30 Beautiful Examples of Grunge in Web Design

Nov 15 2008 by Jacob Gube | 80 Comments

Grunge is a stylish design trend that gives web designs a less uniform, less structured, and more organic look-and-feel. It’s characterized by textured/gritty backgrounds, uneven/torn edges, worn, faded and aged graphic elements inspired by urban and industrial architecture and scenery. It gives a way for designers to venture away from the glossy, flashy, and rigid design elements that characterize the "Web 2.0"style – a style that still dominates mainstream web design.

In this collection, you’ll find 30 excellent examples of grunge in web design for your inspiration. From portfolios and fashion websites to online stores and church sites – you’ll find a variety of websites that choose to "dirty up" their web design.

Cogitatur

Cogitatur - screen shot.

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12 Excellent Free Text Editors for Coders

Nov 13 2008 by Jacob Gube | 240 Comments

You can make writing code as complicated as you want, but at the end of the day, all you really need is your favorite, trusty text editor. You can use a simple one like Microsoft’s Notepad, but oftentimes it’s helpful to have a text editor that has syntax highlighting/coloring, support for multiple languages, a robust find and replace feature, and other features and options that make writing code just a tad bit easier.

If you’re in search of a good, free text editor – you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find 12 first-class free text editors that are designed with coders’ needs in mind. Whether you use a Windows, Mac, or Linux machine – you’ll find a few options here that will satisfy your code-authoring needs.

NOTEPAD++

(Windows)

NOTEPAD++ - screen shot.

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50 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

Nov 10 2008 by Jacob Gube | 212 Comments

There are many talented designers out there that choose to provide WordPress themes for free. Most of the time, the only small favor they ask you is that you attribute the design to them and link back to their site (a very reasonable request).

In this collection, you’ll find 50 excellent, high-quality, free WordPress themes. These themes range from being elaborate and colorful to being clean and simple so that you may find one that suits your design tastes.

Note: Be sure to check out the license of the theme for restrictions in usage (if any) and it’s always good (and very much appreciated) to attribute the designer even if they don’t explicitly ask you to.

Color Paper

Color Paper - screen shot.

Demo | Download

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Best In-browser Development Tool? (Comment and Win $100 in ThemeForest Credit)

Nov 7 2008 by Jacob Gube | 259 Comments

This contest is now closed.

ThemeForest, part of Envato, was kind enough to give away a total of $1,000 in cash credit on ThemeForest which you can use to buy web templates, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and other popular CMS themes. Ten winners will be randomly selected to win $100.00 each of ThemeForest credit.

ThemeForest home page - screen shot.

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10 Promising Content Management Systems

Nov 6 2008 by Jacob Gube | 200 Comments

When it comes to content management systems (CMS) and publishing platforms, there are plenty to choose from. They vary in technologies used, organization structure, performance, and license. You’ve probably heard of popular content management systems such as Drupal, WordPress, Movable Type, Joomla!, and Textpattern, but if you want to try a platform that’s a little less main stream – check out these excellent alternatives.

In this article, you’ll find 10 terrific content management systems that may not garner as much attention as their more popular counterparts – but should.

There’s a large amount of content management systems out there, so if your favorite isn’t on here, share it with us in the comments.

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine - screen shot.
Go to ExpressionEngine demo

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FreshBooks Giveaway Contest Results

Nov 4 2008 by Jacob Gube | 6 Comments

Last week, I posted an article announcing the FreshBooks 1 year free subscription giveaway. After receiving a great amount of wonderful responses to the contest topics, the winner was randomly selected and contacted.

FreshBooks Winner Announced

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40 Beautiful Free Icon Sets

Nov 2 2008 by Jacob Gube | 272 Comments

Some of the best things in life are free. When it comes to icons and icon sets, there are many talented designers and artists that choose to provide beautiful and useful icon sets for commercial and/or personal usage.

In this collection, you’ll see 40 beautiful, free icon sets that you can use in a variety of ways (websites and/or your desktop). In total, you’ll find close to 3000 invidual icons showcased in this article.

Note: It’s important to read the fine-print before using any icon sets; some may have restrictions for commercial use (or require that you give credit to the designer).

Yoritsuki icons

Yoritsuki icons screen shot
35 icons – Download (PNG and ICO)

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