My Top 3 Websites for Free Designer Resources
Trying to make it as an artist or designer can be an expensive experiment. You can either spend time creating all your graphics from scratch or invest in a service which allows you to take shortcuts and use ready-made graphics, templates and other designers resources, for a fee. Luckily we have a few options to help lighten the financial outlay. These are a few of my favourites.
Design Cuts was set up by founder and CEO Tom Ross and are an amazing resource for any budding designer. There are two ways that you can get free items from Design Cuts. The first being Freebie Friday. As the title suggests, each Friday a product from their marketplace is made free of charge for the week. This can be anything from vectors to mockups. And the best part all still come with their, very generous, extended license. You can find details of their license here. Sign up to their mailing list to be kept up to date on each new free item as it is released.
The second way you can get free goodies from this site is relating to their Current Bundle. The Current bundle is released every two weeks and includes a massive range of items from their marketplace that together are work, in most cases, over $2k for the low price of $29. During the current bundle, Design Cuts release a few samples for free along with a tutorial, showcasing the versatility of the current bundle.
Creative Market is a massive marketplace of pretty much anything you should want to lay your creative fingers on. They have a vast range of designer resources from fonts to mockups and so much more. Once a week on a Monday they release their six free goodies of the week. This can be anything from their marketplace and comes with the standard license. In addition to this, you can also gain an extra six free items (three straight away and three a week later) for spending $15 by a certain time. Finding something to spend $15 isn’t hard to do either, with such a massive collection and from independent designers.
Founded by Joaquin Cuenca and brothers Alejandro and Pablo Blanes in 2010, Freepik brings together over 200 designers and external collaborators to create one of the biggest collection of free vector designs. They are dedicated to providing free, high-quality designer resources, including vector designs, stock photos, and photoshop mockup files among so much more. Almost all of their content is free to use, subject to attribution and other terms. but if you want to bypass the attribution, you can purchase a premium account at $9.99 a month. This also gives you access to premium only content and increases the daily download limits on your account.
Are free downloads useful to you? Do you have any favourite places for your freebies? And does the quality of a free item influence you to buy from a particular site? How often do you use free resources in your designs? Or are you a company that you would like me to review? Comment below and let me know your thoughts.
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