It’s was a busy month for me personally, so I want to apologize for not getting this up sooner, but better late than never I suppose. This past month I found lots of cool new things and sites, so the ‘Featured Stuff’ section has plenty to chew on. I hope you enjoy this month’s compilation, check it all out below!
Pro Blog Design takes a look at 10 possible ways to improve your blog through customizations. There is always something more that you can do to improve your blog, so I love posts like this.
A design community interview that reveals the design process from contact to design. I love gaining insight like this from top designers.
A quality check list from Niki of Design O’Blog of 10 things to remember when launching a site. It’s always wise to run through a checklist like this before you go live.
A design community interview that asks top designers “why they blog.” Answers from designers like Chris Spooner, Jacob Cass, and yours truly.
Some real practical advice about how to get noticed on Twitter. Everything from being conscience of when you tweet to not being shy.
Liam from Function puts together this wonderful compilation of best practices and quality examples of post thumbnails. Each example is features really helpful tips about what works.
The final result of this tutorial speaks highly enough for itself. In addition to designing something really cool, you’ll learn about patterns, channels, gradients and more.
Another cool result. This tutorial helps you learn technique, precision, and probably some patience.
Fabio Sasso never disappoints with the tutorials he puts out. In this tutorial you’ll learn some handy illustrator techniques for creating a custom logo, plus be sure to check out Abduzeedo’s slick new design.
This tutorial teaches you how to create global swatches in Illustrator. I’m not ashamed to say that I never knew this trick, so I’m really glad I found this in my reader this month.
This tutorial shows you how to make a cleverly interactive thumbnail menu with a little css and jQuery.
An interesting interview with Jon Phillips of Sprye Studios. If for no other reason you should check out this interview to catch Jon’s rant on designers calling themselves rockstars (a nice perspective from someone in a rockband).
I know, I know, there are more than enough twitter icons out there, but c’mon you have to admit this set has some character.
Another killer icon set from Liam. This one features 178 professional quality icons for free… hooray!
A look back at how a lot of today’s most popular blogs looked like when they first started. I can’t get over how far A List Apart has come, thankfully they went away from that orange.
I found some fonts in this list that I hadn’t seen before. It’s definitely worth a browse to see if you can add anything to your designers’ toolbox.
A design community interview that asks designers what they think they’ll be doing in 10 years.
A new tutorial search site that archives thousands of good design tutorials.
This is a fun time-lapse video of Chris Spooner building a website. You won’t learn a lot because of the speed of the video, but you will get an idea of workflow and it’s always cool to see how other designers work.
A new site from the Fuel Network. This one is run by Tim Smith and features good advice and inspiration on blogging.
Artua features a lot of very high quality icons free of charge. They also offer design services, their portfolio will do the talking.
This new site offers up a bunch of interviews from top designers. (Insert shameless self promotion here… ) For one of their posts they asked me a series of questions, To Tweet Or Not To Tweet.