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Weekly Freebies: 50 Wonderful Water and Ice Textures

Weekly Freebies: 50 Wonderful Water and Ice Textures

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This week’s set of freebies is a group of textures dedicated to our good friend H20. Water is one of the most fascinating things on the planet and it makes for a fantastic background element in design work, both in liquid and in ice form.

Enjoy these fifty free to use textures and incorporate them into your own work. Each is licensed under a “Creative Commons-licensed content for commercial use, adaptation, modification or building upon” agreement, meaning that you can use them pretty much however you want as long as you toss in some credit for the authors.

September 23rd, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Save Over 50% on 6 Months of Open Source Training

Save Over 50% on 6 Months of Open Source Training

It’s time to build up your knowledge and experience with Joomla, WordPress, Drupal and more and we’ve got a fantastic way to get you there at a deeply discounted price.

Get loads of professional quality video training for only $47, down from $99. This is one design deal you won’t want to miss!

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September 22nd, 2011 Posted in Deals
Career Options: 10+ Types of Graphic Design Jobs to Consider

Career Options: 10+ Types of Graphic Design Jobs to Consider

So you want to be a graphic designer? What does that mean exactly? What types of jobs are available? It turns out deciding to be a designer is a pretty vague choice that often requires some more direction and career evolution before you really land yourself in a meaningful career.

Today we’ll explore the underlying structure of the graphic design industry and take a brief look at some different design jobs and career paths that you can and should explore. Whether you’ve been a designer for ten minutes or ten years, this article could help you find your place in the industry.

September 21st, 2011 Posted in Business
10 Tips for Designing Better Infographics

10 Tips for Designing Better Infographics

Infographics have been around for ages but in recent years they’ve really come into the spotlight as an almost irresistible way to communicate complex scenarios and information. We can’t help it, when we see a link for an infographic, we almost have to check it out!

If you’re at all interested in infographic design, read along as we take a look at some of our favorite examples and discuss some important do’s and don’ts for creating compelling and effective graphics.

September 20th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Build an Animated Mario Block Navigation Menu With CSS3

Build an Animated Mario Block Navigation Menu With CSS3

Today we’re going to have some good clean fun by recreating the animated Mario Bros. question mark box with pure CSS3.

Along the way you’ll learn how to use several cool CSS3 technologies such as rounded corners, box and text shadows, and keyframe animations that work in both Safari and Firefox. Let’s jump in!

September 19th, 2011 Posted in CSS
Weekly Freebies: 50 Outstanding Free Illustrator Brush Sets

Weekly Freebies: 50 Outstanding Free Illustrator Brush Sets

Adobe Illustrator is the best vector editing software on the market, so why not stock it up with the best free Illustrator brushes on the web?

For this week’s freebie post, we’ve collected fifty of our favorite free Illustrator brush sets for you to check out and download. Enjoy!

September 16th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Then and Now: The Evolution of Cereal Mascots

Then and Now: The Evolution of Cereal Mascots

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Today we’re going to have some good old nostalgic fun and take a walk through cereal box history to look at some beloved characters that have been with most of us since we could chew.

Keep reading to see what your favorite cereal box mascot looked like years ago versus today!

September 15th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
20 Awesome Responsive Templates and Themes (Free and Premium)

20 Awesome Responsive Templates and Themes (Free and Premium)

Responsive web design is all the rage at the moment, but as a full-time designer it’s hard to make time to pick up on new trends no matter how useful and perhaps even necessary they may be.

Pre-built themes and templates provide you with a quick and easy way to get started with responsive web design. Many of them do all the work for you and provide a simple plug and play workflow, others just take care of the heavy lifting by taking care of the media queries and give you complete control over design. This post contains 20 free and premium templates, all of which are fully responsive right out of the box.

September 15th, 2011 Posted in CSS
The Best Online Portfolio Service: Three Free Options Compared

The Best Online Portfolio Service: Three Free Options Compared

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Whether you’re a freelance designer, a full-time-employee or an out of work designer actively seeking a position, it’s a good idea to increase your web presence as much as possible. It’s always great to have your own site and domain, but you can easily supplement that with some awesome free online services created specifically to host creative portfolios.

Rather than give you another roundup of twenty of these services and force you to do the research yourself, I’ve gone through and picked three of my favorites for comparison so you can quickly see which is best for you. Let’s get started!

September 14th, 2011 Posted in Business
Is Content Always King? Thoughts on Real World Constraints in Design

Is Content Always King? Thoughts on Real World Constraints in Design

Content should precede design. It’s a basic and essential piece of advice that you’ll hear from me as well as countless other designers. But what about the situations where this idea breaks down? We’d like to imagine that it’s never the case that design must take place before certainty about content can be reached, but in truth this simply isn’t the case.

What circumstances are there that force designers to proceed with a lack of content? How should you respond to such scenarios? Keep reading as we explore these ideas.

September 13th, 2011 Posted in Layouts
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