There was plenty of good stuff to see and learn on the interwebs this month. Here are the best articles, tutorials, inspiration and more for March 2010 from my trek through the design community.
Some of the top freelancers in the design community share their insight about things they wish they had known when they first started freelancing. I once heard it said that a wise man learns from his own mistakes, an even wiser man learns from other’s mistakes.
Those of you who have been following my blog lately know that I’ve been focusing a lot on the importance of sketching in the design process. So it should come as no surprise that I enjoyed this writeup that explores just how crucial that process is.
An awesome and well-thought out post about the role that the iPad will have on the transition from print to digital books.
This is a very detailed post on color theory. It’s topped off with explanations of the feelings evoked by certain colors and examples of colors used in big company sites.
Creep scope is a dirty word in the design community. This post goes over a bunch of useful techniques for dealing with this all too common issue.
Tom over at PSD Fan explores the nuances that separate good and bad design. Things like color, typography and branding. His points are reinforced with examples throughout.
The preview version of IE 9 has been met with mixed reviews. It may not be perfect, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
The first part of this series looked at margins, padding & the box model. This second part focuses on floats and position.
This post features examples of successful blog redesigns and advice as to how to redesign and why.
This tutorial will walk you through creating a clever jquery accordion. And the example is complete with your favorite comic book heros.
I’ve always been impressed by the awesome effects you can create in Photoshop by tweaking layer styles. Matt Ward of Echo Enduring recreates his logo with a glass effect and describes all the steps and theory along the way.
Media Militia consistently rocks out some of the best freebies in the design community. Here are 33 incredible decorative elements to make you look good in your next design.
MediaLoot has some incredible graphics under their monthly subscription. They also offer the occasional freebie. Be sure to grab this top notch social media icon set.
Awesome and free subtle grunge texture set, nuff said.
Inspired by the madness of the NCAA tournament, Brian brings us 31 days worth of interviews from many of the top names in the design community (somehow I slipped into this awesome list).
MediaLoot opened up shop this month. It’s a new subscription based site that serves up awesome icons, Photoshop brushes, textures, vectors, print templates, and more. To help MediaLoot celebrate their launch, I’ve teamed up with them to offer you a chance to win a free 1 year account.
Be sure to check out this breath-taking project by Cameron Moll. It’s an amazing artistic rendering of the coliseum with type.
I love this site! It’s a quick and easy way to produce all the css3 syntax (webkit, moz, and ie filters) in one easy to use site.
WordPress Madness offers up some really nice looking premium WordPress themes for only $5.
I just picked up this awesomely handy software. It syncs (both ways) your iCal with Google Calendar and Address Book with Google Contacts.
This is such a handy little tool to produce a zipped file of everything you need to use @font-face fonts across pretty much every browser.
This is a new icon search engine. You can search their database for over 280,000 icons and sort by size, color, category and rating.
David Desandro recreates the Opera logo using only CSS to showcase the flexibility of CSS3.