Everybody loves free design resources especially when it comes to great quality. We've compiled a list of a few of our favorite free UX resources on the web from photography, icons, templates to research resources and more. We hope this can help inspire your next web design or UX project.
While custom photography and video is always preferable when launching a new website, sometimes we must rely on a few free stock pictures to fill in the gaps. Luckily stock photography has come along way in recent years with the rise of commercial photographers and artists wanting to get their names out there. Some of our favorite resources are below.
Adobe Express- Adobe came out with a savvy, browser based condensed version of their Photoshop tool for both designers and non-designers. If you are in a pinch and need to just crop a photo or change it to black and white, Adobe Express is perfect for it. You don't need to have Photoshop or any other Adobe tool to use it and it works well on all computer types. It also provides a nice collection of free stock photos, templates and icons.
Mockup World - Mockup World is fantastic for showing off designs and UX projects in real, photo-realistic situations. For example if you are wanting to display a UX design within different devices or physical spaces. It's also great for portfolio building or social graphics that require a lifelike scene and as an added bonus they have a ton of options for print/traditional branding designers also looking to promote.
Gimp - Gimp is known as the best free alternative to Photoshop out there that works for all machine types (Windows, Mac, Linux). Although it isn't as powerful when it comes to getting the exact pixel-perfect images, it is a great open source option for beginners.
Social Sizes - If you are familiar at all with designing for social media, you should be aware that sizes are constantly changing and being updated. Social sizes is a site that is useful for downloading templates with the exact sizing and specifications you need to create the perfect social graphics.
Canva - Canva is a graphic design browser-based platform with pre-made templates that are really useful if you are in a pinch and need something designed quick. It is especially useful non-graphic designers who need something that looks good.
The below list is a resource guide for some of our favorite design inspiration sites for trends, news and resources.
Article Author: Jane Londeree
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