Virtually Untangled’s Seriously Large List of Design Tools …
Graphic design is a subjective process and there is no set-in-stone “right-way” to go about it. It is a process of understanding, having realistic expectations, patience and excellent communication that will go a long way towards a successful outcome. There are oh so many lists available to us online in which other individuals share with us their best, tried and true resources. Here at Virtually Untangled, we do very much the same by having a Vault available on our website to help ease “the pain of the hunt” for those looking. However, that resources page is a general round-up of essentials for entrepreneurs just starting out or for those possibly feeling frazzled with too many choices. In my eyes, this can be a plus and a minus as one can never have too many resources but narrowing things down to what you want and what you really need can be tough. (Also don’t forget to peek inside our virtual tool box!)
So, today’s post is sinfully simple for all my designer and DIY friends out there in the entrepreneurial world …
This guide we created for you today, will help you learn how to conceptualize, create, and communicate in the world of graphic design!
Graphically Pleasing Resources:
Truthfully, no one designs by themselves. As creatives, we are constantly referring to others – it’s how the art/design progresses. How would one survive without having access to all these crucial visual assets? I literally do not know. So, to help your creative process along, let’s start off with the following resource links that bring you everything from web icons and templates to vectors and fonts – and even better, they’re all free. Yes, that’s right … FREE!
Stock Photography at its Finest:
We’ve all been in that hellish place – trying to find that “perfect” image that hasn’t been overused and fits in just perfectly with the design idea we had in mind. It can be quite a painful process and sometimes take hours of our time in which we originally thought would only take minutes. So, with help from the following links you can get in high gear and level up your creative projects with authentic photos …
- Death to the Stock Photo
- Life of Pix
- Negative Space
- Raw Pixel
Other Colourful VU Blog Resources:
- Moodboards and Colour Schemes … Yes, Please!
- Colour Palettes You Can Steal …!
- Fall Colour Palettes You Will Fall in Love With …
- Dreamy Holiday Colour Palettes …
The Colour Lovers Happy Place:
Colour Lovers is a very large international creative community of designers and artists of all kinds, from all around the world have the ability to create and share colour palettes and patterns, discuss the latest trends and even have the opportunity to explore a colourful articles – all in the spirit for the love of colours. It’s the type of site you visit to gain some colour inspiration, ideas and feedback. So, whether you are simply looking for a colour palette to kickstart your next design projects or wanting to produce a piece of vector artwork, they have the tools and services to help you go from design inspiration to execution.
Colour Palate Generator (by Canva) is the perfect place to generate the perfect colour palette. You can browse through thousands upon thousands of colour combinations or if you feel you already have your combo in mind, just upload your favourite image and this platform will generator the combination and codes for you – in mere seconds.
“Colour does not add a pleasant quality to design, it reinforces it.” ~ Pierre Bonnard
For the Love of Typography:
Digital Life Made Easier:
Pixeden came to life with the idea of creating a one-stop place for all the tools that any modern designer might need in their day-to-day routine. It is a fun “treasure chest” space online that creates free and premium (only a few dollars per month if you are looking for something extra special) graphic, design and web resources/templates for creative individuals. All their plans even include a royalty free commercial license. Yes, even the FREE plan. And if for some reason you’ can’t find what you’re looking for you can get it by asking their resource community to make it for you. BONUS!
Canva is an online graphic design tool which is perfect for working individually or with teams of all sizes. It has an easy to use drag-and-drop interface and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. The tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics. I feel their best feature is the pre-set sizes so if you are working on something specific you do not have to waste time hunting for the “proper” size. So, whether you’re a professional or just beginning your design journey, this resource has everything you need. They also have our templates and pro features that you can check out for making designing in their platform even more efficient than it already is.
PlaceIt is where branding and design are truly made easy … As if there was an “easy” button right at your fingertips! They have over 56K ready-to-use templates or you can create your own branded mockups, videos and social designs. Just click, create, drag n’ drop and download within seconds!
Easil.ly is a website that features thousands of free infographic templates and design objects which users can customize to create and share your visual ideas online. Using this site is as easy as dragging and dropping design elements, and users can either choose a template from our extensive library, or they can upload their own background image and start from scratch. Over 300K users use this platform every single day. So if you are looking for an easy way to convey your visual image in a professional, flashy style, look no further.
Asana is a free tool that helps you manage team projects and tasks all the while getting a clear picture of what work needs to be done and who is doing it by when. With its great features you can do away with chaos and guesswork, and spend more time making ideas happen. You have ease of access to make sure you hit your deadlines by using the “timeline” feature to create a plan that shows you how the pieces of your project fit together and helps you keep work on track as things change. And lastly, tie it all together by bringing team, emails, files, tickets and more into Asana with over 100 integrations to choose from, so you can see everything in one place. This online platform basically makes work less …. well work!
Hubspot Blog Topic Generator is a great online platform for when you are having one of those days when you just do not know what to write about. This is a constant thought that has crossed every blogger’s mind. Trust me … I know, I have been there many of times! But let me let you in on a little secret: there is no such thing as running out of blog ideas. Not anymore with this website. All you have to do if fill in the three blank fields with terms that you would like to write about and the Hubspot Topic Generator will come up with a week’s worth of relevant blog post titles in a matter of seconds! Now honestly, how amazing is that?!
Bit.ly unleashes the power of your URLs as it is a URL shortening service with a built-in link management platform. It also allows you to share, manage and analyze your favourite links from all around the web. On average, it shortens 600 million links per month for use of social networking sites, SMS and even email.
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