Sweet Tweets: Design Resources of the Week #15

Sweet Tweets is a weekend feature to The Design Cubicle highlighting some of my favorite, and other Twitterer’s design-related links discovered via Twitter throughout the work week.

Week of 8-24-09 AND 8-31-09:

9 Free Tools to Check Social Media Backlinks and Popularity of Your Websites
“Here are nine of such awesome online tools that will help monitor your social media popularity. They check backlinks from Twitter, Digg, Delicious, Reddit and all that.”

Writing a Great Design Brief
“How do you get the design you want? The perfect design you envision in your head? … The design brief is the answer…”

35 Excellent Wireframing Resources
Wireframing is one of the most valuable parts of any web design project. It can save a designer tons of time by hashing out the details of a site’s architecture, functionality, and content prior to actually starting a visual design. But if done inefficiently, it can end up costing more time and can even create bigger headaches for both the client and the designer.”

Howcast Identity Design
“Identity design is about producing more than just a logo. Stand-alone static marks are essential, don’t get me wrong, but by containing them within an identity package, top designers and agencies create a visual language that improves the consistency of the brand message.”

Designing With Grid-Based Approach
“The main idea behind grid-based designs is a solid visual and structural balance of web-sites you can create with them. Sophisticated layout structures offer more flexibility and enhance the visual experience of visitors.”

The Logo Evolution of 15 Corporate Brands
“Have you ever thought about the background to the Apple logo? What about the Firefox one? These iconic brands have a past and interesting old logos, come and take a look!”

28 Free High Quality Fonts to Boost Your Typography
“Choosing the right typeface is an important step in any design process. So it’s a good idea to have a selection of high quality fonts in your library. In this post, I’ve listed the best of the best fonts that will help take your designs to another level from a typography standpoint.

20 Quick Tips For Aspiring Freelancers
This post is meant to help you bypass difficulties and maximize your productivity as you start your own freelancing career.”

How to Get Your Clients to Use a Design Brief
“Ah, the design brief. For those designers who regularly use them, we will never go back. They provide focus to the project for both the client and the designer; they provide a resource to come back to during the design process; they are indispensable to the project. Most designers don’t need convincing on the importance of the design brief – but some clients do.”

101 Helpful Tips and Tricks for Freelancers
“As a freelancer, you are in total control of what you do with your time, who you work for, how you work, and when you work. You control all aspects of marketing, and servicing your clients. That is why it is the ultimate goal of a freelancer to reach a state where their work flow is perfect, and they have set mechanisms and processes they use when conducting any task in order to do it as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

35 Websites To Teach You How To Use CSS Effectively
“CSS ( Cascading Style Sheets) are the modern standard for presenting website. Combined with structural markup language like HTML, XHTML – CSS fully take care about presentation part, creating that good concept – HTML = Content, CSS = Presentation.”

25 Clear and Beautiful Comparison Tables
“Here is a collection of the best product comparison tables handpicked by WebdesignDev. We think we have picked the top 25 comparison tables based on creative design and how clear it is to read and compare.”

50 Essential Web Typography Tutorials, Tips, Guides and Best Practices
“Web typography is the most undervalued and misunderstood aspect of web design. There are many reasons for this, probably, the most common factor is it is ignored purely for simplicity.”

The Definitive Guide to About Me Pages
“One of the most important and least used aspects of any website is the “About Me” page. It’s not enough to have an interesting site and great product if your visitor can’t find a way to relate to you. Never under-estimate the power of personality.”

50 Websites (and More) for Your Design Inspiration
Includes my personal site, www.brianhoff.net and other beautiful, well-designed sites.

55+ Seriously Useful Front End Web Developer Cheat Sheets
“In this article you will find essential cheat sheets for the most commen web based technologies that you are likely to use if you’re a Front End Web Developer.”

Discussion and Comments

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  1. Awesome list, I already have a couple of these bookmarked to read later… and you’ve just added to that “to read” list of mine. :P Thanks man!

  2. Jeff says:

    Hey Brian, thanks for the link to my article (How to Get Your Clients to Use a Design Brief). I appreciate it! Some other great resources here too!

  3. Jason LaRose says:

    Just wanted to say that I think your Sweet Tweets posts are genius. Something so useful and simple, yet not a generic Top 10 round-up.

  4. Brian says:

    Thank you, glad you enjoy reading them. My own appreciation for great content had inspired me to share my own finding and discoveries. I cannot stress enough to other designers how much one can improve just by staying active in the online design community. There resources are endless. Thanks again for your kind words. :)

  5. Lorilee says:

    Wow, Thank you Brian,

    Your posts are always jaw dropping, awe inspiring and so amazingly helpful. I great appreciate your content and the fact it’s always helpful, to the point and no fluff. It was a great surprise to my holiday weekend. I appreciate you!


Brian Hoff
About Brian Hoff: Designer, Writer and Speaker

I’m a graphic designer living in Brooklyn, New York who loves creating compelling and useful websites and memorable interactions across the web. When I’m not designing I can be found writing, speaking and occasionally part-time teaching at colleges — all on the subject of design. I started this blog to share my passion and experiences with designers and clients. I'm most active on Twitter; say hello: