Morning Fun Link Roundup

In case you missed it, here’s a recap of what’s been making headlines around the world of Tuts+ in the past few weeks: 

Until next time, happy learning!

— Steph Dyhin

by Nicole Bowes, Tuts+ Marketing & Partnerships Coordinator

The 4th of August will mark the start of our new streamlined Twitter accounts. For years now we’ve run multiple Twitter accounts based on our old blog style site setup. So in the past if you’ve been interested in design and illustration you’ve had to follow both @psdtuts and @vectortuts to ensure you were up to date on all of the latest tutorials and courses relevant to you. With the launch of the new Tuts+ website we feel it’s time to pull our social media accounts into line to give you one account per interest to follow.

by Jess Hooper, Tuts+ Content Editor
Envato Live, Chicago. Make things. Together.

The Tuts+ Head Office is based in Melbourne, however most of our editorial and instructor team work remotely, from all over the world. We meet via Skype, Google Hangout or Slack, and collaborate using Trello, Basecamp, and Google Documents.

This flexibility in approach is a huge part of our culture at Tuts+, and it opens up many opportunities for our team to work where it suits them best. Web Design Editor Ian Yates “went freelance” in 2007 after leaving an office job in Rotterdam, and now spends his time moving from one picturesque European location to another. David Appleyard (Tuts+ Editorial Manager) loves the flexibility and the benefits of never missing an Amazon Prime delivery. WordPress Editor Tom McFarlin prefers a quiet space in Atlanta, and the ability to spend time at home with his wife and kids.

That said, they all say that when you’re working remotely, it’s easy to get stuck in your own bubble. It’s important to set routines to get yourself in the right headspace for working productively, and to combat the physical isolation with other types of communication.

by Nicole Bowes, Tuts+ Marketing & Partnerships Coordinator

Today marks a big milestone in the Tuts+ history books. After our launch in 2007, the Tuts+ network expanded rapidly into 16 individual sites including the subscription-based Tuts+ Premium. Today we’ve finally brought it all back to one platform and brand, after a year-long consolidation process.

Tuts+ from sixteen brands to one

The final step has been the merge of Tuts+ Premium into our new Tuts+ platform, making our 16,000 tutorials and articles, 300+ courses, and 100+ ebooks available in one place, viewed by over 5 million people every month.

by Rey Bango, Tuts+ Code Editor
Slowing Down the Web Developer's Hamster Wheel

Last year I wrote an article called The Learning Conundrum which described some of the concerns, frustrations, and fears I (and apparently many others) had in regards to the fast rate of change in our industry. The issue struck such a chord with readers that I followed it up with a presentation at O’Reilly’s Ignite at Fluent event which touched on this. I was happy to have several people thank me for talking about this—it made me feel I wasn’t alone.

by Sharon Milne, Tuts+ Vector & Drawing Editor
Why It Pays to Write Tutorials

I’ve been obsessed with vector art for over 10 years now. When I say obsessed, I mean that I have sat with nothing on my mind, scanning the room for objects which would be interesting to render in vector. I’ve had dreams where I’m a tool in Adobe Illustrator. I’ve often stared at people in public thinking, “Damn, they’d make an awesome subject for a vector portrait.” There’s nothing I find more relaxing than to vector a complex illustration.

If we rewind back to four years ago, I wasn’t in the line of work I am now. I was in a government job, doing monotonous tasks I had no passion for. I would have loved to make a career out of my passion—I just lacked confidence. I was confident enough to post my illustrations online in the usual art communities out there and had even built up a following of thousands, but when it came to the idea of people paying for my work, I didn’t think I was good enough. I had an interest in writing tutorials and, within the communities I was a part of, I used to share the odd trick or tip for others. I got a kick out of helping people learn.

When I first started looking at becoming a freelancer, I looked at the paths of others in my field. I asked questions about how they got started, and many came back saying they entered the freelance world by writing tutorials. It seemed natural for me to take a similar path.

by Matt Ward, Tuts+ Software Developer
Tuts+ report card

Now that we’re charging into 2014, it feels only befitting to stop and reflect on the year just gone, and look a little closer at our achievements. Sometimes we’re all too focused on delivering “things” and staying abreast in our respective fields to be able to recognise each other’s efforts, and the accomplishments we have been able to achieve as a team.

The Tuts+ library continues to expand yearly and it was only during the recent migration to the new Tuts+ design that the technical team started to truly appreciate the sheer volume of content that has been accumulated.

In the past six years we have published 17,817 posts contributed by a global collective of 2,699 authors across 13 topics (excluding Tuts+ Premium). These numbers are truly remarkable and the best part is that all this learning material is available to everyone for free! This article serves to recognise some of the efforts of the members of our team and community.

Tuts+ Tidbits February

Here’s the scoop on what’s been going on this month on Tuts+.

  • The big news comes first. All of our free tutorials, interviews, resources and articles are now moved across to the new Tuts+ design! Check it out over at
  • In line with that move, we tweaked a couple of things in our Privacy Policy, and added a statement about cookies (point 4.) to the ‘Behavioral Advertising and Cookies’ section.
  • For a limited time only, you can get yourself some sweet Tuts+ gear: t-shirts! Featuring a design by the very stylish Jacob Zinman-Jeanes, they’re bound to be a wardrobe staple.
  • We’re continuing to move the Tuts+ Premium library over to New courses available for individual purchase include Photoshop for Photographers, Getting Good with Grunt and Magento Fundamentals. Heaps to learn!
  • We’ve got not one but TWO new free courses. Fundamentals of Photography, with photo & video expert David Bode, and Vector Portraits for Beginners with our very own vector superstar Sharon Milne.
  • There are some new faces on the Tuts+ team! A big welcome to Amanda (who’ll be working on web dev courses) and Steph (who’ll be tackling support, QA and community development, among other things).
There’s a lot going on in HQ at the moment, so check back soon! 

— Jess Hooper

Tuts+ is part of Envato’s ecosystem of sites, designed to help people all over the world learn new skills and build their own businesses online. Envato’s CEO has a question for you: what should our vision be for 2020?

As a company built around fostering communities, it’s important that we involve everyone who uses our sites in this discussion. To have your say, check out the entire post over on Inside Envato, and leave a comment or fill out the form linked there. 

by David Appleyard, Tuts+ Editorial Manager
Looking Back and Looking Forward

The past year has been an exciting time for Tuts+. We started the first chapter in a story that we plan to continue for years to come and, although we’re just getting going, it’s good to take a look back as a new year begins!