Resources

Resources


Analytics

Google Analytics

It’s thorough, free, and you can read my article Web Analytics 101 for directions and alternatives

Branding

Lamfers & Associates

This team can help you with positioning, naming, etc

Client Prep

Client Questionnaire

Hire me and we start here

Design Personas

A business branding exercise by Aaron Walter

You’re My Favorite Client

A brief book by Mike Monteiro, who states “Design isn’t sausage. You’ll enjoy it even more if you understand how it’s made.”

Color

Adobe Color CC

Find a palette for that color

Color Explorer

Another palette program

147 Colors

147 web colors by name

ColorZilla

Use the color picker to easily identify webpage colors

Copy Writers

Sam McMillan

I’ve worked with Sam on campaigns for Metromint and Gigwalk and he writes for Communication Arts

Michael Alves

Michael often works with my colleagues at Lamfers & Associates

Dave Dumanis

Copy Writer & Creative Director, and brother of my longtime music partner/excellent massage therapist PF Dumanis

Co-Working Space

Makeshift Society

Meeting space, a cool art library, and cozy cushioned window seats


Design & Dev Ed

CSS-Tricks

Chris Coyier’s thorough explorations of CSS possibilities

Treehouse

Learn to code with well set-up tracks and unlock geeky rewards

A List Apart

Explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices

A Book Apart

Brief books for people who make websites

Lynda.com

Learn code, design, and more

Gray Area

A San Francisco non-profit merging art & tech

Cascade SF

A San Francisco design meet-up group

Designers & Geeks

A community for Designers that meets monthly in San Francisco, New York, LA, and Boston

Hair & Make-Up

Rebecca Taff

Because you want to look good in that headshot

Fox & Doll

Especially if you like a vintage approach, or seek make-up lessons

Hosting

*I am an affiliate

Bluehost*

Easy interface and customer service. 6/2015: Have noticed crowded shared servers and down time, starting to recommend SiteGround instead.

SiteGround*

Affordable and reliable. Good price on a WordPress optimized plan.

Dreamhost

Check out free hosting options for registered non-profits

Synthesis

Robust WordPress Hosting

Media Temple

Robust Hosting


Illustrators

Lisa Brown

Comics, Illustration, Writing, Education

Lisa Congdon

Art, Illustration

Amy Curkendall

Illustration, Art, Design

Maria Forde

Art, Illustration

Jessica Hische

Illustration, Lettering

Wendy MacNaughton

Illustration, Graphic Journalism

Thorsten Sideb0ard

My husband draws comics when he is not busy being a Software Engineer at Nest (header illustration of me by him)

Helen Tseng

Illustration, Design

Imagery

iStock

Photos, illustrations, video

Pond 5

More stock media

Vectorian

Free and for purchase victorian vector graphics

Retro Vectors

A royalty free, free of charge vintage vector emporium

Tin Eye

A reverse image search tool

Pixlr

No photoshop? Here’s a free online photo editor

Subtle Patterns

Free subtle background patterns

Photographers

Sarah Deragon

Not-So-Corporate Headshots

Madelene Farin

Food, Products, People

Nader Khouri

Food, People, Lifestyle

Debra A. Zeller

Weddings, Portraits, Music


SEO

Yoast

Trusty SEO info from the makers of the WP SEO plugin I prefer, read my article about SEO for further info

Social Media

Meighan O’Toole

Social Media & Digital Strategy for Creative Brands

Typography

Adobe Typekit

Web and desktop type library

Hoefler & Co

A classy foundry, used on this site

Fonts in Use

See type pairings in action

Type Connection

A dating game for typography

Font Squirrel

A good place to look for free web fonts

On Web Typography

A brief book by Jason Santa Maria, read my full review

WordPress Plugins

All-In-One WP Security

WordPress attracts hackers, so be secure

Contact Form 7

My favorite form plugin these days

Duplicator

Easily move WordPress sites and create back-ups, read my article How to Move a WordPress Site for further info

Google Analytics Dashboard

Integrates Google Analytics with your WordPress site, read my article Web Analytics 101 for more info on analytics

Yoast SEO

Gently holds your hand while you optimize your pages and posts, read my article about SEO for further info