What are the best resources for Web designers?

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    #1Webflow

    Webflow
    Webflow is a visual content management system specially designed for professional designers and developers who want to build dynamic websites without writing code. Instead, you can directly work on the real website. 
    Websites

    $12- $36 (Free trial available)

    Roy Simmons
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "I was looking for a quick and easy way to update the look of my website. I was also hoping to not break the bank in the process. A lot of searching through expensive designers and technical software had me thinking of scrapping the idea. But by a great stroke of luck, I came upon WebFlow. It is simple and easy to use, and in no time I had my new website up and running!"
  2. 44

    #2Logopond

    Logopond
    Logopond is an inspirational site & showcase of identity work from designers of varying abilities all across the world. We seek to inspire and improve the talents of our design family through shared knowledge and helpful experiences.
    Websites

    Free

    Mary Rios
    Written on May 27, 2017
    "I was trying to find some sites for ideas on my logos when I came across this site, Logopond. It is not a professional site, it has amateurs providing their work for sale. I am looking for something a bit more exciting, these logos seem a bit bland for my taste. "
  3. 43

    #3Iconfinder

    Iconfinder

    Iconfinder is a website that provides high-quality icons to millions of creative professionals. The Iconfinder Marketplace lets contributing illustrators earn royalties by drawing, uploading and selling their original artwork.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan.

    Donna Alvarado
    Written on February 14, 2017
    "My company recently downsized, and unfortunately our graphics editor was among those let go. We tried making graphics in-house, but frankly none of us were very good at it. Iconfinder has helped fill that void. It makes it easy to not have to worry about accidentally copying someone else's work. The library itself is expansive, and so far, we've been able to find something that fits our particular needs. "
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    #4Brands of the World

    Brands of the World
    Brands of the World is the most comprehensive library of brand logos in vector format. BotW is also a great place for designers to upload their logo designs and professional details to get exposure, recognition and clients.
    Websites

    Free

    María de Lourdes Salinas
    Written on June 28, 2017
    "It can be hard to get started in design. Brands of the World not only helped me ensure that my concept was truly unique, but it also helped me to vet exposure and really jump-started my career."
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    #5COLOURlovers

    COLOURlovers
    COLOURlovers provides artists, designers and professionals with the best resource for color trends, inspiration, and information. Like the open source movement where developers create better software by cooperative involvement, at COLOURlovers, visitors find color trends and information provided by the public itself. 
    Websites

    Free

    Laura Webb
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Love this! When we first moved into our home I went a bit over the top with painting every room a different, vibrant color. Now we're looking to tone it down a bit and also thinking about resale value in the future. This site shows user submitted color palettes and current trends so I can get some new ideas while also seeing what other people might like or dislike. "
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    #6Delicious

    Delicious
    Delicious is a social bookmarking web service that allows you to bookmark, store, share and discover different webs. This tool uses a classification system known as non-hierarchical in which users tag with a freely chosen index.


    Websites

    Free

    Barbara Fields
    Written on April 13, 2017
    "I don't really see this as a great source for Web designers. I'd be better off just searching from Google. It might be nice to be able to see specific sites others have used, but I feel like it would be very difficult to find specific things you are looking for."
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    #7Affinity Designer

    Affinity Designer
    Conceived and developed by a passionate team of artists and programmers, Affinity gives creatives exactly what they need for the highest quality artwork, photos, and designs accurate, high quality tools in fast, innovative, reliable apps with flair. 
    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    $49.99

    Sandra Reed
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "A nice way to make some amazing photos with their editing software. Their graphic design is available at one price, versus a subscription, which makes life much easier. I love that they have received the apple design award, that shows me that this is a quality product. "
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    #8Dribbble

    Dribbble
    Dribbble is a worlwide community where you can show, promote, discover, and explore design. Web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types share small screenshots that show their work, process, and current projects.
    Websites

    Free

    Stephen Gonzales
    Written on March 18, 2017
    "I love dribble. As a graphic designer, it gives me a platform to show off my portfolio and find work. Sometimes when I'm in a slump, I can just browse around and get inspiration from other people on the platform."
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    #9dafont.com

    dafont.com
    Archive of freely downloadable fonts. Browse by alphabetical listing, by style, by author or by popularity. These fonts can be installed in Windows, Mac, and even Linux computers.
    Websites

    Free

    Carol Gray
    Written on May 30, 2017
    "This is neat tool for obtaining fonts for your computer but it doesn't help with any kind of web design itself. I will use it for working on my computer in Word and such, but it doesn't help me design in the webpage aspect. "
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    #10Macaw

    Macaw
    Macaw is a responsive web design tool that allows you to build dynamic websites while writing clean, semantic HTML and CSS. It works on Windows and Mac and you can download it for free. 
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Julia Morales
    Written on April 16, 2017
    "Macaw is an excellent resource for beginner and experienced web designers alike. It is a really streamlined platform that offers a lot of options. The fact that it's free is even better and makes this a must for any person looking to learn web design."
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    #11Vector Portal

    Vector Portal
    Vectorportal is huge database of free original vector files offered under Creative Commons Attribution License. Users can freely use our artwork for their designs.
    Websites

    Free

    Brian Russell
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Wow what a wonderful site where I can download all kinds of vectors and for free no less which considering they have over 35000 vectors that's amazing."
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    #12Vector Magic

    Vector Magic
    This application convert bitmap images to vector images offline. Supports all the Online Edition file formats, plus AI and DXF output. Works seamlessly with Illustrator, Corel, and others.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Price upon request

    Jerry Cole
    Written on June 27, 2017
    "I just got into web designing and I find this program very useful. I had questions at first but I was able to try it before I bought it. I have a great impression overall."
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    #13Head First Design Patterns

    Head First Design Patterns
    This edition of Head First Design Patterns-now updated for Java 8-shows you the tried-and-true, road-tested patterns used by developers to create functional, elegant, reusable, and flexible software
    Books

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    Magdalena Arias
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "This is a decent resource since it is a book that helps solve problems that other designers have had. It teaches you about design practices. It is not the best resource for web designers as this is more of a beginners guide but it will definitely be a helpful solution. "
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    #1499designs

    99designs
    99designs is an online graphic design marketplace that connects businesses of all types and sizes with talented creatives around the world. 
    Websites

    Sophia Xiong
    Written on March 21, 2017
    "99 designs would really help my Wordpress blog. It may not be for advanced Web designers though since it does not have resources but simply designs the webpage for me. If I wanted different fonts or graphics to add myself, I would need to use a different webpage."
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    #15Dev.Opera

    Dev.Opera
    Dev.Opera covers current and future HTML, CSS and JavaScript features and implementations, responsive web design, browser extensions, and more.
    Websites

    Free

    Anthony Grant
    Written on May 21, 2017
    "I couldn't find a good resource for web designers and then I found Dev.Opera. It covers all the basics and gets into some more complex topics like Java, etc. It really helped me become a better web developer. If you're looking to strengthen your web skills. it is worth a look."
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    #16Invision

    Invision
    Invision is a prototyping, collaboration, and workflow platform for designers, powering the future of digital product design through a deep understanding of the dynamics of collaboration. 
    Software

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free- /month. Free trial available.

    Johnny Hill
    Written on June 15, 2017
    "When we decided to start our small web design company we needed a source for combining our resources and thats when we found Invision. Invision is a prototyping, collaboration, and workflow platform that allowed us to work independently but still work together on group projects. It is worth checking out!"
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    #171001 Free Fonts

    1001 Free Fonts

    In this website you will find thousands of font fonts and you can download for personal use any of them. 1001 Free Fonts is the ideal website to  customize your texts

    Websites

    Free

    Amanda Soto
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "1001 Free Fonts was so useful and helpful! I wanted a unique font to use for my business cards and they had so many options, all of them looking great! Highely recommend the website as it will not do you wrong."
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    #18[BLOG] CSS Tricks

    [BLOG] CSS Tricks
    CSS-Tricks is a web design community website curated by Chris Coyier. They also publish different articles about building websites and more with the help of his staff and guest writers. The blog has been online since 2007.
    Websites

    Free

    Brenda Mendoza
    Written on May 17, 2017
    "With web design evolving on a seemingly daily basis, even the most experienced web developer or designer cannot possibly retain every code by memory alone. Nor is it necessary with the help of free internet resources, such as CSS Tricks. CSS Tricks is a resource community for web designers and developers. Although the name might suggest it, CSS Tricks is not just for CSS! It has evolved throughout the years to be a one stop shop for all things web design and development. You can learn new techniques, or refer to guides to help cement your knowledge. "
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    #19DeviantArt

    DeviantArt
    DeviantArt is the largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts, allowing people to connect through the creation and sharing of art. These works available to download and offer multiple resolution options depending on the artists.
    Websites

    Free

    Annie Xu
    Written on August 6, 2017
    "I think everyone knows what DeviantArt is. If you haven't, have you been living under a rock? It's a great source for web designers to upload their work and show it off for everyone to see."
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    #20MUI CSS

    MUI CSS

    MUI CSS is a lightweight Material Design CSS framework. MUI follows the design guidelines provided by Google Material Design for creating any design related solution.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Jerry Medina
    Written on February 6, 2017
    "If you're looking to streamline your coding experience, this application really helps save time, effort, and keystrokes. It's simple, has a small learning curve, and easy to use!"
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    #21Behance

    Behance
    On Behance, designers can showcase and discover the latest work from top online portfolios by creative professionals across industries.
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Douglas Lopez
    Written on May 28, 2017
    "As Behance is a site for creative people I noticed, of course, the strong sense of style which I find visually compelling. The galleries drew me in and made me want to keep visiting. Behance has over two million members and over five million projects have been posted to the site. Joining the site is free and you are not charged to post your work. I like the strong sense of collaboration. "
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    #22Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills

    Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills
    In this book, written by David Sherwin, you'll find 80 creative challenges that will help you achieve a breadth of stronger design solutions, in various media, within any set time period.
    Books

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    Donald Curtis
    Written on May 16, 2017
    "This solution is OK, but not great. It does not specifically focus on web design, which is a major drawback. The challenges related to what I was interested in were fun and interesting, though. So when it hits its mark, it really hits. I just wish it had been more devoted to web design in general."
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    #23Wordpress for Beginners 2017

    Wordpress for Beginners 2017
    The primary goal of this book is to take anyone, even an absolute beginner, from zero to Wordpress "guru" in a few short hours. Inside this book, veteran Wordpress expert Andy Williams will start at the very beginning. This book is a major new release for 2017, covering the latest version of Wordpress.

    Books

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    William Chapman
    Written on March 6, 2017
    "Wordpress is an amazing resource for people who want to build their own websites for business or for personal use. This book has given me the knowledge and the skills to build my website from scratch within a few days and I have learnt many tricks that are very useful. "
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    #24Pencil Project

    Pencil Project
    Pencil is built for the purpose of providing a free and open-source GUI prototyping tool that people can easily install and use to create mockups in popular desktop platforms.
    Software

    Other Platform

    Free

    Linda Duan
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "If you are looking for the best resources for web designers, the Pencil Project is a good resource to look into. I enjoy using it because it has a free open-source GUI prototyping tool that I can use to make mockups in different platforms to test."
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    #25Above the Fold

    Above the Fold

    Above the Fold is a different kind of web design book, it's about the fundamentals of clear graphic communication within the context of Web design. 

    Books

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    Dennis Kelly
    Written on September 4, 2017
    "I was fooled by the positive reviews but Above the Fold has some serious issues that makes me regret buying it. First off it feels obvious it was written by the page considering how poorly it uses its space and secondly it much of the information will feel like it will quickly feel dated to anyone like myself whose been in the industry for a while. "
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    #26HTML & CSS: A Beginner's Guide

    HTML & CSS: A Beginner's Guide

    This book offers practical guidance, examples and know how without the long boring technical fluff and how to apply it to related Web development issues. 

    Books

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    John Cao
    Written on September 4, 2017
    "As a web designer this book is a great resource in the way that a dollar store children's book is a valuable resource for a Pulitzer prize winning journalist who covers international strife. No seriously it is more light reading than a useful tool to help keep me refreshed."
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    #27Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS

    Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS

    This book introduces you to HTML and CSS as you follow along with the author, step-by-step, to build a fully functional web site from the ground up.

    Books

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    Linda Hernandez
    Written on September 4, 2017
    "I got the book Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS to get started learning web design. The step-by-step guide and all the guides really helped a lot. I had my site up and running the way I wanted with all the things I learned."
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    #28Gravit Designer

    Gravit Designer

    Gravit Designer is a free and full-featured vector designer application right at your fingertip. It is available for different platforms including Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome.

    Apps

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Jesse Burton
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "Gravit is an amazing site and tool to use for webdesign. For years i have used Adobe Dreamweaver and that has done its jobs. Gravits can do so much more then webdesign. With some great import, export options and loads of templates you can have a website, blog or even a custom Tumblr or Facebook header. I can even accesses video tutorials on how to use it."
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    #29Google Web Designer

    Google Web Designer
    Create engaging, interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics that can run on any device.
    Websites

    Free

    Sandra Ramos
    Written on November 4, 2017
    "I'm a design junkie. I love making things look good and finding creative ways to do it. This design studio looks like a great application to create your design easily. It appears to be extremely user friendly and offers a lot of tools so that you can design exactly what you want. I don't think you'll need a manual to figure this application out!"
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    #30Adobe Fireworks

    Adobe Fireworks
    Fireworks provides web designers with a lightweight, effective means of creating graphics for their web pages without getting deep into code or lost amid multiple color palettes.  
    Software

    Other Platform

    Free

    Austin Wilson
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "Adobe is always synonymous with excellence, in management and design of images, work with this program, when I started to study the web pages and combine it with other adobe programs, like Dw, Ps, Id, the result was that almost all these programs are handled in a similar way, keeping the distances clear, but I was staying little by little with Fw, the handling of the images is very good and allows you to continue learning, without forgetting the handling of the other programs, I have worked with corel , and already forgotten some functions, in adobe creative programs does not happen that, you are always in an interface very similar to the other programs, same tools, same view, etc. I'm still learning how to handle other programs in the creative series and I love it."
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    #31Sketch

    Sketch

    Sketch is a design toolkit built to help you create your best work — from your earliest ideas, through to final artwork. It has useful features, an intuitive interface and powerful plugins built by a community of developers. The features are designed to helps you focus on what you do best.

    Software

    Mac, iOS

    Free

    Lucy Liu
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "Sketch is a fabulous web-based design tool. It give you control over the whole process from initial idea to completed project, and makes it easy to re-use the pieces you make. This tool is easy to use, and has tons of features!"

Summary

Best What are the best resources for Web designers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1WebflowWebsites 51 Paid
2LogopondWebsites 44 Free
3IconfinderWebsites 43 Free
4Brands of the WorldWebsites 42 Free
5COLOURloversWebsites 39 Free
6DeliciousWebsites 37 Free
7Affinity DesignerSoftware 35 Paid
8DribbbleWebsites 33 Free
9dafont.comWebsites 31 Free
10MacawSoftware 29 Free
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