MyInkTrail: Best of the Design Community, July 2009

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This month’s roundup focuses a lot on HTML 5 and CSS 3 techniques. Along the way I also found some quality write ups on logos, spec work, WordPress and much more. I hope this compilation helps you find some awesome content that you would have otherwise would have missed.


tdcGood Logos Are Flexible: Tips to make sure yours is

Brian goes over five helpful tips that make your logos more flexible and generally more professional. Really, these are the type of things that separate an amateur logo from a professional one.


vigetA Designer’s Guide To Accessibility and 508 Compliance

This article takes a stab at explaining accessibility and 508 Compliance as it applies to a designer. It also features simple tips and some common mistakes to avoid.


datShould I do Spec Work? – Six Top Designers Sound Off

Spec work is a dirty word in the world of web design. Digital Artist Toolbox asks six designers, including myself, for their thoughts on the subject.


perishableThe Power of HTML 5 and CSS 3

Perishable Press looks at the possibilities of what can be achieved using HTML 5 and CSS 3. I love how much cleaner the code will be when this is more widely used!


typographyWeb fonts – where are we?

This article dives into the progress of non web safe fonts in web design. It looks at where designers want to be and solutions to get there.


css-tricksCombining Hand-Drawn and Digital Illustration Techniques

Hand-drawn style websites are quite popular these days, here’s a look into the creative process of how it can be achieved.



net-tutsHTML 5 and CSS 3: The Techniques You’ll Soon Be Using

This tutorial looks at the HTML 5 and CSS 3 code that will soon be more widely used. It’s a cool example of how much cleaner the syntax will be.


psd-fanAdvanced Tutorial: Creating Broken Link

This tutorial breaks down the whole process from sketch to final illustration. The final result of this tutorial is so amazing.


fudge-graphicsTutorial: Create A Retro Cosmic Design in Photoshop

This awesome tutorial walks you through a really cool design. It’s inspired by the unique style of James White of Signal Noise.


soh-tanakaHorizontal Subnav with CSS

Soh has a way of making CSS techniques look easy. This is a nice approach to creating a horizontal subnav dropdown.


build-internetDisplay Thumbnails For Related Posts in WordPress

I’ve been wanting to add thumbnails to my related posts for quite sometime so this tutorial should really come in handy.


css-tricks2Text Blocks Over Image

Chris from CSS Tricks shows you how to create a simple text effect to place over an image. This is a very nice technique to have in your css arsenal.


snookText Rotation with CSS

This tutorial walks you through a simple technique to rotate text using CSS. It even works in IE!


soh-tanaka2Animated Navigation with CSS & jQuery

Learn how to create a really slick looking navigation using jQuery and CSS.



design-shardFree Desktop Wallpaper: Smoke On The Water

I love keeping my background fresh, it makes for great inspiration. This is such a cool effect, I definitely had to add this to my library.


coffee-stains10 Free High Res Coffee Stains Textures

This is a nice set of 10 high resolution coffee stain textures.



inside-the-webbGraphic Designer and Blogger Andrew Houle of MyInkBlog

A little bit of a shameless plug of my interview over at Inside the Webb.



fyc15 Stunning Typography Portraits

These typography portraits really are stunning. Some of the best typography inspiration I’ve seen in a while, be sure to check these out.


line-2515 Essential WordPress Plugins for Aspiring Designers

A handy compilation of 15 useful WordPress plugins for designers. Some of used and some I’ll have to try.


Featured Sites


Another design social media site, but this one should have staying power; it’s well designed and already starting to gain quite the following.


brush-pilotBrush Pilot

This is a new project by Jay over at Bittbox. It looks to be quite a handy app for organizing your Photoshop brushes.


About the Author

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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  • Tom Ross

    Awesome roundup Andrew. Thanks for including the PSDFAN tutorial :). I also just checked out some of your recommended sites, great stuff!
    .-= Tom Ross´s last blog ..50 Superb Photo-Manips You Probably Haven’t Seen Before =-.

  • Max Stanworth

    Thanks for including my wallpaper, that psdfan tut looks insane!
    .-= Max Stanworth´s last blog ..20 Free Hi-Res Yellow Grunge Concrete Textures =-.

  • Dainis Graveris

    I really like this roundup, I am always looking to improve my CSS and HTML skills :) handy :)
    .-= Dainis Graveris´s last blog ..49 Top Sites And Collections To Find Free Icon Sets =-.

  • Tim

    Nice roundup! Thanks for including the spec work article and for participating as well. I’ll have to check out Designmoo. Thanks!
    .-= Tim´s last blog ..“Should I do Spec Work?” – Six Top Designers Sound Off =-.

  • Luis Lopez

    Great roundup really interesting articles, some of those i did’nt see during this month so thanks, for the links.
    .-= Luis Lopez´s last blog ..30 Excellent Logo Design Galleries For Your Inspiration =-.

  • ecommerce web design

    CSS and HTML skills are required in every web design. But with that to keep our design safe from others we required particular script work and if the design is in Flash that its excellent.
    .-= ecommerce web design´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

  • Shabu | Geek Sucks

    Ahh, Brush Pilot is only for Mac. I use Windows :(
    .-= Shabu | Geek Sucks´s last blog ..23 jQuery Fade in Fade out Effect =-.

  • h1brd

    Great List, I read some of them and will take a look at the others :]
    .-= h1brd´s last blog ..25 HQ Tribal Tattoo Brush Set =-.

  • eRage webdesign

    Good tips. I can totally recommend The Power of HTML5 and CSS3 article. It has some detailed examples. It’s all very clear for me now.

    Have you got any specific CSS3 tutorials made by yourself, by the way?