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


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


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




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 –

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

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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


    You’ve been busy this month with 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.


  • 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.