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Great Resources For Graphic Designers

Here is our list of great resources for graphic designers. If you have a resource you would like to recommend for this list please send them to admin@somedesignblog.com.

Educational Resources

PSD Tuts+

A great blog for Photoshop tutorials.

Vector Tuts+

A great blog for tutorials on Illustrator, InDesign, and other vector drawing software.

Lynda.com Software Tutorials

A subscription-based service that offers online training design software, design principals, web design, video, audio, photography and more.

Tuts+ Marketplace

A marketplace to buy and sell tutorials and ebooks. Plenty of stuff here for learning graphic design, Photoshop, Illustrator, and much more.

Adobe Classroom in a Book Series

The Adobe Classroom in a Book series is a great series of teach-yourself books from the makers of the most widely used design software.

Color

Color Scheme Designer

An interactive color wheel that helps you create color schemes based on Itten’s color chords.

Adobe Kuler

A cool site for creating and sharing color combinations. Create new color schemes on the interactive color wheel, or get inspiration from combinations made by other users.

Texture

Texture King

Free textures! What more is there to say.

Lost and Taken

More free textures, this time in a blog format.

Stock

Graphic River

Buy and sell stock graphics, textures, illustrations, and more.

Theme Forest

Buy and sell website templates, WordPress themes, and Joomla themes.

Active Den

Buy and sell stock Flash components.

Recommended Reading

Stylepedia: A Guide to Graphic Design Mannerisms, Quirks, and Conceits

by Steven Heller and Louise Fili
A great source of inspiration. This book covers design styles and trends through history.

Designer’s Color Manual: The Complete Guide to Color Theory and Application

by Tom Fraser and Adam Banks
The Designer’s Color Manual gives a thorough introduction to color theory, and particularly how it applies to design. Color theory is a huge subject, and this is a great place to start learning about it. A recommended read for any designer.

The Elements of Color: A Treatise on the Color System of Johannes Itten

by Johannes Itten
One of the most important color theorists of the 20th century. This book is a cheaper/smaller/more accessible version of his extensive The Art of Color.

Design and Form: The Basic Course at the Bauhaus and Later

by Johannes Itten
A book that covers The Basic Course that Itten taught at the Bauhaus. Great coverage of the fundamentals of design.

Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color

by Leatrice Eisman
A truly useful book about designing with color. Covers color psychology, color trends, and has plenty of color combinations arranged by feel.

Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design

by Gunther Kress and Theo van Leeuwen
A book that covers what we are actually communicating with out designs. Very interesting, and highly useful information for working designers. Not a light read, though.

Color Psychology And Color Therapy: A Factual Study Of The Influence Of Color On Human Life

by Faber Birren
This isn’t a light read either, but an fascinating look at the physical and psychological effects of color.

The Color Star

by Johannes Itten
This is less a book, than a tool. The color star comes with moveable templates that can be placed over the color wheel to help find interesting color combinations based on Itten’s color chords.

Color: A Natural History of the Palette

by Victoria Finlay
A fun history/travelogue by a painter who decides to travel the world in search of the origins of paint pigments.

The Brand Gap: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design

by Marty Neumeier
A insightful look at the importance of brand strategy, and its use in design.

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