Sweet Tweets: Design Resources of the Week #20

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 10-5-09:

CSS Style Sheet Level 2 Visual Cheat Sheet
For the launch of my new website I prepared this CSS2 Visual Cheat Sheet a useful and practical reference guide to Cascading Style Sheets Level 2 for web designers and developers. This cheat sheet (3 pages) contains an essential reference to CSS2 properties with detailed descriptions and some sample code.”

Dick Bruna Book Cover Inspiration
Beautiful display of style and color.

Color Psychology in Creative Design
“It’s worth repeating that the single most important thing you can do to build appeal, mood, and ambiance for your site is to select an appropriate color scheme. There really are no awful colors—any color can look attractive when placed with appropriate color companions.”

9 Ways to take your site from one to one million users
“In this video from The Future of Web Apps London (FOWA), Kevin Rose, founder of Digg, WeFollow and Revision3, shares 9 things he did to increase his users to 1,000,000 and beyond.”

Powerful ways to make typography talk on your website
“Typography is a very powerful tool in a web designer’s arsenal. We have seen simple websites glorified in an instant with the use of proper typography. We have seen brilliant websites pale because the “type” tone they used was all wrong. Understanding typography and implementing its usage might be an art, but it is not so different from being in a society and adapting the etiquettes of proper language, behavior and tone.”

Tips and tricks for professional and effective ‘self-promotion the social way’
“Here are some recommendations from the featured creative professionals currently using social networking as a self-promotion vehicle”

50 Web Apps for freelancers
“From file management to accounting, invoicing to time tracking, there’s a web app for pretty much everything in a freelancer’s life. Over on our sister blog Web.AppStorm you can find a huge roundup of half a hundred web apps freelancers will find useful!”

Quickly make any page print nicely (with The Printliminator)
“I had this idea when I was at a lyrics site trying to print out some lyrics. The page didn’t have a good print stylesheet and was full of all kinds of crap. I copied the source code and made a local version of the site and dumped some simple jQuery stuff in there to make it so any thing I clicked on was eliminated from the page. Turns out it’s the current version of the DOM that gets sent to the printer, so I could eliminate things at will and have them not print. Cool!”

Principles of good web design, Part 4: Content
“Good content is an often overlooked category of good web design. As web designers it isn’t usually our job to create any of the content itself but to get the best out of the given content through the design itself.”

Freelance contract do’s and don’ts
“In the world of freelancing, the entrepreneur has to take on a number of tasks for themselves that would normally be handled by a separate department at a bigger company. Most of these tasks are not part of the creative processes that freelance workers are used to, but rather are more tedious, left-brain paperwork. Right-brain creatives often shudder at the thought of these forays into linear domains. Such detail-ridden tasks would strain any freelancer who wears multiple hats, but they must be completed.”

60+ Beautiful websites showcasing minimalist design
Minimalism in design means removing the unnecessary elements and focus on simplicity. Minimalist design has been applied in different field such as visual art, music, architecture as well as wed design. It is highly influenced by Japanese traditional design, where it doesn’t have fancy colors or effects , and focus only on the fundamental features.”

Typographic town logos in hiragana/katakana
“Japanese town logos — official symbols designed to communicate the identity of each municipality — come in a vast array of shapes and colors. Many of these municipal symbols incorporate typographical elements (particularly kanji, hiragana, katakana, and Roman letters) into their designs. In most cases, the stylized characters are straightforward and easy to spot (even if you don’t read Japanese), but sometimes you have to bend your eyes to see them.”

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: