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During the early days of the Web, there wasn’t a standard font that could be rendered across all platforms. However, some fonts — like Arial, Helvetica, and Times New Roman — were more likely to be installed in a person’s computer. These popular system fonts are called Web-safe fonts. It was the best practice in web design to stick to them.

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You can use automated image optimization tools to compress your images. However, if you also take the time to manually optimize them, you can further improve your results. Here are five techniques for manually optimizing images.

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Free Icon Set: Blue Web UI Icons

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Food Icons: Free Icon Set

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The Christmas and holiday season is upon us this year.

Buying gifts for someone can be a tricky task, especially for creatives who are ever-so-fussy with their stuff and are thus hard to buy for.

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Every time I’m in an electronics store to buy something or whenever I’m assisting one of my friends identify the right new gadget for them, I notice the feature-counting we’re all swept into as soon as we start comparing our options; "Well, this coffeemaker has 15 buttons, it has to be better than that one with only 6 buttons."

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Early on, nearly every startup arrives at a crisis.

And I’m not talking about a crisis involving capital or co-founders or legal issues.

I’m talking about the company’s logo.

Most customers won’t think twice about your logo. Unless it’s hideously ugly.

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