The list below provides details of websites we often use, either as reference, or for providing us with tools and templates to help our designs.

Inspiration

 

For information design research

  • International Institute for Information Design (http://www.iiid.net/): Best practice and research from around the globe.
  • Centre for Information Design Research at University of Reading (https://www.reading.ac.uk/cidr/): A world leader in information design research.

 

Icons and pictograms

  • The Noun Project (https://thenounproject.com/): There really are thousands of icons on this user-generated marketplace. Most are of a good quality as they are vetted by the Noun Project before going on.

 

Design developments and events

  • Twitter (https://twitter.com/): It’s a bit of a no-brainer, but Twitter is of course one of the best places to find out what’s going on in the design world, especially at a local level. Take a look at our Twitter account to see who we are following – https://twitter.com/TDL_Creative

 

Mapping

  • Google (https://www.google.co.uk): Mainly used for reference, but can also be used as a base to trace over. An essential tool for construction method statements.
  • Open Street Map (http://www.openstreetmap.org): Created by its users and free to use under an open licence.

 

User interface design

 

Templates and mock ups

Great for creating photo-realistic mock ups with your own 2D designs, e.g. posters, interfaces and booklets – normally in Adobe Photoshop.