I’m always doing design research. I found that it was necessary to pull all my research together to help others. This page is available to all designers and anyone else that can find it helpful. If you have anything to add please do so in the comments. I would love to have other’s contribute and collaborate on this ever-growing project. I have an even more expanded list of resources on my pinterest board.

Brandstorming 101

The Business End of Design

The Ladies of QuiteStrong have an amazing List of Resources [Google Doc].

I have developed creative briefs and many who I have worked with have picked up these briefs [Coming Soon].

Self Promotion – from the Freelancer’s Union.

Tools and Supplies

Check the Tools and Supplies page for a full list of tools and supplies that I use on my projects.

Color

Color-hex website – has some really great palettes either by color theme or the palettes 0f different companies including Facebook, twitter, and Google.

Design Seeds is a really great resource of colors.

How to find the closest match Pantone color – by Pixelzz Design

Typography/Copy

The Punctuation Guide – is a resource for all things punctuation. I know I can never remember the key commands for an en dash… Just copy and paste.

Backgrounds

Subtlepatterns.com and mysitemyway.com have some great free background textures.

Some iPhone info for designers and non-designers

Four privacy settings you should enable in iOS 7 

11 tips to keep iOS 7 from destroying your battery life

Creative Professional Development

People ask me all the time about where they can learn to be more creative, to improve their skills and to acquire more technical skills. I have compiled a list of professional development resources for creatives and others to help.

CreativeLive offers free, real-time training in photo & video, art & design, music & audio, craft & maker, and money & life. Re-broadcasts of these courses are all available for purchase.

Skillshare offers courses featuring a variety of instructors teaching in their specialty. Some classes are free, while others are a one-time purchase, subscription is also available.

Acumen and Novoed offer up a number of courses. I’m currently enrolled in IDEO’s Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design.