Welcome to our Technology and Design Resources section, where we list the links to the courses, tools, articles, books and general information that will help you develop your strategy and run your business more effectively.
Most of you probably already know about Smashing Magazine, but if you don't it is an amazing resource for design ideas: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/
And if Smashing doesn't have what you are looking for, check out Before and After Magazine. Also offers free tutorials on colors, fonts, and layouts: http://www.bamagazine.com/
ArticlesDepending on what you are designing, here are some articles to help you out:
1. Anatomy of an effective home page: http://blog.kissmetrics.com/effective-homepage/
2. Anatomy of an effective landing page: http://www.formstack.com/the-anatomy-of-a-perfect-landing-page
3. Anatomy of a viral launch page: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/09/01/elements-of-a-viral-launch-page
Color can have the biggest impact on the way your market interacts with your online branding. Learn more about using color effectively here: http://designerscouch.org/view-log/Infographic-of-the-Day-How-Color-Affect-Purchases-1484
For successful calls to action, you need to capture data. Creating an effective form is fundamental:http://uxmovement.com/forms/why-users-fill-out-forms-faster-with-unified-text-fields/
Honestly, I think the jury is still out on QR codes, but if you want to give them a try, here is a starter's guide: http://onebiginternet.com/2011/02/the-complete-guide-to-qr-code-technology/
Tools and Courses
Guatemala's own Maestros del Web offers a great selection of resources, courses, tutorials and links to help you start your project:
Tell us in the comments about the great resources you've found so we can add them to the list!