Illustrator & Photoshop CS5 Review 112

Illustrator & Photoshop CS5 Review

Did you know that Adobe Photoshop is 20 years old and Illustrator has been around over 24 years? I've been using Photoshop since version 5 and Illustrator since version 8. It is amazing to see how they are progressively improving and adding more features. Now with vector features and 3D tools, Photoshop is no longer just an image editing tool. The same goes with Illustrator, Bristle Brushes were added to simulate bitmap drawing. I've been using CS5 for several months so in this post, I'm going to share my thoughts on CS5.

Giveaways: 2 iPod Nanos 558

Giveaways: 2 iPod Nanos

WebdesignerDepot is set to launch its new site this month located at MightyDeals.com. The new site will be offering amazing products (WordPress themes, Photoshop brushes, icons, fonts, etc.) and services at discounted prices. The 'deals' will run for only 24 or 48 hours and will be readily available for purchase right there from the site. MightyDeals will be offering 2 iPod Nanos 8 gb to 2 lucky WDW winners.

Update: the winners are #18 and #281.

80+ Creative & Unique Business Cards 227

80+ Creative & Unique Business Cards

If you are looking for an unique way to brand your business card, then you've got to check this post. I've collected over 80 creative and unique business cards from different types of business. Some of them are visually appealling, some have fancy die cut, some are edible, and some are just crazy. The examples in this post proves that business cards don't have to be printed on card stock in standard size. Business cards can be done on any material in any form.

Win a Free Pass to FOWD 2010 262

Win a Free Pass to FOWD 2010

I will be speaking at Future of Web Design this year. The event will take place in New York City on November 15 to 17, 2010. Read the schedule page for more details on the workshops, conference, and speakers. My topic will be on WordPress theme design. I have a free conference ticket (courtesy of Carsonified) to give out. As usual, enter a comment in this post before Nov 2nd, 2010 for your chance to win a free ticket.

Update: the winner is #8.

Frontend 2010 Slides & Recap 81

Frontend 2010 Slides & Recap

Last month I had the opportunity to speak at Frontend 2010 (hosted by IXD) in Oslo, Norway. My topic was about beautiful design. I talked about how you can make beautiful websites by putting the extra detail in it. As promised, here is the slide and brief recap about my presentation. I apologize for the delay. You may also download the slide at SlideShare.

Giveaways: 3 Bundlehunts 327

Giveaways: 3 Bundlehunts

After the success of the first bundle, Bundle Hunt is back with even more treasures. For those who don't know about Bundle Hunt, it is a collection of products for designers and developers sold at a discounted price. I'm happy that 3 of Themify's themes are included in this bundle. I have 3 copies of the Bundle Hunt to giveaway for webdesignerwall readers. To enter this contest, simply enter a comment in this post before October 15, 2010.

Update: the winners are 4, 74, and 148.

The Simpler CSS Grid 214

The Simpler CSS Grid

Last week I talked about 960 Grid System is Getting Old. Surprisingly a lot of comments have been made. It seems like people are using 960gs because of the "golden ratio" — all numbers are even. I'm a designer, not a grid scientist. Why restrict your layout so that it can fit into this 960gs? A grid is supposed to help you in design, not to limit your creativity. The 978 grid, that I mentioned before, is not just about increasing the page width, but to loosen the gutter space so users can read it more comfortably. Today, I would like to write a follow up post to further ellaborate on some of the points I brought up initially.