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Then and Now: The Evolution of Cereal Mascots
Graphics / 15 Sep 2011

Then and Now: The Evolution of Cereal Mascots

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!

20 Awesome Responsive Templates and Themes (Free and Premium)
CSS / 15 Sep 2011

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.

The Best Online Portfolio Service: Three Free Options Compared
Business / 14 Sep 2011

The Best Online Portfolio Service: Three Free Options Compared

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!

Is Content Always King? Thoughts on Real World Constraints in Design
Layouts / 13 Sep 2011

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.

Design an iPhone App Website Template With E-Mail Signup
JavaScript / 12 Sep 2011

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.

Web Design Critique #65: FlashXML.Net
Critique / 10 Sep 2011

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.

Weekly Freebies: 50 Fantastic Fall Textures
Freebies / 9 Sep 2011

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!

30 Useful and Hilarious Lorem Ipsum Generators
Inspiration / 8 Sep 2011

30 Useful and Hilarious Lorem Ipsum Generators

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.

8 Ways to Get the Selection You Want in Photoshop
Software / 7 Sep 2011

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.

Script Tips: 50 Examples of Script Headlines and Logos
Typography / 6 Sep 2011

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?

An Easy Design Trick: Using a Photo’s Natural Lines
Graphics / 5 Sep 2011

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

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!

Web Design Critique #64: Snowden Industries
Critique / 2 Sep 2011

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.