1. CreativeBloq.com – for design inspirations and tool updates
Creative Bloq is a resource websites that delivers tips, tools and latest design news for the creative community. The news category ranges from web design, graphic design, illustrations, typography, and audiovisual. The site is also a useful resource for marketers, examples of articles include topics on branding and photoshop tutorials.
2. Material Palette – a resource website to learn more about Google’s Material Design
Material Palette is a tool site for designers to explore colors, and plan color scheme for a website for example. Picking up the right colors, and combining hues for your website is both an art and science in itself. Established brands and agencies usually engage an in-house color expert so that they will be able to advise you on the right color scheme for product development. If you’re a novice, like me, playing games such as Blendoku does help in identifying and refining color-picking skills.
Alternatively you can use this website to help you plan your materials for your apps and website.
3. HOW Design.com – web design publication
This publication goes way back to its development days in 1985, and today the website still produces brilliant content for both online and offline print media. It also host several design competitions, so if you’re a design student looking to showcase your talents, this is a good site to submit competitions to build your portfolio. HOW also host its on Online Learning tutorials for students and designers to pick up new skills.
4. Commarts.com – a site for illustration inspirations
For those who are more interested in illustrations, interactive arts and graphic design, Commarts.com is a brilliant site to discover new works and illustrators’ portfolios. This site has more focus in interactive arts and animation. Categories are divided into ‘advertising’, ‘design’, ‘illustrations’, ‘interactive’, ‘photography’, and ‘typography’. The site also host competitions to showcase new and uprising talent.
5. Balsamiq.com – user experience prototype tool
Apart from using powerpoint to create mock-ups for your client, Balsamiq.com is a very useful and simple tool to create functional mock-ups for your client’s website.
The tool-kit comes in two versions: one is the ‘Doodle/Sketch’ version, and the other is the ‘Wireframe Skin’. I reckon the Doodle version suit more for a start-up pitch, and internal team reviews, and the Wireframe skin is better for corporate clients. The ready-made templates of features for both websites and mobile apps makes it simple for you to drag&drop visuals to create mock-ups for your clients.
6. Material UI.co – a resource site to download icons for Android devices
A really useful resource site for designers who are designing applications for Android devices. It has a good introduction to Material Design, and Flat UI icons.
You can download icons of a variety of sizes to aid in your work flow.
The site also comes with color-planning & color-picker section, which you can just ‘cut&paste’ the color no. with a single click. Brilliant user-experience if you ask me.
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