To shed my Firefox of its weight (because I have hundreds of tabs open), here are some of the links you might want to look at this week (but only next week if you’re feeling… sexy):
If you’re not yet aware of the genius that is the site Smashing Magazine, please introduce yourself to it now. It is a must have for designers and graphic-lovers alike. If you’re into WordPress (which I know many of you are), then it’s got a lot there you can work with.
For instance they give you help for testing your new site, have a nice detailed list of lots of brilliant free fonts (get into your typography now… this is the first time I’m telling you), and a great page on WordPress theme frameworks to help you build that brand spankin’ new WordPress theme you’re thinking of doing (more on that later in the page).
SpeckyBoy has an interesting set of bits and pieces on its site. It doesn’t seem to be a feature-laden as Smashing Magazine, but it’s still quite a good site regardless.
I don’t use Joomla anymore, but these nice templates might help someone who does. WordPress is better than Joomla, though, and here’s how to make it a lot more professional by way of plugins. And if you’re into your photography, you’re either a Lightroom user or a Photoshop user (the two are very different). So if you’re a user of Adobe’s blend of Bridge, Photoshop, RAW Conversion, and ease-of-use, you might want to look up this list of Lightroom presets. The Photoshop junkies might want to get their head around HDR instead.
There’s also the inspiration to love typography. I love my fonts. Do you love your fonts? How about your words? Do you dig ’em yet?
Plus there are lots ofother links that can’t be bunched up under a website or brand name!
This place lets you get your logos for free, lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of textures available for you to grab!, how about some grungy wallpaper to make your Twitter page look less crap, get that whole “Sin City” dark gritty comic feel on your images, doing cool shit in Illustrator (they’ve got a lot more than just that!), even more Adobe tutorials, yet more Photoshop tutorials for nifty effects and whatnot, and how to go from Photoshop to HTML & CSS.
And if you’re planning on making a WordPress theme, you might want to check out the following links:
- Blueprint: A CSS Framework
- The excellent variable grid system
- Prototyping that excellent variable grid system from above
- More on the 960 grid system
- Konigi’s tools to help make a lot of this easier
- Creating a WordPress theme from scratch
- Weblogtools lists of things to help you make that theme
- Making a theme options page for your truly spesh WordPress theme
- Creating a store using WordPress in under 5 minutes (wow, way to put me out of a job guys… :P)
- …and yet another list of links with dev & design stuff I’ve missed.
Christ. I sound like a WordPress salesman. I’m not, I assure you. If you don’t believe me, just take this WordPress watch as collateral. Or don’t. I’ll see you on the other side of the WordPress theme making bit. 😛