Resources, Stuff and People I Love
My desire for the right tool borders on obsession. From sketching first concepts with pen and ink to launching powerful software, I delight in what feels right in my hands; brings my ideas, objectives, creativity to life; works with graceful precision; or enlightens and connects me. Below is an ever-changing list in my quest for the best.
Creative Partners … Good Citizens
Design: Print & Pixels
Magazine & Book Printers
- Conveyor Editions ~ Excellent customer service and a sweet portfolio of artists’ books. They have a nice range of papers and cover printing options. Book a printing slot early.
- Edition One Books ~ Another digital book printer I recommend. They, like Conveyor Editions specialize in artists’ books.
- BLURB ~ Easy peasy book publishing
- MAGCLOUD ~ Affordable magazine publishing
- READYMAG ~ Super easy, dynamic digital publishing for browsers, tablets and smartphones
Invitations, Stationery & Letterpress Printing
- Minted ~ Wedding invitations, stationery, art prints galore by some of the best independent designers and possibly undiscovered designers. It’ s where I sell my invitations.
- Bella Figura ~ Local invitation shop with beautiful letterpress printed products from thank you notes to wedding invitations.
- ADVANTAGE LETTERPRESS ~ Kevin Cox runs his shop out of Washington state. We’ve collaborated over the years and I hope to pick up with him once again.
- Mama's Sauce ~ Super friendly and beautiful letterpress printing. They also offer screen printing. An invitation I designed for a friend/client were printed with them.
- Moo ~ Affordable, high-quality print promotion and identity printer. I love Moo for many things but I personally would avoid their “letterpress” business cards and give my money to an artisan letterpress printer.
- I Love Typography ~ One of my first discoveries when I started out blogging and moving into web design. It is chock full of history, interviews and reviews. ILT is a typography lovers in-depth resource.
- Typographica ~ Type reviews, books and those fabulous “Favorite Typefaces” lists. I’ve discovered many high-quality typefaces from here.
- TypeWolf ~ Type on the web never looked more beautiful than it does in this curated resource of type pairings by Jeremiah Shoaf.
- Fonts in Use ~ It’s one thing to see type in a catalog and better to see it used in context.
- FONTSHOP ~ An exploratory website to discover, learn and purchase typefaces.
- MYFONTS ~ The Powells of typeface shops on the ’net.
- WebType ~ High quality font delivery service for your web pages and apps. Type is design. Make it beautiful.
- CLOUD.TYPOGRAPHY ~ Hoefler&Co’s font delivery service. The only place to have their typefaces (Archer, Gotham, Whitney and others) displayed on your web pages.
- Village Type Foundry ~ An invite-only type foundry. This is a small and mighty collection of typographic excellence.
- EMIGRE ~ The type foundry of Mrs. Eaves. What more is there to say?
- Design Inspiration ~ Incredible high-end design from around the interwebs
- GrainEdit ~ Interviews, articles, books, ephemera and more focused on design work from 1950-1970 and contemporaries whose work is influenced by this time period.
- SiteInspire ~ Showcases some of the best sites from the web.
- Mindsparkle Magazine ~ A gorgeous collection of well-designed websites
UXDesign ~ A comprehensive collection of books, articles, pattern libraries and more to inspire and help solve ux and ui problems.
More, coming soon
Work & Life: Stuff I Love
Food, Health & Wellness
- Vitamix Blender ~ Buy certified refurbished to save some cash and own a blender that grinds and blends pretty much anything. Make your own almond butter!
- Kuhn Rikon Swiss Peelers ~ Simple and oh-so-functional. This is hands-down the best peeler I have ever owned.
- Borough Furnace ~ This is on my wishlist. They are a local company making cast iron skillets by hand.
- Nutivia Coconut Oil ~ Non-GMO and delicious.
- Native Forest Coconut Milk ~ Full-fat, sans BPA and delicious. I use this for my morning coffee.
- Endangered Species Chocolate ~ I love the 88% dark bars. Yum.
- Artisana Squeeze Packs ~ For when you are on the road and need some fat and protein.
- Bob’s Red Mill Alternative Flours/Meals ~ Where I purchase my almond meal flour, tapioca, arrowroot and others. Employee-owned business. Gotta love that.
Yes, magazine junkie
- More Magazine ~ Makes me feel smart and beautiful even at “a certain age.”
- PALEO MAGAZINE ~ The magazine that helps me stay up-to-date on health and how I eat.
- Audrey ~ A magazine devoted to featuring and sharing the Asian American female experience. If only this had been around when I was a teenager!
- National Geographic TRAVELER ~ The magazine I have loved since it first came out; the best travel magazine on the planet.
- AFAR ~ Compelling photography and excellence in design.
- Garden & Gun ~ Gorgeous lifestyle magazine with compelling photography and stories that educate me on a part of the country I know little about.
- ORGANIC GARDENING ~ The gardener in me digs getting dirt in her nails.
- Dot Net Magazine ~ A must-read magazine for web design and development professionals.
- Fast Company ~ Engaging design and a way to keep my finger on the pulse on the intersection of technology, design and business
- Photo District News (PDN) ~ Keeping current on what is important to photographers is important to me.
- Gourmet Magazine ~ How I miss it! Delicious photography, delicious recipes, stories from around the world.
Software, Apps & Services
- Sketch3 ~ Seriously, say goodbye to Photoshop. Design wireframes and high-fidelity mockups for any screen size. Super intuitive and a great community to boot.
- Coda ~ For those times when I need to write elegant HTML and CSS
- Squarespace ~ Easy, low-maintenance website creation platform. Beautiful straight out-of-the-box.
- ExpressionEngine ~ If you go full custom, be sure to check out “EE” first. It is robust and my preferred content management system.
- Postable ~ A delightful way to stay in touch via snail mail. Have your contacts add/update their information.
- Dropbox ~ A great place to store, back up and share a lot of files but I wouldn’t store anything confidential or financial here. It does work great for collaborative projects when many files need to be shared/distributed to a group.
- WeTransfer ~ A great and free service allows you to share a folder of gigantic files.
- SpiderOak ~ I’ve researched how secure many of the cloud-based storage and sharing services are and SpiderOak wins. The only other service I would consider paying good money for would be Wuala by LaCie.
- Photo Mechanic ~ The fast and easy way to edit, pair and rate your images
- Evernote ~ Where I collect nearly everything and manage smaller projects.
- Feedly ~ My RSS reader of choice.
- Instapaper ~ Gorgeous reading experience for articles I want to ‘read later’. I love the ability to highlight passages and share them.
- LIGHTROOM ~ Super beefy (for me) but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty amazing.
- SCREEN FLOW ~ For training my customers how to update and manage their new websites and giving feedback to my students.
- GRADEBOOK PRO APP ~ The alternative to Excel spreadsheets for tracking grades, attendance and more.
- HOOTSUITE ~ To manage my Twitter strategy while at the desktop, laptop, or iPhone; keep up-to-date with my community; and engage my customers
- BUFFERAPP ~ Simple management and analytics for your social media accounts. They also make great suggestions for content. It comes without the noise of multiple streams.
- INSTAGRAM ~ Hands down the best place to share images and be discovered.
- FLICKR ~ Simply because I’ve been a member for years and I still see great images and meet great people. Hello NASA!
- SmugMug ~ To privately share photos with my family, friends, and colleagues
- Karma Go ~ Take WiFi with you everywhere. Use my code for $10 off yours: Deborah invites you to join Karma | Karma.
- Verizon JetPack MiFi ~ We were using this before we discovered Karma Go. Works great; just more expensive.
- EvoDesk ~ An affordable sit/stand desk I had to buy after a back injury.
- Sennheiser ClipMic Digital (iPhone) ~ For recording interviews on the move.
Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera ~ Years ago, photography worked its way into my soul, life, and work. Lightweight, unobtrusive, stylish.