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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15 Free Tools for Web-based Collaboration

Oct 31 2008 by Jacob Gube | 159 Comments

No man (or woman) is an island – and this statement can’t be any truer if you’re a designer or developer. Though paid/subscription services like Basecamp and Zimbra are great, individuals strapped for cash have a ton of alternatives that provide similar (if not better) features.

In this article, you’ll find 15 free tools to help you facilitate remote/web-based collaboration. Whether you need basic whiteboarding/brainstorming tools or fully-featured project management applications – you should be able to find a tool or two that’s worth checking out.

Google Docs

Google Docs - screen shot.

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Free High Res Rough Textures

Oct 29 2008 by Jacob Gube | 53 Comments

With grunge/textured designs being popular, I thought it would be worthwhile to provide some free textures that you can use in your designs. This set consists of 15 free, high resolution rough textures (2,500px x 1,950px dimensions). I took them from rock and stone formations on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Free High Res Rough Textures

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FreshBooks Giveaway: Win a 1-Year Shuttle Bus Subscription!

Oct 27 2008 by Jacob Gube | 32 Comments

For those of you unfamiliar with FreshBooks, it is an online invoicing service designed for freelancers and small businesses to help them save time, get paid faster, and look professional with their clients. I’m a big fan of FreshBooks and use their wonderful service for time-tracking and invoicing.

FreshBooks screen shot.

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50 Beautifully Dark Web Designs

Oct 26 2008 by Jacob Gube | 83 Comments

Selecting colors for a site is one of the most crucial parts of web design. The color palette can evoke certain types of emotions in a user and sets the tone for the user’s experience while perusing the site. Websites with dark colors can represent "non-mainstream", "elite", and "unconventional".

The use of dark backgrounds also centers the attention towards the content, making it an effective theme for portfolios, image galleries, and design-centered sites.

In this collection, you’ll find some of the best dark-themed web designs. This is the second part of the "Beautiful Web Designs" series that starts off at "30 Beautifully Blue Web Designs".

Starbucks Coffee At Home

Starbucks Coffee At Home - screen shot.

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Innovative (and Experimental) CSS Examples and Techniques

Oct 22 2008 by Jacob Gube | 21 Comments

CSS doesn’t always have to be serious business. In this article, you’ll see 25 fun, novel, and experimental CSS techniques and demonstrations.

Note: some of the techniques and examples discussed here may not validate, cannot be rendered correctly by some browsers, and may not conform with standards-based design and development. Many of the techniques shown here are for exploration only.

Transparent CSS Menu Drop-down

Transparent CSS Menu Drop-down screen shot.

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