5 Great Resources for Web Design Students and Young Professionals

I have so many moments while in my Uarts Continuing Education program where I think, “I wish I’d known about ______.” or “I wish _______ was around when I was in undergrad.” So in that vein I’ve decided to share my thoughts to those of you, either starting out or not, so that you can benefit from my limited experience.

1. Hipster Ipsum

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This is a hilarious, yet completely useful way to generate copy for projects without going to the same ol’ Lorem Ipsum.

2. {Place Kitten}

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Need images for your project? Specific sizes? Go to PlaceKitten and add the dimensions after your url (ex. http://placekitten.com/300/500 and get an adorable image that’s 300px x 500px).

3. Google Web Fonts

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and, of course, the PSD Plugin. Remember to try and only use 1 – 2(max) fonts, otherwise you’ll slow up your page’s load time and it’s also not always the greatest design choice.

4. Smashing Magazine

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I wish I had known about this blog 5 years ago. They have excellent articles, great freebies, and fun giveaways. I also recommend following SM on twitter: 

5. kuler

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kuler is an incredible resource for developing any color scheme for any project. This would have been extremely helpful in college, but it is something I use all. the. time.

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