Resources for Designers

On the back of my last blog post about the none existence of the fold. I have now rounded up my most valued design resources on the web. Have a look through and hopefully they’ll make your life a little bit easier.


First up, web design showcase siteInspire. Known in the industry as THE place to go for inspiring and industry best standard digital design. siteInspire provides daily web design inspiration to keep you at the forefront of what’s current in the industry.


Another great source of inspiration is Visuelle and BP&O, both of these feature branding and print work heavier than digital but they again serve as great inspiration for new projects and keep your knowledge of what other agencies are putting out up to speed.


The next one is a big one, after reading this I changed my whole digital design workflow. It is from the digital design masters over at Area17, Design Techniques. It’s an in-depth article into their workflow using Illustrator for web design, which in traditional work circles is shunned, but I urge you to read this and just give it a try. I’d be surprised if you didn’t feel like your workflow was quicker and more streamlined. It is quite extreme in some places for example not using the mouse to move objects around, this is something I have adopted some of the time. Take the principles of the article and then adapt them to you and create a workflow to suit.


An absolute life saver for me is Simple Icons, this just makes finding company and social icons a breeze. Type what you’re looking for into the search bar and with one click you have downloaded an SVG of the logo, simple as that! No more endlessly searching for social icons, here you have a standardised uniform collection of icons at your fingertips.


For anyone that is a student, making the transition from print to digital or someone that just wants to brush up their digital skills this is a great resource for learning some typography improvements.


One thing that can be tricky as a designer is knowing how to deal with clients, present work, get work or a big one for digital designers – how to work with developers. Well, I have a place where you can go to find some tips on all of these points and more, enter, Design Survival and Articles for Designers, who coincidentally runs BP&O the blog mentioned earlier.


And finally, you are going to want to show the world all your great work. Being a designer the likelihood is you probably aren’t a developer too so you’ll be looking for a portfolio framework, well here you go, Semplice. Used by a lot of creatives and probably the best portfolio framework out there. It is very flexible, allows for custom grids and even now allows you to use custom animations and transitions without needing any more than basic coding knowledge.


There are plenty more useful resources out there which I may recommend in a second edition of this article but for now, those are my top resources to be looking at to help and improve your design skill, workflow and add to your knowledge base.


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