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Free & Open Resources

Where can I find free resources to use in my designs?

"If the Internet teaches us anything, it is that great value comes from leaving core resources in a commons, where they're free for people to build upon as they see fit."

Lawrence Lessig

There are many free and open resources on the internet that can be very useful for designers. This non-exhaustive list provides links to some of the best and freest. How you can use each resource will depend on the license associated with it (e.g., some you need to cite, while others you don't; some can be used for commercial purposes, while others can't).

You should consult the license associated with each resource before using it so that you know what your legal and ethical responsibilities may be.

Table 1

A List of Free Online Resources by Category

Name Location Category
Adobe Color https://color.adobe.com/ Color Schemes
Google Material Palette Generator https://edtechbooks.org/-cutj Color Schemes
Dafont https://www.dafont.com/ Fonts
Font Squirrel https://www.fontsquirrel.com/ Fonts
Google Fonts https://fonts.google.com/ Fonts
Feather Icons https://feathericons.com/ Icons
Font Awesome https://fontawesome.com/ Icons
Glyphicons https://www.glyphicons.com/ Icons
Google Material Design Icons https://edtechbooks.org/-nyzz Icons
The Noun Project https://thenounproject.com/ Icons
Flickr CC https://edtechbooks.org/-CuEQ Images
Freepik https://www.freepik.com/ Images
Pexels https://www.pexels.com/ Images
Pixabay https://pixabay.com/ Images
Undraw https://edtechbooks.org/-xno Images
Unsplash https://unsplash.com/ Images
Vecteezy https://www.vecteezy.com/ Images
Wallpapers.io https://wallpapers.io/ Images
Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/ Images

Learning Activity

Explore the resources above and construct a short list of your top go-to resource for each category with a brief explanation.


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