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. It’s funny to how the path I track through the design community for a given month always seems to have a distinct theme. Last month I was really focused on CSS 3 and HTML 5, this month the roundup has a definite typography vibe.
This is a quality list of writing tips for bloggers and content managers – sort of a mix between English 101 and simple web writing pointers.
David Airey often effectively takes a step back to look at things from the client’s perspective. This post focuses on the expectations of a client when hiring a designer.
I always like reading posts like this, they remind me of things not to do, and things I could improve on. This post serves a helpful list of 10 common typography mistakes I should be avoiding.
This is an excellent resource of typography tips as they relate to CSS and webdesign.
Liz from Cmd + Shift Blog is doing a series called “Ask A Freelancer”. This time the question explores the issue of scope creep. What should you do when a client’s expectations for a project continue to grow bigger than the original agreement?
Be sure to check out this entertaining post from Grace Smith. She asks a bunch of folks in the design community to tell us 5 things you probably didn’t know about them.
Everyone in the field of design wants to be more productive. This post showcases five ways to get the most out of your time.
Unfortunately designers are generally limited to the 10 or so truly web safe fonts, but with a good font-stack you can experiment with semi web safe fonts. Chris of Line25 puts together this nice list of 13 such semi web safe options (try saying that five times fast).
A huge compilation of 36 new, awesome free WordPress themes.
Check out the look of some of the popular sites in the late 90’s. You’ll be amazed how far they’ve come in about ten years.
A huge compilation of professional looking free fonts. Definitely some good fonts to add to your collection.
A collection of 16 great photoshop tutorials to learn how to create cool lighting effects.
A simple, but detailed explanation of how to create a sticky side navigation layout.
This tutorial walks you through all the details of creating a website from scratch using HTML 5.
Letterpress designs are still quite popular. This tutorial shows you how to create a sleek non-destructive letterpress design in Illustrator.
It looks cool to use in-field labels on forms, but sometimes the usability is poor when the user clicks on a field and the label disappears. This tutorials attempts to solve that issue with a little help from jQuery.
Be sure to check out this elegant tutorial which shows you how to code up a vertical sliding panel using jQuery in a fixed or absolute position.
You can tell by the thumbnail over there on the left that this is a really cool looking set of smoke brushes for Photoshop.
Check out this set of 7 city skyline vectors. They are definitely a good addition to your designer toolbox.
Getting honest and helpful feedback is an invaluable tool for any designer. Concept Feedback is a free site that strives to help designers get feedback on their concepts.
I wrote about Redmark back when it was in beta mode. It is now officially launched and can boast an even better interface. Be sure to bookmark this handy free proofing tool.
Flickroom is an Adobe Air app that offers up a cool interface for you to browse your Flickr photos.
There are a lot of slicing services out there, so making a decision on that sort of thing can be incredibly difficult. Slicejobs offers a place to compare services and get testimonials of many of the top slicing service providers.