10 Essential Resources for Designers

10 Essential Resources for Designers

Are you looking to learn a new digital design technique? Need to find an answer about the software you are using?  Here is a great list of online resources for designers of all kinds. I have used them all at one point or another and find their offerings exceptional. With each one you will find expert advice, tips, techniques, tutorials and design offerings. 

1. Layers Magazine

Layers Magazine online site is full of everything to do with "Adobe" and chock full of useful information and tutorials related to the main Adobe Suite products.


2. Lynda.com

Lynda.com is the premiere resource for online tutorials for learning technology, creative and business skills covering all skill levels. This site played a major role in my transition from traditional illustration to digital almost eight years ago.  Since then they have expanded so much and it seems there is not much they don't cover. 


3. Creative Bloq

Creative Bloq offers a huge variety of information related to design. Their categories include: graphic design, web design, 3D, audiovisual, typography, branding and illustration.


4. Subtle Patterns

Here at Subtle Patterns you will find free patterns for your next web project. They also offer a great Photoshop Plugin.


5. Font Squirrel

One of my favorite go-to resources for free fonts is Font Squirrel. They have a great selection of quality fonts in a variety of styles.  


6. Creative Market

Creative Market is a popular resource for what I call creative design tools. They offer fonts, graphics, themes and a whole lot more.  A tremendous resource!


7. InDesign Secrets

InDesign Secrets is billed as the world's #1 resource for all things InDesign.  They have amassed a huge collection of valuable information for this software.  The InDesign software itself is packed full of features and sometimes it is mind boggling to find a simple answer.  This is the place where you can find the answer!


8. Company Folders

A fabulous blog from Company Folders offering tips and techniques for graphic designers and print professionals.


9. Digital Tutors

Another resource for creative and technical training is Digital Tutors.  They have a huge library of training videos and many that are perfect for game designers and videographers.


10. Tuts+

Tuts+ is another top notch site for tutorials to learn skills including code, photography, illustration, web design and more.