Design Resources for Non-Designers and Beginners

In our visual world, graphic design is an increasingly important skill for all kinds of creatives (and business owners) to have. Whether you're creating a postcard, flyer, presentation, or fundraising email, a little design know-how goes a long way.

Not a “designer” by trade? There is still hope.

Here is a list of design resources for non-designers and beginners:

 

Classes:

Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design
Udemy features videos by independent teaching contractors with prices depending on the length of the video, the teacher, and the field. Essentially, Udemy is a competitive classroom marketplace. This means classes are rated, and the quality of the class is illuminated by ratings just like on Yelp. There are frequently sale specials on the site, so watch out for deals on the classes you want. Many of the courses on Udemy are free, too. This Introduction to Graphic Design is a great example.

A Brief History of Typography
Typography is key to the work of a graphic designer. In almost all instances of graphic design you will see some use of type. Each font adds a different feeling and style to a design. In this document, you can find a comprehensive but simple introduction to the history and nuances of typography. It’s a great introduction for any aspiring beginner graphic designer

Canva Design School
The Canva Design School offers an online free course called Introduction to Graphic Design. It’s a self-paced course divided into four modules. This course covers basic information on fonts, colors, images, backgrounds, layouts, and shapes. The course is fairly comprehensive, and a great starter for someone looking to learn the basics of design.

Photos, Icons, etc.:

Pixabay
Offers not only a large collection of free stock photos, but also art illustrations and vectors, free from copyright restrictions. Attribution is not required. Membership isn’t necessary but is available to those who wish to skip the Captcha each time.

Unsplash
Has a large collection of free high-resolution photos is a favorite among visual content creators of all sorts. All photos are released under public domain and require no attribution.

Freepik
Featuring an enormous library of free vector art, images and icons, Freepik boasts one of the largest collection of design resources online. The site offers free content for personal and commercial use, provided the user attributes the website or designer.

Creative Market
You can find and purchase anything that you need — from fonts, to vector illustrations, stock photos, textures, patterns — and beyond. They also email featured freebies that you can download (which I do often! Gotta love a free font that comes with a commercial license or some new vector watercolor splashes!) They even offer templates for flyers, brochures, social media graphics, business cards, logos and more. Buy from one of their package options and stay stocked up on your credits, so that you can quickly download what you need, when you need it!

Fonts:

Google Fonts
Google offers a directory of web fonts so users can easily locate and add any font within seconds. All fonts in the library are open source, so designers can modify them as they choose.

Font Squirrel
This free design resource features an extensive library of high-quality fonts with clearly-defined licenses that are easy to download.

Colors:

Coolers
Unsure of your color palette? Coolors will instantly generate five coordinating colors. Not happy with the choice? Just hit the spacebar to see an entirely new palette. Lock in a single color and the next group generated will match your choice. The Coolors web tool is completely free, while the iOS app can be downloaded for less than $1.

Adobe Color CC
Need help creating the perfect color scheme? Choose any color in the rainbow and Adobe Color CC will suggest color options to create monochromatic or analogous color schemes. Users can also select colors from a photo or browse popular color palette schemes. 

Inspiration:

Creative Bloq
This blog features daily design tips to inspire readers. Tips include advice for traditional artists, web designers, illustrators and graphic designers, as well as 3D and VFX artists. Readers are exposed to the latest trends and developments in global design, typography, digital art and more.

Dribble
This content hub allows sharing of work and ideas among the global design community. Designers can post snapshots of their work to not only showcase their talents, but also inspire others.

Creation:

Canva
Bloggers regularly turn to Canva to create visual content. This free design resource allows users to search for images and modify them using a convenient drag-and-drop tool. There are a ton of templates, shapes, charts, grids, frames, lines, and icons to choose from in order to achieve that perfect for your business design. Canva is free to use (just drag and drop images of text). Additional images are available for purchase at competitive prices.

Inforgr.am
Create interactive infographics with this free online tool. Graphs, maps, text, videos and even social-sharing buttons can quickly and easily be added to one of six pre-made templates. 

Good design goes a long way. Don’t let your small business lose traction just because you don’t have a designer in house. Unleash that creativity, and share your story!

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