10 Amazing Resources to Help You Design Better

Hello friend! Today I'm sharing ten of my favourite design resources that most definitely impact the way I design. I'm always on the lookout for good design resources so I hope the one's I listed below help you in your future projects.

Adobe Kuler

PAID / FREE

Adobe Kuler is great for creating colour palettes from images that you've uploaded or using the colour wheel. It allows you to explore, like, and save colour palettes other people have created. Adobe Kuler also has an iOS app for Iphones and Ipads. This is the one colour tool I'm constantly using because it works so great.

 

Noun Project

FREE / PAID

The Noun Project is a great place to get icons for your project or website. Other designers upload their work and the customer can download a SVG or PNG. If you don't want to pay for the icon then you must give credit to the designer wherever you use it. The icons are priced at $1.99 to use royalty free. The Noun Project also has a Mac app and for $9.99 you can download unlimited icons with their easy drag and drop system. You can learn more about it here.

Lost Type

FREE / PAID

Lost type is a pay-what-you-want type foundry. The fonts are created by designers from all over the world and all the money made goes directly to them. You can technically get the fonts free by entering '0' at checkout but it's always nice to contribute something for all the hard work that was went into designing them. 

Sketch

FREE / PAID

If you aren't a full-fledged designer than paying for an Adobe Illustrator subscription might not be your thang especially if you are just starting out and looking to test the waters. While Illustrator is a great tool and totally worth it if you can afford it, there are a few other options out there that only cost a one-time fee.

When it comes to web design I prefer using Sketch over Photoshop any day. The interface is easier to use and exporting files is a dream. Sketch is a lot like Illustrator, you can create multiple artboards, create vectors, draw, use type styles, etc. For a one-time $99 fee I'd say it's worth it as a starting point until you decide to move up to Illustrator. I've also come across Affinity Designer which also looks promising and costs $49.99. Both options come with a free trial.

Flat UI Colors

FREE / PAID

Flat UI colors is a cool resource when looking for colour inspiration. You can choose between different colour formats such as, rgb, hex, rgba, etc. When you click on a colour block it automatically copies the code to your clipboard so you can easily paste it wherever you're working from.

Subtle Patterns

FREE / PAID

If you are looking for a pattern to use in your next project, Subtle Patterns is a great place to find what you're looking for. It's free to use, however, they do have a Photoshop plugin for a small fee that allows you to sync all the patterns to your Photoshop library which is a handy tool to have.

The Days Color

FREE / PAID

The Days of Color is a project by Nigel Evan Dennis. He finds colour palettes in everyday items and things such as, Lake Michigan in the spring, dinner, different people, music, etc. 

Ami Responsive Design

FREE / PAID

Ami Responsive is a straight forward tool to simply see if your site is responsive. All you have to do is add your website link into the box and click go. This is a great tool for web designers and developers. 

DESIGNCUTS

FREE / PAID

Design Cuts recently got a makeover. You can now build your own design asset bundles and receive a pretty sweet discount while doing it. Purchase 2+ items and you'll save 20% all the way up to 50% off when you purchase 5+ items. This is a great place to purchase fonts, mockups, textures, and more. They even have a freebie section. 

 

Sidecar

FREE / PAID

At Sidecar you can purchase design elements that were designed by designers for designers. This is a great place to get mockups that aren't oversaturated on the internet. It's also a great place to find design templates, stock photos, and icons. 

I hope you find the above resources useful. If you have any favourites please leave them in the comment section, I'd love to check them out :)