Best Of Design – September

  • On September 30th, 2008
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This September brought lots of really cool design articles into the blogosphere with lots of neat ideas. I have been compiling this list over the last four weeks, and today bring you the best of the online design world for September 2008. From tutorials to inspirational posts, this compilation has everything you would ever want.
Enjoy!

Best Of Design   September

45 Beautiful And Creative WordPress Themes

WordPress provides designers utmost control over a theme – resulting in unprecented flexibility in the layout and design direction he or she can take. WordPress – in the title – is inside parentheses because the designs you’ll see below are wonderful designs despite of the publishing platform they use (which just so happens to be WordPress).

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Best Of Design   September

220+ Stunning Creative Skateboard Graphics

T-shirts, album art and skateboard graphics are often used by designers and illustrators as a blank canvas to express their personal creativity, with no limits holding back the creative ideas there are many stunning examples to be seen. This collection of 223 skateboard deck graphics from various designers and illustrators will be sure to get your creative juices flowing!

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Best Of Design   September

25 More Incredibly Artistic Website Designs (Part 3)

If you enjoy getting inspiration from artistic designers, here is a collection for you. It’s a follow up to the first two popular collections: 25 Incredibly Artistic Websites and 25 Incredibly Artistic Websites Part II.
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Best Of Design   September

10 Challenging But Awesome CSS Techniques

Most designers and web developers only scratch the surface of the potent language that is CSS. In terms of programming languages, CSS has a fairly simple learning curve. That doesn’t mean that CSS isn’t a powerful language. Sometimes it’s the small things that make a huge difference in a website design.

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Best Of Design   September

100 Nice And Beautiful Blog Designs

We spent weeks going through hundreds and hundreds of blogs in the blogosphere, looking for blogs with nice and interesting design. We marked down those with great interface, graphically beautiful, unique personalities and styles. Here we bring you – 100 Nice and Beautiful Blog Design.
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Best Of Design   September

21 Inspirational Typography Artworks from DeviantArt

The inspirational collection here ranges from portraits made from just Typographic characters to abstract art design using 3D software and type elements. I have on occasion tried to replicate this type of artwork and I have found it to be very painstaking and time consuming. So I praise the artists who have managed to make these beautiful artworks and designs look so stunning and graceful.

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Best Of Design   September

The Web Designer’s Typographic Glossary

Though there are some great examples of web designers writing on typography recently, one thing that I’ve always wanted is a quick little reference to help me remember both the terms and how the typographic toolkit should be used. This is the beginning of such a reference.
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Best Of Design   September

20 Insane Comic-book Style Photoshop Effects

Comic books and graphic novels combine two things every designer aspires to meld: real meaning and pure, unadulterated eye candy. Here we introduce 20 of the best ever tuts on using Photoshop to create stunning comic-book style art.
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Best Of Design   September

70 Cute and Cheeky Vector Animal Characters

This collection of 70 cute and cheeky vector animal characters provides a roundup of some fantastic fauna-based illustrations from across the web. We’ve got everything from bears to beavers to… well, weird—and strangely fat—Japanese-style bunnies. Time to put on your cute-resistant specs and dive in!

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Best Of Design   September

Resources for Freelance Web Designers

Being a freelance web designer is definitely hard work! But if you are willing to put in the time and effort it takes to be a good one (i.e. make a living), it can be both financially rewarding and fun! Here are a few articles, links, and tools to help you along on your freelancing journey…
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Best Of Design   September

Grunge Type Photoshop Tutorial

Ok, today we are going to look at how to make grunge / worn style type to use in your art.
The process is actually quite simple, and you can get endless variations.
This is a great tutorial brought to you by You The Designer.
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Best Of Design   September

Simplicio: A Free Icon Set

We are always looking for creative and talented artists and designers. Once we find them, we ask them to cooperate with us and release something for free. We provide them with the full freedom to showcase their professionalism and express their creativity. Every release helps to make the Web a nicer place. In fact, the results are quite often pretty impressive.

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Best Of Design   September

10 designers worth following on Twitter

Twitter is a popular hangout for geeks and techies, and you are almost guaranteed to find everyone from the layperson to mini-celebrities on Twitter. Here is a list of awesome web designers on Twitter worth following. Note that conversation value has been given importance (how active they are on Twitter, and how much of tweets is design-related).

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Best Of Design   September

40 Creative Design Layouts: Getting Out Of The Box

In the showcase below we present 40 creative out-of-the-box layouts that break the boring 2- and 3-columned, boxed layouts. We have collected pure CSS -designs, CSS+JavaScript -layouts as well as Flash -designs. Most designs presented below risk their site structure and content presentation with unusual approaches.

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Best Of Design   September

25+ Essential Articles For Every WordPress Beginner

With thousands of new blogs springing up every day, it can be quite daunting for a new user to be thrust into a new interface and blogging platform. That is why today I am taking WordPress back to the basics with 25+ essential articles for every WordPress beginner.
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Best Of Design   September

How To Master Photoshop In Just One Week

So you want to master Photoshop huh? You’ve come to the right place. This is the first part of a three part series that will help you to master Photoshop in and out in just one week. Today’s part is all about getting to know the basics of the program and how to operate the complex software – nothing amazing, but you need to crawl before you can walk!

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Best Of Design   September

Irresistible Websites Part Four: Energy

What gives a website design energy? The way I see it, a website displays energy if the design is not only well crafted but also generates its own atmosphere. The design elements may be simple (even minimalist) or bursting with detail, but with one aspect in common: they create an ambience based on a sense of location, time or mood.

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Best Of Design   September

Type Chart

Typechart lets you flip through, preview and compare web typography while retrieving the CSS.
This is a great resource for finding good web typography, and how you can use it yourself on your own website.
I would highly recommend this resource to designers new to web typography.

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Best Of Design   September

DelliPack: A Free Icon Set

Today we are glad to release The DelliPack! icon set. This set of “delicious icons” contains 5 high-quality icons: a folder icon, a paint icon, a safe icon, a building icon and a printer icon which can be useful for both corporate and personal projects. The set includes a PSD-source file as well. You can use the set for free — without any restrictions whatsoever.

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Best Of Design   September

Interview with Alen Grakalic of CSS Globe

Most of you are probably familiar with CSS Globe. If you’re not, it is a very popular site run by Alen Grakalic that provides design news (through user submissions) on a daily basis. Alen also publishes some original tutorials and articles on the site.
CSS Globe is a great resource for both print and web designers.

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Best Of Design   September

The Process of Designing a Killer Logo

Designing a killer logo has everything to do with concept and little to do with technical prowess or how well you can use a design program. Also, when it comes down to it vector is the most versatile and useful format for logo design.
A must-read for any logo designer.

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Best Of Design   September

How to Create a WordPress Theme from Scratch

Creating a WordPress Theme, The Homepage Following on from the recent article on “PSD to HTML”, this tutorial will look at taking a HTML/CSS template and turning it into a functioning WordPress theme. There is so much you can do when creating your own theme we couldn’t nearly cover it all.

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Best Of Design   September

10 Masterful Mobile Phone Tutorials

As new advancements in mobile phone technology continue to appear, so do the mobile phone tutorials. As these new cell phones are released many tutorial writers become inspired to recreate these beautiful new phones in Photoshop and Illustrator, so designers can master the techniques and use them to create their own illustrations, icons, web designs, print ads and so forth.

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Best Of Design   September

9 Web Design No Nos for the Newbie

I admit I’ve committed just about every crime against web design on this list. That’s probably why it flowed so smoothly from my mind. They are all easily avoidable sins that, if transgressed, will cost a web designer big. So if you want to avoid humiliating yourself in front of clients and burning unnecessary midnight oil, take heed. It will save you a lot of anguish to learn from my mistakes instead of your own.

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Best Of Design   September

76 Unique WordPress Themes

WordPress is one of the most used CMS around the world. In this list, you will find Blog, Gallery and Portfolio Themes. All this designs are unique, creative and attractive. This list is a good way to find inspiration for your next blog :) .
A collection of beautiful and inspirational blog designs.

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Best Of Design   September

20+ Inspiring Pixel Artists, Tutorials, and Resources

Let’s take a look at some of the top pixel art studios and artists that will leave your mouth dripping with wet little squares. Then we’ll review a wide range of beginner to comprehensive pixel art tutorials. And don’t miss all the articles, resources, and collection of other cool stuff to be found in this solid collection of pure pixel love.

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Best Of Design   September

35 Beautiful Examples Of Rain Photography

Below we present over 35 beautiful examples of rain photography. This post is supposed to provide you with some inspiration for rainy motifs and is not supposed to be the ultimate collection of best photographs. All photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. Please feel free to explore further works of these photographers on their Flickr collections or their personal sites.

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Best Of Design   September

30+ Adobe Illustrator Tutorials : Mastering Your Tools and Options

In this post we present a collection of excellent Adobe Illustrator tutorials that shows you exactly what needs to be done in order to create professional artworks using which tool and option. These tools and effects may or may not be new to you, but I am sure you will find them interesting.

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Best Of Design   September

Interview With Chris Spooner

I recently had the opportunity to interview Chris Spooner. I’m sure many of you are followers of his blog, Blog.SpoonGraphics.com. Chris has just recently made the jump to full-time freelancer, and I hope you will enjoy getting to know more about him.
Chris Spooner’s blog covers various design topics from tutorials to inspirational posts.

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Best Of Design   September

10 Amazing Graphic Design Magazines Part 1

Graphic Design Magazines are a key way for active graphic designers to further immerse themselves into the design community. They can inspire you, inform you and keep you up to date on the latest trends, hottest studios and new design talent.
Are you subscribed to any of these?

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Best Of Design   September

Top 7 Most Overused Techniques & Elements Used In Graphic Design

Are you following graphic design trends subconsciously? These are two questions to ponder over the next six weeks in this six part series showcasing the most overused techniques used in design today.
Are you using these elements?

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Best Of Design   September

The Top 10 Premium Specialty Themes for WordPress

Premium themes ideally will separate themselves from free themes by achieving a better, more professional look as well as through added functionality and options from within the dashboard. Here are 10 of the best premium specialty themes available today.
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Best Of Design   September

40 Icon Tutorials for Photoshop

There are a growing number of excellent Photoshop tutorials creating for your own icons. Here are 40 of the best.
A creative and inspirational collection of beautiful icon designs and how you can recreate them in Photoshop.
Enjoy!

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Best Of Design   September

Huge Collection of Adobe Illustrator Resources

If you’re interested in improving your skills with Adobe Illustrator or finding resources that can make you more effective and efficient with your time in Illustrator, this is the collection for you.
A must-read resource for vector artists!
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Best Of Design   September

40 Stunning Vector Landscape Illustrations

A common feature seen in all the examples is how the use of vector graphics results in a unique crisp and stylized image, ranging from colourful ‘cartoon-like’ designs to more abstract and geometric illustrative works.
Stunning vector artwork collection.

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Best Of Design   September

50 Creative Photoshop Text Effects

Learn how to soak your text in bubbles, splatter it with blood, turn it to glass, then to ice, melt it into water, grow it into grass, cut it from metal and riddle it with bullets. Explore these 50 creative Photoshop text effects.
Have you used these yet?
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Best Of Design   September

15 Design Blogs To Promote your Articles

Getting the word out on Digg/Stumble Upon can be tricky when no one knows your blog, but luckily for design related articles, there are many high traffic blogs that have community link features where you can submit your design articles and receive decent amount of traffic.
How many are you using?

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Best Of Design   September

20 Firefox Add-ons to Enhance your Web Development

Which are the best add-ons that can really help you as a web developer or designer in terms of time and effort? So here’s 20 extremely useful Firefox Add-ons that can help developers create websites.
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Best Of Design   September

How to Create a Trendy Retro Type Treatment

In this Illustrator tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a trendy retro type treatment with a free font, gradients, blends, and some scatter brushes. It’s a relative easy tutorial containing techniques that can be quickly applied to many other type treatments and various graphic elements.
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Best Of Design   September

Illustration Artists Showcase and Inspiration – Part 1

This collection is mixture of more traditional illustration to photography and illustration, when I look at illustrations like this I always think about how there made, such as paint splatters did the designer take a can of spray scan it in and manipulate it, stuff like that can add a whole new dimension to the illustration.

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Best Of Design   September

10 Amazing Graphic Design Magazines Part 2

Today we will list 5 more important magazines covering similar topics to the previous part and in addition more technical topics such as tutorials and tips for using important design programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

Subscribe to them today!

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Best Of Design   September

75 (Really) Useful JavaScript Techniques

Developers and designers are using more and more JavaScript in modern designs. Sometimes this can be a hindrance to the user and take away from the simplicity of the design, and other times it can add greatly to the user’s experience.
Have you tried any of these techniques?

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Best Of Design   September

Web Design : Religious Sites

Since my friend and I are developing our church’s web site, I start to research tendencies for this kind of site. And my surprise is that there are really awesome sites out there about it! From vintage style to illustration, flash elements, gradients, photographic background… there are many trends, but all of them are really well done.

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Best Of Design   September

39 Masterpieces Of Creative Advertisements

I am calling this collection as “39 Masterpieces of Creative Advertisements”. Maybe most of you guys already had a look at some of these but we tried to make this compilation very inspiring, interesting and entertaining for everyone and specially for our exclusive readers. Just take a look at them.

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Best Of Design   September

Finding Inspiration In Type + Color

Today I am focusing on type + color, and have written a line or two underneath each choice I have made to display below. It’s crazy how many combination’s can be created with color + type and movement too. You may find yourself going back to these sites to look at them more closely.
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Best Of Design   September

Creative Tabbed Website Navigations & Tutorials

Navigation is arguably one of the most prominent and important aspect of any web design. It allows for a clear navigation and a way for visitors to explore deep into a website’s archives. The purpose of a navigation is to construct a concise and easy way for visitors to find their way around.
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Best Of Design   September

15 Amazingly Free Magazine and Headline Fonts

A very neat collection of free magazine and headline fonts perfect for creating bold typography and elegant web designs.
Be sure to check this source if you are in need of typographic inspiration.
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Best Of Design   September

Tribute To Graffiti: 50 Beautiful Graffiti Artworks

In this episode of Monday Inspiration series we are presenting a tribute to street art and graffiti — over 50 examples of beautiful and impressive graffiti artworks. Hopefully everybody will find some inspiration at least in some of the works showcased below. Feel free to explore the works of artists by following the links to their sites.

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Best Of Design   September

CSS Typography: Contrast Techniques, Tutorials and Best Practices

The main advantage of elegant CSS typography lies in its ability to be both attractive and improves the user experience. When chosen wisely and used carefully, it can be very effective to support the overall design.
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Best Of Design   September

Design blogs making an impact

Since then I’ve been on the lookout for designers and bloggers who have come up with their own great ideas to generate awareness or fundraising for worthwhile causes, much like James West did earlier this year.
Is your blog making an impact?
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Best Of Design   September

Photoshop Tutorial: Designing a Unique Bookmark Box

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial we’ll be learning how to create a unique, and professional-styled bookmark/promote box for your personal Blog, or maybe even your website.
How did you like this tutorial?
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Best Of Design   September

25 Beautiful Minimalistic Website Designs – Part 4

A few of the most popular posts on this blog are the 3 collections of inspirational, minimal web designs (see part 1, part 2, and part 3). So why stop there? These 25 sites are also clean and attractive.
Do you like minimalist?
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Best Of Design   September

65 Places to Find a Graphic Designer

There are many outlets designers use to promote themselves nowadays, most of which are online such as design galleries. By knowing these places you will be able to find the perfect designer for your business!
Are you using these outlets?
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Best Of Design   September

WordPress Developer’s Toolbox

With all of the WordPress development that is going on, there is a need for an organized collection of resources to educate, inspire and equip developers to improve the quality and efficiency of their work. This post provides all kinds of WordPress-related resources to do just that.
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Best Of Design   September

Top 7 Most Overused Icons, Shapes & Symbols Used in Graphic Design

Is all design looking the same to you? Are you following graphic design trends subconsciously?
These are two questions to ponder over the next six weeks in this six part series showcasing the most overused techniques, effects, icons, shapes, concepts, fonts, stock images and clichés used in design today.
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Best Of Design   September

50 Amazing Gig Posters Sure to Inspire

The gig poster scene isn’t exactly the best kept secret among music fiends like myself. It is a tradition that started in the 60’s and is still going strong.
The following are 50 hand picked gig posters whose creativity and imagination blew me away.
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Best Of Design   September

40+ Beautiful Icon Sets Hand-picked from deviantART- Part 2

So today we would like to present another 40 incredible icon sets which you can use for your web designs or your desktop. Let’s take a close look at some of the most beautiful icon sets we’ve found on deviantART.
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Best Of Design   September

10 Websites with huge list of resources for web designers and developers

These are the sites which have a huge list of links that are divided up into categories and then thrown together on one giant page of resources for web designers and developers, all these website covers mostly all topics in design and development, such as Icons, Templates, Fonts, Scripts, Color tool, CSS and more.
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Best Of Design   September

25 Tasty 3D Graphic Design Treats Part 2

Previously we made a post on the topic of 3D typography called 25 Tasty 3D Graphic Design Treats and since that post the amount of designs created in this niche has grown tremendously! This has inspired us to make another post on 3D type showcasing some sick new designs.
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Best Of Design   September

28 Killer CSS Menus – Inspiration

There’s nothing like a big fat truckload of style to get those creative juices flowing, and it’s with no end of pleasure that I deliver to you the first of many collections of usable web eye candy, this time looking at navigation.
Are you inspired?
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Best Of Design   September

Top Designers and Their Inspiration

In the 2nd part of my design inspiration article series I asked 2 top designers to let me know what inspires THEM in order to see how they come up with their ideas and what artists, websites, and sources they use.
What’s your inspiration?
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Best Of Design   September

Due to the Credit Crunch, This is your New Office

So the financial markets are in an epic turmoil, and everyone’s cutting back. Office equipment is an area where many firms could really make a saving. Here’s a complete solution:
(Office humor)
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Best Of Design   September

Make an Inspiring Artistic Poster with Drawn Elements

In this tutorial, we’ll create drawn elements, use design brushes, bring them into Photoshop, and merge them into a unique poster composition that feels hand-made, stylistically unified, and personalized.
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Best Of Design   September

45 Character Illustrations in Web Design

Having a character illustration is a must get your visitor’s attention. The visitor will easily associate the character with your site or your web services. All these vector characters make the website very attractive. This list is a good way to find inspiration if you decide to use a character in your Design.
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Best Of Design   September

35 Tutorials for Mastering Photoshop Brushes

Regardless of your skill level in working with brushes you should find some tutorials here for you. Some cover the basic uses and functionality of brushes, some will teach you various ways to create your own custom brushes, and some will help you to develop your skills by using them as an integral part of a design.
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Best Of Design   September

18 Truly Awesome Hand-Picked Designer T-Shirts

If you are like me, you love your t-shirts and this is why I have hand picked 18 awesome, cool designer t-shirts for your pleasure. All of these shirts come in men and women’s sizes and are on sale from $19 at Design By Humans by affiliate.
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Best Of Design   September

14 Great Abstract Photoshop Brushes For Light Effects

One of the best ways to create spectacular abstract effects in Photoshop is by using brushes. They save you time and make the process less complicated. However, taking the time to find high quality brushes isn’t all that fun, so I’ve compiled a list of 11 high quality abstract brushes from various designers which I hope will be useful to you.
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Best Of Design   September

10 Excellent Dark Designs for Your Inspiration

Often overlooked given the recent craze surrounding Web 2.0 have been dark designs. Choosing a dark design is a massive branding choice when setting up on the Internet, so here I’ve gone ahead and picked 10 usable, well organised and appealing dark designs from around the Web.
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Best Of Design   September

10 Beautiful icons set for web developers and designers

This post contains a collection of 10 beautiful and very popular icons set useful to be used in your web applications or your websites.
A great resource for all web designers!
Which set of these beautiful icons is your favorite?
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Best Of Design   September

30 Kick-Ass Vector Based T-Shirts from Top Designers

This collection of 30 stunning T-Shirt designs is an inspirational roundup of examples from some of the best names in the apparel world, each with their own unique take on vector illustration.
Do you own any of these excellent tees?
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Best Of Design   September

A Comprehensive Guide: Illustrator’s Paintbrush Tool and Brush Panel

Illustrator’s Paintbrush Tool and Brush Panel are some of it’s most powerful tools. With these you can dress up your vector paths into compelling flourishes, patterns, tapered edges, and more.
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Best Of Design   September

Top 10 Sources of Logo Design Inspiration

If you’re a logo designer or interested in learning more about logo design, there’s no doubt you’d like to see some excellent examples for the best logo designers around for your own inspiration. The ten sites listed below are all great places to visit when you’re in need of some inspiration, and many of them will also allow you to share your own work with others.
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Best Of Design   September

45 Explosively Colorful Photoshop Effects

Imagine a world without color. Then, imagine a world without Photoshop. Depressed yet? Don’t be. Let us cheer you up with 50 Photoshop effects that will have you manipulating vibrant colors like a pro. Our palette crosses the full range from subtle and elegant to vivid and high-impact.
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Best Of Design   September

WordPress Archive that *works*: StepxStep Guide and Plugins

One of the advantages of using WP Archives page is the amount of information that it can provide to help the visitors easily browse your blog and find what they’re looking for. It can also act a your blog’s sitemap which is perfect for search engines.
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Best Of Design   September

Create a Custom Mac OSX Style Ring Binder Address Book Icon

Today I’ll show you how to create an Address Book replacement icon for Mac OSX. When you are a beginner, it’s better to start with designing replacement icons to get some practice. Let’s get started with personalizing the icons in our workspaces.
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Best Of Design   September

25 Refreshingly Blue Website Designs

Whatever you design situation may be, its nice to be able to quickly look over websites with similar color schemes to get an idea what has been done. Our large showcase of blue websites should help you get into the “Blue Zone” if you ever find yourself working with this color. How blue is your web site design?
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Best Of Design   September

20 Free Handwritten Fonts And Resources

Handwritten font can really say something special personalizing communications with Your visitors. Actually there are a huge amount of great fonts out there, we never heard of. I wanted to dig a little deeper and so I created my own selection with some very special handwritten fonts.
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Best Of Design   September

500+ Photoshop Brushes for Creating Textures

Textured graphics are obviously very popular right now, and fortunately there are tons of free Photoshop brushes that will help you to quickly and easily get the textured look you want. This post is a showcase of some of the best sets of brushes available anywhere for creating textures.
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Best Of Design   September

28 Excellent Free Mac Apps for Graphic and Web designers

A great collection from Specky Boy on twenty eight free mac applications that are perfect for graphic and web designers. This is a great resource to find an app that can quicken your workflow and make your life as a designer easier.
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Best Of Design   September

15 must-have features for modern design blogs

Design blogs are popping up all around the web these times, the newest ones trying to reach a wide audience through long compilation-style posts on all possible subjects related to web design, while already established names hire guest writers to renew their content at a breathtaking pace.
Are you using these features?
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Best Of Design   September

30 Creative Website Headers

One of the first things new visitors will notice upon arriving at your website is your header. Some sites are able to make an excellent first impression by featuring an artistic or creative header. This mini gallery post is a collection of some of the more inspiring headers out there.
A great place to get inspired for your next web design.
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Best Of Design   September

Issues Involved with Website Communication

Regardless of what type of website you’re developing, the success of the site will hinge on being able to communicate effectively with visitors and readers. On the subject of communication, there are a number of potential issues that need to be considered:
Are you having any of these issues?
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Best Of Design   September

Getting Creative With Javascript: 15 Websites With Cool Slider and Scrollers

The Most Important thing is not -what you say, the important thing is -how you say and when you say , While some days before we are using flash for buttons, gallery etc, later now JavaScript frameworks like mootools , scriptallicious and prototype replace the flash with a light weight code and we can get the same effect like flash.
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Best Of Design   September

Guide to Blogging for Freelance Designers

The blog was originally planned to just be an occasional article that would ideally draw some search traffic from potential clients, however, in just a few months it became much more than that when I started to understand the potential of blogging and how to produce results.
Are you a freelancer and blogger?
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Best Of Design   September

15 must-have features for modern design blogs (part 2)

In part 2, we will finish the roundup of features every design blog must have. Next post, part 3, will dive into the different types of content modern design blogs usually fancy publishing.
Are you using these features?
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Best Of Design   September

40 Photoshop Tutorials On Rain Showers and Water Drops

Adding the illusion of water and rain to photographs using Photoshop can be a bit tricky. Many times the effect feels forced and cheesy, as if you’re looking at a grainy picture instead of an authentic rain shower. The tutorials below will give any designer inspiration for incorporating water scenes in fall designs and showcase some amazing water work by excellent designers.
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Best Of Design   September

40 Brilliant Mid + Hi-Res Wallpapers for Photoshop Lovers

If you love Photoshop, you need a desktop wallpaper that demonstrates your allegiance to killer digital art. Something that inspires you every time you look at it, to be better, more skillful, work harder. You will find that here.
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Best Of Design   September

20 Sites You’ll Love if You’re New to the Web Industry

Today I decided to share the best of my web design bookmarks with you. Whilst there are heaps of tutorials and blogs out there, these are amonsgt those I’ve found the most useful. I’ve also tried to provide a good cross-selection of sites covering everything from Photoshop to CSS to JavaScript.
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Best Of Design   September

How To Write An Effective Design Brief and Get The Design You Want!

How do you get the design you want? The perfect design you envision in your head? … The design brief is the answer. Whether you are a designer or a client, an effective design brief is the single most critical factor in ensuring that a project is successful.
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Best Of Design   September

Use Whitespace to Indicate Relationships Between Content Elements

One of the most important tools in a designer’s toolbox is whitespace. Whitespace is just that — it’s space between various content pieces, like paragraphs, headings, buttons and so on. This space can be tweaked to achieve different effects — such as to separate elements apart from each other by increasing the amount of space or group related things together by tightening it.
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Best Of Design   September

60 Concert Posters From Ten Amazing Artists

So many shining examples of this exist in the art community, and in this episode of Monday Inspiration we present 60 inspiring concert poster designs from 10 amazing artists. The links at the bottom will take you to sites dedicated to showcasing other wonderful works from the concert poster genre.
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Best Of Design   September

Create a Vibrant 3D Pixel Type Treatment

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a fun 3D pixel font type treatment. Using a free font, gradients, and Illustrator 3D filter, you will easily create a type treatment that you can apply to many other fonts.
This is a spectacular effect!
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Best Of Design   September

25 Typography Flickr Groups Designers Should Join

Flickr is a great place for inspiration. There are numerous groups dedicated to the topic of typography, but vary in what they focus on such as found type, signage, calligraphy, graffiti, type design and more.
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Best Of Design   September

30 cool wallpapers for designers

I’ve been wanting for a while now to write a designer wallpaper-list article. As a designer finding nice wallpapers that you actually like can be quite an adventure.
A great resource to spruce up your desktop!
Which wallpaper is your favorite?
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Best Of Design   September

45 Amazing Illustrations for Inspiration

Now and then we stumble at various artists whose work we find inspirational. In a week or so we might not remember the name but the image will still be there. It’s great to keep the record of their locations, whether in your computer, or in your bookmarks, etc.
A fantastic inspiration piece!
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Best Of Design   September

Top 7 Most Cliché Stock Images Used in Web Design

Sometimes clients ask us to implement ‘not-so-unique’ elements into our designs and sometimes it seems almost impossible to convince them otherwise, however, hopefully this post can suggest some reasons why not to use the old web design stock imagery clichés.
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Best Of Design   September

How To Create WordPress Themes From Scratch Part 1

I’m going to show you how to create a wordpress theme from scratch in these 3 parts of tutorial series. I will cover from Structuring, designing in Photoshop, slicing, coding into fully css based html, and finally wordpress implementation.
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Best Of Design   September

30+ Websites that Feature a Hand-Drawn Style

While the content of these sites is still presented in a very clean and relatively simple format, the visual field is dominated by a single illustrated image or by a series of hand drawn elements throughout the background. Here the designers are using their “art” to frame the content.
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Best Of Design   September

30 Brilliant Vector Logo Designs, Deconstructed

A kick-butt logo design is of great importance to any business. Often seen as the first impression of a company, its logo must be tailored to communicate specific values and ideals in an instant.
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Again, it has been a fantastic month. I can’t wait to see more in October!

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