The more MyInkTrails that I do, the more I am convinced that less is more. I’m now much more focused on quality over quantity. Plus, I’m frustrated with the lack of creativity with some blogs in the design community. Regardless, I dug deep and found some quality reads, and I’m sure I missed a few others. I hope you enjoy my favorite articles, tutorials, freebies and featured stuff from my trek through the design community for May 2010.
I absolutely love these uniquely styled posts by Design Informer. This post covers the importance of grids in webdesign and some tools and tips for how to create them.
I don’t think the design community focuses quite enough on usability. I love the quote that this article begins with, “Remember, just because nobody complains, it doesn’t mean all parachutes are perfect.”
WordPress 3 is currently in public beta and should be released very soon. This new version brings with it all kinds of exciting new features, here is a breakdown of quite a few of them.
This post covers how to make smart color decisions in web design based on harmonious combinations. Complete with inspirational examples for each of the 6 color combination categories.
The new Design Cubicle looks so sweet! Awesome typography, great color choices, and amazing attention to detail. This post covers Brian’s design process.
Tyler Thompson gets fed up with how ugly airplane boarding passes are so he takes it upon himself to design something. The result is strikingly better!
Sketching is so important to my design process. It helps me think clearly and get my ideas down without limitations. This post showcases 18 great examples of sketched mockups. Not that your sketches have to be this good, but it’s nice inspiration.
Infographics have been getting all kinds of pub lately in the design community. And that’s just fine by me. I love to see quality design incorporated into otherwise mundane numbers. This tutorial shows you how to create a slick infographic, then takes it a step further by coding it into HTML.
As the title indicates, this is more of a quick tip than a tutorial, nonetheless, highlighting the current category is a nice usability enhancement for a WordPress site. Something I should add to MIB very soon.
Not much needs to be said about these awesome hand-drawn icons. Just take a look.
This is a cool attempt to recreate the solar system using CSS3 features such as border-radius, transforms and animations. Be sure to check this out in a webkit browser (Chrome or Safari).
Google has joined the web typography revolution with a new open source font directory. It’s a small list now, but it’s sure to grow, and awesome to see web typography progressing.
I think I’ve probably told you a few too many times that I love sketching and think it plays an extremely important role in the design process, needless to say, I like this new sketching showcase site.