Six Graphic Design Resources that you Need to be Using

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6 Graphic Design Resources That You Need to be Using

Graphic design is an art, but that doesn’t mean you have to pick up a paintbrush and start each project from scratch to create custom works of art or build a collection of branded assets. In fact, we’d like to make the case that you shouldn’t start from scratch.

By pairing these resources with even beginner level experience with Adobe programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and/or Indesign, you will be blown away with what you can create quickly and affordably.

1. Dafont
What does DaFont have to offer you ask? Fonts, fonts, and more fonts, all for free.

Few things in a design (be it a web design, a t-shirt, or a business card) set a tone as immediately as the font. Don’t limit yourself to what comes pre-loaded on your computer, browse dafont and expand your options with their nearly limitless library of unique fonts.

To hammer the point home, ask yourself which of these fonts seems most fitting for each use case?

If you’re launching a new mobile app?
If you’re launching a kickass new whitewater rafting company?
You get the idea – fonts matter, and there are a lot of cool options out there to choose from. Get to browsing, and make sure to put some real thought into the font(s) you want associated with your brand’s identity!
2. The Noun Project

At The Noun Project, there’s an icon for that. It’s an open source library of cleanly sophisticated and artistically minimalistic iconography, and it can be a designer’s best friend.

Go ahead and take a look:

In an era where all things design are shifting towards minimalism and a picture is worth 1,000 words, this resource is truly invaluable and not to be overlooked.
3. Graphic River
What’s that you say? You need to produce a (insert virtually any type of graphic mockup imaginable here) and you don’t have enough time or energy to start from scratch? Enter GraphicRiver.net.

Graphicriver, part of the Envato family of marketplaces, is home to tens of thousands of .ai and .psd files, prebuilt to help you hit the ground running with whatever you need. Need a business card? Click here. Need to make a product mockup on an Apple device? Click here. Need a logo mockup to show off your latest designs? Click here.

The pricing is simple (and affordable), the options are endless, and it’s updated constantly. Browse now, thank us later.

4. TheStocks.im
Shutterstock is just plain awful. There, I said it. They may have an enormous image/video library to choose from, but the pricing models are so far out of line with your other options today that it angers me they’re still in business.

Next time you think you have to create an account and pay $30 for 2 photos, go to thestocks.im instead and treat yourself to a six-pack and dinner while still saving money. Thestocks.im is a phenomenal resource that simply aggregates FREE stock photography from other outlets. No fees, no royalties, no accounts, no hassle. Find a image you like, download it, and use it to your heart’s content.

5. Facebook Cheat Sheet
Sharing images on facebook? Click here, and avoid using incorrect sizes ever again.
6. Dollar Photo Club

There comes a time when the image you’re looking for is a bit too specific for thestocks.im to help you out, but you still don’t want to pay 50 times fare market rates for images from shutterstock. Fortunately there’s a solution, and it’s dolloarphotoclub.com.

Royalty free stock photos and vectors for $1/image, and there are tens of thousands to choose from. Happy shopping!

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  • Jon Stroker

    Niiice! Haven’t used the last two photo resources you mentioned… I’ll check them out

    • Alex Shockley

      Thanks Jon, I’m glad you found it useful!

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