Best of Colorburned – October 2008

Well, it’s been another exciting month here on Colorburned. In terms of traffic, October 2008 was the best month ever receiving over 35,000 visits and 85,000 page views. The site has come a long way in the last 5 months or so and it’s really developing into a really nice resource for graphic designers.

Every month I try to post a review of everything that has happened on this site and elsewhere.  I’ve been really busy this month producing resources for you guys to use in your work but I have also published some great interviews, articles and even sponsored some great contests on some other sites.

Meet Bittbox Founder Jay Hilgert

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Jay Hilgert from  On his website, Jay offers some of the highest quality design resources on the net.  Jay describes himself as a “designer, blogger, web enthusiast, and Apple geek” but you could also describe him as a design philanthropist.  His resources have saved us thousands of hours and his design tips have helped many of us to improve our skills.  In this interview, Jay offers many insights into how to develop a successful design blog.  I hope you enjoy this interview and when you’re done, I hope you will take the time to view Jay’s website and follow him on Twitter.

17 Free Water Color Blob Brushes for Photoshop & Illustrator

Last week I was working on a design project for a website I was working on and created a nice set of water color Photoshop brushes in the process. I’ve been swamped with freelance projects lately so I decided to give this set of brushes away because I haven’t had as much time to work on freebies as I usually do.

After I created the set of Photoshop brushes, I decided to go ahead and
create another identical set of brushes for Illustrator as well.
Anyhow, I hope you enjoy these sets and I look forward to seeing what
you guys make with them!

25 Woven Plaid Swatches

Earlier this week I posted a set of 50 Plaid Pattern Swatches. As I explained in that post, plaid patterns have countless uses for fashion design or textiles, graphic or web design, package design and more. What makes this set different from the last set however is the simulated twill texture that I applied to it. Applying that texture took a little extra time so instead of creating 50 swatches like I did last time, this time, I only created 25. What makes swatches so great is the flexibility that they provide. You can perform a number of transformations on them including scale and rotate without affecting the shape of the object they are applied to. You can find a detailed tutorial on how to install and work with pattern swatches here.

The Freelancer’s Guide to Surviving the Economic Crisis

I’m an optimist.  I always try to see the good in every situation.  When some people see spoiled milk, I see cottage cheese.  The economic crisis that we’re in right now is a serious issue.  With banks failing and stocks crashing, we’re witnessing events that no one has experienced since World War II.  People are losing their jobs, their homes and seeing their savings evaporate.

With all these unfortunate events happening all over the world, most of us are worried about what the next few months or years will bring.  I am no different; I too worry about where my next paycheck will come from but like I said, I’m an optimist.  When life gives me lemons, I make lemon meringues; so when I see all this turmoil around me, I try not to focus on the negative things, instead, I try to see opportunities.  Hopefully, this article can arouse your spirits and help you to navigate through this economic crisis and maybe even come out ahead.