Top 10 Websites For Designers – April 2012

Every month HOW scours the web and pours through submissions from creatives to discover the top design websites. We’re looking for the best promo sites of talented designers and illustrators, as well as design tools, resources and fun sites for creative time-outs.

10 best design websites
Check out the best design websites below. (You can also submit a site you think should be included in this list of cool design websites next month.)

  1. Type-o-Sketch
    Designer Elaine Stephenson started the Type-o-Sketch blog to improve her hand lettering skills and compile a collection of different type treatments.
  2. Yulley Co.
    New York City-based “designistrator” Ian Culley has a drippy, goopy style that oozes charm and edge.
  3. TypeConnection
    Type Connection is a game that helps you learn how to pair typefaces. Start by choosing a typeface to pair. Like a conventional dating website, Type Connection presents you with potential “dates” for each main character. You decide what kind of match to look for by choosing among several strategies for combining typefaces. Along the way, you explore typographic terminology, type history, and more.
  4. Dominique Falla
    Dominique Falla is a designer/artist who works in a variety of tactile mediums and combines digital creation with analogue output for exhibition and publication. She is currently working on a series of tactile typography pieces.
  5. Jon Contino
    This Brooklyn-based illustrator and designer recently relaunched his self-promotion website with tons of new inspirational design work to see.
  6. Chen Design Associates
    Legendary San Francisco design firm Chen Design Associates just redesigned their self-promotion website in true Chen style, with a letterpress-inspired aesthetic and tons of amazing packaging and print design work.
  7. Lab Partners
    Lab Partners is an Oakland, CA-based husband and wife duo that combines an amazing retro illustration style with strong typography skills.
  8. Pat Perry
    Pat Perry is an artist and illustrator from Michigan who plies his hallucinogenic style for clients like K2 Skis and Bonnaroo. His cool design site features tons of amazing work, both personal and for clients.
  9. Marta Cerdà Alimbau
    Marta is an illustrator and designer based in Barcelona. The work on her self-promotion website is heavily type driven featuring tons of amazing typographic illustrations.
  10. Behance
    The Behance team has completely redesigned key features of the site—gallery browsing, activity feeds, member profiles, curated galleries and the follower experience—to provide a new level of discovery, efficiency and transparency. The best promo site for creatives just got better.

Remember to submit a site you think should be included in this list of top design websites next month.