2009 marked the end of a swift moving decade. For MyInkBlog, it was filled with big statistical growth and lessons learned. I am thankful for all the awesome readers and guest authors that helped make this community fun and possible.
The end of the year is always a great time to look forward and make resolutions (I have plenty of those), but it’s also a good time to look back and reflect on the year that was. Here is a month by month roundup of the 2009 highlights for MIB.
Some 2009 Statistics
- Top Post of the Year (193,704 Views) – 10 Awesome Free Handwritten Fonts
- 2,100,000 Views
- 110 Posts
- 8,200 Subscribers
I love getting the design community perspective on gray areas of webdesign, and dealing with web maintenance contracts is certainly qualifies. The advice given in this group interview was superbly helpful and a great way to kick off January.
I don’t think Photoshop actions get nearly enough pub around the interwebs. They are really useful and powerful, but they are generally treated like the dorky, unnoticed brother of brushes. This tutorial showcased an easy to create action for saving you time when you need to style lots of screenshots.
February featured a couple of popular tutorials, including this one which showcased how to create a slick letterpress design on a colorful space background. This style was one of the most popular trends of the year.
This was my first effort at doing a site design in Photoshop tutorial. I actually just finished the coding of this site and plan on releasing the coding followup to this tutorial sometime soon.
This was one of the most popular posts I’ve ever had here on MIB. It reached the front page of Digg, which predictably overloaded my (at that time) shared server. This helped push my switch to a dedicated server, I was also introduced to the entertaining, yet blindly arrogant array of comments from the infamous Digg users. Nevertheless, the post was mostly well-received, and it’s one of my personal faves.
Sometimes it’s just fun to design things in Photoshop. This was a fun little project on creating a realistic chalkboard. The tutorial shows off how to combine simple layer, texture and filter techniques to create a pretty polished piece of digital art.
A compilation of some of web design trends that made up 2009. See if you agree with some of the trends with saw, and at the very least get inspired by the awesome examples showcased.
In this post I had some fun with the inherent differences between developers and designers and how that relates to left vs. right brained tendencies. It was interesting to see how many of the readers felt they fell somewhere in the middle.
I love logos, and it’s clear from the success of logo showcase posts like this one that you do as well. This roundup features logos with clever typography. I focused a lot on logos that make good use of negative space.
This tutorial shows you how to dynamically add icons to your site using the css psuedo element. It’s a really simple way to improve the usability of your site.
In this post I reached out to the design community to get some advice about the best practices for time management. Although it’s a skill I’ve yet to master, the incite of other designers proved to be quite helpful.
The 3D effects that you can create in Illustrator are powerful. This tutorial is my attempt to experiment and learn some of the possibilities. I also take the text into Photoshop to add some cool (pun intended) textures and filters.
Sneh from Little Box of Ideas guest writes this dynamic post on 3 ways to make your website typography more powerful. I love the attention to detail and clear examples that are shown.
In October Ben from Digital Art Empire also droped by for a guest post. His first tutorial of many to come here on MyInkBlog. This tutorial shows you how to use a combination of layer masks and adjustment layers, with some cutting and selection methods to produce a stunning typography cityscape.
This article was somewhat of a continuation of 4 Principles of Good Design for Websites. It turned out to be madly popular in it’s own right (without the help of Digg). In the post I discussed ways and showcased awesome examples of how to make your webdesigns great.
This is a fantastic post that will help you get a better handle on the differences and similarities between layer and clipping masks within Photoshop. In the end, both techniques will be used to produce a cool design and further emphasize how to properly use both types of masks.
Rob Bowen’s writing style is distinctly different and refreshingly original. In this clever post he calls out a post that suggests you “make your online interactions not about the substance and the content that appeals to you or through thoughtful sharing of your true opinions and ideas, but by essentially name-dropping and instigation through automatically taking up opposing stances with the postâ€™s author.”