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21 Resources for Getting Design Feedback

ProofHQ
ProofHQ simplifies the design review, feedback and approval process for you and your clients. Clients can provide feedback conveniently through ProofHQ and you can benefit from better organization through the process. Prices range from $17 – $499 per month, with a free trial available.

ProofHQ

GetSignOff
GetSignOff is a resource that will help you to organize client feedback and multiple versions of the design while getting client approval on the design. There is a limited free account that will allow you to try the service, and premium plans start at $29 per month.

GetSignOff

Backboard
Backboard allows you to get feedback on your work as users can use their “red pen” to leave comments and notes on the designs. You can track records of feedback and approval on your projects. Plans range from $6 – $50 per month, with a free trial available.

Backboard

Redmark
Redmark allows designers to upload designs for potential clients to see. The clients can then leave feedback and hire designers. Redmark is a free service.

Redmark

Feedback from Other Designers and Team Members:

On many projects there are multiple team members involved, and internal feedback is equally important. And when there is no team involved it can still be helpful to get feedback from other designers and professionals. Here are four resources that can help for managing this type of communication.

Concept Feedback
Concept Feedback allows designers to upload their work and receive feedback and critiques from other designers. It is free to upload your designs and get feedback from the community of users.

Concept  Feedback

Notable
Notable is designed to organize feedback from team members, and it helps by making the feedback visual. There is a limited free plan available, and premium plans range from $24 – $119 per month.

Notable

Feedback Army
Through Feedback Army you can submit questions about your website’s usability and get a specified number of responses from reviewers. The cost is $10 for 10 responses.

Feedback Army

ididwork
ididwork is intended for managers and employees to communicate on projects. It doesn’t offer features for clients to leave feedback but it can be useful for feedback within a team. It is a free resource.

ididwork

Feedback from Users:

Users/visitors/customers also have a role in the process. These five resources can allow you to get more out of the feedback your receive from users.

Five Second Test
Five Second Test is a useful resource for getting feedback on first impressions of your designs. You can set up tests for free (some features are premium) and you can be tracking feedback very quickly.

Five Second  Test

Usabilla
With Usabilla you can create your tests, set up questions for viewers, invite users, and get specific feedback on various aspects of the design.

Usabilla

UserVoice
UserCoice allows customers/users/visitors to share ideas, vote on other ideas that they like, and you are provided with this valuable feedback. A limited free account is available. Premium plans range from $19 – $589 per month.

UserVoice

Kampyle
Kampyle helps you to analyze and manage feedback from customers and website visitors. A limited free account is available and premium plans range from $99 – $999 per month.

Kampyle

SuggestionBox
With SuggestionBox you can solicit and analyze feedback from customers and website visitors. The price is $49.50 per month, with a free trial available.

SuggestionBox

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5 Great Tools for Finding Color Inspiration

There are so many great resources available to designers that help inspire and improve efficiency, but often, color inspiration and color search abilities are overlooked in web design resources. After all, it’s often just important to find an image, gradient, or palette as it is to find one with the right subject.

What’s more, color can be one of the elements that designers forget to focus on, in favor of the typography, layout, or imagery. And yet a gorgeous color palette can make the difference between a bland and a strikingly original design.

So if you find yourself in need of a color inspiration boost, not only will this roundup of great sites provide you with all the palettes and images you could ever wish to see, they’re also great resources for manipulating, creating, and sharing color.

Find the right palette, pattern, or gradient

5 Great Tools for Finding Color Inspiration

Colrd has a database of single colors, palettes, gradients, patterns, and images, but some of these categories are more useful than others. Choose a palette to edit with sliders that suggest similar colors, note the hex numbers, or view similar results.

Best Feature: A CSS snippet is available for recreating each of the gradients, which makes this site particularly useful within that section.

Downside: Other sections (particularly the single-hued one) are of limited use, and search results are difficult to narrow down by anything other than popularity.

Manipulate and explore colors

5 Great Tools for Finding Color Inspiration

Color Explorer is the destination for working with pure color, ignoring the intermediaries of patterns, gradients, or images. You can import and alter your own color palettes, explore standardized color libraries, analyze and convert hues, and much more.

Best Feature: Their Color Matching algorithm allows you to create various related palettes by selecting different combinations based on color theory, such as split-complementary colors.

Downside: Should you be searching for inspiration that goes beyond simple color, this isn’t the site for you.

Search through a comprehensive collection of design imagery

5 Great Tools for Finding Color Inspiration

If you’re looking for a site that focuses on beautiful images rather than strict color palettes, head to Designspiration. You can choose up to five different colors in their clean and simple interface, and then view all the images in the site’s database that match the color combination you’ve selected. The hex numbers are listed as titles above.

Best Feature: It’s got a diverse list of categories, ranging from business cards to posters to architecture, so it’s particularly useful if you want to be able to refine your results by the type of design imagery.

Downside: Content is user-generated, so you might see some repeats in your results.

Color search through stock photography

5 Great Tools for Finding Color Inspiration

Use Shutterstock Spectrum if you want a simple shortcut to finding quality stock photos in the right color palette. Results are found by choosing a color with a slider, and then specifying the topic of the images.

Best Feature: Within a color search, you can choose to view photography in the same color range, but with progressively lighter shades.

Downside: You can only choose one color, as opposed to the multi-hued selections you can make in other sites.

Get the perfect palette in open-source photography

5 Great Tools for Finding Color Inspiration

Tineye operates along the same lines as Shutterstock Spectrum, except that it culls its imagery from the creative commons. Using a panel of up to five colors, you can adjust the percentage of each; your image results will fluidly reflect the changes you make to your palette.

Best Feature: The ability to stipulate the weight of each color gives you perfect control in finding the exact combination of hues.

Downside: There’s no way to narrow results by topic, so if you need an image in the right color palette and of the right subject, you may be in for a lengthy search.

As you can see, each of these sites has a particularly strong point; a powerful tool that works exceptionally well for a specific need. And using a combination of them all should give you the right resource for any situation when you find yourself lacking in color inspiration.

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20 Amazing Free Fonts for Headlines

Code Bold

Code Bold

Nexa
Light and Bold weights are available as a free download.

Nexa Bold

Franchise

Franchise

Langdon

Langdon

Nevis

Nevis

Museo Slab
The 500 weight of Museo Slab is available as a free download.

Museo Slab

Bebas Neue

Bebas Neue

League Gothic

League Gothic

Aleo

Aleo

Lovelo

Lovelo

Promesh

Promesh

Airbag

Airbag

Verb Black

Verb Black

Source Sans Pro

Source Sans Pro

Intro

Intro

Archive

Archive

Chivo

Chivo

Expressway

Expressway

Lato

Lato

Oswald

Oswald

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10+ Sites To Add Amazing Effects To Your Photos

Photofunia

This is one of those websites that will really make you think that you really don’t need Photoshop for photo effects. Photofunia has over 100 effects to choose from with new ones being added constantly. There are effects that work with face recognition, that is they will search for “the face” in your photo and put it appropriately as required by the effect. Other effects use the complete photo.

Dumpr and FunPhotoBox

Dumpr is another website that lets you choose the effect, upload your photo and get instant results. Dumpr was mentioned previously on MakeUseOf. FunPhotoBox is also similar in concept. Together, all three sites give you plenty of effects and options to choose from and get the perfect effect you were looking for, according to your photo.

Mosaics and Collages

If you would like to create a photo mosaic or collage, check out pixisnap and photovisi.Photovisi is excellent for collages where as pixisnap can be used for creating photomosaics as well as collages. Also check out these cool photomosaic software.

TiltShiftMaker

TiltShiftMaker allows you to transform your real life photo scenes into miniature models. Just upload the photo, choose the area to focus on and presto you have your effect.

Looks great on photos of city scenes, mountains where the whole aspect of the scene has been captured in the image as opposed to a single object.

FotoCrib

A photo effect, editing and photo enhancing web application that allows you to create montages, convert images from one format to another, create rounded corners, add 3d effects, create photo puzzles and much more.

Genopal – pic2graphics

It is said that color represents the mood of the photo. Pic2graphics allows to take colors(and thus the mood) of a photo and apply it to some other photo.

befunky

BeFunky lets you give various artistic effects to your photos. Just choose an effect, upload the photo, tweak some settings and you have an instant professional sketch or cartoon or an ink drawing!

Picascii and Photo2Text

Simple and fun, upload an image and convert it into asciiart.

Do you know of or use some other site to apply interesting effects to your photos? Lets hear them in the comments!

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June 14, 2013 · 6:26 am