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!



→ Web Hosting Consumer Guide: 9 Tips You Should Know

Thinking about purchasing web hosting for your upcoming website? Check out this article first so that you can make a truly educated decision.


→ Hilarious & disturbing vintage advertisements – 1930’s and onwards

Some hilarious and slightly disturbing magazine and newspapers advertisements from the 1930’s and onwards through to the 1960’s.


→ Grid Accordion with jQuery

Grid Accordian

This tutorial from CSS-Tricks takes you through the steps to building your very own grid accordion: “The Grid Accordion works with the same theory as most other accordions. Only one cell is open at a time. The big thing is that the column of the current open cell expands to a reasonable reading width.” Check out the demo here, and then check out the article to learn this method for yourself!

→ A Crash Course in Creating E-Commerce Websites with WordPress

I’m in love with WordPress. This extremely helpful article by 1st Webdesigner takes you through the beginning steps involved in creating an e-commerce site using WordPress and the WP e-Commerce plugin. 


“ One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. ”

Oliver Wendell Holmes 


→ 50 Free UI and Web Design Wireframing Kits, Resources and Source Files

This article focuses on actual wireframing tools and standalone applications, as well as resources that you’ll need to build your own wireframe: wireframing kits, browser windows, form elements, grids, Mac OS X elements, mobile elements, which you’ll use in any typical graphics editor such as Photoshop or Illustrator. …Or you could use pen and paper.


“ Creativity is contagious. Pass it on. ”

Albert Einstein


There are tons of talented artists in the Creative Opera Flickr Group. This illustration, titled “Perspective” is the work of Alé Mercado.

There are tons of talented artists in the Creative Opera Flickr Group. This illustration, titled “Perspective” is the work of Alé Mercado.


→ Designing for WordPress

This series from CSS-TRICKS is the most complete (free) tutorial I’ve found online for setting up and customizing a WordPress theme. If you are interested in learning WordPress, this is an perfect place to start!


→ Tumblr: An Introduction Guide For Microblogging – Part 1

Tumblr is set to become the blogging tool of 2010 with its massive growth, yet still many people don’t fully understand what Tumblr does, or how it works. If you’ve ever tried to start a blog, but found yourself struggling to find the time, Tumblr is something you’re definitely going to want to take a look at.

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