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Archive for December, 2010

How to Create Animated Shine Effect with jQuery & CSS3

“Addy Osmani shows us how you can create a kick-ass animated Shine Effect with jQuery & CSS3 and then use it to create your very own Shiny Gallery ‘ShineTime’. This effect is useful in making your user interface elements look like they’re a real polaroid photo (or made of glass) and the best part is, it’s not that difficult to achieve.

You’ll also learn today how you can successfully use layering in your designs to give your gallery that extra bit of detail that can make it stand out from the others.”

Shimer

Requirements: jQuery Framework & CSS3
Demo: http://www.addyosmani.com/resources/shinetime/
License: License Free

This article was written by WebAppers.

25 Free Awesome Fonts for Logos

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“How far and how long have you gone for that perfect pair of jeans? A lot of you are shaking your head right now, a soft smile starting to play on your lips. Some of you are thinking “A perfect pair of jeans is pure myth!” and some of you lucky ones are thinking “How true! It took me so long but I finally got that pair that makes me look like a million bucks”. I am not just talking about girls here but guys too. A few of you are looking up at the browser address bar to make sure you are rightfully on a design blog and have not mistakenly arrived on a fashion rag. Why jeans? I’ll tell you why! I am going to be talking about the importance of typography in a logo today and I felt that the jeans analogy was spot on. Compare the logo to a casually dressed person. Most logos are made up of a “mark” and a “type” just as a person would be dressed in a top and a bottom item of clothing. Now imagine the “mark” to be a tee. It can be sober, funky, playful, muted or bold. It is always visual though just like the creative designs on a tee. Now imagine the “type” to be a pair of jeans. The right pair of jeans would not only emphasize the tee but also make the person look great, the wrong pair on the other hand could make a $100 tee look like a dish rag and in effect make the person look shabby and uninteresting. The right “type” in a logo not only sets the mood for the tone of the business .. casual, formal, playful, corporate; but also enhances the ‘mark” making it very memorable and binding the whole logo in creative brilliance. That is why like jeans enthusiasts, logo designers spend an awful lot of time hunting for the right type to suit the mark they have created. Good fonts are to logo designers what shoes are to some women. You can never have enough. Let us take a look at some amazing free fonts available that would jazz up a logo, making it look extremely creative and professional if used correctly. It is about time designers and list creators broke free from the likes of the same old Fontin, Delicious, Fertigo and Helvetica which are great, but a tad overused.”

This article was written by  Sneh Roy

Sneh Roy is a web designer/content developer by day and the creative force behind LBOI by night. She is also the co-founder of Stars We Love and Cook Republic. With coffee running through her veins, she enthusiastically battles each day, one design at a time! Connect with her on Twitter.

Checkout the full article with many logo examples @ Littleboxofideas.

 

Designer Portfolios to Inspire You

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“Today we will be starting with a new post string where we will be featuring designer portfolios weekly. Today will be the first installation of these posts, but we want to make sure that the showcased portfolios do inspire you. We also want to involve the community in these posts and do highly encourage you to post a link to your portfolio in the comments if you would like it featured on Creativeoverflow in the future.”

Checkout creativeoverflow for all the creative designs.

Social Media Sleek Icons

Freebies“This free social media icon pack includes 25 sleek, modern and very usable social media/networking icons that can be used and downloaded (free of charge) in your work. Commercial work use is permitted. Use it on blogs, portfolios, web application interfaces, and so forth. The icons come in 2 sizes: 32×32px and 16×16px. Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, and Digg are but a few icons that are in this free social media icon pack.”

 

Download your free pack @ DESIGNINSTRUCT.

Google’s Hot Spot

google hot spot“Google is rolling out a new advertising and marketing platform for local businesses, and this time, it’s all starting in Portland.

You may recall that earlier this month, Google launched a social, Yelp-like service for consumers. Dubbed Hotpot, the service was based on data from Google Places, but it brought an entirely new, user-friendly interface and recommendation engine.

At the time, we noted that Google had beat Facebook to the punch in launching location-based recommendations; we wondered which company would be most aggressive on places-based marketing.

While Google has already dipped its toes into location ads within Google Maps and Search (and with special programs like Boost, its Hotpot marketing scheme is something entirely new.”

Read the full article at MASHABLE.

30 Creative Résumés

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“In these tough economic times, many designers find themselves applying for jobs and freelance gigs on a regular basis.

So, how can we stand out from the rest and grab the attention of a design agency when they’re usually bombarded with hundreds of applications?

The best way to do this is in the design of your resume. Assuming that you have the skills that they’re looking for, a striking and visually appealing resume will go a long way at getting you the creative job that you want.

In the worst case scenario, it will at least buy you a few seconds by catching the eye of a recruiter and may become the difference between getting hired or not.

In this article, we’ll take a look at 30 creative resumes that can inspire you to think outside the box when designing your own resume.”

Checkout the full article @ WebDesignerDepot.

LimeWire Prepares to Close Its Doors

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So long, LimeWire, it’s been fun. Seven months after the peer-to-peer file-sharing service was defeated in federal court, its company is preparing to shut down.

In October, LimeWire stopped distributing its software and shut down its servers in order to comply with a court ruling stemming from its lawsuit with the RIAA. In June, the RIAA said it would seek $1 billion in statutory damages for the copyright infringement incurred by the service.

Yesterday, Peter Kafka at AllThingsD reported that LimeWire had shut down its online music store. The closing of this store, which operated like iTunes or eMusic (that is, legally), suggested that the overall company might be shuttering.

Today, LimeWire responded to Kafka, confirming in its statement that it is indeed closing its doors.

The statement:

“Given our current situation, plans to bring our separate, legal music service to market have been canceled. The beginning of 2011 will mark the closing of LimeWire’s New York office and cessation of business by LimeWire. We attracted some of the top talent from the technology community over the years to build our new music service. We’ll be helping our team members commence their job search over the next few months.”

This is an excerpt from the MASHABLE article which can be found here!