June 2009

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.

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.

Grunge extreme.

As I posted before, I heart grunge. For all you grungeaholics, Six Revisions provides us with high quality (3,000 pixels wide) Free grunge textures. The first set is here, the second set is here. Go nuts.

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.

Beyond the business card.

Let’s face it, everyone in business has their business card. We’ve already explored creative cards in a previous post, but there’s more. If you want to really stand out and make a memorable impression, consider promotional items. Smashing Magazine looks at a variety of creative approaches from simple DIY to more sophisticated solutions. This post is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

May 2009

A day in the life.

It’s interesting to consider the various applications you use on a daily basis. At css-tricks, they’ve posted ‘One day in the life of a web designer’, which follows a designers typical workday. Although not strictly accurate chronologically, it’s fun to read.

EuroStyle Fonts

Well, not actually the font ‘Eurostyle’, but a collection of more than 70 fonts from (mainly) european sources. You may have seen a few of these, but WebAir provides a lot of new ones as well. You can never have too many free fonts.

Become a deviant.

This is one of my favourite sites which I visit every day. DeviantART is a huge community of designers, artists, illustrators and photographers. Join up and showcase your own work, or simply browse the various categories for inspiration. They’ve been around for almost nine years and just keep growing.