Content Creation Toolbox


Colors – The super fast color schemes generator for cool designers.

Kuler by Adobe – Create color schemes with the color wheel or browse thousands of color combinations from the Kuler community.


Supporting graphics

The Noun Project – Thousands of glyph icons from different artists. Some icons are free and some for a fee.


Background Images – The best royalty-free stock photos in one place.


Typography – A pocket guide to master every day’s typographic adventures. 


Crafting Copy

Portent’s Content Idea Generator – Content idea generator.


Data Sources


Google Analytics – Web analytics and reporting.

Qualaroo – Behavior insight surveys for better A/B testing.

SurveyMonkey – Free online survey software and questionnaire tool.

App Annie – Mobile app ranking, analytics, market intelligence.



Kimono – Turn websites into structured APIs from your browser in seconds. – Web data platform and free web-scraping tool.




General Data/Research

UNData – A statistical database of all UN data.

Pew Research – Public opinion polls, demographic research, media studies, etc.

The Data Hub – Powered by CKAN, currently lists more than 3,000 open datasets.


Academic Studies/White Papers

Google Scholar – A wide array of information, including articles, theses, books, abstracts, white papers, court opinions,etc.


Financial Data

Google Finance – Real-time stock market data.

Google Public Data Explorer – Large datasets on economic development worldwide.


Government/World Data

The CIA World Factbook – Global information on history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, etc.

U.S. Census Bureau – Demographics, geographic information, and education for U.S. population. – An open data source for U.S. government data.


Social Data

SocialMention – Real-time social data.

Google Trends – Search data and trends.

Topsy – Social trends and tweet history.


Health Data – Data on Medicaid, Medicare, clincial studies, treatments, etc. – Public health data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.



Amazon Public Data Sets – A centralized repository of public data sets that can be seamlessly integrated into AWS cloud-based applications.

Programmable Web – APIs, mashups, and the web as platform. – A list of open data portals.


Other sources

Wikipedia’s Open Data page – A comprehensive list of open government data.

r/datasets –  A subreddit of datasets for data mining, analytics, and knowledge discovery.

Quora – Ongoing discussion of “Where can I find large datasets open to the public?”


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