16 Genuine, Authentic Designers on Twitter

Mar 20 2009 by Chris Wallace | 53 Comments

I’ve seen a few Twitter designer lists pop up here and there and wanted to offer a fresh spin on things. This list contains 16 designers who I find extremely friendly, genuine, and have something to offer to the design community.

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20 Useful Typography Tools

Mar 19 2009 by Jacob Gube | 35 Comments

Typography is a crucial component of a design. When used effectively, it sets the mood and solicits emotion about the design. Working with typography can be challenging, but fortunately, there is a plethora of free tools on the web that can help you work with type.

In this article, you’ll find 20 tools for working with typography. You’ll find an assortment of tools that’ll help you with testing, identifying, sizing, and even making, fonts.

1. Typetester

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Elsewhere on the Web: On Breadcrumbs

Mar 17 2009 by Jacob Gube | 6 Comments

As some of you may know, I regularly write for the wonderful folks at Smashing Magazine.

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Best Text Editor for Developers? 10 Prizes to Give Away.

Mar 16 2009 by Jacob Gube | 629 Comments

When building a website/web application or editing your source code, sometimes all you really need is a trusty text editor.

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Top Five Web Design Tools

Mar 15 2009 by Jacob Gube | 137 Comments

Just like in most other professions, a web designer’s set of tools is what brings a concept into fruition. There are many applications available to our disposal, but there are some that just stand out from the crowd. The tools in this article are what’s regarded as the most popular tools used for web design.

Last week, you were asked to vote on what you thought was the best web design tool. Close to 280 of you shared your opinion on what the best web design tool is.

In this article, you’ll find the five web design tools that garnered the most votes.

5. Fireworks

screenshot source: Introducing Adobe Fireworks CS4 beta http://www.adobe.com/devnet/logged_in/rjones_fwcs4_beta.html

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14 jQuery Plugins for Working with Images

Mar 14 2009 by Mirko Humbert | 58 Comments

JavaScript frameworks have become very popular in the recent years by making the creation of dynamic effects much easier. Lightweight, used in the WordPress and Drupal core, jQuery is now one of the most used JavaScript libraries around.

The following list of jQuery plugins will help you to improve the usability of your website or web applications by enhancing the display of your images.

1. s3 Slider

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11 Excellent Twitter Improvement Ideas

Mar 13 2009 by Jacob Gube | 29 Comments

Last week, I wrote about 10 Features That Will Make Twitter Better – the response was astounding and many people contributed their own ideas in the comments.

What became clear was the need to write a follow-up article that discusses even more user interface suggestions that can improve the Twitter web experience. To provide a well-rounded mix of ideas, the article would have to be from a combination of authors that contributed to one article.

What follows are ideas by ten professionals from different various spheres of expertise.

1. Location, location, location: the Twitter @Locals tab

Jason Finch, Blended Networking Evangelist, The dotSno Project / @dotsno

One of the greatest benefits of Twitter is being able to connect in real-time with conversations going on between those you follow, enabling you to become part of a global conversation on topics in which you have a shared interest. Any time of day or night you’re able to jump into the conversation. Imagine the power of combining this with local knowledge and conversations with local people who you have yet to discover. Think about who is around right now, on your block, talking about the stuff in which you’re interested, the strangers in the coffee shop a few blocks away tweeting about the very subjects that fascinate and engage you and who could easily become your friends. Run along, go meet them!

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