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Beating back Sandy with technology

Hurricane Sandy, marketing operations, distributed teamsBy now we have all heard the stories generating from Hurricane Sandy-ravished New York City. Countless retailers, brands and agencies that make the city their corporate home were without power and office space for days because of the historic flooding that swamped Manhattan.

While these obstacles created a communications nightmare for many companies, the ability to work in the cloud and utilize SaaS services eased the pain for some. Learn more »

New ProofHQ video a collaborative effort

ProofHQ, online proofingAfter several months in production, ProofHQ’s new demonstration video is live. The animated video explains how companies can use and benefit from ProofHQ’s online proofing services.

The video was a collaborative effort between ProofHQ and Kukuzoo Studios, which specializes in animated educational and demo videos. Aside from producing the video, Kukuzoo is also a customer of ProofHQ.

Kukuzoo has produced about 10 videos since becoming a ProofHQ customer in May. A typical 60-second video used to take about two months to produce. Now, Kukuzoo Art Director Don Radhay says that time has been cut in half. Learn more »

How to use URLs in comments to present alternative design concepts

Here is a great time-saving tip for both designers and reviewers. When a reviewer makes a suggestion or request on a proof via a comment, the designer can reply to the comment with a URL for the image with the proposed change. This is much faster than opening the original file in your image editor, producing a new image with the proposed changes and uploading it as a new proof version.

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The rise of “Transmedia” Marketing

Creatasphere

We recently came across a fantastic piece of content from Creatasphere, a business development partner for technology enabled entertainment and marketing organizations. It’s a primer for the growing world of “transmedia,” a buzzword some use to describe “cross-platform or multi-platform storytelling, interactive or participatory media.”

In it, Bridge Arts Media Founder Kate McCallum discusses how the Producers Guild of America (PGA) defines a project as being transmedia if it “consists of three or more fictional storylines that exist simultaneously on film, TV, broadband, print, disc, etc.”.

Learn more »

World’s Largest List of Twitter Design Resources

Following the huge success of the “World’s Largest Design Resources List”, we’ve had lots of demand for a follow up. Given the connected world that we now live in, we thought that it would be useful to share with you the Twitter accounts of some of the most influential designers on the web.

If you’re looking for interesting designers to follow, look no further…

@10steps – Great for Photoshop techniques, resources, freebies and inspiration.
@1stwebdesigner – Links by Dainis Graveris to the articles and resources on his blog.
@37signals – Here 37Signals share their information on their products and more.
@8faces – A publication dedicated to typography, edited by @elliotjaystocks.
@abduzeedo – The Twitter account of Fabio Sasso the wonderful chap behind the blog Abduzeedo.
@adactio – The world famous Jeremy Keith shares his thoughts on the web and it’s design.
@adaptivepath – The shared experiences from the wonderful guys at Adaptive Path.
@alexlinebrink – Alex Linebrink, the man behind That Indie Dude blog here shares his opinions on design.
@alistapart – Useful tips and resources from the legends at A List Apart.
@andybudd – Andy Budd, User Experience Designer and Partner at @clearleft.
@andysowards – The avid blogger shares his thoughts, views and amusement.
@aravindajith – Aravind Ajith – Blogger from Bangalore talks about design, CSS and usability.
@bartelme – Wolfgang Bartelme, User interface & graphic designer from Austria.
@bearskinrug – The very amusing account belonging to the illustrator Kevin Cornell.
@beautifuldecay – The Twitter account of Amir Fallah and all things wonderful that are Beautiful Decay.
@beep – Ethan Marcotte, insightful web design posts.
@boagworld – Paul Boag, Founder of Headscape and host of the Boagworld podcast.
@booooooom- The Twitter account accompanying the art & photo blog from Jeff Hamada.
@brendandawes – Brendan Dawes, Creative Director at http://mnatwork.com
@bryanyerkes – Thoughts, links and interesting content from Bryan Yerkes re design and marketing.
@byrichardpowell – Richard Powell, Web Designer & expert in User Experience Design & Front-End dev.
@calebkimbrough – Caleb Kimbrough shares a huge resource of free textures.
@cameronmoll – Cameron Moll, design genius and author shares his experience, tips and view on the industry.
@catswhocode – Jean-Baptiste Jung, WordPress developer, blogger, entrepreneur.
@chadmueller – Chad Mueller, freelance designer specializing in web and graphic design.
@charleyparkerlc – Charley Parker, author of Lines and Colors art, comics and illustration blog.
@chriscoyier - Chris Coyier, the curator behind the CSS Tricks community.
@chrisspooner – Chris Spooner, Creative Director and blogger shares his tips and advice with great links.
@clagnut – Richard Rutter, User experience designer & web typography evangelist. Co-founder of Clearleft.
@clearleft – A great agency to follow for anything UX based.
@colorburned – Grant Friedman, author, blogger, designer, social media marketer, and editor of @psdtuts.
@colourlovers – The bringer together of the web design community. Good stuff.
@colly – Simon Collison, designer, author, speaker, and much more.
@computerarts – The official Twitter account for the Computer Arts Magazine.
@coudal – Jim Coudal, the amazing mind behind Coudal Partners.
@core77 – Links to really interesting stuff from the guys at Core77, the online magazine.
@craigbaldwin – Craig Baldwin, great tweets about design, games and tech.
@crazyleaf – Alex Ionescu, founder and blogger of Crazyleaf Design site.
@creativecurio – LaurenMarie Krause, Independent designer and author of Creative Curio.
@creativeofblog – Full of best practice and tutorials from the Creative Overflow website.
@cssbeauty – CSS Design Showcase, News, Resources, Community, Web Standards from http://cssbeauty.com.
@cssstyle – Links and content from the CSS Style site, showcasing some of the best design on the web.
@danielmall – Brooklyn Interactive Art Director working at @bigspaceship, former Interactive Director at @happycog – Amazing design resource from the world renowned web design agency.
@dannyoutlaw – Danny Outlaw, Founder of Outlaw Design shares his fresh approach to freelance.
@danrubin – World famous conference speaker, Dan is an awesome designer and photographer.
@davidairey – Wonderful graphic designer based out of Northern Ireland.
@dburka – Director of design at Tiny Speck. Ex-creative director at Digg. All round awesome guy.
@designflavr – Design and visual art inspiration – based out of Melbourne.
@designmeltdown – Run by Patrick McNeil alongside his renowned blog on trends in web design.
@designpoke – A great source for the latest news in design. A digg for the design community.
@designreviver – Looks at tutorials, downloads and articles for web design topics.
@designshard – The account of Max Stanworth, looking at web design, CSS and XHTML
@dezignus – Filled with downloadable freebies and inspirational resources.
@divinecss – A CSS gallery showcase. What more could you want?
@dkr – D Keith Robinson, Design Director at Meta+Level Games, A News Corporation Company.
@doodlage – A great account dedicated to the art of doodles.
@dougdraws – Doug Cloud, a specialist in character design, brand and illustration.
@drawn – Collaborative source for illustrators, artists, cartoonists and anyone who likes to draw.
@elitebydesign – Brian Lovin – Web designer, graphic artist and blogger at Elite By Design.
@elliotjaystocks – The design genuis Elliot Jay Stocks shares his thoughts, inspirations and skillz!
@fling – Brian Fling, Creative Director of pinch/zoom, author of O’Reilly’s Mobile Design & Development.
@freelancefolder – Great for getting started & productivity; design, writing, coding, photography & more
@freelancesw – A great resource for all freelancers.
@fudgegraphics – Franz Jeitz, London based freelance graphic designer. Founder of FudgeGraphics.
@fuelcreativity – The minds behind the Fuel Your Creativity blog share resources and ideas.
@gavinelliott - Gavin Elliott, Creative Producer of the DIBI Web Conference. A Designer, Writer & Speaker.
@gcmorley – Graham Morley – Senior Creative. UX/UI and a whole load of Front End development.
@giackop – Giacomo Coppola, web & graphic designer shares his thoughts ad ideas.
@glenstansberry – Glen Stansberry, a prolific design blogger shares links and resources. Great guy to follow.
@gomediazine – Real-world advice from working artists & designers.
@graphic_blog – Links to their high quality site Graphic Design Blog with interviews and design inspiration.
@gregwood – Greg Wood, Senior designer at Erskine Design, brilliant creative mind.
@happycog – What can we say? They create beautiful things and write beautiful words. A must follow.
@helveticbrands – David Pache, Creative Consultant shares his thoughts and insights.
@hicksdesign – The design legend that is Jon Hicks hereby shares his inner thoughts and design tips.
@hongkiat – the well known blogger from Malaysia shares useful posts and resources, great for any designer.
@hoyboy – Greg Hoy, President of Happy Cog.
@iamkhayyam – Khayyam Wakil takes a fascinating look at design, art and photography.
@ilovetypography – Designer, writer, & founder of I Love Typography, the world’s most popular type blog.
@imjustcreative – Graham Smith covers topcis such as logo design and identity. Interesting chap.
@itsryan – Ryan Foster, Newcastle based designer shares his thoughts on web design and inspiration.
@ixda – Interaction Design Association Global Twitter Feed.w
@jankowarpspeed – Janko Jovanovic, solution architect, developer, designer and artist.
@jasonsantamaria – Jason Santa Maria, founder and principal of Mighty and creative director of Typekit.
@jeffcroft – Jeff Croft, awesome designer and karaoke king… thought you should know!
@jina – Jina Bolton, Designer, author, & speaker working as a User Experience Designer at Engine Yard.
@jmspool – Creative genius Jared Spool shares his design inspirations.
@jontangerine – Jon Tan, designer, web typographer, co-founder of @analogcoop, @mapalong, and @fontdeck.
@joshuahirsch – Joshua Hirsch, The Minister of Technology at Big Spaceship.
@justcreative – Jacob Cass, graphic designer, logo designer, blogger, and link sharer.
@khoi – Khoi Vinh, ex Creative Director for NYTimes shares his design expertise. Typography expert.
@kneath – Kyle Neath, Purveyor of fine pixels for GitHub, Inc. Billionaire Venture Capitalist.
@larissameek – Larissa Meek, ACD at AgencyNet and an artist at heart.
@layersmagazine – Great resource for anything Adobe related.
@lifehacker – Great for tips, shortcuts and downloads to help you work smarter and more efficiently.
@line25blog – Includes various handy web design links and resources, as well as updates from Line25.com.
@logobliss – Logo design inspiration gallery.
@logonest – Fantastic resource for logo design.
@logooftheday – Logo design inspiration, daily! Run by Jacob Cass.
@machoarts – Latest tweets related to Graphics, Design, Web-design and resources. Created by Suraj Vibhute.
@malarkey – Andy Clarke, the founder of Stuff and Nonsense and most recently behind Hard Boiled Design.
@marcofolio – Marco Kuiper, owner of Marcofolio.net.
@markboulton – Mark Boulton, Creative Director at Mark Boulton Design and co-founder of 5 Simple Steps.
@maxvoltar – Twitter account of Tim Van Damme, world class designer based in Belgium.
@mayhemstudios – Specialising in identity and web design, Calvin Lee is a self-confessed Twitter addict.
@menwithpens – James Chartrand, Founder/CEO of the acclaimed web design business Men with Pens.
@meyerweb – Eric Meyer – the man needs no introduction. CSS, web standards, microformats is all we’ll say.
@mezzoblue – Dave Shea, Canadian web designer and co-author of The Zen of CSS Design.
@ministryoftype – Links to new posts and resources on the Ministry of Type website.
@mollydotcom – If you’re interested in web standards, Molly Holzschlag is a must follow.
@myinkblog – A design community site that offers up top notch articles, tutorials, freebies and more.
@naomisusi – Naomi Atkinson is an inspirational designer and here shares her thoughts.
@naldzgraphics – The Twitter account to accompany the site offering tutorials, tips, resources and freebies.
@netmag – The world renowned .Net Magazine herewith shares interesting snippets and competitions.
@nettuts+ – The biggest web resource for learning web development.
@newtutzor – Photoshop tutorials, design and more.
@newwork – A collective of young people working in new media. They share their inspiration and latest work.
@nickla – Creator of themify, ndesign, webdesignerwall, bestwebgallery, and icondock.
@pasql – The great mind behind @darkmotion, this Animator is just too cool for school.
@pearsonified – Chris Pearson gives tutorials and his views on web design. A very clever chap.
@pointbrake – This small agency shares their learnings and insights as they help small business tackle design.
@printmag – A great resource for graphic design, technology, culture, and how it all fits together.
@problogdesign – Updated by Michael Martin, it does what it says on the tin.
@psdfan – Offers tutorials, inspiration and freebies to it’s awesome audience.
@psdtuts – Provided by the world’s top Photoshop tutorial website, filled with useful tips and advice.
@pshopcreative – The team behind Photoshop Creative , providing Adobe Photoshop inspiration and advice.
@qbrushes – Tweets about webdesign and all types of resources Fonts/Vectors/Brushes/Icons/Textures.
@redswish – Manchester based Nathan Beck talks about all things beautiful and design.
@redupdm – Creative web guys and gals in Sunderland share their insights into the web design industry.
@reybango – Rey Bango one of the jQuery’s team shares his views on Javascript, CSS & HTML dev tools.
@ronnielebow – Ronnie Lebow is one of Canada’s leading Creative Directors. A definite follow-worthy guy.
@rossgpalmer – Ross Palmer, Designer at onebestway – not all design based tweets but amusing nonetheless.
@sambrown – Sam Brown, Interface Designing Standardista at Foursquare.
@sazzy – Sarah Parmenter – Fab designer and frequenter of the web design speaker circuit, great girl to follow.
@sharebrain – Thomas Ulbricht shares resources for web designers and front end developers.
@simplebits – Founder of SimpleBits studio, Dan Cederholm shares inspiration mixed with great humour.
@siteinspire – Showcase of the best web design, highlighting examples of exciting visual and interface design.
@sitepointdotcom – THE online resource for web designers, developers and dealmakers.
@sixrevisions – Publishes practical and useful articles for designers and web developers.
@smashingapps – Opensource, Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers.
@smashingmag – Curated by Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine.
@snookca – Now working at Yahoo, Jonathan Snook is a well respected guy who makes wonderful web things.
@speckyboy – A web and graphic design resource run by Paul Andrew
@spolsky – Joel Spolsky, the man responsible for Joel on Software shares his thoughts in 140 characters.
@stevensnell – The creative mind behind Vandelay Design. Jam packed with inspiration.
@stephentiano – This book designer shares his thoughts and views on all kinds of design. A very clever chap.
@swissmiss – Tina Roth Eisenberg, well respected design blogger shares her thoughts and tips.
@tdcbrand – The Twitter account representing the Design Cubicle Blog run by Brian Hoff.
@thegraphicmac – Jim Dempsey, graphic designer, owner/author of TheGraphicMac.com
@themaninblue – Cameron Adams takes a look at design, animation and code.
@thewebkaiser – Kyle Reddoch maintains the blog The Everyday Web Expert and herewith shares snippets.
@thinkdesign – A great resource for freebies, resources and information.
@thinkvitamin – Containing insightful articles from experts throughout the industry. A must-read.
@tonynaccarato – This cool designer has an awesome Twitter account and runs 325Studio.
@tracygr – Tracey Grady links to interesting content whilst providing hours of amusing tweets.
@tutorial9 – A great resource for Photoshop, photography, web design and more.
@typographica – A journal of typography with a focus on typeface reviews. Edited by Stephen Coles.
@ucllc – A design firm and blog publishing enterprise all rolled into one, with snippets in their tweets.
@unbeige – A look at design, art, fashion, architecture, photography, museums, interiors and more.
@usabilitypost – Dmitry Fadeyev, Fab designer. Founder of usabilitypost.com, yattery.com, logospire.com.
@uxmatters – Links to their web magazine about user experience matters, providing insights for ux profs.
@vandelaydesign – A brilliant source of design resources and inspiration.
@vectips – Illustrator Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials.
@vectorvault – Inspiring people with the best examples of vector art that the world has to offer.
@vpieters – Veerle Pieters, Belgian graphic & web designer, author of Veerle’s blog and founder of Duoh!
@webdesignerdepot – Talking about web design trends, tutorials and much more.
@webdesignledger – The accompanying Twitter account to the publication, written for designers by designers.
@webdesignermag – The Twitter account to accompany monthly magazine for online creatives.
@wefunction – Tweets from the team at Function, containing interviews, tips, icons and more.
@wellmedicated – Andrew Lindstrom shares inspirational links, showcases and freebies.
@youthedesigner – Graphic Design Blog and Tips for Designers!
@zeldman – Jeffrey Zeldman, Author, Designing With Web Standards. Founder, Happy Cog. Publisher, A List Apart, A Book Apart. Co-founder, An Event Apart, The Big Web Show. Amazing man.

Well that should get you started with just a few people to follow but if you think we’ve missed someone, be sure to list them in the comments. Oh and if you like the list, don’t be greedy, make sure to share it with your friends :)

What I learned from FOWA…

OK, OK, I might be a little late to the party, but better late than never. This time last week, I was fortunate enough to attend Future of Web Apps in London. Having been responsible for organising the event myself a couple of years ago, it still remains one of my favourite events. Not only are there great speakers (from the web superstars to tiny startups), it’s a great opportunity to socialise with other people who are just as passionate about the web. I always come away reinvigorated and with new perspectives on things.

Thanks to the Underground strike, I managed to miss the first morning session as I spent it stuck in my car on the M4, however the sessions that I did catch made my trip totally worthwhile. There were many different topics covered from mobile payments, HTML5 to the social web, monetisation and emotional interface design. For me, there were 3 presentations that really stuck out (for different reasons!) and so I’d love to share those with you.

1. Checking Out: Moving Beyond Check-in by Josh Williams (Gowalla)

As one of my design idols, I was interested to watch Josh’s talk and to hear what he had to say – especially with geo-location being the hottest topic of the moment. Now anybody that knows Josh will know what a really lovely guy he is and his presentation reflected that perfectly. Having founded Blinksale, which was later acquired by Doublewide Labs in 2009, Josh went on to create PackRat – the game that took Facebook by storm as users scoured the social network searching for hundreds of beautiful cards. Josh had the opportunity to take funding which had he taken had the potential to turn into a Zynga. However, it’s apparent that Josh really wants to make the world a better place, to be passionate about what he’s doing and in some way making a difference. He described how whilst it would have been easy to take the money, he didn’t want to focus his attentions on encouraging people to sit in front of their computers and instead wanted them to be out exploring the world.

And so Gowalla was born. Never intended to be a tool of status (i.e. look at me and where I’m hanging out!), instead it was meant to be a personal record of all of the amazing places that people visit – much like a virtual passport that can be looked back upon in years to come. The key messages to come out of the presentation were as follows:

  • Badges aren’t magic, they’re gaming mechanics – in the long-term, real world feedback will be a bigger incentive that icons!
  • People should stop focussing on geo-location and realise that it’s part of something bigger – mobile. This will drive the majority of web usage going forwards
  • Background apps and passive usage will play a huge part going forwards – communicating with the web, letting them know where you are etc without having to get your phone out of your pocket every time
  • Location will play a part for everything that we do in the future – it will be built into all platforms, giving context to what we’re saying
  • We should inspire people to discover and share the world with their friends
  • Focus should be on providing real value to real people, not starting companies for the sake of it
  • We should be building communities and then delighting them, whilst connecting them with the real world
  • Web companies should be making positive changes where the goal isn’t just profit on the bottom line – we should be trying to aid goodness

2. How to Get Users to Pay For What’s Already Free by Eileen Burbidge & Linus Olsson (Flattr)

The title sounds so promising, don’t you agree? Now, what can I say? My mum always taught me that if I didn’t have anything nice to say, not to say anything at all. So without further ado, I’ve simply summarised the messages from the presentation below:

  • Make it easy & frictionless to pay
  • Try to make the paid version better than the free version
  • Make the user feel involved by paying
  • Allow the user to make a pro-active choice to pay
  • Ego – show publicly when they have paid
  • Decide who.how you and/or your product should be
  • Try and create a presence – be seen everywhere
  • If niche, don’t be too big – stay exclusive
  • Have personality – be extreme rather than mainstream
  • Try to feel like the user’s friend – they’re more likely to give you money
  • Aim for continuity/sustainability
  • Be transparent – show who the money is going to and how it will be spent

Not groundbreaking tips and advice there, hey? I think the message that I walked away with is that people are still really struggling with the monetisation of web services. In my opinion all of the above are obvious – I think for people to pay for a service, you have to offer something unique and something that provides them with value for money. They need to feel like they’re getting something special for their money that will enhance their lives in some way.

Having left the presentation just as they got to the Q&A section, unable to sit there any more, I made it into the other track to see the wonderful Aarron Walter of Mailchimp take to the stage.

3. Learning to Love Humans – Emotional Interface Design by Aarron Walters (MailChimp)

For me personally, this was the highlight of FOWA and so apologies if I take you through it practically word for word!

The presentation began with Aarron explaining that as a species, the way that we interact and share is changing. Through the explosion of social networks, there has been a shift with our private selves becoming our public selves – sharing and communicating in a way that we have never done before. Through presenting ourselves in a more human way, this affects the needs of users of applications.

Up until now, he talked about how designers had simply aimed for creating usable sites and applications. That is no longer enough, for a service to stand out and grow in popularity, it needs to build in a level of positive emotion on top, delivering pleasure and joy. It’s this platform for emotion that essentially connects us which is core to our human existence – thereby through delivering this in an application/site design, you’re able to gain a much better connection with the users and they’re more likely to forgive you when things go wrong – everybody knows those pesky servers have a tendency to go down occasionally.

Aarron used Wufoo as a great example. Wufoo is a tool that allows you to create online surveys – essentially an application for database creation, far from a sexy task to do! The guys there manage to make it a pleasurable experience though through layering in bags of personality. Not only is this done through the copy, but the colours of the site alone are very toy like which makes it stand out from it’s competitors and enables the user to feel like they’re playing with a fun app rather than creating databases.

The following emotional design principle was created by the guys at MailChimp:

“People will forgive shortcomings, follow your lead and sing your praises if you reward them with positive emotion”

Another example shown was that of Feathers, a Twitter client created by Aral Balkan. Rather than using a standard format to display how many characters there are left, the bird turns from blue to green the more you write. If you exceed the character limit, it goes red. Given that humans want to empathise, we want to see inanimate objects as characters and therefore this simple feature makes the service incredibly popular with some people writing too many characters just to see the reaction of the bird!

It’s worth highlighting that delivering a positive emotion can only be added as a layer on top of the basic functionality – therefore the app has to behave how you would expect it to – then you can go on to deliver delighters.

When looking at MailChimp, it’s obvious that treats are a powerful tool. They’ve used progressive enhancement perfectly, making the service work exactly as it should and then adding in a pleasure component – not adding to the functionality at all but simply to make it an enjoyable experience for the user. The monkey is a prime example… when you log in, the monkey appears at the top right of the page and delivers a new phrase each time you log in. The example Aarron showed was the monkey saying “Wondering why I’m smiling? I’m wearing no pants!”. Similarly, when you’re re-sizing an email to see how it will look at different resolutions, the monkey’s arm extends. Extend it too far, it snaps off and blood comes out. This doesn’t add to the functionality in any way at all, but keeps people coming back and enjoying using the site, forming deep emotional connections with the brand. Aarron revealed that they have a party pooper box which turns off all of these extras and of all of the people using the service, only 0.007% choose to do this.

The benefit of this is that users become so passionate about these “delighters” that they start to become your advocates and spread the word for you – often tweeting about new things they’ve found, taking screengrabs and posting to Flickr or in this case, collecting all of the phrases and blogging them!

Through applying character to your service through interface design, you are able to overcome trust issues often experienced by users. Aarron used Mint as an example as they had to overcome extreme issues, requiring users to input all of their financial information. He quoted from Jason Putorti at Mint:

“Trust is a gut feeling more than a rational process, and visual design affects emotions in a very powerful way, perhaps more than any other stimuli”

Aaron finished by adding that by making our applications more human, and becoming more human with one another, we are able to forge deeper and more meaningful connections. A fantastic presentation to watch and you can see a further post from him HERE which talks about the subject more – well worth checking out.

The BIGGEST ever list of design resources!

Following the huge success of last year’s “World’s Biggest Ever List of Graphic Design Blogs”, we’ve decided that we should turn it into an annual event – after all, more people than ever before are blogging and the talent pool continues to grow.

This year, we’ve added in some additional categories including typography and image sourcing sites to help you along your way. The list is at least 40% larger than last year and is the one stop shop for all that you could need in terms of inspiration, reference material or tools for you to use.

So, without further ado, ladies and gentlemen…. drum-roll please!

Graphic Design

1stwebdesigner Blog by Dainis Graveris in Latvia covering all things design and freelance.

2expertsdesign A blog filled with tips – whether it’s graphic design, logo design, web design, advertising, branding or typography. There’s something there for everyone!

456 Berea Street Blog from Roger Johansson containing articles and tutorials on web standards, accessibility and usability.

72dpi Graphic design inspiration. It’s weird, we love it..

A List Apart The famous site that’s a must read for all of those involved with building websites, including contributions from the wonderful Jeffrey Zeldman, Jason Santa Maria and Eric Mayer.

Abduzeedo Created by Fabio Sasso in Brazil and now one of the most popular design blogs. Includes tutorials, wallpapers, interviews and news. Strong participation from readers.

Adaptive Path Really interesting blog from the guys at Adaptive Path focussing on user interface and user experience design. They’re smart cookies.

Andy Budd As a regular on the speaker circuit and one of the founders of Clearleft, Andy writes about design issues, CSS, web standards, user centred design and information architecture.

Andy Sowards Eponymous blog covers cool links from around the world of web design, development and technology.

Anidan Design Dani McDaniel’s blog covering design and development for the web and WordPress. Dani also set up JustTweetIt with Adelle Charles at Fuel.

Arbenting From Angie Bowen and Robert Bowen, Arbenting covers design tips, tutorials, news and inspiration.

Bartelme Design This awesome little design agency share tips and advice on their blog as well as giving away wallpapers and other cool goodies.

BearSkinRug A blog by the illustrator and designer Kevin Cornell. The site contains design, art and a hell of a lot of lucklaster humour thrown in for good measure.

Beautiful Decay The online version of the Beautiful Decay magazine that features exclusive content including artist interviews, behind the scenes looks at other creative companies, artists studios and more from around the world.

Behance Magazine Great blog from the folks at the Behance Network. Wide range of articles for creatives in all sectors. Really high quality content.

Big Spaceship The blog belonging to the world famous design agency, Big Spaceship. Looking at user experience, consumer insights and emerging trends, a good read is always guaranteed.

BittBox Great blog from Jay Hilgert focusing on freebies for web designers and developers.

BoagWorld Popular podcast on web design, development and management.

Booooooom Blog from Jeff Hamada in Vancouver. Covers a wide range of creative arts.

Brendan Dawes Renowned for being the man to re-invent everythings, this guy’s creativity knows no bounds. A great site for inspiration and just to be wowed.

Brian Fling The mobile web design expert, Brian Fling, shares his insights on this wonderful blog.

Brian Yerkes One of the true “rock star” designers out there (our words not his). Great work and deep insights into the world of design and marketing.

Cats Who Code Is a blog run by Jean-Baptiste Jung, a blogger/web developer/web designer from Belgium. Cats Who Code covers web development, web design, blogging tips and WordPress. Jean-Baptiste also runs WpRecipes.

Clagnut Blog from Richard Rutter, the Production Director at Clearleft, where he discusses architecture, accessibility and design.

Colorburned Great blog from Grant Friedman covering many aspects of graphic and web design.

COLOURlovers A community where designers can create and share colours, palettes, patterns and discuss the latest trends.

Computer Arts Magazine One-stop shop for professional advice on creating digital art and illustrations.

Cool Vibe A digital art magazine showcasing science fiction, fantasy, illustrations, matte paintings, vector art, 3D renders and other amazing digital work.

Core77 The online design magazine and resource.

Coudal Partners The blog from the superstar design outfit based in Chicago. Always great features and strong opinions.

Craig Baldwin Cool blog from a student at the Winchester School of Art in England. Gathers a great list of the “best of” from across teh web.

CrazyLeaf Big design blog covering graphic design, web design, Flash, Photoshop, vector graphics, design inspiration, programming, print design, design resources and photography.

Creating Sexy Style Sheets The web designer and artist, Gina Bolton uses this  blog to share her thoughts on web design along with presentations from various conferences that she has spoken at along the way.

CreatticaDaily From the team at Envato, Creattica provides a broad range of links to articles of interest for designers and creatives.

Creative Curio Blog from Lauren Marie Krause with some really solid guides to design principles. One of the hidden gems in this list.

Creative Overflow A site providing articles,tutorials, resources and inspiration for anyone in design. How kind.

CreativeTechs Blog from the folks at Creative Techs who run an awesome set of courses for designers.

CSS Beauty A community focussed on providing it’s users with examples of good CSS based sites along new news and updates about the CSS community.

CSSstyle Edited submission site containing galleries of high quality CSS sites.

CSS Tricks Chris Coyier’s excellent community site covering website design, development, interviews with well known designers and developers and more.

D Keith Robinson The game, visual and user interface designer D Keith Robinson shares his thoughts on design on this interesting and quirky blog.

Dan Mall This blog, inspired by New York Times and LA Times in design, is the home of Dan Mall, the Senior Designer at Big Spaceship who talks all things design.

Darkmotion Blog from Pasquale D’Silva in Australia covering illustration and animation.  Good humour throughout.

David Airey A well regarded designer and incisive commentator on the design world we live in. Always original. Also moderates LogoDesignLove.

DeltaTangoBravo A blog by Daniel Burka (ex Creative Director of Digg – now Director of Design at Tiny Speck) where he shares his thoughts and views on design.

DesignBump Community powered design news.  Dig it?

DesignCreme Showcase of good design.

Design Cubicle Brian Hoff’s blog covering a range of great graphic design subjects and personal insights.

Designer Daily A blog for designers and web designers by Mirko Humbert, a Swiss graphic designer who shares his thoughts on design, resources and tips.

Designer Fix A site created for designers by designers – intended to share inspiration and techniques.

DesignerSide Collation of links to the best graphic design posts.

Designers Who Blog A design blog by Catherine Wentworth for designers, photographers, writers, marketeers, etc., who blog. Lots of reader contributions.

DesignFeedr Portfolios, inspiration, features, news. A broad range of design resources.

DesignFlavr Design inspiration with daily updates of cool design from across the web. UGC, rating and resources. Run by Andrew Greig.

DesignM.ag A community-based website run by Steven Snell for web designers and developers. The site includes a popular blog, a user-submitted news section, a design gallery, and a design job board. Also runs Vandelay Design.

Design Meltdown Really well structured blog on trends in design by Patrick McNeil. Organised in a very innovative way by “chapters” making it a great resource.

Design O’Blog Niki Brown’s views on design, inspiration and tips.

Design Poke The digg of the design world, allowing you to vote for the latest, most useful and informative web design news.

Design Observer Pithy and witty observations on design and the people who do it.

Design Reviver Tutorials, free downloads, sources of inspiration, and articles covering a wide range of web design related topics

Design Shard A valuable resource for designers ranging from design tips, inspiration and free resources such as photoshop brushes or textures to be downloaded.

Desizn Tech Mostly a resource site with themes, wallpaper, icons and freebies.

DevLounge Whether you’re looking for tips on Photoshop, WordPress Plug-ins or HTML5, there’s something here for everyone.

Dezignus.com Blog with useful freebies such as vectors, PSD brushes and shapes, textures and backgrounds, icons etc.

The Dieline Design blog dedicated to the packaging design industry. Fantastic images and graphics of great packaging design.

Digital Arts Magazine The online version of Digital Arts Magazine. Covers a gamut of subjects including graphic design, 3D, animation, video, effects, web and interactive design, in print and online

DivineCSS CSS showcase.  Best described in their own words, “We know the difference between s**t and Shinola and we’re pretty good at sniffing out a website worthy of the Divine CSS showcase gallery”.

Doodlage Unique and funny site dedicated to the art of the doodle. In their own words, “On a quest to elevate doodling to the status of an art form that it deserves!”

Doug Cloud Blog from Doug with tutorials and advice. Doesn’t post frequently, but very useful when he does.

Drawn A collaborative weblog for illustrators, artists, cartoonists, and anyone who likes to draw.

Dwell The online version of Dwell Magazine. Architecture and interior design.

Dzine Yugendran’s blog on design tutorials, inspiration, freebies and more.

Elite By Design Brian Lovin’s blog on web design and Photoshop inspiration.

Elliot Jay Stocks A well known public speaker and personality in the design world. Oh, and cool design work too!

Fadtastic The journal focussed on sharing trends in web design, typography and standards.

Fhoke Whether you’re interested in branding, design, email marketing, SEO or typography, the blog belonging to this cool design boutique studio has something for everyone.

From The Couch Hosted by brothers Marc and David Perel, this online web TV show covers everything web orientated – design, development and more.

Fudge Graphics Blog from Franz Jeitz covering graphic design, sources of inspiration and freebies.

Fuel Your Creativity Awesome resource from the folks at the Fuel Brand Network. Great articles and links to inspirational design resources.

Giackop Blog from Giacomo Coppola, a web and graphic designer from Italy.

GoMediaZine Is a site dedicated to art and graphic design. Includes tutorials, freebies and advice. For example, this post on Thoughts on Design Integrity. Getting what you want from your client.

GraphicDesignBlog.co.uk Containing great content with tips and advice for Graphic Designers, including these awesome creative techniques.

Graphic Design Blog.org High quality blog with features, interviews and design inspiration. Loved this article.

The Graphic Mac James Dempsey’s blog containing advice on all things Mac, especially for new Mac users and designers.

Hannah Donovan Creative Director for Last.fm, Hannah shares her views on web design and inspiration in this wonderful, refreshing blog.

HelpDeveloper Simon North’s blog on web design techniques, inspiration and web design business. Simon also runs ReviewMyDesign.net.

HelveticBrands Blog from David Pache, a Swiss designer running a design studio called Helvetic Brands.

HicksDesign The writing journal of Jon Hicks, looking at all aspects of the web from web design, user interfaces, branding and icons.

Hongkiat A blog from Hongkiat Lim covering Photoshop, web design, WordPress and much more. Excellent resource.

How Magazine Online magazinefrom the folks at the How group.

I’m Just Creative Logo and brand identity blog from Graham Smith covering a wide range of design topics with an emphasis on logo design and identity. Includes his expanding portfolio.

I am Khayyam Completely original blog from Khayyam Wakil.  Check out It took me 25 minutes to design my ultimate business card.

Inspiredology Great blog from Chad Mueller covering a huge range of things web and design related

IxDA The website and forum of the Interaction Design Association, an amazingly active member organisation for IX designers.

Janko At Warp Speed Janko Jovanovic is a solution architect, developer, designer and artist. His blog includes articles, resources and reviews. Check out his new ebook.

Jason Santa Maria The design legend that is Jason Santa Maria (needs no further introduction!) uses this site as an experiment in art direction online and contains some fascinating articles on design.

Jeff  Croft A freelance web designer and developer, Jeff uses this space to talk about his experiences as a designer, being a freelance and quite often karaoke!

Joel on Software The blog from the fabulous Joel Spolsky, founder of Fog Creek Software and immensely respected entrepreneur – may we say “guru”?

JonTangerine The writing place of Jon Tan, the founder of Analog and co-founder of Fontdeck. All round awesome guy.

Just Creative Design Blog from Jacob Cass, a designer & blogger with a fast-growing following and great design insight. Particularly strong on things logo-related.

Kathryn Corrick Thought provoking blog from Kathryn Corrick, a digital media consultant in the UK.

Larissa Meek Blog from Larissa Meek, creative director at AgencyNet and regular speaker on the conference circuit.

LifeDev Describes itself as “Empowering Creative People”. LiveDev is a genuinely original blog providing advice and ideas about creativity, art and design, for example, Four Reasons Why Fear is a Creative’s Friend.

Line25 Another blog from Chris Spooner of Spoongraphics. Line25 focuses more on web design.

Lines and Colors A blog from Charley Parker about drawing, sketching, painting, comics, cartoons, webcomics, illustration, digital art, concept art,  and much more. Charley created the fantastic Argon Zark web comic.

LogoBliss A logo design inspiration gallery showcasing exclusive logo designs created by the best logo designers from the design community.

LogoNest A platform intended to share creative work. Logos submitted are judged and the winners appear in a published book each year.

Logo Of The Day Logo inspiration design. Updated daily. Nice and fresh.

Loon Design Kailoon is from Malaysia and is one of the reviewers for ThemeForest. His blog covers drawing and design, especially Illustrator and Photoshop.

MachoArts A place to find digital art works, portraits, Photoshop tutorials, freebies, showcases and articles related to design.

Marketing Fresh Peel Chris Wilson’s blog on marketing, branding and innovation.

MarketingSherpa One of the strongest marketing blogs out there. Not always directly design-related, but impacts design thinking none the less.

MarcoFolio Blog from Marco Kuiper in The Netherlands covering links, cool designs and the great monthly imagedump.

Maxvoltar The blog of Tim Van Damme, world class designer based in Belgium. Founder of Made by Elephant.

Method to the Mayhem Great blog about marketing, design, self-promotion and business from Calvin Lee at Mayhem Studios, who is also one of the most prolific designers on Twitter.

MeyerWeb The author of Eric Meyer on CSS writes about standards and design.

mezzoblue The design blog by the legend Dave Shea.

MollyDotCom Blog from Molly E Holzschlag, one of the most influential women on the web. Now acting as a Web Evangelist for the operating system Opera, Molly can be found writing about web standards and her views on the web.

My Ink Blog Andrew Houle’s fantastic resource for all graphic and web designers. Also, beautifully designed IOHO.

Naldz Graphics Provides tutorials, tips, resources, inspirations, freebies and other interesting things.

Nerd Business Top of the list for innovative, thought provoking and original posts.

.Net Magazine Online version of the UK’s .Net Magazine.

Nettuts+ From the Envato team and aimed at web developers and designers.  Offers tutorials and articles on technologies, skills and techniques to improve how we design and build websites.

New Work A platform where a collective of young people working in new media can share their inspiration and latest work.

Noupe For designers and web-developers, Noupe provides news, articles and tutorials on all subjects of design, ranging from; CSS, Ajax, Javascript, web design, graphics, typography, advertising and more.

Observin Cool blog covering design related topics.

Outlaw Design Blog Fresh and inspiring design blog by Danny Outlaw. Great emphasis on passive income, which is an objective of many freelancers.

Particletree By far one of the best sites on the web, this awesome blog covers all aspects of running a great site – from code to design, writing to business aspects of running a startup.

Pearsonified Web developer and WordPress theme designer Chris Pearson gives tutorials on how to build sites the right way! SEO, design and profitability are just a couple of the topics covered.

PointBrake Blog from Ann Edwards, a web designer and developer from the Midwest. Covers topics from web development to freelancing.

Positive Space Blog A great blog from Anthony Zinni with topics that range from the typical inspirational roundup to functional articles based around running a successful agency and working as a professional graphic designer.

PrintMag The online home of Print Magazine, he bimonthly publication about visual culture and design.

Pro Blog Design A more technically focused blog covering many aspects of blog design, creation and development.

Reaction High quality blog from the folks at Etre.

Redswish Great blog from Nathan Beck, a designer working in Manchester, England.

Rey Bango A member of the jQuery Javascript library’s Core Project Team as well as a writer for Ajaxian.com, Rey shares his views on Javascript, CSS & HTML development tools, libraries, projects and books.

Sam Brown This hugely talented web designer from Edinburgh, Scotland shares his thoughts on usability and web standards.

Scene 360 Illusion The illusion project highlights artwork that is “unique”—amazing for its skills, level of creativity and vision.

sCommerce sCommerce is a self-hosted blog site for news and stories on Social Commerce and Social Sourcing.

Sharebrain Great site for web designers from Thomas in Germany. Covers front end web development as much as design.

SimpleBits The founder of the SimpleBits design studio, Dan Cederholm here shares his views on design and gives insights of projects that he’s working on.

SiteInspire Blog by Daniel Howells showcasing innovative and high quality website design. Well edited.

Sitepoint One of the biggest and broadest design resources on the web. One of the top 3 most popular ebusiness websites in the world.

Six Revisions Provides great resources for people who design AND code. Founded by Jacob Gube who also writes for  Smashing Magazine.

Smashing Apps Describes itself as “Free and useful online resources for designers and developers”.

Smashing Magazine One of the biggest graphic and web design blogs out there. Awesomely original articles covering  a huge range of subjects. Known for really in-depth and original pieces.

Snook.ca Blog of Jonathan Snook,  well known designer, coder and man-about-web. More technically focused than some blogs on this list.

SpeckyBoy Mostly “top” lists, and very well put together/edited. How lists like this should be done.

SpoonFedDesign Blog from Matt with some genuinely original tutorials and design inspirations.

Spoon Graphics The blog of Chris Spooner, a well respected designer and blogger, covering a range of design subjects, with an emphasis on vector work and graphic design. See also Line25.

Stuff and Nonsense The blog of the world renowned Andy Clarke, sharing his processes, experiences and thoughts on web design along with his many speaking gigs of course ;)

Styl.eTi.me Blog from Roger Byrne, originally from England, now in Egypt. Posts his own tutorials, “best of” lists, etc.

Subtraction The blog of Khoi Vinh, ex Creative Director for the New York Times. An expert in the field of typography, this shares his thoughts on design and all things beautiful.

SuperfluousBanter Links and insights to the wonderful designer and regular on the web design conference speaking circuit, Dan Rubin.

SwissMiss A “must read” blog from Tina Roth Eisenberg, covering an eclectic mix of “design” that is quirky, cool, or simply inspiring. How she finds time to blog and run her design business beats me. Great resource.

That Indie Dude Alex Linebrink’s blog – really forthright views on how design and design blogging is becoming “me too”. Having looked at over 400 design blogs we truly buy into that!

The Design Superhero Blog from Aravind Ajith in Bangalore, the design superhero is a design blog which handles posts on design, CSS, usability, inspiration and tutorials. Also gives away a lot of design freebies.

The Everyday Web Expert Is a blog from The Everyday Web Expert, a full service web design company run by Kyle Reddoch.

The Man in Blue Blog of Cameron Adams looking at the skill of writing and web design.

ThinkDesign Blog by Nick Pagano of ThinkFour with design resources, freebies and inspiration.

Think Vitamin Great design resource from the folks at Carsonified.

Tianodesign Thought provoking blog from Stephen Tiano that includes design issues and a lot more. Very original thinking.

Tony Naccarato Cool blog with great viewpoints from designer Tony who runs 325studio.

Tracey Grady Design Great blog from Tracey who is based in Hobart, Tasmania (Australia).

Turbomilk Great blog from an icon design team in Samara, Russia. If you are into icon design, this is a must-read blog.

Typographica Awesome resource for typefaces, fonts and typographic design.

Unbeige Mediabistro’s blog about design, “Where designers read design”.

Under Consideration Definitely worth checking out!

UsabilityPost Blog from Dmitry Fadeyev who also writes for Smashing Magazine. Covers tips and insights into good design practice including articles like 8 Characteristics Of Successful User Interfaces.

UXmatters The site provides insights and inspiration for UX professionals, with content encompassing all aspects of UX strategy, design, and user research.

Vandelay Design Blog covering a range of design topics, plus a showcase of design galleries.

Veerle’s Blog Top graphic design blog from Veerle Pieters.

Warpspire Blog of Kyle Neath – San Francisco based designer working at GitHub. The site talks about design and all things beautiful on the web.

We Are Just Creative UGC blog showcasing, well… anything creative. Run by Graham Smith who also runs I’m just Creative.

WebAppers Blog by Ray Cheung focusing on open source, high quality and free resources for web developers.

Webdesigner Depot A collaboration between leading designers around the world providing a wealth of expertise in all fields of design, such as coding, typography, Photoshop tutorial, etc.

Web Designer Mag Design focused online magazine from the UK.

Web Design Ledger Broad design blog covering design tutorials, resources, inspiration and freebies.

WebDesignerWall Design ideas and tutorials from Nick La of N.Design Studio and who also runs Best Web Gallery.

WebJackaloupe Blog from Glen Stansberry covering a range of web design and development topics such as  Taking Back the Homepage: 12 Ways to Design For the Fickle Web User

WebResources Depot Free web resources for web designers and developers.

WebToolkit4Me A blog from Gerasimos based in Thessaloniki, Greece. Lists bookmarks to great resources covering design, frontend development, backend development, SEO and useful apps.

WeFunction The blog from the team at Function, containing interviews, tips, icons and more.

Well Medicated Great blog from Andrew Lindstrom with inspirational links, showcases and freebies.

Yellowlane Blog from the hugely talented Josh Williams, founder of Gowalla who is a visual designer by trade. Here you’ll find insights into the life of the entrepreneur and his views on the web and design.

YouTheDesigner Blog from Gino Orlandi featuring tips, freebies and jobs.

Zeldman The web design superstar Jeffrey Zeldman, Executive Creative Director of HappyCog, publisher of A List Apart among many other projects, takes time to regularly update this blog with thought provoking articles. He’s just too cool for skool!

Freelance Life

37signals The web wonder that is 37signals bring their views on creating a startup and lessons that they’ve learned along the way.

Blog Perfume Bills itself as a WordPress related site, but covers a wider range of subjects for designers, writers and bloggers.  Always useful.

Escape from Cubicle Nation Blog by Pamela Slim, a coach and writer who helps frustrated employees in corporate jobs break out and start their own business.

Freelance Folder A great collection of articles from an awesome group of writers, including

Freelance Switch This is one of the top blogs for freelancers. It is packed with advice, news and opinion pieces from top freelancers, plus the great Freelance Freedom cartoon series from NC Winters.  A great example of the posts is this article on 50 Simple Marketing Ideas All Freelancers Can Use.

Fresh Thinking Ok, this is a product blog by the folks at Freshbooks, but it contains lots of useful information for budding freelancers.

Graphic Design Blender A blog with tips on how to handle clients, run a business and work freelance. Everything you could need to get by.

Lifehacker Ever popular blog that features tips, shortcuts, and downloads that help you get things done smarter and more efficiently.

Men With Pens Great blog from the team at Men With Pens focusing on web business for writers, freelancers and online entrepreneurs.

Paul Graham Not really a design blog, but a great inspiration to anyone working as an entrepreneur.

Ronnie Lebow Blog from one of Canada’s leading creative directors.  If you are freelancing, this is a MUST.

Photoshop & Illustrator Sites

10Steps.sg Photoshop tutorials, resources and freebies from Johnson Koh in Singapore.

AiBURN Is a site from Sean Hodge who is also a writer for PSDTUTS, Smashing Magazine and GoMediaZine. Centres on vector graphics, but covers a lot more.

BrushKing Brushes and tutorials.What more can we say?

BittBox A goodie box filled with design freebies, tutorials, vectors, Photoshop brushes and textures. Yum.

High Resolution Textures Close-up photographs of surfaces such as wood, stone, metal or fabric.

Layers Magazine Magazine for everything Adobe.

Lost and Taken Caleb Kimbrough’s fantastic resource of free textures.

Photoshop Creative Provides Photoshop users with lashings of practical advice and inspiration.

Photoshop Girl A blog dedicated to helping you get the most out of Photoshop. Simples.

PSDFan PSD tutorial site from Tom Ross.

PSDtuts+ From the Envato team and aimed at web developers and designers.  Showcases some of the best Photoshop tutorials around.

QBrushes A Photoshop resource site showcasing quality Photoshop brushes from different talented designers.

QVectors Showcase site for free quality vector images from around the net.

RasterVector Wonderful resource for all things Mac and Adobe.

Tutorial9 A group authored site run by David Leggett with tutorials on Photoshop, photography, web design, blogging and more.

TutorialBlog Whilst this blog primarily provides tutorials on Photoshop and web design, it also covers other aspects such as social media, writing and being a freelancer.

TutorialKing A collection of high quality Photoshop tutorials.

Tutzor Photoshop tutorials from Walter.

Vectips Site by Ryan Putnam (Rype) dedicated to Adobe Illustrator® tips, tricks, and tutorials.

Vector Diary Vectordiary is a blog on vector illustration. It was created by Tony Soh who is an exclusive vector art contributor to iStockphoto.

VectorTuts+ From the Envato team.

Vector Vault Huge collection of vector art and related articles. Includes free downloads, content and tips.

Wake Up Later Blog from Samuel Ryan writing about freelancing and entrepreneurship.

We are not Freelancers Not about freelancers, but about a web design firm in South Africa.Nice approach dubunking the myth that all web designers are freelance.

Web Worker Daily Practical tips and advice for anyone who uses the web for work.  Excellent resource for freelance designers.

Advertising Sites

Adrants Round-up of ads and marketing news from around the world, edited by Steve Hall and Angela Natividada.

Ads of the World Community site for people in advertising. Includes a huge archive of ads from around the world, news, a forum and much more.

AdGoodness Advertising showcase created by Frederik Samuel who describes the site as “The best and sometimes the worst around the globe”.

Typography Sites

8 Faces The new design magazine published by Elliot Jay Stocks focused on typography. Only 1000 copies are produced per edition. They’re special.

Ministry of Type A blog by Eegir Hallmundur which looks at type, typography, calligraphy and a whole host of other design inspirations.

I Love Typography A site focused on the disciplines of typography, type design and lettering by the ever so clever John Boardley.

Image Sourcing Sites

Big Stock Photo Offering over 4 million royalty-free photographs and illustrations from photographers and artists around the globe.

ClownFishPhoto High quality photos offered by the guys and girls who have a beautiful site of their own.

Fotolia The first worldwide social marketplace for royalty-free stock images,allowing individuals and professionals to legally buy and share stock images and illustrations.

iStockPhoto The web’s original source for royalty-free imagery – quality images are always guaranteed.

pixmac Microstock agency, selling individual images at reasonable prices.

Shutterstock The largest subscription based stock photography agency in the world.

Vector Stock Royalty-free vector graphics.

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Calling all designers!

How time flies. It’s that time of year where we publish our ever growing list of influential design blogs. After the huge success of last year’s list, we’ve decided to make it an annual event and this year’s is to be bigger and better than ever before.

In order to do this, we’re going to need YOUR HELP. Tell us which blogs you read, where you get your design juice and what you just simply couldn’t live without and see it featured in the ProofHQ love list!

Use the comments below to help add your contribution and see your recommendations included, you know you want to!

The one-minute logo by iTistic

Great stop-motion movie of a new logo being created by web design agency iTistic.

Updates to the Proof Page design

We have just released some important updates to the proof page design.  The aim is to make it even simpler for your reviewers to work with proofs inside ProofHQ.One of the most common pieces of feedback that we get from customers is that they want their clients to INSTANTLY understand ProofHQ when they open a proof for the first time.  This creates a design dilemma – how to make things simple for first time users, without hiding tools that more experienced users want quick access to.  Mark Suster covered this subject in his recent post Building Products for Mass Adoption.  Admittedly, ProofHQ is not a mass market product like Flickr or You Tube, but the principles of “Design for novices, configure for power users” still applies to a more specialist business application like ours – especially one that is used by our customers to work collaboratively with their clients.This led us to take a look at how people new to ProofHQ react when they open their first proof.  Common reactions were:“There are too many buttons, what do I do first?”“Why have the Add Comment and New Decision buttons disappeared?”“How do I know that I already made a decision?”Based on that feedback we looked at ways to cut down on the information displayed when the proof first opens and also make it clearer to users what the current status of the proof is.The main changes are:

  • Reducing the clutter in the header by having just a single row of tools and adding a tool “ribbon” that only displays when one of the tools are clicked.
  • Having the sidebar minimised on opening if there are no comments on the proof.
  • Changing the decision button text once a person has made a decision.
  • If the person is “Read Only” showing that text instead of the Add Comment and Make Decision buttons.
  • If the proof is “Locked” showing that text instead of the Add Comment and Make Decision buttons.
  • We have also tidied up the “compare mode” design so that you can see the proof names at the top of the page.

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