As a Designer I love that each creative brief comes with its own challenges. Each design project is different from the last and requires it’s own unique personality. I love working on such a diverse range of projects, however this often leaves me scouring the internet for a stock photograph, vector, mockup or even a handy icons to add that extra bit of detail to the design. Finding the perfect creative resource can be difficult and time consuming, and often I find myself using a combination of creative assets to help complete the finishing touches to a web or brochure design. After doing this for many years I’ve learnt which resources are better than others. The following links are just a handful of free-to-use or low-cost websites that i like to use to mock up early website prototype or visual representations of a design.
Unsplash offers over 200,000 free high-resolution photos- what’s not to love? Updated daily from photographers around the world, Unsplash never fails to add a spark to any project making the website an essential addition to our creative toolkit.
Pexels was set up in 2014 with a key mission to Empower Creators- perfect. With over 30,000 free stock images coming under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, Pexels houses the right images for any website design, brochure design or digital marketing campaign.
Stocksnap claim to be the #1 source for beautiful free stock photos, and we can’t argue when hundreds of high-resolution images are added weekly. Stocksnap also has a really slick UI meaning finding the perfect image is a breeze.
Pikwizard is a stock library that is growing fast, already boasting 100,000 completely free images, over 20,000 of those are exclusive to Pikwizard. They also have a clever tool called DesignWizard that allows users to easily edit any stock image from their library.
Free fonts- what is there not to love? Fontsquirrel is a collection of 100% free fonts. Having such a vast collection of fonts in one place is ideal when working on branding projects. The site also features a powerful little tool that identifies fonts based on an image upload.
If you’re looking for something with creative flair or a subtle serif font, Free Typography has an extensive directory to choose from. The site also allows you to look beyond the fonts with some interesting interviews with the typographers behind them.
Google fonts are up there with the best. Their interactive UI allows users to preview a number of fonts all in one easily adjustable panel, making font selection so much easier. Google fonts also has a handy HTML embed panel that allows you to code quickly.
Expressing a design concept to a client can be difficult, especially when responsive layout and website interaction can cause unnecessary confusion. Mockup world has a vast library of photorealistic mockups that can be used to visually represent website and branding designs.
Whether you need premium mockups or free to download files, Pixeden has a collection of mockups for any project presentation. The site also offers a range of vector icons, html templates and textures, which can all come in handy depending on the specifications of a design project.
Premium pixels is a designers goldmine created by UK based Web Designer Orman Clark. Meeting client deadlines is a crucial part of any project, Premium Pixel makes downloading mockups quick and easy.
So there we have it, a small selection of our favourite free-to-use or low-cost design resources readily available for you to use. It’s always great discovering new resources and visual inspiration, so please feel free to let us know your favourites too!