Design Freebies/Resources

This is one for all the creatives out there – a comprehensive compilation of creative freebies and resources collected and used regularly by yours truly. Please leave a comment if you have any that you think deserve to be added to my list! Otherwise, enjoy x

FREE FONTS

dafont.com – an archive of freely downloadable fonts. Browse by alphabetical listing, by style, by author or by popularity.

1001 Free Fonts –  download free fonts for PC and Mac

All Graphic Design blog post – humongus list of free font sites!

COLOUR INSPIRATION AND MATCHING

COLOURloversa creative community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns, discuss the latest trends and explore colorful articles…

Kuler – color themes generator by Adobe

PSD TUTORIALS

Psdtuts+ –  showcasing some of the best Photoshop tutorials available on the net

ILLUSTRATOR/VECTOR TUTORIALS

Sis Revisions blog post– 20 Exceptional Websites for Learning Adobe Illustrator

FREE PSD BRUSHES

Brusheezy – Stupid Name. Cool Brushes.

BrushKing – photoshop brushes galore

My Photoshop Brushes – loads more…

FREE WEB DESIGN TEMPLATES

dezinehub – free and easily customisable website templates for personal and commercial use

LOGO INSPIRATION

LogoDesignLove – a website (and a printed book which I have read myself) devoted to the design of logos and brand identities

Logopond – logo/identity inspiration

Logo of the Day – daily logo inspiration

TYPOGRAPHY INSPIRATION

I Love Typography – informative and inspiring typography focused blog by John Boardley

Smashing Magazine blog post– 80 Beautiful Typefaces For Professional Design

FREE TEMPLATES

StockLayouts – templates and sizes/cutters/keylines for just about anything you can print: brochures, tri-folds, menus, business cards, presentations etc

FREE ICON SETS

Six Revision blog post– 40 Beautiful Free Icon Sets

FREE VECTOR IMAGES

Vecteezy – categorised and easy to use free vector site

FreeVectors.net – searchable, no categories which is a bit of a pain but still useful

Cool Vectors

Vector Stock

Qvectors

CoolVectors.com

Vector4Free.com

VectorPortal.com

VectorJungle.com

TEXTURES

Noupe blog post – 50+ High Resolution Textures, Tutorials and Resources

CG Textures

FREE STOCK PHOTOS

All Graphic Design blog post – huge list of free stock photo sites

Dreamstime – free stock images, not always the best quality but worth trying

MorgueFile – public image archive for creatives by creatives, photographs are freely contributed by many artists and all that is required is that you credit the photographer when possible

PAID FOR STOCK PHOTOS & VECTORS

iStockphoto and Shutterstock – generally afordable with great selections of both photos and vectors

PACKAGING DESIGN INSPIRATION

The Dieline – best packaging related blog ever

GENERAL BLOGS, SITES & INSPIRATION

Just Creative Design – very useful blog by Jacob Cass, especially for answering questions about the practicality of being a designer and for

All Graphic Design – abundant with design related info, resources and advice

David Airey  – informative advice for design students

CSS Mania – web design ispiration

DesignFreebies.org – vectors, templates, tuts, images, info and more.

Freelance UK – mainly UK focused but still loads of info and questions asked for anyone who is starting out as a freelancer

As mentioned above, please leave a comment with links to any sites you think are worth adding to the above, would be great to try out some new ones and sharing the love is always appreciated :)

 

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