MyInkTrail: Best of the Design Community, August 2009

MyInkTrail is a monthly roundup of the best from the design community. Here you’ll find my favorite articles, compilations, tutorials, freebies and sites from August 2009.

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Review of Billings: A Time Tracking & Invoicing App

Most of us in the design community love working on projects, but dread the small rather important details like time tracking and invoicing — at least I do. My lack of zeal for invoicing has led me to look for ways to make that part of the job a little more tolerable.

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SnobbySlice PSD to HTML Slicing Giveaway

I love being able to giveaway free stuff to the awesome readers here at MyInkBlog. It’s a great way to say thanks for reading and contributing.

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A Roundup of Quality jQuery Tooltip Plugins

I recently attempted to add a jQuery tooltip to my website, but I had some trouble putting together a decent solution. Through that experience, I’ve assembled this round up of some of the best and most popular plugins.

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Social Media Expertise – Designing the Myth

You see the label everywhere cropping up all over the cyberspace landscape these days as people pridefully rush to establish their dominance and touting themselves as a Social Media Expert.

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How to Use Job Boards to Land Clients

If you’re a web designer charging a reasonable rate for your services, you’ve likely been really discouraged when you’ve looked at job boards in the past—lots of jobs that pay very little and want the moon. Or, worse, the jobs that want a designer to merely clone a pre-existing site.

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Managing Your Time: A Design Community Discussion

The more blogging and freelance work I do, the more I realize how terrible I am at time management. I spend far too much time getting distracted by Twitter, Emails, RSS feeds, Facebook, sports, news — oh wait… where was I? Oh, that’s right, be careful not to get too distracted.

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8 Pivotal Developments in Web Typography

The world is full of stunning, unusual and powerful fonts. We see them in newspapers, magazines, on TV and on billboards, but rarely on websites. Website authors are still very much limited to using the 10 or so fonts that are supported on computers around the world.

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5 Ways To Impress Your Clients

You’re one of many freelance designers striving to make a positive, long-lasting impression on your clients. For clients who understand design, your amazing portfolio will show off your skills and style.

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Learn How To Create Your Own jQuery Plugin

JQuery offers a very practical and easy way to build plugins, as well as a very good documentation on this subject. However, it could be useful to see how a plugin is written step-by-step.

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10 Tips for Writing Better jQuery Code

jQuery is totally cool. I’ve been using it for a year now and I find myself constantly learning new tricks and running into great improvements.


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