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I’ve just finished my learning proposal; it’s hosted on my blog but I coded the whole page in XHTML as per the assignment guidelines. I just couldn’t resist using the same styling as my blog layout. /um Weakness: A bit of a perfectionist!

I suppose you’re wondering why I’m up at 2:00am and it seems like I’ve just finished this. Well, I finished most of it ages ago but I only bothered to upload it now. I suppose some of you in my class have at least twelve hours to go. Not for me, I have work in the morning. Time to get up early and eat the cereal I bought earlier tonight. You know eating dry cereal is pretty amazing? It makes for a good dinner if you have nothing else to eat, but don’t tell anyone else that. 😉

I should be sleeping now, but truth be told, I got distracted by a few internet-related things. In light of the WordPress plugin I’m looking to create, I just thought of another example. Tumblr. I don’t know how many of you are using Tumblr for your blogs, or have ever used it, but I like Tumblr’s user interface, for the most part. I guess the reason I brought Tumblr up is because its image uploader is really simple and I’m looking to create something similar. I like that you can add tags and it remembers what tags you’ve used before. I suppose tags aren’t really necessary for images in WordPress, but it would be a nice feature to add.

For those who are regular readers to my blog, you might already know some of my favourite plugins but I’d like to suggest a couple to those in my class. Preview Theme by Dougall Campbell is a great one if you’re designing and developing your own themes. You don’t need to change the theme on your blog but you can preview your layout in different installed themes with a preview URL. In case any of you are wanting to make your own WordPress theme, that’s a handy one.

Tweetable by Matt Harzewski is something I like for the fact that it tweets my posts as soon as I post them. You can also tweet from WordPress, but most people have their own favourite clients anyway. Many other plugins and services tweet posts, but this is the only one I know that does it immediately.

Acronyms by Joel Pan and WPTouch by BraveNewCode Inc are another two plugins you might find useful. The majority of my other loved plugins are more advanced.

I thought I’d share a few of the design newsletters I sign up to. The first is MightyDeals. I haven’t bought anything from them but they have lots of free downloads from time to time, so it’s worth signing up. If you’re serious about design and UI or you wouldn’t mind paying for some high quality graphics, I recommend seeing what they’ve got. I also sign up to Web Designer Depot. Every week or so you’ll receive an email with some links to some very good articles about web and graphic design. Their blog is also full of tutorials and helpful tips.

One of my personal favourites is Vandelay Design. There are lots of free downloads on their website and their newsletter arrives with some goodies as well. You’ll find that they have some inspirational sites in their newsletters that you can browse and be inspired by. Speaking of inspiration, some of you might find such beauty in CSS that you’ll be amazed by websites like CSS Heaven, Best CSS Gallery, CSS Leak and CSS Bake – all which showcase gorgeous web designs.

Lastly, before I get my precious sleep and dream of Weet-Bix, I want to share my all time favourite newsletter – the MyFonts Newsletter. It is one of the only newsletters/emails I look forward to getting each week, particularly over my YouTube subscription updates (which scream “Watch me! Watch me!” but I just don’t have the time). You will find so many great fonts and descriptions about them. If you’re a lover of typography like I am, this is just for you. Additionally, if you’re in love with custom fonts – a suggestion I gave to another classmate was to visit Font Squirrel or Google Webfonts to use custom fonts on your webpages. 🙂

Anyway, time to dream of electric sheep. Classmates, let me know if you found this post helpful. ♥️

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