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25 Excellent Online Resources To Learn Web Design Smarter

25 Excellent Online Resources To Learn Web Design Smarter

Web design is not such a difficult and undertaking process anymore. With ever-growing online communities and the rise of the new Web technologies, the concept is now simplified and easy to handle. You can choose to work with a vast array of both local and online software. There is an infinite number of resources you can use to inform yourself about the upcoming trends in web design.

However, being that we all have informational freedom on the web, it’s easy to get weighed down with non-relevant, repetitive, or surprisingly dull information. Here is a list of valuable online resources where you can study web design, and also follow the latest trends.

1. Lynda

For a fresh web designer, lynda.com should become that little voice in the head that answers all your questions. Here, you can find plenty of resources relevant to the design niche. Lynda.com has a huge amount of online courses that can be filtered to suit both the specific topic, the software you are using, and your skill level. Currently, there are over 23,000 video tutorials on design in general. The membership fee is $25 on a monthly basis.

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    2. TreeHouse

    TreeHouse is also a video tutorial-based website. Video tutorials are professionally produced, and cover all aspects of both web design and web development. TreeHouse has a user friendly interface and website navigation is done with ease. This website also charges a membership fee of $25 on a monthly basis for a basic subscription.

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      3. Smashing Magazine

      Smashing magazine is where you can find out about the latest trends in both web development and web design. The website content is filled with relevant and up-to-date information concerning the latest design ideas and the necessary software for their realization. It is a great source of valuable information on front-end design techniques and approaches.

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        4. SitePoint

        This is a highly popular Australian company that sells books on web design and development. Their website is filled with useful and free tutorials related to web design. SitePoint’s content is adapted to tech savvy users, so it is recommended that you have some basic knowledge about the subject at hand before approaching this website.

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          5. Webdesigntuts+

          Tuts+ is a project launched by Envato, with the idea to help designers, and developers. On this project, users share, discuss, and improve their skills. Webdesigntuts+ can be considered a “holy gathering” of the most brilliant minds in commercial web design and development. Here, you can find a great deal of useful, step-by-step tutorials that make some difficult techniques much easier to swallow.

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            6. Konigi

            Visit Konigi to find news, resources and tools for user interface web design. Here, you can find references to the website style guides for large corporations, as well as editorial and quality guidelines and standards. One of the most popular guideline references they have is the BBC style guide.

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              7. UXBooth

              Here, you will find all the necessary resources and information related to the user experience, ranging from interface and content design, to analysis and strategies. You will also find the philosophy behind it all. UXBooth is recommended for both fresh and experienced web designers.

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                8. Stack Overflow

                Stack Overflow is a Q&A based website recommended for more experienced users. Web design and development cannot come to pass without coding, so if you’re ever stuck with something, Stack Overflow is the best place to look for an answer.

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                  9. W3Schools

                  Here, you will find all the necessary codes alongside various examples and usages for them. These are things such as margins, lines, typography options, and more. It is, by far, the greatest code library on the web, and a place where every troublesome piece of code can be found, defined, and tested.

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                    10. Sidebar.io

                    Sidebar provides you with five links to highly relevant and fresh design topics each day. Rather than clicking a link in your bookmarks tab, you can subscribe to Sidebar and receive a daily newsletter.

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                      11. Niice

                      Niice is a design search engine. Based on your search, it pulls resources from Dribbble, Behance, and Designspiration, and collects them in a grid layout. It is a perfect resource for those of you who lack inspiration.

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                        12. Creattica

                        Creattica is another project powered by Envato. It is an inspirational gallery where you can find the best and latest works of photographers, artists, and designers from all around the world. It is a great place to go when you are lacking creative juice, and it is a powerful source of information about the latest design trends.

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                          13. Place It

                          You know all those images with people holding phones, tablets and laptops with various product images on them? Instead of wasting time downloading images, cropping, skewing and resizing, you can just simply use this online tool and create your own, in a matter of minutes.

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                            14. CompFight

                            Compfight is an image search engine which pulls resources from Flickr. Find a suitable image for your webpage design, and then download it. Many images are free, but some require payment, depending on the copyright.

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                              15. Colours in Cultures chart

                              This is an important piece of information for every web designer. According to the concept of your website design, and the geographical location of your targeted audience, you can use this chart to choose the best colour scheme.

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                                16. Colour Code

                                This is an online based tool that will help you generate a hexadecimal string of colour code. Colour picking is one of the most common processes in web design. Bookmarking this page will allow you to easily choose the right colour for your web elements.

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                                  17. Dimensions

                                  Dimensions is a helpful Google Chrome extension that will help you view your webpage on various devices, ranging from small mobile phones and tablets to laptops and PCs with large scale displays. This can be done by simply re-sizing your browser window also, but with this extension, you can use pre-defined, commonly used dimensions for almost any device model and type.

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                                    18. Buttons

                                    Crafting web buttons is technically easy. However, it is also a process which can be completely avoided. Instead of designing a single button from scratch and wasting too much time on details, you can simply use this web tool to create, design, and customize buttons. Alternatively, you can pick a predefined button from the list, and download it.

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                                      19. Icon Handbook

                                      You can use Icon Handbook as a reference for the icon dimensions as viewed from various devices, ranging from small devices with retina displays to laptops and PCs. Determine icon sizes, depending on the type of browser, or operating system. Icon Handbook will help you expand your resource list, thus making your website design completely responsive.

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                                        20. Freebiesbug

                                        This is a valuable resource for all web designers. Here, you can find almost any element, function, or feature that you need for your design, ranging from Photoshop elements to codes, and all the plugins needed for these elements to work.

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                                          21. What the Font

                                          What the Font is a free online tool that’s great for discovering the font type. Instead of going through the trouble of contacting web admins or designers to name the font that caught your eye, simply snip an image, upload it and wait for the results. There is no precise way of knowing which font was used on a specific page, but this tool has an 85% accuracy rate.

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                                            22. Font squirrel

                                            Here, you can find fonts of any type, for any intended text on the webpage, and download them for free. There are numerous filters on the site to help you find the one that suits your webpage.

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                                              23. Type Wonder

                                              With Type Wonder, you can try out numerous font types without having to change them in the code. Just type in the URL, choose the font type you want to try, and let the magic happen. If you are satisfied with what you see, get the code and copy it to whichever text element you want it on.

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                                                24. Lipsum

                                                Lorem Ipsum is dummy text, commonly used to fill the space marked for textual content. It is visually better for presentation than the usual “Text Here,” wouldn’t you agree? With this tool, you can generate text that can be as long as you need for your example page.

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                                                  25. IM Creator

                                                  This is a free website builder with tons of website templates and webpage elements. The best part of IM Creator–everything is done by drag-and-drop. You can test your skills here, practice with various designs and even create your personal website design examples, which you can use to boost your starting portfolio. You can create fully standalone websites with a registered domain, practice your skills and ideas on it, and then use it to showcase of your work.

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                                                    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                                    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                                    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                                    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                                    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                                    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                                    Joe’s Goals

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                                                      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                                      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                                      Daytum

                                                        Daytum

                                                        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                                        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                                        Excel or Numbers

                                                          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                                          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                                          Evernote

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                                                            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                                            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                                            Access or Bento

                                                              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                                              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                                              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                                              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                                              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                                              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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