Sweet Tweets: Design Resources of the Week #21

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 10-12-09:

All You Need to Know About Web Design Project Planning and Process
“Having a keen understanding of Web Design Project Planning Process is invaluable. With a clear organization, you’ll be able to work better and more efficiently. Moreover, with this document you’ll be able to show your clients what they are paying for.”

Logo Design Toolbox: 60+ Resources for Logo Design
“Logo design is of particular interest and focus to many web and graphic designers. In this post we will feature more than 60 resources for logo design including sources of inspiration, blogs, tutorials, articles and case studies. If you have other suggestions for logo-related resources please leave a comment.”

So Your Client Says They Want To Get On Twitter…
“Twitter. They talk about it on the local news, they talk about it on ESPN… it’s mainstream. It’s almost a household name like YouTube, Facebook, or Johnson and Johnson. Businesses know that other businesses are using it, and they feel like they are potentially missing the boat on something big. Because it’s web related, they turn to us, their web designers, for guidance. What do we say?”

Call to Action Buttons: Examples and Best Practices
Call to action in web design — and in user experience (UX) in particular — is a term used for elements in a web page that solicit an action from the user. The most popular manifestation of call to action in web interfaces comes in the form of clickable buttons that when clicked, perform an action (e.g. “Buy this now!”) or lead to a web page with additional information (e.g. “Learn more…”) that asks the user to take action.”

25 Redesigned Logos of 2009: The Changing World of Graphic Design
“A Redesigned logo has two extreme results…either it adds to the worth of a company or takes away the hard earned reputation. If your redesigned corporate identity is weak, prepare yourself to welcome the downfall of your brand but luckily you get it right, it can open new doors of success for you.”

6 Characteristics of Great Logo Design
“Being fans of logos like we are here at FYC, we wanted to do a post that served as a bit of a heads-up to the n00bs and a bit of an important reminder for those of us who have been in the game for a few. Knowing that it never hurts to reiterate the basics from time to time, we derived a look at logos that acts to identify some of the more crucial characteristics that take your logo design to the next level of greatness. Like the degrees of separation, we went with the number six when compiling our list of logo must haves, finding these six to play the most pivotal roles in the construction of a great logo.”

8 Ways to Make WordPress Easier to Use For Your Clients
“If you use WordPress as a CMS for your clients’ websites, you’ve probably faced that issue: regular people find WordPress hard to use. Yes, it is quite user-friendly, but apparently not enough for people who double-click on links when browsing or worst, enter their website’s url in Google to get there. To make it easier for these people to maintain their own website, I would suggest the following tips.”

Beautiful Catalog and Booklet Designs Inspiration
“As a child, I remember flipping through the colorful pages of home shopping catalogs and admiring the colorful images. I would imagine what it would feel like to buy all these wonderful (but sometimes useless) items. As a young adult, I still look through the sky mall catalogs in the airplanes, but my taste for design has changed. Working in the printing industry tends to spoil you with beautiful and captivating design work. Today, we put together an inspiration post to showcase some of best catalog and booklet designs on the internet.”

7 Key Principles That Make A Web Design Look Good
“So what makes something pretty? It is not Flash. Not to say that Flash has no merit, but Flash alone doesn’t make a design good; some nasty Flash websites are out there. Also, one doesn’t have to be a great illustrator to make appealing designs. Instead, look at Web design as a symbiosis of different elements. No single element counts the most; rather, the sum of the elements makes a design look good.”

Negative space in logo design
“It’s hard to beat a clever use of negative space in logo design. Here are 35 or so logos I enjoy that use white space well, along with the designers and agencies who created them.”

Fonts Used In Logos of Popular Design Blogs
“I got in touch with a good number of design blogs with one question – What font do you use in your logo? I got back a hefty amount of responses and found out the rest through some top notch detective work (a special thanks goes out to all those who replied back).”

Secrets from the world’s top 20 web designers
“What makes a world-class designer? It’s a simple question and yet once we started compiling this list we realised it’s not at all simple to answer.”

What were some of your favorite Tweeted design resources from the past week? Share in the comments below.



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  1. Steven Snell says:

    Thanks for linking to my logo design resources post.

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