brushes. Here’s another ‘ultimate’ collection, this time it’s for Best Ornament Photoshop Brushes. Head on over to Minervity to add that extra edge to your design.

T-shirt T-emplates

T-shirt design can be a lot of fun, but showing a mockup of the design can sometimes prove tricky. Not if you have a classy template. Spoongraphics have collected a fine selection of useful PSD and vector templates for you to display your creative flair.

Brand and color.

Choosing a color to represent your brand can be a tricky proposition. Research reveals people make a subconscious judgment about a person, environment, or product within 90 seconds of initial viewing and that between 62% and 90% of that assessment is based on color alone. So you’re going to need a guide, and usabilitypost has heeded the call.

What are you looking at?

One of the key principles to effective communication is knowing how people read and interact with your website. A study by Eyetrack III has revealed 12 tactics to maximise readership, based on eye tracking tests. Direct Creative presents these results in a user-friendly way.

Another eye tracking study reveals the guidelines for effective web form design. It can be found at cxpartners.

First principles of good web design.

Many web designers are self-taught and may not be aware of the basic principles of good web design. They need to create a site that is user-friendly and attractive. It must communicate effectively and build the brand. PsdTuts presents nine principles and includes further reading to maintain impartiality.

Pictures at an exhibition.

Does your website need to showcase photography in a gallery? If so, you will need to use web-based scripts of Flash components. There are 30+ free Flash photo galleries and tutorials at Hongkiat that you can read and download. A great site for Flash freaks.

It seems seamless.

Creating seamless textures in Photoshop can be tricky, so it helps to watch how a craftsman does it. Grab a source image and follow the simple tutorial at Lifehacker to make your own seamless texture.