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100 New and Beautiful Seamless Patterns

By / Jun 8, 2009 / Freebies

Seamless patterns can be used for complete website backgrounds or to fill a specific area in a design. There are plenty of patterns out there, but if your tired of seeing the same ones over and over, then you’re in luck. Here are 100 beautiful seamless patterns that have just been created in the past…

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14 Most Visually Appealing Free WordPress Themes

By / Jun 4, 2009 / Freebies

With such a large community that has grown around WordPress, it’s no surprise that there are tons of free themes floating around out there. However, there are only a few that look great out of the box. In this article, I’ve rounded up what I believe are the best looking free WordPress themes available.

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13 Beautifully Designed Mac and iPhone App Websites

By / Jun 2, 2009 / Inspiration

The Apple brand is synonymous with good design. It also seems that a lot of applications made for Macs and the iPhone seem to possess a little something extra when it comes to aesthetics. The designers of these apps do a great job in carrying over that same high level of quality in branding. This…

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22 Extremely Well Written Icon Design Tutorials

By / Jun 1, 2009 / Tutorials

In the past, I’ve shown you free icon sets that are great for web applications, as well as icons that are highly detailed. Even with all the free icons available, you won’t always be able to find ones that fit every need. That’s why it’s a good idea to develop skills that will allow you…

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MOO Business Card Special Offer for WDL Readers

By / May 28, 2009 / Resources

If you’re creating a portfolio of your work, whether it is graphic, website, or even user interface design, choosing which images should represent your work is a tough (and time consuming) task. Combine this with the number of times a potential client asks you for your details and you have a small problem.

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10 Super Useful Tools for Choosing the Right Color Palette

By / May 26, 2009 / Tools

Whether you are designing a clean corporate website or a grunge portfolio site, color is going to play a major role in how the design is perceived by the audience. That’s why it’s important to get the colors right upfront. There are plenty of tools out there made especially for this, but like anything else…

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Create a Resizable Image Grid with jQuery

By / May 22, 2009 / Tutorials

Image grids that smoothly scale at the simple drag of a slider are no longer confined to desktop apps like iPhoto or Picasa. Thanks to some clever CSS and the jQuery UI, fluid image grids are now surprisingly simple to implement on the web. (Take a peek at the final product.)

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Best Grunge Textures and Photoshop Brushes All In One Place

By / May 18, 2009 / Freebies

Grunge design elements are a great way to give a design a worn and weathered look. Since it’s a popular style in modern web design, there are plenty of resources out there, but sometimes it’s difficult to find the ones that are the highest quality. I’ve taken the time to hand pick what I believe…

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15 Boldly Colored Business Cards

By / May 15, 2009 / Inspiration

Running Card Observer allows me to see lots of business cards, and many of them are absolutely stunning. That’s why I like to share them here as well. I’ve already shown you letterpress cards and minimal cards, but now lets look at some that sport bold colors. The designers of these cards took a chance…

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80+ Fresh New Textures for Creating Web Site Backgrounds

By / May 12, 2009 / Freebies

As you’ve probably figured out, I love designing with texture. I also love sharing textures here on WDL. When done properly, a texture used as a background can add depth and set the over all mood for a web design. Here are over 80 textures that have all been released in just the past couple…