Top Design Resources for Non-Designers

August 5, 2013

design_courses_communicationSo you aren't a professional designer but still want to create beautiful presentations -- don't worry, that's the majority of us. Without having to shell out thousands of dollars in years of training or outsourcing, there are some resources that can help you hone your eye (and ability) for great design.

I sat down with my design team a few days ago and compiled a list of some of the best presentation design resources on the planet. These resources are no substitute for a well-rounded education in design, but they can serve as a compass that will help guide your presentation to a tropical island of success. They certainly serve that purpose for professional designers, too. Here they are (in no particular order):


This is a beautiful online inspiration gallery that showcases web/UI design, logo design, print design, photography, and artwork from around the web. It also offers free icon sets, fonts, etc, which is always a huge plus.

Design Taxi

This site is a new favorite of Ethos3. It contains tons of interesting articles and resources on everything from architecture to photography and more. This site is definitely worth a visit.


If you are looking for insightful and thought-provoking articles to help guide your creative work, you need to check out 99U.  They are powered by Behance (another favorite) so if you really need some extra creative nourishment, you can dig in a bit deeper into their parent company.


Designspiration is an amazing resource for any designer. You can look through thousands of great designs or search for something specific. It's a great place to get some inspiration if you've got a case of "designers block."


AE TUTS is a great tutorial site for motion graphics. They have tons of free tutorials that are usually accompanied by source files. What we love most is that all of their tutorials get straight to the point.


If you love Photoshop and Illustrator, then you’ll love Abduzeedo. The site features tutorials, case studies, artist interviews and much more.

Fuck Yeah, Book Arts!

Despite the name, this site is brimming with inspiring posts and tons of creative ideas. What we love most about this site is that it's a step away from traditional poster/logo design, encouraging the viewer to think in 3D.


This magazine is a personal favorite of one of our designers. It's a fine art-based magazine and provides inspiration from other realms beyond typical graphic design. Plus, it enables us to be aware of what else is happening in the art world at large.


This is home to gorgeously clean icon/logo design & illustration. As designers who do a fair amount of digital pen drawing, AWH is the perfect shot in the arm when inspiration is running dry.


Dribbble defines itself as "a place to show and tell, promote, discover, and explore design."  We love that about Dribble, but what makes the site so special to us is the solid community resource that allows designers to comment on, rate, like and share a project.

No one ever said designing a presentation is an easy task. It's tough work. But hopefully, you feel more empowered to become a better presentation designer. So, try something new, be more daring and get a little creative. After all, you’re now equipped with some of the best presentation design resources on the planet.

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Scott Schwertly is the author of How to Be a Presentation God and CEO of Ethos3, a Nashville, TN-based presentation boutique providing professional presentation design and training for national and international clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to branded individuals like Guy Kawasaki.