Visual design is the use of imagery, color, shapes, typography, and form to enhance usability and improve the user experience. Visual design as a field has grown out of both UI design and graphic design.
10 Basic Principles of Visual Design
Design with intent and always have an idea that connects everything in your design. Pick your fonts carefully and with a purpose, think about how every tiny part of your design follows that base concept. Coherence is everything.
The Ultimate Guide to Becoming A Designer Without Going To Design School
A list of options for getting trained up as a professional designer without going to design school.
A Five Minutes Guide to Better Typography
Don't nerd over typefaces, just pick one. Think type as blocks. Align with your eyes. Hierarchy first. Use contrast. Fine-tune with spacing. And voilà.
Principles for Mobile Design
We all have many tips and tricks, styles, favorite research learnings, lists of heuristics to keep in mind, examples we try to follow, and favorite apps and Web sites. These are all tactical approaches to design. Using design principles means adding a layer of structure and meaning to your design tactics to help you to make better design decisions.
Best free app design resources: templates, tools and inspiration
Stay ahead of the curve and work better with these best free app design resources for your UX design toolbox
The Android Developer’s Guide to Better Typography
Typography can make a big difference in the attractiveness and usability of an app, and now Android developers can use typefaces from the Google Fonts catalog. It’s simple, efficient, and opens up a range of new typographic options.
Best practices for site search design
Search can be a powerful tool for improving UX. And it only gets more powerful when you follow these best practices.
Design Better Forms
Whether it is a signup flow, a multi-view stepper, or a monotonous data entry interface, forms are one of the most important components of digital product design. This article focuses on the common dos and don’ts of form design.
Typography Tutorial - 10 rules to help you rule type
10 Typography rules to help you improve your type skills. Get better at graphic design by understanding how to use type. Improve your layouts instantly by following these 10 easy to follow rules.
Persuasive Design is Product Management
Victor Yocco, Author and Research Director at EY-Intuitive, shares the key psychological principles that drive user adoption and how product teams can use these principles to build more persuasive products.
Fontface Ninja is a free browser extension that let you inspect, try, buy and bookmark any fonts on any website.
Typewolf helps designers choose the perfect font combination for their next design project—features web fonts in the wild, font recommendations and learning resources.
Get inspired by the Dribbble community of designers sharing screenshots of their work, process, and projects.
Calltoidea is the unique place where you can find inspiration. A great tool created by a deisnger for web professionals.
Showcase and discover the latest work from top online portfolios by creative professionals across industries.
Google Fonts is a library of over 800 libre licensed fonts, an interactive web directory for browsing the library, and APIs for conveniently using the fonts via CSS and Android.
With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program.
Beautiful high quality free images and photos you can download and use for any project. No attribution required.
UI Movement is a community of design enthusiasts who share and discuss the most interesting and unique UI designs.
Awwwards are the Website Awards that recognize and promote the talent and effort of the best developers, designers and web agencies in the world.
A smarter icon library. Build something great with 100% customizable icons. 100% free download (all icons in SVG or PNG format).
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People
This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it you’ll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play.
Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team
From research and analysis through brand strategy, design development through application design, and identity standards through launch and governance, Designing Brand Identity, Fourth Edition offers brand managers, marketers, and designers a proven, universal five-phase process for creating and implementing effective brand identity. Enriched by new case studies showcasing successful world-class brands, this Fourth Edition brings readers up to date with a detailed look at the latest trends in branding, including social networks, mobile devices, global markets, apps, video, and virtual brands.
Color Design Workbook: A Real World Guide to Using Color in Graphic Design
Since color is such a important part of graphic design, designers need the most up to date as well as the most fundamental, information on the subject to have the tools needed to use color effectively. From the meanings behind colors to working with color in presentations, this book provides readers with the vital information needed to apply color creatively and effectively to their design work.
100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design
100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design takes a fresh look at Swiss typography and photo-graphics, posters, corporate image design, book design, journalism and typefaces over the past hundred years. With illuminating essays by prominent experts in the field and captivating illustrations, this book, designed by the Zurich studio NORM, presents the diversity of contemporary visual design while also tracing the fine lines of tradition that connect the work of different periods.
How to Use Graphic Design to Sell Things, Explain Things, Make Things Look Better, Make People Laugh, Make People Cry, and (Every Once in a While) Change the World
Offering insight and inspiration for artists, designers, students, and anyone interested in how words, images, and ideas can be put together, How to provides insight to the design process of one of this century’s most renowned creative minds.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.