Working on the web requires a pretty wide skill-Set these days
…Do you know how to write?
…Do you know how to work with a CMS?
…Do you know any code?
…Do you know anything about photography?
…Do you know anything about graphic design?
I don’t mean to freak you out if you answered no to any (or even all) of these. You can be successful online without knowing all of them, but the truth is it’ll make your life easier if you’re at least familiar with them.
One of the most important things to brush up on (in my opinion) is graphic design. Even if you never work with Photoshop or any other photo/graphic editor, understanding the basics and getting some exposure to graphic design can help you improve your work online.
There are actual GRAPHIC DESIGN RULES (dun dun dunnnn!!!)
…but don’t get overwhelmed trying to adhere to all the best practices (unless that’s where you want to invest some time, then go you!) just take a minute to get familiar with them. I’ve put together a list of graphic design resources that you can read through now, or save for later when you have questions pop up.
- Layout and Design
- +Extra resources!
Please share it around for others if you find it useful.
The 10 commandments of Typography (INFOGRAPHIC)
Typography Inspiration (GRID-STYLE PICTURES)
Typography Inspiration 2 (GRID-STYLE PICTURES W/FONT NAMES)
Just My Type (BOOK)
Flat UI Color-Picker (GRID-STYLE COLOR-PICKER)
Color Psychology: 6 Tips (ARTICLE)
Color Psychology in Logo Design (PINTEREST PIN)
Inspiration: 5 Web Layout Trends of 2015 (ARTICLE)
The Web Designer’s Idea Book (BOOK…)
Learn the basics of Photoshop: The Complete Guide (RESOURCE LIST)
20 Photoshop Tutorials for Creating Buttons (RESOURCE LIST)
Quickly Convert Objects to CSS Using Photoshop CS6 (ARTICLE W/ VIDEO)
100 Amazing Adobe Illustrator Tutorials (RESOURCE LIST)
32 Best Illustrator Tutorials (RESOURCE LIST)
30 Cheatsheets & Infographics for Graphic Designers (RESOURCE LIST)
GraphicBurger.com (DOWNLOADABLE FREE GRAPHICS)
DigitalArts (ONLINE DESIGN MAGAZINE W/ TUTORIALS)
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