This week the story was crowdsourcing and whether it is good or bad. I first posted an article that provided a positive view of crowdsourcing for beginners which was quickly shot down by multiple readers. I then released a post on alternatives to crowdsourcing which is a must read. So far it’s seen a little better response and I hope the air has been cleared. This week was also special with the release of my first guest post on Inspired Magazine. It’s on Big Bold Typography so go check it out!

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Now onto the links.

How to Design a 3D Glass Icon in Photoshop

Designing User Interfaces For Business Web Applications

Behind the Scenes of the Design Informer Redesign

Best Practices for Hints and Validation in Web Forms

Create Heavy Distressed Grunge Social Sticker Icon in Photoshop

A Guide to Creating Professional Quality Logo Designs

Stunning Panoramic Photos

The Most Important Site for Any Web Designer

How to Stand Out and Get Noticed as a Designer

A Showcase of 50 Amazing Personal Blog Web Designs

Got Links

I’m always expanding my list of sites to browse and stories to read. Help me find that next must read article by leaving me a comment below or through email. Now enjoy your weekend!

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