I’ve been dabbling with web and graphics design for many years, and I still kind of suck at it. But I do know a bunch of handy resources, and in this article we’ll be checking out 7 useful websites for web and graphics designers.
These websites provide resources for both web and graphics designers. Including fonts, icons, vector images, stock images, 3D models, website templates and much more.
The first website on this list, and these are in no particular order, is DaFont.com. On DaFont.com you can find thousands of free fonts to use in your web or graphics design projects.
DaFont boasts over 35000 unique fonts which can be browsed by category, alphabetically and through search. They also have lists of newly added fonts and the most popular ones.
Another very useful website is Pixabay.com. On Pixabay you can find free stock images including photos, illustrations, some vector graphics and even videos.
These images can be downloaded in different resolutions and the best part is that most of the content on Pixabay is licensed with the Creative Commons Zero license. This means that you can use the images freely in any project, even commercial, and you don’t even need to credit the original artist.
This makes Pixabay very convenient to use and I use them myself all the time. I plan to contribute some of my own photos and videos as well.
You do however need to register for a free account to download content from Pixabay.
Free-CSS.com is a useful website for web designers where you can download free CSS and HTML templates to create websites.
With some programming skills you can convert these templates into themes for WordPress, Joomla or other content management systems. Or just use them as plain HTML websites the old fashioned way.
Free-CSS.com has over 2700 free templates. Downloading a template is simple. Just find a template you want either by browsing or using the search function, then click on the Download button, save the zip file, extract it and begin editing your template.
The Noun Project
The Noun Project is another website that a lot of web designers might find useful. It’s a website where you can download over a million icons for free. However free users have to provide attribution when they use the icons. But if you subscribe to their NounPro service, you don’t have to do that.
Finding icons is pretty easy, you can either browse for random icons, or search for any icons you might need.
However like with Pixabay, you do have to sign up for an account to download icons.
Next up we have OpenClipart.org which is a useful website for designers where you can download clipart images in many different formats, including SVG which is a vector image and high quality PNG image files.
All the clipart images uploaded to Open Clipart are licensed with the Creative Commons Zero license. So as with Pixabay, you can use these images even in commercial projects without attribution.
Downloading images from OpenClipart.org is fairly simple, just find an image you want to download, select your preferred format and download the image.
Then there’s Archive3D.net, where you can download free 3D models that you can use in whatever projects you might need.
The website design is a bit lacking in my opinion but there are thousands of free 3D models available and you don’t even need to register to download them.
Most files are in Autodesk 3DS format, which is easy to import into free 3D modeling software such as Blender.
To download a 3D model you can either browse by category or use the search function. Click on the one you like, then on the download button and that’s it!
Logos By Nick
Whether you’re a newbie at graphics design, or an experienced designer, you might learn a thing or two from the tutorials of Logos By Nick.
He makes some excellent video tutorials on YouTube mostly for GIMP and InkScape. Both of which are free graphics design programs available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
If you want to learn how to make some cool graphics, or you’re having trouble with something in particular, I recommend looking up Nick’s tutorials.