Last time, we talked about how ZURBians improve their efficiency and workflow by linking you to a few of our favorite resources across the Web. We're back with another 10 today for our fellow designers that focus on finding inspiration, improving our skills, and keeping us efficient.
As a designer, you're more likely to see things differently than the rest of the crowd—we call that design thinking.
Patrick Haney has been at it for quite some time now: he's been collecting screenshots of some awesome Web design on Flickr for all the world to see. It's a great and easy way to get inspired if you're ever stuck, or just want to take in some new designs. He adds new ones at least a few times a month and there are some real gems in there.
Tina Roth Eisenberg is a Swiss designer gone NYC, a graphic designer living in Brooklyn. Her site, Swiss Miss, is loaded with design thinking, strategy, and plenty of inspiration. Videos, photos, products, websites, and more populate her achives.
Most people know Veer for their stock images and fonts, but the good stuf is in The Skinny where they highlight their design findings across the Web. Their laid back, clean style and clear approach to showcasing design makes this a regular read for us.
Simple, clean, and minimal designs are not just trend words. Having a truly minimal design is more often an exercise in control and restraint, and it's hard work. Rainfall Daffinson has put together a nice set of links, quotes, and examples of minimalism in Web design. We use it as a reminder to keep things as simple as possible to ensure the best interactive experiences.
Looking up how to insert special characters or symbols into your documents or HTML has been a pain in the butt for us. We found some help with the XHTML Character Reference, but it took a bit of work to copy and paste the symbol we wanted.
Copy Paste Character is a cleaner and smaller way to do the same thing. You just click to copy and then paste. It's very intuitive and easy to use.
Last time we told you about bringing better typography to the Web. This time, we're telling you to keep learning more about typgoraphy. iLT is a great resource for fonts and offers a unique look at the history of many fonts and typography. A must for any deisgner.
Mark Boulton is renowned designer and speaker on a variety of Web design topics. He's written several series of articles with a common "Five Simple Steps to..." theme:
He's even putting the series in a book!
Don't let the name fool you: the Web Developer's Handbook is a huge resource for just about everything Web desigeners and developers could need. Icons, CSS resources, usability, tools, and more. With so many great links and tools, you could easily spend a full day reading the Handbook.
What'd we miss?
Got others to add? Use the comment form below and drop us some links. We love finding new sources of inspiration, tools to make our life easier, or new insight into interaction design and strategy.