Best of August: This Month in Web Design

In case you missed any of the best posts of the month, here is a round up to keep you busy for a while.

Web Design and Development:

7 Principles of Clean and Optimized CSS Code – Smashing Magazine

Top 10 Web Typography Sins – Smashing Magazine

10 Adobe AIR Apps for Web Designers – Six Revisions

10 Tools for Evaluating Web Design Accessibility – Six Revisions

Label Placement on Forms – CSS Tricks

11 Reasons Why a Web CMS Will Make Your Life Easier and Your Wallet Fatter – Chromatic Sites


Top 7 Reasons Why It’s Better to Hire a Freelance Designer or a Small Design Firm Than a Large Design Company – Branded Designers

Top 7 Reasons Why It’s Better to Hire a Large Design Company Than a Freelance Designer or a Small Design Firm – Xemion

9 of the Best Ways to Present a Website to a Client – Just Creative Design

Most Desired WordPress Hacks: 11 Common Requests and Fixes – Noupe

How to Easily Make WordPress Archives that Rock – Putting Blogs First

Design/Development Tutorials:

Creating a Slick Auto-Playing Featured Content Slider – CSS-Tricks

Create a Tabbed Interface Using jQuery – NETTUTS

Building a Better Blogroll: Dynamic Fun with SimplePie and jQuery – NETTUTS

Learning jQuery: The Basics – Cats Who Code

Graphic Design:

How to Create Intense Light Streaks in Photoshop – Blog.SpoonGraphics

Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide – VECTORTUTS

Working with 3D Objects and Transparencies to Make a Vector Cola Bottle Design – VECTORTUTS

Create a Citrus Fruit Design from Scratch in Photoshop – PSDTUTS

My 10 Favorite Typefaces – Veerle

300+ Best of the Best High Quality Abstract Brushes in Photoshop – Naldz Graphics

30 Tutorials That Will Teach You Illustrator – Arbenting

Adobe Photoshop: 50+ High Quality .PSD Files and Tutorials – Noupe

Free Photoshop Brushes: 40 Splatters, Strokes and Watercolor – Outlaw Design Blog

15 Free Smoke Photoshop Brush Sets – Web Designer’s Interviews

Inspiration:

Single-Page Portfolio Sites – Web Designer Wall

51 Stunning Movie and TV Posters – Outlaw Design Blog

25 Super Cool Paper Inspired Website Designs – Blog.SpoonGraphics

Ultimate Website Navigations – Hidden Pixels

Web Design: Black Layouts – Abduzeedo

50+ High-Impact Illustrated Vector Posters – VECTORTUTS

SEO:

Robots.txt vs Rel=Nofollow vs. Meta Robots Nofollow – SEO Book

8 Easy Plugins to Install to SEO Your WordPress – WebDevLounge

5 Ways Companies Half-Ass Their SEO Efforts – Cape Cod SEO

Launches:

DevSnippets

Status

Some Posts that I Wrote at Other Blogs This Month:

Inspiration: Water and Ice – PSDTUTS

When to Use Magazine-Style Themes for Blogs – Smashing Magazine

50 Photoshop Tutorials for Sky and Space Effects – Smashing Magazine

How to Make Your Portfolio SIte More Effective by Adding a Blog – Freelance Switch

7 Reasons Why You Should Pursue Your Own Projects – Freelance Switch

13 Sources for Background Patterns and Textures – DesignM.ag

Blank Themes, Frameworks and Templates: Resources to Speed Up Your Development Time – DesignM.ag

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  • Angie Bowen, September 1, 2008

    Great rundown, thanks so much for the inclusion!

  • Muhammad Siyab, September 1, 2008

    Great list. Will learn a lot. Thanks for the mention! :D

  • Matthew, September 1, 2008

    Thanks for the list! Also, thank you for the mention.

  • Jacob Gube, September 1, 2008

    Steven,

    You’ve been busy this month with DesignM.ag newly launched and all your guest posts on those awesome blogs! Your piece on When to Use Magazine-Style Themes for Blogs is a must-read not only for would-be bloggers, but also for designers to help them decide what the best layout is for their client.

    Well done and looking forward to what’s in store for September!

  • NaldzGraphics, September 1, 2008

    thanks for the include.this list are great.totally a very nice compilation for the last month of august. Anyone should see this.thanks a lot.

    Ronald

  • Derek Edmond, September 1, 2008

    Great list and I really appreciate that you felt my post was good enough to be included.

  • Noura Yehia, September 2, 2008

    What a nice roundup!
    Thanks for the link Steven :)

  • dash, September 4, 2008

    I like the WebDevLounge best thank you for this roundup! :)

  • Nony, September 9, 2008

    This is really a nice post. I like the links you have posted in your post. Thanxx for sharing with us some of them really gave me some hints for my deign projects with which i am presently stuck :)

  • xHTML Coding, September 15, 2008

    Thanks a ton for the roundup!

    I especially liked the robots.txt vs rel=no-follow post out of seobook.