MyInkTrail: Best of the Design Community, February 2010

I was definitely preoccupied this month with the MyInkBlog redesign, so this MyInkTrail is shorter than usual. Nonetheless, I did stumble into some great stuff. Here are the best articles, tutorials, inspiration and more from the design community for February 2010.

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Brainstorming Tips & Techniques for Bloggers

In this post we are going to take a look at the fine art of brainstorming. Analyzing the ways and means that some of us use to get those clouds rolling in, and the storms raging relentlessly inside our heads.

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The Icon Designer’s Toolkit

The icon designer need not be weighed down by the contents of his or her toolkit. A combination of three or four good-quality tools is sufficient for producing sleek, polished and professional icons that will help users navigate their way around computers and the web.

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5 Reasons Why I Love Being A Web Designer

Designing websites seems to appeal to a certain niche of people. Sure, we get called geeks and nerds (and we somehow find it endearing), but that doesn’t begin to cover the wide array of personalities that make up the design community.

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Inspiration Served: 20 Websites Designed for the 2010 Winter Olympics

The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics has begun and it is certainly a spectacular event. Over 80 countries around the world are participating. In this article, you will find websites designed for the Winter Olympics from around the world. These well-designed websites beautifully demonstrate the ‘Winter Olympics’ theme. Check them out and be inspired.

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Measuring Up: Are You a Good Designer or a Great One?

I was once told an inspirational little nugget of truth that I have clung to since, and allowed its influence to guide me along my path. The saying was told to me by an old manager whom I worked under for only a short time, but whose simple words stuck with me. He said, ‘Good is the enemy of great.’, and the words took a second to wash over me and for me to fully grasp what it was he was saying.

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7 High Resolution Stone Textures

I took these images on a recent trip I took to Bangladesh. They are available for download at a nice high resolution of 3008×2000. I hope you find some good uses for them in one of your next designs.

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MyInkBlog Reinvented, About the New Look

I’ve been chatting up a redesign for MyInkBlog on Twitter and this site for quite some time now. The redesign/rebranding of my blog has proven to be one of the most challenging design jobs I’ve ever had to complete. I’m not at all surprised that most designers are their own worst enemy, and I was certainly no exception to that theory.

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Winners Announced: 5 Premium Concept Feedback Accounts

A month ago we announced an awesome giveaway from Concept Feedback that gave you an opportunity to win a Premium Concept Feedback Account. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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