Robs List of Free Stuff 2017 Edition
a designer working in the small business end of the marketplace, I’ve
come to realise that most people don’t have a lot of money to spend on
marketing. So over the years I’ve built up a list of useful sources for
various design stuff that is creative commons, open source, public
domain, or royalty free. This month I present this list to you.
Copy Express Web 2 Print
want a simple tool to get all kinds of things made up, from business
cards to posters? Then this is your one stop solution. While it’s no
replacement for a professional designer, when you need to get something
together quickly and know it will be printed right then you can go
wrong. Check it out here.
- Font Squirrel
is my go to place for fonts. While they don’t carry the big name
brands, they always have alternatives that look almost the same and are
free to use.
- Abstract Fonts
- Google Fonts
While these fonts are designed for online use, they do work in print just fine.
commercial font site but it can help you identify fonts from someone
else’s design by answering a series of questions or give you
alternatives to an existing fonts.
- What the Font
a commercial font website but I use the ‘what the font’ tools for
figuring out what a font could be when I’m trying to recreate a
Clipart – Photographic and Vector
Textures for backgrounds and fills
General – for all kinds of stuff
- Wikimedia Commons
is the media arm of the wikipedia, full all sorts of stuff but some of
it is excluded from commercial use so read the licensing details before
- Freebies Gallery
- The National Archives
you have to dig some times but it’s one best resources for New Zealand related material
- The National Library of New Zealand
I never cease to be amazed to find what they have made available for public use that’s just a mouse click away
Applications to design work with
- Libre Office
The open sourced alternative to MS Office that has a basic but still
useful desktop publishing tool in the form of the draw module. While it
does ask for donation, you don’t have to make one to download and use
- Paint Dot Net
Nowhere near the power of Photoshop and nowhere near the complexity to use. I use it all the time for quick image editing.
The open sourced alternative to Photoshop that’s free and in some ways
more powerful thanks to the huge range of addons you can install. It’s
interface can take a while to get use to but there are plug-ins that let
you change to act like different programs
The alternative to Adobes’ Illustrator, it’s still under active
development so it has some quirks but I’ve found it can do some things a
few clicks that can take minutes with Adobe.
Being the open source alternative to Adobes’ Indesign desktop
publishing program, it’s a powerful design tool that can do everything
from simple flyers to complex books. It does have a bit of a learning
curve but when you understand it, it’s quite logical to use.
is not the be all and end all of the resources that I call on when
doing design work, but it’s a good starting point for people like
yourself. I’ll update this as I discover new sources of material to use.