If you’re a seasoned graphic or web designer, you are probably already using various online resources to find images, fonts and clipart to incorporate as part of your designs. Here are ten resources that we believe every designer should have in their bookmarks:
Ever fall for a font but can’t quite tell what it is? MyFonts has just the tool. Just upload an image file or provide the URL and it will save you a headache and help you to identify what that font is.
Flickr has long been the go-to website for online photo sharing. With the Flickr Creative Commons expansion, the average graphic designer now has the ability to quickly access photographs and graphic design models that are created by professional photographers and graphic design experts. The Creative Commons license makes it easy to use the pictures and designs without the risk of legal repercussion.
Morguefile is a wonderful and woefully underused resource for graphic designers that includes user submitted stock photos that have been contributed by many established professional artists as well as up and coming amateurs. Morguefile also creates a community for graphic designers with an active forum that is a gold mine of tips and personal connection.
The greatest aspect of stock.xchng is the tutorials section that has the ability to give graphic designers and photographers many ideas that they may not have thought of before.
Marcel Vijfwinkel is a well-known and highly respected 3D artist who created CG Textures to help graphic designers find industry standard textures such as “grunge” and “nature” to use in marketing designs. The search function of the CG Textures site is one of the best within an independent graphic design site and links to many rare textures for easy use.
A website for textures built by perhaps the most lauded online designer of the modern era, Travis Beckham, Squidfingers/Patterns has perhaps the largest selection of purely original repeating background patterns that can be used within CSS or print work. Many of the patterns are designed by Beckham himself.
If you are having trouble finding the right kind of Photoshop brush or you have grown tired of the built in brushes, come to BrushKing. With a selection of over 4000 brushes as well as 200 full brush kits, BrushKing is able to instantly expand the repertoire of any Photoshop using graphic designer.
Free Icons Web is a website that is full of over 15,000 high quality icons for desktop as well as web design. The website has many different types of formats including .gif short animations.
If you have trouble finding a unique font that fits the design that you are trying to accomplish, check out Font Squirrel for public domain fonts that are placed there by top font designers. As a matter of fact, many top font producers will demo new fonts on the site to test their response in the market before putting it out as a paid product.
Spoon Graphics is a site for graphic design that brings together all aspects of marketing and community for graphic designers. With an active message board that is full of tips and faqs, a designer can always get free help. There are also free downloads such as the Wavy Vector Ribbon and Hand Drawn Doodle Icon Set graphics.
Do you know of any other great resources for graphic design? Let us know by commenting below.