Color Trends, Palettes

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The color scheme can make or break a design project. There’s nothing worse than having to aimlessly plow through color palettes for that perfect color scheme to fit your project. Luckily the open source community over at ColourLovers has got the color-challenged covered. Colourlovers features a number of color palettes organized by usage, occasion, current trends and fashion assembled through a community of devoted color enthusiasts.

The palettes are organized by date, views and popularity to help sift through the thousands of entries for the perfect color scheme. The usefulness of Colourlovers doesn’t stop there; the community has expanded to include open-source patterns and shapes to jazz up basic designs as well as the latest design trends for both interior and graphic design.

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Identify Font of Any Page

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You see the perfect font on a website or in print and you’d like to know what it’s called. How can you identify that font without having to browse through hundreds of fonts? At identifont.com you can identify your font by answering a few questions about its characteristics like serifs, position of the upper-case ‘Q’ tail, the centre vertex of the upper-case ‘M’ and so on.

At every step through the questionnaire it gives you popular fonts that match the given characteristics. We’ve tried it with some popular fonts and it was right on. When you have less common fonts it seems that the tool gives you more accurate answers if you skip a question here and there. You can also search for fonts alphabetically, by similarity or picture, or by designer or publisher.

 

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Free Website for Small Business

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Over half of small businesses in the US don’t have a website, yet over 90% of consumers look online first for local products and services. Now businesses can get a free website and attend free seminars on how to set up their own site and get online without having any expense. How? Visit AmericaGetOnline.com, pick your state and you’ll be presented with a listing of free events in your area. You can also view free learning videos and print a work book at their Learning Center.

Why? This service is offered by Google in conjunction with several sponsors. Google is perpetually working on improving their search results and getting relevant local results is a big part of it. If they help small businesses get online, it will also help them provide better search results. The examples on the site include small businesses like someone offering a private music lessons, a second hand store, a bee keeper etc.

 

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Open Source Software for Q&A Site

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Start your own question and answer site easily with free open source software at osqa.net. Use this software for homework sites, product support or as a help desk feature. This question and answer engine features a voting system, social networking functions including private messaging, search, the ability to import data from a Stack Exchange site, support for widgets, themes, the ability to embed videos, audio and images, automatic site activity reports, export data and more.

Minimalist CSS3 Generator

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Get great functionality through a minimalist interface with this CSS3 generator at CSS3Generator.com. Get help with rounded corners, transitions, box sizing, columns, RGBA and more.