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…
Overall this weeks web design selection is pretty strong, with a healthy mix of CSS and Flash, especially within the clean and minimal web design style. A great example of which is One by Four, with its simple logo, its basic layout and its clever use of color, it all merges together perfectly.
This months free book giveaway, well for one lucky reader anyway, is called WordPress 2.7 Complete written by April Hodge Silver and Hasin Hayder. If you would like to win this free book, read on.
Animator and Director, Darcy Prendergast mixes a gritty animated style with a twisted sense of humor to create his amazing and unique animations. Over his many young years, he has won a host of prizes and awards, most notably the 1999 Junior Stanley award, the $20,000 Nescafe Big Break prize, and most notably, being selected for the Annency Festival International du Film d`Animation and Stuttgarts Internationales Trickfilm.
All this and he is only 24.