Web Design Fan Weekly Review 02/21/2011



Here we are with this weeks WDF Weekly Review. Each week we compile a list of the best design news and hot topics from around the web, whilst keeping you up to date with the latest goings on from right here on Web Design Fan itself.

Web Design Fan Introduces WDF Deals

The most exciting news from us this week is that Web Design Fan have teamed up with AppSumo to bring you WDF Deals for Web Designers!   Each week we will be bringing you a brand new deal, targeted especially to our readers web design and development needs. Our first deal this week is for SlideDeckPro “The Web’s Most Powerful jQuery Slider Plugin.” but be quick as you only have a few more days to take advantage of this fantastic offer!

Design a Pixel Perfect Mail Icon

One of our more recent articles this week showed you how to design a detailed, pixelated mail icon using various different Photoshop techniques and essential tips. This speedy tutorial should take you no more than 15-20 minutes to complete and the results are a crisp, clean and professional looking mail icon. Let us know how you get on if you decide to use this in future projects!

Win Free Laptop and iPad Skins from Sticker Mule

Web Design Fan has teamed up with Sticker Mule this week in our latest competition. Sticker Mule provide custom stickers and covers at affordable prices and we are pleased to be partnering with them on this great giveaway! Entering is easy and fun and should appeal to all you designers out there. All you have to do is come up with your best laptop and iPad cover designs and post them for us to see. The best win free iPad or laptop covers of their choice. You can view the full details in our original post HERE where we explain everything you need to know. Good luck!

Design News From Elsewhere Around The Web

As usual our weekly review isn’t just about what is going on right here on WDF, but also about what is being talked about on other great design websites. Here’s the latest from around the web!

Useful Typography Tips For Adobe Illustrator

Smashing Magazine have brought you a selection of useful typography tips for Adobe Illustrator, offering advice and handy hints on using typography successfully and creatively. Covering a wide variety of techniques and basics such as character styles and the correct uses of hyphens and dashes in your work, it is a great resourceful article to keep on hand.

The 80/20 Rule Applied to Web Design

WebDesignerDepot focused on the 80/20 Web Design Rule applied to web design this week, with an interesting article detailing what the rule is, where it originated and how you can apply it in your design work. It makes for some captivating reading and has raised some interesting thoughts and comments, so be sure to check it out if you get the chance.

60 Handpicked Beautiful Tumblr Themes

If you are looking for a Tumblr theme this week then you might just want to take a look at this great article from Hongkiat.Com. They offer up a in depth selection of their favourite, 60 handpicked beautiful Tumblr themes that stand out from the crowd and deliver fantastic design elements in various forms alongside great usability and function.

30 Examples of Artistic Heart-Designed Logos

Valentines Day was celebrated in style all around the world this week and with February being the month of love, even the web design world was buzzing with talk of love, hearts and all things romantic but with a design edge! A perfect example of this was the recent article by NaldzGraphics focusing on 30 examples of Heart Designed logo’s from around the web and we love the selection they have come up with!

Cool Design Links!

Six Revisions bring you a targeted selection of 8 excellent SEO plugins for WordPress to help your website perform to the best of its ability and up your rank in the competitive world of search engine optimization.

Hongkiat demonstrate that you don’t need an expensive camera to take amazing photos for your design projects. Take a look at this showcase of photos taken with the iPhone4 that shows a stunning array of images to rival those of any professional photographer.

Information for those starting out in the freelance business is always useful, we loved FreelanceFolder’s look at 8 steps that are essential when first starting out in the world of freelance design.

Sitepoint take a look at what makes the best, most user friendly and informative contact pages and how to correctly design yours for maximum impact!

Specky Boy have put together a great selection of 20 new and free Drupal themes that look professional and attractive! Great for future projects.

That is all from us for this week, we hope you have enjoyed this roundup! Be sure to check back next week for all the latest web design news, tutorials and gossip. You can also keep up with us via our Twitter and Facebook pages for all the latest news and info. Have a great weekend.