Sunday, March 2, 2014

Helpful sites for creative students

So, today I want to share some websites and information that I find useful for every creative student out there. Maybe some of them (or all of them) are already well known to you, but I wanted to share them anyway.
PrintFriendly is a great everyday tool and a green one as well (for everyone really, not just for students). If you want to print something from a website instead of doing a print screen or saving the text/pictures that you want to a different document you just type the website's link onto PrintFriendly and it generates a ready to print document without the ads and useless stuff! You save time and paper - it's a win/win situation. 
Codecademy was created by Zach Simms (watch an interview with him: here) and  Ryan Bubinski back in 2011 and it's basically, in my opinion, the best web design teacher that you could get for free. You just choose what do you want to learn, from basic HTML to Python to Ruby and follow the tutorials. You can join support groups, create tutorials or just clarify any doubts about programming that you may have. It's great, it's simple, it's free and they'll get you all excited about programming within minutes. 
COLOURlovers is just that and much more. To those of you who know the excitement of a good colour palette/pattern that just makes the final product shine and become so much more than it used to be - this is a site for you. Save the colours from your works, create new colours and find inspiration from other's creations! 

Ps. Also, every February the COLOURlovers community votes for the colour of the year.
Icon Finder was created in 2007 and relauched in 2009 and it's a great search engine for icons. You can sell your own, buy or just get inspiration to create something new. 
MailChimp... is awesome! Everything about it is awesome, even their creators are awesome - and you can check that here, in their awesome interview with the awesome Debbie Millman. So what do you do with it? It's easy - create an account and send personalized newsletters to whomever you want. It will be a cool thing to add to a small branding presentation or project. Hope I'll get to use it soon because it's... awesome.

Last but not the least - TinEye! Holy moly, I love this one! So basically TinEye is a reverse image search engine created by Idée, Inc. back in 2006. You can use the TinEye app and upload a picture or provide the URL and find the origin of that picture and how it's being used, or.... You can use their MulticolourEngine and search every image on Flickr Creative Commons by colour! Yes! So imagine that you need a picture featuring a certain colour - just insert the colour code on the engine and tcharam! And it can go up to 5 colours a picture! Awww... beautiful.

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