The BEST of You The Designer for 2012

Articles, News December 31, 2012

Hello creatives! Finally, we’re down to the last day of the year. Most of you might be busy in preparing for your own unique and creative ways of celebrating New Year. While some might be preparing for 2013, it is always good to look back at the great things that happened over the last 364 days. That is why, for the last day of 2012, we bring you a list of YTD’s best throughout the year featuring the top inspirational posts, resources and  freebies.

 

 

 We ranked all the posts and selected the top 12 based from your visits and pageviews. It is nice that the stories which made it to the list are a combination of your favorite freebies, inspirational posts and resource articles. So without so much chatter, here’s our countdown of our top 12 posts for 2012!

 

30 Random Doodles Photoshop Brushes

 

Random Doodles Free Photoshop Brushes

A cool set of Photoshop brushes we shared with you last July snatched the 12th spot on our list. This collection of random scribbles can be used for many design projects like event postcards, bookmarks, web page headers or in making personal greeting cards.

 


 
 

The Minimalist Art of Pictograms

 

The Minimalist Art of Pictograms

An inspirational article showcasing the minimalist pictograms of some artists like Viktor Hertz and Teddy Hahn made it to the top 11. The post made us understand how the pictograms have evolved from an old form of writing to one of today’s most unique art disciplines.

 


 
 

 Infographic: Web Designer/Developer Salaries Around the World

 

Infographic: Web Designer/Developer Salaries Around the World

The interactive infographic about the average salaries of creatives around the world landed on the 10th spot. Our friends from Staff.com and Infoactive created the amazing resource detailing the average salaries of web developers and designers from 18 countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada and other countries in Europe and Asia.

 


 
 

Vector Art Free Download - 12 Web Badges

 

Vector Art Free Download – 12 Web Badges

The second freebie on the list is a set of vector graphics featuring 12 clean and unique web badges for your inspiration. The set of Web 2.0 badges created in custom shapes and eye-catchy colors which are perfect for your next web design projects.

 


 
 

The Current State of Web Design

 

The Current State of Web Design

One of the most useful guest posts of the year made it to the top 8. A guest blogger shared us some noteworthy concepts, ideas and new direction that has been adopted by the current crop of web designers such as proximity, the Hick’s law, and the rule of thirds.

 


 
 

A Hand Lettering Experience by Leandro Senna

 

A Hand Lettering Experience by Leandro Senna

We have showcased various amazing design projects this year from different creative fields so it’s not a surprise that one of them made it to the 7th spot. The typography project by Leandro Senna takes us to a next level of hand lettering experience by transforming the lyrics of Bob Dylan‘s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” into a showcase of awesome type designs.

 


 
 

Small Businesses that Complement your Graphic Design Day Job

 

Small Businesses that Complement your Graphic Design Day Job

On the 6th place is another useful resource for designers who are looking for extra income and working experience. YTD have listed five examples of small business ideas that can give you a wider range of work experience, clientele and improving another skill set that you might already have.

 


 
 

Amazing Pumpkin Carvings by Ray Villafane

 

Amazing Pumpkin Carvings by Ray Villafane

Ray Villafane’s awesome talent in pumpkin carving scared us out in this Halloween article which made it to this year’s top 5 posts. His insane and detailed works have brought the celebration of Halloween into a new level of creative awesomeness!

 


 
 

40 Handwriting Free Fonts Every Designer Must Have

 

40 Handwriting Free Fonts Every Designer Must Have

For the last quarter of 2012, we have shared with you some of the most unique and useful collections of fonts. One of which grabbed the 4th spot in this year’s list which features 40 amazing handwriting fonts that are all for free.

 


 
 

25 Christmas Inspired Free Fonts

 

25 Christmas Inspired Free Fonts

Another set of awesome resources of fonts made it to this year’s list. This early holiday gift from YTD was a collection of Christmas inspired free fonts not just perfect for your Yuletide designs but for various future projects as well.

 


 
 

Infographic: 10 Myths About Graphic Design

 

Infographic: 10 Myths About Graphic Design

The friendly infographic last October about graphic design myths grabbed the second place. The cool resource helps us and other people understand what graphic design and being a graphic designer really is.

 


 
 

Top 10 Must Have iPad Apps for Logo Designers

 

Top 10 Must Have iPad Apps for Logo Designers

Finally, our number one post for 2012 was occupied by another very useful resource for creatives especially for logo designers. It is a collection of top ten applications for the iPad that a logo designer must have to create designs and projects anytime and anywhere. These apps play a big role in the vital stage of the design process by helping in basic design tasks, sketching, drafting and digital painting. Such apps include iDesign, Adobe Ideas, Design Ruler and more!

 


 

Aside from the top 12 posts of the year based on your views and visits, the YTD editors have also picked 3 more posts that we think have helped a lot of readers in giving inspiration, creative ideas and concepts and just pure awesomeness. We have selected one post under three categories namely: Best Wallpaper Freebie, Best Resource Article and Best Inspirational Article. Check them out below (click the image to view the post):

 


 

Best Wallpaper Freebie - "Forest Life"

 

Best Resource Article - "Infographic: Graphic Design Software & Skills"

 

Best Inspirational Article - " 30 Examples of Layout Design in Packaging and Label Stickers"

 


 
So there you have it guys! Another awesome and creative year has just ended. We would love to thank all of you, our readers, sponsors, followers, watchers and fans for the continuous support all year round. May you all have an awesome and creative year ahead!

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 Cadence Wu

Cadence is You The Designer's senior blogger, and the most jack-of-all-trades of the staff. She's always trying out something different every day, some of which fuels her posts here on the blog. Let her know if you want us to post more about your favorite topic - she might know more than a thing or two about it!

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