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The 200 Best Graphic, App & Web Design Tools & Resources (Categorized)

This post is #21 in DailyTekk’s famous Top 100 series which explores the best startups, gadgets, apps, websites and services in a given category. Total items listed: 198. Time to compile: 8+ hours. Follow @DailyTekk on Twitter to make sure you don’t miss a week!

Well we’re back at it again making another one of our infamous Top 100 Tech lists (many of which have been shared hundreds of thousands of times), except this time we’re aiming our sights at the world of graphic, app  and web design (and we’ve doubled the scope to 200 amazing items). Technology and design are inseparable these days. Designers rely on computers and software to express their creativity and in turn, technology companies like Apple rely on good design for distinction and differentiation (from industrial design to marketing). In short, design makes the world go round.

What can you expect to find here? I’ve rounded up the top 10 items that I have deemed either cool or useful in several categories (and only 10 per category, meaning I had to delete plenty of items leaving only what I see as the very best resources). You’ll find everything from font and color resources to infographic tools to apps for designers to mobile and web app development tools to design communities to top design schools and plenty more. This is the ultimate design resources and tools list; the roundup to end all roundups.

This post will probably be most useful to design newbies and students who are just getting to know the ins and outs of the online design community and the full ecosystem that is available to them. For the more experienced designers and experts out there, this list will be a great resource to bookmark as I’ve tried to arrange these sections in order of usability (what you are most likely to check most often). Either way, this post was so massive that it has it’s own built-in navigation to get you where you need to go quickly. Even though I’d consider myself and expert designer, I still dug up plenty of new resources that were new to me during the 3 days, 20+ total hours and 40+ revisions it took to research, compile and curate this post, so I think there’s truly something for everyone here.

Before you get any further, let me explain that yes, this is a curated list meaning it is based purely on my own opinions. You may wish to see a certain resource here that I chose to leave off or perhaps didn’t know about. If that is the case, leave a comment and add your items for the community to benefit from.

Also read: If Creativity is Currency, Are You Broke?

POST NAVIGATION: { Design Networks } { Font Resources } { Color Resources } { Vectors, Icons, Bundles } { iPad & iPhone Apps } { Mobile App Development } { Infographics } { Web Development } { Web Optimization } { Design Communities } { Design Galleries } { Design Blogs } { Design Magazines } { Learn Design } { Design Schools } { Design Jobs } { While Label Services } { Print Services } { Miscellaneous }

The Big 4 Online Design Networks/Empires

  1. Envato – Helping designers earn and learn online.
    Includes:  ThemeForestAppStorm, Rockable Press and more.
  2. Behance Network - Showcase and discover creative work.
    Includes: The Served Sites99UPrositeAction MethodCreative’s Outfitter.
  3. Smashing Magazine - Covering coding, design, mobile, graphics, UX and more.
    Includes: Noupe, Smashing Shop.
  4. Fuel Brand Network – Jump-starting creative minds.
    Includes:  Coding, Creativity, Illustration, Photography and more.

Font Resources (Print & Web)

  1. I Love Typography – Fonts, typefaces and all things typographical.
  2. MyFonts – The world’s largest collection of fonts.
  3. Typekit – The easiest way to use real typefaces on your website.
  4. FontShop – The world’s best fonts.
  5. The FontFeed – Fonts, typography, lettering and design.
  6. TypeInspire – A showcase of typography and text effects.
  7. Google Web Fonts – 500+ free web fonts to use online.
  8. WEbINK – High quality web fonts for your website.
  9. Letterhead Fonts – Rare and unusual letter for the professional artist.
  10. Fontspring - Buy fonts and web-fonts without subscriptions or cumbersome restrictions.

Color Resources (Print & Web)

  1. COLOURlovers - Color trends + palettes.
  2. Adobe Kuler - Exlpore, create and share color patterns.
  3. ColRD - Create and share color inspiration with the world.
  4. 0to255 - A simple tool that helps web designers find variations of any color.
  5. ColorMunki - Innovative color creation and control.
  6. Pictaculous - Ever wonder what colors to use with an image (web + app).
  7. Color Hunter - Create color palettes made from images.
  8. ColoRotate - Browse color palettes or create your own. Get the Photoshop plugin.
  9. Check My Colors - Analyze the color contrast of your web pages.
  10. Color Scheme Designer 3 - Easily create 6 different types of color schemes.
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