If you have followed this design magazine for a while, you will know how much we love well designed icons, especially the free variety. So, when Iconshock offered us the opportunity to have an icon-set exclusively designed for our readers, we jamp at the chance.
Horror art can be defined as being “the intrusion of a disturbing supernatural element into everyday human experience” (via Wikipedia). Chilling description isn’t it? Or, if you prefer, it could be described as being blood, guts and gore.
Horror can be [mostly] a very disturbing art, it can also be very memorable and creative. It is the latter two elements that we have captured for todays post.
In this weeks Twitter design news round-up there are a fair few useful resources, tutorials, inspirational artworks and even a small guide on when to use Comic Sans.
If you have any cool links that you would like to share, do not hesitate to send them to us here…
CSS frameworks are a Gods send. They speed up development, ensure usability, meet all W3C standards, compatabile across most browsers and a hell of a lot more. Sounds marvelous doesn’t it. Why doesn’t everybody use them? Well, for the novice developer, frameworks, may be a little bit tricky to get there head around? That is were this article comes in, to hopefully give everybody a better understanding of what a framework is and how to use it effectively.
The simplicity of the new YAY!Everyday redesign, even though I did love the original site design, looks and feels great. As such, simple and clean design seems to be gathering momentum recently, with a lot of established sites toning down and stripping out all elements that are not necessary. Being a big fan of minimal and clean web design I can only say, long may it continue.
There are hundreds and thousands of Photoshop brushes available to download for free. Were do you start looking? How do you find that particular brush that you need to complete your latest design project? And most importantly, were are all the the high quality or even hi-res brushes? In this design resource round-up we have compiled a list of the best Photoshop directory resource sites and also compiled a list of the best PS brush collections. If you can’t find the brush that you need here, give up, because it can’t be found (or, I may have missed it).
As marvelous as it is browsing the net seeking new resources, keeping up to date with fresh web trends, new web app start-ups and learning new techniques, it can be very time consuming and not very productive. An easy solution is to subscribe to a podcast dedicated to web design. You could listen to it while you are ‘working’, at the gym or even while you are making dinner.
Steampunk is a popular style of art that take its inspiration from Victorian England or from the era when steam power was widely used, namely the 19th century. There appears to be no boundaries to steampunk as an art. Digital drawing, sculptures, modeling, computer modding, traditional painting… and now, even Lego gets in on the act.
Illustration and typography are not typically associated with each other, they each evoke a strong and separate visual statement in relation to there own style. Can this type (as a figure of speech) of illustration be regarded as illustration? Or, on the flip side, can the art of typography, mixed in with illustration be regarded as typography? If you are an illustrator or a typographer you will probably each have your own opinion. For us, its a match made in heaven. The combination of the two design styles creates something unique, it demonstrates that art has no boundaries, and ultimately will create something beautiful.
In this weeks Twitter design news round-up, we have a couple of useful Internet Explorer CSS fixes, cheatsheets and a great indepth article, from Smashing Magazine, about the many differences between each version of IE…