The ultimate resource list for DIY blog design.
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THEMES + TEMPLATES
I used their Portfolio theme for years. Clean code, easy to use.
Feminine WordPress themes.
Stylish, minimal blog themes.
LAYOUT + CODING
Beginners guide to CSS and HTML.
Smashing Magazine’s get started with CSS guide.
CSS and Photoshop tutorials, tips and resources.
A site full of web development tutorials.
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
My favourite free resource for easy photo editing and collages for blog post layouts.
A pay monthly option for access to the full Adobe Creative Suite including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.
These courses are run on Skillshare. They have lots of low priced courses so have a good look round.
Watercolour 101 by Nicole’s classes. Check out their other courses too.
Free monthly photos sent to your inbox.
High end, curated, royalty free stock photos.
Step by step guide to moving your Wordpress blog to another domain without losing your content or traffic.
How to master colour theory with Creative Bloq.
Colour theory for designers. The meaning of colour.
Understanding colour concepts and terminology.
Creating your own colour palettes from scratch
A fantastic site that makes it easy to generate colour schemes.
Colour trends and colour palettes.
FONTS + TYPOGRAPHY
Guide to choosing typefaces for your project from Smashing Magazine.
Best practices for combining typefaces from Smashing Magazine.
An easy to understand explanation from Aeolidia about webfonts and how to use them on your website and blog.
Free fonts for commercial and personal use.
Google’s database of web fonts.
Learn all about typography.
GRAPHICS, PATTERNS + TEXTURES
Beautiful hand drawn clip art and graphics suitable for use on your blog or website.
Lots of low cost hand-crafted graphic elements.
High quality, textured patterns that are free to use.
Usable, high resolution, found and original graphics, textures, type and patterns