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onna McGarrell

Jun 09

:: Design Resources


A List Apart
About WebDesign FAQs
All Songs Considered (NPR)
Andy Rutledge designer/podcasts
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Behance Magazine's "Sites We Like"
Font Tester
Browser Stats (W3Schools) - by developers for developers
Chroma Design (especially css class)
CIO Web Professional Guides
CSS: Articles (mozilla dev ctr)
CSSCreator's Properties Comparison Chart
CSS-discuss Wiki
CSS Galleries: Tables and Comments
CSS Import - no-frills inspiration
CSS Mania
CSS Nature
CSS News compilation site
CSS Play
CSS Shark
CSS Specification from W3C -- contents, index
CSS Specificity*
CSS Vault (portfolio of good design)
CSS Zen Garden
CSS2 Reference (W3 Schools)
Daily Slurp (site of the day for web design)
Design by Fire (great topics)
Design Disease portfolio
Design Float (good categories)
The Design Inspiration
Design Meltdown (nice samples in web design)
Design Snack
Digicam Help (tutorials)
Essays on Web Design (tutorials)
Flash tutorials
Fonts for Flash - nice showcase
Free Online Tutorials at eLearning
Friendly Bit -- good articles
Guru's Network
HTML Center
IBM - Great Design Resources (check especially 'Resources' for paper and presentations NOTE: must find old one 'Ease of Use' publish 561)
Illustrator World
Image Gallery with DLs
Image Gallery (CSA - artist)
Inknoise "Layoutomatic"
IRT (Internet Related Technologies)
Interesting approaches and fixes
Inspiration at WebCreme
Java Server Pages @
JSP Google Group
JSP Solutions and Articles (Experts Exchange)
Juicy Studios (nice)
Killer Web Sites
Layout Gala
Layout Galaxy
Little Shop of CSS Horrors
Macromedia Online Support Forums
Mactopia Help and How-to for Office 08
MaxDesign - see their web process under Services (quite good)
Media College Website Design and Dev.
Media Inspiration (the designer's resource)
MeyerWeb -- The Edge (css experimentation)
Music Rebellion (10 cent downloads?)
NetMechanic Newsletter
Mozilla <developer center/>
Nifty Corners *Cube*
NYPL Online Style Guide
Open Source Web Design
Open Web Design
Ordered List
Ozone Asylum Forum
Peachpit Press articles and chapters
Pixel2Life great tutorials
Porter's Workshop (neat stuff!)
Position is Everything (css)
Poynteronline: everything to be a better journalist
Presentational Javascript (with/wout css)
Presentations Magazine
Real World Style
Resume Designs
Sea Mus n Squirrell css playground
Selectutorial (plus more css tut's)
SSI Developer
TheServerSide J2EE Community -- Patterns
Setting @media CSS2 Types
Silver Orange Labs
Simple Bits
SitePoint Newsletter
SmartWebby (portfolio, templates, tutorials)
Splintered (great tips in experiments)
Stylegala - the finest css/standards resource
The Best Design
Triunity Design
Tutorial Forums
Tuts+ (lots of great tutorials -- all media categories)
TwikiWeThey - taking back the web from bad design
UofMN-Duluth IT Ref. Tools page (good stuff)
Visualizing Diversity (very neat interp. of books of five religions)
W3 Compliant Sites
WebBuilders Toolkit
Web Credibility Research (Stanford)
Google "Web Design Forum" for lots of resources
Web Design from Scratch
Web Design Helper (lots)
Web Design L Archive
Web Design Library (good stuff!)
Web Design Tutorial Index
Web Developer's Handbook (his Blog is pretty good also)
Web Developers Notes (good resources)
Webmaster Tools
WebReference from
Website Tips by SKDesigns
Web Standards Awards (no longer exists, but a 100 sites list is here)
WSG (Web Standards Group) mail archive

Hacks and Fixes (stamp out windows problems -- see Windows tips below)
Explorer Exposed (lots of css hacks)
IE background image flicker
IE pixel gap
IE position:fixed fix
IE5/Mac Hack (and links in footer)
IE7 Compliance Patch
Microsoft's own condition comments info
The Noodle Incident Box Lessons -- one of those "white on gray guys"
Opposing Floats
Quirks Mode
Targeting CSS for IE (hack-free CSS)
Windows tips(?)

Accessibility / Standards

456 Berea Street Rec./Best Practices Dev. w/web standards
-- the perfect popup (tutorials)
Accessible Form Layout
Accessible Pop-ups
Accessible Website Menu
Accessibility 1st
Accessibility Resource Center
Apple's Web Development Best Practices
Bobby (now Watchfire-not as user-friendly) Accessibility Tool
<CF_Pretty> Accessible Blog
Colorblind Web Filter (enter your url to see)
evolt ia/usability articles
Functional Accessibility Evaluator
HTML Writer's Guild AWARE ColorLab simulation
Lighthouse Int'l Effective Color Contrast
Online Tools -- How to Improve Accessibility
NASA's WWW Best Practices (guidelines)
National Centr e for Tactile Diagrams
SAP Desgign Guild
Scroller (trying for accessibility)
Topics in Usability (Access. Tutorials for Webmasters)
Vischeck (simulates color-blindness)
W3C WAI (Web Access. Init.) Alternative Browsing
Wave Accessility Tool (WebAIM)
WebAble Library
Web Accessibility 101
WebAIM (Accessibility in Mind)
   -- Simluations page (screenreader, low-vis., distractability)
Webboy (lots of good res./portfolio)


A+ info on Digital Photography (pixels/inch, etc.)
Best sites for graphic designs, courses, etc.
Browser Cam font comparisons
Color Matters
Yahoo Designer Color Schemes
Color Scheme Tool (nice!)
Color Selector from Glidden Paints -- WOW
Complete HTML True Color Chart
Color Scheme2 (from
Colour schemer (NEAT w/gradient steps)
ColourLovers (be sure to check blog)
Color Tool (very nice--lots of degrees of color)
Cool Effects Tutorials
Cool Text Online Graphics Generator
Creationflux -- visual directory for design lovers
Darkeye - living web design showcase
Creative Commons -- Common Content Catalog
Easy RGB
em Calculator (16px per em is usual formula)
Fireworks Tutorials from Razzle Dazzle
Fireworks Tutorials
Font Size and Inheritance
Form - "select" styling (and other articles)
Free Fonts
Free TV-Movie and More Fonts
Free Images
Free Images links at TechSoup
Get the Look -- color inspirations
Go Font Yourself -- @ Chank
Grantastic Design glossary
Hype's Color Specification for NS3
Layers Magazine: How-to for everything Adobe
istock photo (cheap!)
Liquid Treat -- neat design newsletter (web and graphics)
Listable Online Tools, Generators, Checkers (rest of lists are hilarious)
Logo Design Service
Logos for the Design-Challenged (19-part series)
More Crayons (colors for web designers)
Mosaics for Mac (very cool--uses google images or glyphs or both) (satisfy curiosity about font names, origins, etc.)
Neat and Interactive Color Movie
NYPL Digital Library
PaintShop Pro Tutorials
Pantone/Hex/RGB Equivalents
Pegasus PhotoShop Tutorials
PNG Home Site
Powerpoint temlates/backgrounds -- Verry nice!
RGB Color Chart
SitePro Central (lots of free resources)
TIEM - The Internet Eye Magazine for designers
Ultraweaver Tutorials
VecpiX Tutorials and forums
VisiBone color and html popups for your desktop!
Volk's Photoshop Tips
Web Colors Home Page
Web Safe, Smart, and Unsafe (4096) Color Wheel
Webmaster's Resources: Color
Super Color Chart
Typetester - compare three fonts and multiple variables instantly

Validators/Page checkers

Juicy Studio Quality Assurance Tests
Lynx Viewer
NetMechanic Toolbox Free Sample
RSS Validator
W3C CSS Validator by URI
W3C Markup Validation for HTML
W3C Semantic Data Extractor (outline of page)
W3C XML Validator
WDG HTML Validator
WebSite Optimizer - free url diagnosis

Online Learning

CBT Cafe (computer based training)
Free Stuff Page at Stanford U.
Instructional Design Models
MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching
Ohio Learning Network Conf. archive

I like most of these designers' work!


Just For Fun

Music Map
Free Sound (sounds not songs licensed by Creative Commons)
Pandora -- your favorite music online (free!)


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