October's Best: This Month in Web Design

It seems like each month there is more and more design-related content available. That means there are plenty of opportunities to learn and be inspired, but it also gets hard to sort through everything to find what you really want. Hopefully this collection of the best posts from October will help.

Web Design and Development:

50 Stunning Examples of a Great Redesign: My Top Picks – Function

10 Tips to Avoid Designer’s Block – GoMediaZine

How Much Should You Charge for a Website? – CSS-Tricks

How to Use sIFR 3 (Screencast) – CSS-Tricks

37 Ways to Design the Comment Form – Blog Design Blog

13 Awesome JavaScript Animated Flash Like Menus – DevSnippets

15 Original Menu Designs – Web Designer’s Interviews

20 Excellent AJAX Effects You Should Know – NETTUTS

60 High Quality Free Web Templates and Layouts – Hongkiat

Tips and Hacks for Creating Your Own WordPress Theme – Lee Munroe

Does Your Website Suffer from These 7 Usability Mistakes – Usability Post

Graphic Design:

3 Ways to Apply a Line Pattern Effect on Text in Illustrator – Veerle’s Blog

Icon Design Tutorial – Designing a New Icon in Illustrator – Design Reviver

20 Exceptional Websites for Learning Adobe Illustrator – Six Revisions

How to Create Explosive Typographic Effects in Cinema 4D – GoMediaZine

50+ High Resolution Textures, Tutorials and Resources – Noupe

1000+ Free High Resolution Photoshop Brushes – Noupe

Create a Vibrant Modern Blog Design in Photoshop – Blog.SpoonGraphics

208 Retro Photoshop Patterns – Well Mediacated

Lose the Color! 9 Reasons to Ditch Color – DesignFeedr

Using Layer Comps for Design in Photoshop – My Ink Blog

Smoke Type in Photoshop in 10 Steps – Abduzeedo


Typography Mega Inspiration – Abduzeedo

70 Beautiful Websites with a Large Background – Francesco Mugnai

Inspiring Grunge Style Big Typography Posters – Design Shard

Blog Designs: 50 of the Most Creative – Standout Blogger

Best of: FYC Flickr Group Showcase – Fuel Your Creativity

Great Movie Posters – Inspiredology


15 Free High Res Rough Textures – Six Revisions

Watercolor Illustrator Brushes – VECTORTUTS

Splatter and Watercolour Brushes for Photoshop – Smashing Magazine

Site Analysis:

14 Free Tools that Reveal Why People Abandon Your Website – Conversion Rate Experts

15 Tools for Monitoring a Website’s Popularity – Six Revisions

Using MooTools to Instruct Google Analytics to Track Outbound Links – David Walsh


WordPress SEO – The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Theme Search Engine Optimization – Nathan Rice

Posts I Wrote at Other Blogs this Month:

50+ Ways to Improve Your Productivity as a Freelancer – Freelance Switch

10 Helpful Resources for Cross Browser Testing – DesignM.ag

Adobe Dreamweaver Toolbox – DesignM.ag

Photoshop Toolbox – DesignM.ag

50 Excellent AJAX Tutorials – Smashing Magazine

Adobe Illustrator Tutorials – Best Of: Part 2 – Smashing Magazine

ExpressionEngine Developer’s Toolbox – Smashing Magazine

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  • adelle, October 29, 2008

    some great links here – you totally just depressed me though since this means October is almost over! :) Thanks for including my Flickr Best of Post!

  • Andrew Lindstrom, October 29, 2008

    Wow, yet another epic post – well done. Thanks for including my retro Photoshop patterns post in this awesome list!

  • EmmaB, October 30, 2008

    Thanks for the great compilation!
    Lots of useful things for me to peruse and gain inspiration from!

  • Marco, October 30, 2008

    Great round-up from indeed awesome articles from the past month. Too bad none of my articles made it :( . Better luck next time ;) .

    Keep on bloggin’!

  • ThomasP, October 30, 2008

    Great list, unfortunately I don’t have the time to check out all of them. But I’ll make sure to visit the most promising links.
    Thx again, linked you on my blog!


  • Leafy Designz, October 30, 2008

    Will bookmark and read through……

    Gna take time to read through it all!

  • Max | Design Shard, October 30, 2008

    Thanks for the include of Efis guest post ill let her know, ill be checking some of these out.

  • Jacob Gube, October 30, 2008

    Huge list! This one’s bookmarked for my weekend reading! :)

  • Dmitry, October 30, 2008

    Very long list, but lots of good stuff :) Thanks for mentioning my article.

  • Web Marketing Ann Arbor, October 31, 2008

    Amazing list, thanks for the info.

  • Noura Yehia, October 31, 2008

    How do you find the time to do all this. That’s a long but very interesting roundup.
    Good job Steven.

    Oh, and thanks for the mention :)

  • Angie Bowen, November 1, 2008

    Really nice rundown with quite a few articles that I missed this month. Thanks!

  • Conor, November 1, 2008

    Thanks again!! Priceless info here once more.

  • Amy, November 3, 2008

    Good stuff, really useful!



  • Rachel, November 6, 2008

    Wow – I love this collection of articles. I missed a lot of these so I am glad that I caught your roundup of the best. Thanks!