The Future of Web Design (FOWD) is returning to New York City on 16th & 17th of November! If you haven’t heard of FOWD, it’s a conference which brings together the web industry’s leading designers and delivers two days of workshops and talks from the likes of Dan Cederholm, Jason Santa Maria, Molly Holzschlag, Joshua Davis, Vimeo and lots more. I have one conference pass to giveaway. Enter a comment in this post before November 3rd, 2009 for your chance to win a ticket.

Update: The winner is: #178.

In the past, we’ve been told not to use serif fonts due to its readability on low resolution monitors and poor rendering in WindowsXP. Now, with display technology advancing and IE7+ supporting ClearType by default, I think it is about time to change that rule. Take a look at the example sites that I’ve collected, you will probably agree with me that serif typeface will be the next web font trend.

Are you tired of your typical columned and boxed layout? It is time to learn how to break out of the box and do something creative. In this post, I’ve collected some of the best examples that are designed out of the box. I’ve also provided some quick CSS tips with demo files on how to break out of the box by creatively using background images and the CSS position property.

This Adobe Illustrator tutorial will show you how to create an abstract art that can be used for wallpaper, website header or background images. It is fun and easy. You will learn how to use the Warp and Twirl tool to create abstract vector art in minutes. Users with basic skills should be able to handle this tutorial. To continue on this tutorial, you need Adobe Illustrator CS or above.

View Final Artwork