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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
Script Tips: 50 Examples of Script Headlines and Logos

Script Tips: 50 Examples of Script Headlines and Logos

Today we’re going to talk about script fonts. We’ll examine how they’re commonly used on the web, offer up some tips for incorporating them into your own designs and see fifty sites that use scripts in a big way.

We’ll also take a close look at one of the most commonly used scripts on the web today, can you guess what it is?

September 6th, 2011 Posted in Typography
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
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