So the Collar Free party @ EXY last night was a success! Thank you to everyone that made this event happen! We will post more stories, photos and videos from this event on Monday and lemme tell you… they are gonna be good. For now… we are recovering. Here are our favorite links we found this week:

*Design Meltdown – Design elements, trends and design problems. Great source of inspiration and information.

*Smashing Magazine: 6 steps to creating a successful website

*Ellen Kooi Photography – these make me smile

*Dzine blog – 10 designers of the month – these are amazing. gets me in the mood to be creative… i need to paint.

* : Should we listen to music while we are working? designers answer

*Museum of Bad Album Covers – hilarious (found on cloudal partners)

*Branch: sustainable design for living – awesome stuff for the home. we want that flower holder thingy

*Best Ads on – this is great because you dont have to actually WATCH TV to see them. sweet.

*What are you really good at? – a good article about clarifying what it is you do as a designer and focusing on your strengths.

*Sneak Peak: Dolan Geiman – article on Design*Sponge showing this amazing space… sculpture… textures…beautiful