Creative Fuel #8: Button Bundle, Twitter Logo Revised & Specctr for Fireworks

Creative Fuel is a periodic collection of design and creativity awesomeness found around the web. Find out about new apps and services, the best freebies, and other significant news from the design community!

Design Freebie: Button Bundle

365psd has got a great button bundle up that’s well worth checking out.

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While you’re over there, take a look at just-released 365 Days of Year 2 bundle, which costs $8 and gives you access to everything put out on 365psd in the last year, free and premium files included.

Twitter Revises Larry the Bird

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Twitter has ditched the Twitter logotype, the T icon and has revised its bird logograph, with the reasoning that Twitter has reached a massive level of public awareness and only needs the logograph to connect with consumers from now on.

Brand New has got the full story on the design choices behind the revision — check it out.

How Does Chris Coyier Work?

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Looking at the workflow other designers employ is always fun and often enlightening. That’s probably doubly true when a web design celebrity like Chris Coyier of CSS-Tricks publishes a roundup of his design process. Check it out at CSS-Tricks.

New Font of the Week: Idlewild

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Hoefler & Frere-Jones has released a new font, Idlewild. Idlewild is intended to be a friendly, welcoming typeface that pairs well in as many combinations as possible. The font is available now, though there’s still no news on H&FJ’s webfont service other than rumblings about a private beta.

Specctr Fireworks Plugin

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Smashing Magazine has announced Specctr, a Fireworks plugin that makes design speccing easy. There’s a $49/user commercial version and a free Lite version. The authors expect that large companies using Specctr should eliminate 80% of time spent speccing — that’s a huge number of man hours that can be reallocated for big companies and freelancers alike. Check it out.

Foursquare’s Major Redesign Arrives

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Foursquare have been teasing their major redesign — both in terms of application focus and actual interface design — for quite some time, and not so long ago they moved away from Google Maps to another mapping service using their own tileset. The Next Web provides the rundown. What are your thoughts?

 

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