200+ Free Design Resources for Startups

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Can't afford to hire a designer yet? No problem! Can't afford to pay for fancy design tools either? All good! I've built hundreds of presentations, websites, and products without paying a dime. Even this website was built completely using design elements from this list. So search away and don't pay!

Accent = one of my favourites.

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Fonts + Typography


Stock Photos

Colour Palette Pickers

Logo Makers

Slides, Charts, Infographics

Graphics & Illustrations

Fonts + Typography

  • TypeGenius: Find the perfect font combo for your next project. Font pairing generator.

  • Font Squirrel: The mother of all font websites. 100% free commercial use fonts.

  • FontFaceNinja: Browser extension to find the web fonts a site uses.

  • Free Goodies For Designers: A set of custom-made fonts with a unique style, free for commercial use.

  • Google Fonts: Library of 800 licensed fonts. Free to use, open-source & optimised for the web.

  • FontFabric: Collection of quality fonts, site contains 90 free fonts for personal and commercial use.

  • Beautiful Web Type: Best typefaces from the Google web fonts directory.

  • DaFont: Archive of free fully downloadable fonts.

  • MediaLoot: Presents a good set of unique fonts to add to your design resource bookmarks.

  • 1001 Free Fonts: wide selection of free fonts to make websites user-friendly and visually appealing.

  • Adobe Edge Fonts: Powered by Adobe Typekit, free & easy to get started with web fonts.

  • Font-to-width: This source contains fit pieces of texts that are neatly within their containers

  • FontPark: The web’s largest archive of free fonts for commercial and noncommercial applications.


Stock Photos

  • Pexels: Many free photos in one place plus 10 new free stock photos every day.

  • All The Free Stock: Free stock images, icons, and videos.

  • Stock Up: Search over 9,000 photos from 26 different websites, all in one place.

  • Unsplash: Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos. 

  • Splashbase: Search & discover free, hi-res photos & videos.

  • Startup Stock Photos: Everything you need to create a great startup design.

  • Little Visuals: 7 hi-res images in your inbox every 7 days.

  • Splitshire: Great library of artsy stock photos & videos.

  • New Old Stock: Vintage photos from the public archives.

  • Picjumbo: Great image database with lots of different images from a list of categories.

  • Life of Pix: Free high-resolution photos, share freely.

  • Gratisography: Free high-resolution photos for personal & commercial use.

  • Jay Mantri: Free pics of outdoor, landscape & cityscapes. Do anything (CC0). Make magic.

  • Travel Coffee Book: Sharing beautiful travel moments.

  • Designers Pics: Free photographs of everyday objects for personal & commercial use.

  • Death to Stock: Artist Owned Co-op, authentic stock photos and videos, sent every month.

  • Super Famous: Photos by Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter.

  • Picography: Free hi-resolution photos.

  • Pixabay: 2m+ free images & royalty free stock

  • Free Food Photos: A mouth-watering collection of food photography, CC 3.0 license

  • Snapographic: Free stock photos for personal & commercial use.

  • Cupcake: Free, high-res photos. A photographer’s treat by Jonas Nilsson Lee.

  • ISO Republic: High-quality, free photos for creatives.

  • Kaboompics: The best way to get free photos.

Colour Palette Pickers

Logo Makers

  • LogoTypeMaker: Super generic logo maker, for your first throwaway logo

  • Brandmark: logo & brand creator, better quality

  • Looka: logo & brand generator, best quality

Slides, Charts & Infographics

  • Canva: Amazingly simple graphic design for anyone.

  • ChartGo: Easy-to-create basic bar, line and pie charts for use in blogs and infographics

  • Infographia: Technically not free but $49 lifetime access to 1500+ templates

  • Piktochart: Infographic maker with over 280 editable infographic templates

  • Slidesgo: Free Google Slides & Powerpoint templates

  • SlidesCarnival: More free Google Slides & Powerpoint templates

  • Visme: 500+ infographics design templates

Graphics & Illustrations

  • Pixeltrue: collection of 60+ animated background scenes from around the globe

  • DLPNG: 3,255,570 Graphic Design Elements For Free Download

  • Illlustrations: over 100 open source illustrations, completely free

  • UnDraw: beautiful SVG images that you can use completely free and without attribution

Mack's Resources

Mack the Moose is a character I made up. He is here to help startup founders with great (and mostly free) resources & tools. I haven't trademarked it. The logo was downloaded from a free site (see design resources). I do this in my spare time, so feedback is greatly appreciated, but any complaints may be sent to Scott Morrison @ Parliament Dr, Canberra ACT 2600.

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