Seems to me that alert() is to UX what document.write is to DOM manipulation.
— Shane (@freshclickmedia) May 23, 2012
I’m an avid reader of Smashing Magazine, and welcome their wide variety of blog posts on all aspects of website design and development. I was pleasantly surprised when they announced Color Steam a couple of days ago. The free app is like a version of Adobe Kuler, allowing you to create colour schemes from scratch or from snaps using your iPhone camera. I found it easy to use, and quite fun too. The only downside is that it requires iOS4, so some older iPhone users will be excluded from the experience.
You can download the Color Steam application from the usual place.
I first heard about Logorama when I visited David Airey’s great logo site, Logo Design Love. Lucky enough to watch a the entire film (see below), I was blown away by the animation and sheer number of logos, integrated into the story in an inventive and creative way.
I was happy to hear this morning that the film has won the Best Animated Short Film award at the 2010 Academy Awards!
I’ve just created a (very) short screencast over at screenr.com showing you how to create a colour swatch from an image in Adobe Kuler and export the swatch to Adobe Illustrator. Check it out:
There’s no question that carefully chosen and presented typography can help a design to convey its message. Choosing fonts for a piece of work can, however, be a bewildering process.
Here, I present some useful links for font inspiration, in the hope that they’ll help you to choose the right font for the right job.
It’s a German language blog post, but it’s packed with (100, unsurprisingly) of the most recognised and often used fonts.
A great list of 21 of the most often used fonts, with screenshots of their variants.
Well-known designer Cameron Moll gives his quick lowdown on his often used typefaces, and requests others do the same.
The results of Paul Shaw’s readers’ top typefaces.
Another good list of inspiring fonts.
The cost of professional typefaces can sometimes be prohibitive for the casual designer or someone on a strict budget. Smashing Magazine has put together a great list of more than 40 fonts that are free to use in your designs, and don’t skimp on quality.