7 Free Resources for Your Design Process

Inspiration

Dribbble1. Dribbble - You haven't started yet, so you decide to look for some inspiration. Head over to dribbble.com – an invite-only network of designers used for sharing snippets or Shots of what you're working on. Browse Shots by category, artist and more. Use them for inspiration or even download some freebies.

Designmoo2. Designmoo - For more resources, designmoo.com offers some awesome freebies. Pre-made brushes, textures and icons are particularly helpful and can save a ton of time. And they're free! Want to quickly spice up a boring web form? The site has a neat selection of free customizable PSDs just for you. Did I mention they're free?

Typography

What the Font3. What the Font - Ever needed to match a typeface with an image? Playing the guessing game can get pretty hairy. Enter What the Font. This site can turn hours of searching into a few clicks. Simply upload an image of the type you'd like to match (it helps if you take a screenshot and isolate text), confirm the letters in the image and the site will spit out a list of fonts that might match. Super cool.

Font Squirrel4. Font Squirrel - Ah, so you're tired of looking through the same tired library of fonts you've been using forever. Font Squirrel offers plenty of fresh, commercial-use free fonts to choose from. What's not to love? There's more: hundreds of pre-built @font-face kits AND a @font-face generator! Upload a font for web use and Font Squirrel will convert, package, and write CSS for you, with all sorts of cross-browser compatibility.

Stock Imagery

Stock.XCHNG5. Stock.XCHNG - Uh oh, you're all out of credits at your favorite stock image site! Fear not, there are some free stock imagery sites out there. While paid sites generally have better libraries, Stock.XCHNG can be a pretty nice free alternative.

Filler Copy

Lipsum6. Lipsum - Why is InDesign is the only Adobe app with built-in placeholder text? Why do birds chirp? Who knows. Until then, snag a couple paragraphs of Lorem Ipsum from lipsum.com.

Tutorials

Tuts+7. tuts+ network - What are you doing to keep your skill set up to par inbetween projects? Check out the tuts+ network for how-to's, screencasts, and working files for all sorts of projects. The network includes Psdtuts, Webdesigntuts and Vectortuts just to name a few. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook and let the tuts come to you. Remember: you can never stop learning.

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