Top 9 Free Design Resources for Entrepreneurs
In my opinion, one of the greatest things about the Internet is that you no longer have to be an expert on anything. You can find information, tools, resources, mentors and helpers regardless of your project somewhere on the Internet these day.
This makes it super easy to become an entrepreneur. Okay, maybe not super easy, but easier than it might have been before we had this incredible pool of talent and resource at our fingertips. As business people, we’re always told how important it is to market our brand or product in a visually pleasing way. With the rise of social media, it has become even more important than ever to ensure your content is eye and attention catching.
You no longer have to be an artist or a graphic designer to accomplish that. I’m going to go over what are, in my opinion, the best free resources available for entrepreneurs to use when starting a business.
Now I’ve made a tutorial on Canva in the past where I’ve discussed the easy user interface, the powerful design tools and the beautiful final results that you can achieve, so I won’t go into too much detail here. Simply, Canva gives you the ability to create images, either from templates or a blank canvas, designed specifically for a certain purpose – Facebook ads, Instagram posts, website headers etc. You name it, Canva does it. If you haven’t already, I’d suggest checking out our video
Check out our Canva Complete Step by Step Tutorial if you are interested to know more about how to design amazing images on canva.
If you are looking for a Canva Alternative you may check out Snappa.io.
Update: We have also recently reviewed RelayThat.com which is a great tool for creating amazing graphics on the fly.
Now if you’ve ever searched for anything design related on the Internet before, you’ve probably heard of creative market. We know this is a paid site with paid content, but there is also a ‘free’ section with new content added almost daily. All you have to do is subscribe – and subscribing lets you know when there’s new free stuff!
If you’re into the content and genuinely take an interest to the design aspect of your business, we suggest paying for the content. It’s some of the highest quality and easiest to use content on the market right now, and you’re supporting home grown designers 99% of the time. If you don’t, well, the free stuff is awesome too.
Might not be the most inviting name, but I promise that once you’ve had a look you’ll kick yourself for doubting it. This website provides a constant stream, and a searchable database, of free design content kicking around on the internet. From website templates to fonts to handy apps, this website is a hub for it all! Again, this website also contains paid content. But it also holds a far greater supply of free content than its counterparts.
If you haven’t got an eye for colour (don’t worry, I don’t either) this might be the website for you. This website allows users to create and upload their own colour schemes, and then lets anyone download – or pay – for them. They’re relatively cheap, but there is an abundance of free palettes as well. They also download straight into Photoshop if that’s the program you’re using, or you can grab the hex codes for them to put straight into, say, Canva.
This website also hosts patterns and other digital art and is worth exploring if you’re looking to invest some time in finding some quality resources.
I hate stock photography. I can pick it from a mile away and it turns me off a product straight away. This website provides a hub for photographers to upload their work on a creative commons license, as well as to sell it if you’re willing to pay for the quality, giving you access to beautiful and non-cheesy stock photography. This can be a godsend if you don’t have time to go out and take your own photos or the resources to pay a professional photographer to do it for you.
There are actually many websites like this, but unfortunately they can be hard to find because the larger companies usually drown them out of web search results. Some of my other favourites include Unsplash and Pexels.
If you’ve dabbled in typography before, you’ll know this website, but it’s still worth a mention because it truly is an invaluable resource. If you’re having trouble outside of web platforms like Canva trying to create images that look just as nice, you might need some beautiful fonts.
This website hosts thousands upon thousands of fonts in widely different styles that you can simply download and install. You can search or filter all the fonts to help you find what you’re looking for quickly, but be warned that you might get stuck in a scroll-trap like I always seem to.
Now sometimes the hardest part of designing is finding inspiration and direction. This website provides a simple solution for gathering your ideas and visions in one place as well as sharing this inspiration with others and getting feedback. It’s completely free and you don’t require an account at all – you simply choose a template to start with or create a new moodboard from images and text you have saved on your computer.
If you’re looking for inspiration, the website also comes with a whole bunch of free ‘categories’ where items and images have been collected and inserted that can help get your started.
This website, while no replacement for just having a natural knack for this, is super helpful for anyone needing to find matching fonts. You know, the way the real graphic designers pair them together and somehow always make them look good? Yeah, like that. You simply select a starting font and the website will provide you with a bunch of options as to what you can pair with it – great for anyone who isn’t a natural.
Chances are if you’re looking at this article thinking ‘wow, this is totally me,’ you’re not a graphic designer. If you were, you’d be off designing and creating beautiful things that us mere mortals can only hope to aspire to create one day. Probably making a killing while you’re doing it. For the rest of us, there’s DesignInstruct, a totally free website that creates and collects some of the best instructional videos and articles on everything design related. If you’re new to the design world and need a little help with something, take a look here – chances are they’ve got you covered.