500+ Free Resources that Will Make You More Awesome (Hopefully)
Last year, I wrote an article that had some great free resources for designers. It was mainly a collection of a few go-to sources that I use, with a few more additions from Zack Tatum, a great designer I work with over at Market House. Well, a lot happens in a year and I noticed that my list was greatly lacking. I mean, after all, this is the Internet.
So, with that said, I’ve spent the last few months on a mission to make the biggest and best list of resources for designers and creative professionals. Below you’ll find the first in a series of free design resources online. In particular, this list is for website designers. While it has resources that will come in handy for other designers, it has a literal ton of great resources for those who design for the web.
I’ve broken this list into clear categories so you can skip over anything you don’t need and go right to the items you want. Get ready because this list is huge. I’ve compiled over 500 of the best free resources for website designers, graphic designers, and marketing professionals.
Here’s the list broken into sections:
1Free Mockups & Templates
PSD Website Mockups & Templates
HTML Website Templates
2Free Email Editing, Marketing & Automation Resources
Email Editors, Templates, Generators & Tools
Email Marketing & Automation Tools
3Free Website Design, Editing & Optimization Resources
Website Design & Prototyping
Content Management Systems
Code Editing Tools
Website & Email Browser Testing
Website Optimization, SEO, Analysis & Monitoring Tools
Keyword Research Tools
Chrome Browser Extensions & Plugins
4Free Graphics & Design Resources
Free Stock Photography Resources
Free Fonts & Font Tools
Free Icon Fonts, Generators & Vector Icons
Free Image Optimizers
5Free Writing, Editing & Productivity Tools
Free Writing & Content Tools
Free Productivity & Project Management Tools
Free Live Chat & Help Desk Resources
6Applications & Other Tools
Free Design Apps
Free Data Visualization Tools
1. FREE WEBSITE MOCKUPS & THEMES (PSD, WORDPRESS, & HTML)
FREE PSD WEBSITE MOCKUPS & TEMPLATES (30 RESOURCES)
- Freebiesbug — Free web design resources
- freepik — Free PSD web templates & elements for personal and commercial use
- Behance — Free PSD mockups, templates, and great design inspiration
- HeroWP — Free web design resources — blogs, templates, etc.
- Hongikat — High-quality PSD website templates
- Template.net — 60+ free PSD website templates
- Graphberry — Free PSD web templates
- OS Templates — Free PSD website templates
- colorlib — Free PSD website templates for corporate, blog, etc.
- The Art Times — Free PSD mockups, templates, UI elements and more
- BlazRobar — Free PSD files and website templates
- DesignsCrazed — 100+ free Photoshop & website templates
- Pixeden — Premium & free PSD web templates
- 365 Psd -Free PSD templates, theme and design resources
- pixelhint — Free PSD web templates, email templates, icons and more
- dribbble — Free PSD resources and inspiration
- Fribbble — Collection of free PSDs and other resources from dribbblers
- Free Web Templates — Free & community-contributed resources
- graphicsbay — free web templates
- Gokhan Kara — free PSD web resources, design elements and more
- elemis — Free PSD & HTML templates
- Premium Pixels — Free stuff for creative folk
- Template Monster — Free & premium web templates
- Graphic Burger — Free website mockups and other resources
- FreePSDFiles.net — Free website templates
- Pixel Buddah — PSDs, icons and free/premium web design resources
- PSD freebies — Free & premium website resources & PSD freebies for designers
- Stylemix Themes — Free PSD & HTML themes
- GraphicsFuel — Free PSD files — wide collection of themes and design elements
- Best PSD Freebies — Free PSD resources for the web & beyond
FREE WORDPRESS THEMES (26 RESOURCES)
- WordPress — Themes directory straight from WordPress
- colorlib — Free WordPress themes and great theme collections
- ThemeIsle — The makers of Zerif, the most downloaded free WordPress theme from 2016
- ATHEMES — Great free and premium WordPress themes
- WPExplorer — Best WordPress themes and free WP templates
- Array Themes — Pixel Perfect WordPress themes
- FameThemes — The best free WordPress themes
- Theme Grill — Free & premium responsive WordPress themes
- Macho Themes — Professional WordPress themes (Free & Premium)
- AccessPress Themes — Free & Premium WordPress themes (scroll mid-way down the page)
- WP ion — The creators of the popular ionMAG WordPress theme
- Anders Norén — Responsive & retina ready WordPress themes
- Alien WP — Clean, minimal, professional WordPress themes
- MAGEEWP — Amazing free WordPress themes
- Fancy Themes — Responsive WordPress themes and plugins
- Optimizer — Flexible WordPress theme with free and premium options
- DesignOrbital — Simple and beautiful WordPress themes
- Cohhe Themes — Premium & free WordPress themes
- ThemeArt — Free WordPress themes built with bootstrap
- UFO Themes — WordPress themes for artists, bloggers & entrepreneurs
- ThemeFuse — Premium WordPress themes and templates (mostly premium templates)
- WPZOOM — WordPress themes and website templates (mostly premium templates)
- Site5.com — Free Premium WordPress themes
- eVision Themes — Premium responsive WordPress themes
- HooThemes — Awesome & responsive WordPress themes
- Themeum — High-quality premium responsive WordPress themes
FREE HTML WEBSITE TEMPLATES (19)
- HTML5 UP — Responsive HTML5 and CSS3 Site Templates
- Templated — A collection of free CSS, HTML5, and responsive website templates
- GetTemplates.co — High quality free website templates
- Design Hooks — Free HTML templates
- w3schools — Responsive CSS website templates
- Free CSS — Free CSS templates, layouts and more
- tooplate — Free HTML & CSS website templates
- Bootswatch — Free themes made for Bootstrap
- Open Designs — Website Templates. Completely Free.
- Start Bootstrap — Free Bootstrap themes and templates
- The Bootstrap Themes — Free & premium Bootstrap themes
- Theme in the Box — Free HTML5 templates
- Ahmed Essa — UI/UX Developer & Website Designer who makes free templates
- Theme Armada — Creative, responsive Bootstrap themes
- Mobrise — Bootstrap free template
- w3layouts — Free responsive mobile website templates
- BootstrapMade — Free Bootstrap themes and website templates
- Peter Finlan — Interaction designer @ Google and maker of free HTML templates
2. FREE EMAIL EDITING, MARKETING & AUTOMATION RESOURCES
FREE EMAIL EDITORS, EMAIL SIGNATURE TEMPLATES, GENERATORS & TOOLS (20)
- BEE free — Free online email editor to build responsive layout emails
- Mosaico — Free email template builder — responsive email editor and designer
- Inkbrush — A web-based email design and coding tool.
- Knak. — Responsive Marketo & Eloqua email and landing page templates. You’ll end up going with the paid plan. Trust me.
- EDMdesigner — Responsive email design made simple. Free plan limited to 2 templates.
- Gugggly — Free website templates and other design elements
- Pixel Buddah — Free website & email HTML templates
- Derek Punsalan — Responsive email design on GitHub
- Email on Acid — Free responsive email template
- Litmus — 5 Free pre-tested responsive templates that work with any service
- Litmus Community — Modern email templates by the best designers in the business
- WiseStamp — Email signature creator (free to use, but has premium options also)
- HubSpot — Free email signature template generator
- newoldstamp — Free email signature generator
- htmlsig — Email HTML signature creator
- exclaimer — Free email signature generator
- Si.gnatu.re — Fantastic email signatures in 60 seconds
- Zippy Pixels — Free PSD email signature templates with awesome designs
- Signature Maker — Email signature generator
- Hide Your Email Tool — Protect your email from bots
FREE EMAIL MARKETING & AUTOMATION SOFTWARE (23)
- MailChimp — The world’s leading marketing automation platform — they send more than a billion emails a day.
- Litmus — Email marketing, email design, and email testing tools. Free trial only lasts 7 days.
- SendinBlue — Email marketing & marketing automation. Also, sends SMS, but that will cost you.
- Leadsius — Marketing automation for SMB’s (small — midsized businesses)
- Customer.io — Customer email and messaging platform for product and marketing teams
- Pimcore — Open-source content management system with marketing automation features
- Jumplead — Online Sales and Marketing Software for Inbound Marketing Automation
- Mautic — Cloud-based, open-source marketing automation
- Drip — Quick and easy email marketing automation software
- Active Campaign — Free (trial) email marketing and marketing automation for small business
- Constant Contact — Email marketing software
- Benchmark — Email marketing software. Free under 2,000 contacts.
- ReachMail — Free email marketing software, services, and tools
- VerticalResponse — Email marketing. Just like that. Free under 300 contacts.
- FreshMail — Email marketing and newsletter software. Free under 500 contacts.
- Campayn — The easy and affordable way to build better emails. Free under 500 contacts.
- MailerLite — Email marketing software, services, and newsletters. Free under 1,000 contacts.
- Cakemail — Email marketing tools for small business
- Mailjet — Powerful and effective email solutions. Free trial for 30 days.
- ToutApp — Sales email tracking, templates, and analytics
- Zoho — Hosted email for businesses
- Flashissue — Beautiful email marketing for Gmail
- Boomerang — Scheduled sending and email reminders for Gmail
3. FREE WEBSITE DESIGN, EDITING & OPTIMIZATION RESOURCES
FREE WEBSITE DESIGN & PROTOTYPING TOOLS (26)
- Google Web Designer — Create engaging, interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics that can run on any device.
- Macaw — The code-savvy web design tool
- Pattern Lab — Build atomic design systems.
- Avocode — PSD & Sketch designs to web, iOS and Android code. Free trial lasts 14 days.
- Antetype — A Dedicated UX Design App From Designers For Designers. 30 day free trial.
- Form — Instant native prototypes
- UXPin — Full-stack UX design platform. Free trial available.
- Webflow — Responsive web design tool, CMS, and hosting platform.
- Marvel — Design, prototyping, and collaboration
- InVision — The world’s leading prototyping, collaboration & workflow platform
- Origami Studio — Design prototyping
- Framer — Design interactive prototypes for web & mobile. Free 14 day trial.
- Proto.io — Prototypes that feel real. Free 15 day trial with full features
- Atomic — Cloud prototyping for product, UX and UI design teams
- Adobe Comp — Wireframe, layout, and mockup software
- Principle — Animated design. Free trial download available.
- Moqups — Online mockup, wireframe, and UI prototyping tool
- Mockingbot — Mobile prototyping without headaches
- Concept.ly — Free web & mobile (iOS, Android) prototyping and UI mockup tool.
- Prott — Prototyping tool for web, iOS, and Android
- Flinto — App prototyping tools for designers. 30 day free trial available.
- CanvasFlip — Free prototyping and user experience testing tool for iOS & Android
- Evrybo — Free collaboration and prototyping tools for designers
- MockFlow — Online wireframe tools, prototyping tools, UI mockups, UX suite
- Sayspring — Free voice design and prototyping software for Alexa and more
- BuiltWith — Find out what websites are built with
FREE CODE EDITING TOOLS (12)
- Sublime Text — Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. Free to try, but no apparent time limit on the evaluation.
- CoffeeCup — Free HTML editor
- Brackets — A modern, open source text editor that understands web design.
- Notepad++ — An open source replacement for the original Notepad (yeah, the one that comes with Windows).
- TextWrangler — An all-purpose text and code editor for Mac OS X.
- Atom — Text editor that’s modern, approachable, yet hackable to the core
- BBEdit — Purported as the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Free trial version available.
- Codeanywhere — Cross platform cloud IDE
- Light Table — The next generation code editor
- HTML Code Editor — Free online HTML code editor with instant live preview.
- CodeTasty — Powerful IDE in the cloud
- Convert Word documents to clean HTML — Yup. That’s what it does.
FREE EMAIL & WEBSITE BROWSER TESTING TOOLS (28)
- Litmus PutsMail — Test HTML emails before sending
- Litmus Instant Email Previews — Get real-time email testing
- Inbox Inspector — Free HTML email validation, send test email preview
- Email on Acid — Email testing tools. Free trial available
- MailChimp Subject Line Suggestions — Best practices for email subject lines
- Mail-Tester — Newsletter spam test
- Newsletter2Go — Email client testing to ensure that your emails look great
- UltraTools — Free email tools for mail server testing
- SubjectLine — Over 5 million subject lines tested
- Retainly — Email SPAM words testing
- GlockApps — Free email spam checker
- Mailjet — A/X email testing
- Mailtrap.io — Fake smtp testing server
- MxToolBox — Email deliverability tool
- Browser Sandbox — Run any browser online
- Viewlike.us — Test your site at different resolutions
- Browsershots — Check browser compatibility, cross-browser compatibility test
- Browserling — Live interactive cross-browser testing
- Sauce Labs — Cross browser testing
- Browsera — Automated cross browser web application testing service
- CrossBrowserTesting — Free browser testing
- IE NetRenderer — Internet Explorer compatibility check
- IETester — Browser compatibility check for Internet Explorer
- Nibbler — Free website testing tool
- Google Mobile-Friendly Test — Test how easily a visitor can use your page on a mobile device.
- Visual Website Optimizer — Free testing tools
- A/B testing Duration Calculator
- Landing Page Analyzer
- A/B Testing Significance Calculator
FREE WEBSITE OPTIMIZATION, SEO, ANALYSIS & MONITORING TOOLS (59)
- Autoptimize — WordPress plugin that makes optimizing your site really easy.
- Pingdom — Website speed test
- Google PageSpeed Insights — Make your web pages fast on all devices.
- SEO Tools — Free SEO tools from Internet Marketing Ninjas
- Find Broken Links, Redirects & Site Crawl Tool
- On-Page Optimization Tool
- Image & Link Analyzer
- Get URLs from Search Results Plugin Tool
- Side-by-side Comparison Tool
- Page Speed Tool
- Robot Text Generator Tool
- Header Checker Tool
- Meta Tag Generator Tool
- Google vs Bing Vs More Search Engines Comparison Tool
- Keyword Density Analysis Tool
- Search Combination Tool
- Internal Link Building WordPress Plugin
- Domain Whois Lookup Tool
- DNL Lookup Tool
- GTmetrix — Website speed and performance optimization
- WebPagetest — Website performance and optimization test
- Pagespeed — The tools and optimization guide
- Uptrends — Website speed test
- PageScoring — Website speed test with a minimalist design
- Yellow Lab Tools — Free online test to help speed up heavy web pages
- Chrome DevTools — Set of web authoring and debugging tools built into Google Chrome.
- Sucuri Load Time Tester — This test measures how long it takes to connect to your site and for one page to fully load.
- Pagelocity — Web page analysis and optimization
- XML Sitemap Inspector — Free and quick sitemap validation service
- Snippet Optimizer — Better Google rankings and how to optimize your page
- Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool — Verifies Schema.org markup
- Piwik — #1 Free web and mobile analytics software
- Google Analytics — Marketing analytics and measurement. A. Must. Have.
- Google Webmasters — Track your site’s search performance with Google Search Console.
- Bing Webmaster Tools — Get insights into your site.
- SEMRush — Service for competitors research — shows organic and Ads keywords for any site or domain. Free basic info.
- Ahrefs — Tools to improve search traffic, research competitors and monitor niche. You can get a free trial.
- Yoast SEO (WordPress Plugin) — Page analysis, technical SEO, meta and link elements, XML sitemaps, social integration, etc.
- Quick Sprout — Make better content — grow your website traffic.
- SEO SiteCheckup — Paid service, but they have a collection of free SEO tools.
- SERPs — Free keyword rank checker
- Alexa — Find, reach, and convert your audience with marketing that works. Free trial available.
- Website Grader — How strong is your website. Find out. Powered by HubSpot.
- Yellowpipe — Robots.txt generator
- Robots.txt Checker — Robots.txt syntax checker and validator
- SEObin — SEO optimization tool to optimize title tags and meta description
- Varvy SEO — See how well a page follows the Google guidelines
- Moz Local Listing Score — See how your local business looks online.
- Open Site Explorer — Link research and backlink checker
- Google — Open Google.com in an Incognito window to discover auto-fill ideas
- Schema Creator — Schema.org structured data resources and tools
- Browseo — Your new SEO browser
- Searchmetrics — SEO, social, keywords, backlinks, and rankings
- Microsoft Free SEO Toolkit — SEO just got easy.
- Anchor Text Over Optimization Tool — Link research and SEO tool
- BuzzStream Tools Suite — Free link building tools
- Google SERP Snippet Optimization Tool — Analyze SERP snippets for higher CTR
- Linkstant — Discover your new links, instantly.
- Seer SEO Toolbox — All-in-one toolbox made for SEO’s
- Similar Page Checker — SEO tools and webmaster utilities
FREE KEYWORD RESEARCH TOOLS (19)
- Keyword Tool — Get 750+ Google Keyword Suggestions for Free
- Google AdWords Keyword Planner — Keyword research and strategy
- WordStream Free Keyword Tools — Free keyword tools for SEO & PPC
- Keyword Tool | Niche Finder | Keyword Grouper | Negative Keyword Tool
- Keyword Keg — YouTube keyword tool
- Ubersuggest — Free keyword tool — generate more suggestions
- Yoast Google Suggest Expander — Expanded keyword suggestions based on a keyword
- KWFinder — Keyword research and analysis tool
- Long Tail Pro — The best keyword research tool for long tail keywords. Free trial available.
- SECockpit — Keyword research tool and SEO management software
- Seed Keywords Engine — Free keyword tool
- Soolve — Free keyword explorer. Let the web help.
- Term Explorer — Find the most profitable keywords
- Keyword Tool Dominator — Free keyword tools for long tail keywords
- HitTail — Long tail keyword tool for your website
- Wordtracker — #1 keyword tool reveals 1000’s of words Planner doesn’t. Free trial available.
CHROME BROWSER EXTENSIONS & PLUGINS (36)
- Firebug Lite — Just download it. You need it. Now.
- MozBar — All-in-one SEO toolbar
- SEO Quake — A powerful SEO toolbox for your browser
- Eye Dropper — Pick colors from various sources
- Domain Hunter — Chrome’s best broken link checker
- ColorZilla — Advanced eyedropper, color picker, gradient generator and other colorful goodies
- Scraper — Get data out of web pages and into spreadsheets
- Image Downloader — Browse and download images on a web page
- Page Analytics — Google Analytics Chrome extension to see how customers interact with your page
- Tag Assistant by Google — Troubleshoot the installation of various Google Tags
- Facebook Pixel Helper — Troubleshooting tool to help validate pixel implementation
- Smartshot — Easiest way to take a screenshot and share it with one-click uploads
- Marmoset — Create gorgeous code snapshots
- Window Resizer — Resize browser window to emulate various screen sizes
- Page Ruler — Draw a ruler and get pixel dimensions and positioning, and measure elements on any web page
- Ripple Emulator (Beta) — Browser based HTML5 mobile application development and testing tool
- Booom — Dribbble extension for Chrome
- StayFocusd — Increases your productivity by limiting the amount of time you spend on time-wasting websites.
- WhatFont — The easiest way to identify fonts on web pages
- Font Playground — Preview your site with Google web fonts and get the CSS code
- Project Naptha — Highlight, copy, edit and translate text from any image on the web
- Grammarly — Check your spelling and grammar as you type
- Unshorten.link — Automatically expand and inspect shortened links
- h264ify — Makes YouTube stream H.264 videos instead of VP8/VP9 videos
- Web Developer — Official port of the Web Developer extension for Firefox
- Web Developer Checklist — Analyzes any web page for violations of best practices
- Yslow — Make your pages faster with Yahoo’s page performance tool
- IE Tab — Display web pages using IE within Chrome
- CSS-Shack — Build layer styles in the browser
- WordPress Style Editor — Save CSS changes made in developer tools, directly to the WordPress stylesheet
- Data Saver — Reduces data usage by using Google servers to optimize pages you visit
- Strict Workflow — Enforces distraction-free working, followed by short breaks
- iMacros for Chrome — Automate your web browser — Record and replay repetitious work
- Alexa Traffic Rank — The official Alexa Traffic Rank extension, providing Alexa Traffic Rank and site Information
- Evernote Web Clipper — Use the Evernote extension to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account
- Streak CRM for Gmail — Manage customers or deals right inside Gmail
4. FREE GRAPHICS RESOURCES
FREE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCES (58)
- Unsplash — Free, do whatever you want, high-resolution photos. Get Unsplash Instant for Chrome
- Pexels — Best free stock photos in one place
- StockSnap.io — Hundreds of high-resolution images added weekly.
- Rawpixel — Free, model released images ready for commercial use
- Stock Up — 13,000+ Free Stock Photos
- Splashbase — Search & discover free, hi-res photos & videos
- Startup Stock Photos — Free tech stock photos
- My Stock Photos — A curated list of beautiful free stock photos
- Samuel Zeller — Freelance photographer providing free photos with credit
- Vladimir Kudinov — Free photography. Use it however you like.
- Glyphs — Free photos to download and use commercially.
- Foodshot — Handpicked, high-resolution food photos.
- Foodie’s Feed — 1000+ free food pictures in hi-res.
- Shutteroo — Free travel images and stock photos. No worries.
- The Pic Pac — Free stock photos. Pay what you want — do whatever you want with the pics.
- Picjumbo — 1500+ free stock photos.
- Minimography — Royalty-free minimalist photos
- The Library of Congress — Historical photo collection from the US Library of Congress
- The British Library — More than a million images from over 65,000 books
- Realistic Shots -Free stock photos (high resolution) for personal and commercial use.
- Skuawk — Curated public domain photos. Creative photography for personal and professional projects.
- Kaboompics — Free stock photos, mockups, and articles.
- Life of Pix — Free high-resolution photography.
- Stokpic — Basically, you can do anything apart from redistributing.
- Large Photos — Free large photography for commercial use.
- Negative Space — Free stock photos, no copyright restrictions.
- LibreShot — Hundred of high-quality free stock images
- Travel Coffee Book — Sharing beautiful travel moments.
- Tookapic — Free and premium stock photo collections.
- Fancycrave — We handpick and give away 2 free authentic photos from real people every day.
- Gratisography — Free high-resolution pictures for personal and commercial projects.
- Magdeleine — A free high-resolution photo every day. Hand-picked for your inspiration.
- Death to the Stock Photo — Beautiful photos sent straight to your inbox every month.
- New Old Stock — Vintage photos from public archives.
- Public Domain Archive — Vintage and modern free public domain images.
- Nobl Web — Free (do as you please), high-resolution photos and textures.
- Freely — Free Christian stock photos
- Boss Fight — Free, high-res stock photos, daily.
- Barn Images — Ignore the name. A collection of free stock photos.
- Cupcake — All photos are free to use without any costs.
- Re:Splashed — Free HD images for your web and design projects.
- Free Nature Stock — Royalty-free photos by Adrian Pelletier, updated daily.
- ISO Republic — Free stock photos for creatives
- Jéshoots — Modern free photos & PSD mockups
- Magdeleine — Hand-picked free photos for inspiration
- POND5 — A premier library of royalty-free photos
- MMT — Free photos for commercial use — good for websites, themes, templates & more
- Superfamous — Photos by Dutch artist, Folkert Gorter
- Trunklog — Free stock photos from Swedish artist, Magnus Jälthammar
- Raumrot — Free handpicked & curated stock photos for commercial and personal works.
- Mazwai — Free creative commons HD video clips & footage.
- Picography — Free images to use however you like.
- ISO Republic — Free stock photos for creatives.
- Little Visuals — Hi-res images to use how you want. Site no longer updated, but still had lots of great photos.
- Splitshire -Free stock photos and images for commercial use.
- Getrefe — Free stock photos. Paid options available.
- The Pattern Library — Ongoing project compiling patterns to use freely in your designs.
- MMT — Free photos for commercial use. New photos each week.
FREE FONTS & FONT TOOLS (17)
- Type Anything — Free and awesome typography tool to create and test font combinations for your projects
- Wordmark.it — Quick tool to help you choose fonts
- Typ.io — Fonts that go together
- Google Fonts — Making the web more beautiful, fast, and open through great typography
- Lost Type Co-op — Pay-what-you-want for these fonts. Yes, you can pay $0.
- Dafont — A massive collection of fonts that are either freeware, shareware, demo versions or public domain.
- Font Squirrel — Legit free and quality fonts
- Transfonter — online @font-face generator
- Font Squirrel Webfont Generator — Create your own @font-face kits
- Fontspring Matcherator — Find fronts from an image
- Font Fling — Switch between hundreds of free fonts and download the ones you want
- MyScriptFont — Handwriting font creator
- The Web Font Combinator — Preview font combinations in a fast, browser-based manner
- FontForge — Open source font editor
- Typewolf — Typography inspiration for the Modern Web.
- TYPEInspire — Typography inspiration and design gallery
- Typetester — Design beautiful typography
FREE ICON FONTS & GENERATORS (25)
- Font Awesome — Scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized — size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS.
- IcoMoon — Icon font & SVG icon sets
- Dashicons — The WordPress admin icon font
- Themify Icons — A complete set of icons to use in web design and apps.
- GitHub Octicons — Your project. GitHub’s icons.
- Streamline — 100 Free iOS vector icons (Sketch, AI, PNG, SVG files)
- Icon-Works — Free icon font. Easily styled, retina ready, scalable.
- Open Iconic — Free and open icon set with 223 marks in SVG, webfont and raster
- Map Icons — An icon font for use with Google Maps API and Google Places API using SVG markers and icon labels
- Material Icons — Beautifully crafted, delightful, and easy to use in your web, Android, and iOS projects.
- Linea — Free outline iconset featuring 730+ icons.
- Mobirise Icons — Free, open source set of 150 elegant, pixel-perfect vector icons.
- Elusive Icons — The iconic font and CSS toolkit
- Ionicons — The premium icon for Ionic Framework — 100% free and open source.
- Entypo — 411 carefully crafted premium pictograms
- Typicons — 336 pixel-perfect, all-purpose vector icons
- Elegant Themes Icon Font — 360 of the best free icons for the modern web.
- Linearicons — Ultra crisp line icons with integrity — Free & premium versions available.
- We Love Icon Fonts — Free & open source icon fonts hosting service (like Google Fonts)
- Fontastic — Create your icon font in seconds. Over 9,000 icons available.
- Fontello — Icon fonts generator
- Flaticon — Free vector icons — SVG, PSD, PNG, EPS & Icon font
- Freepik — Free vector icons for personal and commercial use — PNG, EPS and SVG
- Icons8 — Free icons. The largest icon pack ever
- Nucleo — Free icon pack available as single SVG files and icon font.
FREE IMAGE OPTIMIZERS (10)
- Kraken.io — Free online image optimizer
- TinyPNG — Despite the name, it compresses PNG & JPG images
- Optimizilla — Online image compression — allows for bulk uploads
- Compressor.io — Compress and optimize your images
- ImageOptimizer — Compress & resize photos
- ImageOptim — Makes images load faster — Web Service API makes pages load faster
- Smush.it — WordPress image optimizer plugin
- JPEG-Optimizer — Compress and resize your digital photos
- ResizeImage.net — Crop, resize, and compress images online
- PNGGauntlet — Smash PNGs for faster sites
5. FREE WRITING, EDITING, & PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS
FREE WRITING & CONTENT TOOLS (17)
- Hemingway — Free online editor that helps make your writing bold and clear.
- ZenPen — Free online writing tool to help remove distractions. Minimal distraction, maximum Zen.
- Draft — Write better. Easy version control and collaboration for writers.
- Readable.io — Measure text readability. Readability and keyword density analysis.
- Grammarly — Also available as a browser extension, this free grammar checker is a must-have.
- Cliche Finder — This online tool highlights cliches in your text.
- CoSchedule Headline Analyzer — Write better headlines
- HubSpot Blog Topic Generator — You provide the nouns, they provide the relevant blog post titles.
- Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer — It does what it says.
- Write! App — Minimalist text editor for distraction-free writing. Free for students.
- Reddit — The front page of the internet
- Google Trends — Display and search trending searches
- BuzzSumo — Analyze what content performs best for any topic or competitor
- SimilarWeb — Digital market intelligence and website traffic
- Copyscape — Plagiarism checker & duplicate content detection software.
- Builtvisible — Content Strategy Discovery Tool
- Free Online Spell Check Tool — Spellcheck a page or an entire website.
FREE PRODUCTIVITY & PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOLS (29)
- Trello — Work more collaboratively and get more work done.
- Asana — Track your team’s work & manage projects
- Todoist — Accomplish more, every day. Free to do list and task manager app
- Evernote — Get organized. Work smarter. Remember everything.
- Bitrix24 — #1 Free collaboration with CRM, tasks, projects, documents, messaging, etc.
- Freedcamp — Free project management
- OrangeScrum — Open source project collaboration tool & task management
- Wrike — Online project management software
- MeisterTask — Task management for teams.
- GanttProject — Free project scheduling and management app
- Taiga.io — Free. Open source. Simple to use project management platform.
- KanbanFlow — Lean project management. Simplified.
- allthings — Manage teams, tasks, and free time. Free trial.
- Producteev — Task management software
- Avaza — Projects, timesheets, and invoices for teams.
- E.gg Timer — A simple countdown timer
- Slack — Where work happens. Just sign your team up. Now.
- TopTracker — Time tracking app. Free forever.
- RescueTime — Time management software for staying productive and happy
- Hiveage — Online invoice software. 14 day free trial available.
- Expensify — Expense reports that don’t suck
- Google Drive — Cloud backup and file storage
- Dropbox — Save your files and access them anywhere
- IFTTT — Free platform that helps you do more with all your apps and devices.
- Pocket — When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket.
- Cyfe — Ultimate all-in-one online business dashboard
- CoSchedule — The #1 Marketing Calendar. Limited free trial available.
- HazeOver — Distraction dimmer for Mac
- SelfControl — A free Mac application to help you avoid distracting websites
FREE LIVE CHAT & HELP DESK RESOURCES (16)
- Drift — Messaging for marketing and sales
- Userlike — Free live chat software for website and mobile support
- ClickDesk — Live chat support software
- Pure Chat — Live chat software for businesses
- LiveZilla — Live chat, live support, ticket system and customer support software
- HappyFox Chat — Live chat software that brings your apps to every chat.
- LiveAgent — Help desk software and live chat. 14 day free trial available
- Olark — Live chat software for your website. Limited free forever plan available
- LiveChat — Live chat software and help desk software. 30 day free trial
- Tawk.to — 100% free live chat application
- Zendesk — Live chat software with 30 day free trial
- Kayako — Help desk software
- ZOHO Desk — Free help desk software
- Freshdesk — Free help desk software
- HelpSpot — Help desk software and ticket management system
- Mojo Helpdesk — Help desk software for ticket management
6. APPLICATIONS & OTHER TOOLS
FREE DESIGN APPS (14)
- Edge: The Web Ruler — On-screen ruler
- Sketch — Professional digital design for Mac (Free Trial)
- Canva — Amazingly simple graphic design software.
- Pixlr Editor — Online photo editor. Requires Flash
- Inkscape — Professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. It’s free and open source.
- Gravit Designer — A full featured free vector design app right at your fingertips.
- Klex — Create stunning and memorable designs for your business, family, and friends.
- Photopea — Edit Photoshop files online
- Vectr — Free graphics software used to create vector graphics easily and intuitively.
- Krita — Professional FREE and open source painting program.
- Gimp — Free and open source image editor. Cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems.
- Blender — Open Source 3D creation. Free to use for any purpose, forever.
- Tinkercad — Create 3D digital designs with online CAD
- Morpholio — Present your portfolio on a mobile device.
FREE DATA VISUALIZATION TOOLS (11)
- Google Charts — Powerful, simple to use, and free. Choose from a variety of charts and configure an extensive set of options to perfectly match the look and feel of your website.
- Piktochart — Create easy infographics, reports, and presentations.
- Venngage — Free infographic maker
- Infogram — Make infographics and charts that people love. The basic plan is free.
- Easel.ly — 1000s of Reporting, Timeline, Resume and Process templates to choose from.
- Vizualize.me — Visualize your resume in 1 click.
- Tableau Public — Free data visualization software
- Visualize Free — Free data visualization and analytics software
- RAWGraphs — The missing link between spreadsheets and data visualization
- CARTO — Unlock the potential of your location data
- iCharts — Business intelligence, reporting, and analytics
I know this is a long list, but I wanted to be comprehensive and I wanted to provide real value. Special thanks to Brian Dean over at Backlinko for providing the inspiration to build a better skyscraper.
If I’ve missed an opportunity to add more resources in a particular area, please let me know! Thanks. Now go forth and be productive!
Originally published at http://jasonmarlowe.com/500-design-resources/