Where do you get your own design resources when you don’t have your own designer?

Whether you’re a small business just starting out or you are already established, your branding and design supports the integrity and enhances the visibility of your business. It is an essential element in your marketing. You need to make sure the content you deliver reflects of your brand promise, overall business personality and is in tune with the vision you have for your business.

Okay, I can hear you asking … how on earth do I do that? Surely I need a designer? I don’t have any budget for one yet!

This article will help you to think again …

Designer using Wacom palette
Most small businesses dream of contracting their own designer who can create all their gorgeous branding and marketing materials! But before they are in the position to take that leap they need to do it all themselves. I know, that’s not your thing, not your forte! You are really good at {fill in the blank} but you don’t have a design bone in your body!

I’m here to tell you about some cheeky options that will put you ahead of the game. There are a growing number of websites that can provide you with resources that give you a good start for a small fee, or better yet, FREE!

Fonts, Graphics, Images, Templates, Themes, Bundles, Illustrations … you name it, they’ve got it! While, most of these sites do have paid content (after all they are in business too), but there are a diverse range of freebies out there for you to grab.

For example The Hungry Jpeg has a weekly freebies! All you need to do this is to register a free account and download away or jump on their mailing list so you get an email to remind you to get that weeks freebie!

The prices on all other products do vary, but most are extremely affordable for the quality of material you receive, this makes for an easy way to brand or re-brand your business and create beautiful imagery and content for your social media, website or anything you please. They also have $1 deals – now you can hardly get better than that!

Many stock libraries also have weekly or monthly downloads, all you need to do is sign-up so having great design doesn’t always mean employing a designer, try out your creative talent with the aid of some of these materials and there you are! DIY love to the rescue!

I’ve compiled a list of my favourites for you to choose from. Yes, there are many others out there but these are just a few that I have come by and learnt to love!

Creative Market

Creative Market is a lot of entrepreneurs goto for photos, graphics, templates, themes & fonts. Their prices are very reasonable & you are supporting individual artists by purchasing. They also do a lot of themes bundles for under $100AUD.

screenshot of creative market

Sign up to hear about their 6 weekly freebies. The image above is an example of one weeks freebies.

The Designer Blogs

The Designer Blogs has free printables. I really love their free monthly calendar wallpaper (although the seasons are the wrong way around for we aussies!

screenshot of The Designer Blogs

They also have some excellent blogger & wordpress tutorials.

 

 

Mighty Deals

Mighty Deals promotes is offerings as daily deals for designers offering massive discounts for creatives. But there is nothing to say you can’t jump on & have a peek.

As well as library resources, they have courses, eBooks, fonts, plug-ins & software.

screenshot of the Might Deals site

Font Bundles

If you are a glutton for gorgeous fonts then Font Bundles is sure to be your bestie. They do bundles & deals of the day as well as individual fonts categorised into new, regular, script, logo, foreign, symbols & other.

& yes, if you are after free fonts they have several each week but be sure to check up on the individual licence. For the freebies, you need to sign up or you can log-in using your facebook account.

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Sign up to hear about their 6 weekly freebies. The image above is an example of one weeks freebies.

Fancy Deal

The Fancy Deal is yet another bundle site but it also specialised is t-shirt graphics.

screenshot of the Fancy Deal site

 

 

 

 

 

Sign up to hear about their 6 weekly freebies. The image above is an example of one weeks freebies.

Etsy

Etsy shouldn’t be dismissed too quickly. I’ve had colleges who have bought some really great templates & branding designs there.

Although be a bit wary, with prices this low you may be buy templates .. before you buy do a reverse lookup for similar designs.

screenshot of the esty site

Having a beautifully branded business doesn’t have to be blood, sweat and tears, it can be as simple as a click of a button! Having a good library of resources is a great asset for any business!

If you have favourites sites we’ve missed please put them in the comments, if we love them as much as you do we will be sure to add them.

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