An Interview with Jeff Starr

An interview with web developer Jeff Starr. The co-author of Digging Into Wordpress and creator of sites like Perishable Press and Monzilla Media.

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The Crafty Coder’s CSS Toolbox

Someone once said, ‘Style is all that matters.’, and if they didn’t, they should have. Mainly, because it would help make my point a little better, but also because the style applied to a design is one of the most powerful tools of an effective website. People are drawn in by design. Something immediately catches their eye, although it may take time for them to fully appreciate the entire site.

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Winners Announced: Free 1-Year Account to MediaLoot

A month ago I teamed up with MediaLoot to celebrate the launch of their premium design resource site. They were kind enough to offer up 5 1-year accounts to MediaLoot. The response from you was terrific, thanks to everyone who participated!

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Digging into Channels as an Extraction Tool – Part 2

Hey everyone! I’m back with the second half of this two part series about using Photoshop as a means of extracting a subject from its background, and am very sorry that it took this long to get it done. In Part 1, we undertook a basic review of what channels are, and how they work. If you haven’t read that article already, I suggest that you review it before proceeding here.

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MyInkTrail: Best of the Design Community, March 2010

There was plenty of good stuff to see and learn on the interwebs this month. Here is the trail I trekked through and the result is a list of the best articles, tutorials, inspiration and more from the design community for March 2010.

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Freelancers, Where Does the Brand Stop and You Start?

You hear all the time if you are a freelancer, that you are essentially the business. Not only are you all aspects of it, but you are also the face behind it. But how much of that face is actually yours, and how much of it is a sort of compromised professional persona that may not be a fully representative of you?

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Book Review: Logo Design Love

Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities is a book that explores logos and branding identity through the eyes of David Airey.

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Win 500 Trifold Brochures From uPrinting

UPrinting and MyInkBlog are teaming up again to bring you another awesome giveaway. This time we are giving away 500 trifold brochures to 2 lucky winners. The brochures will be 8.5×11 on glossy paper with 4-color printing on both sides. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only, free shipping within US only

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What’s In Your Design Toolbox? Part 4: Jeff Finley

This is part 4 of the Design Toolbox Series where I interview top designers about what tools they use to help them create their art. This series was largely inspired by Grace Smith’s “Show Me Your Dock Series.” It’s my hope that you can gain insight into what other designer’s are using, and hopefully find some new apps/tools to check out.

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Creating A Dream Land

In this photo manipulation tutorial we are going to digitally create a dream land using Photoshop. Along the way we will analyze lighting, incorporate a shattering effect, and use some brush tool properties.

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Win A Free 1-Year Account To MediaLoot

MediaLoot is a brand new online toolbox of premium design resources. It’s a subscription based site that offers designers awesome icons, Photoshop brushes, textures, vectors, print templates, and more.

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Find Your Favorite Design Communities on Facebook

Facebook, your parents are now on it, and maybe even your grandparents too! Proving to have staying power, Facebook towers over the demise, and eroding of previous contender Myspace. Facebook has many interactive features, and various functions we can all take advantage of.

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