New to design and not sure where to start? Read this first:
Design student wanting to get more involved with tech? Read this:
Resources I use frequently are bolded or rich embedded.
Resources under Learn are tutorials or guides with explicit end-results, or basic foundations.
Resources under Read are longer-form treatises you should read when you have time.
Principles + Basics
Developing your eye for design
This advice was originally intended for a friend but I decided to write it down so that hopefully others can benefit…
Tools + Workflows
Premade palette resources
Guidelines and tips for using color
Sites with fonts + typefaces
Fontello (Icon font generator)
The Noun Project (Repository of Open Source Icons)
Icons8 (Free 3rd Party Platform Icons for iOS, Windows, and Android)
Twemoji (Twitter Emoji)
Maki (Icons for maps + cartography from Mapbox)
Framer JS (Coffeescript-based prototype tool good for UI motion — think Sketch for animation)
Adobe After Effects (Raster effects + animation tool good for high fidelity motion — think Photoshop for animation)
Learn After Effects
Adding a little motion to your portfolio (Mini-tutorial for After Effects which assumes no prior experience!)
Visualization + Communication
UI Design + Information Architecture
Ergonomics + Universal Design
Tools and Plugins
List of Lists
As almost inevitably happens when lists start getting too complex, one discovers that a strictly hierarchical taxonomy becomes increasingly rigid and unfit for the task. This list will eventually get replaced by a lightweight website that’ll let you more easily find what you’re looking for, but until then, stay strong and use CTRL+F.
Any suggestions? Feel free to write a response!