Design Fixation: My Favorite Web Resources


My Favorite Web Resources

I spend a lot of time surfing the web. A. LOT. So I figured, why not pass along some of the amazing resources that I've stumbled across over the years? Now, probably not all of these will be helpful for all of you, but I guarantee that you'll find at least one or two that will pique your interest. Here goes...

Goodreads is my current favorite. It helps you find new books to read by recommending books that are similar to the ones that you've already read and rated (much like Netflix). You can also keep track of books that you would like to read in the future - how many times have you written down the name of a book and then promptly lost it? You can also share what you've read with your facebook friends if you want to.

Google Reader
Perhaps many of you are already using Google Reader, but if you're not, you definitely should! It's a great way to read all of your blogs in one place. If it seems overwhelming, head over here for a helpful tutorial.

This site is similar to Pinterest, but it focuses solely on craft and DIY projects. You'll get sucked in, I promise!

They gather over 30,000 offers per month from 866 daily deal sites like Groupon, LivingSocial, Gilt CityGoogle Offers and filter them based on where you are and what you like. You tell them what you want (and what you don’t), and they’ll send you the nearby offers that match. Now here's a word of advice: they send lots of emails, so if you don't like that, I would save the site in your favorites and only check it when you're in the market for something specific.

Google Analytics
Analytics is another great free product from Google, perfect for anyone who wants to keep track of how many hits their website is getting. It will tell you everything from the language of your visitors, to the types of browsers they use, to the webpages that they came from.

This site is an aggregate of all the fonts on the web that are free for commercial use. Great for graphic designers who have corporate clients on a budget.

This will automatically tweet a link to each of your blog posts. It will also post to Facebook and LinkedIn if you so desire. 

Pulley is an easy way to sell your digital art, music, videos, photography, fonts, eBooks, software, and other downloadable products. It will automatically charge your customer via Paypal and send the file to them once the payment goes through. So before you even know you have a customer, they have done all the dirty work. I use this service for my Downloadables.

Hope you found some you like!

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