Having been using the internet since 1995, I’ve done my fair share of trolling and spent many hours being an absolute idiot. I used to think the internet was the Yahoo homepage and the Yahoo game lobbies. Following that, I was caught up with online journals and MSN chatrooms and MSN chat. Like many, my first foray into web design (at least HTML and CSS) was when I endlessly changed my Myspace profile.
Now, having done my degree and a Certificate IV in design, it’s hard to know how much knowledge I do or do not have when it comes to web design and development. I can certainly code a simple website; splashing around with HTML, CSS and jQuery. I immerse myself in web and tech related publications online and offline. I spend a large amount of my time being an insatiable autodidact – trying to soak up any information I can in the impossible hope of one day… knowing everything.
I’ve been a Reddit kid for a while now – lurking in the shadows. A few months ago I discovered uReddit - or the University of Reddit. Basically a bunch of people who are knowledgable in a particular area will set up free short courses in a variety of subjects. I’ve had a look into some and found a few good resources and little tidbits of information. I thought I would compile a list of sites I use as inspiration and information when it comes to design and web related shenanigans. Some of these have been discovered via uReddit!
Little Big Details – UI inspiration
ILoveTypography // Web type – A neat little explanation of type for the web. Very important as type comes across different on the screen as opposed to the page.
Design Fridge – A collection of snippets of nice design.
Kuler - Adobe based colour palette inspiration source and tool.
Pattern tap – Similar to Design Fridge.
Smashing Magazine – A community and site that posts design and tech inspiration and information.
Anyway – those a just a few that come to mind. I really urge anyone in the field of design or development to look into uReddit as a place to start learning, rekindle some passion or just refresh the ol’ memory.
I also post a lot of these kinds of links on my Tumblr page (as well as miscellaneous images of inspiration) so do check it out from time to time. I mainly do it for myself, as a way of remembering things – but it’s a valuable collection of resources.