Best of July, 2008: This Month in Web Design

Since July is winding down, here is a quick recap of some of the best blog posts of the month. As always, there’s plenty of reading to keep you busy/distracted.

Web Design and Development:

CSS-Styled Lists: 20+Demos, Tutorials, and Best Practices from Noupe.

Designing for WordPress: Complete Series and Downloads from CSS-Tricks.

How to Make a Featured Post Carousel for WordPress from NETTUTS.

Create a Simple, Powerful Product Highlighter with MooTools from NETTUTS.

27 Best Photoshop Web Layout Design Tutorials to Design Decent Layouts from DzineBlog.

11 Powerful Firefox 3 Add-ons That Can Replace Standalone Applications from Jason Bartholme.

The Perfectly Semantic Three Column CSS Layout from Mirificam Press.

Indestructible Website: How to Build an EM Based Layout that Won’t Break from Mirificam Press.

Cutting Edge Browsers and Their Development Tools from CSS-Tricks.

Cheat Sheets for Front-End Web Developers from Six Revisions.

Tips to Design Your Site for Mobile Devices from Woork.

Amazing WordPress Hacks Part 2 from Stylized Web.

Small Design Study of Big Blogs from Smashing Magazine.

Vivid Imagery in Modern Web Design (my first guest post at Smashing Magazine).

Graphic Design:

400+ High Quality Patterns from Design Reviver.

Learn How to Create Two-Tone and Graphic Radials from VECTORTUTS.

Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type Treatment from VECTORTUTS.

7 Helpful Techniques that Every Adobe Illustrator Artist Should Know from VECTORTUTS.

Vector Illustration: 60+ Illustrator Tutorials, Tips, and Best Practices from Noupe.

70 Beauty-Retouching Photoshop Tutorials from Smashing Magazine.

35+ Iconic Logo Designers from David Airey.

15 Fontstruct Fonts Every Designer Must Download from Positive Space Blog.

Create a Realistic Blackberry Style Mobile Phone from Scratch from PSDTUTS.


21 Brilliant AudioJungle Wallpapers from PSDTUTS.

12 Best Looking Design Galleries from Most Inspired.

Textures and Patterns Design Showcase from Smashing Magazine.

35 Creative Advertising Campaigns from Abduzeedo.

15 Hottest Portfolios on Behance – Part 2 from Fuel Your Creativity.


Trifecta: SEOmoz’s Latest Comparison and Analysis Tool from SEOmoz.

How to Turn Yourself from a Great Developer into a Great SEO from SEOmoz. Launch:

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11 Steps to a More Stable Freelance Income

50+ Fonts for Big, Bold Headlines

200+ Resources for Freelance Web Designers

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  • Dejan Cancarevic, July 30, 2008

    Thanks for the mention!

  • Razvan, July 30, 2008

    Good stuff, thanks!

  • David Airey, July 30, 2008

    Very well done with your 1st Smashing guest article, Steven. Great stuff.

  • Noura Yehia, July 30, 2008

    Thanks Steven, you have always done a great job with best of the month posts.
    Thanks for the mention :)

  • VandelayDesign, July 30, 2008

    You’re welcome everyone for the links.

    Thanks for the compliment, I appreciate it.

  • Max | Design Shard, July 30, 2008

    good collection , stumbled thanks

    ive just released a 300+ texture pack if any one is interested, over at my blog.

  • Matthew Griffin, July 30, 2008

    Thanks for the links, Steven. Also, congratulations on your Vivid Imagery article on Smashing Magazine. Very well done.

  • adelle, July 30, 2008

    thanks for the mention! love these lists because there is always something that I have missed through the month.

  • Tyler, July 30, 2008

    Nice list. Thanks for the resources.

  • online games, August 4, 2008

    Thanks for the links and its so helpful for the new designers.