Free & Open Resources

Where can I find free resources to use in my designs?
InternetProjectAdobe ColorColor SchemesFeather IconsFont SquirrelFree Online ResourcesGlyphiconsGoogle FontsGoogle Material Design IconsGoogle Material Palette GeneratorIconsPexelsPixabayAbayConsEthical ResponsibilitiesOpen ResourcesOun Project

"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 Color Schemes
Google Material Palette Generator Color Schemes
Dafont Fonts
Font Squirrel Fonts
Google Fonts Fonts
Feather Icons Icons
Font Awesome Icons
Glyphicons Icons
Google Material Design Icons Icons
The Noun Project Icons
Flickr CC Images
Freepik Images
Pexels Images
Pixabay Images
Undraw Images
Unsplash Images
Vecteezy Images Images
Wikimedia Commons 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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