My Favorite Design Resources

It can be tough to find quality resources for your design projects. I know because I get quite a few emails asking for suggestions on where to find a font, photo or graphic for a project someone is working on. I provide each of my clients with a resource list of my favorite places to find whatever they may need and I figure it’s about time I share my list with all of you as well.

Now, before we get to those links, I’ve gotta tell you that some of them are affiliate links (they are labelled!). This means that if you click on the link and then purchase something, I might get a bit of coffee money because you did. You never pay more by purchasing after clicking those links and sometimes you actually pay less. Each of the affiliates that I work with are companies that I personally use and have purchased products I was happy with from. Each affiliate link will be marked with a * so you know which they are. If you’d rather not use the affiliate links, just google the site name and you can find it that way 😉 You’ll still get to check out the resource and you’ll bypass the affiliate link.

Free Stock Photos

Unsplash
Pixabay
Pexels

Free Fonts

Font Squirrel
Font Squirrel has done the work of scouring the internet for you and provides you with a listing of free commercial use fonts that you can use in any of your design projects.

Fonts, Graphics and More

These websites offer a variety of different types of design assets. You’ll find fonts, graphics, templates, SVG cut files for your silhouette, stock photos, and more. Some of the links in this section ARE affiliate links and are marked with an *. I might get some pocket change for my coffee money jar if you happen to purchase something using one of them (thank you so much if you do!). These sites also offer freebies, some of them offer A LOT of freebies so make sure you check those out while you’re there.

*Font Bundles + Their Sister Site Design Bundles
These guys have a great variety of design assets and TONS of freebies.

*Creative Market
Creative Market offers 5 new free files each week, so check them out each Monday! Watch the licenses on their freebies though, some are personal use only!

*Creative Fabrica
Creative Fabrica is my new favorite place to find fonts. They have a HUGE variety and you’ll also find a bunch of freebies here too!

*The Hungry JPEG
Here you will find so many affordable fonts for your projects! They have graphics as well but I usually go for the fonts.

Design Cuts
This site offers bundles of graphics and fonts for one low price as well as a marketplace where you can purchase individual resources.

WordPress Themes and Plugins

These websites offer WordPress themes and plugins that may be helpful to you if you’re building your own website.

*GeneratePressI personally use the GeneratePress theme (which is free in the WordPress repository) along with the paid GeneratePress plugin as the base to create sites for my clients. The template sites that you will find in my shop have been built on the GeneratePress theme base, this site has too. I can’t recommend them enough actually. The theme and the plugin are amazing but the support will totally blow you away. I’ve NEVER seen support like these guys provide, they are awesome. Totally 5 star service. I love them.

Website Hosting

These companies offer website hosting and will give your website a place to live. They each offer something a little different so check the descriptions for details. I have personally used and love all of the companies I recommend below.

*DreamHost
I personally use DreamHost for all of my sites and I always recommend them to my clients. They have an awesome DreamPress plan that’s made just for WordPress. DreamPress comes with a free pre-installed SSL certificate, has built in caching, offers free daily backups and on-demand backups of your website, and it includes a free domain and free email hosting. They even automatically update WordPress for you so that you always have the most up to date version and all of the important security patches. The WordPress folks themselves even recommend them!

The DreamPress Starter plan starts at $16.95/month (USD) at the time of writing this and their starter plan is likely sufficient for anyone reading this so don’t feel like you NEED to have the more expensive plans. The DreamPress Plus plan does add free Jetpack Professional (which has some amazing features) if that’s something you’re interested in. The price tag for Plus is a little more at $24.95/month (USD) though.

If you have a really small website and don’t plan on having a ton of traffic, you might be able to get by with DreamHost’s Shared Unlimited hosting. You can get a deal on it using this link. The amount you save varies a bit depending on the current deal but it’s usually about 50% off for the first year.

Other Tools

Zoho
While it’s not a design tool, I can’t help but recommend Zoho. They are a paid email provider with features similar to Google Suite for A LOT less $$! At the time of writing you can get great [email protected] email for just $12 a year. That’s per YEAR not per month! It’s kind of a no brainer. I purchased my domain through DreamHost and I use Zoho to send my mail. It’s super easy to set up and it works great.

Krystal

About The Author

I’m Krystal and I’m one of those quirky, super-introverted, stereotypical designer folks that’s in legit danger of becoming a hermit. You know the type.

I’m also an unashamed geek, sarcastic to a fault, I laugh way too hard at Dad jokes, am totally hooked on Fortnite, The Sims 4 and Pokemon Go, and I probably drink too much coffee. Oh, and I love, love, LOVE anime. Did I mention that I love anime? Because, seriously, I really love anime.

Wanna be friends? Send me an email or hit me up on social media! Being super-introverted I’m admittedly not the most active participant on social networks but Instagram is where you will find me most often.