Great graphic and web design resources for Armenians

If you are interested in Graphic/Web design, there is a huge number of online resources that Armenians can use. You can download and use free software, learn through online courses and tutorials, find inspiration from work of other designers, participate in online communities, competitions, awards and much more. You can even make money through crowdsourcing and free lancing websites as we covered in our first edition. You can also subscribe to newletters that bring information directly via e-mail, so you can stay up to date with the latest and greatest.

iTechnology.am did some hard work and brings you some of the best the web has to offer. If you are interested and believe this is your passion, go for it and work hard! As Apple Designer Johnny Ive said: “Really great design is hard. Good is the enemy of great”.

Software

You can’t do Graphic or Web Design without great tools. Adobe Creative Suite, which includes the famous Photoshop is the best software your money can buy. But if you can’t afford it in the beginning, there are some great free alternatives:
GIMP is a good free Photoshop substitute. It even has a a version that mimics the interface called Gimpshop. Check it out:

http://www.gimp.org/ and http://www.gimpshop.com/

You can learn much more about GIMP with free tutorials on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/GimpKnowHow

Inkscape is the best free vector based image editor, which is a good Corel Draw alternative.

http://inkscape.org/

 If you are interested in the basics, Pixlr is a good online/cloud version.  http://pixlr.com/

 Graphic design resources

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Behancehttp://www.behance.net

Is one of the top design sites, to showcase and discover the latest and top work from creative professionals in photography, graphic design. Want to see some creations by Armenians such as Suren Manvelyan, Triada Studio and others? Just search for “Armenia” and discover the work of great Armenian artists!!!

Core77 - http://core77.com

Since 1995 Core77.com has served industrial designers ranging from students through seasoned professionals. Core77 publishes articles, discussion forums, an extensive event calendar, hosts portfolios, job listings, a database of design firms, schools, vendors and services. It also produces design competitions, lecture series, parties, and exhibits.

Abduzeedo - http://abduzeedo.com/

From a famous Brazilian designer that works at Google, this website is a world reference and it is full of tutorials, classes, inspiration (for illustration, photography, logos, etc) and interviews.

Agile designers - http://www.agiledesigners.com

Great tools and resources to design, build and manage (projects, business, etc). Many free e-books.

psdtuts+http://psd.tutsplus.com/

Great Photoshop tutorials and videos. Learn how to produce great graphics and effects in a friendly and approachable manner.

Graphic River - http://graphicriver.net/

Huge marketplace of great royalty free files. You can buy and also make money by selling your work at GraphicRiver marketplace where top authors make $20,000 to $50,000 per month selling their work.

Designer Daily - http://www.designer-daily.com/

Created by a Swiss graphic designer, this blog is a place for designers to find inspiration, resources and thoughts on design.

COLOURlovers - http://www.colourlovers.com/

A community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns, discuss trends and explore great articles.

FFFFOUND! - http://ffffound.com/

It is a web service that allows users to share their favorite images found on the web and dynamically recommends each user’s tastes and interests for an inspirational image-bookmarking experience!

CafePress - http://www.cafepress.com

Make money with your designs through CafePress.  has the best selection of custom t-shirts, personalized gifts, posters & art, mugs, and much more. 

Threadless - www.threadless.com

Make money by selling your design printed on T-shirst and other products!

Design Milk - http://design-milk.com

Digital magazine dedicated to modern design. It offers what’s new in art, architecture, interior design, furniture and decor, fashion and technology.

Logo Design Love - http://www.logodesignlove.com/

 Launched in 2008, it is a website devoted to design of logos and brand identities. It has great logos and advice.

The Dieline - http://www.thedieline.com/

The most visited package design website in the world.

Fawnt - http://fawnt.com/

No great designer is great without a good database of fonts. The largest on the web is Fawnt

Finicons - http://findicons.com/

If you are looking for icons, this is the place to look for.

 

Web design resources

Web Resources Depot - http://www.webresourcesdepot.com

Free web resources - it is updated daily with free stuff for web designers and web developers. From PHP forms, JQuery plugins to free vector world maps.

You the designer - www.youthedesigner.com

Founded in 2007, it is a blog focused on you the cutting edge of design trends, tips, tutorials, inspirations, resources, contests and much more.

Web Designer Depot -http://www.webdesignerdepot.com

Nice blog about web design and development. They cover news, tutorials and hot topics such as responsive design, usability, typography, freelancing, free stuff, ebooks and much more… from Photoshop tutorials to WordPress plugins!

1stwebdesigner - http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/

With over 2,000,000 monthly readers, it focuses on focuses on teaching people on how to become a freelance web designer/developer. It offers quick ebook guides, Freelance course, YouTube channel, and much more! For example, it offers a course titled: “how to find Three Clients in Three Days and earn your first $300 as a Freelance Web Designer!”

The Best Designs - http://www.thebestdesigns.com/

This website is updated regularly with wordpress themes, new designs. Website owners and designers submit their websites to be reviewed for a design award/recognition and to appear among a selection of some of the most impressive designs from all over the world. The Best Designs currently receives more than 1 million page views each month from designers, agencies, web professionals, business owners and design enthusiasts who visit to see the new websites that are added each day.

Usability.gov - http://www.usability.gov/

Often overlooked, usability is as important as beautiful design. This website has methods and best practices, templates and guidelines to make your creations user friendly and user centered from the beginning

Printmag.com - http://www.printmag.com/ and http://www.printmag.com/resources/

Print and digital magazine. It has tons of stuff. Good range of topics, online education, competitions and many free resources.

Classes

Teach yourself graphic design: a self study course outline

http://psd.tutsplus.com/articles/inspiration/teach-yourself-graphic-design-a-self-study-course-outline/

50 totally free lessons in graphic design theory

http://psd.tutsplus.com/articles/web/50-totally-free-lessons-in-graphic-design-theory/

5 free awesome graphic design tutorial sites you should check out

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-awesome-free-graphic-design-tutorial-sites/

Advice for design students

http://www.davidairey.com/advice-for-design-students/

Awards

Here are two examples of awards. There are much more competitions and awards out there that can help you promote your work:

 The fwa- http://www.thefwa.com/

FWA stands for Favourite Website Awards, an industry recognised internet award program and inspirational portal, established in May 2000.

FWA is the most visited website award program in the history of the Internet, with over 170 million site visits as of November 2012

Awwwards - http://www.awwwards.com

Awwwards are the Website Awards that recognize and promote the talent and effort of the best developers, designers and web agencies in the world.

 

Other compilations:

16 graphic design blogs and websites

http://psd.tutsplus.com/articles/web/16-great-graphic-design-blogs-and-sites/  

99 sites all designers must know

http://justcreative.com/2008/02/25/99-graphic-design-resources/

200 best graphic, app & web design tools and resources

http://dailytekk.com/2012/07/31/200-graphic-app-web-design-tools-resources/

Best graphic design websites

http://newnote.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/melhores-sites-de-design-grafico/ 

30 excellent resources for graphic design freebies

http://sixrevisions.com/resources/30-excellent-resources-for-graphic-design-freebies/

Top 5 design resources of 2012

http://onlinebusiness.volusion.com/articles/the-top-five-design-resources-of-2012/

40 top creative design resources that inspire professional grphic designers

http://blog.inkd.com/designers/creative-design-resources-graphic-designers

100 best sites for designers

http://graphicdesignclasses.net/graphic-greatness/ 

The top 20 graphic design trends of 2012

http://www.creativebloq.com/top-20-graphic-design-trends-2012-1212327 

15 graphic design resources

http://www.axzm.com/free-graphic-design-resources 

10 best resources to enhance your graphic design skills

http://djdesignerlab.com/2012/02/20/10-best-resources-to-enhance-your-graphic-design-skills