Indianapolis web design link library

A library of websites we visit often, full of great information and inspiration.

  • Blogs
  • Design Inspiration
  • Color
  • Stock Photos, Illustrations and Fonts
  • Tools
  • Development
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Standards


  • 24 Ways
    A group of designers get together every year in December and write inspiring and useful blogs for each day before Christmas. The blog topics could be on design or code, depends on the author.
  • 456 Berea Street
    Articles, tutorials, and comments on subjects that are interesting and useful to web professionals mostly related to web standards, accessibility, or usability.
  • 9 Rules
    Provides blog content from the web for users to view, which are separated by topics.
  • Abduzeedo
    Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials.
  • A List Apart
    Explores design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
  • Blog.SpoonGraphics
    Provides design tutorials including many techniques and effects using Adobe products and blogs with interesting topics about design to sharpen the skill set of a designer.
  • CreativeRoots
    Create blogs for an art and design collection from countries all over the world including historical or cultural expression. These blogs are geared to give ideas and inspiration.
  • CSS Beauty
    A database of well-designed CSS based websites from around the world with the purpose of showcasing designers’ work and to act as a small portal to the CSS design community.
  • CSS Tricks
    Community based website for designers and developers providing popular blogs, news, galleries, and a design job board.
  • Design Reviver
    Provides useful tutorials, free downloads, sources of inspiration, and articles that discuss the web.
  • Dev Lounge
    Online magazine for web designers, web publishers, and web workers overall–designing, coding, online planning, working freelance, and web applications and services to help the web developer. 
  • Just Creative Design
    A blog mainly about graphic design providing tips, articles and resources on all types of graphic design.
  • Line25
    Line25 splits their design blogs into 3 different categories: Articles, Inspiration, and Tutorials. Though all of the blogs are inspiring, they are all geared to help create creativity!
  • Meyer Web
    Eric Meyer, author of ‘Eric Meyer on CSS’ writes about web standards and design. 
  • Net.Tuts
    Offers web developers and designers tutorials and articles on technologies, skills, and techniques to help them improve.
  • Noupe
    Deliver news for designers and web-developers on all subjects from CSS, AJAX, typography, advertising, and even interview tips!
  • Six Revisions
    Publishes useful articles that provide noteworthy tips, tutorials, and resources for web designers and developers.
  • Skyje
    A blog for web developers and designers featuring Social Networking news and everything that’s Web 2.0. They are becoming more focused on WordPress.
  • Smashing Magazine
    Useful information, latest trends and techniques, useful ideas focused on design and web development. 
  • Web Designer Wall
    A web designers blog to share their ideas, tutorials, and talk about design trends.

Design Inspiration

  • Adobe
    Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information. We help our customers create and deliver compelling content and applications as well as fully realize their business potential.
  • CSS Zen Garden
    Contains many demonstrations of what can be accomplished visually through CSS-based design.
  • Most Inspired
    Design inspiration, articles and resources for web designers. 


  • Color Theory
    There are a lot of resources available about color theory. This page presents the concept in a more understandable fashion. Color affects the way we feel, how we behave, and the way in which we react to certain circumstances. 

Stock Photos, Illustrations, Video and Fonts

  • Free Pixels
    Offers free high resolution stock photos for use in both personal and commercial design projects.
  • Font Play
    Features freeware fontmakers, and show people that nice things can be done with free fonts.
  • Free Range
    A team of passionate, wildly creative people who spend our days strategizing, branding and designing so the most important social messages get through loud and clear.
  • Fotolia
    Fotolia is the first worldwide social marketplace for royalty free stock images, allowing individuals and professionals to legally buy and share stock images and illustrations.
  • FotoSearch
    Stock photography and stock footage: The World’s Stock Photography – One Website.
  • ImageBase
    Image Base is a full service business communications company specializing in video, new media and meeting production.
  • iStockPhoto
    The web’s original source for user-generated, royalty-free stock photos, illustrations, video, audio and Flash.
  • Jupiter Images
    One of the leading suppliers of stock photography in the world. We offer a comprehensive range of premium, royalty-free images and stock illustration. So, whenever you need an image, whatever you need it for, you’re sure to find it.
  • Public Domain Photos
    All photos on this web site are public domain. You may use these images for any purpose, including commercial.
  • PunchStock
    More than two million royalty-free photos and illustrations from Jupiterimages, TGetty Images and over 85 other collections – all in one convenient search. 
  • Shutter Stock
    Shutterstock is the largest subscription-based stock photo agency in the world. Every day we add thousands of photographs, illustrations, and vectors to our outstanding collection of premium, royalty-free images.
  • StockVault is a stock photo sharing website where photographers, designers and students can share their photographs, graphics and image files with each other for free.
  • Stock.xchng
    Browse our huge image gallery or share your own photos with others.


  • DevGuru
    Award-winning web developers’ resource: over 3000 pages of quick reference guides, tutorials, knowledge base articles, useful products.
  • Dynamic Drive
    The #1 place on the net to obtain free, original DHTML & Javascripts to enhance your web site!
  • jQuery
    jQuery is a fast and concise JavaScript Library that simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development.


  • ASCII characters
    An ASCII character table and this includes descriptions of the first 32 non-printing characters.
  • DNS Stuff
    Helps you configure, monitor and fix problems with your domain and email. Our tools and alerts provide insight into your domain from the outside looking in.
  • Google Analytics
    The enterprise-class web analytics solution that gives you rich insights into your website traffic and marketing effectiveness. Powerful, flexible and easy-to-use features now let you see and analyze your traffic data in an entirely new way.
  • Lorem Ipsum Generator
    Reference site about Lorem Ipsum, giving information on its origins, as well as a random Lipsum generator.
  • Webmaster Tools
    Webmaster tools for Webmasters, includes Border Tool and Backgrounds for your web page.

Search Engine Optimization

  • Google Adwords
    Advertise with Google AdWords ads in the Sponsored Links section next to search results to boost website traffic and sales.
  • SEOmoz
    Provides companies and individuals around the world with online tools and tutorials to help with their Internet marketing and search engine optimization needs.
  • SEMrush functions for detecting and analyzing your competitors in Google organic search.

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