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Tuesday: April 20, 2010

A handy Photoshop tutorial regarding how to create your very own realistic paper textures.A handy Photoshop tutorial regarding how to create your very own realistic paper textures.

Not sure just what version of Photoshop you'll need to pull this off but you can probably find multiple methods in earlier versions should you be so inclinded to do so. Quick note, the best use of digital paper design on a blog goes to Panic.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Photoshop @ 1:31 PM | Tags (9) | tutorial | psdtuts | paper | textures | quick | panic | blog | design | neat |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 44 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: April 15, 2010

A collection of the world's strangest buildings for you to gawk at.A collection of the world's strangest buildings for you to gawk at.

Sorry, but you won't find any, as Travel & Leisure puts it, 'goofball novelty' buildings on this list. On the plus side, if you've always wanted to see what a bar-code building looks like then this post has your numeric ID all over it.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Strange @ 2:14 PM | Tags (9) | architecture | buildings | design | goofball | leisure | novelty | odd | strange | travel |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 38 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: April 13, 2010

Forty awesome Batman wallpapers to adorn your currently non-batty desktop.Forty awesome Batman wallpapers to adorn your currently non-batty desktop.

Are you a big fan of the Dark Knight ? Know almost every line to every Batman movie both modern and classic? Wait a minute, where are all the retro-style Batman desktops? Oh well, Google image search to the rescue.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Nerdy @ 3:57 PM | Tags (10) | batman | desktops | comics | superhero | savedelete | wallpapers | design | darkknight | dc | illustrations |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 36 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: April 12, 2010

Adobe Creative Suite 5 now available for all you serious design folk out there.Adobe Creative Suite 5 now available for all you serious design folk out there.

The cost for getting yourself the latest and greatest set of Adobe design tools will set you back $1,699. If you happen to be thinking of going full-blown Master edition, you'll be plunking down $2,599. The iPhone Packager Tool may or may not be included with your purchase.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Design @ 1:25 PM | Tags (9) | adobe | creative | design | development | editions | iphone | master | pricing | suite |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: April 5, 2010

Eight rules for creating effective typography that you should probably know about.Eight rules for creating effective typography that you should probably know about.

This is a great read for any designer (be it web or print) who might be looking to beef up their current typography skills a little bit. Some items you'll learn about include kerning,  font communication and what they mean in regards to effective use of typography.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Design @ 7:00 AM | Tags (6) | typography | design | type | typefaces | rules | designshack |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 22 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: April 1, 2010

Twitter revamps their homepage to in effort to make Twitter easier to understand.Twitter revamps their homepage to in effort to make Twitter easier to understand.

To me, this revamp is actually a much welcomed step in the right direction as you can plainly see the 'realtime-ness' that didn't appear to be there with their previous version. Trending topics scroll across in realtime along with top tweets from select users. Not bad.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Design @ 6:42 AM | Tags (9) | homepage | internet | interwebs | newbies | pcworld | redesign | revamp | tweets | twitter |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: March 26, 2010

Thirty free fonts for that next retro/vintage design you happen to be working on.Thirty free fonts for that next retro/vintage design you happen to be working on.

Every now and again it's good for a designer to breathe some new life into their beloved font collection. This site lists out thirty new typefaces that you can use to spruce up that project. Go ahead, go have some retro fun.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Design @ 6:55 AM | Tags (6) | design | fonts | free | retro | vintage | wdl |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 27 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: March 24, 2010

Fifteen unique and creative staircases for your viewing pleasure.Fifteen unique and creative staircases for your viewing pleasure.

After seeing some of these photos (particularly the slide plus stairs combination) I am suddenly realizing that my current set of stairs is in desperate need of a makeover. I just need to figure out where I can fit the slide. 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 6:57 AM | Tags (8) | toxel | unique | creative | design | staircases | clever | stairs | slide |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 43 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Ten of the most commonly used colors in web design with examples.Ten of the most commonly used colors in web design with examples.

Need some creative inspiration to get started on that next design project? This post  showcases how other designers are using colors to their advantage and even touches on the associated feelings some of these colors convey. 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Design @ 6:47 AM | Tags (6) | colors | convey | design | interwebs | web | webdesignbooth |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 31 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 23, 2010

The @ symbol now officially a work of art thanks to NYC's Museum of Modern Art.The @ symbol now officially a work of art thanks to NYC's Museum of Modern Art.

In honor of the little squiggly's potency, the Museum of Modern Art in New York announced on Monday that it had added the @ symbol to its architecture and design collection, citing its 'design power.'

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Artsy @ 7:02 AM | Tags (11) | abcnews | artsy | at | collection | design | manhattan | modern | museum | newyorkcity | nyc | symbol |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: March 17, 2010

Eight common CSS mistakes and how you can fix them.Eight common CSS mistakes and how you can fix them.

Yep, this about covers every mistake I've made along the way so far in my learning of CSS. Looking over my source code now it seems there are still a few I've yet to correct. Regardless, if you're just starting out learning the ins and outs of CSS, read this first - it may save you some tim e (and potential headaches). Good luck.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 1:50 PM | Tags (11) | avoid | bugs | css | design | divitus | errors | issues | mistakes | pxleyes | sheets | style |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 21 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 9, 2010

Eleven of the world's craziest roads for you to gawk at.Eleven of the world's craziest roads for you to gawk at.

Enjoy this collection of wild and in most cases ridiculously dangerous modes of travel. Maybe it's because I usually have video games on the brain but after seeing these pictures I really want to go play some Mario Kart.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Scary @ 2:36 PM | Tags (11) | autos | cars | design | leisure | roads | scary | strange | travel | turns | twisty | windy |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 178 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: March 4, 2010

Twelve very creative home wallpapers for your viewing pleasure.Twelve very creative home wallpapers for your viewing pleasure.

If pixelated wallpaper isn't your thing there are ton of other interesting designs listed over on the other side of the click. The color palette/wallpaper idea sounds like a fun weekend project as Home Depot sure doesn't seem to mind the taking of those free swatch colors (you may need multiple trips to get away with it though).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Design @ 7:09 AM | Tags (7) | creative | design | gallery | interesting | neat | oddee | wallpaper |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 63 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: March 1, 2010

Eleven tips for making for your home (or work) office more comfortable.Eleven tips for making for your home (or work) office more comfortable.

This article seems to be geared to freelancers probably because the source website is all about freelancing. Well, I say nay to that my friends. This article can cross freelancer/worker lines and apply to anyone who happens to have an office at their job as well. I need more plants.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Self Improvement @ 1:35 PM | Tags (8) | comfortable | design | freelancers | home | location | office | plants | work |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 37 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Daily Grind: Motivated

Name: Vin (aka springy)
How Vin feels today: Motivated @ 8:55:44 AM
What Vin really wants today: To welcome everyone back into the world of daily grind posting after taking an entire month and a half off. What can I say, it's been a crazy past 45-50 days or so.

Music Stuck in Head: New York City Traffic
Recently I've taken a break from listening to music on my morning commute into the city. These days I'm all about playing Scramble (free app) on the good old iPhone. Passes the time quite nicely.

Stuff to do today:

  • Attempt to post new photo to photoblog at some point today
  • Continue achievement hunting through Ghostbusters: The Video Game for Xbox 360
  • Some of these achievements are just ridiculous
  • Mini review of game: mildly enjoyable, lots of wasted potential, flat voice acting (looking at you Bill Murray)
  • Find time to watch Termination: Salvation
  • Mini review of movie: wasn't all that bad, quite predictable but not overly terrible

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 9:55 AM | Tags (10) | dailygrind | glm | march | creative | design | movies | terminator | tron | ghostbusters | gaming |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


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