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15 Creatively Cut Business Cards

By / Jun 12, 2009 / Inspiration

In business card design, there are several things you can do to make a card stand out and be memorable. One of them is having the card cut in a unique way. Here are 15 business cards from Card Observer that all share this quality. You’ll notice that some have been cut to give the…

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40 Stunning Ubuntu, Mac, and Windows Wallpapers

By / Jun 10, 2009 / Freebies

Wallpapers are great for giving you a spark of visual inspiration when switching between applications or taking a break from a project. People are also very passionate about their wallpapers, especially those themed around their operating system of choice. In this post, you will find 40 of the most stunning wallpapers designed around Ubuntu, Mac,…

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New Site Launch: Five Niche Galleries

By / Jun 9, 2009 / Inspiration

Steven Snell of Vandelay Design and DesignM.ag announced the launch of five new galleries that focus on specific niches. We all know the value of gallery sites for the design community. They give us inspiration and allow our work to be seen by thousands, but sometimes typical web design galleries can be overwhelming when looking…

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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.)