When it comes to design resources, there is overwhelming amount of tools, websites, and programs out there – sometimes it’s hard to know where to go! I wanted to share a few of my very favorite go-to design resources when I’m in need of ideas, inspiration, or tips.
Creative Bloq is the place to go for design news, industry trends, tutorials, and much, much more. Here you’ll find everything design related under one roof.
IconFinder is an icon search engine. Forget Google searching for Facebook and Twitter logos to add to your site – find a wide variety of free social media icons, illustrations, and just about any kind of clip art you may need. Simply search for ‘Facebook’, narrow down by free, and voila! A crisp, high-resolution image for you to stylize or use as is.
Graphic Design Blender is a blog dedicated to helping you run a successful design business whether you’re a freelancer or a design firm. (I recently discovered this site and wanted read every single article. It’s that good.)
Behance is one of the best sites to connect with other creatives, showcase your portfolio, and discover new ideas. It’s also a wonderful way to get involved in the design community. Their mission is to empower the creative world to make ideas happen.
Creative Market offers tons of affordable vectors, textures, fonts, and more. I would recommend subscribing to their e-mail list – each week they feature different free goods and deals. This is an e-mail I actually look forward to receiving!
Design Cuts offers an unbelievable design bundle each week. The deals consist of extremely useful resources that you’ll use again and again at 80-95% off the list price. For example, I recently purchased about $400 worth of fonts for $20. The company offers super helpful tutorials, perks, and freebies as well.
Skillshare is a community marketplace for classes. Education is the most powerful investment you can make, and this website is packed full of tools to take your skills to the next level. Been dying to learn calligraphy? HTML? Adobe Illustrator? Here you can learn how to do that something on your own time at your own pace.
Pinterest. Of course. Now, I realize this isn’t a big “Ah ha!” moment for most of you. BUT Pinterest is by far one of my favorite design resources, so it made the list. Not only can you discover inspiration of every kind, but it’s also an easy way to organize ideas and create mood boards to convey concepts. Now that you can have an unlimited number of secret boards, it’s perfect for organizing specific projects! Since I’m all about idea sharing, you can follow my graphic design boards here.
Moat is an online ad search tool. You can search for a company name and view their recent display ads. This comes in handy when you want to see what other companies are promoting, and how they are designing their advertisements.
Blog Spoon Graphics is “the design playground of Chris Spooner,” a well-known name in the design industry. He shares tips, tutorials, and resources for designers of all levels. His blog is full of top-notch, useful content that is a breeze to read.
What did I miss? I would love to hear what your favorite design resources are. Share in the comments below!