Freesources - Tools for Students & New Designers
Welcome to the blog! I'm excited to finally start writing and posting regularly.
For my first post, I'm revisiting a post from a course blog I built a few years ago, while TA-ing a design class. I've been compiling useful resources for a few years now, and I've put together a simple guide for students, new designers, and anyone looking for extra resources to add to their design practice.
As with all free things, quality can vary between resources, so use your best judgment. Tools are useful, but good design comes from the choices you make in your work. Now that you have more tools at your disposal, go forth and make something awesome.
- Wordmark.it: Compare text in all your installed fonts.
- Flipping Typical: Compare a phrase in all your installed fonts.
TEMPLATES AND DISPLAY
- Pixeden: Photoshop templates for stationery, mockups, etc.
- Designers Toolbox: Vector Templates for Print Material
- Graphic Burger: Template, type, and resource bundles
- Free Images: Free stock photos
- MorgueFile: Free Crowd-sourced Stock Photos
- Pexels: Hi-res Free Stock Images
WEB DESIGN RESOURCES
- Don’t Fear the Internet: Video Tutorials for Basic Web Design
- W3Schools: Free Coding Tutorials and Help
- Stack Overflow: Q&A Programming Site
- Ladies Learning Code
- Course Blog from Web Design Class
- Jessica Hische Blog: FAQs, Process Advice, Business Advice
- Typewolf - Detailed type specimens and pairings for web.
- Logo Design Love - A blog focused on great logo design.
- Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC)
- Lynda.com (Free Access with Edmonton Public Library account)
This post is refined from a course blog post I built a few years ago.
Written and compiled by Janelle Holod, 2014 (original) and 2017 (updated).