No, I haven’t gone mad. A Purple Cow is a term used to define something that stands out from the crowd, because let’s face it, a purple cow really would. This is the subject of an interesting post by Oleg at Six Revisions about ways the you – as a designer – can push yourself
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, or a fresh-faced newbie, having some idea of typefaces – specifically all the sometimes-tricky details – could save you time and effort in the long run. This introductory guide by Mark Bowley over at Psdtuts+ is admittedly aimed at the less experienced designer, but there’s a lot of information here
Dona Collins at Six Revisions has posted a great infographic about typeface and colour use in web design and what they represent (tailored specifically to the western hemisphere). Really, this needs to be a poster for our walls!
To many it will seem like an obvious resource. But obvious or not, its a useful tool that deserves to be listed here on ApperBase. If you’re unaware of this little text generator, you’ll find that you can generate almost any length of easily readable dummy script to insert into your design works. This is
Matthew Smith over at Digital Web Magazine runs through some excellent points on how forming your own repository of other people’s designs can – if analysed correctly – positively influence your own designs and teach you some valuable lessons. This is not about theft of ideas. In fact, he reinforces the idea of intellectual property
A really useful web application by Petr Stanicek that allows you to visually pick out color schemes for your web designs. It lacks the community features of Adobe’s Kuler app, but makes up for it with more options for downloading/exporting the themes, and no need to sign up to access a lot of the features.
This tutorial from Abduzeedo gives you the low-down on creating your own shiny calligraphic text in Photoshop. Very little knowledge of the application is required for this tutorial, as detailed step-by-step instructions guide you through the process. In addition, some of the layer effects and steps to this tutorial can be useful in other graphics