The best websites may look different, but they have more or less the same characteristics. They’re easy to navigate, the colors and text are easy on the eyes, they load fast, and so on.
Take a look at these award-winning websites and see what they have in common. Because of how easy these are to use, we don’t think too often about the work that goes into it. However, each of the elements in that website, from the font choice to the images, are well thought out.
Do you want to create works of art like those examples? You’ll need the right tools and web design resources, which we have compiled below. Learn how each one can help you create a perfect website.
1. Adobe Photoshop
Let’s start with this list with the most popular one out of the bunch: Adobe Photoshop. If you’re wondering why it’s so popular, that’s because it has a ton of professional designing tools.
With these powerful tools, you can create any type of art: from an icon to a logo to a full web page. You can also use it to edit and enhance already existing artworks and photographs.
For vector graphics, though, you’ll need another tool; this is where we can recommend Sketch. You can use this digital design app for both UI and UX design, including icon, mobile, and web.
Vector graphics are the better choice for web design – and other graphic arts – anyway. The reason for this is they don’t lose any sharpness when resized as opposed to raster (pixel-based) images.
The downside is that you can only create and edit Sketch files on Mac OS. You will be able to view Sketch files on a Windows PC using a different app, though.
3. Adobe Dreamweaver
The Dreamweaver CS6 makes it easy to create and edit web pages – and without writing codes. If you know how to code, though, you can also do that within the app. Once you’re satisfied with the pages, you can then publish them straight from Dreamweaver.
Udemy is an online learning platform where students can connect with educators. It’s quickly rising as one of the best web design resources for people who want to learn but can’t go to a traditional school.
It sources its lessons from content creators who sell these for profit. It’s rife of web design experts, the kinds you’ll see in a business like this website development company, selling useful lessons about any web design topics you can think of.
Are you a beginner who wants to learn the ins or outs of Photoshop? Or are you already a professional looking to expand on their current knowledge?
Either way, you’ll find the resources you need for your learning adventure on Udemy.
5. Creative Bloq
To keep yourself updated with the latest trends, make sure to bookmark Creative Bloq. It publishes daily articles about art, graphic design, web design, and other topics.
It’s a great way to discover new website design resources, learn some new tips, and keep an eye on any new developments. If you find yourself stuck in a rut, this website might also give you an inspiration on what to try or do next.
6. Smashing Magazine
This is an online magazine offering articles, books, and eBooks about web development. The authors of the articles are from experienced designers, so you know you’re getting great advice and tips. Many of the eBooks it offers are free, too, but most come with a price tag of $5 to $19 (except for the bundles).
It also has a membership option, which provides members access to webinars, early access tickets to tickets, the Smashing library, discounts, and more, depending on whether you’re a supporter, member, or a smashing.
7. Google Fonts
Looking for typography web design assets for your modern website(s)? Google has your back; Google Fonts is a great web design resource wherein you can find almost a thousand different fonts.
Each font is customizable; you can do that right on the browser before you copy the code for embedding on your website.
You will also find some details about each font on its information page. You can see its usage, in which countries it’s popular, how many websites use it, and more. Scroll down a bit on the font’s page and you’ll see its popular pairings (and a handy preview).
8. Font Awesome
Font Awesome is another one of the most popular web designer resources because of its massive library of icons. It’s an icon toolkit that offers over 1,500 free sets of icons, but if you pay for a subscription, you get almost 4,000 more.
The icons CSS- and LESS-based, allowing you to customize it to fit the specific theme of your website. They are scalable vectors, which means you can resize it up or down without losing quality.
Finding the right color scheme is a common struggle of web designers, but this tool aims to change that. It makes it easy to come up with a color scheme that will work well together on your website.
It works by starting with one color and then giving you a palette of 5 shades per color. It has five different palette patterns: tetrad, triad, adjacent, monochromatic, and free-style.
Pixabay offers a large selection of high-quality images you can download for free. It’s a great resource for stock photos, illustrations, and vector art. It even has short HD clips you can also use for creating video content on your website.
Every content you see here is free to download under the Pixabay License. Under this license, you don’t have to give credit to the contributor, you can edit the content, and you can use it for commercial purposes across print and digital.
Find More Web Design Resources
Each website you’ll create is going to be nothing like each other because of factors like client’s preference, type of website, theme, and so on. It’s unlikely that you’ll use the same web design resources for each one. If you want to find out more, read our other posts and discover something new about web design.