When you’re thinking about the design of your website (or any other creative project, really), it can be easy to overlook the little details that make your site unique. Design choices about the font you write in, the colors on your page or even the icons that you display in various places all say something about your brand, your company. They are littered all over your website, responsible for sending subliminal messages to your users and customers. So it’s important to get these details right, even if you think that they won’t make a difference!
If you don’t consider yourself a creative person, have no fear – there are plenty of places to seek inspiration and resources when designing your website (or when working with a professional graphic designer). While there are some hard and fast rules about design elements, such as typography (http://typophile.com/files/typography_rules.pdf), most of the time if you have a general idea of what you want your page to look like, finding well designed pieces will make it pretty easy to come out with a polished final product. One of my top resource/inspiration hubs is actually Pinterest. If you scroll through the design or technology categories, there are tons of pins and related links that will point you to well-designed websites and beautiful resources (many of which are free!).
In terms of specific resources for fonts, icons, and more, here’s my top list for where to find them:
Fontsquirrel.com and Dafont.com are great places for free, high quality fonts. They have categories ranging in simple sans serif fonts to exotic or handwritten styles. For less variety but more professional fonts, Google Fonts has a wide selection of nice looking fonts that will go with any standard website.
My favorite place to look for icons is probably The Noun Project. They offer many high quality icons for an array of categories/topics. I’m talking about the kinds of icons that you might even discover on your next smartphone. They’re always adding images to the site, so it’s a nice place to check back every one in a while to see what’s new.
For color scheme inspiration, I absolutely adore design-seeds.com. They have many color palette ideas based off of different images that will make you want to redesign your whole site! If you prefer hand matching colors yourself, Adobe Color (www.color.adobe.com/create/color-wheel) is a fantastic way to work with colors that you or your graphic designer will likely use in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.
So go get inspired. And feel free to share your own favorite websites that spark your creativity.