50 of the Best Seamless Pattern Sets – Updated

There are no individual patterns in this post, only complete sets, with each set containing anything from 3 patterns all the way up to 100, and are available in a variety of popular formats: .eps, .ai, .png, .pat, .psd and .jpg. You will find all kinds of varied patterns, such as fabrics, geometric shapes, flowery, retro, vintage, grunge, swirls, paper,…

45 Free CSS and XHTML Web Layout Templates (Revisted)

Whether you download and dissect pre-built CSS templates to learn new layout techniques or if you download them to be used as easy-to-edit ready made and standalone web sites, you shouldn’t be limited to using one of the many cloned, dated and often dull templates that are freely available. Popular trends and techniques change very quickly within web design and…

25 Free Fonts Perfect for @fontface (Revived)

The recent web design trend of not using web safe fonts for headlines and titles has opened up a whole new resource category for designers: The search for the perfect headline grabbing font. In this post we have collected 25 of the best completely FREE headline fonts that could be easily used with @fontface property and all packaged with a…

10 Shining Examples of Grid Based Web Design and Best Practices

The grid is not just a cool-sounding word (why sci-fi loves it), but it’s also an incredibly simple and effective principle for website design. By sticking to a grid, you can make your website look sexy and clean, have it be highly readable, scannable, and navigate-able for your visitors (increasing their chances of returning), and make it easier on yourself…

Ten Alternative CMS Options to WordPress

Let’s face it, WordPress is the demi-god of blogging and (arguably) Content Management. From Syria to Korea, WordPress powers them all. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other fish in the sea. Even if you are in love with WordPress (just as we are), trying out a taste of variety won’t harm you a bit. So lets check out some…

50 Beautifully Designed Posters with Amazing Typography

This article focuses on the use of typography to create “impact” and “drama” when designing posters. Poster design almost certainly requires text to be effective, this text will often include key information – dates, names, locations, times. It follows that typography can be an extremely useful (and critical) tool in poster design. Below are 50 posters that rely heavily on…

An Introduction to HTML Prototyping

Since starting work as a web designer I have always, and will always obsess over improving my project workflow, my own design pattern if you will. Never afraid to make a couple of wrong turns along the way, my intellectual pursuit has seen me produce wireframes in Photoshop, sketch them out in meticulous detail, and not so meticulous detail, test-drive…

CouchCMS – A simple CMS solution for web designers

CouchCMS is a self-hosted simple CMS that has been created specifically with web designers in mind. It allows a designer to take any HTML/CSS templates and convert it into a fully content managed site, quite literally in minutes. Unlike most other CMSs out there, Couch works by being retrofitted within an existing design or static site and not vice versa….