Sweet Tweets: Design Resources of the Week #36

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 2-22-10:

55 Examples of huge typography in web design
“Choosing the correct typography for your website is a very important part of the design process. And as a website is also a communication tool – a very powerful one – you can use the typography to help you on exposing your ideas!”

A guide to creating professional quality logo designs
“Let’s take a look at some of the general rules of logo design, see what guidelines we should stick to in order to build high quality logos, and see how they can all be put into practice to create a logo design that works in the real world.”

Improve your portfolio with pro bono design
“You’re a graphic design student with a portfolio full of fictitious projects. You want to work with clients to build your experience, but you need a more developed portfolio to attract the clients. A classic catch-22.”

Time tracking without timers
An upcoming promising app that should be out in beta in the spring. I’m really looking forward to this one.

Training the Butterflies: Better public speaking interview
“There are certifiably good reasons to fear public speaking, but Scott Berkun, author and professional speaker, points out that at least, “we can’t say that public speaking is scarier than death.” That’s why it’s curious that public speaking is often listed with some of the worst human fears—along with sickness, death, elevators, heights, and snakes.”

The Taxonomy of Type
“This is not a detailed overview of typography, and was not intended to be. Instead, this article’s purpose is to help us as designers to distinguish basic properties of types. Typography encompasses a large field of interests, and to put it all into one article would be difficult and unnecessary.”

Web FontFonts
For nearly 15 years, web designers had two frustrating choices when it came to type on the web: use one of the few “web safe” fonts preinstalled on major operating systems, or substitute text with images and Flash/JavaScript® hacks. Not anymore. Recent developments in web standards and font formats make it possible to render HTML text in typefaces other than the same old default fonts.”

Geek talk with Brian Hoff
Check out my interview over at Geek talk discussing all things “geeky”

The Designer’s Survival Guide
“Navigating a design project gone wrong is like surviving a wilderness disaster: it takes strength, courage and cunning to make it out unscathed. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of survival. I’ll discuss a few tips and tricks that will help steer you to safety.”

The principles of great design
“As a designer or lover of design you might find yourself asking not what is design, but what makes a design great? How often have you gone through a gallery and looked at some great designs and told yourself that you are going to open up Photoshop or a browser and do the same thing right now only to find that when you are done the end result simply doesn’t match what you were expecting?”

A showcase of 50 amazing personal blog designs (featuring behoff.com)
“The importance of a unique, memorable and well designed blog, especially within the design community, should not be underestimated – First impressions will always count and your blog gives you an opportunity to showcase your skills and highlight how professional and serious you are as a designer.”

Happy Cog’s Redesign of VisitingPhilly.com: An exemplary modern webdesign

“In January, Jason Santa Maria sent out a tweet announcing that visitphilly.com had been redesigned by world-renowned design studio Happy Cog. My interest was piqued, and I couldn’t help but take a look.

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. I’m honoured and more than a little flattered to have my humble little time tracking product mentioned alongside all this other great stuff.

    Great set of links Brian – thanks!

  2. Alex West says:

    The time tracking application looks like a good one.

  3. Melody says:

    Think I’ve seen some of these great posts and will definitely take a look at the others..

  4. Ben Ramos says:

    I’m creating my portfolio so “Improve your portfolio with pro bono design” helps me a lot. Thanks for sharing.

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: