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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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                                                    11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                                                    11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                                                    Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                                                    Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                                                    Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                                                    In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                                                    1. ScheduleOnce

                                                      ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                                                      ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                                                      ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                                                      Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                                                      Available on Web

                                                      2. Calendly

                                                        Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                                                        You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                                                        Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                                                        3. Assistant.to

                                                          For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                                                          From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                                                          While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                                                          Available on Web

                                                          4. Acuityscheduling

                                                            Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                                                            It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                                                            Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                                            5. Pick

                                                              Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                                              At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                                              Available on Web

                                                              6. X.ai

                                                                For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                                                This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                                                Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                                                Available on Web

                                                                7. YouCanBook.me

                                                                  is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                                                  They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                                                  Available on Web

                                                                  8. Doodle

                                                                    Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                                                    It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                                                    You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                                                    While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                                                    Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                                                    9. WhenAvailable

                                                                      WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                                                      Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                                                      Available on Web

                                                                      10. Rally

                                                                        Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                                                        Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                                                        Available on Web

                                                                        11. NeedtoMeet

                                                                          Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                                                          NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                                                          While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                                                          Available on Web

                                                                          Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                                                          In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                                                          To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                                                          Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                                                          A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                                                          Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                                                          If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                                                          Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                                                          With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                                                          The Bottom Line

                                                                          Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                                                          Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                                                          Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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