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The second instalment of a multi-part series.
In the previous article, I discussed design resources that’ll improve your workflow and help you save time by taking care of repetitive tasks.
In this article, we will continue our discussion. With so many resources available on the internet, it can be tough to determine which resources are worth your time and money. This article will help you narrow down your options by sharing must-have design resources that will be relevant in 2022.
Ever wish there was a place to find out-of-the-box, ready-to-use illustrations? Storytale has just what you need.
It has a subscription-based model, but free illustration packs can be found under the “freebies” section.
I especially like their quirky illustration collection to display error 404 messages.
2. Dribbble Freebies
You’ve probably heard of Dribble. But this freebie section on Dribble is a treasure chest of free, high-quality resources. You can find resources for all sorts of things, from typography and branding to product and web design.
The resources are sourced by the best designers, who have generously uploaded their work for everyone to share.
3. Identity Designed
Identity Designed is one of the few websites that I visit regularly.
This is David Airey’s blog, a well-respected writer on visual identity design. It showcases a wide range of identities, from big brands to small businesses, that helps you see how good design can make a difference.
Whether looking for fresh ideas for your project or appreciating some beautiful work, Identity designed is the perfect place to start.
4. The Noun Project
The Noun Project is one of the best resources for iconography out there.
It has over a million icons you can use for your projects, and its extensive library is constantly updated with new icons available in both PNG and SVG formats.
I love using it because it makes my designs look more professional and polished.
Whether you’re a designer, developer, marketer, or just looking to spruce up your website, Noun Project has an icon for you.
5. Awwwards Free Font Collection
As many of you might already know, Awwwards is a reputable organization that holds web design and development competitions to celebrate and promote the most creative web design.
They thoughtfully compiled a list of free typefaces from web designers globally.
With the wide range of styles accessible, you should be able to discover what you’re searching for, even though not all are free for commercial usage.
It is my one-stop shop for all my inspirational needs. Highly Recommend it.
6. Accessible color palette builder
Digital products are often designed with a “one size fits all” approach, which can exclude people with disabilities or other unique needs.
To create an inclusive design, you must track the user’s entire experience, including age, culture, language, ability, and environment. One area from where you can start is by choosing the appropriate colors to make your designs more accessible to everyone.
Accessible color palette builder is one of my favorite tools. In this tool, you’ve to enter up to six colors, creating a color matrix to show you which colors go well together.
I like to automate things that are repetitive, and templates save a lot of time and effort by not having to recreate the same thing from scratch each time it is needed.
For freelancers, templates can come in handy to stay organized and efficient with their work and believe me; quality templates are hard to find.
Template.net is a good resource for premium quality templates that are easy to edit and printable. Whether you’re creating social media posts, brochures or presentations, their collection of templates has something for every business.
I especially like the content in the legal document templates. As someone who is unfamiliar with legal jargon, I need a resource that I can trust.
DrawKit has the most beautifully drawn illustration available on the internet.
It was founded in 2018 by James Daly. Since then, it has been a helpful resource for designers, developers, creators, and agencies to find customizable, high-quality illustrations.
It works on a subscription-based model.
With ShotSnapp, you can create device mockups easily and quickly on the web using your design file or screenshots. All you need is to choose what device you would like to showcase it on, upload an image of your choice, and voilà — you’re done!
Not only does ShotSnapp help you get noticed while presenting your designs, but it also comes with several other features that make creating device mockups easier.
Illustrations are essential for any website or application, and I believe they can help you convey your brand message to the audience more engagingly and humanely. But finding good ones that fit your brand’s personality and style can be challenging.
UnDraw offers a wide range of illustrations, and you can change and customize them per your requirements. And with so many options, you’ll be able to create a website or app that stands out from the crowd.
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