We are very impressed with the free resources available to designers nowadays.
A fancy college degree. An impressive portfolio of work. The willingness to put in long hours at the office. Maybe even a huge following on Behance and Dribbble. Ask anyone who’s actually earned the title of Creative Director and he or she will tell you all those qualifications are secondary to the skills that truly make up what it takes to be good at this role.
A very cool (and generous) trend in the design community has been developing over the last couple of years or so: FREE, high-quality, stock photos.
I’ve been taking photos professionally for good portion of my adult life and while I can’t say I am the best photographer I can be, I can say that I’ve learned a lot. Hopefully, I’ll learn a lot more.
For designers just beginning their careers, one of the best ways to help deal with the steep learning curve is to seek advice from experienced professionals. What challenges did they face when they were just getting started? What were the things they wish they knew?
This is a set of five free wooden floor plank textures. They’re deeply weather-beaten due to being exposed in an outdoor environment. These textures are great for use as backgrounds.
Black is a timeless and elegant color. It’s never out of style. And you can get a variety of wildly different results depending on how you employ the color in your design work.
Having cheat sheets readily at hand can make you a more productive designer because they can show you shortcuts that can make things easier to accomplish.
These brick wall texture photos are worn, cracked and painted white. The textures are large (approximately 5300x3300px) and have high pixel-resolutions so that they may be used flexibly in many situations.
Do you have a large font collection that’s difficult to work with? This free online tool will make your life a whole lot easier.
Most children find immense joy in drawing. Whether we drew the things we saw around us or things from our imaginations, there was an innocence; an earnestness about our drawings as children that we rarely ever find in adulthood.
This is a set of four free hand-woven bamboo photos that you can use as backgrounds or to add interesting textures to your design elements.