The best part about being a graphic designer? Creative freedom. But what should you do when the creative juices just aren’t flowing? Check out these five websites that we use to kick start the creative process.
Stock photography, illustrations and videos—this is our go-to resource for anything and everything we need. Whether you want to subscribe to a monthly package, or pay-as-you-go with image packs, this site offers affordable prices with a wide variety of creative content.
Visit the website: istockphoto.com
Need a simple vector icon? This website has tons of free line art that you can download as png, svg, eps and psd files. Open up the file, edit the colors, add your own stylistic elements and you’re ready to go.
Visit the website: flaticon.com
Not sure what a client means when they say they want a “clean and modern” logo? Send them to this site to pick out visual examples of their design preferences. Odds are you’ll see a common creative thread, which will make your job easier as a graphic designer.
Visit the website: logopond.com
I mean, who doesn’t love Pinterest? Just about every time a new project begins, we create a new inspiration board and pin away. Clients can also use this site to pin creative inspiration to a “secret” board for their designer to reference.
Visit the website: pinterest.com
Need to match a font from a client’s existing marketing materials, but can’t quite tell what it’s called? Upload a screenshot to this site and it’ll tell you the closest matches. Hours of manual detective work saved!
Visit the website: myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/
These online resources have saved us a ton of time while designing logos, print collateral and websites, but we know there are many more great tools out there, too. Leave a comment below with YOUR favorite websites for creative inspiration!