About


I (designer Manda Szewczyk) write original design-related posts at Creative Opera.


I tweet tons of useful design-related links daily on Twitter.

Design Finds is an extension of my Creative Opera Design Blog. Design Finds is a place for me to share all of the amazing things I find on the web each day. It won't be everything — just those things that I find useful enough to bookmark for myself. The links on Design Finds have all been carefully handpicked, and will hopefully be a wonderful resource for my Creative Opera readers.

Things You'll Find Here
  • ★ Design-related Articles
  • ★ Design News
  • ★ Design Tutorials
  • ★ Inspirational Graphics
  • ★ Introductions to Design Tweeters
  • ★ Anything else I find and want to share!

Enjoy!

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“Take Me Out” by Atomic Tom LIVE on NYC subway

Absolutely loved this.

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→ 17 Very Useful Free Online Typography Tools

"Using these tools, you can save hours of searching, typing, testing and coding, and the most important thing: the tools are all free!"

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→ 18 Top Design, Culture and Technology Magazines

A nice round up of magazines all designers should be familiar with.

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→ 25 Flash Portfolio Sites for Your Design Inspiration

I haven’t created a website in Flash in some time, and I don’t think I’ll start again anytime soon. But, it’s still interesting to see how other designers are presenting their portfolios.

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→ 10 Excellent Tools for Creating Web Design Wireframes

There are several different routes that a designer can take for creating wireframes, and there are even applications designed specifically for this. Web Design Ledger has rounded up 10 excellent tools for creating wireframes.

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The Vendor Client relationship - in real world situations

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→ The In Depth CSS Series

A really nice series introducing CSS; the perfect place to start for anyone looking to learn CSS. (look for links to the rest of the series posts at the end of the article)

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I’d like this shirt, please.

I’d like this shirt, please.

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→ Top 10 Open-Source Platforms to Build Your Own Social Network

Most developers are switching from building networks from scratch using PHP to highly-customizable social network platforms that give way to flexibility. This article by DzineBlog covers several of the most sought after open-source platforms that allow you create your very own social network and run it on a server of your choice.

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→ Chat Roulette Bingo

Pretty hilarious way to use Chat Roulette for an entertaining evening with friends.

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→ Free Printable Sketching, Wireframing and Note-Taking PDF Templates

A concise collection of ready to print sketching, wireframing and note-taking templates.

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→ Where is the Fold?

Nice little tool to let you know where the fold is on any website for multiple screen resolutions.

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→ 30+ Out of the Box and NEW Portfolio Designs

It’s always inspiring to see what other designers have done to market themselves with their online portfolios. Some of these are super interesting.

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