Our bookmarks: suggestions from the Editor
Dear YIW readers, we’re back at our desks. Getting back to work after the holidays is tough though, right? Well, we’ll try to ease back into things with a bit of resources, articles and curiosities that we’ve set aside for you during the month of December. In this article you’ll find December’s best: everything that, for one reason or another, caught our attention: logos, fonts, articles to read, icons…a little bit of everything, from us…to you.
Let’s start, as usual, with the “most beautiful”, rather the websites/fonts/logos to whom we dedicate a small bit of “publicity” because we think they deserve it.
The website of the month: Caffè Digital
The logos of the month: piùzerootto parrucchieri..
The logo of the piuzerootto franchise really drew us in. Professional yet frivolous, light-hearted although serious, perfect in both the classic version (black on white) as well as its negative. It’s a logo that’s young and light: the handwriting-style font, the stylized graphic symbol, even the two Ks instead of the standard Cs. It’s clear that the company directs itself toward a young public and, above all else, knows how to play with their trademark.
..and Antica Cioccolateria Acese
The logo of the Antica Cioccolateria Acese unites playfulness and tradition: on one hand it recalls the business sector with the images of pastry tools, on the other it lightens the brand name to make it unique by modifying the letter C in an otherwise simple, linear font. The logo remains legible and this small touch gives it an uncommon yet effective aesthetic.
A bit gothic, a bit mysterious. It’s a font that has gone a bit unnoticed but that now deserves a bit of notoriety: some of the letters are truly charming, and it’s no coincidence that this is the font of the TV program “Mistero”.
Elegant and peculiar, this font is perfect for logos that don’t want to pass unnoticed. The trailing letters (N and Q, for example) are the most beautiful.
Gracious, romantic and elegant. A handwriting collection font.
If you have an unbound passion for twitter’s font or you’ve always asked yourself what fonts are used for the flickr or youtube logos…you’ll find this article very illuminating.
Tutorials & Webdesign
A very creative (and original) tutorial for a truly interesting wallpaper. Vintage photos, post-its, photos of your loved ones, stickers…unleash your creativity and personalize your desktop on just a few steps.
You know those light spheres that seem to be breeding on the web? In this article you’ll find a list of the best (and most luminous) websites and some great tutorials to follow if you’d like to recreate this effect.
If you love the apple style, you can’t not appreciate this list of 15 tutorials: flash preloader, wallpaper, menu, gallery…everything in full-blown apple style.
Seeing as we’ll soon be planning and designing the 404 page of Your Inspiration Web, a glimpse at this beautiful showcase can’t but come in handy. And you, what are you waiting for to personalize your 404 page?
Do you need to create a landing page to reclamizzare an application for iphone, or some other mobile device? Study this article as if it were the Bible: the example sites are the best in the field.
Finally someone has the courage to scovare the amateur and the ugly in web design and to say so explicitly. These websites are something awful!!
Some do’s and don’ts explained clearly and effectively: these should be kept as rules to follow prior to creating a website.
Here you can find 30 more original and creative ways to integrate twitter into websites and blogs.
CSS, Usability & Co.
Webdesigner wall explains, with great simplicity, some css properties.
The most common – a least forgivable – errors, considered crimes against usability. To be read and kept.
Shadow and reflection effects without using a graphics program? They can be done, and this is all thanks to jQuery.
If you don’t yet know this one, try it in your menus or, better yet, in your portfolio animations: it’s elegant and eye-catching.
Icons, brushes & co.
I recently used them in a graphics project: needless to say they’re fantastic.
Some are very useful, others not so much. It’s up to you to look around and download those you find most appropriate.
If you’ve missed out on these, what are you waiting for? Yes, they’re from 2008, but there are thousands, they’re of excellent quality, and they’re free.
Articles to read
In the meandri of microsoft.com, an interesting article, full of valid examples of how to treat and bargain with clients. A must-read, even just for curiosity’s sake.
If you’ve asked yourself this question even once, or if you’re an employee who dreams of having a freelancer’s liberty, reading this article could be helpful.
You’ve read the preceeding article, decided that all things considered yes, the life of a freelancer is right for you and you’d like some work to start with? Well good, find out where to look for your first jobs as a creativo libero!
Irony is a great strength, especially in advertisement. Just take a look at these ad campaigns to better understand!
Creative, original and curious. If, between one project and the next, you have 5 minutes to trastullarti liberamente sul web, I suggest you take a look at the comics on this website to break up the monotony of the daily grind. Ti incanterà, guaranteed.
I hope this list is helpful to you and that the material provided is of interest! See you next month with January’s favorites!
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