I’m happy to say that I’m all settled into my new place in Western NY! It’s been a roller coaster last couple months, but things seem to be leveling out a bit. I hope I can translate that into more time on my blog over these next few months. I have a lot of plans; so hopefully I can execute a few :)
It’s been another fantastic month in the design blogosphere. Here’s my collection of the best articles, tutorials, freebies and more from the design community for the month of October. Enjoy!
I must admit, I love AJAX effects. This is an awesome list of 20 that can come in handy.
Sometimes a company’s logo, website, etc… just gets tired and needs an overhaul. Liam over at Function put together this list of 50 redesigns that are fantastic.
Funny title! But a good article on designers trying to be jacks of all trades, but perhaps we are masters of none.
Fuel Your Creativity has an awesome freelance series discussion going on right now. The link above is for part I of the 4 part series. Also available are Billing / Invoicing / Contracts and Collaboration & Proofing / Approval. The last part, Paid Services (non-management) is coming up soon.
Calvin of Mayhem Studios takes a look at the advantages of networking through social media sites, and gives you a great list of links to check out.
Every month I find something good at Outlaw Design Blog. This month, it was 10 questions to ask yourself when setting your prices as a designer. This is an issue every freelancer has struggled with.
Logos are without question one of the most difficult challenges designers’ face. It’s so hard to brand a company into such a compact design. This article is filled with advice from some of the best in the industry.
Fantastic tutorial on logo design in Illustrator. Well explained and a lot of helpful techniques
This tutorial walks you through designing a cool gaming poster.
This is a best of October, so it’s only fitting I add at least one tutorial about a pumpkin :) This is a cool tut that focuses on image manipulation to create a nice wallpaper.
Another fantastic tutorial by the guys over at PSDTuts. This is one of the more realistic wood techniques I’ve seen.
Chris over at Spoon Graphics Blog has put together these awesome hand-drawn icons for free download.
Free Photoshop brush splatters; always handy
Some more cool Illustrator brushes from Grant at Colorburned.
More watercolor brushes. This time they are for Photoshop.
A new poster design contest. I love contests, and I’m biased of this one, because I get to be a judge :)
A cool contest for the best WordPress blog. The best part is the prizes!
New Found Sites
1. Sprye Mag
Free Photoshop brushes… what could be better? The site is nicely designed and the brushes are high quality.
The Arbenting Design Blog team brings you this new site. A directory of designers in most every important social network.
That’s A Wrap!
Another awesome month in the books. What did I miss? I love comments :)