August 1, 2022
Written By Liz Achanta

Starting (and running) your own Design business can get expensive – quickly. Embedding these additional costs into your fees for clients can work depending on the situation, but wouldn’t you rather have 100% of your paycheck go directly into your wallet, and not covering fees? At dot-design, we understand the value of free design resources, and we’ve gathered our favorites in one spot for you to use.

Free Stock Photos: Unsplash

Unsplash is one of the most popular, royalty-free stock photo sites online. With over 3 million high-res images on their site, every image is hand-selected to help you find the perfect picture for your project.

Free Fonts: Google Fonts

When it comes to actually downloading and installing something onto your computer, you should always trust the source. With over 1,400 open source font families, you are sure to find whatever you need, safely and securely.

Free Icons: Flaticon

With over 7.5 million vector icons and stickers, you can easily download your vector PNG, SVG, EPS, PSD, or CSS formats. In addition to their expansive icon library, Flaticon offers stickers, a logo creation tool, templates for presentations, and editable illustrations – making them one of the easiest design resource sites on the web.

Free Stock Videos: Pixabay

While Pixabay offers more than just stock videos (their collection includes 2.6 million stock photos, illustrations, sound effects, etc. – all for free), we found the usability and the quality of the videos found on Pixabay to be the best out of the other free resources on the internet.

Free Color Palette Generator: Coolors

Need a bit of design inspiration? Coolors helps you create a color palette in seconds. Browse through existing color palettes with *literally* the click of your spacebar, or upload a photo to generate a color palette based on the primary elements. Not only does Coolors get points for its usability, it gets more points for how fun it is!

Free Image Editing: Canva

Most free online photo editing tools have limited capabilities, forcing you to use multiple apps before you get your desired result. What we love about Canva is that you can do everything, all at once: crop, auto-focus, or blur out backgrounds all in their photo editor, then either export or share your completed photo on your desired platform.

Best Site For All Resources: FreeDesignResources.Net

Want one, centralized site with all types of free resources? FreeDesignResources offers free fonts, document templates, Icons, and add-ons to give your designs an essential pick-me-up.