When it comes to being a designer, you’ll always need to stock up on graphics, stock photography and fonts as well as rely on other helpful tools to successfully get your work done.
The list might seem daunting and endless, but it doesn’t have to cost you the world. From choosing the perfect typography and finding the right visual assets to selecting the best colour palette, there is a wealth of free resources out there to make your work shine.
Our designers at Suvenia, along with the Creative team, helped us put together this list of 8 essential resources for graphic designers – and they won’t cost you a penny.
Free Graphic Resources
How would we survive without having access to those crucial visual assets that help to add polish to our designs? The following resources bring you everything from web icons and templates to vectors and textures – and even better, they’re free. So you can save money while meeting that deadline.
Looking for lots of free graphics and web resources all in one place? Pixeden has a little bit of everything. With plenty of graphic design and web design templates, icons and vectors – you’ll be spoilt for choice. You can join for free but if you want a little extra, you can upgrade to one of their premium plans too.
2. Endless Icons
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Endless Icons brings you a wealth of free icons to suit your design projects. From the usual suspects of web, corporate and social to more unusual themes such as beauty, food and fun icons – this is the place to find what you need.
Free Typography Resources
Need some decent typefaces for your print or digital projects? Typography can get expensive rather quickly. So if money’s tight, check out the following leading resources that offer plenty of gorgeous fonts for free.
Created with the purpose of gathering together the best typography resources, Typewolf makes finding the perfect font super easy. There are tons of lists summing up certain types of fonts, guides and resources about typography, and other recommendations. The website even has a catalogue of where different fonts are used, so you can get a feel of what they look like in print or online.
FontStruct is a free font-building tool which helps you easily create fonts using geometrical shapes. You can keep your creations private, or share with its online community. You can even download fonts made by other FontStruct users.
Free Stock Photography
A photograph can often complete a design. But because so many stock imagery sites cost a small fortune to purchase from, how can you find copyright-free pictures for free? The following solutions will become essential bookmarks.
Another great little website, Unsplash adds 10 new photos every 10 days. From portraits and landscapes to architectural imagery, this will become an essential bookmarked site.
On Pixabay you can find and share images free of all copyrights, as they’re released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain. You can copy, modify, distribute, and use the images even for commercial purposes – all without asking permission and without paying attribution. Add this essential site to your list.
Free Design Inspiration Resources
From mood boards and colour picking tools to helpful how-to sites and palette creators – this selection of free design inspiration resources will help you out when you’re creatively stuck.
7. Colour Lovers
Love colour? Colour Lovers is an international community that provides a wealth of user created and shared colour inspiration as well as tools that make the creative process as simple as possible. Whether you need a colour palette to kickstart your next project or want to create a piece of vector art, this website has the tools you need to go from design inspiration to execution.
8. Adobe Color CC
Need inspiration for colour? The free Adobe Color CC allows you to import any image to generate a colour theme or you can use its “color wheel” to come up with endless themes based on different harmonies: analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary, compound and shades.