The quality of a website’s
design is fundamental to
its success. Web designers
are routinely challenged
on a variety of fronts to
and meaningful experiences
to users, all the
while balancing those
needs with the perpetual
call to aid in conversion.
It’s enough to make even the
most strategic designers lose
their way in the quest for the
While challenging to
create a list of 50 top sites for
designers, it’s not the most difficult
thing, either. Designers
are a social group by nature;
openly sharing their expertise,
learning new techniques and
profiting from their work. That means there is no shortage of
supply when it comes to finding the tools and resources
designers need or desire on the Web.
Website Magazine’s Top 50 sites for designers in 2010 focused
on resources for design inspiration (http://wsm.co/ekDcEE).
This year’s edition highlights those sites that designers
might find useful in their day-to-day design activities — from
finding that perfect font, to storing images and files, and even
asking their peers a few complex questions along the way.
Readers should not be surprised at the presence of
some of the more recognizable names at the head of this
list. Adobe, Apple, Google and Microsoft are those setting
standards and producing and managing the platforms and
solutions that designers interact with daily. (Show us a
designer that is not impacted by these enterprises, and we’ll
show you a very lonely designer.)
From stock image sources like istockphoto.com (#5)
and font directories like iconfinder.com (#27); to back-up
services like mozy.com (#20), billing services like Freshbooks.
com (#17) and time trackers like Toggl.com (#44),
this list has something for every Web designer. Dig deep into
this list to find some of the best. Stackoverflow.com (#6) is
a popular Q&A site for the developer set, and stock photo
site sxc.hu (#15) — which is part of Getty Images — might
provide even more inspiration.
Every website is different and every designer’s set of tools
and services will be different, too. For this reason it is
important to stay on top of those sites most popular among
designers and this list acts as a solid starting point. Explore
these resources and send WM editors your favorites at
ABOUT THIS RANKED DATA
Website Magazine’s Top 50 rankings are a measure of a website’s popularity. Ranks
are calculated using a proprietary method that focuses on average daily unique visitors
and page views over a specified period of time, as reported by multiple data
sources. The website with the highest combination of factors is ranked in the first
position. Conducting research, making formal comparisons and talking to existing
clients and users before making any purchase decisions is always recommended.