50+ Free resources to make you a Pro Designer

Source: Photo by Amélie Mourichon on Unsplash

Being a beginner in the UX design field can be quite overwhelming. You may be taking a course, attending a boot camp or relying on YouTube (like me) but sometimes that is not enough. As you are learning you cant wait for your designs to be like those of the pros you admire.

You may have several concerns. Where do I get great images? I need different types of icons. I’m tired of using the same font. I need to spice up my designs with illustrations. I’ve done my work now but now Ineed to present it like a pro. I thus put together a list of sites I use to get resources.

Images

Unsplash -Free images & pictures

Pexels -The best free stock photos & videos shared by talented creators

Nappy -Beautiful photos of Black and Brown people, for free.

Pixabay -Stunning free images & royalty free stock

Free images -Find free stock images, ready for your projects

Bantu photos -find thousands of authentic African images

Fonts

Adobe Fonts— All fonts are included with your Creative Cloud subscription.

Google Fonts — All fonts are released under open source licenses. You can use them in any non-commercial or commercial project.

Free typographyfree downloadable fonts

Dafont — Free fonts to download.

1001 free fonts — Download 10,000 fonts with one click for $19.95. Licensed for personal and commercial use. Instant access to 10,000 fonts.

Type-scale — font sizes and ratio calculator

Emotype — get font suggestions according to a specific emotion

Fonts.com

Fontsquirrel.com

Colors

Coolors — The super fast color schemes generator

Color tool — Material design tool used to create and share color palettes for your UI, and measure the accessibility of any color combination.

Color dot — web app where you scroll on page to view and save color. Scroll horizontally and vertically to change hue and lightness.

Site palette — extension that allows you to extract colors used from any website. Available for chrome, safari and firefox browsers.

Color safe — is a web-based tool that allows designers to generate color palettes based on WCAG standards for contrast ratio

Maketintsandshades.com — tint and shade generator

Color.review — color contrast tool

Illustrations

Drawkit — Hand-drawn vector illustration and icon resources, perfect for your next project.

Vecteezy — 650,000+ vectors files

Humaaans.comCreate your own remix. Change the hairdos, tops, and pants and position of elements.

Storyset — free customizable illustrations for your next project

Black illustrations -illustrations of Black people for your next digital project

Illlustrations.coOpen source illustrations kit

Freepik

Undraw

Iradesign.io

Manypixels.co

Iconscout.com

Isometric.online

Openpeeps.com

Icons

Flat Icon

Icons8

Iconfinder

Feather icons

Streamline icons

Present designs

Patterns

Paaatterns.graphics

SVGbackgrounds

Pattern generator

Heropatterns.com

Wowpatterns

Present designs

Mokup frames — Create amazing Dribbble-ready GIFs or videos in one click.

UImock — template mockup designs for web and mobile designs

Design Inspiration

Behance

Dribbble

Muzli

Awwwards

Additional resources

UX Blogs

The UX Collective

Creative bloq

Smashing Magazine

UX Planet

Thank you for reading till the end! 😃 Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter for any questions, collaborations or just to say Hi!

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Salome Katunzi

Salome Katunzi

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UI/UX Designer | Visual Designer. Sharing with the world what I know and learn in the world of design. Connect with me at www.salomekatunzi.com