A lot of the design principles are posted on similar articles, but the free ones tend to be scant on examples.
Think about permanence in your design. Big things like earth, water are first thoughts. Long term things like structures and trees are later. Garden beds and seasonal crops are last. Or something like that. Also think in terms of proximity to your home and ease of access when laying things out. Use land contour to your advantage. Don't ignore margins.
Just a bunch of principles I've absorbed, probably overly superficial stuff you already know too.
The consensus east of Houston is that the very best paid resource is a book titled Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster. He begins with site assessment and methodically touches on the high points for planning your relation to resources like sun, rain, wind, soil, ... There's little info about plants or animals. This is mostly about roughing your site in so that there are places for plants and animals, including advanced primates, to thrive.
The book references free resources on Brad's website, harvestingrainwater.com.