MyInkTrail: Best of the Web, October 2008

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!

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Inspirational Brochures & Booklets

A great place to find design inspiration is in brochures, flyers and leaflets. Companies have been using these marketing tools for 100′s of years now. With the advances in printing the designs are limitless. The results of this creative marketing can be stunning.

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15 Websites with Slick Dropdown Navigation

In one of my recent web projects I was asked to include dropdown style navigation to the site. I found it quite exhausting just how many articles, techniques and services are out there are on topic. However, what I didn’t find was a compilation of some really slick examples. Here are some examples of sites that I think did a great job with it.

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A DeSign of the Times

It’s in our nature, as we move through time to note the trends that shape said times. And furthermore, one might say, it’s in our nature to cycle through these timely trends from time to time. We see it in so many aspects of our culture. Fashion, entertainment, design. Each one sharing this retro-revisiting that brings back popular past elements to recapture something from our formers.

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Big Typography Poster: Contest Winners!

First off, thanks to everyone who submitted a poster design. You made this contest awesome, and really difficult to judge :) I know both Liam of Function and Adelle of Fuel Your Creativity agreed, it was really tough to narrow it down! But we did our best, and here are the results.

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Using Layer Comps For Design In Photoshop

In web design, it can be tricky to decide how to present your layout to a client. There are some designers who believe you should skip Photoshop and go straight to coding. I disagree. At the very least you should sketch out your ideas with a pencil and pad before ever opening up a text editor. For me, my workflow is: sketch / Photoshop / code.

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Less Then A Week To Go: Contest Update

There is less then 1 week left to enter your design into the Big Typography Poster Contest. The results of this case study have been very impressive. I highlighted many of the awesome designs in my last update. Here are a some new submissions that I found visually stunning and creative.

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Photoshop Adjustment Layer & Retouching Tutorial

Mel over at Acuity Designs was kind enough to lend some time and write this guest tutorial here. It covers the basics of how to utilize Photoshop adjustment layers. This is a non-destructive, flexible way of making adjustments to your photography.

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MyInkBlog Flickr Group Showcase 2

As promised, although a little late :) here is my newest Flickr group showcase! I am still planning to feature the best work every 50 new members. Please consider joining the group and submitting your own designs, I’d love to feature them in my next showcase. As for now, enjoy these inspirational designs!

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MyInkTrail – Best of the Web, September 2008

This month has been a complete whirlwind for me. I started my new job yesterday, I’ve relocated 6 hours away, and most of my stuff is still in boxes! Despite all that craziness, here’s my attempt to find the best of what was the month of September.

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My Interview at Arbenting!

I just got interviewed by Angie and Robert Bowen over at Arbenting. I’m stoked they asked me, it was so cool. Hopefully, I came up with some interesting answers :).Last week, Angie and Robert were kind enough to write a guest post for MyInkBlog.

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Logo Design With Apparel In Mind

Designing a logo can be a very difficult challenge whether it be for yourself or for a client. There are quite a few guidelines that you have to stay within to ensure that your design captures the brand’s identity. Some of the more obvious parameters include theme, tone, message, colors, size, etc.

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