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Design Resources

Below is a collection of the many, graphic design and web design resources that we read, use, rely on, or are inspired by. They include web development, inspiration, best practices, legal advice and just plain fun. This originally began as a collection of bookmarks that we reference all the time, and thought we should share these great resources with everyone.

This list is far from exhaustive, and we do our best to update it often as we find new things to share. Have a suggestion? Send it to us via the contact form.

Inspiration & Information

CreativeBloq.com
Web Design Ledger
Web Designer News
The Next Web
Web Designer Depot
Logopond
Web Design Tunes
Admire the Web
Site Inspire
Web Design Inspiration
AWWWards
CSS Mania
PatternTap
The Web Designer
Graphic Design Blender
Stack Exchange – Graphic Design
DesignTAXI
InDesign Secrets
Graphic Design Blender

Web Development Tools

ResponsiveNavigation.net:
Examples of responsive website navigation
Responsive Multi-Level Menu
Great examples of various ways of responsively handling large, complex menu structures
openmenu.org
Web standardization effort for restaurants, creating a solid platform for the restaurant industry.
Embed Responsively
Helps build responsive embed codes for embedding rich third-party media into responsive web pages.
Responsive Patterns
A great resource for a huge variety of responsive layouts, templates, and solutions
Favicon Generator
Self explanatory
Point Size Converter
Easily convert point size to pixel size, for type

Web Development Research and Information

Codrops
Tons of great resources, “blueprints”, code examples
Baymard Institute

Baymard conducts original large-scale research studies on e-commerce usability.
Studio by UX Pin
Free UX Design Resources for designers and product teams
Top, Right or Left Aligned Form Labels
A bit dated but still useful: a 2007 study on the effectiveness of varying types of online forms
Boxes and Arrows
A peer-written journal about all facets of design

Typography & Fonts

What The Font
Need to identify an unknown font? This might help
The League of Moveable Type
P22 Type Foundry
Lost Type
Ten Dollar Fonts
Font Spring
Weatherbee Type Micro Foundry
Hype for Type

Additional Tools

Every Time Zone
Easily calculate what time it will be anywhere in the world.
Glyphter
Create your own icon glyphs
Designers Toolbox
Tons of info, common templates, paper size information and much more
CMYK to Pantone Converter
Enter in CMYK values, find the nearest Pantone matches
Adobe Color CC
An online color wheel that lets you create and save color palettes, and incorporate directly into Adobe CC programs
Coolors
Computer generated color palettes. Just hit the spacebar.
Paletton
Another color palette builder
Colour Lovers
Another tool for color palette ideas
Savant Tools
Tons of different, useful tools
Social Media image size cheat sheet, from Mashable
Useful, until it all changes again
Beewits Hourly Rate Calculator
A handy tool for freelance designers to help determine what your hourly rate should be
FontReach
Scans the top million sites to show font usage across the web.
Strategyzer
Practical tools to help understand customers, design better value propositions, and find the right business model.

Fun

Coffitivity
Need some background white noise? The sounds of a coffee shop without leaving the comforts of your home or office.
Mac Hacks from Buzzfeed
Little tips to help make the most of you Mac
Inspirograph
Just try it out, you’ll be glad you did

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