December's Best: This Month in Web Design

2009 is almost hear, and that means it’s time for the last monthly roundup in 2008. This month’s edition includes links to a wide variety of design and development-related blog posts, and some inspirational resources as well. if you’re looking for a good roundup of all of the best content from the past year, see Noupe’s 2008 Most Popular Design Posts, Tutorials and Resources.

Web Design and Development:

10 Ways to Cut Down Web Development Time – Six Revisions

How to Make Your WordPress Title Tag SEO Friendly – WP Recipes

8 Useful WordPress SQL Hacks – Smashing Magazine

Top 29 Free UX Tools and Extensions – UX Booth

Keeping Conventions: When Being Unique is a Bad Thing – UX Booth

Blurry Background Effect – CSS-Tricks

50 Extremely Useful and Powerful CSS Tools – Smashing Magazine

5 Easy Ways to Tackle IE6′s Transparency Issues – NETTUTS

Mastering Your WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area: Tips and Tricks – Noupe

Flex Developer’s Toolbox – Noupe

Web Design Trends: Call to Action Buttons – Lee Munroe

Beautiful and Inspiring Designers Quotes – designworkplan

Graphic Design:

Visual Guide to Layer Blending Modes in Photoshop – Fudge Graphics

The Ultimate List of the Best Logo Design Resources – Just Creative Design

The Reality of Logo Design Contests – Logo Design Love


Track Outgoing Clicks in Google Analytics with jQuery – CSS-Tricks

Create a Themed Repeating Pattern in Illustrator – Blog.SpoonGraphics

Prototyping with the Grid 960 CSS Framework – NETTUTS

How a Simple Layout Can Be Mixed and Matched with Patterns, Photos and Backgrounds – PSDTUTS

Five Looks, One Layout: How to Develop a Library of Web Design Stylesat Your Fingertips – PSDTUTS

Design Inspiration:

40 Inspirational Non-Profit Websites –

Typography Inspiration Showcase –

Inspiration: Surreal Art – Abduzeedo

10 Amazing Typography Artists – Abduzeedo

40 Excellent Blog Designs – Six Revisions

15 Incredible WordPress Theme Customizations – Freelance Folder

Interface Design Inspiration: 36 Clean Comment Form Designs – DZine Blog

Articles I Wrote for Other Blogs:

10 Steps to Improve Your Photoshop Skills – PSDTUTS

Online Advertising and its Impact on Web Design – Smashing Magazine

10 Signs of a User-Focused Design – Web Design Ledger

10 Characteristics of Excellent Portfolio Sites – Webdesigner Depot

13 Characteristics of Outstanding Blog Design – Webdesigner Depot

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  • Matthew, December 28, 2008

    Thanks so much for the mention of UX Booth. The UX Panel is very excited with the positive feedback we’ve gotten from the community and look forward to a great new year! Best of luck to you, great posts you wrote too :).

  • joyoge designers' bookmark, December 29, 2008

    really nice list thanks a lot..

  • Noura Yehia, December 29, 2008

    Hey Steven, thanks for including a couple of my posts among those great resources :)

  • Johnny Moon, January 2, 2009

    nice post Steven. thanks a lot for it.

  • Fran, January 9, 2009

    I liked the list very much. I’ve just spent a lot of time going over many of the sites there and have already found ideas to address some of the design issues I was thinking about.

  • Web Design, January 17, 2009

    A good compilation of tutorials and articles in web design. Thanks!