22 Vintage Style Website Designs for Inspiration


The old retro vintage style is one of my personal favorites. The 1950s was an era engrossed by this style of cartoon bubbly-lettered branding. From cafes, diners, drive-in movies, hardware stores, fast food restaurants, and anything else you could think about. Nowadays we can look back over this era and pick apart the design styles […]

36 Best Frontend Web Development Tutorials of 2012


The task of learning new development techniques is often arduous and time-consuming. It used to be that web developers would purchase books or read guides written by other developers. Nowadays you can find tons of new blog posts and tutorials written every week! Not to mention all the personalized tutorials on YouTube and similar video […]

26 Brand New Adobe Photoshop CS6 Tutorials


The newest release version of Photoshop CS6 comes with dozens of new interface changes. The software is amazing for web designers looking to create icons, illustrations, web layouts, and practically any type of digital artwork. But nobody can master these skills without practicing to some degree. So I’ve collected 26 of the most recent Photoshop […]

4 Types of Tools to Save You Time & Earn You Money


Freelance designers and other freelancers should take advantage of time-saving business tools whenever they can. In this post, I’ll outline four different types of tools that you might find helpful in your freelancing design business. If you like this post, you might also enjoy reading 35+ of Your Favorite Software Tools.

32 Handy Google Chrome Extensions for Web Developers

Watching the browser wars unfold has been interesting. Mozilla Firefox was possibly the king only a few years ago, whereas now it seems Google Chrome has taken much of their market shares. For those who use Chrome it may have some bugs but ultimately runs much quicker and scales better than Firefox.

And while Mozilla has an Extensions gallery, Google has launched an extensions gallery side-by-side with Chrome. In here developers are able to create small browser extensions and tie into 3rd party APIs for some magnificent features. The installation process is simple, efficient, and leaves you begging for more.

Web developers should be especially interested in Google Chrome as they strive for perfection in browser testing. Scaling your website between the many browsers today is difficult. Luckily Chrome is one of the better software partners out there, and in celebration I’ve collection 32 extensions specifically targeted towards web developers. Install a few see what you think, and please offer any extensions you’ve personally found in the comments section!

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Minimalist Design: A Brief History and Practical Tips


Minimalist design is one of the most significant design movements of the 20th century and early 21st century. It isn’t the flashiest, or the most popular, but it arguably penetrated more fields than almost any other art or design trend. Everything from user interfaces, to hardware designs, to cars, to films and games, to the web and visual designs of today – all those fields and more were influenced by minimalism.

Your friends might not know what minimalism is, but chances are they’re currently using or viewing a minimalist design: a modern phone, a clean web or application interface, looking at a slick brochure or other graphically-presented information, sitting in a simple living space on a sleek sofa, and so forth.

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20 Big and Highly Detailed Icon Sets


Icons come in all shapes and sizes. While the clean and minimalist style is better suited for applications and navigation menus, those highly detailed icons can sure add some eye-candy to your designs.

In fact, a lot of the icons in this post are so detailed that they could be used as feature rather than to complement say an interface or an application menu. I hope you enjoy the showcase. Feel free to chime in and leave a comment at the end of this post.