10 Awesome Free Sans Serif Fonts

I find it so important as a designer to have an awesome library of fonts at your fingertips. Choosing the correct one can make or break a design. The resources are out there to find some great free fonts, but sometimes the search can be a bit overwhelming. I’ve decided to put together a series of posts that feature my 10 favorite fonts in 5 different major categories.

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MyInkBlog Flickr Group Showcase V

MyInkBlog’s Flickr Group now consists of over 300 awesome members! At this point, every 100 new members will result in a Flickr group showcase; this is the fifth such showcase. If you missed the prior ones, be sure to check them out.

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5 Reasons To Contribute To A Blog

Unfortunately there are many designers that have extensive knowledge but don’t share it with others. In this post, I’ll give you five reasons why every designer should be contributing to blogs and how that will help his or her career.

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How to Avoid Designer Burnout

If you’ve been doing design for any amount of time you can probably relate to the feeling of being burned out. Most of the designer’s that I’ve spoke with consistently put in 60+ hour work weeks. It’s no wonder so many of us get so drained. Working that much can bring your productivity and creativity to a screeching halt.

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Design a Realistic Chalkboard in Photoshop

It’s impressive how quick and simple it is to create realistic drawings in Photoshop through the use of textures, layers and gradients. This tutorial explores some of these techniques while designing a realistic chalkboard.

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Contest Winners: uPrinting Business Cards & Canvas Print Giveaway

About a month ago I teamed up with uPrinting to offer the awesome readers here a chance to win either 1,000 business cards or 1 canvas print. 61 people left comments in an effort to win this generous giveaway, 2 were chosen. I picked the two winners at random using a the query below.

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MyInkTrail: Best of the Design Community, March 2009

Another month in the books. MyInkBlog’s 1 year anniversary is creeping up dangerously fast, I’m still brainstorming how I’ll be celebrating that. Till then, enjoy this month’s roundup of the best stuff from the design community.

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Get Client Feedback on Your Next Design Using redmark

Few things in the design world are more difficult than trying to get on the same page as your client. Let’s be honest, for most of us, communication is not our strongest attribute. So any time a product attempts to improve my communication skills it’s ok by me. This week I got the pleasure of testing out a product that is awesomely simple and helpful!

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4 Principles of Good Design for Websites

One of my absolute favorite design books is, Robin Williams Design Workshop. It looks into practical design theories and showcases awesome examples. One of the areas of focus that I’ve taken into all my designs are the four major design principles. They include: contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity.

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An Interview with Web Developer, Aaron Carlino

Aaron Carlino is one of those developers that make writing code look completely effortless. Aaron is a strong advocate for Silverstripe and has contributed to its community with a number of awesome modules. Recently I got a chance to send him the questions that follow. His responses are thoughtful and witty. Enjoy!

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Inspiration Served: Hand-Drawn Effects In Web Design

I love the look of hand drawn effects in web design, and I don’t think I’m alone in this. I have no idea what gene that’s in us web geeks, but I’d say most of us have it.With that in mind, I’ve compiled this list of the best inspirational sites, resources, freebies and tutorials that utilize hand-drawn effects. There is so much more available, but these are many of my faves.

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Beautiful Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Web design trends come and go. You should be very wary not to jump on the latest ones that have no real staying power. Recently, I’ve spotted more and more gorgeous watercolor effects in web design. I’ve created this post to serve as a bookmark for inspiration, resources and tutorials on designing these effects.

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