Each week, I bookmark my favorite design-related websites, photos, and blog articles to share in this weekly post. This week, I’ve included tutorials, showcase galleries, icon sets, and much more. Hang onto your seats, it’s going to be a big one!
Working on your online portfolio? You’ll love this collection of Awesome Portfolio Design Trends by Azad Creative, featuring creative options for showcasing your work.
Just getting started with web design and XHTML? You have to check out this fantastic in-depth tutorial – How to Convert a PSD to XHTML – from NetTuts.
You’ve got to love a blog post that not only shows examples of amazing web features that any of us might like to add to our own site, but also provides exceptional tutorials to explain the process! This article by Noupe — 10 Creative & Rich UI & How to Create Them — is one you’ll want to bookmark and come back to again and again.
If you’re going to design a site, you might as well do it right. Take a look at these tips from Function Web Design & Development Blog: How to Spot Quality within Web Design: Examples & Tips to take your design to the next level.
Ready to launch your site? You might want to check out this in-depth article by Smashing Magazine first: 15 Essential Checks Before Launching Your Website.
Want your own WordPress blog, but not sure where to start? Look no further than this extensive collection of 60+ Awesome WordPress Tutorials by ThemeTation.
Itching for more design work? This post by DesignM.ag offers links to articles on topics ranging from creating your portfolio site to finding work. Tons of information and a great resource for any designer: 40+ Articles to Help Freelance Designers Find More Work.
This is a fantastic article with some very solid points. Anyone just starting off in freelance or in the first few years of their career should definitely give this article from Chromatic a look: 9 Brilliant Ways to Ensure Client Satisfaction and Project Success. (It wouldn’t hurt us old-timers to review these basics either
Consider yourself a geek? Find out if you qualify for geek status, or if you still have a lot to learn: Read 64 Things Every Geek Should Know from Curious? Read.
Oddee put together this fantastically original collection of 15 Creative Ads in Unusual Places. Prepare to be surprised!
This blog post by Abduzeedo should come with a warning. Absolutely do not read this post unless you have some time to spare — because you will get sucked in. Completely addictive, and way too much fun, you have to check out My First Band CD.
Ikab did a feature on 30 Unusual House Designs. You’ll be shocked by how crazy some of these are!
Need some type inspiration? Look no further than this post from Touchey: 40 Amazing 3D Typography Designs.
An entirely different way to use type as an artistic tool. Check out these Amazing Type Faces – Typographic Portraits selected by Abduzeedo.
And, to wrap up these week’s favorites, the best round-up of social media icons I’ve ever seen. If you’re looking for icons to add to your site or blog, chances are, you’ll find something you like here: Birdsall’s Massive List of Free Social Media Icons, Twitter Birds and RSS Icons.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this double-length edition of Manda’s Weekly Favorites. This week, I wanted to send out a quick thank-you to all of my friends on Twitter who suggested some of these amazing links. If you are on Twitter, please give these talented people a follow: mayhemstudios, abduzeedo, ikab, pfrigerio, smashingmag, giographix, mashable, FreelanceSw, katharnavas. Hopefully I’m not forgetting anyone, if I am, I’m sorry and I’ll get them next time around in next week’s favorites post.
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