A little of what we love
As a Digital Design Agency we love a good resource. The internet is bursting with sites that claim to offer the best of this or the most thorough compilation of that. Well, we do online deep dives on a regular basis, some for work and some for play. In this Fall favourites list – a number of us at Plank, from designers to back-end developers, are sharing their true favourites. Here’s hoping they help you find what you’re looking for and offer new and exciting places to explore. Enjoy!
The Wayback Machine
Steve: Managing Partner
The mission of this site is pretty cool: provide Universal Access to All Knowledge. The non-profit Internet Archive is building a library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, you get (free!) access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled and the general public. The site was started in 1996 and continues to be a useful resource.
Inside Design by InVision
Jenn: Creative Director
As Plank’s Creative Director, it’s no surprise Jenn loves Inside Design. This resource offers tools for ideation, design, prototyping and design management. You can also use it to help with all kinds of creative projects. It’s chock full of great tips and wisdom, and if design is your jam, you’ll love this.
Jason: Project Manager
Everyone loves reviews. They can point you toward a product or steer you away from one. Wirecutter does rigorous testing for their product reviews and since they don’t take advertising money, it’s assumed their reviews are unbiased. According to Jason, this site is helpful for buying anything from charging cables to HD TVs.
Megan: Front-End Developer
Megan says CSS-Tricks has been instrumental in helping to nail down her styling skills. This site may appeal mostly to those interested in front-end development, but it contains tons of articles, both from staff writers and guest authors, so the content, while pretty niche, is still diverse. The “tricks” they give are well documented and tested, and actually work!
Annika: Project Manager
WhoSampled is Annika’s favourite musical wormhole. Whenever you’ve listened to a song and felt like you “already know that hook”, chances are you do, and WhoSampled can tell you where it came from and even what other songs have used it. Be prepared to lose an afternoon.
Jerome: Front-End Developer
Codrops is a web design and development blog that publishes articles and tutorials about the latest web trends and techniques. It’s great at relaying what new possibilities are out there. In this resource you’ll find all kinds of impressive content and interactions that help Jerome’s wonderful creative side stay up to date.
DND and Beyond
Massimo: Back-End Developer
Our back-end developer Massimo says not a day goes by that he doesn’t use this site. It acts as a compendium for all the knowledge you could ever need on the tabletop roleplaying game Dungeons and Dragons. The site integrates all the DND source material into its software, with links through to relevant pages, and there are also handy tool tips so you don’t have to leave a page unless you really want to. Roleplay away!
Web Platform News
Debbie: Front-End Developer
This site provides general web news, and will be most interesting to all the web developers out there. For Debbie, it provides up to date technical knowledge that can really help drive her focus and help with learning. Since there is such a vast sea of technical trends out there, this site helps clear out the unnecessary noise.