MyInkTrail – Best of the Web, July 2008

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Wow! I can’t believe I’m already putting together the best of July. These months absolutely fly by. The blog is gaining steam, I’m loving the progress.

July was stacked with more great articles, tutorials and freebies. Here’s a look at the best of what was in July ’08.

My Ink Trail for July 2008


Logo Design and Card for Hilcon

An interesting discussion on the process of creating a logo from conception to finished product. It’s fun to watch a project go from sketches in a notebook to a polished logo. Another great part about posts a David Airey’s site is the discussions they generate through the comments.

9 Ways to Get Your Portfolio Seen

It’s somewhat ironic putting this article on the list being that I’ve ignored my own portfolio site for so long. That being said, when I do get my act together I will definitely reference this article. It contains a lot of quality advice to help your portfolio get noticed.

Blog Navigation and the Ongoing Challenges that Arise

An in-depth look at handling the navigational issues that can arise from running a blog. This article covers a lot of ground on navigational theory. We all can struggle to make our content easily accessible, this post goes a long way toward helping you fix that.

The Best Time Of The Day To Do Things As A Designer

A fun look at the best time of the day to work as a designer and be the most productive. I think you’ll like noon time.

Table of Contents, Creative and Beautiful Examples

I love inspirational posts! Especially when they are on a subject often overlooked. Smashing takes a look at beautiful table of contents designs. Hey, they all don’t have to be boring and look the same.

Typography is Sexy, Part I

Another inspirational post. This one focuses on awesome typography examples. It’s great inspiration, enjoy!

10 of the Best Color Resources and Tools

One of my first posts I ever wrote for My Ink Blog looked into the importance of using color tools by showing you how to use Adobe Kuler. This article covers 10 of the most useful color resources and tools; a really nice resource to have.


Designing a Professional Laptop Advert

I just love the finished product of this tutorial. You will learn all kinds of useful techniques. A really good tutorial to step through.

Crazy Cool Vectors in Illustrator and Photoshop

Abduzeedo has a lot of the best tutorials on the web, amongst other useful content. This tut is no exception. I love tutorials that utilize both Illustrator and Photoshop.

Design a Sin City Style Poster

I’m not sure that I need to write anything here, just look at that graphic! I will say that you will learn some solid techniques; like using grids and vanishing point.

Submit a Form Without Page Refresh Using jQuery

I love AJAX! Anytime you can have something useful on your page, without the need to refresh it, is quite awesome to me. Although it should be noted that you shouldn’t rely totally on a technology that can be turned off. Still, real good stuff!

Custom Hang Tag

PS Hero has flat-out some of the highest quality Photoshop tutorials on the net. Handmade looking elements are super common these days in web design, this tut will teach you some nice techniques on how to create them.

How to Create a Vector Safari Compass in Illustrator

Another great tutorial from Chris at blog.spoongraphics. This tutorial also combines Illustrator and Photoshop.

Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type Treatment

I guess I’m going real heavy on the Illustrator tutorials in this months, best of. Vector graphics is something I’m driving myself to learn more in-depth. These awesome tuts can only help!


Free High Res Photoshop Brushes Grungy Watercolor

More spectacular freebies from Bittbox. They also gave out some awesome watercolor textures.

Mixed Silhouettes

Free vector pack of human silhouettes. Definitely handy to have around.

Texture Brushes

Another good brush set from Brusheezy. I can never have too many texture brushes in my arsenal.

300+ Free Hi-Res Grunge Textures You’ve Never Seen Before!

300+ Free grunge textures from Design Shard. These will definitely come in handy!

Sites, That Rock; And Are New to Me


This Photoshop tutorial blog is only about 2 months old now, but already it’s becoming respected in the design community for having top-notch tutorials. The site also offers the occasional quality freebie, definitely check it out.


Design Mag is written mostly by Steven Snell of Vandelay Website Design. Design Mag is a new blog that is starting to develop a nice community of designers. They already have some really high quality content.

Design Shard

Another fantastic brand new design blog. Design Shard has all the makings of becoming an excellent resource.

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Andrew is a primary contributer for MyInkBlog. He is a full time web developer for Niagara University. When he's not working there, he's a blogger, twitter'er, wordpress'er, silverstripe advocate, blessed father and husband.

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  • David Airey

    Excellent round-up, Andrew, and I’m particularly liking Steven’s new ‘Design’ project.

  • Max | Design Shard

    hi Andrew thanks for the mention, some good sources im bookmarking now. keep up the good work

  • Steven Snell

    Thanks for linking to a few of my posts, always appreciated. Also love the Abduzeedo tutorial.

  • Wes Wilson

    Great resources! Always love David Airey’s blog and Design Mag is new to me. Thanks for sharing.

  • Angie Bowen

    This is a great list of resources, I’ll be bookmarking this page to reference back to. I’ve been really enjoying Design but I hadn’t heard of Design Shard so I’m anxious to check them out as well.

  • Andrew Houle

    Design is already an awesome resource, I love the community there.

    No problem, thanks for bookmarking it!

    Glad to have linked to a few, keep up the awesome work!

    Thanks for the comment, I’m checking out IncSpring right now, I may be signing up real soon.

    Definitely check out Design Shard. The site is already putting out quality stuff!

  • Fabio Sasso

    Thanks a lot for listing my 2 tutorials one from abduzeedo and the other from psdtuts…. also there are really good posts on this list…

    all the best ;)

  • Andrew Houle

    Those two tuts were no-brainers on this list! Thanks for writing some of the best tutorials on the net.


    Typography is sexy has got some really neat work!