Design Resources for Bloggers


After participating in last week’s #blogbrunch Twitter chat, I realized that there are a lot of great resources out there to help bloggers spice up their posts that people don’t know about. I’m still a big proponent of hiring a designer for things like site design and branding (y’know, because that’s my business), I think it’s great for bloggers to be able to make changes and fancy up their posts without having to outsource every time. Hopefully, I’ll keep discovering helpful sites so that I can share a bunch more with you in the future, and here are a few of them to get you started today!

1. PuglyPixel

This is probably one of the better-known resources, but still a great one to check out if you have’t already. She’s got post layout templates (some of which I’ve customized and used on here!), lots of freebies, and super affordable members-only downloads. Oh, and easy to follow PS tutorials!

2. Ahoy Graphics

Kristen is a fellow designer (and a friend of mine) who shares tips on branding, packaging, free printables, and great download. Girl knows her stuff!

3. Ten Dollar Fonts

I actually discovered this site yesterday and have been using all of my willpower not to go on a spending spree. Fonts can get super pricey, and sometimes the quality of free fonts just doesn’t cut it. Ten Dollar Fonts bridges that gap, giving you good quality fonts for the price of 2.5 grande lattes. Awesome.
ten dollar fonts

4. Pattern Cooler Editor

Pattern Cooler is a great resource for tiling (repeating) background patterns to use on a blog, cards, or even as a background border behind an image. I’m linking to the editor because it allows you to change the colors of their premade patterns and you can match the colors to your existing color scheme using the rgb/hex codes (woot!)

5. Tutorial- Building Animated GIF’s in Photoshop

Lately, it seems like everyone is using animated GIF’s. Well lucky for you, you don’t have to go to an expensive workshop or take a class to learn how. This tutorial shows you how to do it in photoshop in a few easy steps! I used it for my business card post, and I’ve got to admit, it was pretty fun and totally simple.

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Posted on April 12th, by Lindsay Goldner in design.

  • http://www.robinmiller.us Robin Miller

    Awesome! I will definitely be checking these sites out. Thanks for sharing this roundup.

  • Shannon LaBare

    this is fantastic!

  • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

    Great list. Super useful – thanks!

  • http://hernewleaf.com/ Kira

    I used Pugly Pixel’s tutorial for animating a gif last week – it was so helpful! Thanks for these links, I can’t wait to try out Pattern Cooler!

  • http://twitter.com/DesireeRusso Desiree Russo

    I’m not a blogger or design person and I want to play around with the Ten Dollar Fonts! 

  • http://www.puglypixel.com Katrina

    this is SO cool. thanks so much for the fab mention, Lindsay! :D

    • http://linzlovesyou.com Lindsay Goldner

      of course! Would love to partner up with you sometime soon :)

  • IEShineOn

    This was a great post. Thank you so much for sharing these resources!

  • Trina Finton

    What a great list of resources! Thank you so much! 

  • http://msgiggles.com/ Amanda Ingle

    Thanks for this list. Awesome stuff.

  • http://linzlovesyou.com Lindsay Goldner

    You’re welcome everyone- glad it was helpful!

  • Ugochi

    Wow! This is going to help a lot, thanks!

  • http://www.thedoseofreality.com/ Ashley Taylor

    Thank you so much! :) Saving this post for future reference.

  • Kristine

    Thank you, I’m brand new to the blogging world and this will help BIG time!

  • Dani Mae

    Awesome!! I love the background editor…definately gonna use it.

  • http://twitter.com/A_LifeofOurOwn Venassa

    I’ve been looking for something like the Pattern cooler editor. Thanks so much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shari-Lynne/100003094764831 Shari Lynne

    Ooohhhh just when I’m ready to be satisfied with my blog!! LOL Back to work/fun for me :) Thank you so much! Blessings!

  • Jen

    Been wanting a change. This is what I needed. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tabatha Minish

    This is an awesome post! I am new from SITS but will be back to visit you! Thanks so much!
    http://www.thesimplymade.blogspot.com

  • http://jesterqueen.com/ Jessie Powell

    I’m visiting from SITS – these are AWESOME

  • Andrea

    Hello from St. Louie. Found you through SITS. Now this is something I can really use! Thanks so much.

  • http://www.janmary.com/ Janmary, N Ireland

    Thanks – great to have this!

  • daylilygrl.wordpress.com

    I can’t wait to try out these sites one-by-one! Thank you for posting these!

  • http://panamamama.blogspot.com/ Shell

    Great help! Thanks!

  • Tehmi

    Great post! Thanks so much for the ideas! http://www.tehmi.blogspot.com

  • Julie Moore

    Thanks for this! I’ll be checking these out!

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