30 Creative Examples of Illustrations in Web Design

Mar 21 2009 by Jacob Gube | 41 Comments

Adding illustrative elements to a web design can take it to a whole new level. Illustrations add a uniqueness and character to a design, giving it the ability to make it truly stand out from the crowd. Designers and artists use them in various parts of a design: as backgrounds, as part of a captivating header, or as an accent within the content area.

In this article, you’ll be able to set your eyes on some of the best examples of websites that have chosen to use illustrated elements as part of the design.

1. The Great Bearded Reef

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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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