Now that I have been working and learning about web development for a couple of years, I feel like I have a large number of bookmarks in various places that are my go-to resources for developing. This blog post is my attempt to put all of my style resources in one location. The next time I am looking for something, I can just come here instead of trying to remember where I saved it!
I am always on the lookout for free stock photos to use in my projects. My favorite site is unsplash, but there are a few articles that contain links to unsplash and other sites that you can use.
- Stock photos that don’t suck – this is the list I go to first when looking for photos
- 99 Freebies To Help You Build Awesome Websites – includes SO much more than photos (icons, design resources, backgrounds, textures, colors) This one is definitely worth checking out!
- 41 Epic Sites With Breathtaking Stock Photos You Can Use For Free – I tweeted this one and then forgot about it, but my husband has used it a lot with his coding club!
I am not a designer and don’t always feel confident in choosing colors and fonts for my projects. These sites have helped tremendously.
- ColourLovers – this has been my go-to for exploring different palettes and for getting hex codes
- 21 COLOR PALETTE TOOLS FOR WEB DESIGNERS AND DEVELOPERS – I get lots of great stuff from learntocodewithme
- PICTACULOUS – I found this one on the list above and am super excited to try it out! I especially love that it works with colourlovers!
- Website Color Schemes: The Palettes of 50 Visually Impactful Websites to Inspire You – This one has some bold ideas and combinations that I never would have thought of
Here are some of the places to find resources and inspiration for designing a website.
- Creative Market – if you sign up for their newsletter, you can get 6 free resources every Monday!
- Canva – this seems to be the go-to resource for a lot of people. I used it to create a twitter image and it worked well
- Web designer’s ultimate list of free resources – this is another site that has just about everything. I like that it includes image compression links.
- $0 Design Tools to Help You Create Your Next Project – Mostly resources for stock photos, colors, and fonts
I usually rely on google fonts for my projects, but keep feeling like I should branch out and try some of these.
- 20 Amazing Free Handwritten Fonts for Your Designs
- dafont.com – in addition to a great name, it also has some fun fonts
I think I will need to add a couple more of these in the future. I still have a ton of job-searching websites and actual development sites left to go through!