There are some amazing new font foundries on the design scene who are doing some brilliant work and making it available to designers and developers everywhere for next to nothing. The release of a new font or font family sees the release of a free weight, a trending practice that garners no complaints from anyone. As designers and purveyors of art and all things creative, we enjoy the art of another responsibly and ration our funds for highly desirable designs and resources. I have to admit, there are many stunning fonts out there and most are not cheap. So, it is indeed an exuberant feeling when you discover quality fonts for downloads that are absolutely, stark raving free.
A while ago I did an article and roundup of Free Logo Fonts and today I am following up on that with a big list of 45 brilliant and gorgeous fonts for all you logo designers and web designers out there. I have tried out a couple of these in my logo projects and I have a special affinity for Lobster by Pablo Impallari and League Gothic. There is a good mix for modern, minimalistic, retro, vintage and traditional logos and layouts. Experimenting and altering them to suit your designs will create any look and feel you are after. The fonts below are all free, some require signing up to get to the download which is a very small price to pay for these little typographic gems. As always, enjoy responsibly!
In this article we’ll have a look at some websites that are a bit different to what we usually see. Web design sure has come a long way in recent years, and we can see all kinds of creative and unique websites popping up.
This collection is comprised of websites offering many different services/merchandise. They’re colorful, funny, artistic and more. What they all have in common is the fact that they do stand out a bit – at least they did to us.
Wired uses this graph to illustrate Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff’s claim that the world wide web is “dead.”
This industry moves fast — really fast! If you’re not careful, you’ll be left in its dust. So, if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the coming changes/updates in HTML5, use this as a primer of the things you must know.
1. New Doctype
Still using that pesky, impossible-to-memorize XHTML doctype?
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- DOCTYPE html PUBLIC ”-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN”
DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
If so, why? Switch to the new HTML5 doctype. You’ll live longer — as Douglas Quaid might say.
In fact, did you know that it truthfully isn’t even really necessary for HTML5? However, it’s used for current, and older browsers that require a specified
doctype. Browsers that do not understand this doctype will simply render the contained markup in standards mode. So, without worry, feel free to throw caution to the wind, and embrace the new HTML5 doctype.
Posted by Raashid A. | Posted in CSS, HTML, Tutorial, Web Designing | Posted on 30-12-2011
CSS has fundamentally changed web design, it has provided designers with a set of properties that can be tweaked to make various techniques to make your pages just look right.
Today we are presenting a round-up of 101 CSS techniques designers use all the time. Definitely worth taking a very close look at! This is just the first series , the second part will be coming soon, stay tuned and Enjoy!
CSS sprites save HTTP requests by using CSS positioning to selectively display composite background images. To maximize accessibility and usability, CSS sprites are best used for icons or decorative effects.
Posted by Raashid A. | Posted in News, SEO, Wordpress | Posted on 27-12-2011
Search engine optimization, or SEO, doesn’t have to be scary. It can be fun and exciting to put these WordPress SEO tips to use and to watch your blog begin receiving targeted visitors from people who are actively searching for exactly what you have to offer. Successful presence on the search engine results pages? What are the most important SEO factors for getting your site discovered by Google’s search boot and how can we get in on the action? To make it a little easier for you, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite and most powerful SEO plugins for WordPress.
The trends for this year and emerging decade are responsive design, constant connection and virtual reality. How will you stay relevant as a designer in 2011? The ultimate goal of a designer is not to dazzle but to entangle. Any designer can get ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ that are easily forgotten. The supreme designer is able to create an environment which charms and captivates the user several elements come together to forge such a wonderland: harmonious color scheme, intuitive design, easily accessible information and fast response. So as my view this are the top 10 trends for 2011.
Posted by Raashid A. | Posted in News, Web Designing | Posted on 21-12-2011
People working in the Creative industry know very good how big of a fight that is. However, don’t let it beat you, keep strong and keep demanding your freedom. Arrange your environments so that they encourage freethinking. Expand your mind and give it lots of input. Apply “output techniques”.
Creativity’s main goal is to question old ways and to find new and better ones, which is not always fitting to the world we live in. Conformity and creativity run in separate directions. Public relations are an indispensable part of an organization. . As creativity and public relations are required for product promotion then the web is arguably the best way to do it Web designers use their creativity to put forth a novel website to the viewers. PR is possible on the website not merely by creating attractive advertisements for the potential clients. Creating unique and original content and being the first to publish that content on the web also brings with it great opportunities to be talked about across the internet.
Posted by Raashid A. | Posted in News, SEO, Social Media Marketing | Posted on 19-12-2011
The basic best practices are the right way to start, and may even be the right solution. However, more organic marketers need to be thinking outside the box, as classic SEO becomes more competitive and dominated by entrenched players. Every SEO subject imaginable. In answering many of these quandaries, a common theme emerged – that many marketers engage in SEO challenges with a singular focus on the most common / best practice techniques and don’t stray into a creative, imaginative mindset to find alternatives.
Here, then, are five examples of problems I’ve seen where creativity might prevail over standard techniques
- High Budget Reputation Management Issues
- Problems Getting Large E-Commerce Sites Indexed
- Generating Unique Content for Large Numbers of Pages
- Overcoming a Competitor with a Much Stronger Link Profile
- Earning Natural, Editorial Links with Optimized Anchor Text