Web Design Resources | christine castigliano

Design Inspiration and Resources
Cool Homepages.com
[ Site offers categories for browsing well-designed sites, from corporate to swanky ]

The Webby Awards
[ study the best ]
Kaliber10000
[ if you aspire to the latest, check out this ultra-hip site made by and for young designers. ]
Communication Arts
[ THE design magazine, online; exhibits link showcases recent award winners ]
lynda.com - web design training, books, and tips
[ Lynda Weinman - the queen of web graphics - has several great books and training options ]
websitesthatsuck.com
[ Seattle's own Vincent Flanders. ]
Yale Style Manual
[ one of the best web design references - also in book form ]

webmonkey/design/
[ good stuff here, though not too recent ]

The Dao of Web Design

[ article from a list apart - the best ste for designers who think ]
webdesign.miningco.com/

[ about.com's resources - good inspiration sites ]

Font and Typography Resources
Free fonts, TrueType, OpenType - Microsoft Typography
[ Download the "web safe" fonts from Microsoft ]
Identifont
[ find names and sources for many common fonts ]
elkfonts
[ well-organized site to browse and download decent fonts. Don't know if this is legal, though! ]
counterspace
[ interactive history and classification of typography ]
hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/design/fonts/tutorials/tutorial3.html
[ Well-written article on viewing type on screen, and type issues on the Web.]

User Interface Resources
Browser width shown in pixels

[ Simple way to figure out target width and height. Set screen resolution and browser window and visit this page. ]
the myth of 800 x 600 - screen resolution stats
[ article on screen res and why we should design web pages to expand and contract ]

Usability and Navigation Resources
Web Navigation, Designing the User Experience
[ Article from O'Reilly book identifies key processes ]

User Interface Engineering
[ Company studies user interaction, publishes reports and offers usability courses ]

Human Factors
[ 10 usabilty tips from a usability consulting and training company.]

Color Resources

http://www.visibone.com/colorlab
[ great interactive resource to preview and compile a color scheme with hex colors. ]
http://www.colormix.com
http://www.lynda.com/hex.html
http://www.zdnet.com/devhead/stories/articles/0,4413,2782892,00.html
[ good article on secrets of web color ]

http://www.webdesignclinic.com/ezine/v1i1/color/
Mediarama's Color Page Builder

[ enter rgb values and it will send the hex values back to you in an email.]

HTML / CSS resources
Webmonkey: stylesheets: Mulder's Stylesheets Tutorial
[ webmonkey's still the best resource ]
http://www.glish.com/css/
[ excellent, exhaustive ]
http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex1/topnavbar.htm
[ scripts for menubars, and more ]
jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/
[ validates your CSS ]
The HTML Writers Guild
FTP FAQ
NetMechanic
[ check your site's performance ]
Index Dot HTML: THE Advanced HTML Reference
Welcome to WebTools
[ another article site ]
molly.com
[ web how-to journalist's site ]
W3C - The World Wide Web Consortium [ THE official WWW ]

Clip Art / Stock Photo Resources
GettyImages.com
[ royalty-free digital stock ]
arttoday.com
[ offers subscription-based access to various royalty-free media types ]
fotosearch.com
[ search engine for many stock image companies ]
images.google.com
[ search away. ]

Microsoft clip gallery live
[ collections by style or subject ]