There are so many resources out there to help you with the design of your own website. Just a little customization of your website (imagery, background, colors, fonts) will go a long way towards making your site look like your site.
- Pixabay – stock photos that don’t require attribution.
- Pexels – stock photos that don’t require attribution. Pexel has also focused on being more inclusive in its representation of different racial groups.
- Unsplash – stock photos organized by category (e.g. film, animals, work, etc.)
- Reshot – stock photos you won’t find anywhere else.
- Skitterphoto – another offbeat stock photo site.
- Subtle Patterns – exactly what it sounds like – subtle patterns that make for sophisticated website backgrounds. This website uses one.
- Pexel Textures – colorful textures suitable for bold website design.
- Pattern8 – provides thematic patterns – use them with caution!
- Free Stock Textures – another place to go for backgrounds!
- UIGradients – looking for something very subtle? You might want a gradient instead.
- Cool Backgrounds – you will love these options!
- Coolors – gives a variety of options to construct a palette (photo upload, random generator, customization, saving to portfolio). Also allows you to create palettes for the colorblind.
- Adobe Color – I recommend the “explore” feature.
- Colormind – gives you a custom palette based on any photo you upload and gives you helpful preview options.
- Canva – search for color palettes by keyword
- Grammarly – the browser add-on catches typos and grammar issues before you will.
- Hemingway – copy/paste your text to identify instances of the passive voice, jargon, and overuse of adjectives and adverbs.
- Word Count – a Chrome extension that makes it easy to see how long your posts are.
- Cliche Finder – copy/paste in text to identify cliches that take away from the precision of your writing.
- De-jargonizer – upload or copy/paste text to determine how accessible it is to outsiders to your field.
*Thanks to Jessica Greene’s 2019 article for many of the items on this list.
- Balsamiq – wireframing software that helps you plan out the layout of your site.
- Trello – allows you to card sort electronically all day long.
- WAVE – another Chrome extension that allows you to check your web content for accessibility issues.
- UsabilityHub – provides a great set of free UX research tools.