Useful tools for Graphic Designers and Creatives

We are fortunate enough to live in an era where we have the best tools, inspiration and resources right at our fingertips, available 24/7, and to top it off, they're all free.

I have listed a collection of some of the best in two categories: INSPIRATION and RESOURCES.

INSPIRATION:

Worlds best advertising is an advertising archive and forum discussing all the best work worldwide. Covers all media: Print, TV, Radio, Online, and Ambient.

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Find thousands of logos for study and inspiration at Logo Lounge.
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An insightful and stimulating read on the logo trends of last year, 2006, can be found here.
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In opposition to today's digital fonts, this site inspires by focussing on the beauty of Antique wood type.
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The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is an amazing brand and packaging collection over in Notting Hill, showcasing 200 years of consumerism, all reflected through packaging design, brand development, poster and TV advertising.
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The 24 Hour Museum alerts to news, listings and features from 3000+ museums and galleries. A fabulous guide to UK culture.
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If all of the above fail, just pick a good selection from wine.com !


RESOURCES:

Download eps logos for free at brandsoftheworld.com. Here you'll find access to all the well known (and not so well known) brand logos in vector EPS formats.
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For high resolution textures Texture Space can't be beaten for an enormous selection of 3D textures. A very useful and thorough site.
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Fontifier lets you turn scanned samples of handwriting into a digital handwriting font.
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If you're trying to name or recognise a font, the font identifier site, Identifont enables you to locate it by answering a series of questions. Incredibly useful if you want to match an existing typeface, or identify a typeface you have seen in a publication.
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If you can't find locate a font What the font? locates it for you by allowing you to scan a sample of it in (if you've seen it in a publication, for instance). Once submitted, it will supply you with the font name – a very useful tool and a real timesaver.
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A geeky but useful link for paper sizes and measurements, and envelope sizes and measurements.
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For anyone that doesn't have an ftp site, dropload.com is useful for transferring large files
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Getty Images is an excellent search facility for an enormous range of photos, illustrations and films covering every type of theme.
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iStockphoto is a royalty-free image web site with a good selection of imagery and, more importantly for low-budget projects, they are incredibly cheap to purchase
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For keeping up to date on all the big design/branding issues check out brandchannel.com.
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A good site for adding customisable, royalty-free music to multimedia projects is Killersound. Also useful for voiceovers and sound effects.
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Photoshop Support does what it says on the tin!
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For every style of font, for use on a Mac, with a great search facility, check out Mac Fonts
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Once a printed magazine, x-height is where you will find interesting and useful information on and about fonts, type design, designers and technology written by industry experts.
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Magma is the best place on the web to find the most inspiring books covering all aspects of art and design.
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Article by freelance graphic designer Karen Cinnamon. The original source
can be found on her design blog, Cinnamon Brainstorm.


 

30th March 2007

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