Posts from February, 2010

Sticky – A WordPress Theme for Premium Members

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Last week I posted a tutorial covering the process of building a custom WordPress theme, and promised that the theme used for the post would be available to download for Access All Areas members. Well, here it is! Sticky is a simple theme that boasts a sticky sidebar (hence the name!) and features a strict grid based design with subtle textures and a soft beige and red colour scheme.

A Guide to Creating Professional Quality Logo Designs

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Logo design is often seen as a quick and easy job; you create a small graphic, stick it next to some text and the job is done! In reality there’s a lot more to it, which makes the whole process of creating a logo or identity a challenging task. Let’s take a look at some of the general rules of logo design, see what guidelines we should stick to in order to build high quality logos, and see how they can all be put into practice to create a logo design that works in the real world.

This Week’s Favourites – February 19th 2010

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In this week’s roundup of creative goodness, we have a great tutorial covering the process of creating an abstract poster design; a rare tutorial topic showing you how to block a printed poster; some super useful hints and tips for Photoshop; an excellent icon design tutorial; and a roundup of cool curvy brush script fonts for reference.

10 Copies of The Smashing Book Available to Members

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Last year I was invited to participate as an author in the development of The Smashing Book, the long awaited publication from the giant that is Smashing Magazine. Vitaly, Sven and team have kindly sent over a stack of copies to give away exclusively to Blog.SpoonGraphics members. The book contains some fabulous articles from well known folks from the industry, including some ramblings about developing a remarkable website from me!
To be in with a chance of winning yourself a copy, you’ll need to be a fully fledged Access All Areas member, but don’t forget – Once you’re signed up, you’ll also have access to all the awesome discounts and premium goodies!

How to Build a Custom WordPress Theme from Scratch

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If you’re confident with your CSS and HTML, it’s not hard at all to step up to the challenge of building a custom WordPress theme. This overview shows the process of how my latest custom WordPress theme was built from design concept through to completed theme. See how the static design is split up into the various WordPress theme files, and discover how the simple PHP snippets can add that dynamic functionality of a blog.