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This Week’s Favourites – March 5th 2010

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In this week’s roundup of creative goodness, we have a unique Illustrator tutorial covering the creation of watercolor effects; a CSS tutorial on the popular sprites technique; a fantastic introduction and overview of CSS attribute selectors; another brilliant Illustrator tutorial, this time creating a bright and crisp illustration; and a well presented bunch of typography tips.

Design Instruct

This unique tutorial from the freshly launched Design Instruct covers some great tips on how to recreate a great looking watercolour and hand-drawn marker effect from a base photo. Definitely worth checking out!

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Build Internet

Using CSS image sprites is a popular technique for menus in web design. This tutorial from Build Internet does an excellent job of introducing the concept of sprites, and takes you through the steps of building a sprite powered menu yourself.

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CSS Tricks

CSS attribute selectors are often left collecting dust at the back of our CSS toolbox, but they’re actually one of the most useful resources when it comes to styling up our websites. CSS Tricks goes back to basics and gives a complete and thorough overview of how attribute selectors can be used.

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Vectips

Ryan from Vectips seems to have a never-ending stream of amazing Illustrator tutorials. One of his most recent takes you through the steps of creating a mouthwatering strawberry graphic, complete with bright colours and crisp vector shapes.

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CSS Wizardry

This well presented post from CSS Wizardry documents some best practices and common mistakes when it comes to setting type on the web. The post includes some super handy tips and is one every designer should check out, I picked out a few good pointers myself.

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20 Comments

  1. agreed vector tips is an amazing and inspiring resource

    cheers chris

  2. CSS attribute selectors article over at css-tricks was my favorite, i didn’t even knew something like that was possible, and nice list chris :)

  3. Alan says:

    I love the tutorial from Chris Coyier at CSS-Tricks, great little article Chris.

  4. Very creative selections. Really great collection for inspiration. Thanks for sharing these awesome post with very helpful tips and tricks. :)

  5. Buildinternet is cool, they makes simple and interesting stuff. Chris cn u mention about the typography, used in your website, or typography in general.

  6. Great collection of articles, have to say the one over at Vectips was my personal favorite.

  7. Melody says:

    Design instruct is definitely a promising new design site on the web.

  8. cssclassic says:

    Nice Article, Excellent one!!

  9. cssclassic says:

    Amazing article , Excellent one!!

  10. ashish surendranath says:

    where do you get inspirations.??>>>……WOw!!!!

  11. Oliver says:

    As you’re great professional – let me to ask you: reading your blog I’ve convinced that blog design becomes the ruling design trend in the Web now instead of template-based static websites. So, what’s the next? How you see the future of your blog in 2-3 years?

  12. Ibrahim Rodríguez says:

    Nice favourites! my fav is css-tricks =D

  13. Logobird says:

    The design instruct tutorial is my favorite. Thanks for sharing these links Chris.

  14. The Typography Quick Tips page is a great reminder. We quickly forget how to properly use those special characters. I didn’t know about Vectips… could be useful, too. Thanks for posting Chris!

  15. As you’re great professional – let me to ask you: reading your blog I’ve convinced that blog design becomes the ruling design trend in the Web now instead of template-based static websites. So, what’s the next? How you see the future of your blog in 2-3 years?

  16. Amazing article , Excellent one!!

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