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100 tools for designers

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Hello SnackTools friends,

We love sharing with you all the good stuff we find on the web.

Today we’re telling you about an extensive list of 100 useful tools for graphic designers, web developers and DIY people who want to learn something about design. The list has 100 resources in it and it covers all aspects of typology, graphic design, font design, colors and photos, all nicely organized in categories.

If you’re interested in improving your design skills and knowledge, this list is for you. It will help you get better in designing websites, ads and other types of images. You’ll probably gonna want to visit it again, so bookmark it.

Have a wonderful Friday!

Friday links #20

Friday, September 17th, 2010

There are so many resources for web designers out there. Amazing! People want to share their work and make it available for others. That’s one of the nice things about the Internet. Regarding this, Brant Wilson made a huge effort to collect 2000 free photoshop patterns from around the web. What a valuable resource, hope you will send it to every designer you know.

Interesting facts about how people interact with brands on Facebook.  The first thing that motivates them to Like a specific company is the fact that they receive discounts and promotions (40%). The article is very interesting, here is a short hint “On the surface, some of these findings seem to conflict with the idea of users being resistant to marketing messages. But the real takeaway is that users like brands for a wide variety of reasons, and the mix of content you post to your Facebook Page should reflect that.”

You perhaps know about our passion for flash, no wondering all of our apps are developed on this multimedia platform. Recently I found a collection of flash portfolio websites. They look great and have that “wow” factor, you should check them out for inspiration. What do you think?

And because I liked it and because her photos are like sweet summer memories I recommend you to view the work of a talented photographer, Laura Taylor.

Wish you a perfect weekend!

*** image credits Laura Taylor

Friday links #19

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Hi dear friends, I just realized it’s Friday so  it’s time for a post full of nice links. How are you? How was your week?

To start, let me share with you a beautiful collection of photos and artworks from around the web. Diversity, color and interesting perspective. What do you think?

I have one little question: do you like coffee? What’s your favorite? If your answer is yes, I think you might like this showcase of delicious coffee websites. For your inspiration.

For all the designers out there looking for new great fonts, here is a fresh article from Smashing Magazine who collected 30 new free quality fonts. Hope you’ll find this resource useful for your future projects.

Before I close let me show you a list of 12 Photoshop tutorials geared toward beginners. Learn the basics, the most important tools, about layers and filters, brushes and actions.

Wish you an awesome weekend!

***image credits Dardan Ibrahimi

Friday links #18

Friday, August 6th, 2010

How did this week passed?  It’s Friday again, so its time to post some links that got my attention. I would like to begin with an amazing collection: 50 examples of animal photography. Told you it’s pretty impressive.

For a little inspiration, here is a showcase of fresh texture-based web designs. As Noupe wrote, textured images were a big trend this year and sometimes they were used heavily, perhaps a little to much. But used in a subtle way, as the examples posted in his article can make a website look very good.

Need a Twitter bird for your blog or website? Or perhaps you’re tired if the old one and want to change it. Then this might help you, 10 free and fun bird icons. Number 10 is my favorite.

To end this blog post I want to share with you an article that I found very interesting, related to marketing: Techniques from Gilt.com, one of the most popular ecommerce websites around. Use amazing imagery, create a sense of exclusivity for your members, create a story and customize for multiple platforms are just four of the 10 lessons you can learn.

Hope you’ll have a beautiful weekend, see you next week!

Friday links #17

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Hi dear friends, time to leave you with with some great links and wish you a wonderful weekend.

I want to start this post with something beautiful, a showcase of macro images. “There is so much detail around us that goes unnoticed by the naked eye, but thanks to this type of photography, we get to see and appreciate all that detail”, I think Henry Jones, the author of the article is right.

There’s always place for a little inspiration and whether your interested in design or want to start your own business,  a collection of colorful logos might be interesting for you. I’d like to know if you found this useful or not.

Here is a very handy article for people owning a business or people involved in the process of promoting one on the internet: How to enhance your online presence with video. Video’s can be a great way to show customers or potential customers what you do, how you do it and why, to show your personality and to be closer to them.

This is all for today nice guys, see you next week.

*** image credits Christophe Kiciak

Friday links #16

Friday, July 23rd, 2010


Time for a new collection of useful links to end well this week. How are you my friends? Did you make plans for this summer? I’d like to know if you’d like to share.

Learn how to create recognizable article thumbnails, with a great showcase of examples. I’ve learned that there are large thumbnails below title and introduction to make visual impact and square thumbnails right beside paragraphs just to give a hint about what you’ll read. There are also different techniques to make your article thumbnails, like related photo or a screenshot of the article and many more. I think it’s a good read for people interested in blogging.

Staying in the same area, design, here is a great collection of 40 examples of excellent single page websites.

Interested in fonts? Do you know what are the best calligraphy fonts that designers use in their projects? Here they are.

To end this blog post, I’ll let view these stunning black and white images. Happy, sad, funny, intriguing and fresh…

Enjoy your weekend!

*** image credits Dan


Friday links #15

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Weekend knocking at our door … the week just flew by. How were your days?

Ok my friends, let me write down what nice things I found lately. I will start with a very delicious article, about Chocolate websites that just look amazing. The collection is published by SmashingMagazine, a blog I’m sure most of you are very familiar with. In the same idea, here are 40 tasty restaurant websites for your inspiration. They look good, right?

Another post to inspire you is published by WebDesignerLedger, 40 blog designs. So if you’re looking to refresh your blog’s image or thinking about creating a new one, you’ll find nice things here.

I will end this blog post with a very interesting article, about influence on the web, but especially about the people that “have it”. Lisa Barone, which I admire because I have a lot to learn from her, divided the influencers in five categories (or as she calls them types): the social butterflies, the thought leader, the trendsetter, the reporter and the everyday customer. Hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I did.

See you next week, have a wonderful weekend!