D-Lists http://www.d-lists.co.uk Designer + Developer Resource Mon, 11 May 2009 16:12:03 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Weekly Web Inspiration #1 http://www.d-lists.co.uk/2009/05/11/weekly-web-inspiration-1/ http://www.d-lists.co.uk/2009/05/11/weekly-web-inspiration-1/#comments Mon, 11 May 2009 07:00:56 +0000 atikusdesign http://www.d-lists.co.uk/?p=278 base6

This is the 1st of a weekly update of web inspiration. Every Monday be sure to check back to find some of the weeks best in web design.

Envira Media

enviramedia

“We think inside and outside the box to find solutions to environmental problems, with the new ‘green’ economy as the focus.”

Miro Adoption Centre

miro

“Miro is built by a non-profit organization. Its sole purpose is to ensure that internet video is a far more open, democratic, and culturally engaging medium than traditional television. “

Go Innovate

goinnovate

“Goinnovate is a talented Website Design studio based in Leeds. We make websites for a living & it´s what we are good at - Honestly!!.”

The Nate Green Experience

nategreen

“Nate Green is the author of Built for Show: Four Body Changing Workout Programs for Building Muscle, Losing Fat and Looking Good Enough to Hook Up. He’s 23 years old.”

African Budget Safaris

africansafari

“African Budget Safaris is an experienced team of African travel fanatics based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Through years spent bundu bashing up and down the African continent, we’ve tried every type of safari under the sun and sorted the diamonds from the rough.”

AAN Designers

aandesign

“AAN Designers, have been honored several times as the best interactive web designing studio by the notable Web-Award Juries internationally. AAN has been successfully serving its national & international clients for more than eight years now.”

Cool Pink

coolpink

“Coolpink is a leading, full service digital agency. This means that if you’re looking to develop a knockout digital strategy, delivered via fiendishly clever digital media planning and buying, cutting edge website design and development, all backed by world class hosting, site analytics and reporting, then you’ve come to the right place.”

Base 6 Design

base6

“base6 make elegant & usable websites built on solid content management and rock hard web standards…”

Baritchi

baritchi

“We carry out brand requirements across different means of communication. Our list of projects focus on brand strategy and development, research, PR and advertising, as our team got together talented and reliable people. “

J Taylor Design

jtaylor

“Here we want to build you something that is going to work. We build all our sites using Web Standards which means that Google and Yahoo and other search engines like our websites. We create clean, professional designs for web sites, business cards, brochures, etc. that help enhance our clients’ message.”

Tobias Bjerrome Ahlin

ta

“A 20 year old guy currently studying at Hyper Island in Stockholm, Sweden - this is the home of Tobias Bjerrome Ahlin. Nice to meet you.”

Verb

verb

“Verb is a user focused task management and sharing application.
Getting things done just got easier. Why not? Verb is free!”

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17 Cool USB Sticks + Hubs http://www.d-lists.co.uk/2009/05/09/17-cool-usb-sticks-hubs/ http://www.d-lists.co.uk/2009/05/09/17-cool-usb-sticks-hubs/#comments Sat, 09 May 2009 11:12:46 +0000 atikusdesign http://www.d-lists.co.uk/?p=237 usb

I always carry around a trusty USB stick with me. I’m always using it to show people my work or to save files to work on later at another computer. However, my USB stick is a rather boring bit of plastic that noone would ever notice. Well, I’ve been doing some research and that just doesn’t have to be the case.

As the following examples show your USB stick can not only be a really useful tool but it can also be a conversation starter if it is as cool as these designs.

USBEE

usbee

Ennova Direct with OLED display and biometric scanner

ion

TDK Trans-it Edge

TDK Trans-it Edge

Flash Bag

Flash bag

LaCie Key USB

modkey1

Lacie Hub

laciehub

Stick Man Hub

manhub

Old Key USB

oldkey

Asterisc Hub

asterisk

Credit Card USB

creditusb

Bendy Stick USB

bendyusb

3way Hub

3wayhub

Star Wars USB

starwars

Lego Brick

lego

Ripped Cable USB

cable

Mix Tape USB

mixtape

Robot USB

robot

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Top 10 Apps Using the Twitter API http://www.d-lists.co.uk/2009/05/07/top-10-apps-using-the-twitter-api/ http://www.d-lists.co.uk/2009/05/07/top-10-apps-using-the-twitter-api/#comments Thu, 07 May 2009 13:05:52 +0000 atikusdesign http://www.d-lists.co.uk/?p=184 twitter

I don’t know about you but I LOVE Twitter and spend far too many hours reading my updates. In the last few months Twitter has really exploded into the mainstream with user numbers rising hugely.

This rise in users has led developers to use the twitter API to create all manner of useful (and not so useful) web applications. With this in mind I thought I would try and roundup my favourite 10:

10) - Monitter

monitter

What is it?
It’s basically a realtime twitter search. It allows you to type in search phrases and watch live as people tweet using the chosen terms. You can also choose to limit the result by location giving you a chance to see what people close tou you are saying about the things that interest you.

Who is it for?
Anyone who is interested in finding out about people’s opinions on specific areas of interest. If you have just launched a product and would like to track it’s progress on twitter then this is the perfect application for just that.

Where can I find it?
www.monitter.com

9) - Twitter Grader

grader

What is it?
It asks you to type in your twitter ID and then provides you with a score out of 100 and a rank. You can then go on to look at how you compare to other in your area. There is also a neat little graph showing your history of followers and a tweet cloud, highlighting the popularity of certain words in your tweets.

Who is it for?
Anyone who is a statistic nut. The opportunity to see the words you’re using the most is especially nice and could give an insight into why your follower numbers are not as high as you might like. If you are competitive the fact you can see who is doing better than you in your locality will also drive you to improve.

Where can I find it?
http://twitter.grader.com

8) - Tweet Chat

tweetchat

What is it?
Tweetchat turns your twitter page into a chat room. Sure Twitter is already very much like a chatroom, but Tweetchat allows you to create a chat room based on a specific phrase. So an example would be, if you type in the word design any comment containing that word would be included in your room. It’s not a ‘live’ chatroom in that the others in the ‘room’ don’t see themselves in it but it does give you the chance to @reply them. Any comment you make to the room gets a #phrase included so anyone searching that phrase will find your addition. It’s basically a fresh approach to twitter search.

Who is it for?
If you are interested in a specific discussion topic then Tweetchat could be the solution for you. It uses an interface very similar to twitter (and even imports your twitter display settings) so there is no trouble learning a new way of doing things. Very much like monitter, in that if you want to track a new site or product tweetchat will allow you to with ease. Tweetchat however, allows you to easily @reply to comments and add to the discussions.

Where can I find it?
www.tweetchat.com

7) - Twitter Counter

twitcounter

What is it?
A user statistic app that allows you to track your progress on twitter. The information is presented in some nice graphs and allows you to customize the timeframe to look back at. You can track your follower number, your friend numbers and your updates. There is also a nice little function to compare your stats to other users, so if you have a slight rivalry with someone you can see how your numbers compare over time. I really like the way the information is presented and how easy it is to use.

Who is it for?
A similar audience to that of twitter grader. If you have a corporate twitter account this could be a great application to track how you are doing and where you might be going wrong (or right.) Or if you just want to follow how your personal growth has been in recent months then you will do well to find a better way to do it.

Where can I find it?
www.twittercounter.com

6) - Twecipe

twecipe

What is it?
A lovely little app that provides you with some great inspiration to use in the kitchen. It can be used in twitter, which provides you to follow @twecipe and then @reply him with some ingredients. @twecipe will then message you back with a recipe. On the other hand, you can visit their site and enter the recipe’s there recieving an instant answer. It does one thing and it does it very well and looks very cute while doing it.

Who is it for?
Anybody who has some ingredients in their cupboard and do not know what to do with them. Or even someone who fancies a new recipe.

Where can I find it?
www.twecipe.com

5) - Remember The Milk

milk

What is it?
Remember the Milk is a task management service that allows you to keep track of your to-do list wherever you are. There is an iPhone app, it syncs with google calender and now they have a nifty way of using it through twitter! All you have to do is sign-up with Remember the Milk and then add @rtm as a freind, you can then interact with it via direct message using their inbuilt commands to create tasks and completion dates. Remember the Milk will then contact you via direct message with reminders. There is also a third-party widget that creates a desktop client allowing you to message @rtm while at your computer.

Who is it for?
If you are a busy person with lots of tasks on your mind then Remember the Milk is a fantastic way to keep track of everything. Using the twitter functions means that through a twitter client you can add tasks on the move (via your phone) or add them while sat at your screen.

Where can I find it?
www.rememberthemilk.com

4) - Twt Poll

twtpoll

What is it?
Twtpoll allows you to create polls and then post them via twitter, facebook or email. It’s a really simple process with only 5 fields to fill in. You can then track the results from the twtpoll website, which displays them in an easy to read pie graph.

Who is it for?
If you want to find a general consensus of opinion then twtpoll is a very good option. It’s very quick to set up and provides you with real-time results. By utilizing the power of twitter and facebook it should also be something that has the potential to be spread to a vast audience.

Where can I find it?
www.twtpoll.com

3) - Twidentify

twidentify

What is it?
Twidentify is a great way to search twitter. There are 3 ways to search. 1) Trend search, this options allows you to track a certain terms popularity over time producing a graph to display the information. 2) Engage in conversation, this displays conversations that are happening now that include your search term (this is basically a basic twitter search.) 3) Search on influence, the results of this option are sorted to put users who are retweeted the most at the top. This should give you a chance to find out what influential people on twitter are saying about your search term.

Who is it for?
This is a very powerful search app. If you are looking to follow a trend via twitter then I suggest this is the app you try. If you want to find out who’s opinion is being heard on a particular subject then choosing the search on influence options is a very neat way of doing so.

Where can I find it?
www.twidentify.com

2) - Mr. Tweet

mrtweet1

What is it?
Mr. Tweet is a personal networking app that advertises your twitter profile to other similar users. It also recommends users to you who you may wish to follow, based on the people you are already following. Finally, there is a stat engine that shows you how many updates you make a day, how engaging your tweets are (via conversion numbers) and how many links you provide. All you have to do is add @mrtweet and he will direct message you with a link to your stat and recommendation page.

Who is it for?
Anybody interested in increasing their following (so basically everyone on twitter.) The recommendations given are very good, providing you with some great people to follow. The stats also add a nice touch letting you know if you are below/above average, showing you where you need to improve.

Where can I find it?
www.mrtweet.net

1) - Twuffer

twuffer

What is it?
A great little app that allows you to schedule tweets for a later date. You literally type your tweet in twuffer, give them the date and time you would like it posted and then twuffer does the rest for you. It does one thing but it does it extremely well!

Who is it for?
Bloggers who have a scheduled post and would like to tweet about it at the same time. Forgetful people who want to send a tweet on a freinds birthday but know they will forget. Anybody who would like to tweet some news while away on holiday. It really could help all manner of people who know they will want to tweet something in the future. As a blogger it is a service I rely on when I know a post is going to be released but there is a chance I may not be able to get to twitter at the same time.

Where can I find it?
www.twuffer.com

There you have it. I have only included 10 but during my research I found loads more that were very good. I love twitter apps so if you have any suggestions please let me and the rest of the community know.

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Top 10 Design Blogs http://www.d-lists.co.uk/2009/05/04/top-10-design-blogs/ http://www.d-lists.co.uk/2009/05/04/top-10-design-blogs/#comments Mon, 04 May 2009 14:50:04 +0000 atikusdesign http://www.d-lists.co.uk/wp/?p=40 dlists

Hi, I thought the best way to start D-Lists was to recommend to you my top 10 favourite design blogs and give you an idea of what I want to achieve with this very site. I would love it if D-Lists could become anything like as successful as the following blogs:

10) Think Design

thinkdesign

“Welcome to think design! This is a… graphic design blog, aiming to bring you freebies, resources, inspiration and much more. This site was created by… Nick Pagano, the (only) designer for Think Four Graphic Design.”

The main thing I use Think Design for is the freebies. While there are posts that provide some good quality showcases the main strength of this site are the resources given away. There are some great brushes, textures etc to be found here.

Recent posts include:
Free Textures - 30 High-Res Paper & Plastic Packaging Textures
Inspiration - 5 Awesome Graphic Designers P.2
Free Vectors - 15 Grunge Vectors

9) Designer Daily

designerdaily

“Designer Daily is a blog for designers and webdesigners by Mirko Humbert, a Swiss graphic designer who shares his thoughts on design, ressources and tips for designers, beautiful stuff & more. Don’t worry if you are not a designer, you are also welcome to browse around and enjoy yourself.”

I only came across Designer Daily recently but it has quickly become a favourite RSS feed of mine. There is an abundance of free resources and design summaries. There is also a very handy summary of the week in design that I always look forward to.

Recent posts include:
15 wonderful set of icons for web design
18 jQuery scripts and tutorials to improve your portfolio
20 great illustrators that will inspire you

8) You the Designer

youthedesigner

“I look forward to publishing quality graphic design resources, graphic design tips and much more on You the Designer with the hopes that aspiring design professionals, and pros alike, will find this site inspiring and helpful. Enjoy!”

This is a very good blog for a varied array of audiences. Posts include all sorts of design topics from photoshop tutorials to giveaways and competitions. The posts on the site could appeal to all levels of designer be you a newcomer or an experienced pro.

Recent posts include:
Photoshop Tutorials 90+ Places to Submit
7 Ways to Build Trust on a Portfolio Site
7 Ingenious Websites Inspired by Color

7) Tuts+

tutsplus

“From graphics to web development, audio to video and more, get the skills you want from our family of tutorial and resource sites. Need more? We also offer a Plus program where you can access source files and bonus tutorials.”

If you want great tutorials then look no further than Tuts+. Tuts+ is the summary site for PSDTuts, VectorTuts, NetTuts, FlashTuts, AudioTuts, AETuts, which are all individually amazing tutorial blogs. There is also a subscription service that allows you access to special + tutorials and the tutorial source files. I personally pay the subscription for this and believe that it has already repayed its cost back to me in the vast array of skills I have acquired from it.

Recent posts include:
20 Short Films and Music Videos Made with After Effects
Design a Beautiful Website From Scratch
How to Create a Surreal Fantasy Scene

6) The Dieline

dieline

“The Dieline is dedicated to the progress of the package design industry and its practitioners, students and enthusiasts. Its purpose is to define and promote the world’s best examples of packaging”

The Dieline may focus on package design but should still be a great aid to any design discipline. The site is full of packaging inspiration providing readers with a great deal of ideas. While I am not a packaging designer I still gain a great deal of stimulation from the quality work on show.

Recent posts include:
Brand Spotlight: Aldo Shoes
Student Spotlight: Matej Balaz
Brand Spotlight: Shatto Milk Company

5) Freelance Switch

freelanceswitch

“FreelanceSwitch is a site for freelancers. Whether you’ve been freelancing for years, have just started or are considering making the switch, this is the place to get all the information and support you need. FreelanceSwitch covers all the topics freelancers need to know about in our daily posts. At FreelanceSwitch we’re always looking for new ways to help and entertain freelancers. If there’s anything you’d like to see, let us know by sending us a tip.”

If you are a freelance designer, writer or web designer I really think this blog should be in your bookmark folder or RSS subscriptions. The articles on here cover all manner of issues that concern freelancers. The posts are all very well written and informative providing any freelance in need with some great advice.

Recent posts include:
10 Simple Steps to Landing More Gigs
50 Simple Marketing Ideas All Freelancers Can Use
How to Handle Price Objections

4) DesignM.ag

designmag

“DesignM.ag is a community-based website for web designers and developers. The site includes a popular blog, a user-submitted news section, a design gallery, and a design job board.”

DesignM.ag is targeted primarily at the web design audience and features a number of excellent posts. DesignM.ag features interviews, tutorials, freebies and some great designer showcases. The community is also a big plus for DesignM.ag allowing readers to contribute guest posts, news and job listings.

Recent posts include:
Website Layout Toolbox
12 Content Management Systems Recommended by Readers
10 Principles of Successful Freelancers

3) Spoon Graphics

spoon

“This site acts as my digital playground, where I present Illustrator and Photoshop tutorials, articles around the subject of design and a bunch of free vector and resource giveaways.”

You’ll have to try very hard to find a better blog for illustrator and photoshop tutorials. Chris Spooner’s blog provides all manner of useful design resource but in my opinions it’s the quality of the tutorials on there that really make it stand out. The blog also includes a great deal of resource giveaways that can be a big help.

Recent posts include:
Create a Bright Retro Grunge Vector Illustration
Create a Grid Based Resume/CV Layout in InDesign
270+ High-Res Rough and Grungey Photoshop Brushes

2) Abduzeedo

abduzeedo

“The idea behind this blog is primarily to be a channel for me to write down some ideas, experiments, news, and a lot of thing that I see online and probably will forget in a couple of months. Basically it is an archive of my adventures online as a designer on the daily basis.”

The thing that really stands out, in my opinion, on Abduzeedo is the quality of the work on offer. I start every morning looking at Abduzeedo’s daily inspiration, which contains a huge amount of inspiration for any type of designer. If you are ever suffering from designer’s block, I suggest a trip to Abduzeedo for a great quick fix of design covering web design, illustration, graphic design, photography and motion graphics.

Recent posts include:
Interview with Young Artist Richard Roberts
Beautiful Dark Light Photos by Alcove
25 Great Examples of iPhone Optimized Sites

1) Smashing Magazine

smashingmag

“we smash you with the information that will make your life easier. really.”

If you are yet to visit the Smashing Magazine blog I suggest you take a minute now to get right over there and check it out. It’s packed full of articles from some of the best bloggers in the industry. They cover a huge range of topics in a varied manner of styles including lists, tutorials, discussions and showcases.

Recent posts include:
Captivating Winery Websites For Your Inspiration
The Effective Strategy For Choosing Right Domain Names
60+ Beautiful Logo Design Tutorials And Resources

This is a must for anyone interested in design of any kind.

I hope you have enjoyed this list and you find my suggestions of use to you. However, if you disagree with me or have any other great design blog suggestions then please let everyone know by adding a comment below. Have yourself a creative day!

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