These days I’ve been reading and speaking a lot about design thinking; I came across a very good dialogue by Tim Brown in his book Change By Design.

It talks about design as a system of overlapping spaces rather than a sequence of orderly steps. These can be thought of as Inspiration; the problem or opportunity that motivates the search for solutions; ideation, the process of generating, developing and testing ideas; and implementation, the path that leads from the project room to the market.

This is indeed true and today, I’d like to share some inspiration for the budding designers. In no specific order, these are the 8 must-have tools and resources every budding designer must try. They helped me; I hope it helps you too.

1. UX Pin Ebooks; ’cause there’s a lot to read

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If you are that avid reader who keeps looking out for some good tutorials and write-ups about design and UX, then this is the right place for you. You will find plenty of ebooks explaining UX, UI, web and mobile design trends in depth. It’s a plethora of knowledge being shared; use it well.

2. Sketch; speed matters and so do the tricks


As you are new to the system, you may be required to create some quick wireframes or do little changes here and there in a design, you will eventually end up wasting a lot of time using Photoshop or Illustrator. Perhaps, start early and use Sketch app (only for Mac). It is fast, light and makes the process easier.

3. DesignTaxi; join the community


In the times were world is connected on a single click, the amount of information and shareable resources is huge. You can dig here for some of the amazing posts on design, get acquainted with the influencers of the community and be up to date with the latest design trends.

4. Lynda; sometimes you just need to learn


Being a noob, there may be tricks you still need to learn or may be a simple job of creating that swirl pattern. Don’t worry; helps you with that with it’s informative tutorials. I’m sure you don’t wanna miss your personal tutor here.

5. Dribbble; get inspired


Inspiration is a big part of a design process. Getting inspired is the first step to big achievements. Showcase your talent (invite only) or follow various designers showcasing projects as small as an icon to as complex as a web portal. This is the place for you to not copy but get inspired. Take note.

6. The Noun Project; ’cause you always need that lil help


The Noun Project is one of its kind portal which gives you access to various sets of iconography to be used in your project. You can also contribute to the community by submitting your work.

7. Niice; set the mood right

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Have no clue where to start from? Don’t worry and check out Niice. Using a couple of keywords, it will showcase you some relatable images, instantly creating a moodboard right in front of you. Set the mood right and ideas will keep coming in.

8. Graphic Burger; cures the hunger for resources

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Ever wondered how designers showcase their designs in fancy mockups and realistic images? This is the place where you find all that jazz. If you’re done creating those perfect designs, it’s time you add a little icing on the cake by putting those designs into realistic mockups. This catches eyeballs and surely gives a good impression.

9. Kuler; it’s a colorful world

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As I said, it’s a colourful world, and so should you be. Don’t be afraid to add colours to your design when you can create brilliant colour palettes with Adobe Kuler. You can also check out some of the trending themes and patterns.

Although there are millions of websites out there claiming to be the best resources platforms for designers but these are the ones you can count on; at least to start with.



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