Library

Platt College Library

General topics

  • ted.com
    This website features numerous videos from TED conferences, which are devoted to sharing ideas worth spreading. Topics include technology, entertainment, design, business, science, the arts, global issues and more. Each speaker is limited to 18 minutes or less.
  • apple.com
    iTunes has made numerous video and audio files available for free through iTunes U (which can be accessed through the iTunes store). Multimedia resources come from museums, universities, cultural institutions, and public television stations, and are related to topics such as business, engineering, fine arts, health & medicine, teaching & education, history, humanities, language, literature, mathematics, science, social science, and society.
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General Media

  • behance.net
    This creative professional forum features a job listings and a huge gallery related to numerous topics including photography, illustration, design, art-direction, video game design, motion graphics, video arts, graphic design, typography, and more.
  • deviantart.com
    largest online social network for artists, featuring 13 million registered members who showcase art in various media.
  • newgrounds.com
    user-generated site featuring flash games and animation as well as other media.
  • tutsplus.com
    This website features tutorials related to photoshop, graphics, vectors and illustration, web development and design, motion graphics, flash, action script, computer graphics, audio production and more.
  • dribbble.com
    Designers and developers share shots (small screenshots) of the designs and applications they are working on.
  • digitalmediaacademy.org
    Paid online courses are available, related to digital film production, post-production video and audio editing, digital photography, web design, and 3D art and animation.
  • lynda.com
    A member-supported online learning platform with 40,000 video tutorials.
  • texturelovers.com
    This website archives textures from the web that are free to use in commercial and personal work without attribution, as well as featuring inspiration links and tutorials.
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Technology News

Career

  • creativeheads.net
    This website features job listings in the areas of video game production, animation, VFX, and software/technology industries.
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Miscellaneous

  • netvibes.com
    this website gives users the opportunity to create an online dashboard where they can build their own homepage to manage frequently visited websites and email.
  • delicious.com
    This social bookmarking service allows visitors to save their bookmarks and share them with others.
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Web Design and Development

  • smashingmagazine.com
    the company that publishes Smashing Magazine also runs this blog, which features the latest trends and techniques in web development.
  • learningjquery.com
    Website featuring tips, techniques, and tutorials for the jQuery JavaScript library.
  • net.tutsplus.com
    This website is aimed towards web developers and designers, and offers tutorials and articles on technologies, skills & techniques to improve website design and construction. The site features tutorials related to HTML, CSS, Javascript, CMS’s, and PHP.
  • designbombs.com
    Blog with an inspirational gallery of web design.
  • active.tutsplus.com
    This is a site made to showcase Flash, ActionScript, Flex and Silverlight tutorials.
  • mashable.com
    A top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture.
  • alistapart.com
    Featuring numerous articles, this website, related to A List Apart magazine, explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
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3D Animation

  • turbosquid.com
    business website for company with over 200,000 3D models available to purchase and download.
  • cgsociety.org
    3D Industry news from the CG society – a global organization for creative digital artists.
  • zbrushcentral.com
    This community forum provides numerous resources and opportunities to dialogue with other z-brush users about scripting help, troubleshooting, plug-ins and utilities.
  • artworkbydave.com
    Platt instructor Dave Bittorf’s website features recommended 3-D books, a job board, Dave’s demo reel and some TV interviews he did with Fox 5.
  • usa.autodesk.com
    This corporate website features forums for Autodesk software, information about products, tutorials, and user communities related to their software.
  • pixologic.com
    From the makers of Z-brush, this website features galleries, video tutorials, tips and tricks, as well as artist interviews and more.
  • thegnomonworkshop.com
    This corporate website features Gnomon product information, as well as forums where news, tutorials, and tips are discussed. Also, upcoming products are profiled on the website as well as event listings.
  • 3dbuzz.com
    The company 3dbuzz runs this website which features technical videos and tutorials related to 3D animation, programming and game design. A membership is required for access to some components of the site, however blogs, galleries, interviews, forums and more are available to anyone.
  • mocapdata.com
    Declaring itself “the world’s biggest state of the art motion capture library on earth,” this Japanese website features motion capture data for purchase as well as some free files and tutorials.
  • digitaldomain.com
    Company website for the digital production studio that focuses on visual effects for feature films and advertising. The website features behind the scenes videos of production.
  • the-blueprints.com
    Website providing (for a fee) 3, 4, and 5 view drawings, templates, and blueprints to serve as reference material for modelers. The website also features free tutorials and a gallery.
  • creativecrash.com
    3D models are available for purchase through this website, as well as free downloads, forums, tutorials, a job board and community networking area.
  • 11secondclub.com
    A monthly character animation competition where animators from all over the world participate, animating a character speaking a line of dialogue provided by the club.
  • ict.debevec.org
    This research professor at USC has created a site that contains his work related to Computer Graphics – research papers, computer animations, art projects, software, educational resources, and more.
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Video

  • artofthetitle.com
    This web resource features film and television title design from around the world
  • videocopilot.net
    Website featuring tutorials for VFX and motion graphics presented by Andrew Kramer.
  • apple.com
    Apple’s official resource site for Final Cut Pro X. This site features software plug-ins, information about new features, online user manuals, web tutorials and more.
  • sdfilm.com
    The San Diego Film Commission is dedicated to promoting San Diego as a film-friendly region. Their website contains information about obtaining a resource guide, an event calendar, tips for obtaining permits to film in San Diego, and a location library.
  • creativecow.com
    This peer-to-peer support community website for media production professionals features forums, tutorials, podcasts and more.
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Sound

  • freesound.org
    This website features a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds (not songs – just sounds), and also includes articles, community forums, competitions and more.
  • filmsound.org
    Swedish media teacher’s website featuring information related to film sound history, resources related to animation and game sound, and articles on numerous other sound related topics.
  • designingsound.org
    This website is dedicated to exploring the art and technique of sound design, and features sound designer profiles and interviews, SFX libraries, and blog posts related to sound design.
  • gearslutz.com
    Online forum for sound designers
  • johnlsayers.com
    Online forum related to recording studio design
  • duc.digidesign.com
    Online forum related to Pro Tools, Live Sound, Euphonix, and Scorch.
  • groups.yahoo.com
    This sound design discussion list is an open forum featuring sound design tips, techniques and theories, as well as solutions for both film and interactive media.
  • ethanwiner.com
    “Acoustic Treatment and Design for Recording Studios and Listening Rooms” by Ethan Winer, published magazine author.
  • soundrangers.com
    Online sound library specializing in original royalty free sound effects and music
  • sound-ideas.com
    Company website featuring professional sound effect collections for sale.
  • audiosparx.com
    Website featuring over 400,000 production music tracks, sound effects, loops and beats for sale.
  • mandy.com
    Website related to international film and tv production resources, including a yellow pages section, lists of production job openings, vendor lists, and more.
  • audiogang.org
    Membership page for the Worldwide Organization for the Advancement of Interactive Audio.
  • aes.org
    Audio Engineering Society website featuring news articles, event listings, publications, standards, community forums, and more.
  • grammy.com
    The Grammy’s official website, featuring information about the Recording Academy, Grammy Foundation, news articles, blog posts, and more.
  • digido.com
    Digital Domain’s company website offering audio mastering, mixing and replication services.
  • filmmusic.net
    The Film Music Network’s official site for members, offering leads for projects seeking music or composers, introductory legal consultation, discounted movie theater and event tickets, directories of film music agents and managers, salary surveys and more.
  • ampmusic.com
    Platt instructor Andre Hoth’s company AMP Music’s website featuring music and sound production services.
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Design

  • youthedesigner.com
    This graphic design blog features tips, tutorials, design job listings, and more.
  • thedieline.com
    This website features package design resources.
  • outlawdesignblog.com
    This graphic design blog featuring tutorials, inspirational imagery, video posts and more.
  • wemadethis.co.uk
    London-based graphic design studio’s website, featuring a blog and lots of inspiration!
  • designer-daily.com
    Website featuring tutorials, inspiration, and resources from a Swiss graphic and web designer.
  • frederiksamuel.com
    advertising blog with international examples.
  • cmybacon.com
    blog about funny and inspiring things in the world of art and design.
  • gomediazine.com
    This blog features tutorials and advice about business and design.
  • blog.spoongraphics.co.uk
    Design blog by Chris Spooner featuring tutorials for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop as well as other creative topics.
  • designiskinky.com
    Australian blog featuring design related posts and artistic inspiration.
  • anamorphosis-kate.blogspot.com
    Blog related to design.
  • abduzeedo.com
    This design blog is easy to navigate and features many photoshop and illustrator tutorials, as well as articles for inspiration related to numerous topics.
  • psd.tutsplus.com
    This Photoshop blog is made to show some of the best Photoshop tutorials around that explain the techniques behind them in a friendly, approachable manner.
  • blog.iso50.com
    Blog featuring design related posts and artistic inspiration.
  • blog.signalnoise.com
    Blog by Canadian graphic designer, James White, featuring posts related to logo design, inspiration, design events (in Canada primarily) and more.
  • bertmonroy.com
    Website of digital painter Bert Monroy, featuring photo-realist digital paintings and his commercial painting portfolio.
  • lifeinvector.com
    Art and design portfolio of Brook Nunez Fetissoff, featuring vector design, logos, photos, and more.
  • photoshopuser.com
    Member page for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Paid subscribers have access to thousands of tutorials, tip videos, online tech support, online forums, and issues of Photoshop User magazine.
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Photoshop/ Digital Imaging

  • officialpsds.com
    online, user-driven community of graphic artists that makes available free resources such as RAW image files.
  • dpreview.com
    This independent website is dedicated to the provision of news, reviews, and information about Digital Photography and Digital Imaging.
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Anatomy and Figure Drawing

  • posemaniacs.com
    This website is a great resource for anyone interested in figure drawing. It includes images of 3-D models of humans in various poses to give artists inspiration for figure drawing. The 3-D models’ musculature is visible rather than skin.
  • bodybrowser.googlelabs.com
    This website features anatomical depictions that can be manipulated to see various views of the human body.
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Art History

  • smarthistory.org
    This free and open, not-for-profit, online art textbook uses multimedia resources, specifically videos, to allow site visitors the opportunity to hear art historians deliver unscripted conversations about notable works of art, from ancient cultures to contemporary art.
  • metmuseum.org
    The Heilbrunn Timline of Art History is a chronological, geographical and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world as illustrated by the metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection. This educational website features world maps, timelines, over 900 thematic essays, and images from the Museum’s collection.
  • artlex.com
    This art dictionary contains definitions for more than 3,600 terms frequently used in discussing art/visual culture, along with thousands of supporting images, pronunciation notes, quotations, and cross-references.
  • metmuseum.org
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website contains educational resources related to their special exhibitions, often containing object images, timelines, maps, glossaries, essays and more. Some of the topics explored include art from Ancient Egypt, Byzantium, China, Africa, the Ancient Near East, South and Southeast Asia, Ancient Greece, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
  • moma.org
    The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, has created an excellent web resource to help students better understand print-making processes. The website not only contains examples of woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, and screenprints, but alo features high quality flash animations that detail the processes step-by-step.
  • artcyclopedia.com
    This web resource is an online directory to artists, movements, art news, museums and galleries. Frequently updated links to art news stories are available, as well as articles on many topics, and artist entries that often link to gallery and museum websites containing more detailed information.
  • lascaux.culture.fr
    Phenomenal website created by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication’s multimedia publication with a three-dimensional digital version of the cave, as well as a wealth of information about the caves, their discovery and preservation attempts. To access in English, click “accesibilite” in the bottom toolbar, and then click “English” on the side-bar.
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English Language

  • owl.english.purdue.edu
    Created by Purdue University’s Writing Lab, this website features over 200 free resources related to writing, research, grammar, and style guides, among other topics.
  • topics.nytimes.com
    Directory of New York Times “On Language” articles by Ben Zimmer. The articles relate to various writing topics in contemporary culture.
  • poets.org
    This website is run by the Academy of American Poets, a non-profit organization with a mission to support American poets. Their website features poet biographies, poetry, essays, discussion forums, interviews and more.
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Music

  • diabolus.org
    A Tudor-era musical troupe, Diabolus in Musica, created this website as a guide to early instruments.
  • musictheoryminute.com
    Free, one-minute online lessons related to music theory are available through this website. Topics include intervals, chords, modulation, and additional concepts.
  • learningideas.me.uk
    This website offers articles explaining music theory concepts such as naming pitches, describing melodies, the note duration system, and more.
  • method-behind-the-music.com
    This website is dedicated to helping music enthusiasts better understand music theory, the mechanics of music, styles & history, and conducting techniques.
  • classical.com
    This website contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of Classical, Jazz& Blues, and World Music. The site also features numerous composer biographies, guides to instruments and genres, timelines, and more. Visitors can access the first minute of each selection for free, but must become a member to listen to the full selections ($12 a month)
  • artsedge.kennedy-center.org
    The Kennedy Center has created this directory for their multimedia educational resources related to music, dance and theater.
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