We always say a designer is only as good as their resources. Unfortunately, some of these resources can be really expensive and for a freelance designer or one-man-studio, spending $100 on stock that may or may not be used is not an option. So we put this little article together to help you build your arsenal of resources. -Justin Rotkowitz
www.Gaaks.com – This is a collective of designers that find 3rd party links to just about anything you’d need for any project, stock images, mock-up templates, web templates, audio, video and more. There is a wealth of good stuff here, just be aware some of the packages aren’t complete all the time, but for free,who’s complaining.
2. Brands of the World
www.BrandsoftheWorld.com – This site has been an indispensable resource to me for many years now. Not all companies know or have access to their scalable company logos, no worries, you’ll most likely find it here. This is the largest database of vector logos on the web to date, hands down.
www.Dafont.com – Of course we’re going to reference the largest database of free fonts on the net. When looking for something themed or specified, this is the first stop. Be sure to search “Cammello” for a free font created by Justin Rotkowitz, the original font creator for WeMerge Magazine. For something a bit more rare and professionally built, check out LostType (www.losttype.com) there is some great professional typefaces with a “name your price” checkout, you can type 0 and download for free.
4. Din Pattern
www.dinpattern.com – All great websites have great patterns and textures. No matter what kind of website or web based document you are doing you can find awesome 72 dpi seamless patterns here. 100% free of charge.
5. PSD Tuts
psd.tutsplus.com – This is not really a place for graphic resources as it is a place for technique resources. Whenever we have some free time, we go on PSD Tuts and do a tutorial or two. No matter how much you think you know about Photoshop, these guys will show you a different (and most of the time easier) way to do things. If you like the free tutorials, the Tuts+ Subscription is worth it, the give you all the layered resource files to download and follow along and dissect. http://wemerge.com/5-sites-freelance-graphic-designers/You can re-use stuff from the resource docs for real jobs too. http://wemerge.com/5-sites-freelance-graphic-designers/Win-win!