A few tools, people and guides that I find useful.
I like this Pixel Perfect Guide to digital design principles by UsTwo. Useful reading + rules of thumb.[/twocol_one]
TinyPNG is a free web-based service that shrinks PNG files to a size suitable for posting online. They smoodge JPGs now too. Just brilliant.[/twocol_one_last]
Pic Monkey is a fantastic freemium web-based photo editing service. Super easy to use. Invaluable.[/twocol_one]
Guide to Local Government
A guide for journalists (or anyone, really) on how local government works in New Zealand. Published each year by the Local Government Association.[/twocol_one_last]
Down for Everyone?
Find out whether a website that won’t load is Down for Everyone or Just Me.[/twocol_one]
Use the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Inflation Calculator to see what $x now would have bought you in the past.[/twocol_one_last]
TimelineJS is an open source tool that lets you create “visually-rich interactive timelines in 40 languages.” Created by the Knight Lab.[/twocol_one]
Stats Chat does a great job checking headlines and numerical and statistical claims made in news stories for accuracy. Essential reading alongside NZ journalism.