DON'T MISS: The Best Design Articles from May 2008

DON'T MISS: The Best Design Articles from May 2008

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As usual I round up the best design articles from around the web however as I leave in 4 days I am extremely busy trying to get everything sorted before my trip around Europe so instead of going through all of my feeds I have scoured the net for the best round up posts and combined them here on this page. The sources come from Vandelay Design, Noupe and Smashing Apps. This post will keep you very busy.

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1- Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect in Photoshop

How to create a rather cool looking grass-text effect using a photo of grass, the pen tool and a bit of patience. Checkout the Tutorial

2- Creating geometric patterns in Illustrator

It’s just not always that simple to create perfectly seamless patterns, especially with geometric forms. Veerle shows us how to create a geometric pattern shape and fill a background with it using the method described in this tutorial

3- 15 Amazing Photoshop Icon Tutorials

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Ever wondered how the great icon designer do it? Well, here are 15 Photoshop Tutorials that lets you peek behind the curtain and get you started. Check it out.

4- Nice ‘n’ Simple Subscribe Badges

In this Photoshop tutorial you’ll be making those cool supermarket-style badges, then you’ll be turning them into subscribe buttons for your website, a must-have for any blog! Visit Tutorial.

5- Amazing Retro Rainbow Curves

In this tutorial, David Leggett will show you how to design some amazing vector based Retro Rainbow Curves using Adobe Photoshop. These retro artifacts have become a popular trend in modern design! Visit Tutorial.

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6- Pastel color menu with dynamic submenu using CSS

This tutorial illustrates how to design a nice pastel color menu with a dynamic submenu which appears when you select a link in the main menu, using CSS and some lines of javascript code. Checkout the demo here.

7- Three Simple Uses For The ‘Clouds’ Filter in Photoshop

Here are three simple uses of the “clouds” filter (Filter > Render > Clouds) in photoshop. Using both the foreground and background color, it creates a misty/cloudy fill. This simple filter can be used for all kind of interesting things, especially when combined with other filters, layer effects, and layer modes. Visit Tutorial.

Ajax and Javascript

8- How to Load In and Animate Content with jQuery

How to add ajax functionality so that the content loads into the relevant container instead of the user having to navigate to another page. With awesome animation effect. Checkout out the demo here.

9- Yahoo! Design Pattern Library

Yahoo! Design Pattern Library are thrilled to be sharing patterns and code with the web design and development community. Checkout it out.

10- Animated Collapsible DIV v2.0

This script collapses any DIV on the page and lets users manually toggle its appearance via a smooth “Web 2.0 style” animation. It’s a popular effect on many social networking/ comment sites. Check it out.

11- Horizontal JavaScript Accordion 1kb

1kb horizontal accordion script can be used for menus, images, presentation content and more. Check it out.

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12- Context Hover, adding context & feedback to your links

When you put focus on a link in Opera Mini it puts a hover effect on not only the current link, but all other links with the same URL. This script gives you the same effect when used in your website. Check it out.

13- jQuery iPod-style Drilldown Menu

An iPod-style drilldown menu to help users traverse hierarchical data quickly and with control. This drilldown menu provides easy navigation of complex nested structures with any number of levels. Check it out.


14- A parallax illusion with CSS: The Horse in Motion

An impressive optical illusion using the CSS parallax technique. Check out the demo page and resize your browser to see the effect.

15- Which CSS Grid Framework Should You Use for Web Design?

In this article you’ll get an overview of the current batch of CSS Grid Frameworks and which you should choose to use.

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16- Building a Unique Contact Form

How to build a contact form using HTML/CSS, as well as add some validation with jQuery, and make it tick with PHP. Checkout the Demo

17- 5 free HTML editors that get the job done

An excellent review by bitsonewmedia to five solid HTML editors that get the job done.Visit Review

18- CSS Diseases: Divitis & Classitis

Are you one of the CSS coders that use div-tags for anything and add classes to every element? Learn why it’s wrong to do that and how you can cure your CSS disease.Visit Post

19- Typogridphy

Typogridphy is a CSS framework constructed to allow web designers and front-end developers to quickly code typograhically pleasing grid layouts.Check it out.


20- Applying Divine Proportion To Your Web Designs

This article explains what is the Divine proportion and what is the Rule of Thirds and describes how you can apply both of them effectively to your designs. Visit Article

21- Footers

Footers can be much more than an afterthought containing the fine print of a web site. With the right design they can reinforce brand awareness and drive internal traffic. Here is an awesome collection of some of the best designed footers on the web.

22- 6 Ways To Subliminally Tell Users “Don’t Come Back”

Here are a few ways to tell the user to never come back to your website. Visit Post

23- Make The Web a Less Colorful Place

More color does not necessarily equal a better design. There is no need to jazz things up with buckets of color if the site does not warrant it. This article explains why you might want to use a monochromatic design and how it’s done. Visit Article

24- Getting Away With Murder: Design Rip-Off Horror Stories

If someone’s ever ripped off your site design or theme, some of these stories will truly make your blood boil but beyond that, how to fight back! Visit Article.

25- What Everybody Ought to Know About Usability and Web Design

Usability has become a hot topic and everyone wants a piece of it by writing their own list of guidelines. This article focus on two rule of thumbs. Those two are to make it easy to read and make it easy to find stuff. Visit Article

26- A Design is Finished when: 23 Pro Designers’ Opinions

One of the most important and hardest things to overcome when designing is to understand when the piece you are designing on is actually finished. So 23 Pro Designers share their opinion here .


27- Free Vectors: Hand-Drawn Decorative Elements

These were hand sketched on pencil/paper then scanned and converted to a nice decorative vector element. Checkout it Out.

28- Free 278 Page PDF eBook- The Photoshop Anthology

Sitepoint are giving away a free download of an extensive e-book for designers for a limited time only! IF you are interested in downloading the free eBook simply go to the The Photoshop Anthology Home Page.

29- Free Calendar Icon Set

A new calendar icon set has been released on graphic design forums! Simply head on over the design forums to download the free calendar icon set.

30- Free eCommerce icons

32 free icons to use or remix in your eCommerce projects complete with master SVG file. Enjoy.

31- Milky, a free vector icon set

Milky is a fresh, crisp and beautiful vector icon set. You can use Milky for both personal and commercial work with free of charge. Milky is available in vector format (EPS), as well as transparent PNGs.


32- Find Similar Users on

A short Python script that lets you know how to find similar users who share similar interests. Check it out.

33- Duplicate images finder

This application can search through your images collection and find duplicates not only by file name or size, but also by visual similarity.

It done by implementation of some public domain algorithm to do its work. Check it out.


34- Unraveling the Secrets of WordPress’ Comments.php File

Dissecting the default WordPress theme’s comments.php structure and giving you various snippets of code to make your skinning easier. Visit Tutorial.

35- How to separate comments and trackbacks

Explanation on how to separate comments from trackbacks. Visit Article.

36- Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site. Visit Article.

37- 45+ Free Premium WordPress Themes with Magazine or Grid Layouts

A stunning collection of Free Premium WordPress Themes, most of them have magazine or grid layouts. Checkout it Out.

Updated list: See here for some great 2016 WordPress Themes.

38- How To use a Frontpage Slideshow on your WordPress-Blog

How you can create a fancy frontpage slideshow on the frontpage of your WordPress powered site. Visit Tutorial.


39- 30 Inspiring Poster Designs

By looking at great posters, you can learn a lot about composition, typography, and use of color. Here is a list of beautifully designed posters guaranteed to leave you inspired. Visit Post

40- Calligraphy

Calligraphy is the art of writing and the best thing is that you just need to things to start learning and improving your skills: a pen and a paper. Here are some examples what you can do with it. Visit Post

41- 36 Cool Business Cards You Should’ve Seen

A well designed and printed business card can impress and make people take notice and remember you . A badly designed or printed card can leave a bad impression or even worse be simply forgotten. Here is a collection of cool business cards to inspire you. Visit Post

New Launches

42- Free Clipart & Vector Art search engine

A new search engine for finding free Clipart works by searching through millions of web pages to bring you back the most accurate free clipart and free vector art search results possible. Visit Site

43- AudioJungle

Eden launches a FlashDen sister site, with AudioJungle, growing the microstock audio market and targeting musicians and sound effect creators.Visit Site


44- 40 Options for Converting PSD to HTML

Steven Snell compiled a list of 40 different options for Converting PSD to HTML with some details on their services.Visit the article.

45- 25 resources for ornaments, fleurons, and “frilly bits”

An excellent set of resources for ornaments, fleurons, and frilly bits compiled by Cameron Moll. Visit Post.

46- 50+ Designers to Follow on Twitter

An amazing compilation by Steven Snel to over 50 designer’s Twitter profile, which should give you a great start to following some talented designers.Jonathan Snook, Jeffrey Zeldman, Veerle Pieters and more. Check it out

47- 30 Websites to follow if you’re into Web Development

A post highlighting some of the best sites that covers fields relating to web development – such information architecture, user interaction, and web/graphics design. Luckily Noupe was one of them :). Visit Post


48- There is No Pattern: an Interview With Chuck Anderson

Chuck Anderson worked for clients for whom the words ‘high-profile’ seem like an understatement: Adidas, Microsoft, Pepsi, Absolut, Rolling Stone, Nokia, Sony, Reebok: the impressive list goes on. Collis Ta’eed, recently had the opportunity to ask Chuck how all this success came his way. Checkout the interview

49- Braintalk with Andrew Egenes

Andrew, the creator of Designfloat, answered 15 questions about his work. So if you want to know the guy behind Designfloat a little better: here you go. Checkout the interview

50- Success Secrets from Rick Valicenti

An exciting interview with Rick Valicenti sharing his secrets of success and his thoughts on having faith in his creativity.Visit the interview.


51- Effective Internal Linking Practices

Eric Odom had put together a fairly solid list of tips to use when linking to your own content via a new post or page.Visit the article.

52- SEO Guide for Designers

This is an SEO guide for designers who want to learn about making it easier for websites or blogs to be found by search engines. Visit Article.

53- Helping hacked sites

Matt Cutts explains how Google alerts webmasters of potential hacked websites through google’s webmaster console


54- Smashing Texture Contest Results

Vandelay Design

Web Design and Development:

Which CSS Grid Framework Should You Use for Web Design from NETTUTS.

Improving Code Readability with CSS Styleguides from Smashing Magazine.

30 Websites to Follow if You’re into Web Development from Six Revisions.

SEO Guide for Designers from Web Designer Wall.

What Everybody Ought to Know About Usability and Web Design from Blog Design Blog.

The Official “Successful Website Checklist Challenge” from Chromatic Sites.

Getting Design Approval: The Single Mockup Theory from Fadtastic.

5 Free HTML Editors that Get the Job Done from Bits O’ NewMedia.

Graphic Design:

High Quality Photoshop Brushes, Resources, and Tutorials from Noupe.

Masters of Graphic Design: 25+ Interviews from Noupe.

Advice for Online Graphic Design Portfolios from David Airey.

Graphic Design Job Board is Launched at You the Designer.

Design Inspiration:

30 Great Examples of Graffiti Writing and Graffiti Street Art from You the Designer.

Now More Than Ever: 50 More Excellent Blog Designs from Smashing Magazine.

24 Kick Ass Portfolio Designs from Fuel Your Creativity.

20 Blog Designs that Stand Out from PureBlogging.

25 Kick Ass Blog Designs (My Favorites) from Spyre Studios.


Creating Geometric Patterns in Illustrator from Veerle’s Blog.

Build a “WordBurner” Email Newsletter Manager Using WordPress and FeedBurner from NETTUTS.

How To: Resizeable Background Image from CSS Tricks.

Create a Dark Themed Web Design from Scratch from PSDTUTS.

Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect in Photoshop from PSDTUTS.

Freelancing and Business:

How to Achieve Freedom from Freelance from Copyblogger.

10 Ways to Get More Design Work from Outlaw Design Blog.

How Freelancers Can Stand Up Against Large Design Studios from Detached Designs.

Diversified Income for Web Designers from Templamatic.

The Costs of Underpricing Your Design Services from Most Inspired.

5 Sure-Fire Ways to Meet Deadlines for Freelancers and Web Workers from Freelance Folder.

Web Content:

Why Your Website Content Loses 7 Percent of Customers from Men With Pens.

Smashing Apps

Design Tips, Tricks & Tutorials

High Quality Photoshop Brushes, Resources and Tutorials

Create Cool Watercolor Effects in Photoshop, Photoshop Tutorials

Nice ‘n’ Simple Subscribe Badges

30 Websites to follow if you’re into Web Development

Want to be an Icon Designer? 15 Amazing Photoshop Icon Tutorials

Artwork, Digital Photography and Inspiration

50 Excellent Blog Designs

76 Excellent Footer Designs

37 Free High Resolution Beach Sand Textures

40 Professional Icon Sets For Free Download

20 well designed E-commerce websites

42 Awesome Business Card Designs (With Links to 100s More)

45+ Free Premium WordPress Themes with Magazine or Grid Layouts

30 Inspiring Poster Designs

27 Cool Coming Soon Pages

40+ Extremely Beautiful Icon Sets Hand-picked from deviantART

30 Great Examples of Graffiti Writing and Graffiti Street Art

Javascript and Ajax

30+ Javascript/Ajax Techniques for Sliders, Scrollers and Scrollbars

Create a Cool Animated Navigation with CSS and jQuery

Dynamic Image Gallery and Slideshow

47+ Excellent Ajax CSS Forms


Decorate Your Images And Photo Galleries With CSS

How to make sexy sliding door buttons with CSS

Introduction to CSS3 – Part 6: Backgrounds

40 Options for Converting PSD to HTML

(X)HTML – CSS Validation: Why validate your webpages?

Popular Websites and XHTML Validation Errors

CSS coding for cross browser compatibility

Miscellaneous Articles

Design RSS Roundup 50+ Feeds

WordPress: how to separate comments and trackbacks

9 Common Reasons A Website Is Not Drawing Visitors

20 Useful Tools to Make Web Development More Efficient

What does Creativity Mean to You?

5 Excuses for Discrimination in Web Development

No Matter What, Design Matters

So there way have it, enough articles to keep you busy for weeks.

24 thoughts on “DON'T MISS: The Best Design Articles from May 2008”

  1. No worries James and yeah I can actually start to feel a sense of relief coming to me now. Past weeks have been pretty busy reading / editing / scheduling 14 posts for my time away.

    A sounvenir? How about a shot glass? I collect a shot glass from every country I go to but that is about it for souvenirs… maybe a photo here and there. Enjoy your break too 🙂

  2. Wow. Now that’s a list 😀

    Thanks for the link love also, you linked to my tutorial 🙂

    Elis last blog post..Introducing PhotoshopStar Redesign

  3. Hey Jacob,

    Thanks for the linkout and I’m glad you enjoyed the post about bloggers taking a break recently.

    Our Farewell Symphony went up yesterday (don’t worry, folks, only temporary) and already, it feels good to focus on getting all the projects OFF my desk. Finally.

    Enjoy your Farewell and your trip, which is a fantastic opportunity. I’m envious. Bring me back a souvenir.

    James Chartrand – Men with Penss last blog post..Writing the Farewell Symphony

  4. Hey Jacob,
    Thats a very good idea to combine the 3 posts here, thanks for including mine 🙂

    Noura Yehias last blog post..Websites you shouldn’t have missed in May 2008

  5. Jacob, Thanks for adding my posts to your roundup! Appreciate the linkage! You have a great list – the most in depth I have seen so far.

    adelles last blog post..Design RSS Roundup 50+ Feeds

  6. Holy cow, Jacob. You have waaaay too much time on your hands to go around collecting such exhaustive lists! And to think, this is only from May.

    With these sites like Abduzeedo and PSD Tuts, it reminds me how much I really don’t know about Photoshop! I wish I had resources like this when I was in school and had time to practice each technique. Most of the stuff around a few years ago was possibly good but you had to wade through lots of crap and an overload of ads to find it.

    LaurenMarie – Creative Curios last blog post..Not to be Miss Design Inspirations from Flickr

  7. Eric,
    Thanks for that link, great stuff! And for those who missed it…

    Michael Martin,
    Yeah tell me about it, I have only read about 1/10 of those posts this month. It was just one of those months.

    No worries and yeah it was quite a massive list.

    Your welcome 🙂


    Hehe, not really, it was a copy / paste / delete solution. I think I am in the opposite position to you, I know more about Photoshop than the other programs, probably because I enjoy it more.

    An Jay,
    Nice creative advertisements, have you seen both of our creative photography posts?

    Glad I could make use your great list.

    Yeah we all need more time!

    No worries Jon and yeah, lots of reading to do!

  8. what a great list. you find them and now for me time to study on them. thanks alot.

    petnoss last blog post..Hayat Kurtaran ?i?e: Lifesaver

  9. Great site! That’s exactly what I was looking for, tips on design, to boost my blog.


    Svetlanas last blog post..The Evolution Of Man

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