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20 Excellent Blogs for Those Who Love Design

By / Mar 26, 2009 / Resources

Whether you’re a web designer, a print designer, or a photographer, you probably share a common trait with me and other creative types – a love for all things design related. I’m a web designer, but I love reading blogs that cover anything about design. I think there is much to be learned from exploring…

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40+ Beautiful Patterns and Textures for Ornate Backgrounds

By / Mar 23, 2009 / Freebies

The use of ornate patterns in web design has been popular for several years now. Not only does it add a lot of intricate detail, but it’s also a great way to add a level of sophistication to a design. Here are some of the most beautiful ornate patterns and textures that I have found.

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13 Photoshop CS4 Video Tutorials for Learning New Features

By / Mar 19, 2009 / Tutorials

If you’re like me, sometimes you are so busy with projects that you fail to take time to familiarize yourself with the new features of upgraded software. Since Photoshop is the design tool of choice for many web designers, and since CS4 hasn’t been out very long, I’ve decided to round up some useful video…

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22 Extremely Detailed and Beautiful Icon Sets

By / Mar 16, 2009 / Freebies

Icons come in many different sizes and styles. Some are flat and solid colors, while others can be very detailed. Icons in web design are often used to enhance content and navigation, but the ones in this post are so detailed that they could easily stand alone as beautiful works of art. So if you…

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1000 Free Business Cards from UPrinting

By / Mar 10, 2009 / Freebies

About a month ago, we launched a new site called Card Observer. It’s a gallery that showcases beautiful business cards. Since the launch it has delivered a lot of inspiration to a lot people. Now I’m going to tell you where you can get a lot of business cards printed for free.

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11 Excellent Solutions for Creating Tooltips

By / Mar 10, 2009 / Resources

Tooltips in web design are becoming more and more commonplace. Even though I don’t think they are appropriate for every type of site, they can be a very useful addition when implemented correctly. If you are planning on using tooltips in your next project, the hardest part may be choosing the right solution.

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10 Blog Designs with Innovative Layouts

By / Mar 6, 2009 / Inspiration

It seems that the majority of blogs all follow a standard layout: a long list of posts on the left and a sidebar on the right containing such things as recent comments, popular posts, etc. For this reason, when designing a blog, it is so important to do something innovative with the layout to help…

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14 Most Useful Web Design Cheat Sheets

By / Mar 3, 2009 / Resources

A well rounded web designer’s day is spent immersed in multiple graphic design programs and writing front end code. All of this moving from one environment to another can make it hard to memorize such things as hot keys and shortcuts for each. This is where cheat sheets come into play. A cheat sheet is…

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12 CSS Tools and Tutorials for Beautiful Web Typography

By / Feb 25, 2009 / Resources

Achieving beautiful typography with CSS on the web is no easy feat, and there are many limitations to what can done with type on the web. However, there are generous people out there that have taken the time to build tools and write tutorials to help you overcome these limitations and create websites with beautiful…

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18 Photoshop Brush Sets for Creating Incredible Lighting Effects

By / Feb 16, 2009 / Freebies

A couple of months ago, we took a look at 28 Powerful Photoshop Lighting Effects. This time I want to show you some of the most incredible Photoshop brushes I’ve found that can be used to create similar stuff. If you have a project coming up that requires some type of lighting effect, you will…