I started Christmas shopping very early in 2010. I have been browsing shops, online stores and catalogs since August. I have bookmarked, scheduled and bought a wide variety of quirky and awesome products for some very lucky people. I also own quite a few things that are on the list I have compiled, so you
There are some amazing new font foundries on the design scene who are doing some brilliant work and making it available to designers and developers everywhere for next to nothing. The release of a new font or font family sees the release of a free weight, a trending practice that garners no complaints from anyone.
In my recent jaunts on the interwebs, I have come across some great vector freebies. I have handpicked a few that are free for personal and commercial use (with some requiring mere credits). In this little roundup today, I am listing 50+ awesome free vector illustrator patterns, seamless and otherwise. These are perfect for the
When designing a website or any other printed media a whole array of elements are vital to the overall look and feel of the project, if any of these aspects are incorrect or poorly thought out the project can suffer. Colour is one of these important parts of design. When choosing colour your initial reaction
Oh how time flies! The last icon roundup I did was almost 8 months ago. I love icons. They are detailed little graphics that you can put on any background and make the design pop. I love making them too, whipping them up as and when I need them. You can never have too many
Typography is possibly one of the most important design aspects of any project; using typography that doesn’t compliment your design can be incredibly detrimental to the design and effect usability and obviously the aesthetic properties of the project. There are thousands of fonts from many foundries available, as well as custom fonts that people wish
Gaining inspiration at times can be an incredibly difficult and frustrating task, like writers, designers suffer a form of "writers block" which can be a major design hurdle before you even start. You will see posts around the web "9999 Of The Best CSS Galleries" which OK they can be handy and serve a purpose,
When designing a fancy logo, we shouldn’t be using a plain font, nor something too grungy. These kind of logos need to maintain their class. The right balance of flair and flourish in typography will render these fancy logos absolutely beautiful. I prepared 20 free fonts which are just right for this purpose. Enjoy! 1.
Every few months I do a post rounding up the latest and freshest typography wallpapers on the scene that catch my eye. I have 47 new ones [or at least I think they are new cause I haven't seen them before] today and am really digging the "Why So Serious?", "Retro Machine" and "Lost" Wallpapers.
Okay, so we all went a little crazy when Steve Jobs introduced us to the iPad. Despite the mixed responses worldwide, I am actually quite excited about the iPad, but I am going to wait till the next generation devices are released before I buy it. Apart from some of us who snickered about the
A slab typeface is a serif typeface which is characterized by its bold, chunky, block-like qualities. It can be either angular or rounded around the extremities[edges]. A slab typeface is best used in attention grabbing posters, billboards, newspaper headlines and promotional materials. With big and bold typography becoming quite a trend on websites in the
I have been working on a couple of projects lately and have been designing quick icons on and off to facilitate the design requirements. That got me thinking as to what sort of icons were available out there that would make a designer’s [or any person wanting to put together a web page] life simple.
With the amount of vector art out there on the internet and the increasing number of both amateur and expert vector cartoonists and designers, the number of Illustrator cartoon tutorials are surprisingly less. Cartoons are so much fun! You can escape into an alter world and let your imagination go crazy with hilarious characters and
I was looking for some Bokeh textures recently to be used in a project and came across some beautiful free textures that I had to share. For those who don’t know what Bokeh is, it is originally "boke" and pronounced as bo as in "bore" and ke as in "Kennedy". Having originated in Japan, it
A few days ago I started a 5-part series, showcasing some of the best retro fonts out there, that are absolutely free. Today, I have Part II of the series and this time around these retro fonts are accompanied by whimsy statements that popped into my head while I was doing this post. I