Resources

Resources

April 21, 2020

SHOPIFY.COM
- The greatest platform for E-commerce. Makes everything from A-Z simple and efficient.
 
FIVERR.COM
- Freelance work for cheap. Be careful who you use, as everyone has a different skill set that may not translate over to other areas. For example someone who creates quick video animations may not be right for menu design.
 
FREELANCER.COM
- A fiverr alternative with great talent as well.
 
UPWORK.COM
- Another freelance/talent alternative
  
VIDEOBLOCKS.COM
- A wonderful resource for backgrounds and videos.
  
SOFTWARE + APPS
CoffeeCup Software
They offer up all sorts of free apps for web designers, including an HTML editor, web form builder, shopping cart designer, and more.
InVision app
Powerful prototyping and collaboration tools.
Pixlr
Edit images on your computer.
Canva
Easy graphic design software for anyone. 
Easel.ly
Free infographic templates.
 
PHOTOS
 
Unsplash
Pexels
PicJumbo
Gratisography 
Compfight
IM Free
Stock Up
Death to the Stock Photo
Little Visuals
New Old Stock
Cupcake
Magdeleine
SplitShire
ISO Republic
Paul Jarvis
 
SYMBOLS + ICONS
 
Looking for symbols or icons to use on your website? Look no further.
Pixeden
Tons of free icon sets, including weather icons, social icons, line icons, and many others.
Iconmonstr
More than 2800 boldly graphic icons in a few different styles.
Captain Icon
Over 350 free vector icons for mobile and web designs.
Linear Icons
An icon font with 170 different icons to choose from.
Font Awesome
A symbol font that allows you to add symbols to your websites.
Fontello
Generates icon font packs.
flaticon
Download vector icons or include icons as webfonts.
The Noun Project
Search a noun, get a free symbol or icon.
Endless Icons
Free icon library.
Perfect Icons
Customize and optimize social media icons for your site.
iconSweets
60 free vector Photoshop icons.
Round Icons
Free quirky and professional icon bundles.
 
FONTS
 
Fonts are such a crucial part of design that they can be easy to overlook. Look here instead, and find the fonts to take your design to the next level.
Google Webfonts
Add fonts to your website in just a few clicks.
Font Squirrel
Hundreds of totally free fonts.
Beautiful Web Type
Check out a curated collection of the most beautiful Google Webfonts.
Lost Type
Gorgeous pay-what-you-can fonts.
 
COLORS
 
Need help dialing in the best colors for your design? These color tools are at your service.
Material UI
A gallery of Material Design and flat design colors to use in your designs.
Paletton
Start with any color and get a palette (with 5 shades per color) based on a few different color scheme patterns: monochromatic, adjacent, triad, tetrad, or custom.
Design Seeds
Tons of great color palettes taken from photographs. You can search by keyword or for similar colors.
Adobe Color Wheel
Choose from different types of color pairings and save your color palettes.
Material Palette
Generate a color palette based on 2 colors.
Flat UI Color Picker
The name says it all.
Flat UI Colors
Ditto.
Bootflat
Flat color picker.
Coolors
Color palette generator.
Skala Color
Free color picker download.
BrandColors
Check out the exact colors that major brands use.
0 to 255
Find the perfect color variation you’re looking for.
Colour Lovers
Browse user color palettes and add your own to the community.
Palette for Chrome
Generates color palettes based on images.
 
BACKGROUNDS + TEXTURES
Photos, fonts, and colors aren’t the end of a design—you also need backgrounds and textures to holds them all together. Find yours with these tools.
Pattern8
Tons of funky, bold, and bright repeating patterns to choose from.
Repeat-X Repeat-Y
Amazing repeating patterns from around the world.
Texture King
All the textures you could ever want: grunge, rust, plaster, concrete, dirt, and many more.
Patternico
Create your own patterns using Font Awesome icons. Customize the background color, canvas size, and shape transparency.
Subtle Patterns
Free downloadable patterns.
Lost and Taken
Free textures in a ton of categories, including cardboard, stone, metal, bubbles, seamless, and more.
BG Patterns
Create seamless patterns with customizable colors, shapes, and more.
 
DOMAIN NAME SEARCH ENGINES
 
GOOGLE DOMAINS
A domain search and registrar. (Don't use Godaddy, they bombard you with ads and their interface isn't user friendly.)
Namemesh
A powerful domain name search engine that helps you find domains that are short, fun, common, similar, and various other qualifiers.
Nameboy
Enter a keyword or two and get a list of available domains that incorporate them.
Panabee
Describe what you want in two words and Panabee will generate a list of potential domain names.
Impossibility
Generate random domain names based on one word.
LeanDomainSearch
Search for a domain name by keyword.
 
FRAMEWORKS, TEMPLATES, CODE PACKS, + THEMES
Here is a list of frameworks, templates, and themes you can use.
WP-Flex
A blank, responsive WordPress theme boilerplate that follows the official WordPress Codex best practices and requirements.
Foundation
An advanced responsive framework that’s one of the most popular out there.
Ionic
Create mobile apps using the web technologies you know and love.
Initializr
Quickly generate a template based on HTML5 Boilerplate.
Materialize
A modern, responsive framework based on Google’s Material Design specifications.
WordPress Plugin Boilerplate
If you want to create WordPress plugins, the Plugin Boilerplate is a standardized, object-oriented starting point.
Front-end Boilerplate
A basic starting point for creating your websites so you don’t have to recreate everything from scratch each time.
HTML5 Boilerplate
The first and the best. Free HTML5 boilerplate code.
HTML5 UP
Free fully responsive HTML5 template.
1 Line CSS Grid Framework
A framework for CSS that’s only 1 line long!
960 Grid System
A Skillcrush favorite.
Starkers for WordPress
A basic template for developing your first WordPress theme.
Barebones for WordPress
Free WordPress template for developers.
Underscores
WordPress template for building out a brand new theme.
Sage for WordPress
A WordPress starter theme based on HTML5 boilerplate and Bootstrap.
Whiteboard for WordPress
A clean, basic WordPress theme for developers.
Bootstrap
A responsive HTML, CSS, and JS framework.
Bootswatch
Free themes for Bootstrap.
 
CODE STYLE GUIDES
 
Web Field Manual
A collection of resources, best practices, inspiration, and reference materials for modern coding. There are also sections filled with tools and additional resources and language-specific information.
Google Developers Web Fundamentals
A comprehensive resource for web development best practices, right from Google. Perfect for both new developers and those who want to make their projects better.
Deployments Best Practices
Before you deploy a website or app, be sure to check out these best practices to make sure everything goes smoothly.
GitHub
GitHub’s very own code style guide.
Google
Google’s code style guide.
Mozilla
A code style guide from the pros at Mozilla.
 



Also in OUR THOUGHTS

Fear is a Killer
Fear is a Killer

March 16, 2020

Fear is a killer and fear is a pandemic.

Fear fear itself.

In business and in life, the one thing that prevents positive change is fear.

The world cycles through new and old, phases through good and bad, repositions the “numbers ones,” gives weight to the light, and accelerates the persistent.

Read More

Customer Service is a Crucial Element of Sustainability
Customer Service is a Crucial Element of Sustainability

January 07, 2020

It’s a crucial element of sustainability.

Your customers are your oxygen supply. If they disappear, so do you.

What you do right for someone can come back many times more by a “different someone.”

Customer service breaks down into several categories:

Read More

Business Goals for 2020
Business Goals for 2020

December 18, 2019

We all know the New Year gives us a rush of motivation, but more often than not, that heightened motivation is short lived. It makes sense that circumstantial motivation isn't real motivation and that's because it didn't come from within us. Instead it came from an external source. It's the same as a friend, co-worker, or internet guru giving you a buzz. Nothing will get done in the long term. 

Read More