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Design Focus: Great Deals

Here’s a treat for the Thanksgiving and the holiday season that’s ramping up: freebies, bundles, and deals to help you create beautiful designs, all showcased on inspiring sites to boot.

Designs of the Week

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James Oconnell x 25 Days of Giving website

James Oconnell x 25 Days of Giving

Very bold but still legible color scheme featuring beautiful illustrations (especially the button replacements) and visualizations (especially the animation in the footer).

PSD Super Bundle

PSD Super Bundle

Take note of the blurred layers in the background and the ever-popular outer space theme for the header.

PeepCode Screencasts Design Bundle website

PeepCode Screencasts Design Bundle

Typographic and icon-based, not to mention responsive. The pop of blue from the logo carries over to the pullquote marks, buttons, and borders.

WordPress Themes Bundle website

WordPress Themes Bundle

Beautiful subtlety everywhere: mixing different patterns and textures for the background, but also knowing when to inject cheer with solid bright colors and illustrations.

ByPeople website


Not as beautifully designed as I’d like, or perhaps it’s taste, but very straightforward at the cost of your internet bandwidth!

DesignShock website


If you’re not exhausted by skeumorphism yet, you gotta enjoy the ribbons and textured cards that appear to defy gravity here. Also, always a good idea to have an attention-getting and accessible sign up form especially for sites such as these.

Box of Bundles website

Box of Bundles

This looks a little chaotic at first glance, but it kind of grows on you too, especially when you see all the icons and details as you scroll down, including the “little explosion” animation that happens at the bottom. Very cute idea.

Touch Gesture Icons website

Touch Gesture Icons

I like the geometric background and complementary icy color scheme, although it may be tough to read for some.

Glyphish website


I like the little info table at the left column but wish it had been actual text. The header containing all the pertinent information also looks great.

Jigsoar Icons website

Jigsoar Icons

Perhaps there’s a reason this white on blue look is popular with icon sites, and it’s the idea of blueprints and laying down the foundations first.

Social Media Weekly

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AccessibilityEasy Fixes to Common Accessibility Problems
“Sometimes simple changes can provide the necessary momentum while resulting in significant improvements for users.”

JavaScriptA Few New Things Coming To JavaScript
“The coming year is going to be an exciting time for developers as features proposed or finalised for the next versions of the language start to become more widely available.”

Web Design, BooksThe top 50 books for web designers and developers
“The resulting selection is a collection of the very best insight into cutting-edge design and development techniques, inspirational texts, and beautiful volumes to admire.”

TypographyThe 50 best free fonts for designers
“Get your hands on the best free fonts, from retro inspired type to slap-you-in-the-face slab serifs!”

AcessibilityYes, actually, it may be you one day
“When you’re considering whether or not accessibility is important, keep in mind that it could actually be you you’re ensuring accessibility for. If it isn’t you, it will definitely be someone you know, and possibly someone you love.”

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