Drumroll, Please: Desiiiiign Tiiiime!

We tend to get our hands dirty and our feet wet with all kinds of marketing projects that involve design in some capacity. Whether it’s feedback on a new logo, picking out creative for Facebook ads, wire-framing the ‘ish out of a homepage — we’re always digging into the inter-webs (wait, does anyone even say that anymore?) for new and interesting services to help us make the next great design decision.

Here’s a list of some recent tools we’ve come across and love playing with:

  • DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB. Searching for good stockphotos makes us want to gargle vinegar. There’s just too many stupidly-priced women laughing alone while eating salad. This new and affordable site offers membership for $10 a month to download (up to 10 high-res) images for $1 each. Gargle that.

What the $%# is happening to that tomato? What the $%# is happening to that tomato?

  • MEDIALOOT: Man, this is the site that sucks us down the rabbit hole. Then we come back to the surface with all kinds of treats. Great for textural backgrounds, vector icons, and overall inspiration — this is the kind of referential linking we love to do when art directing. And it’s made us better for it.

THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS! THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS!

  • COMPFIGHT: Another image service! But this one filters keyword searches from Flickr that are rights free or Creative Commons. So rather than dilly dally with stockphoto boringness, you can actually pay for or credit someone who spent a year in Madrid photographing windowpanes. Sigh, now we wanna go to Madrid. ** Hint hint **

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  • CODECANYON: So many times we’ve come across projects and clients who need a set of tools or an application that, to put it simply, we just don’t got. But tabbing over to this code resource allows us to find the plug-in, javascript, CSS, or whatever other code-monkey-business we might need. Whew.

Welp, we do now! Also - we totally love HBO's Silicon Valley. It is on point.  Welp, we do now! Also – we totally love HBO’s Silicon Valley. It is on point.

Let us know if there’s any other design gems we’re missing out on. We will repay you in high fives and witty emoticon replies. And reference you in our next DESIIIIIGN TIIIIIME.

Until then, Happy Memorial Day weekend! Beers and BBQ on us! (Not really, but in our hearts)