Weekly Web Roundup: The Cover Edition #12

Weekly Web Roundup

The major news of the week was the downtime Twitter and other major sites like Facebook, YouTube, LiveJournal and Google Sites experienced on Thursday lasting nearly 3 hours due a Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDoS), where it was was saturated with so many fake requests that it was unable to return legitimate ones, leaving millions without access to some of the major networking sites.

According to Facebook’s chief security officer Max Kelly, it was all directed at a blogger in the Republic of Georgia with the username Cyxymu. The claims cement earlier reports that social networking sites have been dragged into the Georgia-Russia crisis, which then led to this attack.

Alongside the major news there were plenty of other great articles and resources being published over the last week, my favourite of which are summarised below.

I’ve called this the Cover Edition after the first link which shows a brilliant time-lapse video of how the cover for the Macworld magazine is created, from photography through to printing.

  • How a Macworld cover is made
    A really insightful and interesting time-lapse video showing the process from photo shoot to publication just for the cover. It’s days of work, Woah!
  • Ways to improve the Typography of your WordPress site
    Great post from Roger on how to use CSS and plugins to tweak and improve your blog typography. It can really make or break a design so it’s important to get right.
  • Interview with Rob Janoff, designer of the Apple logo
    The Apple logo is one of the most famous logos in the world, remaining virtually untouched for over 30 years. This is a superb in-depth article with it’s designer.
  • Hello Digital brand identity
    Insightful peek into the design of Hello Digital – Birmingham’s first digital festival. It’s a great look into the design variations brought about during the process.
  • Erskine Design Redesign
    Erskine reflect on the thought and design process behind their recent very successful redesign, along with the reasoning behind the decisions they made.
  • 40 Free and Useful GUI Icon Sets for Web Designers
    Icons are an important communication device used by most designers today and this showcases some of the very best free Icon sets available.
  • Colorsuckr
    This is a brilliant site which allows you to create color schemes based on photos for use in your artwork and designs.
  • 75+ Moleskine Creative Cover Designs
    A fab post with some highly creative Moleskine Covers, from sketched to lasered, for any Moleskine fan this is a must bookmark!
  • What if Websites Were People…
    The fun post of the week. It’s an amusing look at a selection of well known sites and who they would be if there were real life incarnations of the website themselves.

That’s a wrap up of the twelfth edition. Were there any links you thought deserved a mention? If so drop a link in the comments so we can check them out.

Photo by manel

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