In this week’s collection of my favourite findings from across the web we have a roundup of useful Illustrator tutorials; a compilation of fresh and promising new blogs; a bunch of CSS tips for beginners; an epic set of resources for Adobe products; and a group of incredibly artistic website designs.



Adobe Illustrator is a highly powerful application and a must know piece of software for all designers. This roundup of 30+ Fresh and Useful Adobe Illustrator Tutorials & Neat Tips from Noupe showcases some of the latest resources from across the web.

Six Revisions

Six Revisions

There’s a bunch of top design blogs that constantly feed your creative need, but what about the sites that aren’t constantly in the limelight? Six Revisions has pulled together a list of some of the upcoming new websites that have burst onto the scene, check them out for some fresh content to add to your feed reader.



When you’re learning a new technique it’s the simple tips that tend to help out the most, this collection of CSS resources from Hongkiat picks out some highly useful hints that can really help take your understanding and quality of CSS to the next level.

Spoonfed Design

Spoonfed Design

Tutorials for Adobe products such as Photoshop and Illustrator are a fantastic resource for learning new techniques. Spoonfed Design has compiled this roundup of epic proportions, featuring over 110 resources for all of the popular Adobe software packages.

Web Design FM


There are some excellent examples of web designs that really go to town with their creative style. Web Design FM has put together this collection of hyperdesigns that are exploding with elements and colour.

And finally, see me in NET Magazine

I’ve also had the pleasure of appearing elsewhere in the design community, in this month’s NET magazine you can find my tutorial on how to design and build a one page portfolio site. The tutorial begins in Photoshop where the visual concept is put together, then continues on to building the website in XHTML and CSS, and finishes off with some fancy effects using a jQuery lightbox plugin. Check out a few snaps in my Flickr stream.

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  1. thanks for these! and congrats with the tutorial as i’ve already said :) i bought it the day it came out! only problem is I can’t code the css myself!

    i really need to sit down and learn the basics! hopefully the 20 useful css tips for beginners will come in handy! thanks!

  2. Nice list of websites, shall have to check out the Noupe website in more detail, looks like some great tips and techniques feature.

    As always, thank you for doing the leg-work…and congratulations on your appearance in Net magazine.

  3. Congrads on getting into the .Net Magazine. Fantastic achievement. Ill look out for that and pick it up. Great round up once again. Keep delivering Chris.

  4. Good list, always need fresh inspiration. Finally got my hands on a copy of .net and enjoyed your article too!

  5. I only come here when I need serious inspiration and tips, somehow I knew that you are going to make it to the magazine someday.Congratulations! :)

  6. Truly a great lists of lists. These are some great resources and it’s going to take me a while to get through all of them. time to get some coffee.

  7. Congrats on NET mag Chris. How did that process go? Did they contact you about doing something, or did you write the article and submit it and then they said you’d been accepted? Curious.

    Great roundup as always!


  8. Hi blog spoon graphics…as always the list is really useful and resourceful. I stop by your blog quiet often and have you linked in my blogroll.

    For your weekly round up of interesting findings, I would like to share one I have on my blog and hope you like it for your next roundup.
    It is “Be crazy and creative – 12 amazing tips for graphic designers”

    I will be really honored if you consider.Thanks!!

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