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The Most Popular Free Design Resources

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.


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



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



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!

Kristen Bachmeier
Kristen Bachmeier
Kristen Bachmeier is Atilus' Director of Operations and helps to oversee all client accounts and day-to-day operations. Kristen also has a background in digital marketing, and has been working in the digital marketing space since 2012.

Recent Comments | 8 Comments
  • Kostas Bekiris

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

    • Zoe

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

  • kasirajan

    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 we have used many icons and images like this u may like that too.

  • Zoe

    Thanks for these 🙂 is really good as well.
    I’ve also found a lot of icons through dafont’s dingbat section
    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

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

    • Ryan Ulrich

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

    • Zach

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

  • Matt Chatfield

    I’m a big fan of
    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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