5 Websites That Make My Job Easier

The internet is a wonderful place, isn’t it? For digital designers, there are plenty of resources for us to utilize. Unfortunately, the tricky part is figuring out which ones are the gold mines and which ones are the duds.

Here are 5 websites that I have found to be exceedingly helpful while working on a variety of projects.

1. Fount

From their site description, “Fount will tell you which web font in your font-stack you are actually seeing – not just what is supposed to be seen. It’ll also tell you the font size, weight, and style.”

Fount has been most helpful when attempting to match the style preference for specific brands. Knowing exactly which fonts are on their website aids in identifying their brand preferences.

2. Paletton

Choosing which colors look best together can be difficult without comparing them side-by-side. With Paletton, you can experiment with color palettes quickly, and also have the freedom to change your mind.

Once you find the palette you like, you can export your scheme in a variety of formats, so you won’t lose them in the future.

3. unsplash

Interesting and artistic stock images are hard to come by, let alone ones that are affordable. However, Unsplash has drastically changed the market. Photographers all over the country can submit images, which can then be used my anyone for anything for free.

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Too good to be true? Here is Unsplash’s official License:

“All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.”

Images used here can be found here, here, here, and here.

Runner-Ups: picjumbo & tookapic

4. Millo.

The hardest part about being a freelance designer is figuring out how to function on your own, that’s why the community on Millo has been not only helpful but also reassuring. Filled with articles on how to manage a variety of freelance situations, Millo allows designers to have an overwhelmingly insightful database on all things business related for designers.

In addition to their main site, you can join their Facebook group where designers around the world post questions to be answered and discussed. Need to know how to deal with that nasty client? Aren’t sure if that pale blue really belongs next to that bright yellow? Ask any question in the forum, and you’ll receive comment after comment of helpful support.

5. Design Cuts

Design Cuts is a site that offers a variety of digital packages for designers to use, all at a discounted price. I first heard about Design Cuts from a Millo email, and have since been able to utilize several of their packages.

Personally, I was able to take advantage of their “The Most Extensive Mockup Templates Bundle Of All Time” package, which included over 50 GB of files.

As stated on their About page, “The Design Cuts team curate[s] the available resources, so you don’t have to. All our deals provide quality over quantity, with invaluable resources that you will use again and again.”

Bonus Site! Hipsum (or Hipster Ipsum)

 

What about you? Do you have any hidden gems that the world should know about? Tell us about them in the comments below!

 

Header image thanks to Tyler Milligan via Unsplash