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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
Design an iPhone App Website Template With E-Mail Signup

Design an iPhone App Website Template With E-Mail Signup

If you’ve been on the scene with iOS then you’ve surely seen some of the beautiful app websites cropping up. These have been released over the past couple of years as developers have been looking for ways to attract marketing potential. There are a lot of very standard-looking templates out there for web designers – but my hope is to tackle something new!

Today we’ll be creating a styled iPhone App website template using HTML5/CSS3. This will not be targeted onto a specific app, so we don’t include a download link to the app store. Instead I’ve created a small e-mail signup form through MailChimp so you can hook early adopters into the app for pre-release. This is great for developers who need to get something up and running for their product before it’s on the market.

September 12th, 2011 Posted in JavaScript
Web Design Critique #65: FlashXML.Net

Web Design Critique #65: FlashXML.Net

Every week we take a look at a new website and analyze the design. We’ll point out both the areas that are done well in addition to those that could use some work. Finally, we’ll finish by asking you to provide your own feedback.

Today’s site is FlashXML.net, a Flash components marketplace.

September 10th, 2011 Posted in Critique
Weekly Freebies: 50 Fantastic Fall Textures

Weekly Freebies: 50 Fantastic Fall Textures

September is here, which means (for some parts of the world) jackets, falling leaves, football and maybe even some hot cocoa. It’s my absolute favorite time of year, but sadly I live in a dry, hot desert so I don’t really get to experience it properly!

Whether you’re in the midst of autumn or just wishing you were, take a look at these fantastic fall textures from some really gifted photographers. Each image is licensed for commercial use with attribution so feel free to grab them for your next project!

September 9th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
30 Useful and Hilarious Lorem Ipsum Generators

30 Useful and Hilarious Lorem Ipsum Generators

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Lorem ipsum represents a long-held tradition for designers, typographers and the like. Some people hate it and argue for its demise, but others ignore the hate as they create awesome tools to help create filler text for everyone from bacon lovers to Charlie Sheen fans.

Today we’re going to briefly discuss why lorem ipsum and its brethren still have legitimate uses and then we’ll have some fun as we check out thirty great dummy content generators that you’ll definitely want to bookmark.

September 8th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
8 Ways to Get the Selection You Want in Photoshop

8 Ways to Get the Selection You Want in Photoshop

Mastering different forms of selection creation is one of the fundamental aspects of becoming a Photoshop professional. If you don’t know half a dozen techniques or more to create a usable selection, your toolbox of skills is unnecessarily limited.

Today we’re going to take a quick look at eight popular methods for creating selections in Photoshop and where each is the most applicable.

September 7th, 2011 Posted in Software
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