Sweet Tweets: Design Resources of the Week #31

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 1-11-10:

Design blogs you should be following on Twitter
“With the vast majority of design blogs within the blogging community its hard to keep up with who is saying what. Using twitter along side your favorite RSS reader is a great way to find out about new articles that design blogs are writing up.”

How to make yourself stand out as a freelancer
“The cybersea is full of freelancers all out to make their mark and their money to keep their freelance fires burning. With an abundance of opportunity pouring in to the market, getting yourself out there and making sure you are heard and seen will help you sway those opportunities more your way.”

Impressive Tumblr customizations
“Over the past year, there have been a few different services that have popped up that allows you to post content online a lot faster than WordPress would. Two of the most popular ones are Tumblr and Posterous.”

Your personality, summarized in a typeface
“If you’ve ever sat down with a type designer, what you quickly realize is that they rarely talk about fonts in purely aesthetic or even functional terms: They talk about assertiveness or calm or friendliness. In short, they talk about personality traits. It makes sense, then, that your personality could be translated into a typeface.”

On small caps
“I just read this post by Joe Clark, linked from Daring Fireball, about why you shouldn’t use small caps for acronyms. In it, Clark provides some examples which at first glance seem to support his argument, but a little thought reveals them to be mere examples of ill-considered typography rather than a crushing blow on the use of small caps”

Dyana Weissman on Kerning
“As designers, kerning is one of those esoteric terms we love to use. Not only is it vital to quality typography, it’s also a great word to throw into a conversation with non-designers whenever we want to sound smart or abstruse.”

A Negative View of White Space
“After reading through the article on The Web Design Ledger, “Whitespace: The Underutilized Design Element” I felt compelled to respond and clear up what I feel is spreading misconceptions about design in relation to white space.”

Educate Your Clients On What You Offer With a Guide
“Educating clients on the services you offer can be a tedious process, especially if you find yourself doing it over and over again. There are a few options for providing your clients with a resource that can bring them up to speed on what you can do for them, without you needing to explain over and over again.”

10 big and bold slab fonts
“Slab fonts are a part of the serif font family and are incredibly effective for logos, headlines and in printed media. Slab fonts can be rounded, angled or block like, the common stand out feature is that slab fonts are chunky, bold and big.”

Type on a curve
“Setting type on a curving path can alter the balance and relationships between characters. Here’s how to make sure your text still looks good.”

The Most Relevant Identity Work of the Decade
“I gave myself a deadline of January 15 to do a recap of identity work in the 2000s, assuming that it wouldn’t be an editorial faux pas to do a list of this sort well into the new year. So here it is. An admittedly incomplete — it would take months to do this exhaustively — compilation of the most relevant identities of the past decade.”



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  2. Susanne says:

    Cool collection of links – thanks!

  3. Tim Smith says:

    Great links! Thanks for the round-up, I found a lot of these useful.

  4. I allready knew few of them but it´s allways great to see new ones.

  5. Xpirt Design says:

    Great list and very useful. Thanks for sharing it!

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  7. I especially liked the article about white space and it´s potentials. I think I use a lot of white/solid color space in my designs. And I would consider quiet pattern to be in a same category. Thx for the list… I still have few to go trough.

  8. dresses says:

    I especially liked the article about white space and it´s potentials. I think I use a lot of white/solid color space in my designs. And I would consider quiet pattern to be in a same category. Thx for the list… I still have few to go trough.

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