In this week’s roundup of creative goodness, we have a great overview of popular blog post formats; a fantastic discussion of the best design related content from 2009; an amazing detailed Illustrator tutorial; a roundup of well designed web design navigation menus; and some simple rules for good typography.

Spyre Studios

Spyre Studios hosts this fantastic overview of the six most common types of blog posts, and highlights the advantages and disadvantages of each. A great article for anyone currently growing their blog.

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Design Reviver

2010 is now well underway, but this 2009 roundup from Design Reviver highlights some brilliant posts from last year. If you missed any of them, here’s your chance to catch up on the indespensible knowledge each article shares.

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This in-depth tutorial from VectorTuts highlights some useful Adobe Illustrator techniques and shares the process of creating a curious owl character. Particularly, how gradients can be used to create depth and dimension.

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Web Design Ledger

This roundup of website navigation menus from Web Design Ledger provides some fantastic web design inspiration by showcasing a wide collection of various design styles and unique approaches.

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Fred Design

Typography is one of the core principles of a great design. This article on Fred Design takes a look at some simple rules that you should follow to inject your designs with good typography. What’s more, these rules can be spread across the whole spectrum of design, whether it’s for print or web.

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  1. I’m always looking for tutorials and guides to keep my skills up to scratch, but there’s so many out there now, I don’t know where to look first. So thanks for posting some of your favourites as it makes it much easier for me :)

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