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An Easy Design Trick: Using a Photo’s Natural Lines

An Easy Design Trick: Using a Photo’s Natural Lines

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Today we’re going to explore a super easy design trick for combining text and photos in interesting ways. I’ll teach you four methods for using the directionality of a photograph to determine a corresponding design layout.

This one will be fun and is sure to challenge the way you think about images in your designs so sit back and come along for the ride!

September 5th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Web Design Critique #64: Snowden Industries

Web Design Critique #64: Snowden Industries

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 Snowden Industries.

September 2nd, 2011 Posted in Critique
Code a Web Magazine Style Dropdown Navigation Menu

Code a Web Magazine Style Dropdown Navigation Menu

Frontend web development has grown into a very popular niche. With the expansion of jQuery more web designers are beginning to create fantastic animations and page effects. The possibilities are limitless!

In this tutorial we’ll be creating a magazine-style drop down nav menu. This will be created with some fancy CSS3 techniques to work in standards-compliant browsers. Even if you are shaky with jQuery you should be able to keep up with this little bit of code, and possibly learn something new. Check out the live demo script in my example.

September 2nd, 2011 Posted in JavaScript
Weekly Freebies: 30 Terrific Typographical Textures

Weekly Freebies: 30 Terrific Typographical Textures

This week’s collection of freebies is an awesome selection of photographic textures featuring typography. Some depict old grungy type, others are faded and handwritten, all will prove extremely useful the next time you need a good texture.

Let’s jump in and look at these amazing resources!

September 2nd, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Save Over 40% on 465 Beautiful Symbolicons Icons

Save Over 40% on 465 Beautiful Symbolicons Icons

This week’s deal brings you an amazing discount on a huge set of icons. Normally priced at $43, we’re bringing the entire Symbolicons collection to you for only $25!

Read on to see how and why you should take advantage of this offer before it’s too late!

September 1st, 2011 Posted in Deals
Kerning Live Web Type With jQuery and Lettering.js

Kerning Live Web Type With jQuery and Lettering.js

Yesterday we published an article outlining Eight Simple and Useful Tips for Kerning Type. This mostly focused on the basics of kerning: what it is, how it works, letter pairs to keep an eye on, etc.

Today we’re following that up with a discussion on how to use Lettering.js to kern your web type. Don’t worry, it’s much easier than you think!

September 1st, 2011 Posted in Typography
8 Simple and Useful Tips for Kerning Type

8 Simple and Useful Tips for Kerning Type

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Kerning is fun! All right, unless you’re a serious type nerd like me, that’s definitely not going to be a true statement. However, it is an absolutely essential part of your typographical education and implementation.

If you’ve been ignoring kerning or simply aren’t sure how to do it properly, take a look at these eight quick tips and get started on the road to becoming a kerning master.

August 31st, 2011 Posted in Typography
More Than Scaling: How to Make the Leap From Mobile to Desktop

More Than Scaling: How to Make the Leap From Mobile to Desktop

In the last decade, much discussion time has been given to how both interfaces and user experiences translate from desktops to smaller mobile devices. Recently however, the conversation has switched and we’re now seeing trends begin in the mobile environment and make the leap back to the desktop.

This leap is deceptively simple and merits significant inspection as to the fundamental differences between mobile and desktop platforms and how that can and should affect how interfaces and experiences are crafted.

August 30th, 2011 Posted in Software
Important Marketing Lessons From Outrageous Vintage Advertisements

Important Marketing Lessons From Outrageous Vintage Advertisements

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I absolutely love looking at old ads from the early to mid 20th century. The themes covered and claims that are made are often so completely outrageous that you wonder how they ever made it to print. Looking at these, you can’t help but marvel how far advertising has come.

How much advancement have we really made in this area though? Aren’t the advertising ploys of past generations still the same tricks used by marketers today? Follow along as we take a look at some truly ridiculous ads and how they really aren’t so different from advertising we see today.

August 29th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
Web Design Critique #63: Q & A Creative

Web Design Critique #63: Q & A Creative

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 Q & A Creative, the freelance portfolio of Doug Wollison.

August 27th, 2011 Posted in Critique
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