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27 Timesaving Design Resources & Tools

Ever have a fellow designer show you a trick or tool that make you realize how wrong you’ve been doing something for years? Of course, we all have. It’s a brutal feeling, but in the end your grateful for the time that will be saved in the future.

Below are all of the free design resources I frequently use, which have helped to streamline my process and save a ton of time. The Type Trials site ( alone will save you hours!


Free Fonts
1. Font Squirrel
2. Da Font

Font Identification
3. What The Font

Type Trials/Font Selection

Lorem Ipsum Generator
5. Designer’s Toolbox

Web Fonts
6. Google Fonts

Web Font Generator
7. Font Squirre

Graphics & Photography
Stock Photos
8. Free Images
9. Morgue File
10. Flickr Creative Commons

Vector Icons
11. Flat Icon

Photoshop Brushes
12. Brusheezy

Seamless Patterns
13. Subtle Patterns

Standard Sizes
14. Designer’s Toolbox

Colour Schemes
15. Adobe Colour CC
16. Colour Lovers

File Sharing
17. Dropbox

18. Hiveage

Time Tracking
19. Toggl

Design Inspiration
20. Dribbble
21. Behance
22. The Dieline
23. Lovely Package
24. Logo Pond
25. Media Queries
26. Grain Edit
27. I Love Typography

Have any websites to add to the list? Leave a comment and I’ll check it out.

Grant Burke

Grant is a freelance designer and illustrator, born and raised in the Toronto area. He has worked with clients from around the globe and focuses on building unique brand identities and developing illustrations for product packaging and apparel.

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  1. Great list of resources! I love using Toggl, it really is the ultimate time-tracking tool for freelancers. Here are a few more resources for “colour schemes” that I’ve found helpful:

    Coolors – a color generator that creates unique color palettes by simply tapping the space bar!

    0 to 255 – a tool that provides the color range (lightest to darkest) for any color you can imagine. This is resource is ideal for web designers manipulating one color for multiple elements.

    Color Hunter – build your color palette around photos that inspire you.

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