For our WDL Premium Members, here is a pack of super nice Photoshop Pixel Patterns from Vandelay Premier. This set includes 100 repeating patterns for Photoshop. The patterns are mostly basic in nature and will allow you to easily create backgrounds for your own designs. Some use a transparent background so they can be applied on top of any color, and others use white, black, or gray backgrounds. (more…)
Our friends at Designious.com are at it again. They just launched another mind blowing design bundle. Design Cocktail 5 includes an awesome collection of high-quality resources for creative professionals at an unbeatable price! They’ve been kind enough to provide us with 10 bundles to give away to our readers. To be eligible to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post before March 21, 2011. (more…)
Here’s a new set of vectors for our WDL Premium Members. This pack from Designious contains 16 high-quality floral flourish vectors. These are perfect for giving your design an ornate feel. The smooth, curly strains with large, wide open leaves will sure give your artwork a nice look. (more…)
For our WDL Premium Members, we have another excellent vector pack from our friends at Go Media. Stars and Hearts is a giant pack full of different varieties of vector stars and hearts (with a few flowers thrown in for fun). Stars and Hearts sounds pretty basic on the surface and there are only so many ways to draw a heart. Right? Well, this set has a ton of different ways in all kinds of arrangements from explosions of love to “4th of July extravaganza” starbursts. There’s a total of 100 vectors in this set.
There’s a huge market for mobile app development. I’m an iPhone user myself, and we’ve posted plenty of stuff here on iOS design and development. But it looks like the popularity of the Android platform isn’t slowing down anytime soon. It’s market share keeps growing. So we thought it was about time that we help out you Android developers out there. Here’s a list of tools and kits that you should find handy. (more…)
If you’re a WDL Premium Member, we’ve got something very nice for you, today. TabletFolio, from WeGraphics, is a single page portfolio with a unique design, an awesome illustration of a graphic tablet. This HTML/CSS template is very easy to customize. You’ll find comments inside the code and a separate psd to put in your own logo, polaroid and title. If you’re not a WDL Premium Member, sign up to download this and tons of other resources. (more…)
For those of you who haven’t picked up a copy of The Smashing Book 2, this is a brief overview and some of my initial thoughts about the book. I received my copy last week, and I’ve been reading it for the past couple of days. So far, I’m impressed. Just like everything the team at Smashing Magazine does, the emphasis here is on quality – from the content to the actual printing of the book.
The production quality was the first thing I noticed after unboxing it. Unlike the first book, this one has a hard cover, stitched binding, and even a “Smashing” orange bookmark. Not that the original Smashing Book was bad, but It’s evident that much more emphasis and care was put into the production of this one.
We talk about negative space quite a bit here on WDL. It can be a very important element in a design, especially in logos. Clever designers can create shapes around and inside the main elements to help reinforce the meaning or message of the logo. When done well, it’s a thing of beauty. I can’t get enough of logos like these. When I come across good ones, I have to share them. So here are some more clever examples of negatives space in logo design. (more…)
Here’s a set of high-quality Photoshop brushes for our WDL Premium Members. This set from Azigos is called Hard Grunge. It contains 25 high resolution brushes (size between 2221-2500px) that you can use for all your grungy effects. Suitable for print projects and web projects, some of the brushes have been made with paint, while others are made with grunge textures. (more…)