Zen Approved – Design Element Providers
By: Chad Bell
When it comes to adding personalized elements to your site, you may be confused about where to find inspiration. Here you will find a list of recommended sites with inspirational design elements to help better achieve your dream website. Our top picks will help you find stylized elements, including color schemes and combinations, stock images and graphics, and interactive user components. Choosing such elements will not only help the designer achieve your ideal design, but will also help to speed up the overall development process.
Kuler – www.kuler.adobe.com
Kuler is a web-hosted application for generating color themes that can inspire any project. No matter what you are creating, Kuler allows you to quickly experiment with color variations and browse thousands of themes from the Kuler community.
Jupiter Images – www.jupiterimages.com
We’ve noticed that Jupiter Images has the best modern and professional stock photos. It provides stock photography and stock illustrations with over 500,000 royalty-free images to choose from. You can find everything from lifestyle themed images to holiday to sports themed images. Individual image pricing varies depending on the image size and resolution (web, low, medium, high, or very high).
Fotolia – www.us.fotolia.com
Fotolia is the first worldwide social marketplace for royalty free stock images, allowing individuals and professionals to legally buy and share stock images and illustrations. It offers the largest image bank of free and affordable royalty free photos and illustrations perfect for any medium, web or print. Photographers and designers constantly update Fotolia with thousands of new photos and illustrations each day.
FlashXML – www.flashxml.net
If you are looking to add that extra design element that makes the users experience much more interesting, then FlashXML has just the components your looking for. The FlashXML team strives to build the best Flash components and come up with a new standard in the field, where you can actually customize your components without using Flash software and without special skills other than using your mouse. Your website’s visitors will love the interactivity.
These sites will help you personalize your site and have it looking the way you want it. Whether it be Kuler for your themes, Jupiter or Fotolia to provide great images/illustrations, or Flash to make your site that little bit more exciting, you will find all your need in terms of design.