This Weeks Twitter Design News Roundup N.17

With it being Christmas in the past week, design articles have been a little thin on the ground, making today’s Twitter round-up fairly sparse. Don't be put off, though, there are still a few high quality articles being published around the community, and we have highlighted them below.
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Twitter Design NewsCoffeeScript is a little language that compiles into JavaScript. Think of it as JavaScript's less ostentatious kid brother — the same genes, roughly the same height, but a different sense of style. Apart from a handful of bonus goodies, statements in CoffeeScript correspond one-to-one with their equivalent in JavaScript, it's just another way of saying it.
Note: CoffeeScript is just for fun and seriously alpha.

Discussing The Definitive Guide to Realistic High Dynamic Range Images in Leviathor's Labyrinth

Twitter Design NewsWe have all seen them. The alien worlds. The velvet paintings. The collision of photography and flamboyant computer graphics effects.This tutorial is none of those things.
This tutorial attempts to demonstrate how to make a realistic HDR, one that is virtually indistinguishable from a single exposure. The biggest goal is producing a tutorial that can stand as a standard by which anyone can learn to create a balanced HDR. Ultimately, the processing choices are yours. These are the building blocks.

30 Gadget Design Tutorials for Photoshop

Twitter Design NewsGadgets are a favorite subject for many designers. There are some excellent tutorials out there to help you create amazing results within Photoshop for this type of design, and in this post they feature 30 of them. You’ll find tutorials for designing iPods, iPhones, a Blackberry, cell phones and more.

Tools And Techniques To Manage Creative Projects On Your Mac

Twitter Design NewsSome folks substitute quality for scope, but focusing on time, budget and the scope of any project inevitably affects the quality delivered to the client. In this article, they stick with time, budget and scope as the guiding principles for project management.

5 Steps to Give Your Photo a Vintage Finish

Twitter Design NewsThe author of this tutorial demonstrates how easy it is to give your images a vintage look and feel in five simple steps.

The 10 best new Firefox add-ons of 2009

Twitter Design NewsThis past year felt like a rebuilding year for Firefox add-ons, with two new frameworks implemented to help guide the future of extensions. Personas gave Firefox on-the-fly theme-switching, and users can expect it to be part of the stable version of Firefox 3.6 when that gets released. Jetpack takes a similarly-minded approach to feature add-ons, allowing programmers to create feature-rich add-ons from little more than HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Expect JetPack to eventually be part of Firefox by default.
In no particular order, CNET highlights ten of there favorite extensions.

How To Play with Google Maps and Twitter API

Twitter Design NewsOn Nov. 19 this year, Twitter turned on geo-location functionality and started to give the possibility to external applications to provide geo-tagging features to the end user. This new opportunity is increasing the number of geo-located tweets that can be easily accessed by the twitter search API and give rise to tons of “funny games” with tweets.
The most basic use is to show where tweets are coming from, and that is what this tutorial shows you, how to display tweets on a Google map (almost) continuously.

10 Sources of Inspiration for Designers

Twitter Design NewsCreativity is an enigmatic aspect of human experience; it is often difficult to identify what it is that drives this impulse and the elements that inspire an artist’s work. Written from the perspective of a practicing painter and writer, this post brings together ten areas that are sources for artistic inspiration. When an individual chooses a career path of freelance art or design, a career that depends on a constant supply of creativity, it is important to recognize what inspires the work, and how to stimulate one’s imagination.

Luminescent Lines in Photoshop

Twitter Design NewsThis tutorial will show you how to create some thin flowing lines that look as if they emit light. This technique is fairly simple and is a great way to create an abstract wallpaper or would look good integrated into another image. This tutorial mainly explores the brush engine and you will also learn how to create custom brushes and use them effectively, combined with some interesting layer styles.

Flash Image Gallery

Twitter Design NewsFlash Image Gallery is a free (for personal use) Flash interface for displaying images on a web page. It has a small file size, a simple intuitive interface, and is very easy to install and use.
Here are some of the features: You can create unlimited galleries, up to 30 pictures per gallery, any size thumbnails, any size of images, supports full screen and, the free version, is packaged with two themes – black and white.

Absolutely Hilarious Yet Amazing Caricatures of Celebrities

Twitter Design NewsWhen it comes to striking the funny bone using a design tool, it definitely has to be the hilarious caricature artworks. A caricature can refer to a portrait that exaggerates or distorts the essence of a person or thing to create an easily identifiable visual likeness. Caricatures can be insulting or complimentary and can serve a political purpose or be drawn solely for entertainment. Caricatures of politicians are commonly used in editorial cartoons, while caricatures of movie stars are often found in entertainment magazines.

Create a dark glossy social bookmark icon in 5 simple steps

Twitter Design NewsThe difficulty in designing web graphics is not so much in the actual execution of the design, but more in the planning of it and the process of learning new things. At the same time you want the design to be eye-catching, yet smooth and small enough so it doesn’t dominate your layout.
In this tutorial you will learn how to create some fancy, dark and glossy icons inspired by the iPhone app, Tweetie.

How To Get a Bob The Builder “Yes We Can!” Attitude

Twitter Design NewsThe author of this article, takes a very unique take on childrens TV shows. He is not talking about when you’re wasted or high, but when you are lucid and actually paying attention to a 1/4 of the things said in the shows, that you can actually take a lot out of it.
The one particular show that he focuses on is “Bob The Builder”and describes how we can use the "we can do anything" attitude into our everyday lives.

Christmas Wishes With Facebook Connect

Twitter Design NewsProviding a simple way for users to authenticate themselves can turn a web application in a much more personal place. But a registration is a time taking process which visitors prefer to go without. This is exactly where services such as Facebook Connect step in. They let you dive inside their multimillion user base, skipping that tedious registration process that drives people off.
This is were this tutorial comes in, you will learn how to develop a webapp which will allow users to add christmas wishes using facebook connect and share them with their friends, using CSS, jQuery, PHP, AJAX and MySQL for data storage.

40 Creative and Humorous Photography

Twitter Design NewsThis post has an amazing selection of funny photographs, with no particular theme or direction. The one thing they do have in common are that they are all very, very funny.

Ultimate Resource List for Vector Graphics

Twitter Design NewsIf you are in search for particular vector graphics for your next project, look no further! In this article you will find a great selection of websites that offer free vector graphics for you to use.

31 Websites Where To Find Free HQ WordPress Themes

Twitter Design NewsThere are tons of WordPress Themes available, and it can be very hard to choose a good design for your blog or site. To help sift through the endless web pages and sites searching for a particular design, this posts lists 31 theme directories to help you. Be aware, for every high quality theme there are also some poorly designed themes. Choose wisely.

20+ Easy to Work Content Management Systems

Twitter Design NewsChoosing a CMS for your project depends upon the requirement and complexity of the project. The rational behind choosing a CMS is deployment of flexible and better management of all the data, whether it be content, pictures, videos, audios, etc. People with no or minimal technical knowledge may find it difficult to manage all these things, and with their needs piling up every day various companies have made different CMS giving the user a perfect backend admin authority.
This post gives you an overview of 20 CMSs to help you choose which one is for you.

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