Sweet Tweets: Design Resources of the Week #17

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 – because having resources and staying up-to-date is important in growth and development.

Week of 9-14-09:

12 Tips for Creating a Great Portfolio Site
“Below are twelve tips for creating a better portfolio site. These suggestions apply to all kinds of portfolios, no matter what your particular artistic field. Also included are examples and a gallery of excellent portfolio sites, with what they’re doing right and what could use some improvement.”

7 Steps for Systematizing the Design and Build Process
“Systemization is basically what it says on the tin, i.e creating a series of processes or a pre-defined set of steps to speed up and quicken a laborious and or repetitive task.”

50 Free Fonts for Professional Design
Really beautiful quality fonts.

21 Awesome @font-face Embeddable Typefaces
The 2 most popular typefaces used on the web today are surely Helvetica and Georgia. They’re great and I used them all the time since they’re web-safe fonts. I use them mostly because I’m not a big fan of flash replacement techniques or solutions that require Javascript. But what about the @font-face CSS property?”

How to Write a Logo Rationale
“When presenting logo concepts to a client it is often productive to have written rationales to accompany each concept. This can help you, the designer, clarify your thoughts before getting the concepts in front of your client.”

Scott Thomas: Designing the Obama Campaign Video
“As the Design Director for Obama’s 2008 campaign, Scott Thomas led a now-historic political campaign, in which branding, design, and the web played a truly pivotal role. Likening the experience to “building an airplane in flight,” Scott talks about the creative’s need for triage, the crucial role of incremental design improvements, and the importance of getting back to the hand and keeping things simple.”

Website Design and User Experience
“today’s biz ladies post is dedicated to a topic that’s near and dear to my heart- website design and user experience. as someone who looks at least 200-300 websites a day via submission emails, i can tell you that there are some definite do’s and don’ts when it comes to creating a site that entices people to visit, learn, and shop.”

ILoveTypography: The Week in Type
“Let’s begin with something tougher than steel from H&FJ. Meet the just-released Tungsten. [insert superlatives here] …”

3 ways to make your website stand out from the crowd
“Too many websites look the same as their competition. If you want users to remember your site it needs to stand out from the crowd.”

Inspirational Design for Website Footers
“If you think a website’s footer exists only to show copyright information you couldn’t be further from the truth. Below I’ve included 25 inspirational footers from design related sites and blogs from around the web.”

Type Hunger: Difference between lettering and type
“I’ve been noticing that many of the images that get tagged or labeled “type” on design-watch web sites such as welovetypography.com and sharesomecandy.com are actually some form of lettering.”

Discussion and Comments

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  1. Preston Lee says:

    This is a great round up this week, Brian. Thanks. My favorites:

    • 3 ways to make your website stand out from the crowd
    • How to Write a Logo Rationale
    • Type Hunger: Difference between lettering and type

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Bill Ludwig says:

    This is a great collection, perfect for some weekend reading. Thanks. My favorite so far has to be “7 Steps for Systematizing the Design and Build Process”. This post alone will save me a lot of time. Thanks again for rounding them up.

  3. Damon says:

    Nice roundup of articles this week. Thanks!

  4. Brian, thanks for mentioning my post in your round up. Much appreciated!

  5. Love the @font-face link, thanks Brian. Where do you usually go to find design resources like these?

  6. Brian says:

    Glad you enjoyed the round-up and resources. I subscribe to over 300+ blogs and also really active on Twitter so I come across really great, useful resources.

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: