I may be a workaholic, but I also always look for ways to make my job easier. (So I can do more in less time!) Thankfully, there are tons of great resources out there, and some of them are even free. (It still amazes me.)
Here is my roundup of the most useful designer resources I’ve ever come across. These are tools I use regularly — aside from my go-to Adobe software of course. All of them are free. You’re welcome.
Wordmark.it helps you choose fonts by entering a word or phrase, and showing it to you in all the fonts that are installed in your computer. It’s a free online tool that is super helpful, especially if you have thousands of fonts in your library and you’re struggling to find just the right one.
Because pretty often, you need to find just the right name for a color. You can’t very well use blush, pale blush, paler blush, and palest blush. And yes, there is a difference between mist and ocean mist. This free online tool helps you do just that. Simply enter the hex code and it generates the name for you.
Add subtle patterns into your web or graphic design project. This site offers hundreds of free textures that beautifully designed. They come in low and hi-res versions.
There’s no need to actually have all possible devices to test your website project for mobile responsiveness. Screenfly by Quirktools lets you enter the url, and you can generate screenshots for every possible device size – computers, tablets, mobile phones, tv, etc. You can’t scroll the screenshots, but at least you can test what’s visible “above the fold”, which is basically what people see first.
A favicon is usually the most neglected component of a website. (I always add a custom one to every project though.) Your site will be difficult to bookmark without it, and the favicon won’t appear in your browser tab.
The best way to create a favicon is to use the submark version of the client’s logo and resize it to about 500px square. You can upload it directly to the WordPress customizer if you’re on WordPress. If not, you need to create a favicon.ico file by uploading the png file of the logo (transparent background) to favicon.cc. It will generate the correct file format for you.
I just love how generous the design community is! Do you have other free resources to share? Let me know in the comments!