My Go-To List for Free Online Design Resources
Sometimes it’s really hard to sort through all the free things on the internet. This is my go-to list of websites that provide free high-quality resources that helped me become a better designer over the last 5 years.
We’re living in a world that has a high emphasis on visuals. Simply put, you need photos in order to catch people’s eyes.
- lots of high-quality photos
- really helpful search, items are well tagged
- great for searching for something very specific
- also very high-quality stock photos
- can explore by collections (great for finding thematically similar photos)
- if you can't find what you need on the sites above, try stockvault
- be carefully you're only looking at the free stuff, and not the advertised paid stock
These photo-realistic mockups are a great way of boosting sales of custom goods and even mocking up packaging. Especially with retail goods, it's always a good idea to include photos of the packaged product to boost recognition with your customers.
- has everything from mockups for tablets/phones, to packaging to print
- well curated, very high-quality mockups
A custom font makes you look more legitimate and makes just about any template much more unique.
- free fonts available for commercial use
- lots of filtering options that allow you to find the perfect font
- even has a handy font identifier tool
- also for commercial use
- very easy to use as web fonts (many CMS like Wordpress will have addons that let you enable Google Fonts easily)
- filters let you find fonts with desired weights, widths, etc.
- lots of free fonts
- not all for commercial use, make sure to read carefully about the licensing
- great collection of decorative fonts
- the noun project has a lot of icons
- well established search function
- collections help you keep your icons in the same style
- has plugins for Adobe and Microsoft Office
- a truly giant collection of icons
- available in a variety of file formats
- pattern making function lets you make cute backgrounds quickly
- great for sparking creative inspiration
- also free resources (people give away free stuff all the time)
- Don’t use your primary email. Make a separate email just for signing up for free resources or better yet, use a disposable email. Your inbox will thank you.
- Always credit! Become familiar with copyrighting and attributions.
- Free stock is great, but once you start getting established, it's a good idea to start paying for stock. It's easier to deal with attributions and oftentimes, many clients are willing to pay for it.