60 Great AIR Apps For Web & Graphic Designers

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Adobe AIR is a great platform to build efficient and cutting edge desktop applications, that work on any operating system.

In the last few years, hundreds of very useful applications have been built on AIR for all sorts of purposes. Here we focus our attention on apps built for web and graphic designers.

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Hiring Writers For Up To $125

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This is just a quick post to let you know that we’re once again looking for writers, and this time, at a substantially higher rate.

The new rate is based on the feedback you all left a few weeks back. Big thanks to everyone who took part!

From now on, post authors will be paid somewhere between $70 and $125 for their work, based on the quality of the post. We’ll be drifting away from the list posts that some of you are getting a little tired of, and start focusing on more in-depth tutorials and discussions (And when you do see list posts in future, you’ll find a lot more value in them. You’ll see what I mean come Thursday!).

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Design Review: Liam J Moore

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As part of our feedback post, we promised to review one commenter’s site here on Pro Blog Design. Well, our winner was Liam J Moore, so we’ll be reviewing his site today.

A quick note to everyone who took part in the feedback post though, thank you for all of your suggestions! We’ve gone through every single one of them, more on that to come on Monday!

Now, to the review. Liam is a student completing his Masters project in Multidisciplinary Design this year. The blog currently serves a joint purpose; as a portfolio for his design work, but also as a progress log for the project.

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35+ Funky Cartoon Fonts for Logos and Headers

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There are a lot of free fonts available online. Sites like Dafont and 1001Fonts are invaluable repositories for designers, because they give us such a wide range of font options.

Cartoon fonts are one type of font that rarely get much praise. The problem with them is that by definition, they’re gimmicks. They are never the most legible fonts, I’d never recommend using one for content, and quite often, they just look foolish.

But when it comes to creating a memorable logo easily, a good cartoon font can be a great first step. They’re distinctive, look great in large sizes, and can be easily modified and re-colored in Photoshop to make it that little bit more unique.

Of course, that only works with certain styles of design. If your site is all bubbly and colorful, it’s worth considering. If you’re more minimalist or professional, stay well clear!

So with that in mind, here are 37 of the best free cartoon fonts we could find. Let us know if you put any of them to good use!

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Why and How to Use Dropbox for Client & Blog Files

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We all know that our computers will crash someday, and we all know that we need to make backups of our files to keep our work safe.

The hassle is that a lot of backup methods are tedious and time wasting to keep going. We want to have a backup system that we can set up, and then forget about it.

We’ve already shown you how to keep a WordPress database safe, but in this post we are going to look at the rest of your blog and theme files, as well as client files or any other important documents you keep.

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40 Hand-Picked Themes For Joomla

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Joomla is a CMS (Content Management System) that lets you create websites, blogs, web portals and online applications with a minimal amount of coding. It has a lot in common with WordPress.

We haven’t covered Joomla in any way previously on this blog, so we’re going to start by giving you a taste of the sites that can be made with Joomla. The following 40 themes are all free to use and show you the starting point you could have for your next site if you use Joomla with it.

If you’d like to see more Joomla coverage in the future, just let us know. Or of course, we can stick to good ol’ WordPress!

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Design Review: Splashnology

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Splashnology is a community design site. Members join up and submit articles, which are then displayed in blog format on the website.

Today we’re going to take a look Splashnology’s design to see what has been done well, and what we would improve on. Lets start by opening up a new tab, and then on to the review!

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