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The most useful websites for Professional Graphic Designers?

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by Peter Small, Oct 2, 2016.

  1. Peter Small

    Peter Small New Member

    Which websites would you consider to be the most useful to Graphic designers? Especially to professional designers?

    I'm trying to get a list of the top 80 - which I'll publish on the forum as soon as it is completed
  2. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    Obviously this will be Number 1 ;)
  3. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    ...and this is obviously No 2.

    3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and so on.
    I could keep going but I won't. ;)
    Stationery Direct likes this.
  4. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    I thought it was as follows:
    2. People Per Hour
    3. Fiverr
    4. Freelancer
    5. Job Centre Plus
  5. Peter Small

    Peter Small New Member

    Not obviously Boss Hog, but I shall be trying to make to make it one of the best (especially if I can get a few experienced graphic designers to help me curate it).

    But I'll let you be the judge of that when I've completed the list
  6. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    Sorry Peter.

    It tends to go like this when we haven't got it out of our system for a while. ;)

    I think it'd be a great resource and I for one have found the sites I usually go on (inspirational) are getting a little dry.
    I'd be happy to share the ones I find useful.
    What kind of sites are you thinking as there are SO many subjects?
  7. Peter Small

    Peter Small New Member

    Thanks for your comments Scotty. As you so rightly say "There are so many subjects".
    This is why it is so hard to create a list of resources and why you need so many of them in a list.
    It is also why I could do with some help from some fellow curators - not only to add to the list but to prune the list so that the list (in its entirety) become a valuable and inspiring asset.
    As you indicate, lists tend to become "dry' so what I shall be attempting to do is to create a list that can be constantly updated and refreshed by the curators.
    When I've created the initial list I'll post the URL here and call for members of the forum to join me as curators.
    If anyone would care to view the list and provide comments before I post it on line, please let me know.
  8. Wardy

    Wardy Active Member

    The only one I used to go on regularly is Computer Arts magazine site, which was taken over by Creative Bloq.

    Creative Review and Design Week would be obvious ones, but these are all magazines, does that count?
  9. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    I made a post a while ago asking if anyone else had found that inspirational sites were becoming a bit dry or if the design world was just a bit stale at the moment.

    I'll start to put together a list of the sites I find useful but I'll kick off. Sorry I've not hyperlinked them.

    Google - Goes without saying.
    Pinterest - Great for inspiration and creating and sharing mood boards.
    Dropbox and other file sharing sites like DropSend for passing over big files.
    Free font sites like DaFont.

    Inspiration Sites

    LogoPond and other logo sites.

    Just off the top of my head.
  10. Peter Small

    Peter Small New Member

    Thanks Scotty and Wardy for your contributions. They are a help and yes, magazines are a valid resource and will be listed in a separate category
  11. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    I don't really use sites for inspiration, except for perhaps (also useful for finding illustrators and artists). I can list some useful resources I refer to when I'm building websites if that's the sort of thing you're after?
  12. ash

    ash Member

    Hi, :)

    I tend to have a general brows for inspirations, including pinterest, bootstrap, wordpress and other forums (like this one for example ;) ).
    but here is a list of my regulars :)

    Typewolf -
    Smashing -
    Contrast Checker -
    Awwwards -
    font transformer -
    CSS decompression -

    I hope this helps :)
  13. Peter Small

    Peter Small New Member

    Here's the problem when you are trying to create "useful sites" lists: the knowledge starts to turn into a fractal.
    You quickly realise that you need to divide the sites up into categories. Then these categories need categories themselves and sometimes even the categories of categories start to need categories.
    Unless you are some kind of autistic genius, you cannot hope to be an expert in all the many various categories that emerge - even savvy enough to know they even exist. This is why these lists need several curators to combine their knowledge.Which is why I need help here.

    The other problem is trying to stop the information from getting too far reaching. The lists or lists have to be such as to be interesting, informative illuminating and inspirational. This means limiting selections to only the best and the most effective - not an easy job for the curators.

    What I'll do is make a start on this and then perhaps some of you can join in to comment or take over some of the categories.

    I should have something together by the end of this week
  14. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    Thing is with design, there are many divisions.
    Graphic Design, Illustration, Print, Web, Typography, Branding, Packaging, Apparel .... and the list goes on.
    Also there is a lot of cross over as well.

    To create a definitive guide/list is a lot bigger job than it first seems.
    I don't think it's the compiling of resources, it's the organisation of them.
  15. Peter Small

    Peter Small New Member

    Yes. I have realised this Scotty, but as my interest is in Graphical Design for the Web I have been keeping mainly to this area. However, this still has multiple divisions.
  16. alexkrenvalk

    alexkrenvalk New Member

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