Resources for web designers

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 20, 2008
Updated • Dec 15, 2012

I'd like to point out three websites offering varied stuff to the professional as well as amateur web-designer and summarize their purpose and properties.

The first one became my favorite as soon as I came across it not long ago. Called Design Float, this website is based on digging system (honestly a clone) but with the content range limited to design only. Despite being aimed at design in general rather than web design only, most of the content published till present is related to the web and computer graphics.

Especially often people publish different sorts of useful lists of services you would normally hardly hit on by accident, like a list of online color tools for example. So far I've found quite a bunch of interesting resources thanks to the filtering that shows the best content. Watching this web grow in size slowly, I wish it wouldn't get spoiled by the not-so-perfect digging (or floating in this case) system during longer time period. RSS feeds for different categories are available.

Another useful website is actually a simple list called For Web Designers rather than a complex site. Although it was IMHO built especially for the purpose of earning money using 4 small-size banners sitting right at the top, it still does provide links that may be eventually found useful by many. Tutorials, tools, free resources, validators and generators, all at your disposal in one place. Over 500 links so far, tag cloud for easier search is present as well.

The last one, Clean CSS is an online CSS optimizer and formatter (not a validator though). Upload your style sheet, select options and level of "compression" and get the result in a downloadable form. Light-weight code, more satisfied surfers.


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  1. Thinker said on January 21, 2008 at 2:31 am

    It happens to me sometimes with no mater what site I try to open, so dont be rude and try again.

    Sites Martin presented here looks really great :)

  2. jawwad said on January 20, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    designfloat and webdesignerwall both are looking good I will explore them. Maybe able to find something useful for a relatively new to web designing like me. Thanks.

  3. Bill said on January 20, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    When I clicked on your link for Design Float my download manager opened automatically and wanted to download something unidentified and unrequested from their site. Wow!

    Perhaps they are legitimate, perhaps not. But to be trusted, one must not only do nothing improper, one must also avoid the appearance of impropriety.

    Of course, I immediately closed the URL and have no intention of returning.

  4. Tobey said on January 20, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Umm, let me add another one I’ve just discovered:

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