We’ve compiled a handy list of our go-to resources for when we’re working on a project and need to learn a new skill or just get a little inspiration. We have found these websites really helpful and hope you do too. Please comment if you have a favorite or if there are any others that you’d like to share!
1. Code Academy
Whether you’re a beginner or just want to expand your skills, Code Academy is a wonderful resource for learning web development. Code Academy’s approach is task-based and interactive. It includes a written lesson followed by a short assignment that you complete and submit on their platform. It’s simple to use and gives helpful feedback along the way.
Aquent Gymnasium is another free resource to use when learning to code. Aquent was created with designers in mind, so the lessons are relatable and easy to understand. Once you take a quick quiz proving you are in fact a designer, you can access their video lessons where the instructor gives a tutorial and you work through it on your own.
Have you ever heard of Twitter Bootstrap? Well, Freestyle is just like that, but for native apps. If you’re not familiar, Freestyle is a simple framework using CSS that designers and developers can use to build native apps for both iOS and Android.
Hoefler & Co., the makers of Gotham and many other beloved fonts, have developed another webfont solution for design professionals. Cloud.typography is the online library of all 900+ of their fonts, including their new ScreenSmart collection. Like Google Fonts, Cloud.typography will allow you to link their fonts to your webpage through CSS. They offer five free fonts when you sign up, but the service is subscription based.
Pttrns is our go-to site when looking for inspiration for mobile user interface design. Browsing through the patterns is a good way to stay up-to-date on the latest trends for mobile design.
Like Pttrns, PatternTap has a large library that can spark creativity. What’s nice about the website is you can filter which platform you want to look at, as well as the type and style.
Really Good Emails is a great source for email design inspiration. Having to work on email design over the summer, we have a new appreciation for this overlooked form of communication. You will never look at your emails the same way again!
This website covers all design mediums! This is our go-to for everything from logos to layouts. You can easily spend hours browsing through their archives. Though we certainly love Pinterest, Designspiration is a nice alternative when working on a project, because everything submitted is carefully reviewed by administrators.
This is a valuable resource for designers and artists who do freelance work. The website allows you to enter some basic information about the job you’ve completed and how much you were compensated. This is handy if you’re unsure about how much to charge or if you just want to get a little more information about competitive pay rates. This totally breaks down the barriers and gives you the facts.
“Smart dummy copy for people who give a damn.” There are loads of these Lorum Ipsum generators out there, but this one gives you filler text that’s focused on social justice. It’s a sneaky way to have a little extra fun with your comps and also save the world.