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December 17 2011

10:00

30 Beautiful Templates, Greeting Cards, Graphics To Get Ready for Christmas

Winter is finally here and Christmas isn’t that far away now. Christmas is the time of giving and the time when we give gifts to the ones we love and spend time with our families. We all love to receive Christmas greeting cards. Plus it’s a great solution if you have lots of relatives living far away. This article presents 30 Christmas and winter related items from Envato marketplaces to create the Christmas mood, put on greeting cards or simply touch up your email templates.

Raster Graphics

1. Jingle Jam Christmas Party Flyer ($6)

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Use this design for any Christmas advertisement or Christmas party at a nightclub, at work or use as a holiday party invitation. 4×6 inches, CMYK, 300 DPI.

2. 20 seamless christmas backgrounds ($5)

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This set comes with 10 patterned papers and 10 textured papers – that all look and feel like original Christmas wrapping paper. Patterns come as 500×500 jpegs.

3. Christmas Backgrounds ($5)

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Pack with six artificial Christmas textures and decoration patterns. 3000x3000px, 300 dpi.

4. Christmas & New Years Eve Party Flyer ($7)

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A clean, crisp, wintery, cold, exciting 6×10” PSD flyer template, perfect for any nightclub or party event. 3 variations, CMYK, 300 DPI.

5. Christmas Bash Party Flyer Pack ($7)

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Modern and shining design to spotlight your event. 5 PSD files, CMYK, 300 DPI.

6. Santa and Christmas Reindeer ($2)

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Illustration of flying Santa and Christmas reindeer

7. Typo Christmas Flyer Template ($4)

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8. Wonderful Christmas Flyer & Postcard ($6)

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This item includes a uniquely and carefully designed flyer & postcard. 8.5×11’’ + 8.5×5.5”, editable layers.

Vector Graphics

1. Santa Into the Winter Christmas Night ($3)

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Christmas winter landscape with Santa in the sky.

2. Red and golden christmas background ($4)

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3. Set Of Christmas Icons ($5)

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4. Christmas Banners ($4)

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5. Set vector christmas greeting card ($3)

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Editable and scalable vector Christmas greeting card

6. Christmas Background with Sparkles ($4)

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7. Santa Holding Wooden Banner ($4)

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Email Templates landing pages

1. FeastMail ($14)

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Feast Mail is an exclusive Christmas email template with business style. Snowy style with exclusively designed Christmas collages is a great way to share the warmth of the season your clients by sending them a beautiful Christmas email. 3 styles, 5 layouts and 6 color variations.

2. Simple Christmas ($15)

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Simple Christmas is a user-friendly and flexible festive template. There are three designs with many possible variations and layered 3 Photoshop files included. 3 different layouts, commented code, layered PSD files.

3. Holiday Mail ($9)

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Holiday Mail is a highly customizable email template. It comes with multiple modules which can be stacked over each other to get different layouts.

4. FeastMail 2 ($18)

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Feast Mail 2 is a Christmas email template with twelve exclusively designed Christmas collages. great way to share the warmth of the season your clients by sending them a beautiful Christmas email. Inline CSS, commented code, layered PSD.

5. Christmas Season Landing Page Template ($10)

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Included in this template package is one HTML page – the main landing page is perfectly formatted using good practices for landing page design including strong, obvious CTA areas (Call To Action) to help convert visitors into clients / customers.

6. XMAS Season ($6)

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XMAS Season is a Christmas special deal promotion webpage for any kind of product you want to sell. HTML and CSS3 markup, responsive layout, Javascript slider, layered PSD.

Photographs

All prices apply to medium size download.

1. Christmas ball($3)

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2. Christmas gift sitting on a table ($3)

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3. Christmas Present ($3)

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4. Brightly lit Christmas tree ($3)

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5. Beautiful xmas tree at dusk ($3)

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6. Door opening into a living room ($3)

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7. christmas($3)

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8. Christmas($3)

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9. Two candles with decoration ($3)

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July 12 2011

11:00

20+ Best Marketplaces Where You Can Buy And Sell High Quality WordPress Themes

WordPress, undoubtedly, is the most popular blogging platform around the web. Hundreds of blog posts are being published every day and more and more people are choosing WordPress as their blogging solution. But what if you have no basic knowledge of HTML and no clue how to set up a WordPress theme? Don’t worry, there’s no need to be a coding guru to own a splendid and cutting edge WordPress blog.

This post examines the top WordPress theme marketplaces where you can get high quality, unique and professional WordPress themes for incredibly low prices. All the themes are easily customizable and come with free support. So whether you’re just a beginner and considering starting your own blog, an experienced user looking for a new theme, or a small business company that needs an inexpensive, yet efficient website for your business, continue reading to find the top places to purchase amazing, high-quality WordPress themes for unbelievably low prices.

1. Themeforest

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ThemeForest is an Envato Marketplace. At ThemeForest you can buy and sell HTML templates as well as themes for popular CMS products like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal with prices ranging from just $5 up to $40. Items are priced on the complexity, quality and use of the file. The site is home to a bustling community of web designers and developers and is the biggest marketplace of its kind.

2. WooThemes

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WooThemes deliver top quality, cutting edge WordPress themes and superior customer support. With WooThemes you get solid code framework, stunning designs, incredible support and new themes every month. You can either purchase particular themes or you can get a club subscription which gives you unlimited access to all their themes.

3. ElegantThemes

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ElegantThemes is a premium WordPress theme marketplace which provides WordPress themes of quality and integrity. Each theme comes with a powerful set of tools that will spoil you with the improved functionality they provide. ElegantThemes provide a variety of features which are incredibly user-friendly and easily customizable.

4. StudioPress

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StudioPress offers professionally designed WordPress themes at affordable prices. The Genesis Framework is their newest product. The Genesis Framework empowers you to quickly and easily build incredible websites with WordPress. You can get Genesis seperately or you can get access to all StudioPress themes for a fixed price.

5. WPZoom

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WPZoom provides top quality premium WordPress themes at amazing prices with excellent lifetime support included. The project started in 2008 and gained huge popularity in a short time. They offer about 30 themes which you can buy separately or you can choose membership for ridiculously low price.

6. MojoThemes

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MojoThemes is a marketplace for everyone to buy or sell themes and templates. They sell themes for the most commonly used CMS and e-commerce platforms on the web such as premium WordPress themes, Tumblr themes and more. Their templates range from basic Photoshop templates to complex premium WordPress plugins. Premium WordPress themes are their specialty, though. With a premium WordPress template from MojoThemes, your WordPress CMS or blog-based site will be transformed with a fresh, clean and professional look.

7. KreativeThemes

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KreativeThemes is a place to find unique and distinguishable WordPress themes. They pour their heart into every design that they produce and that makes each of these themes unique and stand out from the crowd. KreativeThemes are really proud of the masterpieces they’ve ‘painted’. You can easily purchase themes as you go here, there are no subscription plans.

8. ThemeShift

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ThemeShift WordPress themes are professional-looking and extremely well-coded. A lot of handy features let you turn your blogging software into a CMS. Due to the clean, well-structured and commented code you will have no trouble with customizing the ThemeShift code to your special needs. You can purchase themes individually or you can choose a pricing plan which allows you to download more themes.

9. FlexiThemes

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FlexiThemes offers high quality and professional WordPress themes that are easy to use, manage and customize. Their themes turn your great idea into a professionally designed, fully functional website for all the world to see. Their themes are made to be visually interesting and simple for you to use. All of FlexiThemes themes come packaged with easy to use theme options page where you can manage your site without the need for editing the code.

10. Press75

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Press75 provides a wide variety of WordPress themes for every type of user and website. Every theme on Press75 has been built on a solid code framework which has been perfected over time. For designers and developers looking to customize, you will have absolutely no problem finding your way around. Similarly to other marketplaces you can purchase themes separately or choose a package which gives you access to all Press75 themes.

11. GraphPaperPress

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GraphPaperPress peddles minimalistic modular designs that can transform your blog from a tubular list of posts into an aesthetically-pleasing portfolio or news magazine website. Graph Paper Press focuses on creating graphically minimal, content-rich designs that provide your visitors with multiple entry points to access your content. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to purchase themes separately, you’ll have to choose from one of the memberships.

12. WPRemix 

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WPRemix, a WordPress powered master theme, is completely customizable, quality coded and comes bundled with many layout options that allows anyone to create a custom website in minutes instead of days and weeks, while maintaining top notch cross-browser display consistency. It has over 45 templates to choose from. W3C compliant mark-up, multiple color schemes and flexible page layouts

13. WPArcade

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WPArcade offers templates that focus on arcade and gaming. WPArcade will do a setup service for your arcade site for only 20$, if you buy one of their themes. In 24 hours you will have a ready to use arcade site with over 2000 games and automatic updating.

14. WPBundle

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WPBundle is a bundle of 10 handmade WordPress themes & other goodies, including a custom icon set, countless variations and free updates throughout the life of the project. It’s also possible to purchase themes separately, however it’s a great bargain if you but the whole bundle.

15. ThemeFoundry

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ThemeFoundry has been delivering handcrafted premium themes and providing professional support to thousands of awesome customers since 2008. At the core of every theme they create you will find five important ingredients: attention to detail, cleanliness, care, usability, and simplicity. Top it off with what we’re known for — fast and friendly customer support.

16. AppThemes

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AppThemes was conceived in 2010 by a team of WordPress enthusiasts looking to make it easier for businesses to setup an online presence. Their full-featured themes are seamlessly integrated with WordPress and built with easy-to-manage features.

17. HeadwayThemes 

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HeadwayThemes allows you to take full control of your website’s design with Headway for WordPress and its intuitive drag and drop layout creator. If you’re looking for a flexible WordPress theme that’s highly customizable and easy to use, Headway is your answer. It’s visual editor makes it the most advanced WP theme available.

18. OboxThemes

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Obox offers gorgeous design and functionality that you would normally only be able to attain from expensive, professional agencies. Obox creates plug ‘n play themes, built across multiple platforms. Incredible design, attention to detail, quality coding and functionality and support are 4 elements defining Obox themes.

19. OrganicThemes

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Organic Themes offers a variety of premium WordPress themes for artists, businesses and bloggers. Their collection of themes is always growing to suit the needs of their customers. Organic Themes release new themes on a regular basis, provide continuous updates, new color options and layout designs for our existing themes.

20. OrganizedThemes

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Organized Themes has been bringing customers quality WordPress themes for non-profits, businesses and churches since 2008. Their themes are visually stunning, and easy to use. Organized Themes also provide quality support that is quick and helpful, straight from an expert.

21. Templatic

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Templatic, officially launched on 10th of December 2009 is a place to get out of the box, premium and awesome WordPress themes to fulfill your needs in different areas of blogging and web design. From a simple blogging theme, to a complete e-commerce integrated WordPress theme, Templatic are releasing themes in diverse range so you can use WordPress as a CMS.

22. FrogsThemes

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FrogsThemes is one-stop shop for next-generation WordPress themes and pro-level support. With multiple styles, custom theme options and cutting-edge design, FrogsThemes premium WordPress templates are the top choice for web professionals. Get your site up and running and looking fab in no time with a little help from FrogsThemes.

September 20 2010

23:33

September 13 2010

13:56

Expressive Web Typography: Useful Examples and Techniques

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Wherever we turn online, typography jumps out at us — sometimes literally, with the assistance of some clever coding. And now more than ever, we are seeing greater focus on this design element and its varied implementations around the Web. With the growing popularity of font embedding services and @font-face, typography is the talk of the town, but even though it is a regular topic among communities, not all of our typographic efforts are successful. Sometimes we swing for the fences, only to miss or fall short.

This is what brings us together today. We have looked around the Web and checked some of the many typographic choices of website owners — some of which are successful, others not so much. Below is a selection of some elegant and interesting websites. We will critique the typography on them, in order to explore how we can improve the type on our own websites. Look through them to see whether you spot any typographical trespasses that you may have committed yourself.

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Typography Examples

Denise Chandler
When we look at the portfolio of Denise Chandler, right away the typography begins talking. The original hand drawn sans-serif offers a personal, artistic yet professional feel at the same time. Denise focuses on the most important information and presents it in a relatively simple one page layout. The hover effects offer a great element of interactivity to the site for sure, while the large, bold caps type along with the intricate ampersand for the header works well to playfully complement the page.

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The only critique really would be in the contact area. A slightly larger font and line-height, along with some extra spacing between the paragraph and the social media links would have made the area feel as open as the rest of the site. Also, it’s a pity that the “Submit”-button in the contact form doesn’t change on click — a nice :hover and :active-effect could make the experience even more pleasant.

Jessica Hische
Using a good type that doesn’t detract from the content is imperative. Jessica does a tremendous job with this, opting for a simple thin sans-serif font. Even in its simplest form, the italic type adds a flourish to the design. Perhaps for readability, though, the designer could have broken from the italics for the description of the featured pieces. Also, the type could stand to be a bit larger, and not only because the headers appear to blur a bit at that size.

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MCQ
The portfolio of Mike McQuade has a truly remarkable interactive page change effect that really grabs your attention. The site is set up as a grid with each square changing position and/or size to accommodate the content that opens with each selection. Also, because the layout is fluid, content squares appear on different positions when you resize the window and hence ensure the proper alignment of the content. It is a very clean, minimalist design that uses a unique combination of a thin and quirky serif and a clean and bold sans-serif to complete the tone and attitude of the portfolio.

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The classic color scheme, a monochrome black and cream with just a splash of mint green thrown about, give the site a very attractive overall look. Though the contrast between the gray text and the dark gray background could be brought up by making the text just a tad bit lighter for sharper text.

Cooper Type
The large illustrated ampersand on Cooper Type is a perfect mascot for this typography website, and it works well with the big bold header. A bit more space between the illustration and the rest of the content would make it feel less cluttered. Some of the body type is too small to be readable, and a few of the paragraphs could use a wider letter spacing. Larger type or an alternate font would improve this greatly. The navigation looks a bit misaligned as well; it might work better aligned to the right over the main content.

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Hype Nation
Hype Nation uses a stylized font in the header which works really well for the funky feeling of the site, as does the bright orange and gray color scheme. And given that they went with such an unusual header font, the follow-up choice of a simple sans-serif for the rest of the site was a wise one. Though the header is certainly complementary to the site feel, it might have benefited from the contrast of the footer rather than the black on orange that they went with.

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The footer is beautiful and perhaps working the header to match the footer a bit more would have been very beneficial to the overall look of the site. The ‘Projects’ section is a bit confusing to use: there is no separate, detailed portfolio or project pages which isn’t good for what is essentially a simple portfolio site. Though overall, the page has excellent type spacing and a good use of white space.

Wing Cheng
Wing Cheng is a uniquely styled portfolio that uses hand drawn effects along with a script font on an accordion sketchbook background to bring together the entire presentation. Using the wireframes look to preview each project instead of the finished product is a very interesting choice, and it certainly adds to the uniqueness of the portfolio. The classy serif font used in the sidebar contrasts well to the hand drawn effect of the rest of the site, and plays into the finished designs you receive when you click on the wireframe of a project.

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Though the handwritten, cursive font used to describe each of the projects is a little bit hard to read, and it could stand some tweaking. Also, because the whole website feels a bit more like illustration, it’s a bit difficult to see what elements are clickable, partly also because various elements are underlined. This problem is particularly apparent in the footer of the page where a contact form is displayed. Tooltips or striking button-like appearance of some elements could improve the user experience a bit.

Stephen Caver
Stephen Caver’s portfolio is another site where the typographical presentation strongly stands out as soon as you arrive. The layout of the site is truly remarkable: the font size of the main header and position of elements change when you resize the browser window. The big, bold header with a very subtle letterpress effect, as well as the combination of thin and bold type, creates a great look.

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However, the main site navigation on the top is far too small, especially for the font used, and as a result, has some readability issues. The same goes for the vast majority of the body text. Also, the large part of the ‘Vitals’ section has some really low contrast to deal with that creates some issues too. The overall layout of the site is really good with a really strong focus on the work which is great for a portfolio, but so much of the site is hard to read which could end up just driving visitors away.

Kaleidoscope
This web app website has an appealing combination of circular script and squared-off sans-serif font. The typographic choices really add versatility to this single-page website, a testament to the imagination of the designer. The type sets off each distinctly styled section, making the page easily scannable. The contrast could stand to be a bit stronger in a few places on the website (e.g. the section “Complete your workflow” and “Details”), to keep things readable and flowing.

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Trent Walton
Trent Walton has a minimalist black and white website with heavy typography. Each article on the website has an original design that features a number of typefaces, but always as large blocks of sharp text, thus maintaining consistency. The most recent article is always the landing page for the website, which gives the recent article a prominent position on the site. The “Articles” page has generous white space and solid alignment, although post illustration do appear to be position a bit too far away from the excerpts. The typography carries the page, filling in the white space and fleshing out the design quite nicely.

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Barley’s
This bar website combines serif headers with sans-serif body type well, a combination that tends to be used quite often on the Web. The entire home page could use a bit more white space; the elements feel a bit stacked on top of one another. The type and content need room to breathe. The “News & Events” and “Contact” pages are a much better example of how spacing for the whole website could have been handled.

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They feel much less compressed, which only makes the other pages feel that much more confined. One can argue if it is necessary to employ the letterpress effect for navigation items, as it does not quite match the rest of the website. A hidden highlight: the food menu page is a pleasure to look at, but it is not clear what the column “Beer pairings” stands for, especially because it’s always empty.

New Deal Festival
Right off the bat, the header on the home page for New Deal Festival really grabs attention. The script, combined with the block-style sans-serif, gives a clean sharp look. For some reason, though, the company changes the header on interior pages, and these headers are squished together and distorted, making the rest of the website feel a bit unfinished and unpolished.

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New Deal Festival could have kept the home page header throughout the website. Also, the typography would benefit from a wider letter spacing. And the main content area would look better with more padding between the edge and the type; 40 pixels would probably do it.

Futu
The clean classic look created by the big bold type stands out right away on the Futu website. There is a bit too much animation, distracting you from the text. A better approach might have been to make the header ad either different or static and then just scroll the featured content. Also, the leading on the body type could stand some work. Some of the paragraphs have an uneven rag, which could rub some users the wrong way. As it stands, the website has a bit confusing hierarchy, and the reader could have difficulty figuring out what to focus on.

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Design 977
The sans-serif type works really well for this website, which is clean, minimalist and to the point. Only the most important information is presented, and it’s done straightforwardly. At first glance, the letter spacing might seem a bit small, but in this case it complements the overall design. The website has a sharp angular look, and the tightness of the type sets this off. But while the social media link area is original, the constant animation in the corner is distracting. The text on the profile page could use more leading, and so does the contact form.

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Robots Are Friends
Here, the texture works quite well behind the bold serif font, although the type could use a wider letter spacing. Sans-serif fonts seem to work wonderfully for these kinds of minimal websites with big bold typography. However, the sudden solid-gray footer feels a bit out of place here, and the black and gray text on the “About” page has a low contrast against the dark blue, making it a bit difficult to read. Also, the font size in the “Design” section on the front page is way too small, and we are not quite sure if the choice of type for the body copy is optimal.

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Louise Fili Ltd.
The script and sans-serif type that Louise Fili Ltd. has selected for its website make for a classic and elegant look. The all-caps serif in the sidebar works well visually, but the sidebar would be more scannable if it were not in full-caps (although the full-caps everywhere else on the website do not detract from the design). The “About” page integrates a drop-cap beautifully into the typographical presentation, setting it apart from the other websites we’ve reviewed so far.

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The flourishes between menu items really tie in with the logo script in a whimsical way. The main problem with the design is that the text is embedded into images almost throughout the site, making it impossible to copy. Also, on some pages the embedded text appears a bit blurry. Using plain text would be an improvement of this website.

Attack of Design
The font on Sacha Greif’s website blends really well with the retro feel of the rest of the website. And there is plenty of white space, making the content a pleasure to read. The subtle hover effects on headlines and icons make for a pleasant user experience. The headings in the sidebar are a bit difficult to read, though; perhaps a bigger font size or different font altogether would help. The navigation and hover effect for the different categories are clean and original.

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Overall, another great example of type spacing: easy on the eyes and legible. The dates on the comments could use some extra padding around them to feel less constricted. Also, the “Read more” links could stand out a bit stronger. The highlight of the site is a beautiful comments design. The hover effect on the logo is a nice touch, too.

Process Type Foundry
Process Type Foundry uses a combination of serif and sans-serif type, which works really well. The clean minimalist design really highlights the big bold typography. The main body type could use higher contrast, and the relatively small light-gray type is not easy on the eyes. Still, the type throughout the website has a very good leading and letter width, making for a pleasant reading experience.

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Also, the large bold headings combined with the thin, evenly kerned sub-heading make the website welcoming and engaging. The “About”-page is a beauty of simplicity and clean, sharp design with generous leading and whitespace.

Chipotle
This restaurant website has a grungy handwritten look for its font, which, combined with the other hand-drawn elements, fits well with the brand and the ‘industrial’ design of the restaurants. However, the typography on the website is almost completely embedded in images, to the point that the little bit of HTML type looks out of place because the other fonts are so distinct.

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Also, the paragraph text (as seen on Chipotle’s story page) would look much better with a bit more attention paid to leading. As it is, it seems a bit squeezed together. Also, the main drawback of the site is the audio that starts playing automatically on page load. Notice: the footer contains some hidden treasures for typography lovers.

Worry Free Labs
Another fine example of a subtle texture working with the type instead of against it. As has been demonstrated a number of times, script and sans-serif fonts can complement each other well, especially on websites with the kind of retro look of Worry Free Labs. However, the letterpress effect on the type looks rough and unattractive, while the script font does look attractive and playful. If a font does not scale properly, then finding an alternative is better than forcing it into your design.

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One site highlight that stands out, even though it is not necessarily type related, is in the portfolio section, the fluid scrolling through their work with the click of the ‘Next’ navigation button is — sorry for the wording — extremely awesome. We don’t really know why the company uses the German greeting “Willkommen” in the header of the page, though. But it is a nice touch for German visitors!

Made By Water
The first thing that jumps out at us from this website was the oversized type for “Running Water,” bold and eye-catching for sure. Spreading “Running” out some and bringing “Water” closer together could improve the introduction of the site. The uneven, almost sketchy, font establishes the website’s character well, and the background works well, too.

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The gray and yellow color scheme works well with the font, and the minor yellow highlights stand out… except when you mouse over the header, the yellow is blindingly bright; a darker tone would work better. The contrast of the light-gray link and the subheading color could also use a bit of tweaking.

The Design Cubicle
TDC has a minimalist theme, with a heavy focus on typography. The squared-off sans-serif fonts complement the rest of the design, with their diversity of italic, bold and all-caps. A fine example of well thought out spacing in the body text, making for optimum readability; you can tell a lot of attention was paid to this aspect. Much of the text in the footer feels a bit small; the difference between 11 and 12 pixels may not seem much, but as you can see here, it can make a huge difference in readability. The beautiful drop-down menu in the top navigation is subtle, but looks great and even has nice hover effects.

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Dubbed Creative
In the header, the thin red font of “Creative” gets lost next to the bold white of “Dubbed” and could use better balance. At first glance, the user is overloaded with information. An easy fix for this typographical barrage would be to move the description of the website from beside the header to under it. The site has a very promising structure, yet feels way too overwhelming because of the lack of whitespace. There are too many colors, too many icons, too much text, too much buttons. An example of a site where nice typography doesn’t necessarily lead to optimal results.

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The Combine 2010
The designers of this website do a good job of establishing visual hierarchy by combining font types. Combining serif, sans-serif and script typefaces is no easy task, no matter how simple they make it look here. All of the calls to action are visible and attractive. The texture in (rather than behind) the heading type sets off the solid background well; this texture is different than most of the other ones we’ve seen.

Combine in Expressive Web Typography: Useful Examples and Techniques

It is pretty obvious that the designers know their typography. On the “Schedule” page, “2010″ would look better with a bit tighter letter spacing; also, the logos on the Sponsors page present so many different colors and fonts that it looks a bit sloppy.

Edgar Leijs
As soon as you land on Edgar Leijs’ portfolio website, you are met with a bold oversized typographic header. The mouse-over effect in the logo is certainly nice, but the light yellow on white in the “LeIJs” is visually grating. Perhaps the yellow could be replaced by a more muted color, or the white could be softened to more of a gray. The yellow text in the main content area looks really good there, but it is not compatible with the white behind it.

Edgar in Expressive Web Typography: Useful Examples and Techniques

Also, increasing the contrast between the dark-gray background and light-gray text would improve readability. When you hover over a portfolio item, a clever text box pops up that offers details unobtrusively. The screenshots of the works in the portfolio don’t have to be greyed out though, making them clearer and more vibrant (at least on hover) would make them a bit more attractive. Very original, distinctive and interesting design.

Rouse
Rouse employs a letterpress effect for the sub header which looks great on the textured background, really carving out the letters sharply. The combination of the sans-serif headers with the serif body text plays well into the slight retro look of the site. Though the effect that was used on the word ‘Rouse’ looks a bit strange. It is easy to see that it is supposed to be a 3D-effect, however it is pretty poorly rendered. The line length and leading of the body copy are done beautifully.

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A couple of negative remarks: the footer could use some extra top padding to balance it out and give the overall design a symmetry, and too much text is embedded in the images, making it impossible to copy and paste.

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June 25 2010

04:17

Three Resources for Awesome Freebies

Freebies and open source content are some of the best things we can run across as creatives. These help out in a pinch, sometimes are great starts to making a document or design and help save time. Some really great and inspiring things are coming from 365PSD, The League of Movable Type and Iconpaper. These three sites are tremendously different but each is unique and shares some amazing content.

365 PSD

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Now, if the name alone “365 PSD” hasn’t got you excited it should… 365PSD makes as you would guess a free PSD everyday for an entire year. The quality of free layered files that are being given away is amazing. There are some pixel perfect icons, navigation buttons and full site layouts as well as full iPhone app layouts. This is a site that is fast becoming a daily stop for many creatives. Whether you use the PSD’s to learn how the pro’s make their files or you just want some extra beef to throw into that new design you should go check out 365psd.com

The League of Moveable Type

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The League of Movable Type has banned together to once and for all cut through the crap and make free, good, open source fonts for all. The best part about this is that they are @font-face ready. These fonts are must downloads especially if you are trying to trim some cost of a design or just want some amazing rockin’ fonts. If you think that their awesome (which they are) you can join in the collaboration.

Iconpaper

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Iconpaper brings you some amazing icons, wallpapers, dock themes, and everything in between. The guys curating iconpaper are all over the place trying to find the best content and update for you daily. They’ve had some amazing background as well as icons that have adorned my computer several times. So, whether you need some inspiration, an awesome new icon for your computer or just something to mull through, check out Iconpaper.com you’ll be happy you did.

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March 17 2010

21:00

Huge and Extensive Roundup of 45 Miscellaneous Icon Packs

At last we are going to show the collection of Other icon packs.These icons will be useful in designing your next Desktop,iPhone or MAC application user interface. We have sorted different type of icon packs in this roundup like animal icons, creature icons, emoticons, Food icons and a lot more. These icons are having a classy look and creative design. Please read the license usage of these icon packs carefully before using them.

1.Free vista Animal icons

These free vista animal icons are from visualpharm. Available in all sizes,Windows,MAC and PNG formats too.The icons are free for personal use and also free for commercial use.

2.Animal archigraph icons

Animal Archigraphs, is made especially for all of you animal lovers! They are animal archigraphs, or 3D animal icons. They also carry a bit of a glossy effect which really makes them shine. There are 26 icons in total. Hope you enjoy them!

3.Bearbrick Icons

Incredible work. Featured on many icon galleries.Free for personal use

4.Qee icons

Different designs, you will be sure to find more than a few that will catch your attention. They are 100% free to download.

5.Easter bunny icons

This set includes 44 cute easter icons that you can use for web and print design. Icons include: bunnies, birdies, Easter eggs, and candy bars. You can use them to spirit up your blog themes or to design your Easter postcards and invitations.

6.Zoom eyed creatures

Turbodesigner Olesia Kozlova have drawn a set of icons with the nicest goggle-eyed creatures.You are free to do whatever you want with them but be careful not to let them subdue your mind. Take this hypnotoad to start with.They have popped their eyes and are full of attention.All graphics in Download section are free to use for personal non-commercial purposes

7.Moshii world sea creatures icons

The set of impressive sea creature icons,bird and twitter icon too.The Moshii World icons set is free to use.

8.Pacman icons

Inspired from Pacman game.Another interesting fact about these icons is that the author of the set, Stanislav Smoliakov, moved to Goa (India). Most of the icons were drawn there at the coast of the Indian Ocean. As it turns out Turbomilk became a Russian-Indian company.All graphics in Download section are free to use for personal non-commercial purposes.

9.Fugly Monster icons

Unique creature design.Available in .icns .ico .hxq and png formats.Dock style.

10.Icons from iconfinder

Well designed and detailed icons.the 3D white shape as the base, that has it’s own custom perspective look.These icons are licensed under: Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.5 Denmark.

11.Curl finder icons

In this pack you’ll find 2 icons in different formats.These icons are for personal use only.

12.Icons for online shop

Free icons for online shop.-Status of the icons are  Shopping cart is empty, Shopping cart full, Consultation with a specialist, Photos and Video.Available in PNG format.

13.Black and Blue icons

Mac OS X application icons such as iChat, iPhoto, iTunes, Address Book, Text Edit, iCal in black and blue colors.

14.Aeon by kyo-tux

These icons are belong to Mac and Windows.All the icons are available in PNG format with 256*256 px dimension.

15.Mac dock makeover

A winter style theme, based on white, silver, and blue colors to give my dock a “chilled” look. Icons included are Dashboard Icon,Safari Icon,Finder Icon and iPhone iTunes Icon etc…It’s a collection of Dock icons.

16.CHANGHONG LT700 icons

The set of 5 icons for control panel things.Just another blue dock icon.

17.Icon pack in Mac OS X style

This set is free and intended for non-commercial usage only.Available 5 dimension.

18.Vista and XP OS icons

For vista and Xp OS . Designed using Adobe illustrator CS.

19.Leopard icon pack-updated

Revision pack of leopard icons.Added more icons in this package.And it’s already downloaded 10000+ times.

20.Umi icons full pack

A Full pack of icons for Mac OS. Glossy blue style.

21.Puck icons pack

New set of Dock icons for both PC and Mac use.Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

22.Apple TV icons

23.Apple Mug Icons and Extras

24.Sticker pack

Sticker type of icons.This collection contains 20 individual sticky icons with large resources for Vista & Leopard. Two sets are available.

25.Wi-fun icons

26.Manto Emotion / Emoticons

Manto is a set of emotion icons, or emoticons, that have an array of different emotions, and they are quite interesting little emotion icons.

27.Mr.Zhong Emoticons

Unique and crazy icons.They come with faces only and also with body. Hope you like.

28.Snooker ball Emoticons

All of the Snooker Balls icons are beautifully put together and have a great glossy look to them. Cool set of glossy emoticon balls.

29.Popsicle Icons with Emotions

These are funny emoticons in funky style.

30.Lego heads

Awesome and a retro style emoticons.

31.iPhone icons roundup

Here are the  coolest roundup of  iPhone icons you will ever see in your life. They are really look great, and best of all, they are 100% free to use! Spice up the look of your iPhone with these set of awesome iPhone icons.

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Northstar Iphone icons

These are simply wonderful icons.There are a total of 44 awesome icons in this pack!.

CMT Iphone icons

32.SuperMario Box icon packs

Set os 5 icons inspired from SuperMario characters.Attribution (Creative Commons)

33.Acid trip – Shrroms,Monsters and Candy

They are composed of shrooms, monsters, candy, faces, weather, creepy pacman icons and more.Having the collection of Creatures,Emoticons and food icons too.

34.Fungii iconset

These icons are  designed like futuristic retro style.The fungii name comes because of the creepy end.Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

35.Wacky gamer icon set

36.Pioneer camp icons

These set are  fully related to camp items.Free for non-commercial use

37.Baggy icon set

Baggy Icon Set was designed by Paul Kadysz. Set contains 5 high quality icons in 3 different formats. Here’s how the set looks like.

38.Blue retro rusted grunge  nature wonders

This blue retro rusted grunge icons natural wonders set includes a wide assortment of icons from nature.

39.Archigraphs Cars Icons

Cars Dock Icons created for free use.Now for MacOs X, and Windows Vista.Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

40.Neon light icon set

Neon icons for dark themes.Really a unique style.

41.Ipod Nano icons

A set of beautiful dock icons for MacOs X, and Windows Vista.Some rights reserved.

42.Ice cream and cake

Very delicious icons for your taste.Set of 15 icons.

43.Rave icon pack

Just another Collection of food icons.All the icons contained in this set are intended for personal desktop use ONLY. These icons MAY NOT BE REDISTRIBUTED, SOLD OR EXCHANGED FOR ANY GOODS OR SERVICES WHATSOEVER. By downloading this file you are agreeing to be bound by these terms of use.

44.Coca cola Family

Coca cola family pack available in PNG format.They look realistic and have great lighting. There are 3 different icons: diet coke, coca-cola classic, and coke zero, and you also get 3 separate icons with a bit of coke spilled around the base of the cans.

45.Mini breakfast icon (Cracked egg)

Anyone who wishes to use the icons are free to use them. with  some reservations please read this on source.

Origin and source for all icon packs:

A big thanks for all the sources to help us to bring this Massive collection of Icon roundup including User interface icons and Social media icons :)

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