Tuesday Tech Tools: Design

Some of the tools available for graphic design and UX design.

Adobe Indesign
Adobe product that is the industry standard for page layouts and design (posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books). For professionals and high end projects but for personal or smaller projects, there are other programs with a lower learning curve.

Adobe Pagemaker
While not on the level of Adobe InDesign, it is an effective page layout program for the non-professional. Includes predesigned templates that can be modified.

Adobe Kuler
Find complementary color palettes using a color wheel.

For UX design. A wireframing prototyping software tool. No coding needed. Aimed at web and desktop applications.

Design software, a quick starter for wireframing tool. 

Butterick's Practical Typography
Everything font-related including kerning, spacing, formatting, and more.

Color Me
Visualize hex colors.

"Inspiration for graphic designers, art directors, design firms, corporate design departments, advertising agencies, interactive designers, illustrators and photographers—everyone involved in visual communication."

Design Thinking
Blog by Tim Brown about Design issues. Brown is author of Change by Design.

Create logos. Easy to use but the free version allows only limited sizes and only paid accounts get trademark options. The paid accounts are somewhat expensive.  

Font Feed
A "daily dispatch of recommended fonts, typography techniques, and inspirational examples of digital type at work in the real world."

This site will generates font pairings for your design project whether you are aiming to create balance, tension or set off content. Free.

Font Shop
This link takes you to the design section of the website where you can "improve your design skills with typography tips and tutorials. FontShop Education docs are formatted for easy downloading and printing, perfect for the classroom or studio."  There's also a healthy glossary section, among other things.  

How Design
This site seeks to meet the "business, creativity and technology needs of graphic designers."

Idea Mag
Japanese design magazine.

UI design templates.

Page layouts for Mac or PC.Alternative to Adobe InDesign.

Lucid Press
Page layouts for the non-professional to design flyers, newsletters, etc.

Prototyping tool for Mobile app design. Drop and drag. No coding needed.

Large selection of professional fonts.

Design software. Industry standard.

Page Stream
Page layouts for the non-professional to design flyers, newsletters, etc.

Popular UI prototyping tools for designing mobile apps. Especially useful for creating animation. No coding skill needed. $129.

Print Mag
Design tips, education, resources from Print Magazine, a bimonthly magazine about visual culture and design.

Colum vizualize color functions by inserting Hex codes.

Society for News Design
Columns and tips on design, workshop schedule, membership database and more.

Society of Publication Designers

Page layouts. Alternative to Adobe InDesign.

Prototyping tool for Mobile app design. Simple setup with drop and drag.

What the Font
Figures out what font you are looking at. 

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