Web Design Resources
- Smashing Magazine
publishes regular articles about the latest trends and techniques
in web design and development. It's a great resource; add it
to your RSS subscriptions to keep up with the latest web
- A List Apart is a web
magazine which explores the design, development, and meaning
of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best
practices. It's another essential resource for web designers.
- ColourLovers is a design site that's
all about color. You can also browse their library of color palettes to
inspire your creative projects.
- Vitamin is a weekly webzine for web designers, developers and entrepreneurs.
- Alertbox: Current
Issues in User Interface Design -
a semi-monthly column on usability by Jakob Nielsen.
- Top Ten
Mistakes in Web Design, by Alertbox author Jakob Nielsen.
- Web Page Design for
Designers is full of good design info, with numerous
articles on designing websites.
- The Web Style Guide
is an online book that teaches you how to design and build your
- The Design &
features design tips for various media, including the web.
- CSS is
a way of controlling fonts, colors, and spacing in Web
documents. Visit the CSS page for more
links and resources.
- iStockphoto.com is a great resource for web designers, with royalty-free photography, illustrations and icons you can use on your website. Browse, preview, and order just the images you need; most web-suitable images are available for under $5.
- BgPatterns is a nifty web app that lets you design your own seamless tiled background patterns.
Web Design Software
If you want to design your site from scratch, you'll probably want to
use a design program, such as:
a complete site design and management package. HTML
editor with WYSIWYG and source code editing control, syntax
checker, XML support, color picker, support for cascading
style sheets and DHTML, and more.
- Coda is an elegant site
design package for the Mac, with both graphic design tools and
a raw code editor. Plus it comes with electronic versions of
several reference books.
- Freewebs offers a
browser-based site builder.
- Search Google for more web design software.
Forums and Discussion Groups
- Webmaster World
has an excellent set of forums for web design, programming,
e-commerce, marketing, and much more.
- There are a number of Usenet newsgroups
(comp.infosystems.www.*) for discussion of web design.