9 fantastic free design resources

9 fantastic free design resources

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There are tons of brilliant designers in the world, many of whom have worked hard to create great free design resources for the rest of us in the design community! Some are pretty well known, and others are hidden gems in the virtual land of the world wide web. I’ve scoured the internet for user-friendly and design-inspired freebies, and wanted to share some inspiring resources made by designers for designers!

1. Coolors

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Create color palettes in a snap! Coolors is made and maintained by Fabrizio Bianchi. This great tool helps create, save, and share color schemes with the click of a button. You can add a Google Chrome extension, Adobe add-on, get the ISO app, and more.

2. Flat UI Color Picker

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Vasilis Baimas created this simple and dynamic color scheme creator that’s great for color inspiration or creating themes. Simply search for the color you’re looking for or browse what’s been recently added!

3. Trianglify

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Quinn Rohlf has a great JavaScript library that you can use to create triangular artwork as SVG images or CSS backgrounds. If you’re not much of a coder, you can use a generator to create the output for you and then simply download to your desktop. There’s even a walkthrough to help you understand the math behind the artistry!

Looking for more free resources? Check out this list of the best free tools for WordPress developers!

4. Red Pen

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Created by Matthew Farag and Katie Chen, this editing and collaboration tool will certainly help streamline your workflow. These designers realized how difficult it can be to get something edited by the whole team, and created Red Pen to solve just that problem!

5. Hanna Jung on Dribbble

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Hanna Jung is a designer who has TONS of freebies on Dribbble, including animations, icons, and wonderful UI concepts. If you haven’t stumbled across her work before, you need to check it out!

6. Fribbble

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Gilbert Pellegrom created a site that stockpiles free Photoshop files, design assets, and resources from Dribbble all in one place. This can save you loads of time if you just feel like browsing some freebies and finding something new!

7. Font Awesome

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Font Awesome has fantastic vector icons perfect for every designer, all thanks to Dave Gandy. This awesome tool is free and development-friendly to keep your design work moving at top speed.

8. Freebiesbug

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Pasquale Vitiello is the man behind the genius of Freebiesbug – a site filled to the brim with all kinds of freebies for designers. As you browse around, you’ll find it’s filled with Photoshop files, Illustrator files, code snippets, digital sketches, and more for you to download (or contribute something yourself, if you’re feeling up for it!)

9. Tiff

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This resource by Mu Ye will help you look like a typeface pro. It compares fonts, all the way down to the nitty gritty details by laying one over the other. This is the perfect tool if you’re looking for just the right letters, shape, or size for your typefaces.

Bonus: Local

Local is our own way of giving back to the development community – it’s a free, local WordPress development app that makes setting up a test environment incredibly fast and easy. Stop debugging local environments and spend more time designing, developing, and launching WordPress sites with Local.


Interested? Download Local for free today!

Thanks to all the designers out there lending a helping hand and free design resources to the rest of us! Which freebie are you going to try first? Have you created any yourself? Let us know in the comments below!

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Comments (1 )

  1. Tip

    December 8, 2017

    Hi Britt,

    Thanks for such a great article. Have you also checked out rawpixel.com? We are giving away free high-quality mockups, vector arts and stock images on our website. We'd love to get on this awesome list.



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