20 of the best places to find free assets for your graphic design projects
by Katy Cowan of Creative Boom
Almost no design project can be complete without the addition of the odd asset. Whether you need a stock photograph, vector, mockup or handy icon to add to your work – you’ll want to find what you need quickly and easily, and preferably without costing you a penny. The following helpful websites will give you everything you need and then some:
Free Stock Imagery
Death to the Stock Photo is just that; a photo and inspiration haven for creatives looking to move away from the cheesy stock image and instead find something suitable for their projects. Premium access is available but if you signup to their mailing list, you’ll get free photos by email every month.
Best free stock photos in one place – that’s the claim from Pexels which offers a solid range of free stock imagery. Popular searches include coffee, black and white, marketing and dinner – but you can search on any subject you like.
3. Pic Jumbo
Created by web designer Viktor Hanacek, Pic Jumbo offers full quality photos for free. An attribution is appreciated but not necessary, and premium membership is available should you require access to more photographs.
Hundreds of high resolution images are added weekly to StockSnap. Free from copyright restrictions, this resource never disappoints. Search by keyword or discover the most popular, most recent and trending pictures.
Find free vectors, PSD, icons and photos with FreePik. Some will require attribution, while others allow completely free use with no credit – so make sure you read the small print. We especially love the option to filter your search results… just makes life so much easier!
Claiming to be the largest database of free icons available in PNG, SVG, EPS, PSD and BASE 64 formats. Simply search for what you need and FlatIcon will throw up loads of suggestions, or browse the popular icon packs for inspiration.
IconFinder allows you to search through over a million icons or browse 22,815 icon sets. Dive into the largest collection of premium icons in the world for just $9/month, or take advantage of their free icon sets – all available for immediate download.
Discover over 3,400 free simple icons in 250 collections. And when we say “simple”, we mean the kind of icons you need when going for a more minimalist design. Offering a whole host of themes, you’ll definitely dig out what you need.
The kind people at Web Designer Depot offer a whole host of free assets. From photographs and wireframe kits to mockups and vectors. Here, we’ll mention its range of downloadable icons – including animated elements that will help make your website designs come alive.
10. Graphic Burger
GraphicBurger is a buffet of premium quality design resources offered for free to the community. Here you’ll find exclusive PSD files “cooked” in-house along with featured top-notch freebies from creatives around the world. And they have icons a-plenty.
11. Free Typography
Does exactly what it says on the tin – free typography for your design projects. Not to mention some pretty insightful interviews with designers from across the globe. Add to your bookmarks.
12. Creative Bloq
Our friends over at the mighty Creative Bloq are always dishing up the goods for some seriously decent free assets. In this particular case, its writer Kerrie Hughes sourced 100 of the best free fonts for you to download and use.
Behance is a very helpful resource for sourcing free stuff, as its members curate collections of the best free assets available to download. On this occasion, Floodfonts type foundry has put together some of the best free fonts people have created for you to download and use, copyright-free. We especially like the look of Argon and Hammock, but take a look for yourself.
14. Font Squirrel
This bushy-tailed cheeky website offers free font utopia. Its makers understand how hard it is to find quality freeware that is licensed for commercial work, so decided to do all the hard work for you and hand-select free typefaces, available for download. Perfect.
15. 1001 Free Fonts
Last but not least in the free typography roundup is 1001 Free Fonts – a wonderful online resource that offers a range of free fonts under various helpful categories. From modern and rounded to old school and groovy – this place has it all.
Pixeden is hard at work providing quality web resources for your design projects. You can download all of their free web and graphic design templates, and get access to all their premium stuff from only $6/month. With Pixeden you’ll find everything you need for print and web with icons, graphics and vectors. But let me point you to their free ‘mockup’ templates – perfect for when you need to showcase your work and create images for your own portfolio.
17. Premium Pixels
Premium Pixels is a collection of free design resources created and curated by UK based Web Designer Orman Clark. Here, we’ll recommend his free mockup templates – designed to showcase your work and save you time. But also look out for free icons and web assets.
This lovely website offers a range of downloadable assets on a regular basis. From free app UI kits and design concepts to icon sets and vectors. For this particular recommendation, we’re pointing you to their most excellent mockup templates and resources. Check them out.
Whether you need a mockup template for iPhone, iPad, MacBook, iMac, Apple Watch, packaging, billboards, signs, fashion apparel, magazines or books – MockupWorld has it all, and even better – it’s free.
Another handy collection, this time curated by Behance community member Rafael Costa. Discover mockups for web and print, helping to showcase the very best of your work.