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November 7, 2009

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Free/Low-Cost Online Design Resources

by Rick Byrne

Free stuff
Listed below are many free or low cost resources for those design emergencies such as when it’s hours from the deadline and you still haven’t gotten that much needed vector logo or font from the client. There’s also specific and generic tutorial sites for those projects that have more time etc. Since this list can’t cover everything that’s out there I’ll add more links as time progresses.

LOGOS

http://www.brandsoftheworld.com
http://www.allfreelogo.com
http://www.gmkfreelogos.com

PHOTOS

http://www.iStockPhoto.com
http://www.turbophoto.com
http://www.fromoldbooks.org
http://www.stockvault.net
http://www.cheapstockphotos.com
http://www.photos-public-domain.com

FONTS

http://www.dafont.com
http://www.1001freefonts.com
http://www.urbanfonts.com
http://www.free-fonts.com
http://www.fontstock.net
http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont
http://www.soft3k.com/CrossFont-p336.htm

WEB FONT USAGE

http://labs.odopod.com/web_type/
http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html

LOREM IPSUM

http://www.lipsum.com/

PORTFOLIO/STORAGE

http://www.coroflot.com
http://www.carbonmade.com
http://www.behance.net
http://cargocollective.com
http://www.krop.com/creativedatabase
http://www.lokeshdhakar.com/projects/lightbox2
http://delicious.com
http://bestwebgallery.com

UX/UI

http://www.theuxbookmark.com/2010/08/interaction-design/a-monster-list-of-ui-guidelines-style-guides/

FILE SHARING

http://www.megaupload.com
http://www.getdropbox.com

DESIGN BLOGS

http://www.core77.com/hack2work
http://www.designobserver.com
http://www.informationisbeautiful.net
http://www.24seventalent.com/confessions
http://bookcoverarchive.com
http://marcsdesign.com/blog
http://the99percent.com/tips

COLOR

http://kuler.adobe.com
http://www.chanee.com/hexcolorsw.htm
http://www.colourlovers.com/palette
http://www.viget.com/inspire/the-mysterious-save-for-web-color-shift
http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/colours-in-cultures/
http://webdesignledger.com/tools/10-super-useful-tools-for-choosing-the-right-color-palette

iPad/iPhone

http://www.teehanlax.com/blog/iphone-gui-psd
http://www.teehanlax.com/downloads/ios-5-gui-psd-iphone-4s
http://www.teehanlax.com/downloads/ipad-gui-psd-retina-display/
http://www.teehanlax.com/downloads/iphone-sketch-elements-a/
http://www.teehanlax.com/blog/no-screen-left-behind-creating-a-digital-experience-for-multiple-devices
http://alexw.me/ipad2

HTML

http://htmlpurifier.org/download
http://www.w3schools.com/html
http://www.htmlforums.com

ACTIONSCRIPT

http://www.actionscript.org/resources/categories/Tutorials
http://www.flashandmath.com
http://www.cbtcafe.com/flash
http://active.tutsplus.com

CSS

http://www.csszengarden.com
http://cssremix.com
http://cssmania.com

http://cssiphone.com

WIREFRAMES

http://www.creativebloq.com/wireframes/top-wireframing-tools-11121302
http://hello.hotgloo.com/
http://dub.washington.edu:2007/denim/
http://gomockingbird.com/
http://www.mockflow.com/
http://www.serena.com/products/prototype-composer/index.html
http://www.fluidia.org/
http://cacoo.com/
http://www.lumzy.com/
http://iphonemockup.lkmc.ch/

GRIDS

http://960.gs
http://www.thegridsystem.org
http://www.gridsystemgenerator.com

TEXTURES

http://www.sxc.hu
http://naldzgraphics.net/freebies/60-totally-free-rusted-metal-textures-for-designers
http://naldzgraphics.net/freebies/50-high-quality-leaf-textures-and-resources
http://psd.tutsplus.com/freebies/texture/3-grunge-textures-from-freestocktexturescom
http://psd.tutsplus.com/freebies/texture/fabric-texture-pack
http://psd.tutsplus.com/freebies/texture/hi-res-textures-pack-of-four
http://psd.tutsplus.com/freebies/texture/cardboard-textures
http://psd.tutsplus.com/freebies/texture/high-res-card-and-paper-textures
http://psd.tutsplus.com/freebies/texture/5-old-and-rusty-textures
http://psd.tutsplus.com/freebies/texture/corkboard-texture-pack
http://psd.tutsplus.com/freebies/texture/hi-res-texture-pack
http://psd.tutsplus.com/freebies/texture/25-wall-textures-pack
http://psd.tutsplus.com/freebies/texture/rust-textures
http://psd.tutsplus.com/freebies/texture/freebie-paper-texture-images
http://psd.tutsplus.com/freebies/texture/rust-textures-vol2
http://mayang.com/textures
http://www.cgtextures.com

ICONS

http://psd.tutsplus.com/freebies/icons/81-pixel-perfect-social-media-icons http://psd.tutsplus.com/freebies/icons/elegant-blue-web-icons
http://www.unstage.com/2010/03/70-free-icons-sets/
http://www.freeiconsdownload.com
http://www.freeiconsweb.com

http://www.iconarchive.com

TUTORIALS – PHOTOSHOP

http://naldzgraphics.net/tutorials/33-newly-fresh-web-design-layout-tutorials
http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/designing-tutorials/how-to-create-a-retro-boxing-poster-in-photoshop
http://trojankitten.posterous.com/suddenly-a-photoshop-tutorial-avoiding-gradie

TUTORIALS – FLASH

http://www.kirupa.com
http://www.lynda.com
http://flashden.net
http://www.flashkit.com
http://learn.richmediainstitute.com

SOUND

http://ffmpeg.org
http://www.sounddogs.com
http://www.stonewashed.net/sfx.html
http://www.thefreesite.com/Free_Sounds

VIDEO

http://vimeo.com
http://www.dailymotion.com
http://www.vidilife.com
http://www.yourfilelink.com

PRINT

http://www.vistaprint.com
http://www.proxprint.com
http://www.printdirectforless.com
http://www.cheapprinting.com

THE FOLD

http://iampaddy.com/lifebelow600/

CLICK-THRUS VS IMPRESSIONS:

http://www.nationalrealtorsdirectory.com/somefactsaboutbannerarticle.html

HOMEPAGES:

http://www.coolhomepages.com

PROJECT MANAGEMENT:

http://www.stevenhenty.com/web-tools/web_project_management_tools/

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oooh, good stuff here! Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  2. Nov 10 2009

    Wow! A great comprehensive list. You are a star for compiling it in one place. Thanks.

    Reply
  3. Julie
    Nov 11 2009

    wow this is a great list of resources

    Reply

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