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Articles on Vision
The Impressionists' bible is an article which was published in Nature about Ogden Rood's textbook on optics and color mixing. The textbook was widely read by French artists, including Monet. Ogden's book, Modern Chromatics: With Applications to Art and Industry, can be read online from Google books.
Eyeshots is the website of a consortium of scientists who are investigating vision and motor control. I've got it linked because of its bibliography: lists of research papers on the nuts and bolts of how our brain constructs a visual reality.
Not for the feint of heart, The Brightness of Colour is scientific article published in PLOSone about why equiluminant colors appear to humans to have different values. Neurobiology + mathematics = insight.
The WebChicklet site is a God-send for anyone wanting to learn how to use Cascading Style Sheets.
I used the MaxDesign tutorial to walk myself through building my style sheets.
Draplin Design is a graphic design/logo company with a nifty, and frequently updated, web site. People send in beautiful retro advertisements; good place to see nice graphic design.
Flipping Typical is a handy-dandy tool for viewing and comparing fonts.
Wikipedia has a nice classification of sans-serif fonts.
I always appreciate people who try to bring standards and simplicity to a chaotic world. PositionIsEverything does that for CSS page layout.
A List Apart is an online magazine for web designers; it pays special attention to standards and best practices.
A couple museums
These two Northwest museums have nice collections of American art.
Schools offering academic training
Methods and materialsGamblin Colors