2329 Resources

Helpful Resources for 2329

The following list of resources may be helpful to you in ENGW 2329. This list will grow as the semester progresses, so be sure to check this page in Google Docs often. If you have any suggestions for additions to this list, please email them to me.

May I recommend that all ENGW majors begin by reading this entry: “I’m a Writer, Not a Graphic Designer.”

Writing Help

Common Errors in English Usage (Prof. Paul Brians)

The Process of Research Writing (Prof. Steven D. Krause)

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Twenty Most Common Errors and How to Fix Them (Bedford-St. Martin’s)

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips


Adobe’s “Getting Started” list of tutorials

InDesign Tutorials from Layers Magazine


Adobe TV Tutorials for Illustrator CS5

Tutorialized: Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

Outstanding Text Effects Tutorials in Illustrator

Vectortuts+: Typography Tutorials

How to Design a Logo Using Adobe Illustrator (YouTube)

15 Excellent Logo Design Tutorials Using Illustrator

30 Creative Illustrator Logo Design Techniques and Tutorials

Free Images

Creative Commons

Public Domain Image Resources (Wikipedia list)

Stock.XCHNG (Free stock photography; requires an account)

Library of Congress Public Domain Images

12 Best Places to Get Free Images for Your Site

Google Search by Image: Best Free Way to Find Images


Pictures Don’t Count, Right?

How Can I Use Images and Create Remixes and Mashups If I can’t Copy from the Web?

How to Attribute a Creative Commons Photo from Flickr

EDITING IMAGES (if you don’t want to use PhotoShop or Illustrator, yet)

RIP Picknik: 7 Free Alternatives for Quick Photo Edits — This will give you an overview and discussion about the features on a couple of different sites.

Best Online Photo Editors — Because you need choices, and you’re likely to respond to different discussions.

As you go through and experiment with some of these free photo editors, please make sure that you report to us. Tell us what you like and don’t like about the option you choose.


Thinking with Type

Flipping Typical (See how specific text will appear when it is set using all of the fonts installed on your computer)

Wordmark.it (Helpful for selecting typefaces for logos/wordmarks)

Best Practices for Combining Typefaces

Four Techniques for Combining Fonts


Kuler (Helpful for developing effective color schemes)

Color Emotion Guide (an infographic)


WordPress Theme Directory

50+ Fresh and Unique Personal Portfolio Websites