7 New Sites for Designers that are Worth a Look
One of the great things about the design industry is that there is always plenty of information available and a number of great resources are at your disposal. Recently there have been a number of noteworthy site launches. Here are 7 new sites that I think you’ll appreciate.
My friend Noura Yehia of Noupe just launched DevSnippets, a code snippet gallery, a few days ago. It provides a great opportunity for designers and developers to share their work and for others to enhance their projects and learn something new. Also, there is a huge contest to celebrate the launch ($4,600 in prizes going to the top submitters).
Script and Style
A few weeks ago Chris Coyier of CSS-Tricks and David Walsh launched an awesome news-related site, Script & Style. In my opinion it’s a fairly similar concept to CSS Globe (which I also love) in that users can submit links to be posted and there are also some original articles/tutorials. If you like to stay up-to-date with current topics in web design and development, check out Script & Style.
It seems like every time I open up my feed reader Envato (formerly Eden) is launching a new site. Currently they’re in a Beta invitation only phase with ThemeForest (see the announcement at PSDTUTS). ThemeForest will be a theme marketplace where you can sell your own theme creations to make some extra money. If you’re interested in getting in early, Freelance Folder is giving away a bunch of beta invites.
If you’re interested in learning more about the psychology of color or getting some ideas for your own color schemes, Cymbolism is a fun tool. It’s basically a word association game created by Mubashar Iqbal of Most Inspired (and many other sites). You’ll be given a word or phrase and then you click on the color that you associate with that word or phrase. You can also see the results for a lot of data captured by the site’s users.
Fresh Church Sites
I got an email last week from a reader that just launched Fresh Church Sites, a web design gallery focusing on church websites. The quality of church websites has really improved in the last year or two, so this site could be interesting to follow if it consistently adds new sites to the gallery. With so many design galleries out there, I like the idea of niche galleries.
If you’re looking for a new design blog to follow, Design Shard is not a bad choice. Some noteworthy posts include Create a Stunning Grunge Background (video tutorial) and Typographic + Design Inspiration from Music Magazine Ads.
Ok, this one is some shameless self promotion. A few weeks ago I announced the launch of DesignM.ag, and the first three weeks have seen some exciting growth. The site has a blog (some popular posts include 200+Resources for Freelance Designers and 9 Ways to Get Your Design Portfolio Seen), a community news section and a design gallery.
Are there other recent launches that you like?
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