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.
- Awwwards (http://www.awwwards.com/): To see cutting edge website design, and what leading developers are currently creating.
- Designspiration (http://designspiration.net/): A site to ‘discover and share great design’. There is a really useful search tool by colour too.
- Bernstein & Andriulli (http://www.ba-reps.com/illustrators): A good source of different illustration styles
- Visualoop (http://visualoop.com/): A collection of infographics and data visualisations, the majority of which we would can ‘editorial infographics’. We love the simplistic work by Nigel Holmes – http://visualoop.com/nigelholmes
- It’s Nice That (http://www.itsnicethat.com/): Creative and innovative design from all disciplines – be warned, there is some weird stuff on here! Most of the team follow this website on Twitter.
- Dribbble (https://dribbble.com/) and Behance (https://www.behance.net/): Useful places to see what other designers are up to, and follow your favourites.
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
- 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
- UI Patterns (http://ui-patterns.com/patterns): A library of ‘recurring solutions that solve common design problems’ for user interfaces.
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.