Useful Resources for Anyone In Creative IndustriesJul 07, 2022 Scroll to read in 9 minutes
Last updated 15 September 2022
There are heaps of websites and platforms out there that allow you to design, edit and even create music with ease. A+C have scoured the web to bring you an ever-growing list of the best free creative design resources for your next pitch deck, presentation or content design.
Google Fonts is a computer font and web font service owned by Google. This includes free and open source, font families.
Font Squirrel scours the internet for high-quality, legitimately free fonts.
Dafont archive of freely downloadable fonts. Browse by alphabetical listing, by style, by author or by popularity.
TypeKit If you have an Adobe CC license, TypeKit offers access to many premium fonts.
Typewolf offers a daily bit of typography-in-the-wild inspiration.
What the Font What the Font helps you identify a mystery font by scanning a file that has so generously been uploaded.
Type Nugget is a WYSIWYG editor for web typography CSS.
Fontface Ninja is a browser extension that helps you identify fonts while browsing a website.
The Noun Project is a massive searchable database of icons created by a community of designers. Pay for a membership or give credit to the designer.
Typ.io is a tumblr-style source of inspiration for font combinations and layouts.
Font Flame Font Flame is Tinder for fonts.
Fontic scans your Photoshop files and outputs a list of all fonts used.
FontReach After entering a font of your choice, FontReach scans the interwebz to show you sites that use that font.
Font Pair is a curated collection of heading/body pairs of Google Fonts.
Unsplash The internet’s source of freely-usable images. Powered by creators everywhere
Pexels The best free stock photos, royalty-free images & videos shared by creators
Pixabay Over 2.6 million+ high-quality stock images, videos and music shared by our talented community
Freepik Find and download the best high-quality free photos
The Stocks is a collection of free stock photos from a number of sources.
Death to the Stock Photo is a reaction to traditional stock photography.
Zoommy is a desktop app to help you search through stock photos from over 40 sources.
Diverse UI is a stock photo collection that will help you represent a diverse group of people in your mockups.
remove.bg Remove the background of any image 100% automatically.
Experte A tool that automatically removes the background of an image. It uses a machine learning model to recognize people, animals or objects. The unique part is that it works for all resolutions without registration and is free.
CleanUp.Pictures You can use it to fix your photos, create a clean background for a product picture, re-design any items, fill up some missing space for a youtube thumbnail or You can use it to iron your shirts.
New Old Stock This does exactly what it says on the tin: vintage photos from the public archives, free of known copyright restrictions and with the aim of recapturing history.
Coolors is a super fast colour scheme generator for designers. Create, save and share perfect palettes in seconds!
Happy Hues Happy Hues is a colour palette inspiration site that is a real-world example of how the colours could be used in your design projects.
ColorInspiration Thousands of beautiful colour palettes you can use directly with one click
Color Designer Find a perfect colour palette for your next project.
Material Design Palette Choose your favourite colours and get your Material Design palette generated and downloadable
Design / Illustration
Adobe Express A useful blog post on 8 basic design principles to help you make awesome graphics.
Open Peeps is a hand-drawn illustration library—a system of doodles. You can use them in product, marketing, comics, product states, user flows, personas, storyboarding, quinceañera invitations, or whatever you want!
Free Illustrations XYZ Find free illustration sets for your pitch decks.
Blush makes it easy for anyone to add stunning illustrations to their work. With collections made by artists across the globe, there's something for everyone and every project.
absurd.design is a project which comes with a set of free surrealist illustrations for app or landing page messages, presentations, articles and more. The main idea is to give people a chance to think and spark their creative imagination and artistic vision.
Facebook Design Resources A collection of free resources made by designers at Facebook
Undraw Open-source illustrations for any idea you can imagine and create
Humaaans is a free library to mix-&-match illustrations of people. You can customise their positions, clothing, colours, and hairstyle. You can add scenes and use the power of libraries to make it your own.https://www.humaaans.com/
principles.design is an open-source resource created to help you understand and create Design Principles.
Ouch.pics is a library of free, modern vector illustrations to be used in your UI project.
Fugue is a growing collection of stock music which is free for a link. Get thousands of tracks by professional musicians collected and categorized for you.
Mubert Render Mubert Render makes royalty-free music tracks of the exact length, mood and genre with the help of AI. It fits your content like a glove!
Open Music Archive The archive aims to distribute this music freely, form a site of exchange of knowledge and material, and be a vehicle for future collaborations and broadcast projects.
Mixkit is a great place to get started with finding music because its tracks aren't just royalty-free – they're actually free.
Artlist takes a Netflix-style approach to stock music. Instead of paying for individual tracks, a subscription gives you unlimited access to a library of over 900,000 professional assets.
Music Vine was born with a vision to democratise music licensing and make it easy to find the right tracks. As one of the newer stock agencies, their selection isn't the largest, but on the plus side, their prices tend to be more affordable.
Pond5 is mainly known as a stock image library, but it also has millions of great music tracks to choose from.
Fyrfly If you're looking for songs by well-known artists lik, Fyrfly is your best bet. Beyond that, the service is aimed at those who feel "All the songs on the other music sites sound the same".
Marmoset Music is a full-service music agency that's very much geared towards TV, film and big brands, with Netflix, Apple and EA sports amongst its users.
Addictive Tracks want to customise the music you're using in your projects? Then check out Addictive Tracks. Not only is its content first-rate, but it also provides different instruments within a piece of music as separate tracks and lets you switch them off at will.
Epidemic Sound a Stockholm-based company that offers subscriptions for unlimited access to high-quality music and sound effects for videos, streams and podcasts. All rights included.
Dribbble has grown to become a hub for designers to share their work, meet other designers, and get inspired.
Behance is a great spot to build up and display a design portfolio and find inspiration from other designers.
Muzli Muzli is a curated gallery of all sorts of design inspiration.
User Onboarding User Onboarding creates incredibly detailed walkthrough slideshows that show the onboarding flow of well-known web and mobile apps.
Really Good Emails Really Good Emails is a site dedicated to showcasing beautifully designed emails.
siteInspire siteInspire is a simple wall of modern websites.
SiteSee SiteSee is a curated gallery of modern websites.
Httpster Httpster is a catalogue of web design trends and inspiration.
Uplabs Uplabs is a community for designers to share and sell their work.
Designspiration Designspiration is a seemingly-random wall of creative projects.
Little Big Details Little Big Details is a blog that highlights the small, often overlooked design elements that make up great digital experiences.
Nice Portfolio Nice Portfolio is a curated showcase of designer portfolio sites.
Brutalist Websites Brutalist Websites is a catalogue of sites following brutalist principles, offering some anti-inspiration.
Designing for Good Designing for Good is a collection of non-profit designs from around the world.
Chindogu Chindogu is a Japanese art of inventing objects that offer an obvious benefit while simultaneously introducing more problems and social embarrassment.
FourZeroFour FourZeroFour is a site dedicated to showcasing creative 404 error pages.
Reflector allows you to connect your phone to your computer to record in-app videos.
Smart Mockups Smart Mockups offers a range of scenes for you to drop web and mobile designs into.
Placeit Placeit allows you to create still and video device mockups for a range of devices.
Hero Patterns Hero Patterns is a collection of repeatable SVG background patterns for you to use on your digital projects.
Mockuuups Mockuuups is a marketplace for device images to present your web, mobile, or wearable designs.
Screenshot and Screen Recorder Tools
Giphy Capture Need to create gifs on your Mac? Giphy Capture is simple, powerful, free, and easy enough for pretty much anyone to master.
Snappy lets you take snapshots of screens as well as clip stuff ready for future reference.
GoFullPage is the best browser extension for taking a screenshot of an entire webpage. Add it to Chrome and start capturing what you need.
EasyScreen is a powerful screen capture software for creating screenshots and screencasts. Capture your computer screen, add your voice and webcam for narration. Ideal for games, demos, video tutorials and more.
Markup Hero is the screenshot and annotation tool made for the web. Works on Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome and lets you start annotating in seconds.
ScreenToGif to record your screen, your webcam feed or sketch board drawings. There is plenty to play with here, especially when you need to create some seriously nice gifs that will showcase your work.
ScreenRec is a free screen recorder with no watermark that lets you capture your desktop in one click and share it instantly.
If you have any other resources that you think we’ve missed let us know and we’ll add them to the list.