MyInkTrail: Best of the Design Community, October 2009

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MyInkTrail, October 2009 I know I say this often, but I really can’t believe that another month has already passed. This month the trail was an eclectic grouping that ranged from CSS3 to an SEO rant.

Articles

Mastering CSS Coding: Getting Started Mastering CSS Coding: Getting Started

A detailed overview of CSS that will help you master everything from padding to position. The end of the post features a thorough roundup of more tutorials to take your CSS skills even further.

 

Most Used and Abused Web Design Trends of All Time Most Used and Abused Web Design Trends of All Time

I can’t say that I avoided all these, but I suppose that all of us, and how they became used and abused in the first place. Regardless, this is an entertaining look back at some of the trends we’ve seen come and go in web design.

 

How a design blog is attractive to clients How a design blog is attractive to clients

Brian Hoff goes into detail about the benefits of running a blog and how it can help you attract clients.

 

Spammers, Evildoers, and Opportunists Spammers, Evildoers, and Opportunists

Man, I loved the satire of this article. Just to get your attention, the first line reads… “Search Engine Optimization is not a legitimate form of marketing. It should not be undertaken by people with brains or souls.”

 

Browser support for CSS3 and HTML5 Browser support for CSS3 and HTML5

Ever wonder what CSS3 and HTML5 techniques work in which browser? Look no further, this is an awesome bookmark that breaks it all down.

 

Freelancers Preparation for Vacation Freelancers Preparation for Vacation

This post serves as a nice checklist of things to think about if you are a freelancer planning to go on vacation.

 

Live and Let Die: A Creative Discussion #4 Wrap-up Live and Let Die: A Creative Discussion #4 Wrap-up

This post is a wrap-up of an earlier design community discussion. I love the conversation that was generated.

 

Tutorials

Create a Cool Wet Ink Typography Effect in Photoshop Create a Cool Wet Ink Typography Effect in Photoshop

This tutorial shows you how to create a really cool wet ink text effect. Something that you know that I can really appreciate here on MyInkBlog :)

 

Really simple CSS trick for equal height columns Really simple CSS trick for equal height columns

If you’ve ever tried to create equal length columns in CSS you know just how tricky they can be. This tutorial gives you an alternate approach that is pretty simple to create.

 

How to Create 3D Text Blocks in Photoshop How to Create 3D Text Blocks in Photoshop

I wanted to make sure to include this tutorial in this month’s MyInkTrail because it is so unique. You’ll learn all kinds of cool techniques along the way.

 

Drag to Share Drag to Share

This is a technique that I first saw on the Abduzeedo redesign. It’s a great way to offer share links for your posts, check out how it’s done.

 

Compilations

55 Adobe Illustrator Icon Design Tutorials 55 Adobe Illustrator Icon Design Tutorials

If you want to learn Illustrator this is a great list to start with. It offers 55 of the best Illustrator tutorials for icon design.

 

8 Hand Drawn Icon Sets For Bloggers 8 Hand Drawn Icon Sets For Bloggers

This handy bookmark features a roundup of 8 of the best hand drawn style icons sets for designers.

 

26 awesome Firefox add-ons for web workers 26 awesome Firefox add-ons for web workers

For me, the plugins are what separates Firefox from other browsers. Here is a list of 26 plugins, that will make your job as a web designer easier.

 

Freebies

10 Free Original Hi-Res Fully Stained Paper Textures 10 Free Original Hi-Res Fully Stained Paper Textures

Here is a quality set of 10 hi-res stained paper textures from the Max at Design Shard.

 

Free Textures - 31 High-Res Grunge Remodeling Textures Free Textures – 31 High-Res Grunge Remodeling Textures

This is a uniquely awesome set of 31 textures of grungy stripped walls.

 

Free Hi-Res Photoshop Brushes: Acrylic Textures Free Hi-Res Photoshop Brushes: Acrylic Textures

Be sure to add this fantastic set of acrylic texture brushes to your design toolbox.

 

Featured Stuff

Bidsketch Bidsketch

Bidsketch is a new design proposal service that allows you to create, track, customize, and design beautiful proposals.

 

Wordpress Custom Login Plugin WordPress Custom Login Plugin

It’s often handy to customize the wordpress admin, this plugin makes it easy to change the look of the login page.

 

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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  • http://www.pancakeseven.com Thorsten

    Again a great roundup with interesting articles, tutorials, etc.
    And you’re right, October passed really fast.^^

  • http://phiredesign.net/blog AJ Troxell

    Great roundup. I have a ton of reading material now! And many thanks for including the plugin!

  • http://slodive.com/ Slodive

    Very nice list. Thanks for including our article, appreciate it.

  • http://sexidesign.com Melody

    Cool list, the article about spammers was an interesting twist amongst the redundant articles around the web..

  • http://rl-creative.com Roland

    Cool list to remind in my head those posts, that I had seen but somehow forgot…