Resources

Useful Links &
Worth Reading Books
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I’ve always been a little bit of a digital collector — not to say a hoarder — of images, links, articles and other materials. In the spirit of a new year, I’m trying to approach life more minimalistic. After cleaning some of the excesses, I gathered what only impacted in some form my current workflows.

After all these years I believe it’s time to share with whom might find it interesting some of the books and links I have used and read the most.

Disclaimer: I’m not being remunerated by any of these sites in any form, they are just a compilation of materials I’ve found very useful and interesting throughout the past years.



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Links

3D


Refractive Index Database / P&P (IOR) / Filmetrics
Refraction indexes for all sorts of materials

Poliigon
Amazing texture bank for materials

HDRI Haven
Up to 16k free HDRIs

HDRI Vault
Another great link filled with free HDRIs

Three D Scans / 3D Scans
3D Scans free of copyright restrictions

Render Render
A long catalogue of render farms available

Allegorithmic’s PBR Guide
Great reading about PBR shading

Shaders.xyz
A forum focused on look-development/shading with monthly material challenges and very inspiring community
 

VFX


DOF Simulator
Great for checking your camera comps

VFX Camera Database
All you need camera information

Matte Paint.com 
All kinds of photos for environment work

Shot on What
Large database filled with movie production specs

Pushing Pixels / Interface Love
Two awesome blogs about UI in Film and TV

The Art of the Title The name says it all, the best source when the subject is Main Title Design

Art of VFX
My favourite feed to check what’s happening in the VFX world

Movie Title Stills Collection
Huge collection of Movie Titles from the 1920s to present


Design


The Stocks
A link filled with the best royalty free stock photos

Fonts in Use
Great resource for finding out what fonts are trending

Typewolf / Trend List
Trends in design/typography

Practical Typography
A complete web book about typography

Papersizes.io
International paper sizes, dimensions and formats

Logobook
A large collection of Logos

Dataviz
Best tools and resources for data visualisation

Design.Watch
Great list of must-see documentaries


Calligraphy / Lettering


Calligrafile
Huge resource guide for hand lettering artists

Ductus 
Simple guide lines generator for calligraphers

Scribblers
Calligraphy supplies & resources

Rare Books
A collection of calligraphy rare books

IAMPETH’s Guide Sheets
Cooperplate/Script guide sheets

Color Palettes


Adobe Color CC
Color Hunt
Colorful Gradients

Colourcode / Paletton
Two  alternatives to Adobe’s Color CC

Color Mind
Color scheme generator that uses deep learning

Color Supply
Simple color scheme generator

Google’s Material Design Color Tools





Last Updated
2018—MAY
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