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    Where can I find free resources to use in my designs?

    "If the Internet teaches us anything, it is that great value comes from leaving core resources in a commons, where they're free for people to build upon as they see fit."

    Lawrence Lessig

    There are many free and open resources on the internet that can be very useful for designers. This non-exhaustive list provides links to some of the best and freest. How you can use each resource will depend on the license associated with it (e.g., some you need to cite, while others you don't; some can be used for commercial purposes, while others can't).

    You should consult the license associated with each resource before using it so that you know what your legal and ethical responsibilities may be.

    Table 1

    A List of Free Online Resources by Category

    Name Location Category
    Adobe Color https://color.adobe.com/ Color Schemes
    Google Material Palette Generator https://edtechbooks.org/-cutj Color Schemes
    Dafont https://www.dafont.com/ Fonts
    Font Squirrel https://www.fontsquirrel.com/ Fonts
    Google Fonts https://fonts.google.com/ Fonts
    Feather Icons https://feathericons.com/ Icons
    Font Awesome https://fontawesome.com/ Icons
    Glyphicons https://www.glyphicons.com/ Icons
    Google Material Design Icons https://edtechbooks.org/-nyzz Icons
    The Noun Project https://thenounproject.com/ Icons
    Flickr CC https://edtechbooks.org/-CuEQ Images
    Freepik https://www.freepik.com/ Images
    Pexels https://www.pexels.com/ Images
    Pixabay https://pixabay.com/ Images
    Undraw https://edtechbooks.org/-xno Images
    Unsplash https://unsplash.com/ Images
    Vecteezy https://www.vecteezy.com/ Images
    Wallpapers.io https://wallpapers.io/ Images
    Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/ Images

    Learning Activity

    Explore the resources above and construct a short list of your top go-to resource for each category with a brief explanation.


    Don't see a useful free resource here? Make a suggestion.

    This content is provided to you freely by BYU Open Learning Network.

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