Come on. Admit it. You blog. It’s ok. We all do. We are long past the days when blogging was a specialized activity aimed toward teenage girls with Livejournal accounts. The blog is a popularly accepted form of mass media. And where there are blogs, there are icons. Bloggers use all kinds of icons. Icons for social media. Icons for navigation. Icons for, even, smileys. However, there are so many icons out there in webville, it’s hard to know where to even start.
CSS/XHTML have come a long way since the days of the golden oldies. They are faster, more featured and more convenient to use. They even, from time to time, come with the PSD-source file nowadays. This makes the urls look good in every browser imaginable. These are easy to use and can have your websites looking professional and glossy in no time. Take the time to explore and experiment. Here are 50 toys for you to start experimenting with:
Some fonts just don’t like getting teeny. They get angry and become unreadable. When that happens it’s time to call in the big little guns. Specially designed mini fonts are perfect for situations when you need something smaller than 9 px. These cute lil fonts are extremely popular in flash and flash-based applications, however have yet to catch on in other applications. It’s about time to change all of that. Here are 34 free and truly elegant TrueType mini pixel fonts:
Illustration and typography don’t always play nice. When they do, however, it can create some beautiful and compelling imagery. Which is which in this scenario, however? Is a beautiful illustration that also features typography an illustration or, well, a piece of typography? Both. Also, ultimately it doesn’t matter. Beauty is beauty, no matter the name. Read on for 35 of the greatest “typographical illustrations” floating around the web right now. We’ll even feature links to each designer so you can see more of their stuff:
The following list are sets of great websites that you can easily clip cool color gradients from. Most of the research was done using DeviantArt so alongside each link there will also be a link to the user’s profile. You never know when they might make something else interesting.
Also, be choosy. Don’t just go around downloading gradient sets hully gully. Take your time to find the best ones. Your design will thank you for it. Without further adieu, 36 great color gradient sets:
Logos aren’t always what they seem. Some contain hidden information about the brand, or iconic imagery, or even just fun and kooky stuff. Some can even be downright mysterious. Join us on a journey into the surreal world of branding as we go over 23 brilliant logos with hidden messages:
Are you ready to get retro? The Beatles! Key parties! The Great Depression. Retro is cool, and using the right retro brush on your Photoshop project can make all the difference in the world. But there are so many out there, and let’s face it, some look like a Lifetime movie set in the 1960s and not like the actual 1960s. Here are 28 of our favorite sets that are sure to have people doing the time warp again:
Typography is the best, isn’t it? But it’s a field that is always growing, always changing. In short, we need apps! Apps! Apps! Luckily, the web is filled with tons of helpful typography and font apps that are just a hop, skip and a jump away. Here are 21 of the absolute greatest:
It’s easy to get logo design writer’s block. It all starts to look the same and nothing captures that “oomph” that you are looking for. Am I right? Well, don’t worry. WebRulon is here to help. Here are twenty websites that will give you so much design inspiration, you may just become an insomniac. That’s because, um, you’ll be working so hard.