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As a graphic designer, I have a lot of textures, patterns and backgrounds collected over the years. I actually have a whole library of them, but it’s something you never have enough of. You always end up needing something you don’t have yet.
As a designer you know that presentation is everything. When you put your creation in a real scenery it’s easier for the client to get an idea of how it will turn out once finished. You could schedule a professional photoshoot or shoot it yourself, but even then you would be spending hours digitally superimposing your artwork into place. That’s where having a mockup library comes into play.
On Wednesday I came across this wonderful deal on a bundle of design resources. It's an extensive, diverse collection. More after the jump.
When I started freelancing back in the nineties there was no Internet to search for valuable resources. You either had someone that took the same jump into the deep end and advices you with his/her experience or you had to figure things out along the way. That’s essentially how I did it. A risky path with mistakes along the way. How times have changed… I finally had time to read a little book that I received from FreeAgent some time ago.
I had this little book by Dan Cederholm laying around for quite some time. I’ve bought it as a reference for when I would try to get my head around Sass. Now I finally managed to write the review. Let’s get right into it. Sass for Web Designers review

MERCKX-ICKX

03 Mar 2015
When I wrote about the limited edition Merckx bicycle I mentioned that I was going to write an article about an amazing exhibition about the two great Belgian sport heroes, namely Eddy MERCKX and Jacky ICKX. These two gentlemen are both celebrating their seventieth birthday in 2015.
I’m always behind in my reading but I finally managed to read Jason Santa Maria’s book called ‘On Web Typography’. It’s always a battle between read or ride :) I must confess that the latter wins 99% of the time. I love to read but a book can never be as refreshing as riding my bicycle. Anyway timing doesn't matter as the topic of this book is still very relevant today. Let's get started. On Web Typography review
Since today's UI designs are in extra need of extra flexibility, certainly when it comes down to resolution, considering using Illustrator as your major tool is definitely something to look into. Like I mentioned in my previous book review I'm a slow reader and it takes a while to finish a book. I'm happy to report I finished one that I got to know via Cameron Moll. The book is called 'Design with Adobe Illustrator' by Rick Moore. This book gives you the full story of how you can use Illustrator to its full potential, and how you can save time and make your design workflow as efficient as possible.
A while ago I was working on the design of the cover of the "Smashing Book #3". It was my good intention to read the book right away and write a review, but unfortunately I wasn't able to manage this due to not finding the time and other more urgent matters. It just took me very long time to finish it. With #4 coming on the shelves in Sept./Oct. 2013, I know this review is way overdue…
I think it's safe to say that Fausto Coppi, along with Eddy Merckx belong in the category of the greatest cyclists of all time. There is a certain mystique surrounding this Italian 'Il Campionissimo'. 53 years after his death he's still interesting enough to write a new book about him. That's exactly what Grinta editor & Coppi fan Frederik Backelandt did.
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