5 Resources To Make You A Better Designer

Being a self taught designer/photographer having a great list of websites resources has been key to my success. I thought I might share my top 5.  Now in order to make the list these sites have to be updated often, aware of emerging trends/technologies, and helpful in nature. Below are my top 5 go to sites to find tutorials, industry news, and inspiration.

1. Lynda.com


Without a doubt Lynda.com has been one of my best resources. At 30 bucks a month I jokingly refer to it as a poor mans college. Lynda offers great video tutorials that cover just about every design, programing, and editing software out there.
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2. Smashing Magazine


Smashing Magazine is a multifaceted site that covers everything from coding to graphic design. On top of being updated daily they also offer nice freebies and tutorials.
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3. Designer Daily


Designer Daily is a great place to not only go for the latest info but they offer resources, how-to, and a job board.
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4. One Page Love


One page love is exactly what it sounds like a site that post well designed single pages they find across the web.I really dig One Page Love… I visit here often for inspiration and to keep up with design trends
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5. dribbble


If you ever wanted to get feedback from your peers and couldn’t well now you can (Provided you get an invite). Again being that I am self taught and somewhat new to graphic and web design.. I have yet get an invite but I do visit there often for inspiration.
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If you have a favorite design resource you would like to share please leave a comment! I will be posting my top 5 photography and video resources soon.

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