This is a new weekly feature from us, a weekly round-up of the best, the coolest and the most resourceful from within the design community.
This week we feature some cool resources, ranging from jQuery, Wordpress, typography and we even have a Macbook that transforms into a speace ship, you have to see this!
A Free Twitter Icon Set from Smashing Magazine, with 12 original and lovely icons in this set. All the icons included in the set have clean shapes and neutral colors that can be used for various contexts, from a “Tweet it” button for your blogs to desktop wallpapers. This set was designed by IconEden.
The game of chess takes cunning and intelligence and can sometimes be incredibly intense. But your standard Chess Set just doesn’t reflect the same intensity. If you prefer to play on a board that’s as mighty as your chess moves then check out these 12 Bad Ass Chess Sets.
A tooltip is a great way of showing a little bit of information when the user hovers the cursor over an element. The “hover box” will appear when the mouse hover in, and disappear when the mouse hover out. And when the tooltip is being used properly, it can improve your site’s user friendly level, and also save us a lot of spaces.
Have a look at these 15 jQuery plugins to create an user friendly tooltip from Web Design Booth.
Starter kits are great timesavers for web designers that are particularly useful for those who often create mock-ups for projects on daily basis. If you are a designer-come-programmer think of them as your library of code snippets.
So what’s a starter kit? It can vary – depending on what each designer routinely works with. For GUI designers, keeping a copy of form elements (buttons, checkboxes, tab, drop down menus, etc) helps speed up the process of creating screens and layouts; on the other hand, browser (IE, Firefox Safari) templates with web safe area keep web designers reminded how/where they should prioritize their contents. Experienced designers will usually customize and keep a personal version of there own starter kit.
This is an indispensible resource from Hongkiat.
Typography is an integral part of design. There are many tools out there that are available for working with type, in this article from Six Revisions, you will find a collection of the best free typography tools available. If you’re a web designer or developer, then these tools are going to save you some serious time and effort. Take time to work your way through this extensive list and give everything a go.
The sophisticated image of minimalism has always been a popular style of design. In webdesign a minimalist site is stripped naked of eye candy and fancy colours or effects, leaving the underlying structure exposed. The key to a beautiful minimalist site is a solid and structured layout, as well as focus on stylish and well designed typography. These 50 examples showcase some of the best minimal site designs out there on the web.
Some French guy is working on his MacBook laptop when suddenly it begins to transform into a spaceship then flies away, this really is awesome.
Mike Beltzner gives a tour of Firefox 3.5, the new web browser from Mozilla. If you are serious about your browser, you must view this.
CSS frameworks have become quite popular over the past couple of years. Some of them try to fit in everything: a grid system, a style reset, basic typography, form styles, you name it. Others focus solely on the grid, but still end up a bit bloated. Here is a fresh take on the CSS grid (loosely based on Nathan Smith’s 960 Grid System). Its mission is to be lightweight, which can be used to streamline page templates for content management. All this in just one measly kilobyte (actually, 662 bytes, but who’s counting). This has to be worth a look at.
It's a great achievement for WordPress 2.8 to be released so soon after 2.7. Named 'Baker', 2.8 adds plenty of new features, including syntax highlighting for theme/plugin editing, a theme installer, and a great revamped widgets interface and API. Could Wordpress get any better?
This is great round-up from Net Tuts.