At New-Startups.com we want to make it more of a habit for us to share with you resources that we have stumbled upon and researched that will help you grow your startup. Although this list is a short compilation, there are so many more excellent tools out there which deserve attention of this community, yet many remain obscure. Here are some of the most useful design tools and service providers that can help lift you startup off the ground with a strong brand and design foundation.
Feel free to comment to this post and let us know how you feel these tools are or are not helping. And please do share other tools that you may think will be useful to others.
Brands for the People – Logo and Branding
Brands for the People: We’ve trimmed the fat associated with branding agencies and built our business online. Our software platform matches startups with rock star designers so that small businesses can afford to buy brands not logo designs. We believe logo is a four letter word, which is why we’ve developed a series of strategic online resources freely available. Our process is for startups serious about standing out from the crowd and bringing Good into the world. We are called Brands for the people because that is what we stand for.
Domainr – Name Generation
Domainr: Search Domainr to see all the possible domain names you can make, in addition to the standard .com, .net and .org. Domainr also supports non-Latin internationalized domain names, so you can enter characters with accents or other diacritics, and even scripts such as Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese and Hindi. If you’re looking to set up a URL shortener, we recommend Bitly.
Kuler – Branding
Kuler:The web-hosted application for generating color themes that can inspire any project. No matter what you’re creating, with Kuler you can experiment quickly with color variations and browse thousands of themes from the Kuler community.
Twitter Bootstrap – Web Design CSS
Twitter Bootstrap: Bootstrap is a toolkit from Twitter designed to kickstart development of webapps and sites. It includes base CSS and HTML for typography, forms, buttons, tables, grids, navigation, and more.
Gridr Buildrrr – Web Design CSS
Gridr Buildrrr: Providing a tool to markup a ready to use grid based CSS to give your application design structure so you can concentrate on building an idea rather then formulating design code to hold ingenuity.