Whether you are a hobbyist or a creative professional, you can always use some good freebies. There are plenty of innovative new apps and websites offering exciting tools for designers, but most of them require a fee or at least a subscription. This means being a designer can be an expensive proposition. We’ve rounded up the best free design resources for budding and experienced design pros.
Free Design Resources pulls off the very difficult task of updating daily with new resources. Guess what that means for you? An archive of free material that is unmatched anywhere on the internet. Free Design Resources has over 12 million downloads. Make it easy on yourself by signing up for their newsletter, which will ensure you have the latest resources delivered straight to your email inbox two times a week.
Subtle Patterns does one thing extremely well: provides a large library of free patterns that won’t make you blink from garishness. The website is brought to you by Toptal, which is a hiring platform for freelancers that you might also found useful. Best of all, the patterns are free and all have a Creative Commons license letting you use them for commercial purposes.
Dribble is a popular site for people looking for a job. However, it is so much more than that. If you haven’t explored its freebies, it’s high time you checked them out. There is a good archive of free design elements. You can also find other things that might be of interest, like free storyboard illustrations or free vectors and fonts.
Graphic designers should always take a gander at Freepik, which caters specifically to graphic resources. Free Pik’s library has a huge selection of PSDs, vectors, stock photos, and icons. This site has been around since 2010 and was created by graphic designers for graphic designers. Their resources are also cleared for commercial use in addition to personal use.
Graphics Fuel is easy to navigate and easy to search for free design resources. There are also other tools that are helpful to graphics professionals, like tutorials in Photoshop. Premium membership is available for other design elements, but Graphics Fuel doesn’t skimp on the freebies.
Freebiesbug is exactly what it sounds like: a community that focuses on providing the best free web design resources. Whether you are looking for PSD files to help with app design, or mockups for a variety of different design projects, to coding resources for developers, Freebiesbug probably has it.
Use your iPhone or your desktop to explore color combinations at a snap. Colordot by Hailpixel is the best website to help you create a visual color map quickly. You can also share them, which is great for working with clients on the go.
PixelBuddha bills itself as a “creative team passionate about bringing the best free and premium resources to the design community.” Their dedication shows. Their free resources include just about anything, including effects, textures, animations, icons, tutorials, patterns, brushes, fonts and UI options.