The big news in this weeks Twitter design news round-up, was Smashing Magazines creation of the Smashing Network, well it was big for us. We also have a couple of great Photoshop tutorials, a few inspirational showcases, some useful tools and apps, overall there is a lot of good reading.
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Textures have become more popular and been put to greater use in recent years, they are one of the best ways to add depth to your design, whether it’s subtle noise on a clean vector illustration or a lot of grunginess throughout a layout. In this article there are numerous examples of beautiful textured Web designs to inspire you, and as a bonus, there is a small collection of links to help you get started with using textures in your own designs.
In this tutorial, you'll go through the simple steps and techniques to design a simple, yet attractive house icon. There are no intricate curves or complex brush work, just simple shapes along with layer styles. The aim of the tutorial is to help you get familiar with the correct use of colors and efficient use of layer styles.
There are a lot of options out there for using other-than-websafe fonts in your website designs. Dynamic text replacement methods or resorting to very long fontstacks (where most of your visitors won’t see the font you wanted anyway) have long been the standard for using anything other than websafe fonts.
But the @font-face function changes all that. With most major, modern browsers now compatible with it, services are cropping up all over for providing the fonts you want to embed on your site without eating up your bandwidth and server space.
Google Wave is a new web-based collaboration tool that's notoriously difficult to understand. This guide will help. Here you'll learn how to use Google Wave to get things done with your group. Because Wave is such a new product that's evolving quickly, this guidebook is a work in progress that will update in concert with Wave as it grows and changes.
You have probably noticed that Smshing Magazine has has a redesign, not a major redesign, more of a reorganisation. It does look good and is a great improvement.
They also announced the Smashing Network, They have teamed up with 18 other magazines to house a productive and comprehensive meeting place for designers and developers, showcasing truly the best content around. Among those joining the network are Webdesigner Depot, Noupe, SixRevisions, UX Booth, Hongkiat, ThinkVitamin, Web Designer Wall, Designm.ag, Boagworld an, of course, we have!
Fireworks is the little brother of Photoshop, no doubt about it. It is no were near as powerful nor as popular. How good is it really? I can tell you this, according to this article, that Fireworks image compression is far greater than Photoshops! Now that is controversial.
In this detailed and informative article from Web Designer Wall, they have tested many images and outline how good Fireworks compression actually is.
Stylizer lets you design CSS layouts in real-time right on a browser, without any loss in control. It's much faster and more intuitive than using an external editor like Notepad or Dreamweaver. Have a look at the video above for more details.
Choosing a CSS editor comes down to your preferences, Stylizer is a new editor that I am hightlighting for everyone to try.
A radio without any knobs. A bathroom where a clear display wirelessly streams vital statistics on your health. And a user interface that takes brain waves and translates them into commands for a computer.
These are some of the products in development by Cambridge Consultants, a product design and development company. It showed off some of its latest inventions at a daylong event last week in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Measuring a tiny eighth of an inch by quarter of an inch, this carefully crafted piece of engineering is the world's smallest working train model.
The five-carriage train, which is 35,200 times smaller than a real train, nips around an oval route even taking in a ride through a tunnel on its three-quarter inch track.
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