100 Useful Resources for Graphic Designers

Tutorials

50. www.pixel2life.com
Pixel2life is one of the largest tutorial search engines on the internet providing great tutorials to graphic designers and programmers.

51. www.good-tutorials.com
Good Tutorials is a massive tutorial website with tens of thousands of tutorials for Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, and more.

52. www.w3schools.com
If you need to brush up on your coding skills then this is the place to go. The information is accurate and up to date and its def worth taking all the tutorials.

53. www.tutorialoutpost.com
Tutorial Outpost has a vast collection of thousands of tutorials for Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, 3D Studio Max, and more!

Photoshop Brushes

54. www.brusheezy.com
Brusheezy is a very useful site with lots of great sets of free brushes varying in style.

55. www.psbrushes.net
PS Brushes is home to over 500 Photoshop brushes that are all free to download and categorized for easy searching.

56. www.getbrushes.com
Get Brushes has sets of Photoshop brushes made up of various swirls, ornamental designs, and flourishes. flowers, dots, circles, and various other ornamentations.

Printers

57. www.4over4.com
4over4 is a good balance between quality and affordability and can handle most of the print jobs you would require.

58. www.modernpostcard.com
Modern postcard is known for its quality printing but can be a bit pricey compared to other sites. If you are looking for top notch printing though look no further.

59. www.vistaprint.com
Vista Print provides custom full color printing services. You can print business cards, Christmas cards, stationery, postcards, magnets, brochures, address labels, and even more.

60. www.clubflyers.com
Club Flyers is an easy to use online printing service with many options available and fast shipping times.

61. www.alocalprinter.com
If you are looking for a way to help the environment as a graphic designer then check out the new age of eco friendly printing.

Blog Hosts

62. www.wordpress.com
Wordpress is my blog host of choice. It’s free and easy to set up on a server and there are tons of great themes and widgets available to use. I use WordPress for all my blogs.

63. www.blogger.com
Blogger is another very popular blog host. It has many of the same features WordPress offers.

64. www.twitter.com
Twitter is a surprisingly fun, easy to use and useful site when it comes to letting people know what you are up too.

65. www.squidoo.com
Squidoo is an easy way to put up a quick and free website page about any topic you want. It is very popular in the affiliate marketing industry.

66. www.tumblr.com
Tumblr is another super easy blogging tool that is very similar to Squidoo and twitter and just as good as both of them.

Blogs

67. www.designobserver.com
Design Observer is a well respected site in the design community that features writings related to all aspects of design and culture.

68. www.lifehack.org
This great site is dedicated to hacking your life by providing you with tips and tricks to get things done quickly by automating, organizing and increasing your productivity.

69. www.ilovetypography.com
I Love Typography is a great web site devoted to typography, type, fonts and typefaces of all kinds. If you love typography you will enjoy this site.

Web Hosting

70. www.hostgator.com
Host Gator is a well known, reliable and affordable web hosting company. They have a wide range of hosting services to take care of all your websites bandwidth needs.

71. www.godaddy.com
Go Daddy is one of the biggest and most affordable web hosting and domain registration services. They have excellent customer service and quality servers. It is also very easy to mange you domain names and this is important if you have a lot of them.

Web Design Forums

72. forums.digitalpoint.com

This is one of the biggest and most popular programming forums around; there are many thread topics raging from coding and servers to search engine optimization and graphic design. It’s a great place to ask questions, find help or promote your services.

73. www.webmasterworld.com
This is a very active and informative forum on the world of web design. It is a great place to learn and have questions answered.

Graphic Design Forums

74. www.graphicdesignforum.com
This is a discussion forum dedicated to all topics related to graphic design.

75. www.graphic-design-forum.com
This is another active design forum that allows you to chat about graphic design and post designs for a review.

76. www.steeldolphin-forums.com
This is a fine art and graphic design forum where many users showcase their work and discuss fine art and graphic design with fellow community members.

Keyword Research

77. www.freekeywords.wordtracker.com
This is an extremely important free tool for keyword research. If you don’t use this tool before you launch a site or blog then your missing out. They also have a more extensive paid version.

78. www.wordze.com
This is another powerful keyword research tool.

79. www.google.com/trends
Google Trends is another good way to research keywords. Some keywords tend to be seasonal so you can check to see if certain keywords tend to fluctuate traffic wise at certain times of the year.

Search Engine Optimization

80. www.seomoz.org
SEOmoz serves as a central hub for search engine marketers worldwide, providing education, tools, resources and paid services related to search engine optimization and marketing.

81. www.thirtydaychallenge.com
This is probably one of the most informative sites I have ever come across in terms of search engine optimization. It literally changed my life.

82. www.seroundtable.com
SEO Roundtable reports on interesting threads taking place at the SEM (Search Engine Marketing) forums. They also write many articles on the topic of search engine optimization and marketing.

Advertising

83. www.google.com/adsense
Google Adsense is a powerhouse in the advertising industry. If you are looking for an easy way to monetize our website or blog then you will definitely want to check this site out.

84. www.adbrite.com
Adbrite is a popular and easy to use text link advertising website where you can buy text link spots or make money by selling advertisement space on your site.

85. www.adengage.com
A place to buy and sell text link ads on popular websites related to your website or blog.

86. www.text-link-ads.com
This is another very popular and easy to use text link advertising site where people can easily purchase advertising space on your blog or website.

Computers & Electronics

87. www.apple.com
Apple computers are a standard in the design industry and they are a great choice if you are looking for an alternative to personal computers.

88. www.newegg.com
I love checking new egg for products because of their fair prices and customer reviews.

89. www.tigerdirect.com
Another great site if you are shopping for anything electronic. They have affordable prices and a wide selection of products to choose from.

90. www.amazon.com
Amazon is fast and reliable and is my favorite online store to buy books from. Delivery is always top notch.

Art Supplies

91. www.dickblick.com
Dick Blick Art Materials has been providing artists with the best supplies since 1911. They have a huge selection of merchandise and good prices.

92. www.pearlpaint.com
Pearl Paint is one of the world’s largest discount art suppliers and has a vast selection of art supplies at very affordable prices.

93. www.aifriedman.com
A.I. Friedman is another great business that has been serving the artist community for over 70 years. Their products range from basic art supplies to studio equipment and furniture.

Graphic and Web Design Books

94. How To Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul
By Adrian Shaughnessy

95. Thinking with Type
By Ellen Lupton

96. About Face: Reviving The Rules Of Typography
By David Jury

97. Graphic Artists Guild Handbook
By Graphic Artists Guild

98. HTML, XHTML, and CSS, Sixth Edition
By Elizabeth Castro

99. Bulletproof Web Design
By Dan Cederholm

100.Smashing Magazine
Pioneer of Web 2.0

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