It takes seconds for a programmer to start his new project and give it a shape but for a web designer it's not that simple. It's all about inspiration, art, a lot of imagination and time. Sometimes weeks, days or hours. After that, you need the skills to draw that image from your head and actually put it "on paper". This requires talent, experience and more inspiration. With this small roundup featuring september's best resources for designers, we will try to feed your mind with a little bit of information and tools that might get you started faster or take you to a higher level.
"Professional Design Weaponry"
"Free online tool for color palette design and matching"
"Photoshop Layer Styles are the easiest way to speed up the design process. I found that my previous article - Ultimate Web 2.0 Gradients v3.0 was a lot helpful to many."
"Dozens of pretty Blogger templates, many inspired by themes from Wordpress and other blog hosts "
"The wallpapers from the wild seventies. Make your choice from a huge range of wallpapers and order online."
"These buttons aren’t meant to be exact copies of the iPhone interface, but some of the translucent menus were a big inspiration. Hope you like em."
"These Photoshop brushes, patterns, and tutorials are all for usage in Photoshop 7+."
"Here’s a little Photoshop guide to mimic the 300 style. The effects could also be applied to video in After Effects with a similar setup."
"How to design good wordpress theme"
"The power of photoshop in pure examples."
"In honor of some of our favorite summer blockbusters (Harry Potter and Transformers), we bring you our 10, 11 most-favorite movie-effect tutorials. From Scarface to Sin City to Pirates of the Carribean to 300, we’ve got 11 great ways to go Hollywood on your photos."
"All photos on this web site are public domain. You may use these images for any purpose, including commercial."
"Using the Actions palette in Photoshop, you can record all of those little tweaks you perform to prepare your photos, then "replay" them to instantly complete the same list of tasks on multiple images."
"In this tutorial I will show you how to take an ordinary photo, and make it look like it's a still from a movie. Now this photo is great as is, but its not so cinematic. So lets make it cinematic!"
"The Open Design Community TODC is a group of Open Source Website Designers providing free web design templates helping to make the global internet a prettier place"
"The Upside Down House is a project created by a Polish businessman and philanthropist named Daniel Czapiewski"
"We offer over 500 photoshop brushes all for free, with those kind of numbers why would you search for photoshop brushes anywhere else?"
"Using transportation as an advertising medium has brought forward some of the most creative ads."
"A list of tools that help make your design readable to all users by checking if text has sufficient contrast against its background"
"Figuring out how to be arrogant and humble at once, figuring out when to watch users and when to ignore them."
"A weblog about design, business, experience, simplicity, the web, culture, and more."
"Vecteezy is an index of Free Vectors available for download by some of the best designers around the world. The site is updated every day, so be sure to check back often"
"Super color palettes inspired from nature"
"Explore how color affects emotions, appetite, vision, sexuality, design, art, businss, marketing and trends. Learn about color theories in art, nature, science and psychology."
"Side-by-side diagrams of a few common espresso drinks."
"This is a wonderfully informative Amazon update based on Joachim Rohde's discovery of an interview with Amazon's CTO."
"OpenAd is a global online marketplace for great advertising, marketing and design ideas."
"Over 40 working examples of user-friendly, creative and outstanding 404 error pages - in a brief overview."
" A Wall of Imagination, Ideas, Tutorials, and Web Trends"
"Urban Dirty is a regularly updated online photo library featuring 231 gritty, grimy and sometimes slimy images for use in design and artwork creation."
"A library of factory sleeves. A reference for vinyl geeks and graphic designers."
"This tutorial will show you how to make a beautiful lighting effect on scatters by using Photoshop."
"A website thumbnail creator."
"What makes a web-designer a great web-designer? Guts and information and bit of talent. All designers have to defeat the same monsters."
"5 sets of cool web2.0 vector icons."
"How to design cool stuff."
"Free patterns to download."