This is the Play Type game! Not only is it a ton of fun, but it also builds a better understanding of letter forms and the unique character marks that make a typeface distinct from another. Have fun and try not to get as addicted as I did when playing!
I just got done browsing through the above site and just had to share! It provides awesome web design inspiration as well as logo design inspiration…and not only does it give you a thumbnail but a direct link so you can test and see the live site in action.
Not to mention there are freebies (which i pulled some icons from!!) and resources to find web designers, purchase a template and, my personal favorite, a side by side comparison of sites with CMS support and builders (That is here: http://coolhomepages.com/Best-CMS-Website-Builders.html)
Hope you can find it as helpful as I did! I am definitely bookmarking this into my favorites.
^ That above article contains some great advice and tidbits from one designer to another.
My take: We all graduate with our degree, enthused and hungry to get into our first job and start being creative like we were with all of our assignments in school, only to be severely disappointed and completely caught off guard–The fact is, its just not what we were prepared for.
Sometimes we get lucky and get one, maybe two professors that do their best to give us some real world knowledge…even their attempts pale in comparison to when you get thrown into the deep end and told to swim…or sink.
But as designers we are creative by nature (hopefully!) and innovative right? We easily can think outside the box and adapt. Point being, do not let it get you down if you feel lost at first. Take control, build up your confidence and let go of some of those “Stereotypes” and things you heard about in school and create your experience…we are creators after all!!
With 2012 rapidly flying by (Is it just me or is time moving faster as I age?), more and more information on 2012 design salaries continue to leak out. And I must say, so far I am liking what I am seeing! It seems our worth is on the rise according to my cross referencing. Lets all keep up the hard work and once in a while (but not too often!) give ourselves a pat on the back and reward our hard work!