Weekly Design News – Resources, Tutorials and Freebies (N.35)

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The State of Web Development 2010

The State of Web Development 2010
This detailed report from the sec­ond “State of Web Development” survey of professional web designers and developers. It includes details and analysis of all the responses to over 50 ques­tions cov­er­ing tech­nolo­gies, tech­niques, philoso­phies and prac­tices that today’s web pro­fes­sion­als employ.

If illustrators designed football shirts…

If illustrators designed football shirts...
If illustrators designed football shirts...
With the World Cup just around the corner, it's not surprising to find that various brands with strong connections to the glorious game are producing spanky new products for us to buy. Both Umbro and Nike have commissioned illustrators to devise emblems and badges to be embroidered on to alternative versions of national team shirts…

Top 10 Things You Didn't Know Google Maps Could Do

Top 10 Things You Didn't Know Google Maps Could Do
There's more to Google Maps than a place you double-check your directions. Google's data-stuffed site offers a lot of helpful tools for vacationers, spreadsheet nerds, bikers, and others. In this post they dig into Google's data-rich geo-tool and pulling out some helpful lesser-known features.

5 Reasons Why Autoblogging Sucks

5 Reasons Why Autoblogging Sucks
For those who don’t know what autoblogging is, it’s basically exactly what it sounds like – having the content on your blog generated automatically. This may sound like an incredible and liberating innovation to the uninitiated. After all, this blogging thing is a tough gig. Who wouldn’t want to free up a few extra hours by minimizing the time you spend preparing your content?
Don’t be deceived, though. Autoblogging sucks. It sucks for the blogger. It sucks for the reader. It most certainly sucks for people whose work is being ripped off. Basically, you should simply avoid it altogether. Here are 5 good reasons why.

How to Boost Your Online Portfolio

How to Boost Your Online Portfolio
A portfolio is the reflection of one’s work and skills; any potential employer will actually go through your portfolio and examine your previous designs and all of the work that you have done. Based on this he may decide to either hire you or not.

9 Photoshop Editing Tips Web Developers Should Know

9 Photoshop Editing Tips Web Developers Should Know
Here are common tasks and processes that web developers often need to deal with when working on a web design/web interface using Photoshop.

Formee – Fresh baked forms for your websites!

Formee - Fresh baked forms for your websites!
Formee is nothing but a framework to help you develop and customize web based forms. Did you use to spend a lot of time aligning fields and calculating margins and paddings in a quest for a perfect form? No more!

TypeFACE Designer App.

Typeface is an application that produces a unique typeface based on the user’s face characteristics. Typeface translates the facial dimensions of the user and at the same time it creates a natural handwriting typeface. Not only does this contrast with the geometric qualities generative type experiments tend to take, but also challenges the conventions of typing versus writing.

A List of 58 Awesome Sites With Tons of Free Web Tutorials

A List of 58 Awesome Sites With Tons of Free Web Tutorials
The Internet is full of wonderful free gems, and web tutorials are definitely high up on our list of favorites. There are hundreds of great, free tutorials out there on everything from web building (HTML, CSS, etc.) to Flash to Photoshop.
guidetocomputertraining.com has put together a great selection of there favorite 58 tutorial hubs . All of the resources have been chosen because they have great information, come from authoritative sources, and offer a range of tutorials.

20 Incredible Tumblr Themes

20 Incredible Tumblr Themes
Tumblr is increasingly growing in popularity, and as it does so too does the number of designers creating and sharing cool new themes. This post brings together 20 examples of the best themes available, perfect examples of the class and style that can be brought to a Tumblr account.

40 Useful jQuery Techniques and Plugins

40 Useful jQuery Techniques and Plugins

National Geographic Photos You May Have Never Seen Before

National Geographic Photos You May Have Never Seen Before
National Geographic Photos You May Have Never Seen Before
In this post, they have gathered some stunning photographs from The National Geographic Website, and highlights the beauty of nature, culture and the worlds natural resources.

Create an AJAX/jQuery/PHP Contact Form

Create an AJAX/jQuery/PHP Contact Form
This tutorial uses XHTML, CSS, jQuery and a little PHP to make a pop-up/modal contact form that validates whatever is entered into the form and then uses AJAX to send the form without refreshing the page. Sounds complicated…actually it’s very simple!!

How to Draw a Photorealistic Coffee Cup

How to Draw a Photorealistic Coffee Cup
In this tutorial you'll learn to draw a very realistic cup of coffee. Underneath the cup you'll add a coffee stain using custom brushes. This tutorial may look advance but the techniques are very simple.

Create Simple Captions using CSS

Create Simple Captions using CSS

Google Drawings Wireframing Kit

Google Drawings Wireframing Kit

Logo Identity Guideline Template for Download

Logo Identity Guideline Template for Download
Here is a basic template for the A4 single page set of identity guidelines for a general logo design. It covers the basic essentials that a client needs to keep the identity looking consistent and to avoid abusing the use of it such as distorting the image, changing colours, changing fonts etc.

Top 50 Earners in World Football (Infographic)

Top 50 Earners in World Football (Infographic)
OK, this topic is not design related, but it does look good. And of course, if you are a football fan, then you'll love it.

A Tiny Apartment Transforms into 24 Rooms

In Hong Kong, because of the space, apartments are small and expensive. Gary Chang, an architect, decided to design a 344 sq. ft. apartment to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls. He calls this the "Domestic Transformer."

BIG CATCH MOVIE

BIG CATCH MOVIE from Moles Merlo on Vimeo.

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