11 Web Design Resources You Should Be Using

If you are a web developer or designer, a few good web design resources can be a real life saver. Some web design resources address standards and practices, while others will keep you updated with regard to industry trends.

Some web design resources are more for entertainment purposes, while others offer tips and tricks to make designing sites simpler and more straightforward. Some web design resources are simply necessary for keeping up with the competition.

Here is a short list of 11 web design resources I commonly use that should be part of any web designer or developers arsenal:

W3C Schools

Of all web design resources, the W3C Schools site may be most useful for learning basic techniques in web design. Whether you are attempting to learn basic CSS or ramping up your HTML5 skills, the W3C Schools site offers an excellent and easy-to-use resource. Tutorials are based on W3C standards so you know the information you learn is based on best practices for the web.

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Treehouse

Treehouse is one of the great web designer resources that provide quick and easy to use video tutorials for various design and development techniques. If you learn more quickly through demonstrations, Treehouse is definitely the tutorial resource for you.

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A List Apart

A List Apart is one of the web design resources that doubles as a magazine for designers and developers. With insightful articles and posts, this resource is a must-read for every web professional.

Additionally, A List Apart is one of those web design resources that always appears high on the preferred lists of all web aficionados.

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Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine is one of the few web design resources that is actually based in Germany. Several web pros who all ended up living at various points in Germany decided to launch an online web design magazine in 2006. Smashing Magazine places a decided emphasis on presentation and style over the web.

Smashing Magazine keeps readers up to date on the latest news and trends in web design and development. The magazine also provides many valuable resource lists.

One of the best features of Smashing Magazine is that the editors will only accept advertisements for products they find useful and relevant.

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UX Movement

Self-discribed as a progressive user experience blog, UX Movement provides information about improving user interface design to enhance the user experience. This resource discusses user interface elements in detail and provides analyses of why developers and designers would choose to use “Variation X” versus “Variation Y.”

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Kuler

Adobe Kuler enables quick color theme creation and testing on the platform. In addition, thousands of free themes are available from the Kuler community. This free application can be utilized by accessing the web-based version or downloading the app to a tablet or laptop. Kuler is fully integrated with the Adobe Creative Suite, version 6, where it is also available.

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CSS Tricks

CSS Tricks is one of those “must-have” web design resources because if you are designing websites, who doesn’t get their hands dirty with some CSS? CSS Tricks provides, just that — several tricks to enhance your cascading style sheets. The site is mainly composed of useful tips in the form of blog posts and articles.

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Perishable Press

Perishable Press is a resource for web developers and designers who create coded pages, as well as those who develop WordPress sites. Perishable Press covers topics ranging from customizing WordPress themes to SEO and PHP. Perishable Press also offers tutorials and demos for web designers and developers.

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Adobe Browser Lab

Adobe Browser Lab is hosted by the Adobe company, famous for Adobe Reader, Photoshop, Illustrator and various creative tools that are widely utilized by web and graphics professionals.

Adobe Browser Lab enables web designers and developers to publicly and privately test web pages across multiple platforms and browsers.

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Net Tuts

Net Tuts offers web design and development tutorials, from basic to advanced techniques. The site covers topics ranging from basic HTML and CSS tips to more advanced Ruby on Rails articles and posts. A premium membership in TutsPlus is available for more in-depth courses, tutorials and e-books for web professionals.

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Web Monkey

Web Monkey is one of the web designer resources that is mainstay within the community. Web Monkey is produced and hosted by Wired.com.

Web Monkey covers new products, trends and timely information that is relevant to the field of web design, including posts about web development tips and tricks. Web Monkey is one of the premier web resources for keeping up with browser technologies and web standards.

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