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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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