Tools & Resources (102 entries)

My Top Web Apps and Software of 2014
January 01, 2015 | 6 Comments
A round up of my favorite software and online tools, both large and small, that enable me to do my job and be productive.
18 Fantastic Free Fonts to Make Your Web Designs Stand Out [Infographic]
November 28, 2014 | 3 Comments
This infographic showcases 18 free fonts to elevate your web designs, plus tips to use them. All fonts are available for download or use as web fonts.
Great Introduction to the Essentials of User Experience Design
February 16, 2014 | 1 Comment
The UX Crash Course is an excellent introduction to the principles of user experience design and is worth sharing with designers and non-designers who want to learn more about this field.
SEO Cheat Sheet for Web Developers
September 15, 2013 | 1 Comment
Useful, downloadable cheat sheet covers the important SEO HTML code and best practices that are needed by online marketers and developers.
Get Buy-in Faster with this One-page Usability Test Plan Dashboard
September 02, 2013
This handy dashboard organizes all the tasks involved in a running a usability test into a single page for easy reading.
Pagination Design Showcase
February 23, 2013
Looking for design inspiration? Try my collection of over 45 examples of well designed pagination.
My Best Web Apps and Software of 2012
January 20, 2013
My favorite web apps and software of 2012 that I use on a regular basis managing web development projects and running websites.
Google Analytics Site Map (Cheat Sheet)
December 23, 2012
This handy cheat sheet shows you where every Google Analytics report is located so that you do not have to waste time digging around to find them.
Website Migration Checklist for Launching New Sites
November 20, 2012
Comprehensive checklist of steps to take before, during and after you move from an old website to a new site.
Improve Your Color Schemes with this Collection of Online Color Palette Tools for Designers
November 06, 2012 | 1 Comment
A very useful collection of online color palette tools and color scheme resources to help web designers improve their designs.
Free Google Analytics Dashboards and Custom Reports
March 15, 2012 | 1 Comment
Google has made available a collection of dashboards and custom reports for Google Analytics users to install.
My Top Web Tools of 2011
December 21, 2011 | 4 Comments
My list of the web tools that I've used and liked the most in 2011.
Review of Notable — Web Design Feeback Tool
September 16, 2011 | 3 Comments
Review of Notable, an online tool for sharing and providing feedback on design comps.
11 Retail Emails Web Designers Should Subscribe To
August 23, 2011 | 3 Comments
These retail emails are full of inspiration and creative design ideas for all aspects of web design. Subscribe today!
50+ Examples of Highly Optimized Landing Page Design
February 09, 2011 | 6 Comments
A collection of over 50 well designed examples of highly optimized landing pages that support online marketing campaigns.
Paper Prototyping UI Elements Kit
December 14, 2010 | 1 Comment
This useful kit will save time in developing and refining paper prototypes.
Great Collection of Free Social Media Icon Sets
August 28, 2010
A large collection of attribution free sets of mixed social media icons.
Supercharge Your Website Maintenance with Xenu's Link Sleuth
July 25, 2010
A collection of tips and tricks about extending Xenu's Link Sleuth to do more than check for broken links.
Design Pattern Collections
July 23, 2010
A nice collection of sites that specialize in showcasing types of design elements.
Instant Placeholder Image Generator
February 14, 2010
Easily create placeholder images for mockups or HTML templates with the Dummy Image Generator.
Round Up of Low Cost Usability Tools
December 30, 2009
A very useful guide to more than 20 web-based usability tools.
Popular Home Page Designs Deconstructed
November 23, 2009
Interesting feedback on sites like TechCrunch and CNN done via the Notable visual feedback tool.
Firefox Add-ons for Designers
August 22, 2009
A roundup of 19 Firefox add-ons geared towards web designers.
Mega Drop-Down Menu Design Showcase
August 08, 2009
A collection of 20+ examples of the best mega drop-down menu design.
Typography-Based Layout Contest
May 22, 2009
Smashing Magazine is running a contest for the best typographic web layouts.
9 Free Tools to Analyze and Improve Your Website
October 12, 2008
A list of useful free online web site marketing tools to help you to monitor and improve the performance of your web site.
Useful Collection of Web Site Checklists
September 28, 2008
A great collection of web site checklists covering over 400 specific items through 23 topics, including web site development, SEO, usability, and accessibility.
Web Site Navigation Design Showcase
August 24, 2008
A collection of over 70 examples of great web site navigation design.
Login Form Showcase: 65+ Examples of Login Form Design
June 23, 2008
A showcase of more than 65 examples of web site login form design. Discover the best practices for login form layout, labeling and design.
A Better Way to Create Information Architectures, Wireframes and Prototypes
May 30, 2008
Oversite is a full-featured, easy-to-use application for creating web site IAs, web page mockups and web application prototypes. Check it out.
Footer Design Showcase: 75+ Creative Footer Designs
May 12, 2008
A collection of creative, engaging and useful web site footer designs to fire your imagination.
Online Charting Tool for RSS Feeds
March 20, 2008
Feed Analysis is a charting tool to show information about your site's RSS activity (FeedBurner only).
Get More Traffic: 18 Social Media Sites for Web Designers
March 07, 2008
A collection of over 18 social media sites for web designers to submit articles to in order to get links and drive traffic.
Home Page Carousel Showcase: 40+ Carousel Designs
February 22, 2008
A collection of over 40 home page carousel designs showing common themes and different approaches taken by designers.
Review of Wordze: a Keyword Research Tool
February 07, 2008
A paid review of the search engine keyword research tool Wordze.
Dummy Text Generator
February 05, 2008
Dummy Text Generator is a free online tool for generating dummy text for web pages and designs.
Pricing Table Showcase: Design Patterns for Sign-Up Pages
January 16, 2008
A showcase of pricing tables on sign-up pages with best practice implications from their different implementations.
Write Better: Online Readability Testing Tools Compared
December 26, 2007
A comparison of 12 online tools for testing content readability. Includes readability analysis of sample text for each tool.
Cheap Alternative for Web Site Usability Testing
November 21, 2007 | 1 Comment is a service that conducts remote usability testing at very affordable prices.
Book on User-Centered Web Design Available Online for Free
November 20, 2007
Access by Design book on designing web sites with a goal of universal usability is available online for free.
Flash Video Player Design Showcase
November 18, 2007
A collection of 50+ examples of the best designed Flash video players.
Working with Clients
October 25, 2007 | 2 Comments
A huge collection of articles about working with clients on web projects -- from signing contracts to dealing with difficult clients.
Customer Reference Checklist / Questionnaire
October 15, 2007
A comprehensive customer reference questionnaire for use in product vendor customer reference checks.
Review of Web Site Development Tool Design Dot Fly Publishing
October 14, 2007 | No comments
Designer dot Fly Publishing is a browser-based WYSIWYG application for creating simple web sites without using code.
Tools to Compare Fonts Online
October 08, 2007 | 4 Comments
Review of several online tools for testing and comparing font settings for web pages.
Design Patterns: 50 Registration / Sign Up Forms
September 12, 2007 | 1 Comment
A showcase of sign-up forms which combine functionality and usability with pleasing visual design.
Great 'Web 2.0' Idea — Content Monitr
July 23, 2007 | 1 Comment
My idea for a really useful web app is for one that monitors the age of the content on your site and tells you when it's out of date.
Review of Inspyder InSite — a Web Site Spelling and Link Checker
July 01, 2007 | 2 Comments
Review of Inspyder InSite, a link and spell checking tool for webmasters.
How Customer-Focused is Your Web Site?
June 12, 2007 | 6 Comments
The Customer Focus Calculator is a useful and fun tool for measuring whether your web page copy is focused on your customer or yourself.
Top 15 Smashing Magazine Articles
May 24, 2007
The most popular articles from Smashing Magazine -- a great online source for web design resources, techniques and tools.
Online Image Editors Compared
April 18, 2007 | 6 Comments
A comparison of leading online image editors that require no software download in order to use them.
Pull-quote Design Showcase
April 08, 2007 | 1 Comment
Add emphasis and liven up your content with pull quotes. A selection of designs to inspire you!
Save Ink by Cleaning Up Web Pages Before Printing Them
March 22, 2007 | 1 Comment
Save ink and paper when printing web pages by removing any elements from the page that you don't want to print out.
Easy Way to Display Well-Formatted Code on a Web Page
March 08, 2007 | 1 Comment
Quick Highlighter is an online tool for presenting code on a web page.
Save Time and Effort With the Testimonial Generator
February 08, 2007 | 2 Comments
Create customer testimonials in a flash with the testimonial generator!
Download Free Fonts from Urban Fonts
February 07, 2007 | 4 Comments
Urban fonts is a new free font download site that is cleanly designed and easy to use.
Is Your Site More Popular with Men or Women?
January 10, 2007
Microsoft's Demographics Prediction tool helps you to learn more about the demographics of your web site's visitors.
Create 'Mini-Web Sites' to Embed into Your Site
January 08, 2007
Leafletter is a nifty service that enables you to embed multi-page mini web-site widgets into your web pages.
Aardvark Firefox Extension Available for FF2.0
January 03, 2007
Aardvark is a useful developer extension that has been upgraded to work with Firefox 2.0
Enterprise Search for Free?
December 18, 2006 | 1 Comment
IBM and Yahoo! are offering an enterprise search product to rival Google's for free.
Add Thumbnail Previews to Your Links for Free
November 19, 2006 | 5 Comments
Add thumbnail image previews to your links with this free service.
Online Tool to Format Code for Putting into Blog Posts
November 04, 2006 | 1 Comment
Online tool to generate nicely formatted code for putting into blog posts.
Crazy Egg Review: A New Way to Do Web Analytics
September 25, 2006 | 2 Comments
Crazy Egg is a new twist on web analytics that enables you to very easily test how a web page is working and interpret the results.
More Useful Firefox Extensions for Web Designers
September 11, 2006
Some more useful Firefox extensions for web designers and developers.
Quick Reference Guide to Movable Type Date Formats
August 21, 2006
A quick-reference guide to date formats used in Movable Type.
Calendar and Date Picker Design Showcase
August 03, 2006
A gallery of well-designed online calendars and date pickers. Get your inspiration here!
Typography for Headlines
June 27, 2006 | 3 Comments
A selection of web site article headlines that have interesting and creative typography.
Comparison of Services to Create Online Polls
June 05, 2006 | 3 Comments
A review of several of the leading services to create online polls.
Free Instant Domain Name Appraisal
May 21, 2006 | 1 Comment
LeapFish is a free online domain name appraisal service.
Validate Your Web Site and More With One Tool
May 20, 2006
Total Validator combines web page validation, broken link checking and browser compatibility checking into a single tool
Blog Comment Form Design Showcase
April 24, 2006 | 3 Comments
A collection of blog comment forms showcasing interesting and creative design.
Track Visitor Behavior on Your Site for Free
April 19, 2006 | 1 Comment
ClickTracks has released a free version of their popular web analytics tool.
Blog Comment Design Showcase
April 06, 2006 | 6 Comments
A showcase of blog comments that have outstanding designs. Get your dose of inspiration here!
Aardvark Firefox Extension Available for FF1.5
March 28, 2006
The Aardvark Firefox extension is an essential tool for web developers. It now works with FF1.5.
Link Checking Software Review: Web Link Validator
March 03, 2006 | 3 Comments
Create Easy Web Slide Shows for Free
February 14, 2006
RockYou enables you to easily create web slide shows for free.
Blogbeat: Hosted Web Analytics for Blogs
January 25, 2006
Blogbeat is a hosted web analytics service for blogs.
Download Free Icons from IconBuffet
December 03, 2005 | 5 Comments
IconBuffet offers a free download of a set of icons each month.
Cheap Stock Photography: Fotolia
November 20, 2005
Fotolia sells high quality, very cheap royalty free stock photography with prices starting at $1.
Get Your Site Rated by the 'Experts' for Free
November 14, 2005
Sitescore is an automated online tool for rating your web site according to a range of web design best practices.
Cheap Stock Photography: Big Stock Photo
November 13, 2005
Big Stock Photo provides royalty free stock photography at exceptionally cheap rates.
New Yahoo! Maps Service
November 03, 2005
Yahoo! has launched a new mapping service using both Flash and AJAX that comes with an excellent API.
Track Outgoing Link Popularity on Your Site
October 13, 2005
Review of MyBlogLog - a service for bloggers to track and display outgoing link popularity.
Create Online Graphs With Flash
July 28, 2005
A review of Fusion Charts - a product for creating online graphs using Flash.
iTunes 4.9: Podcasting Software for the Masses
June 30, 2005
iTunes 4.9 makes podcasting suitable for mass consumption. Is it time to throw away your radio? Not yet, but maybe soon.
Free Online Keyword Analysis SEO Tool
June 01, 2005
NicheBOT is an free online tool that can help to make your SEO keyword analysis more effective and less time consuming.
My Favorite Firefox Extensions
May 30, 2005
Firefox has loads of extensions to help you get more out of the web. Here are my favorites.
Project Management with Excel
March 14, 2005 | 2 Comments
Can't afford Microsoft Project? There are Excel alternatives that might suit your needs.
Add Images to Delicious
March 02, 2005
Delicious is great. Delicious with images is, well, delicious.
Form Checking Script
January 19, 2005
Screen Capture Software Review
January 06, 2005
Thoughts on the excellent MWSnap screen capture software.
Online Bookmark Manager Review: Delicious
December 20, 2004
Thoughts on the social bookmarking tool Delicious.
Web Design and Related Email Newsletters
October 28, 2004
My pick of web design and web-related email newsletters.
Web Site Checking Tool
October 23, 2004
A really useful tool to help you to maintain your web site.
A Couple of New Web Tools
October 09, 2004
Tools for Communicating with Clients and Developers
July 15, 2004 | 1 Comment
A run down of useful and free tools for web designers to work better with clients.
An Email Search Tool: Plugin for Outlook
May 15, 2004
Screen Capture and Magnifier Tool
April 29, 2004
Email Newsletter Software Review
December 26, 2003
Color Pickers and Color Scheme Pickers
December 21, 2003
A collection of my favorite color picker and color scheme tools.
Text Field Spell Checker for Internet Explorer
December 12, 2003
Tabbed Browsing for Internet Explorer
December 08, 2003




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