From research and sourcing suppliers to inspiration and tools….heres 10 of my favourite websites that come in handy for any deign project.
It’s probably one of the oldest sites for designers on the net and it’s probably one of the best. Over the years Behance have made it even easier to build a great portfolio and it’s like a designers directory. It’s a useful tool for both promotion and inspiration and what sets behance out from others is its professional touch, user base and experience as a professional tool.
2. Font Squirrel – Fonts for design
A few years ago the world of typography got a little shady with font licensing. Free fonts were offered everywhere but actual licences to use the font may not have deemed it free to use. Font squirrel solved that problem by collating quality fonts that can be used for commercial purposes with flexible licences.
3. TypeKit – Web Fonts for web design
Using fonts online has also been a tricky issue with only a handful of fonts being standardised across browsers. Typekit has standardised this scenario with a service that provides fonts to use online and it’s unbelievable how much creativity is unleashed with the use of non-standard fonts for web design and development.
4. Stock photos – Deposit stock, Shutterstock, Big stock, Thinkstock
Don’t underestimate the power of a photo and even more so a stock photo. Whilst quality stock is available from the likes of istock, it’s still not that cheap and buying from such a place requires additional planning with regards to credits and limitations. As a designer, I need something cost effective, simpler to use but still of good quality.
The likes of subscription based sites such as shutterstock does the job for us.
5. Design Taxi
Out of the hundreds, maybe thousands of design magazines out there Design Taxi is probably one of my favourites.
It’s relevant, enjoyable and always has something good to read whether it be fun or factual. Better yet it’s always got something good to look at.
6. Deviant Art
Deviant art is another goldie oldie. Its like the digital underground of art where the waters are heavily muddied between amateurs and professionals. You’ll find all sorts on there from illustration to photos, social to business, art to design and writing to sculpture.
Design wise its favoured by illustrators and digital artists but deviantart is there for anyone and everyone who wants to create something and put it on display and people do just that with an estimated 140,000 submissions per day.
Its great for raw inspiration as there are a million art gems onsite.
7. Logo Pond
A nice place to collate design ideas for logo design.
Unlike some of the sites above which are corporately and commercially backed, Abdezeebo has a cult following with a deep fan base of graphic and web designers alike. It has been around for quite some time now and theres always something spectacular to look at on a daily basis. It’s full of resources and inspiration alike.
Finding good web design inspiration can be hard. Whilst there are many sites that collate the latest and greatest designs, AWWWArds is again one of those sites that’s been around for a long time and its constantly updated and segmented so you can find specific web design inspiration.
There are lots of ways to promote and share your work online and the likes of facebook and twitter are the most popular social tools however I was pleasantly surprised when I started using Instagram a while back. It seems to be a great tool for designers to mix and match both professional and personal work as well as life. Out of all the social tools available I think Instagram is actually one I like to use as oppose to “have to use”.