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Top 10 resources for digital designers

November 17, 2016

Being a digital designer usually means we have constant access to the internet and 1000s of different resources but I find there are only a few that I will go back to repeatedly use on a day to day basis. Here are the top 10 resources I use and why.

1. FontAwesome

The online resource I seem to use the most is FontAwesome. If I'm working on a project with a super tight deadline and need an icon, it is so handy to be able to grab one from here. They are fully scalable vectors and can be instantly customised. As a web developer you can download and implement the font straight into your website so that icons can be loaded super quick. Definitely worth checking out if you've not used before.

2. Lorem Ipsum Generator

Even though most design software comes with self generating Lorem Ipsum I constantly find myself going back to this website. The main reason for this is that I love being able to pick out the exact sentence or word lengths that fit my designs. Having this website saved in my favorites means I can drop in perfect dummy text in seconds.

3. Istock

Other designers might have different preferences on which stock photography website they use. Personally I regularly use iStock due to the decent prices and effective search filter. Although they still have a lot of cheesy stock photography, a little searching and you can usually find what your after.

4. Unsplash

If you don’t have the budget, working on a personal project or just want a decent photograph for your iMac desktop background Unsplash is brilliant. They have 1000s of free HD photography for you to choose from and none of the cheesy stock photography to have to sift through.

5. Behance

Behance is a great place for showcasing your work and actually getting noticed. I’ve been using it for several years and use it to run alongside my personal website as a way to generate viewer traffic. It is also a great place if you are looking for inspiration with loads of talented creatives showcasing their work.

6. TeamTreehouse

Although maybe more for developers than designers TeamTreehouse is a great resource that I often use and was where I learnt to code. They have a range of videos to help you learn anything from UX and programming to Wordpress and business management. Although the most expensive resource on this list it is totally worth it.

7. Awwwards

If you want to keep up-to-date with the latest web design trends Awwwards is a great place to start. Their regular site of the day/week and month mean you are able to check out some of the hottest websites being created by talented designers and agencies. They also have a great blog to give you some great web design insight. You can also use it to showcase some of your own work if you think it’s good enough.

8. Pinterest

Pinterest is an endless well of procrastination but also a brilliant place to get inspired before or during a project. With their great search tool you can find exactly what your after and pin it to your boards for later. There should be no excuse for not knowing how to push your design skills when you have so much creativity and talent to be inspired by.

9. Google icons

Another place I use regularly to get great icons is Google Icons. These are a selection of icons that have been expertly crafted that you can download. They work really well as starting points for you to customize for you designs if not dropped straight in.

10. Adobe Kuler

Creating colour palettes has never been easier with Adobe Kuler. Using their colour wheel you can pick a core colour and generate a colour palette that compliments it perfectly. They also have a great community and 100s of premade colour schemes to pick from. Combining this with other resources like means you have a great starting point when creating your designs.

Well there’s my top 10. Every designer will have their different favorites and there are probably plenty I’ve missed. I created the website as a way to have all your web resources all in one place and is definitely worth checking out if you want to save time googling.

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