Welcome to the all new links write-up posts. I hope to bring you the week’s top finds each Friday in a comprehensive post, sorted by interest. There should be a little bit of something here for everyone. I’m putting this one behind a break because it is one long entry. That’s what happens when I consolidate these from daily into weekly I am afraid.
There is a lot of stuff out there lately for the aspiring freelancer. I’m starting to do okay with lining up freelance jobs, and I’m not really trying to sell myself, as ultimately I need a fulltime job. But this stuff is always useful.
Good tips for people just getting starting out, and some even for those who are seasoned veterans.
Not so much from a freelancer’s point of view but from the point of view of your customers.
I am poaching some fo these for my client survey. Good list.
I don’t tend to use these sites, instead focusing the freelance I do on referrals, but some of these are new to me.
HTML/CSS/Web Design Links
It’s easy to forget good formatting when you’re under a deadline or putting in a quick hack. Taking the time to organize and format your code will help others who come after you. It’s like the backpacker’s ethos about leaving things the way you found them in that way.
Simple, direct, and yet very hard to master. Great usability article.
An interesting concept. I want to dig into it more and see if I can find it personally useful, but no time right now.
Good PHP tips for the non-experts in PHP.
Trying to decide between CMS tools? This link will help.
GoMediaZine has been running a great series of links on design theory. This is the latest.
Helps generate a grid system for those sites that rock the box.
I learned several good points for this one. These elements separate the great designers from the merely good.
I’ve been thinking about trying to make an iPhone App. I have a bunch of writer tool ideas. No time though.
More iPhone app resources. This might make the programming side much easier.
Graphic Design Tutorials
I’m not sure that I would ever need to create a VW van in photoshop, but there some good techniques here.
My guilty secret– I wish I could draw well enough to be a character designer. Instead I write them.
More solid Photoshop techniques. The result is something you might find hanging in a goth girl’s bedroom, but still nice.
A beautiful illustration, and some good selection technique tips.
Free Resource Links
I can’t get enough of the free vectors.
Really useful floral deco pieces. Free for any kind of use.
We never have enough fonts, do we?
Free for a limited time portfolio system. Useful for very budget-conscious clients perhaps.
Also, we never have enough photoshop brushes.
See what I mean?
Some of these techniques to represent common plugins in your theme could really come in handy.
CMS, CMS, it’s a magic word meaning “less grunt work for the designer in the long run.”
Very nice shopping cart implementation.
jQuery selectors and attribute selectors reference and examples | Pamaya — Web Design & Development
I’ve never used several of these selectors, so the examples here were very educational.
It’s like a magic “make my form awesome” script.
Number one: have valuable content. Easy to forget when you like talking about your cats.
This could probably go under freelance, but for some reason I put it in here. Sorry.
Wouldn’t we all like to blog professionally?
A good beginner’s list of tips and methods.
Also something you can never have enough of? Photoshop Plugins.
Another take on streamlining Flickr to maximize the photos and minimize the cruft. Nicely done.
For the cheapskate. Or the unemployed. Or the enterprising inventive sort. Take your pick.
500 million years ago, sea scorpions were smart enough to use snail shells as a reverse aqua lung. Please god, do not let the octopodes discover this technique.
The racist side of victory in World War II. Things that only come to light 60 years later. Sad.
Not so much science as FUCKING AWESOME. Unfortunately, in the act of capturing this trophy, the owner changed the timeline resulting in the 8 years of the Bush presidency.
Science Fiction Links
A new story by Steven Gould is always a treat. And I don’t care what the haters say, I liked the Jumper movie. My brain got a lot of rest watching that.
The book that Gibson based criminal culture on in Neuromancer. If that doesn’t make you want to read it, I don’t know what will. What are you doing hanging around my blog anyway?
I am totally giving this to one of hte protagonists in my YA time travel novel.
I’ve been thinking about blogging more about creativity in general. This was something I dug up while thinking about that.
The Grab Bag
“We Didn’t Start The Fire” lampooning the internet’s flame wars. Hilarious, and incredibly well produced.
More debt repayment strategies involving snow metaphors. I can’t convince Sarah to let me do the debt snowballing. Not that we have any money to pay off debt right now. Maintain…
This is a hell of a cool music toy. It makes drawing with blocks turn into music that almost always sounds good. I might have been a musician if all instruments operated on this kind of priniciple.
Posts of mine you may have missed:
New Story Online: The Kansas Jayhawk vs. The Midwest Monster Squad (With Exciting Poster Illustration Action)
I’ve released my story from the May 2005 issue of Interzone under the Creative Commons license, and added a cool poster illustration I made for graphic design practice. Check it out even if you read the story before, just for the illustration. I also tried very hard to make it easy to read on the screen as well as on an iPhone.
My take on #amazonfail from a broader perspective. A bit tongue-in-cheek like most of my posts when I am in a good mood. You should at least get a chuckle from it if nothing else. Also has one of my better lines of reasoning lately: “Much like nature abhors a vaccum, the internet abhors an absence of information.” I am so smart.
A meditation on the abolitionist who is so important in Kansas history. He lived for a period of time in the town my parents live in, Osawatomie (which is not a native american name itself, but a combination of the Osage and Potawatomie names). I think he’s been painted unfairly in the Kansas educational system.
I describe an expedition into the wilds of Kansas to look at the ruins of an ancient hog farm atop a hill. I speculative on the lives of the former owners and marvel at the construction. Special thanks to my stepfather Mike for taking me there.
Okay, so that’s everything I can dig out of my memory and Delicious. Stay tuned for more next Friday!