15 favorite graphic design and web development resources (ok, toys). Categories include free virus protection, fonts, cgi, web design guidelines, color selection guide, free downloads, image collections, image viewers, sound libraries and editors, validation, web tools. Two screen pets.
Do This First - Extraction Utilities, Free Virus Protection
Not a graphics resource but you can't live without these.
Virus Protection, Mail Protection, Worm Protection
You can download a trial version of Norton Antivirus or MacAfee for free.
The fonts (and some of the other downloads on this page) are in zip format. You'll
need WinZip or PKunzip, or my favorites, Winace and WinRAR, to extract it.
Web Graphics and other Sights
Virtual bookstore and art galleries with works by Arthur Rackham, Gustave Dore,
William Morris, Aubrey Beardsley, Maxfield Parrish, Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, Adrienne Segur, Sulamith Wulfing, Warwick Goble and others.
Fairy, fairytale, Celtic, themes. Links to specialty
fonts based on Arthur Rackham,
William Morris, and Celtic script.
New! Recently added virtual postcards.
Free Backgrounds and Wallpaper
Free fairy and other art backgrounds / wallpapers by the same artists. With instructions
Free Art Backgrounds and Wallpapers.
Backdoor to the same backgrounds if the other site has gone over bandwidth.
I have so much on the ins-and-outs of this that I have moved this section here. Cheapest that still
gives service is godaddy.com. Before you register a domain name, review the Site Promotion tips
Color Selection Guide (Web Colors)
This color sampler floats in your window and tells you the RGB value of the point under
the mouse. Useful if you want to make a background or font match a color in an image.
This version gives you a choice of the RGB value in hex or dec (Whew! Gone are
those dec-to-hex conversions in my head...). It's free. And it comes in Slovenian and Polish, too!
Hexadecimal and RGB Color Values
Color Value Tables that you can't live without. Includes the web safe color palette, RGB and hexadecimal values for the named colors, and the Netsape- MSIE- recognized color constants (named colors). Definitely more than 216 colors.
216 Color Picker and Color Lookup Table
A cute color picker for the 216 web safe colors, very visual and shows you some colors that ought to coordinate. (My preference: Be an outlaw!). I really like the pastels.
You can also download a nice little color
lookup table that
works with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Visual Color Picker
My daughter has the poster; it's nice.
Optimizing Web Graphics
Optimizing your images is the most effective thing you can do to speed download time of your pages. You can compare the filesizes and quality of the various formats at Adobe's online services page (it's free):
Free Online Image Optimizer. (If you don't understand all the settings, just accept the defaults.)
Image Viewers, Icon Viewers
The best of all image viewers - also allows copying, moving, renaming, and organizing of
images. Free trial and then small cost to register it.
Download Firehand Ember
VueIcon creates icons for your image files so you can see a small version of the image
from Windows Explorer. It caches the icons so there is no lag time when you read the
drive. This is particularly useful when designing. Best, it's free.
Sound and Flash
Wav of the Day
Several hundred downloadable wav files and links to other sound sites. Software links. People who embed long-downloading, cheesy music in their web pages have a covert or overt wish to crash the Internet by wasting bandwidth. They will be the first to go in the eugenic wars. Remember that.
Sound File Resources
Make Your Own
Sound Forge is a two-track digital audio editor. You need a Windows-compatible sound card to create, record, and edit audio files. It's the same old Windows interface, so there isn't that much to learn. Built-in support for video and CD burning and can save to a number of audio and video file formats, including WAV, WMA, RM, AVI, and MP3. Yes, I did spend money on this. In fact, I liked the product so much, I bought stock in the company. (Hint: A very bad way to choose a stock. Calibre of management counts. )
Download the demo version of Sound Forge
Quick and Almost Easy Flash
You can make your own flash. The little Sothink Glanda is quick and easy, and while not free, will not set you back a lot either. Great for buttons.
Search Engines / Site Promotion / Affiliate Programs
HTML Editors and Validation Tools
My favorite HTML editor is Wordpad. :) However, this free editor also incorporates web widgets for special effects (free HTML templates on this site also):
Free HTML Editor
Free HTML editor with web widgets
Free and subscription validation tools. Free tools are adequate for most purposes.
I especially like the "HTML Squisher". If you want
Doctor HTML to check your entire site, there's a registration/subscription charge.
Doctor HTML (Choose Single Page or RxHTML from the main page.)
Web Design Group
Includes the HTML 4.0 Reference, HTML 3.2 (Wilbur) Reference, a Cascading Style Sheets Guide, and a Character Set Overview.
Online tools include: HTML Validator; CSSCheck, a Cascading Style Sheets lint; cg-eye, a CGI test kit; and WiDGets,
authoring tools and accessibility add-ons for Internet Explorer.
Web Design Group
Webmaster's Reference Library
Original articles and exhaustive links. Spend the weekend.
Webmaster's Reference Library
Web Programming: CGI, Java
The Fine Manual
Ever download a script and it's so poorly documented that you don't have a clue and feel like you need a computer science degree to install it? Tired of being told to RTFM when there isn't one? Here are the instructions to the other resources in this section:
How to install cgi scripts
CGI links and other
FreeCode software archive:
All of the programs found here are: •Free for personal and commercial use. •Compatible
with Unix and/or Windows.•Written in C/C++, Java, Perl, or Visual Basic.
FreeCode software archive (has links to Matt's Script archive)
Web Design Downloads and Style Guidelines
Design Guidelines and Many Resource Links
Exhaustive list of design resources. She has a totally different style than mine --
love photorealism, love my cat.
Page and pages of resources, which means it's there but you have to dig through stuff. Not for the fainthearted or those with 14.4K modems.
Windweaver's Web Design Resources
More than you ever wanted to know about building web sites with all the bells and
Books and Tutorials
Web Designer's Bookshelf
Favorite books and manuals for web design and web programming. In other words, books I liked enough to buy so I could refer to, rather than reading once during an afternoon at Borders, or books I wished I had the money to buy. Hardcopy References for Web Designers and Programmers. (I've spent a lot more money on books since I recommended these. I'll update it soon.)
Finding the Book You Want
My favorite bookstore is Powell's Technical Books in Portland. Is there anything
else to do in Portland when it's raining? But even Powell's doesn't have everything.
I know where to find the best deals on books online! I created the following page
to search Powell's database, Amazon, and others - comparison
shop several Internet bookstores for new, used, and hard-to-find books:
Lonely Screen Pets and other Toys
These are self-extracting zip files in my public directory on lightlink. I guarantee
they were safe and virus-free when I put it there. If you still want a screen pet, but
don't feel safe downloading them (I'm not sure I would), contact the webmistress.
Lonely? Windows got you down?
Late nights working on web development. No social life. Even the cat shuns you.
Adopt a screen pet!
, put the executable on your desktop, and doubleclick for
the number of pets you want. Except for those pesky alien abductions where the sheep are transported to a hovering spacecraft,
you'll never be lonely again. Esheep run under Win95, 98, and WinNT. Like many of us, your screen pet will be happiest under Windows NT. You can run multiple instances of esheep.
If it's a cat you must have . . .
a friendly cat for your desktop (runs on Win95, 98, NT, 2000 - don't know about XP)