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Category Archive: Resources

Resources – Method & Craft

I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA lately, things have been a little busy around here but I really want to share this resource with you!

Method & Craft is an awesome resource for learning new techniques. They ask various designers/illustrators, to share what their processes are. They explain that we all use the same tools, but we use them in different ways. You can learn from fellow designers through various videos, interviews, articles, and notes that Method & Craft has put together.

Here are a few posts that you could check out:
Creating and Replacing Custom Shapes in Photoshop
Interview with Interactive Designer, Ben Cline
Custom Vector Textures in Illustrator 


Resources – Color.Hailpixel

Color.Hailpixel is a really great, simple, fun, color palette resource. I’ve come across many different options but I think this might be my favorite. It’s super simple and straight forward. It’s a great option to see your exact colors within a browser window and have the hex number ready to use. Your color palette also has it’s own URL, allowing you to come back to it later. Color away! 


Resources – Paper 53

If you’re anything like me, I’m always on the look out for new apps. And when you find a great one, it can be so exciting! And bonus points when that app is design related. Because, let’s face it, there aren’t a TON of design apps (not to say there aren’t any — as you’ll find out with this series!). A while back I came across Paper 53, while searching the app store. I’ve downloaded pen and paper apps for my iPad before, but Paper 53 stood out! With their sleek designs and multiple pens/custom color options, I was hooked. It’s a great option for jotting down ideas, writing in a journal, sketching designs, or drawing details.

Check it out!


Resources – Skillshare

I’m so excited about this one. If you haven’t heard of Skillshare yet — you have to check it out! Skillshare is a community of collaborating and learning. Classes are taught by anyone who has a skill to share! I took a class a little while back taught by Meg Lewis on UI Design (which she’s teaching again!). I specifically recommend it to designers because they have a section of the classes called, ‘The School of Design,’ which features classes taught by real-world designers.

Here are a few upcoming classes to check out:

Lettering: Learn to Draw Illustrative Words , taught by Neil Tasker
Contract Writing 101 For Freelancers, taught by Margot Harrington
Learn the Ins and Outs of Illustrator, taught by Brad Woodard
Illustration and Lettering: A Hands-On Approach to Label Design, taught by Jon Contino

And SO many more — check out more classes design and non-design related.


Resources – Creative Market

Designers — this is a MUST check out.
Non-designers — this ia a MUST check out.
It’s a great resource for both!

Creative Market has become a favorite place to go and get textures for me. But it’s also a great place to find a number of different design resources. Creative Market is so awesome because you’re supporting other designers + illustrators. And the best part — these little resources come at a deal! Most texture packs I’ve purchased have been under $4. Get on it. Go support fellow creatives and get some really awesome artwork!


Resources – Pulse

For this week’s featured ‘Resource,’ I’m sharing my go to RSS reader. Especially now that everyone is so bummed about Google Reader. Although, I was never really a fan of G Reader (mainly because of it’s ‘looks’), I love using the Pulse app. I’ve been using the app on my iPhone and iPad for a long while now, and have just started using it on my desktop — the user interface is really beautiful!

Check it out!