The Ultimate Design Link Roundup

The internet is chock full of sites, all clamoring for your attention. Finding the proverbial “cream of the crop” can sometimes be a daunting task. Well no longer, designers everywhere rejoice, this categorized roundup of the very best sites is here to “smash” into your life.

Because adding all of these bookmarks to your browser would take quite some time, we have taken an unprecedented step and provided a downloadable bookmarks file. You can import these links into your  browser of choice and enjoy the convenience of having all of these greats sites bookmarked without any of the hassle of bookmarking them yourself.

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PSD Tuts
As one of the premier, free Photoshop tutorial sites, PSD Tuts is a must visit for any designer.

Another great Photoshop tutorial site, famous for its spectacular lighting effects.

Tutorial 9

Tutorial Bliss.

Photoshop Roadmap
Large directory of tutorials with thumbnails.

+Resource Sites

Large collection of high-quality brushes.

PS Brushes
More great brushes.

Yet another site dedicated to Photoshop brushes.

Photoshop Brushes From DeviantArt
Perhaps the best way to obtain brushes, and probably the largest selection.



N.Design Studio
A nice selection of Illustrator tutorials.

Tutorial Outpost
While not always exclusively for Illustrator, this site’s tutorials are fantastic.

Some more great Illustrator tutorials.

Plenty of tutorials to keep you busy.

Nifty illustrator tutorials and tips.

+Resource Sites

A sister site to Brusheezy, Vecteezy is a great way to get free vectors.

Free Resources


Many, many free fonts.

Urban Fonts
Loads of great free fonts.

Simply the Best Fonts
Even more fonts.

+Stock Images

The leading free stock image site.

Free stock image sharing, no registration required.

Public image reference site.

Image * After
Almost 20k free images available.

+Color Palettes

Automatically create beautiful palettes.

Site featuring some amazing palettes and colors.

Absolutely amazing site for fetching a color scheme from an image or website.

Color Palette Generator
Another palette from image generator.


+Graphic Design

Lots of inspiration in little boxes.

Design is Kinky
Cool site with lots of inspiration.

Ads of the World
Be inspired by advertising from around the world.

Design Flood
Great inspiration and voting system.

+Web Design

CSS Website
Beautiful site showcasing other beautiful sites.

CSS Drive
More pretty-looking sites.

CSS elite
A premier web design showcase.

Web Design Library
Articles, tutorials, and loads of inspiration.

A new, but amazing site.

Design Magazines & Blogs


Smashing Magazine
Great magazine with loads of in-depth articles and sweet freebies.

A List Apart
For people who make websites.

Features the work of up and coming designers.

Computer Arts
An excellent design magazine.

Graphic Arts Online
Loads of industry news and information.

Graphic Define Magazine
Pros share their tips with you.


Many great tutorials and resources, for free.

A great blog for web designers.

Just Creative Design
Free graphic design tips, articles, and resources.

Logo Design Love
For the logo-lover in you.

Freebies galore.

Accounting for Designers

Less Accounting
Let’s face it, no one like to work on accounting when you could be creating.

Popular online accounting service.

Design Bookmarking Sites

Pixel Groovy
User controlled tutorial directory.

Design Snack
The designer’s showcase that you control.

Design Float
It is pretty much digg for designers.

Design Bump
Another digg for designers.

News, features, and inspiration for designers.

Have a site you think should be added to this list? Let us know about it through the comments below.

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  1. Bradleigh Bannister
    July 24, 2008 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Nice set of links.

    But when it comes to accounting, you can’t beat KashFlow. Web-based and very easy to use.

    istockphoto is probably worth a mention too

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  3. steve
    September 24, 2009 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    For your information: there isn’t such a word as “pallet”. It’s called “palette”.

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  5. September 24, 2009 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    steve: Thanks! I’ve updated the post.

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  7. CSS Gallery
    July 6, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Very good inspiration list! we hope you will add http://CSSGallery.com when updating your resource list. Cheers!

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  9. EasyLifeTerm.com
    August 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    My web designer recommended that I take a look at your article and list. I am so glad that I did. Thanks for your research and list.

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  11. ASA
    December 13, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Do you people have a facebook fan page? I looked for one on twitter but could not discover one, I would really like to become a fan!

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  13. December 14, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    ASA: check out http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Martinez/124532011827

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