Useful Design Guides

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Designers, Creatives, Enthusiasts

Useful guides for designers, creatives and enthusiasts. Best software to use for design creation, what tools to use for branding and where you find useful design resources, ideas and inspirations.


Useful Vector graphics software for designers and creatives.

Vector Graphics Software

Work like a pro with stable and friendly software.


Paid Vector Software

Adobe Illustrator (Mac, Win)

Adobe Illustrator is the industry-standard vector graphics app lets you create logos, icons, drawings, typography, and illustrations for print, web, video, and mobile.

Corel Draw (Mac, Win)

Corel Draw is an editor used in the graphic design, sign making and fashion design industries. Capable of limited interoperation by reading file formats from Illustrator.

Sketch (Mac)

Sketch is a design toolkit built to help you create your best work — from your earliest ideas, through to final artwork.
Free Vector Software

Inkscape (Mac, Win, Linux)

Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It's free and open source.

Vectr (Mac, Win, Linux, Chromebook)

Vectr is a free graphics software used to create vector graphics easily and intuitively. It's a simple yet powerful web and desktop cross-platform tool to bring your designs into reality.

Vector Mobile Apps


Astropad (iOS, Mac)

Astropad Turn your iPad into a professional drawing tablet for Mac.

Draw (iOS, Android)

Draw - create beautiful, scalable vector designs with Adobe Illustrator Draw and sync your design across Adobe CC desktop and mobile apps.

Paper by FiftyThree (iOS)

Paper & Pencil by FiftyThree builds tools for mobile creation. Paper, is the easiest and most beautiful way to create on the iPad and iPhone.
Useful raster graphics software for designers and creatives.

Raster Graphics Software

Create and edit images and photos.


Paid Raster Software

Adobe Photoshop (Mac, Win)

Adobe Photoshop Create and enhance photographs, illustrations, and 3D artwork. Design websites and mobile apps.

Corel Painter (Mac, Win)

Corel Painter is a raster-based digital art application created to simulate as accurately as possible the appearance and behavior of traditional media associated with drawing, painting, and printmaking.
Free Raster Software

Gimp (Mac, Win, Linux)

Gimp provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.

Befunky (Mac, Win, Linux, Chromebook)

Befunky Online Photo Editor. Anything you want to do to your photo, you can do with BeFunky. You can play with hundreds of amazing photo effects that you can't find anywhere else, like our world-famous Cartoonizer®, oil painting, and pop art effects.

Raster Mobile Apps


Astropad (iOS, Mac)

Astropad Turn your iPad into a professional drawing tablet for Mac.

Photoshop Mix

Photoshop Mix - cut out, combine and create amazing images. Anywhere.
Various Useful Apps and Software for designers and creatives.

Useful Apps & Software

To Archive / Unarchive the project files for you or your clients.


Double Commander (Mac, Win, Linux)

Double Commander Archives are handled like subdirectories. You can easily copy files to and from archives. Supported archive types: ZIP, TAR GZ, TGZ, LZMA and also BZ2, RPM, CPIO, DEB, RAR.

muCommander (Mac)

muCommander Mac is a lightweight, cross-platform file manager with a dual-pane interface.

Cloud storage / Files transfer


Google Drive

Google Drive Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more with Google Drive.

We transfer

We transfer is the simplest way to send your files around the world.
Ideas and inspirations for designers and creatives.

Ideas / Inspirations

Ideas? Yes, please!

Inspire instead duplicate. Have Imagination. The core feature for all those working in this field.


Ideas, Creative Inspiration

Ideas, Creative Inspiration Ideas Creative Inspiration for Logo Design, Corporate Identity, Stationery and Website Design. Symbols, Logotypes, Slogans, Colors.

Pinterest

Pinterest is an photo sharing and publishing service that allows users to "Pin" pictures they like and upload their own recommendations to their pinboards. Discover designs, brands, home ideas, style inspiration and other ideas to try.

Behance

Behance - Showcase and discover the latest work from top online portfolios by creative professionals across industries.

Dribbble

Dribbble - Show and tell for designers. What are you working on? Dribbble is a community of designers sharing screenshots of their work, process, and projects.

Designspiration

Designspiration is a tool for discovering great art, design, architecture, photography and web inspiration.

Really Good Emails

Really Good Emails - The Best Email Designs in the Universe (that came into my inbox)

Trade Marks & Symbols

Trade Marks & Symbols - Volume 1: Alphabetical Designs

Taschen

Taschen - Publisher of books on art, architecture, design and photography

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Images, Mockups, Stock Photos for designers and creatives.

Images / Mockups / Photos

Premium Stock Photos and Video Footage.


Pixabay

Pixabay - High quality photos, illustrations, and vector graphics. Free for commercial use. No attribution required.

Pexels

Pexels - Free stock photos you can use everywhere. Free for commercial use . No attribution required.

Template maker

Template maker - is a resource for DIY artists, graphics designers and everyone who likes paper crafts. It contains an ever growing number of templates for gift boxes and increasingly more other interesting things that can be made out of paper. The templates are all dynamic: you can customize almost all dimensions. All templates are free, no login is required.

Vectorstock

Vectorstock - Royalty free vector images, vector art, graphics, clipart, illustrations and high resolution stock images.

Freepik

Freepik - Freebies and all graphic resources that you need for your projects. Free vectors, PSD, photos and free icons.

Vecteezy

Vecteezy is a collection of free vector art, vector graphics, illustrator brushes, vector wallpaper backgrounds, silhouettes and more!

Subtle patterns

Subtle patterns - Free high quality patterns for your next web project.
Useful typography and fonts for designers and creatives.

Typography / Fonts

The best fonts for your project. Free.


Creator's Fonts

Creator Fonts We have prepared a collection of fonts from which you can choose any font style that suits best with your design.

Fontsquirrel

Fontsquirrel Free fonts have met their match. Quality freeware fonts for commercial work.

Dafont

Dafont Freely downloadable fonts. Browse by alphabetical listing, by style, by author or by popularity.

Google Fonts

Google Fonts Making the web more beautiful, fast, and open through great typography. Bring personality and performance to brands, designs, websites & products.

Fontsup

Fontsup Download free fonts, truetype fonts, windows fonts and mac fonts.
Design Thinking for designers and creatives.

Design Thinking

Think


  • Free your mind.
  • Relax and Think.
  • Think clear and logical about end results.
  • First step, almost there, end results.
  • Problem and Solution.
  • Mind map backwards.
  • Let’s get to work.
  • Make design useful and marketable.

Brainstorm ideas and concepts with a pencil and a paper.

  • Take notes, write action and details.
  • Pros and Cons.
  • Steps to execute.

Moleskine

Moleskine - calendars, notebooks, exercise books, bags, pens, pencils and accessories. Flexible and brilliantly simple.

Field Notes

Field Notes is a collection of smartly-designed, vintage-styled pocket notebooks, calendars, and various office accoutrements.

Online Notes


Creator's Notes

Creator Notes for Creators and Designers. Print and save locally with confidence and privacy.

Keep Google

Keep Google - When and where you need it. Capture what’s on your mind. Add notes, lists, photos, and audio to Keep.
Useful for designers and creatives. Whitespace.

Whitespace & Proportions

There is no bad design but only perfect proportions and clear whitespace.


Modular Scale

Modular Scale Calculate, visualize, and learn about modular scales. This calculator makes a set of numbers called a modular scale, which you use like a ruler.

Calculator Soup

Calculator Soup - Calculator for golden ratios where (A+B):A=A:B. Calculates values for golden ratio phi or golden mean. Also performs as a golden ratio generator where A/B=phi=1.6180.
Useful colors for designers and creatives.

Colors

Creator's Colors

Creator Colors - colors selected from the most sensitive hue found in the sun sunrise to the darkest colors found in the deepest point of the ocean. Select yours.

rgb.to

rgb.to - Convert HEX color to RGB, Pantone, RAL, HSL and HSB formats. Convert it to JSON format and generate color schemes for your design.

Coolors

Coolors - generate perfect color combinations for your designs.

Colordot by hailpixel

Colordot by hailpixel - Simple color picker everyone.

Flatuicolorpicker

Flatuicolorpicker is a project digging the Flat Color Picker which gives you the perfect colors for flat designs.

Material Palette

Material Palette - Choose your favorite colors and get your Material Design palette generated and downloadable.

Brand Colors

Brand Colors - The biggest collection of official brand color codes around. Includes hex colors codes for 500+ brands including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many more.
Marketing Analytics & Measurement for designers and creatives.

Marketing Analytics, Measurement, Testing Web Apps

Stronger results across all your sites, apps, and offline channels.

Marketing analytics products for businesses of all sizes to better understand your customers.


Statcounter

Statcounter is a simple but powerful real-time web analytics service that helps you track, analyse and understand your visitors so you can make good decisions to become more successful online.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics offer free and enterprise analytics tools to measure website, app, digital and offline data to gain customer insights. Google Analytics lets you measure your advertising ROI as well as track your Flash, video, and social networking sites and applications.

Google Search Console

Google Search Console Use Search Console to monitor Google Search results data for your properties.

Forms. Create and analyze surveys.


Google Forms

Google Forms - Create a new survey on your own or with others at the same time. Choose from a variety of beautiful, pre-made themes or create your own. Analyze your results in Google Forms. Free from Google.

Testing Web Apps


PageSpeed Insights

PageSpeed Insights - Analyze your site performance. With PageSpeed Insights you can identify ways to make your site faster and more mobile-friendly.

GTmetrix

GTmetrix - Analyze your site’s speed and make it faster. GTmetrix gives you insight on how well your site loads and provides actionable recommendations on how to optimize it.

Test your mobile speed

Test your mobile speed - Perform a mobile website speed test with the Test My Site tool and receive recommendations for improving website performance across all devices.

Resizer

Resizer - An interactive viewer that helps designers test material design breakpoints across desktop, mobile, and tablet.

Who is


Who.is

Who.is - Find information on any domain name or website. Large database of whois information, DNS, domain names, name servers, IPs, and tools for searching and monitoring domain names.
Useful Design Miscellaneous for designers and creatives.

Miscellaneous

tawk.to

tawk.to - free messaging app that lets you monitor and chat with visitors on your website or from a free customizable page.

Copyscape

Copyscape - Search for copies of your page on the web.

Hemingway app

Hemingway app - makes your writing bold and clear.
Useful Settings and Useful Preferences  for designers and creatives.

Useful Settings / Useful Preferences

Scripts for Adobe Illustrator

Scripts for Adobe Illustrator (JavaScript) - free Illustrator javaScript scripts from Hiroyuki Sato.

Adobe Preferences


Delete Illustrator Preferences

  1. Quit Illustrator
  2. Press and hold Alt+Control+Shift (Windows) or Option+Command+Shift (Mac OS) as you start Illustrator. Your current settings are deleted.
  3. Remove or rename the AIPrefs file (Windows) or Adobe Illustrator Prefs file (Mac OS). New preferences files are created the next time you start Illustrator.

Delete Photoshop Preferences

  1. Quit Photoshop
  2. Press and hold Shift+Ctrl+Alt (Win) or Shift+Command+Option (Mac) as you start Photoshop. Your current settings are deleted.
  3. A message will pop up asking if you want to delete the Adobe Photoshop Settings file. This is your Preferences file. Choose Yes.
Designers and creatives. Rellax and Calm.

Relax, Calm, Design

Relax


Design by Music

Design by Music - smart audio inspirations for savvy designers and creative professionals. Find businesses that match with music songs and you will understand the subtlety. Some of our music match with style other with gratefulness. It's about fun, taste and feeling. Hey, we can and we will change the 'match' at any funny momentum, under delightful circumstances.

Calm

Calm - Relax with Calm, a simple mindfulness meditation app that brings clarity and peace of mind into your life.

Do nothing for 2 minutes

Do nothing for 2 minutes - I just did nothing for 2 minutes. Can you?

Congrats. You're done, and now, you're awesome.


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