Another month in the books and another MyInkTrail for you so you can soak up all of the awesomeness that happened around the design community in the past 31 days.
Below are links to the top articles, tutorials, resources, inspiration & random goodness that came out of the design community in the month of March, 2011.
Chris gives us all some insight into the process that he took when designing the amazing logo for BioThemes. I personally love the logo at full size but on the live site it’s a bit too small to appreciate fully when you see it in the header note: the logo is shown full size if you scroll to the bottom.
A good post covering the fast changing development of the world and what it means for your web designs & how you can capitalize on it all.
Not everyone can (or should) design like the more well known designers in the industry because, after all, it’s the unique way you design that sets you apart from the rest and this post shows you 6 ways you can make your work even more original.
Want to make your life as a designer a million times easier? Check out these 7 things you should have in your design brief that will make the beginning phases of a design project a breeze.
Some good information that often gets overlooked when you’ve spent too much time on sites like Dribbble and Forrst and all you want to do is create something trendy – even when you know you shouldn’t.
Looking for a job as a designer? Got a resume that looks just like everyone else’s? If you answered yes to both of these questions you NEED this post in your life.
One of my personal favorite styles, Vandelay Design features a bunch of paper textures in web designs for your inspiration. Definitely one to check out to get your creative juices flowing.
Clean, easy to view web designs will never lose its hold on designers and this post is a premium example of why minimalist designs will never die – so much awesomeness.
So many different trends are packed into this one showcase it’s crazy. HTML5 use – check. One page portfolios – check. Awesome jQuery effects – check.
Another one of the design styles that I personally favor because each of them are unique in their own way even though they all utilize hand drawn elements in their designs. Line25 put together a great set of 30+1 websites that have illustrated backgrounds, so make sure you check it out.
While I really like this type of design, as you can see from this showcase there’s a time and place for trendy designs and if too many people are doing the same thing, nobody stands out. Regardless, there’s some awesome logos in this post to check out.
I think it’s safe to say that most of us here are freelance designers so this round up of 25 freelance designer portfolios should definitely inspire us to create something amazing today.
For anyone who designs and uses a vintage style, these PNG’s will most definitely come in handy for the quick fix when you’re stumped and need something retro looking to pop into your design. Well worth the ten seconds it takes to click and download ;)
PSD Fan put up an awesome collection of fresh, free fonts for you to use for your next design project. I found at least 10 new fonts I haven’t seen before, so it’s something to check out and the fonts are top notch.
Lost & Taken is famous for releasing awesome textures on a regular basis and this set is not a disappointment at all. Full sized, awesome textures you can use for any project.
Liam has released two sets previously and this month he put a third set out that was made by textures submitted to him from readers of his blog. They turned out awesome and they’re definitely a requirement for your next design project :)
Instead of spending your time scouring the web looking for individual sets, YouTheDesigner has put together a list of 33 awesome smoke Photoshop brush sets all in one post so you can download them quickly and get on with your day.
Great looking free logo design from the folks over at LogoInstant. Layered editable PSD file included.
Brought to you by MediaLoot through the Spyre Studios website, this is an awesome UI kit that can easily be used in your next web design project.
If you’re like a lot of designers, you were either A: born in the 80’s or B: a huge fan of the 80’s so this tutorial should be right up your alley.
A good tutorial for anyone who is looking to learn a bit more about photo manipulations, which would translate well for poster designs, cd covers, etc.
Looking for around thirty tips and tricks for photo retouching that you probably don’t know about yet? I figured you were and so did the fine folks at Smashing Magazine.
An awesome tutorial on how to design a cool corporate website design in Photoshop. Design it and have someone code it into a WordPress theme and you’re bound to get some sales from it.
They call it a sketchbook but I call it what it clearly is – a moleskine. Regardless of the name, this is a really nice tutorial that shows you how to create a notebook in Illustrator.
Head over and learn, in some serious detail, how to create your own space themed poster design in Photoshop. This is a must-read tutorial in my opinion because the techniques can transcend from poster designs to so many other mediums.
Develop tumblr themes locally while using data from your live Tumblr blog. This could possibly solve the problem of having to hack and save code numerous times while working on themes, which will save you time, frustration & broken computer screens.
This month we have seen a terrible tragedy hit Japan and this is just one of the many, many projects started by designers to support those who were devastated in Japan on March 11th. Draw a heart, upload it and it’ll be featured in a letterpress poster for sale with all proceeds going to help Japan.
The awesome folks over at PSD365 & Design Moo have put together an enormous design resource package you can purchase for $5, with proceeds going to the Red Cross in Japan. They’ve currently raised $7,280 – go help them hit the $10,000 mark!
The iPhone & iPad may have a stronghold on most designers but a lot of designers are using Android phones so this post is going to come at the perfect time because it’s got tons of awesome apps for your Android phone.