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Solo: Project Management for Freelance Designers

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Check out Solo, the new project management web app created for freelance designers. It's free for 10 days and then it costs 5 pounds per month.

The app's main advantage: it is beautiful. This is a welcome change from most of the solutions out there that look like accounting software. Solo promises to be fun to work with.

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Find free design books for inspiration on Google Books

Google has been busy digitizing hundreds of thousands of books and magazines for last few years. Some of them are fully available online, others are only available partially. Although nothing beats the good old book smell, using Google Books you can find a lot of design, advertising, typography and branding related books and magazines with a single search and get inspiration and knowledge without going to a physical library.

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Wirify: turn web pages into wireframes

Wirify is a bookmarklet that lets you turn any web page into a wireframe in one click. It’s lightweight and works in many modern browsers. To use Wirify drag the link with the green arrow on Wirify's page to your Bookmarks toolbar.

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Analog Illustration Methods in a Digital Age

Adapted from Vector Basic Training: A Systematic Creative Process for Building Precision Vector Artwork (New Riders)

By Von R. Glitschka


Systematic and Creative

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Softening Focus with the Lens Blur Filter in Photoshop

Adapted from Adobe Digital Imaging How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques for Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, and Camera Raw 6 (Peachpit Press)

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Tweaking Photomerged Images in Photoshop

Adapted from Photoshop CS5 Essentials (Peachpit Press)

By Mark Galer and Philip Andrews

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Drupal 7 announced

Creativebits.org among hundreds of thousands of other sites runs on Drupal. I'm a big fan and believe its currently the best CMS out there including the payed ones. And Drupal 7 is the most amazing update. The engine is now really ready for prime time. Some of the new features I'm most excited about:

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Grid Principles for Web Design

Adapted from Grid Principles for Web Design (New Riders)

By Khoi Vinh



The first two decades of the twentieth century, graphic design’s pivotal epoch, carried forth the legacies of what might be considered the premodern design world. Graphic works were executed largely through tradition or intuition, with emphasis placed on imitating the natural world or emulating historical but often poorly understood models of aesthetic ornamentation.

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