Illustration Inspiration for the Weekend

On multiple occasions in the past, we have compiled the works of several artists to give our readers an extra dose of inspiration for the weekend. This post follows along that theme, only we are refining the inspirational artists to a particular medium, illustrators. So this installation is going to veer off a bit from its predecessors, but we promise the inspiration will still deliver.

Below is a showcase of some artists you may or may not have heard of before, but who’s work we couldn’t help but shine a light on. Their illustrations range in styles and depth, but all share one important trait; their ability to connect with viewers and inspire them. We hope you enjoy this illustration inspiration collection.

http://www.noupe.com/inspiration/illustration-inspiration-for-the-weekend.html

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7 Essential JavaScript Typography Resources

JavaScript Libraries for Web Type (Elsewhere on the Web)

http://sixrevisions.com/elsewhere-on-the-web/javascript-libraries-web-type/

When you think of web typography, CSS instantly comes to mind. And that’s great, because CSS is the primary option when dealing with the style/visual layer of your website.

However, when you hit a roadblock with CSS, take it up a level by using JavaScript (JS).

Open source JavaScript libraries can help you craft responsive web designs (a technique that optimizes webpage layouts for mobile devices), implement fun text effects and more. In this post, we will primarily focus on JavaScript libraries that use modern web typography techniques to underscore and promote current web design best practices.

5 things designers can learn from sports

Right now, we are surrounded by so many great sports leagues. Whether you prefer baseball, basketball, football or even hockey, you can flip to ESPN and catch some pretty great highlights and news.

Not everyone is big into sports (or at least not the popular ones), yet no one can deny the entertainment value that sports give us day in and day out.

Personally, I am a huge NBA junkie (go Celtics!). With the recent close of the 2010–11 season, I picked up on some implied rules that typically guarantee a team some measure of success.

I also discovered that following these rules and tips could be useful to me as a freelance graphic designer in search of my own success. Rather than looking forward to the next season, I’ll share some of these rules with you now.

http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/10/5-things-designers-can-learn-from-sports/

Are CSS Tables Better Than HTML Tables?

Glass top coffee table with the letters css on the table legs

http://www.vanseodesign.com/css/tables/

Mention css and tables in the same sentence and controversy is sure to follow. Web designers like myself have been telling you not to use html tables for layouts and now here we have a way to create tables with css alone.

What’s the difference between html tables and css tables? Should we use css tables? If so how?

Once again I want to thank Pedro for emailing me the idea to talk about css tables. I hope I cover what you’re interested in knowing.

Let’s get to the how of css tables first and then tackle the question of whether or not you’d want to use them in practice.

Architecture in Web Design: Applying Vitruvius’ Principles

http://tympanus.net/codrops/2011/10/13/architecture-in-web-design-applying-vitruvius-principles/

Let’s make a real world comparison: buildings are very much like web sites. So are we (web designers and developers) essentially just architects? When you compare web design with any other major form of art, fine art, print design, music, sculpture, architecture, it almost directly compares itself to architecture. Web design, like architecture, is an art form that has many differing interests. Web sites and buildings have users, clients, companies, products, information, technology, structure and design.

The biggest freelance mistakes… and how to avoid them!

http://www.netmagazine.com/features/biggest-freelance-mistakes-and-how-avoid-them

Surly bosses, packed mass transit, office politics — all anathema to your self-employed lifestyle. The following tips by Matt Schiffman will teach you how to stay independent and avoid some common mistakes related to freelancing

The cube-farm mentality of workmanship is slowly coming to an end. A new era of productivity in the information age is encouraging impermanent collaboration between skilled professionals and businesses. Your ability to spot this professional trend and being on the bleeding edge of your trade is why you became a freelancer — or you got laid off and didn’t really have a choice.

Either way, controlling your professional destiny is now part of what defines your career. You have a chance to carve out a great niche in your industry and be at the top of your game. However, a few untimely slip-ups could cause you to lose the latitude, independence and professional freedom you’ve become accustomed to. Some not-so-obvious blunders could land you right back in the nine-to-five daily grind or, even worse, with no gig at all.

In this article I’m going to share with you some of my most glaring freelancing mistakes so you can avoid making them. Now on to it…

7 Photoshop tips for designing clean and modern websites

http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/10/7-photoshop-tips-for-designing-clean-and-modern-websites/

Clean, elegant, and beautiful web design is often a matter of personal perspective. I look at hundreds of websites every week, and several of them stand out to me, but not all of them are necessarily effective.

Too often designers boil a concept down too far, producing a final design that is nothing more than text and a grid. While these minimal designs have their aesthetic appeal, particularly when paired with excellent typography, they risk falling short of notice.

Personal opinions aside, there are certain features of a design that allow it to be proudly labeled as clean or modern and enhance its usability and likability on a universal level. Simplicity is not a design trend, but rather an attribute of good design.

Photoshop grants us a versatile set of tools for creating depth and interest, and invites us to integrate subtle detail where we would leave a blank space. You need only a handful of these tools to infuse the qualities of modern design into a layout. By mastering them, you can create clean designs that express functionality clearly and effectively.