A Designer’s Favorite Links

Here is a collection of links that I visit all the time for practical help with design and web development. There are only five at “WordPress time” but I’ll add more as I think of them.

  • Creating Torn Edges in Photoshop: The “Torn Edges” filter does not actually make it look as if your drawing is on a paper with torn edges – instead it makes your artwork itself look blurry. Here’s a very simple guide from Tipsquirrel to how to use the Torn Edges filter the way you probably want to.
  • Fonts in CSS: Written in 2011 and still a classic method of using font sizing in CSS, from the prolific and wonderful CSS Tricks.
  • More on web fonts: A great tutorial on using fonts responsively; part of SitePoint’s course on responsive web design.
  • For inspiration about color choices: Pantone’s Color of the Year (this link goes to 2016) chooses a color each year and suggests colors that go with it. (This year they went with a graduated shade that reminds me of what happened to graphic design when PageMaker started allowing you to do graduated fills, but never mind). You’ll likely see these colors in use in the advertising and fashion industries, and using them is a quick way to give your designs a cheap shot of contemporaneity . . . or irony.
  • For free stock photos: Visit this post called “17 Amazing Sites With Breathtaking Free Stock Photos.”
  • How to make a favicon: There are many posts on how to make the little tiny image you see at the top of your website’s browser bar, but Nick Pettit’s Treehouse blog post is the best I’ve seen. It’s well-designed, easy to follow, and provides links to decent, free online tools to help you.

Please add your favorite links in the comments to this blog post!

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