Top Digital Design Sources
Whether or not you’re a digital designer, here are 20 digital design resources you’ll find useful. Check these out and store it as ammunition for when you face the battles of Web Design, User Interface (UI) or User Experience (UX) or even Design briefs.
Here’s the first and best showcase website anywhere on the Internet for interactive work. This is the one site you should check at least once or twice a week to see what’s hot in the world of digital.
An inspirational website put together by great designers who give their viewers a snapshot of what they are now working on. It’s a great resource for you to see works in progress on numerous logos and designs. It’s all conveniently designed to be seen in a small window snapshot, plus it’s a great way to see UI designs up and close too.
Here’s another great inspiration/showcase website. It’s frequently updated and has a simple interface for you to scroll through. It’s also a good site where you can get inspired before jumping into the rigors of the day’s work schedule.
Pinterest is a super way to see and archive for reference or Repin images or follow your favorite designers. It’s also a good way to build an online cloud inspirational mosaic full of designs that you can use as a resource when you run out of ideas.
PSD tuts is part of a chain of sites that have been around for a while. It was one of the first websites from Envato, an umbrella company that helps blogs for resources and tutorials on anything creative. Great if you’re looking to try something new.
Here’s yet another great inspirational website, covering topics like illustrations, artworks, artists, web designs, print designs, and many others. The creator of this website works insanely hard and has built up this site to the high level of fame it has today.
This is a showcase of HTML5 and CSS websites that will give you ideas galore. Now that the future is inexorably heading more and more toward HTML5 coding for smart devices, this is a good website to see these types of work.
We all know that twitter allows you to follow your inspirations, and share your inspirations for your followers to see. A great site to behold and bring you up to the minute with the latest designs.
Here’s another great showcase website of work that others have created. Most of these are simple and basic but occasionally there’s a unique idea you might want to think about.
A good archive of mobile friendly websites that represent some of the best mobile designs, interfaces, and concepts on the market today. The goal they say is to facilitate a creative exchange where users can find inspiration, promote their work and connect with potential clients.
A great blog for web designers and inspiration that’s full of design ideas, web trends, and tutorials.
Behance is full of inspiration from of all different kinds of creative disciplines. They also have other partner websites and you can search through fields like typography, design, art direction, motion or photography.
Here’s a search tag list of web design ideas within flickr. Sometimes you find a rare gem or two and occasionally a genuine jaw dropper.
A great resource for high quality simplistic vector icons designers have contributed for free. You can use any of these, but you are asked to help the authors by giving them credit when you use the icons, or you can contribute a small fee to use their icons into your design without mention.
PSD covers is a wonderful automation actions tool that you can use with Photoshop to mock up any design you like on to an in-situ shot. It’s completely free, and has a large archive of pre-setup items. Just paste and watch as your computer does the work for you.
All digital designers should be immersed in Google web fonts every day. It’s a gigantic online archive full of completely free fonts from Google and its authors. These fonts are already coded and prepared for you to use dynamically online. Say hello to HTML5 and the future where everything is dynamic and ten times easier for your developer to create your masterpiece website.
If you want more text and fewer images, smashing magazine is the place to be. It’s one of the biggest blogs online for design resources. It has numerous very short and straight-to-the-point articles to help you find exactly what you need.
This blog has some of the best UI PSD templates today. Their PSDs are clearly organized, and they were one of the first to provide free iOS and Android templates for digital designers.
Whether you’re a digital designer or not, with these great resources, you’ll be sure to have enough ammunition to fight off the evil forces amassed against you in web design, UI, UX or whenever they come marauding over the hills toward you from their dastardly hiding places offsite. Be prepared to win the battle as one or more of these great resources may be your KEY to winning the war over your opposition and perhaps even saving the princess from doom as well.