Well the first month of 2010 has already come and gone. It was an exciting month for MyInkBlog, with some quality (mostly guest) posts, and a lot of progress on my redesign. Stay tuned for the release of that coming up sometime soon in February. Complete with a new logo, and some refined personality.
I’d also be remised if I didn’t mention Apple’s new iPad. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it, so here’s mine. I think it looks like incredibly slick, and will gain popularity as the 2nd and 3rd generations further improve the design, functionality and add new features. I understand the giant iPod or small MacBook sentiments, but I think it will find a niche, and ultimately prove successful for Apple.
This post breaks down 11 popular blog styles, and has an exhausting showcase of inspiring examples.
I’ve joked on this blog before that nothing says typography quite like the ampersand sign. This history of the symbol and showcase of examples should satisfy the inner typography nerd in most of us designers.
The most current versions of WordPress include all kinds of awesome options to improve how you handle comments on your blog. This post covers much of that, and an interesting take on using a feature/bury plugin.
This post speaks about quality craftsmanship as it relates to design. Then it shares practical advice about how to become a better craftsman.
Brian Hoff discusses ways to increase your efficiency in an effort to make running a one person design business possible. The post is chock full of awesome advice, everything from syncing your files to writting contracts.
Usability has always been an important topic of interest for me, that interest has grown now that I just finished reading the ever popular Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability. Of course we can improve the user experience only if we understand how users browse the web. This post takes a look at the history of eye-tracking, and how people utilize it.
I love keyboard shortcuts! This post lays out all kinds of Photoshop time savers, but mostly it’s a nice bookmark of useful shortcuts.
A look at some of the top trends in web design that are more than likely to take off in 2010. Not only are they good predictions, most of them are good suggestions for progressive, improved design.
Smoke typography is an awesomely unique niche. Predictably so, this is a roundup of inspirational examples of smoke typography.
I must have been on a typography kick this month because this post features more cool typography examples, this time within advertising design.
The bokeh effect seems to be here to stay, and rightfully so, it’s a beautiful effect. Here is a collection of 7 bokeh textures that can help your next design.
I love to add icons to my design arsenal. This is a unique set of social media icons made of woven fabric.
It’s one thing to make an awesome set of social media icons, but it brings it to another level of awesomeness when you realize these icons are designed in vector format, meaning that you can use them at any size you wish.
This is a great example of the sort of graphical elements you can create using just CSS 3.
This tutorial is rockin’ cool no matter how you slice it, but you add ‘gnarly’ to the title and it just goes off the charts.
Wow, I was really into the subject of typography this month. This tutorial show you how tor create a cool typography effect using layer styles, color blending and images.
I’m not sure what to think of this art style other than it’s really unique and clever. This site is a gallery of coffee art images.
Anyone who works with computers can definitely relate to this hysterical comic about why it’s best to keep you computer know-how a secret.
This is a new design site created by the folks who brought you Six Revisions. Design Instruct is a web magazine that aims to teach designers and digital artists useful techniques by way of detailed and step-by-step tutorials.
I’m not sure I’ll use this all that often, but I like the idea and it’s ease of use. Basically it’s a bookmark you can add to simplify a website to just display the content you’re reading rendered in simple nice fonts.
Yeah, I’m featuring the iPad on MyInkTrail. Love it or hate it, it was a huge event. I’ll leave a review up to the talented pen of Rob Bowen for an upcoming post.