This is a must have tool to add to your arsenal as a web designer because it’s small, fast and convenient. ColorZilla is an extension for Firefox featuring an advanced eyedropper, colour picker, palette viewer and more!I’ve used this extension to instantly select colours from websites/images then grab the colour code and paste into my CSS directly. Or I can paste into an online colour palette generator and build a custom palette faster than it would take to load up Photoshop and do the same. I love it because it’s unobtrusive and always ready to go. Eyedropper: I see an colour I like on some random website, I want it and looky, I got it! Main Menu: Quickly call up my menu and get the colour code and voila, ready to paste! Palette List View: I can even save my colour selections. Webpage Colour Analyzer: Curious to know all the colours used on a website? Don’t grab it one pixel at time, let ColorZilla analyze it for you! Yep, this one is a fantastic extension to have on hand and I highly recommend that it be part of your workflow. I’ll continue to post about the tools, resources and websites that have helped me when I’m designing and developing websites. Do you have any extensions that have made designing easier for you? Let me know and see you in the comments.
A great deal of people have already written about what makes a great logo and many more have put together collections, showcases, studies of great/bad logos that I don’t feel it necessary to further flood the interweb with my own thoughts on the matter. Others have fully and eloquently expressed the process better than I ever could, so from them, I will learn and pass that knowledge on.Some day soon, I will share with you my own process of branding myself but right now, I am still trying to figure that out. Go figure, as a designer it is my privilege to help create logos for other people and to my own detriment, I have yet to design my own but I digress. Without further adieu, the following are my personal resources on logos.
- Brands of the world
Comprehensive resource to browse and access thousands of logos around the world.
- Logo Pond
- Logo of the Day
Logo Design Inspiration – Daily!
Collection of Web 2.0 Logos
- The Logos of Web 2.0 by The Font Feed
A breakdown of the different trends of Web 2.0, from softies, futurists, classics and new classics.
- Logo Design Trends 2009 by 1stwebdesigner.com
- An Exciting Showcase of 2009 Logo Trends by Graphic Design Blog
- Logo Lounge 2008 Trends
- Your Logo Makes Me Barf
Even the website isn’t pretty, but it gets the point across right?
- Best and Worst 2008 by Brand New
Tips, Guides and Branding
- Famous Brand History by Logo Orange
It’s always a treat to learn the history of a logo or of anything else, for that matter.
- 5 Vital Logo Design Tips by David Airey
- 45 Rules for Creating a Great Logo Design by Tanner Christensen
- The Power of Personal Branding by Nubby Twiglet
- Branding Firefox by Jon Hicks
- Firefox Logo Guide
See the work above in action.
- Corporate Brand Guidelines
A collection of brand guidelines for various companies, this one is especially useful for times when you’ve completed a logo design.
- ESPN Brand Identity Guide
- 81 of the Best Logo Design Resources
Even more links to wrap your mind around! A huge list covering topics from type, history, trends, books, tutorials and even more showcases!
And this article ain’t complete without the amazing Make My Logo Bigger!!! cream.
The following is a collection of colour resources that have been helpful in generating colour palettes and transition from print to web.
- Color Schemer Online
A simple and easy guide to make a quick colour palette.
- COPASO by COLOURlovers
An advanced colour palette tool to create colour schemes and themes. You can extract colours from an image, colour picker and use the colour wheel for more ideas.
- Kuler by Adobe
A collection of colour palettes with the ability to share and download palettes from the community.
Browse colour palettes or create your own with the ability to adjust, mix and blend in a 3D format. Simple but fun.
- Color Explorer
A formidable online tool for generating your own color palette. It features the following abilities: create a palette from an image, colour picker, colour libraries including W3C named colours, web and websafe colours, TOYO, RAL, TRUEMATCH and FOCALTONE, colour-matching with various algorithms and even an analysis and conversion tool for different colour systems. This tool is a real gem.
- myColor myIdea by Pantone
More of an inspirational, colour explosion than a tool but it does allow you to see the Pantone colours beautifully.
- Color Scheme Designer
Ad advanced color scheme generator, practically has all you need to make wise palettes without the colour theory knowledge.
- Color Palette Generator by DeGraeve.com
This one is for the times when just want to use an existing image and extract a colour palette from it. So, so easy!
- Converting Pantone Colors to RGB
A must-have quick guide for translating colours from print to screen. This is especially useful when you are maintaining consistency of corporate identity through various mediums.
- Conversion from Pantone to RGB and Hex HTML
Similar to the one above, just another guide to help out.