The Most Popular Free Design Resources

Design Resources can be expensive, especially if a client does not have imagery, icons, and/or patterns to support their brand. Below is a list of free resource websites that we have found to be very useful in the design process! From what I know, these resources are absolutely 100% free, however there may always be an exception to the rule so just make sure you check the on licensing information.

ICONS

Font awesome is great, I would suggest downloading the actual font and installing it. After that you can use the font awesome cheatsheet and use the font as actual icons! iconmonstr is also good, but they seem to lack much of a library compared to font awesome.

Iconmonstr                   font awesome

 

PATTERNS

My favorite for patterns would have to be the pattern library. They have a lot of very nice patterns for free that have been designed by some of the most prestigious designers around the world! One Hundred patterns is also good as it provides very abstract patterns that can maybe spark an idea. Cgtextures has been around for quite some time but has always delivered in supplying various textures when in a time crunch. Subtle patterns focuses on.. you guessed it, subtle patterns so it is good to combine some of these with color.

pattern library

 

Cg textures                   Subtle Patterns

 

STOCK IMAGERY

For free imagery I mostly stick to imcreator or freeimages as they are much easier to search for specific photos that one might need. Unsplash is a nice site and has a great library, but doesnt have a nice way to search for these types of photos. Stocksnap is a new one that I came across and it seems to deliver in desperate measures, still seems like it can use more of a library though.

Unsplash                   Stock Snap

Im Creator                   free images

 

If you are spending money on stockphotos we recommend Dollar Photo Club, they have a very nice collection and each photo/image is just $1 DOLLAR which is very inexpensive compared to istock or shutterstock! Really the library they have is great and their search filters make it even easier to find what you are looking for.

dollar photo club

 

If you have any other additions to this list, write it down in the comments below and I’ll take a look!

Ryan Ulrich
Ryan Ulrich
Ryan Ulrich is Atilus’ Designer. He specializes in the UI/UX Design included in Atilus’ services and stays current with the most popular trends in his area of expertise. He makes sure that Atilus’ designs are at a top notch quality to deliver results to Atilus’ clients.

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Recent Comments | 8 Comments
  • Kostas Bekiris
    Reply

    Great list, thank you for sharing. The one resource that I visit quite regularly and I’m very happy about is unsplash.com. Excellent free stock image and of very high res so you can down size. Just great!

    • Zoe
      Reply

      Kostas, you made my day! Thanks for sharing unsplash.com – it’s awesome! 🙂

  • kasirajan
    Reply

    Hi Ryan

    It is very useful and informative. Thank you very much to share this information. I love many examples from the above even we have used lot for our designs. U can view my website http://www.rgbdzine.com we have used many icons and images like this u may like that too.

  • Zoe
    Reply

    Thanks for these 🙂 http://www.freepik.com is really good as well.
    I’ve also found a lot of icons through dafont’s dingbat section http://www.dafont.com/mtheme.php?id=7
    You can convert the character to paths and then use it as a base for something else. I have an indesign document with all my favourite dingbat ‘alphabets’.

  • Rachel
    Reply

    Thanks a lot 🙂 as a GD student I will bookmark this one!

    • Ryan Ulrich
      Reply

      Awesome! I am glad that this can be of help to you! 🙂

    • Zach
      Reply

      Lol… I read “GD” in a totally different way!

  • Matt Chatfield
    Reply

    I’m a big fan of http://morguefile.com/
    Loads of stock images at high res, a lot of poor ones but quite a few decent ones too. And if you find one that you want, it’s totally free.

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