With Just over 1 year under my belt, doing this whole blogging thing, I’m excited to see things taking off again. So many new readers/subscribers/super fans have joined up since we’ve started. And since many of you have not been around since the very beginning, I’d like to do a quick feature on some of the best and most popular posts featured on Visual Swirl in 2010 (and December 2009).

This list will include some of my personal favorites and it’s a great introduction to what’s featured on Visual Swirl. If you have any suggestions for post topics you would like to see more of in the future, please let me know in the comment section below. And if you’d like to see a full list of posts, check out the archive page. Now onto the posts.

Don’t Reinvent The Web Design Wheel

A look at web design conventions and that are helpful for designers to follow as they look to improve usability. I also wrote a follow up post with websites that purposefully break these conventions: 15 Websites That Break The Rules.

The First 30 Days: Lessons I’ve Learned From Launching a Design Blog

A short post about my first 30 days blogging. May be useful for those just starting out in the design blog world.

Redesign Vs. Realign: What’s Best for Your Website

An in-depth look at the process of redesigning a site that offers some alternatives that may save you time, money, and headaches.

How to Build Web Cred As a Designer

A fun post with serious suggestions for building your presence online.

99 Alternatives to 99Designs

2010 brought a lot of fuss about crowd-sourcing design. This post provides a slew of alternatives for building your portfolio and credibility as a designer. And it’s a lot of fun!

Burnt Wood Text Effect Photoshop Tutorial

By far, the most popular post on Visual Swirl. This is a pretty sweet text effect tutorial and because of it’s popularity, is one of the reasons I decided to amp up the blog again.

Create a Dark Modern Contact Form In Photoshop

Another popular tutorial that is very simple to follow to mock up a contact form in Photoshop.

5 Reasons Every Designer Should Carry a Great Camera

I wrote this a few weeks after I purchased a Canon T2i, my first DSLR. I quickly fell in love and found it very useful for my design business. This post tells you why.

24 Beautiful Web Designs Across The Color Spectrum

The mother of all color inspirations. This post has my favorite colorful sites from a series I ran on various colored websites. Yummy Inspiration!

The Right Way to Browse A Web Design Gallery

Some tips and suggestions for how to get the most out of your time looking through inspirational galleries. After you read this, go back and look at the Colored sites in the previous post.

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