BLOG DESIGN RESOURCES

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The ultimate resource list for DIY blog design.

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THEMES + TEMPLATES

Organic themes

I used their Portfolio theme for years. Clean code, easy to use.

Themejug

Themejug have some of the most beautiful themes, I’ve seen. Choose one of their clean, premium WordPress themes here. I currently use the Galao theme*.

Bluchic

Feminine WordPress themes.

Blogmilk

Stylish, minimal blog themes.

LAYOUT + CODING

Beginners guide to learning CSS and HTML

Beginners guide to CSS and HTML.

Mastering CSS Coding

Smashing Magazine’s get started with CSS guide.

Pugly Pixel

CSS and Photoshop tutorials, tips and resources.

W3 Schools

A site full of web development tutorials.

I can build a blog

Taking the complication out of web creation. Lots of tips, tutorials and resources designed to help people that are new to blogging.

MAKE YOUR OWN GRAPHICS

Pic Monkey

My favourite free resource for easy photo editing and collages for blog post layouts.

Adobe Creative Cloud

A pay monthly option for access to the full Adobe Creative Suite including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.

Hand Lettering course and Digitize your hand lettering course.

These courses are run on Skillshare. They have lots of low priced courses so have a good look round.

Watercolour 101

Watercolour 101 by Nicole’s classes. Check out their other courses too.

STOCK PHOTOS

Death to the stock photo

Free monthly photos sent to your inbox.

Stocksy

High end, curated, royalty free stock photos.

MOVING BLOGS

Fizzle.co

Step by step guide to moving your Wordpress blog to another domain without losing your content or traffic.

COLOUR

Colour Theory

How to master colour theory with Creative Bloq.

The meaning of colour 

Colour theory for designers. The meaning of colour.

Colour concepts and terminology

Understanding colour concepts and terminology.

Colour palettes

Creating your own colour palettes from scratch

Colour scheme generator

A fantastic site that makes it easy to generate colour schemes.

Colour Lovers

Colour trends and colour palettes.

FONTS + TYPOGRAPHY

Choosing typefaces

Guide to choosing typefaces for your project from Smashing Magazine.

Combining Typefaces

Best practices for combining typefaces from Smashing Magazine.

Introduction to webfonts

An easy to understand explanation from Aeolidia about webfonts and how to use them on your website and blog.

Font Squirrel

Free fonts for commercial and personal use.

Google Fonts

Google’s database of web fonts.

Practical Typography

Learn all about typography.

GRAPHICS, PATTERNS + TEXTURES

The Ink Nest

Beautiful hand drawn clip art and graphics suitable for use on your blog or website.

Creative Market

Lots of low cost hand-crafted graphic elements.

Subtle Patterns

High quality, textured patterns that are free to use.

The Haystack Dept

Usable, high resolution, found and original graphics, textures, type and patterns