Design Resources

This page consists of downloads and links which I hope you find useful. I will try to keep adding to this page. Please note some of the links on this page are affiliate links, which means if you decide to buy through my link I will get a commission.

FOR DESIGN STUDENTS

RECOMMENDED HOSTING

Hostgator – I have tried a few hosting packages, but by far the best for both customer service and price for me so far has been Hostgator.

FOR FREELANCE DESIGNERS

BOOKS ON FREELANCING

KEYWORD RESEARCH

Market Samurai is an amazing tool that helps you find keywords, check the competition, find content, create ads etc etc. Plus the company website also has loads of great videos to teach you about SEO (worth watching even if you don’t get the software) you can get a free trial of the Mac and PC software here

Traffic travis (PC only) is a great little keyword tool which not only helps you find keywords but check how well your page is optimised there are two versions
Free version click here Pro version click here

Google Boost your Startup Business – Learn the Basics of SEO

GRAPHIC DESIGN RESOURCES

Cheap/Free – Royalty Free Photo libraries and Vector Graphics

  • Fotolia A large collection of low price images stating from £1
  • morguefile A largish collection of free photos for personal or commercial use
  • istockphoto A large selection of royalty free images from a few dollars
  • 123rf A large selection of photo, a bit cheaper than istock, you can purchase with credits or subscription
  • dreamstime Royalty free pics from a few dollars
  • Go Media Royalty Free Vector Images and Textures A good selection of good quality vector image packs (containing several images) and texture packs starting at $14.99. Also some freebie vector images and textures you can download
  • Texture King A selection of free downloadable textures such as brick, rust and grunge
  • Digital Vector Maps As the name suggest vector maps including globes and countries average price about $40

Weekly Deals on Designs Apps, Software, Graphics and Courses

General

  • lorem ipsumA text (txt) file of lorem ipsum for greeking in body copy
  • LipsumA lorem ipsum generator that produces lorem ipsum based on your spec – number of paragraphs, words etc

WordPress

Colour pickers

  • colour lovers Show loads of different colour combinations, you can vote for your favourites and create your own swatches. There is also a useful section on colour trends
  • colorjack A colour theory visualiser
  • colorblender Similar to colour lovers helps offers palletes of colours
  • colorschemer

Type and Fonts

  • Type Tester Test readability on fonts online
  • DaFont A large selection of free fonts organised really well by style
  • Indentifont Identify a font with a series of questions
  • What the Font Identify a font by uploading its image

Graphic Design Forums and Web Design Forums

Please see my post getting help online for more information on each forum

Tutorials

  • http://www.thelearnlist.com A site which lists and rates tutorials in photoshop, flash, fireworks, illustrator, dreamweaver, actionscript, php, CSS and XML