Tag Archives: Design

Free Fonts, Free Vectors

Free fonts, Free Vectors indeed.

Where to go for free fonts? Urbanfonts and / or Betterfonts.

Where to go for free Vector Art? Vecteezy. Free Brushes (for Photoshop / Illustrator, you know) Brusheezy.

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WordPress design competition…

The Sandbox Designs Competition for WordPress

Apparently, there hasn’t been one like it since 2004, but now Scott of plaintxt.org is holding a “Sandbox design competition” (Sandbox being the name of the WordPress theme that it’ll all be based around)

Sandbox is, as you’ll see if you read the about section, a highly semantic theme for wordpress, dynamically generating a wealth of useful variations and classes, and effectively puts an unprecidented level of visual control into the CSS. Unprecidented vs. your normal WordPress theme, that is. 24,000 possible class selectors, apparently. Not that you’d use that many, I hope.

The competition runs until July 29th, with judgements made on the 6th August (when all of the entries will be released)

I’m gonna do my best to enter this one, and even if I don’t, the theme sounds like a promising new base for a redesign…

RSS. Bling or no Bling?

Times move fast on the web. RSS has been mainstream for quite a while. So long, in fact, that RSS readers are now built into the two major windows browsers, Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2. It’s been inbuilt for longer on the Mac, I hear.
So, in our busy little ‘Web 2.0′ designs, why does the staple ingredient of Blogs and Community websites need to be emblazoned in the design? I mean, what’s the point?

RSS.  Bling or no Bling?
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Adobe CS3 Icons

It’s so hard to find useful resources for Icons on the web. Especially product icons. If you’ve ever tried putting together a design, one that requires product attribution, you’ll know what I mean. Far as I’m concerned, companies should start including things like hi-res pngs of their icons with the product. C’mon, don’t make me Google ‘Adobe CS3 Product Icons’ just to get a decent (i.e. full transparency & larger than 32x32pixels) logo.

Regardless, I found a cool set of these Icons the other day, thanks to koregraphik. The icons aren’t exact rips of the ‘real’ icons, but they’re very close. (Scaled down to 32×32 the rounded corners are neglible, and actually make the icon look smoother) They look sweet at full scale, and that’s good enough for me.

Adobe Flash CS3 IconAdobe Director CS3 IconAdobe Photoshop CS3 Icon

Keeping your finger on the pulse with Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine Logo

Smashing magazine (‘we smash you with the information, which will make your life easier. really.’) is one of those pseudo-blogs, regurgitating content from other sites as a method of generating traffic. Well, at least that’s what I assume. Behind the ads* there’s a wealth of decent resources, and it’s updated at a furious rate. For example, there seems to be 100 links+ in each of their ‘Best of Month‘ articles. (and with that many links, there’s gotta be something good)

They don’t obviously write all this content, but seem to read and research everything that’s going on through digg, digital web and the like, and then prepare and serve it up in healthy doses every week (or more).

Head on over there, read their past articles and sign up to their RSS. You’ll thank me later on.

* remind me to do a post on how to remove them sometime…