Sweet Tweets: Design Resources of the Week #22

**Apologies for not bringing any new, original posts to TDC this past week. I have been out of office and tied up, but nonetheless I was still able to gather up some ‘Sweet Tweets’ for all of you. Hope you enjoy the great roundup!

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 10-19-09:

7 Things Web Designers Hate Hearing from Clients
“One of the most difficult aspects of being a web designer is dealing with clients that “just don’t get it”. In this article, we’ll discuss seven things that often make the job of web designers difficult when dealing with unreasonable demands from clients. The goal in this article is not only to identify these common situations, but also to share with you some ways to avoid them and explain to your clients why their demands can’t or won’t be met.”

Grid Based Website Inspiration
“Grid based websites have become very popular over the past year. With a lot of heavier websites users are thrown off or confused because the information is showcased to them in an unorganized way. You can give dominance over other elements without making the website too crowded or overbearing. I love looking at grid based sites – because they are so easy to read and view.”

Prepress tips for graphic designers
“When you design artwork for print, standard practice is to send a PDF to your printer. But are you 100% sure you got the settings right? Are you confident the size is correct? Have the colours been set to print standards or client brand guidelines? What about font usage?”

How to choose a logo designer
“With such a plethora of choice it may be hard to find the right designer for your specific needs. Below is a short guide to help you make the right choice when choosing a logo designer. These points could also be useful when hiring a web designer, graphic designer, or any designer for that matter.”

Preparing and Planning for a Redesign
“So many businesses out there set up a website and then think, “There, that’s done with” and never bother to re-evaluate their website’s design or position in the marketplace.”

8 Different Ways to Beautifully Style Your Lists
“The use of HTML lists (<ol> for an ordered list, <ul> for an unordered list) is very common these days. Today, we’re going to look a little bit further than creating regular lists, by showing 8 different ways to beautifully style your HTML lists with CSS. We’ll use some pure CSS techniques to make a bored list look awesome (and even have some extra functionality).”

Tips for the Journey of Choosing a Business Name
“It’s a long, arduous road, coming up with a brandable business name. Here are my tips for your road trip to reaching your desired destination, a memorable and trusted brand name.”

25 Examples of Clean and Well Designed Web Sites
“I’ve been looking around the web to try and find some examples of clean well structured sites, this maybe a unique layout or just simply presented well with some good typography, spacing or initial first impression of the site, here are just a few of the ones im liking.”

Tips for Designing an Awesome Coming Soon Page
“Unlike the traditional under construction pages from the early days of the web, coming soon pages can nowadays prove to be handy tools when launching a new website. Forget yellow hard hats and flashing signs, let’s take a look at what benefits can be seen from some of the best launching soon pages.”

Showcase of Web Design in Ireland
“To give you an insight into some of the interesting stuff happening, I’ve interviewed several high profile Irish designers involved in the web industry and how they feel Ireland is making an impact on the rest of the world, along with a showcase of some of the more inspiring websites being produced.”

Getting to No
“I’ve been selling website design and development work for over 10 years, so you’d think I’d have this stuff licked. Hardly. I used to think the hard part was “getting to yes,” but over time, I’ve learned that the hardest part isn’t closing the deal, but figuring out which deals are actually worth closing. It all begins with taking a hard look at the prospect you’re talking to, and keeping an eye on early behaviors that all too frequently lead to problems.”

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



Discussion and Comments

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  1. Propagganda says:

    Great list. Thanks

  2. Jacob Cass says:

    Thanks for the link out Brian and the links to other great resources. Also, congrats on your other site’s redesign, looks great!

  3. sergey911 says:

    Sorry for the question, but I am very interested in how CMS operates a blog?

  4. Brian says:

    No problem. A CMS acts as the middle-man between a website, a developer and a user. It gives the “user” the ability to easily add new content, make changes easily, and make changes from anywhere (since the CMS lives on your server you can login from any computer). WordPress is one of the best Content Management Systems (CMS) for blog usage, as it prides itself on simplicity and power (when needed).

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:


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