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Macromedia Dreamweaver Support • access to tutorials and extensions.



Macromedia Flash Support • access to tutorials and extensions.



Creative Pro • has a good collection of information about fonts, as well as resources for locating fonts and foundries.



About Graphics Software • a great place to get started.

JASC Paint Shop Pro • inexpensive and nearly as good as PhotoShop. PSP's image optimization tools are superior to those of PhotoShop/ImageReady. Easy-to-learn program that's a great start for beginners.

Colormix • create millions of colors by dithering websafe colors. (This site is also beautiful.)

ColorMatch 5K • a great, great little utility that helps create a six-color palette of matching colors for a website design.



About HTML • a great place to get started.

The best CSS editor: TopStyle by BradSoft.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) HyperText Markup Language (HTML) Home Page

Use "mailto" with a subject line • how to do this from WebMonkey.

Nutrockers Web Color Chart • handy for finding hex values in a hurry.

Matt's Script Archive • free CGI scripts.

CGIScript.net • the BEST cgi/PERL scripts out there at excellent prices and very high-quality customer service.



The work of Edward Tufte (Graphics Press} • the god of information design. His work is the Gold Standard.

Information architecture is a field that takes itself entirely too seriously — probably because nobody can quite explain what the hell it is. Somtimes what appears to be complex and confusing is really nothing more than one of way too many "experts" trying to make the relatively simple field seem more important than it actually is. But there is a huge amount of information to be had. These are the links I've found most useful.

All things IA by Jesse James Garrett • his IA resource page.

xBlog • a visual thinking weblog from xplane, a company specializing in creating visual explanations.



Cool Home Pages • hundreds of examples in all kinds of styles.

Exit • Jeffrey Zeldman's list of sites that are "are either useful, beautiful, or entertaining. A few meet all three criteria." He doesn't claim it's definitive.


  Javascripts.com • free scripts and tutorials.



New York Public Library Style Guide • loads of information and resources about XHTML and CSS. One of the better resources I've stumbled upon.

Lorem Ipsum • generates dummy text for layouts. You NEED this when you're making design "sketches" for clients as it keeps them from getting distracted by the words when they should be focusing on design issues. Also known as "greeked" text, or sometimes "Lipsum."



Boxes and Arrows • a fairly new newsletter and blog about information architecture and a lot of other stuff. It's updated pretty much weekly. There's a LOT of information in the discussions, so be sure to skim those as well.

Digital Web Magazine • blog that's updated daily that's all about things web, as well as a goodish magazine that has tutorials laced in with opinions.



Counterpunch • not mainstream news and opinion.

Yellow Times • voices never heard in the mainstream media.



Builder.com • not nearly as useful as it was before C|Net "improved" it, but still has a lot of information.

DevX • more than you'll ever need.

Google's Webmaster Page • where to submit that new URL ...

Hexillion • free online network utilities, such as domain lookups, pings, email sources, etc.



Jakob Nielsen • well, who else?

GUUUI • the interaction designer's coffee break.

WebWord Addiction • John S. Rhodes' remarkable blog and resources.



About HTML/XML • a great place to get started.

Extensible Markup Language (XML) • from W3C.


Images: from Metropolis, by Fritz Lang, 1927, adapted.
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