Favorite Links

Useful Web Information

Design Meltdown. This website showcases awesome web design. What you’ll find here is a collection of hand picked, hand-cataloged web sites. The goal is to inspire, challenge, and inform you.

Usability. Addresses the relationship between tools and their users. In order for a tool to be effective, it must allow intended users to accomplish their tasks in the best way possible. The same principle applies to computers, websites, and other software. In order for these systems to work, their users must be able to employ them effectively.

Think in Metaphors. Design and layout are intimately linked, but before you figure out how you will arrange everything, figure out the design effect you want. The easiest way to do this is to think of a metaphor. Ponder what your content scope is. What metaphors come to mind? Think in pictures and in words.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The main international standards organization for the World Wide Web (abbreviated WWW or W3).

All About Design

Color Scheme Designer. This simple tool can help in the selection of a color scheme and has numerous applications from web and graphic design to interior design.

Edward Tufte. The New York Times calls Edward Tufte “The Leonardo da Vinci of data.” Tufte’s website offers a plethora of design information and promotes presenting data and information in clear, intelligent, creative ways.

Illustrator Nigel Holmes. Explanation Graphics.

Before and After Magazine. Has been sharing its practical approach to graphic design since 1990. Before & After is dedicated to making graphic design understandable, useful, and even fun for everyone.

Miscellaneous & Favorite Links

Elizabeth Hack. Abstract paintings.

Wilma Wyss. Sculptures.

iStock Photo. The internet's original member-generated image and design community. Get easy, affordable inspiration with millions of safe, royalty-free photographs, vector illustrations, video footage, audio tracks and Flash files. Buy stock or sell stock — or both.

Getty Images. Their Flickr service offers authentic images capturing real life around the world starting at $5 per image.

Lynda. An amazing and useful online training library, plus much more.

Cornell University Ergonomics Web. Focuses on ways to enhance usability by improving the ergonomic design of hardware, software, and workplaces to enhance people’s comfort, performance and health in an approach we call Ergotecture.

Teknights. Dedicated computer technicians who really know their stuff.

Fred Miranda. Photography software and tips.

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