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Beautiful and Free Vintage Posters

by | Posted April 5th, 2014

I’m a sucker for vintage poster design, particularly old circus posters. Freevintageposters.com offers a collection of posters you’re welcome to download and print. The categories include something for just about everyone, for example: Advertising, Travel, Food Drink, Movies Theater, Circus Magic, Art Design, Sports, and more. Here are a few of my favs:

References for Writers

by | Posted April 4th, 2014

This tumblr blog is an excellent resource for everything writing related. With specific writing advice and a plethora of informational sites, they provide a list of links to resources such as writing websites and blogs, various dictionaries and thesauruses, grammar hacks, technical writing reads and much much more.

Under the Websites & Online References tab at the top, the blog lists a few of my favorite writing websites that I’ve linked to a few times here on the WRAC site such as Write to Done, CopyBlogger, TerribleMinds, and Daily Writing Tips. The blog also lists Grammarphobia, which I found an extremely helpful grammar resource that focuses on the particulars of the English language like when you should use “toward” or “towards” and what “beg the question” really means. This page also provides teen and young writer resources as well as links to helpful screen and scriptwriting resources.

referenceforwriters.tumblr.com

referenceforwriters.tumblr.com

The blog itself archives helpful bits of knowledge to aide in the writing process such as references for period clothing or what it would take to be a parent in a believable post-apocalyptic world or a lengthy list of alternate adjectives, adverbs, and verbs for ‘smile’. By collecting various infographics, advice, and research, this blog has become not only a valuable resource for writers but also a place for inspiration.

inklewriter: Get Your Writing Noticed

by | Posted April 4th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-03-29 at 6.28.34 PMWe are constantly coming up with new story ideas, but we don’t know if they work until we actually execute them, and place that last period before writing the end. The ability to experiment is important, and sometimes a push is what we need. So, how about a free push from inklewriter? inklewriter is a free online way to create digital follow stories, which later you can publish as an ebook or link and share with the world. It’s a great tool for publication and recognition.

You don’t have to be tech savvy to create, share, or enjoy publishing great adventure, romance, fantasy or any type of stories that interest you. You can use inklewriter individually or collectively. Everyone can benefit from inklewriter. It is also a great way to integrate technology and creativity into the classroom. Clubs, organizations or anyone can use it as a fundraiser by creating books for free and selling them online.

The list of what you can do with inklewriter is endless and absolutely free.

PiratePad: Online Collaborative Writing Space

by | Posted April 4th, 2014

PiratePad is a web-based collaborative writing tool, much like Google Docs. However, PiratePad doesn’t require a google account to use. I think too often we turn to Google for a collaborative writing space without considering the myriad of reasons some folks may not (choose to) have a google account (privacy, age, access speed, etc.). PiratePad offers a free, robust, open-access alternative.

A few of PiratePad’s unique features are the availability of multiple languages (hundreds!), the option to choose a license (including Creative Commons), and a “time slider” that allows the play back of revisions.

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Subtle Patterns & Transparent Textures

by | Posted April 3rd, 2014

Patterns and textures are fantastic ways to add a little depth to any project, but they can become overwhelming. From this problem comes a simple solution: subtlepatterns.com. It’s exactly what it sounds like, and with a library 377 patterns strong (and growing) there’s sure to be something to your taste.

Plus, the website is absurdly easy to use, allowing whole-page previews of each pattern and one click downloads straight from the browsing list.

BONUS:

If you want even more room to play with texture and pattern, check out transparenttextures.com, a project by Mike Hearn. Transparent textures takes directly from subtlepatterns.com and converts the patterns into even more easily usable transparent versions. The similar whole-page preview function even has a color picker so you can see the pattern in any color before you download.

And the cherry on top? The entire gallery for both sites is situated under a creative commons license – giving you full freedom to create without stepping into the tangles of an intellectual property lawsuit.

Free Fonts You Can Actually Use

by | Posted April 3rd, 2014

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Free fonts are awesome, but it’s so easy to end up with a computer full of fonts you’ve only used once. To avoid this trap, it’s preferable to stick to high quality, versatile font families with full character sets and multiple weights. With this in mind, check out the free fonts below, handpicked with an eye for usability. They are ordered in terms of license – at the top you’ll find fonts you can use even for commercial projects, where the strictly personal use families are at the bottom.

Bebas Neue

A tall, clean sans-serif display face that has been called “The Helvetica of Free Fonts”.

  • free for personal AND commercial
  • multiple weights
  • all caps

Simplifica

Another tall sans-serif with a bit of a sci-fi vibe, great legibility, and a ton of glyphs.

  • free for personal AND commercial
  • upper & lowercase sets with full punctuation

Odin Rounded

A super-round, super-versatile display with a HUGE glyph set and stylistic alternates for a varied look.

  • free for personal AND commercial
  • multiple weights (and italics)
  • upper & lowercase sets with full punctuation
  • stylistic alternates (more…)

Codecademy

by | Posted April 3rd, 2014

Codecademy is an excellent resource for learning new programming languages and coding techniques. They provide lessons and exercises for everything from basic HTML and CSS to JavaScript, PHP, jQuery, Ruby, Python and so much more. They even have projects for you to accomplish by utilizing programming languages to create and style various web features.

They break projects down into numbered tasks to tackle, each one with hints and steps to complete in order to move on. Some of their sample projects include animating your name, creating your own animated galaxy, or building your own website. Aside from creating web applications and mobile apps, Codecademy is a great place to gain confidence in learning and using new programming skills and techniques.

Codecademy.com

Codecademy.com

15 Online Resources for Free Education

by | Posted April 2nd, 2014

While entangled in the depths of college, some of us can’t imagine, or don’t want to imagine, taking more classes on the side. However, there are many people who haven’t had the chance to receive a college education or even a high school education. Heck, there are plenty of us who can’t afford the education we’re receiving right now. Luckily, nowadays knowledge in some capacity is easily accessible with a simple Internet connection. LifeHacker has compiled an impressive list of websites, institutions, and collections of colleges and universities that offer free classes or courses online to further your education or satisfy your simple curiosity.

Do you want the most elite of the free online courses? Chance a glance at LifeHacker University or edX which both offer numerous, free online courses from prestigious institutions across the country such as Yale, MIT, Stanford, Harvard, and Berkeley.

edX.org

edX.org

Maybe your belief lies in the masses – you should try the University of Reddit, a subthread of Reddit, whose wealth of knowledge is built through crowdsourcing and is run by Reddit users with expertise on certain subjects whom post modules regularly in the subthread.

University of Reddit

University of Reddit

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