Top 10 Sites for Designers: November 2016 Edition

Every month, HOW art director Adam Ladd curates a list of inspiring websites of particular interest to designers and creatives. This month’s selection includes a real-time mapping application, a global scavenger hunt, an addictive game and more.sites for designers

1. Material Design

“Material Design is a unified system that combines theory, resources, and tools for crafting digital experiences.” Check out this site for a collection of design guidelines, an entire library of icons and plenty of tools to help stage, remix and resize your designs.
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2. KERNTYPE: a kerning game

“Your mission is simple: achieve pleasant and readable text by distributing the space between letters.” Players be warned: this is an addicting little game. Don’t blame us if you have problems reaching deadlines and avoiding the soft glow of your screen all hours of the night.

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3. Dumb Questions for Smart Designers

Say goodbye to the boring “Where do you find inspiration?” interviews. Dumb Questions for Smart Designers is an “anti-interview” series full of fun anecdotes and hilarious tales from all of your favorite creatives.

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4. Mapzen

“Mapzen is an open, sustainable, and accessible mapping platform.” The site offers a flexible mapping engine named Tangram that is designed to render real-time 2D and 3D maps.
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5. Sympli

Use Sympli to assist in designing and developing apps. Design with Photoshop or Sketch and then upload your project to Sympli where the development team will do the rest.

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6. Futura Type–Trap

Join in the global scavenger hunt for the Futura typeface. Photograph the popular font out in the wild, upload your find to Type-Trap and get added to the type-trap map.

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7. Words for Designers

This great little site is full of interviews with some of the world’s greatest graphic designers. “How do they think, how do they connect to others, what special skills do they have?” Prepare yourself to be inspired and encouraged by these candid stories of aspirations, failures and more.

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8. Color Claim

Tobias van Schneider created Color Claim in 2012. Use the site to build and find color combinations and aid in creating color moodboards.

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9. Outpost

This is the gorgeously designed website for Outpost, a strategic advertising agency founded in 2004.

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10. Project Sunday

Another beautifully designed website. This is Project Sunday: Furniture built forever.

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