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8 Best (Free!) Design Resources

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Simmons chapter.

Are you an aspiring graphic designer, web designer, or UX/UI designer? Are you simply interested in design or finding ways to make your life easier when it comes to design? Look no further—here are the eight best design resources from around the web (and they’re free too!)

Color Palettes

Brand Colors

Ever wondered exactly what colors Adidas uses in their branding? Or the exact shade of red Target uses in their logo? Check out http://brandcolors.net/, a giant list of nearly any major brand you can think of and what colors they use in their visual identity systems.


A color palette generator, Coolors allows you to play around with different colors and change them by nearly any color system you can imagine, like Hex, HSB, RGB, CMYK, Pantone, and even Prismacolor! Try it out at https://coolors.co/app.

Flat UI Colors

In need of some great, web friendly, easy-to copy color palettes primed with HEX and HTML codes? Check out https://flatuicolors.com/.



Without Photoshop or other programs like it, it can be hard to create mockups of your work to see how they would look and function in real life. Shotsnapp makes it easy by allowing you to choose a device type and insert your design in place of the screen. Try it yourself at https://shotsnapp.com/.

Mockup World

Aptly named, Mockup World is a great resource full of psd mockup tools and templates for any kind of digital, print, or product design need. Get started at https://www.mockupworld.co/.


Google Fonts

On the hunt for some free fonts? Google Fonts is a great place to get started, or even to find some type inspiration! It’s a huge database of open sources web fonts that are available for free use! Find it at https://fonts.google.com/about


Speaking of type inspiration, Typespiration gives you just that! With font combinations and color palettes ready to download, this tool makes designing super easy. Check it out at https://typespiration.com/.


Ever see a typeface on the web and wonder what it is? Or see one that looks super cool that you just have to use in your next project? Use the free extension FontFace.Ninja to find out what it is at https://fontface.ninja/.

Junior at Simmons University studying Communications, Graphic Design, and Cinema Studies // HC Video Director // Fandom geek and cooking enthusiast
Julia Hansen is a senior at Simmons studying PR/Marketing Communications and English with minors in cinema, media arts, and graphic design. When not writing for Her Campus, she can be found reading every book she can find, retweeting photos of dogs and binge-watching Parks and Recreation on Netflix. Find her on IG @juliarosehansen