The Ultimate Design Resources Collection In 2021

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Yes, we get it. There are tons of resource aggregation articles out there.

As a design school, we get asked about these resources from students all the time. As we “scavenger hunt” the Internet for great round-up articles, we were surprised that we couldn’t find a lot of articles that are as complete as we had hoped they would be.

That’s why we decided to jump on the bandwagon and wrote one, a better one, ourselves.

This article features over 100 design resources (such as articles, blogs, podcasts, shows, books, mockup templates and color tools) that you can use to take your work to the next level.

Design Articles

Enhance Your UI With These Typography Tips

If you want to improve your typography skills or you’re looking to get started on typography, this article covers 7 practical tips to improve your UI. Topics range from the ideal number of characters per line to utilizing grids.

6 visual design fundamentals that UX designers should consider

This article covers the basic lessons a product and UX designer learned from their experiences, such as gravity, reading direction and visual tension.

Design Principles

Basic principles of design are explained in this article with visual examples, such as balance, repetition, proportion and rhythm.

5 ways to establish visual hierarchy

The importance of visual hierarchy is explained through 5 practical tips that designers can easily follow.

Basic UI color guide

This is a great resource for those who want to know more about the color systems of UI, such as primary colors, accent color, semantic colors and neutrals.

YouTube Channels

Flux

Flux is a channel that covers fresh, relevant topics of interest for designers, such as the best design softwares, guides on how to get started in design, and comparisons of different design tools.

DesignCode

DesignCode is an educational channel that teaches viewers on designers how to code, how to use popular design tools, and how to build websites and apps.

The Futur

The Futur is an educational channel where designers can learn about relevant skills, such as problem solving, entrepreneurship, experience design, content marketing and more.

DesignCourse

This educational channel has full tutorials and courses on topics such as UI/UX design, graphic design, Figma, web design and custom fonts.

Design Pilot

Design Pilot has tutorials and courses for beginners on UI/UX design, Figma, logo design, UI animation, Adobe XD, motion graphics and more.

Yes I’m a Designer

This channel features a certified Adobe Design master and instructor who provides educational content on relevant graphic design and illustration tools, trends, and easy-to-follow tutorials.

Satori Graphics

Satori Graphics provides graphic design tutorials and speed art videos, with topics of interest for beginners and experienced designers alike.

AJ&Smart

This channel uploads content about product design, UX design and UI design, such as tutorials on how to get started in UX/UI design, design inspirations and design thinking.

High Resolution

High Resolution is a video series on individuals working in the creative industry and the channel focuses on shedding light on how companies think and approach design.

Websites and Blogs

UX Collective

This design publication creates informational, relevant and thought-provoking articles about UX, visual and product design.

UX Planet

If you’re looking to learn about anything that falls under the topic of UX, this is a great resource to refer to with topics ranging from UX for beginner to tutorials on how to conduct user research.

Prototypr

This blog focuses on discussing prototyping, UX design and front-end development. It also features a toolbox that designers can use to discover the latest design tools.

Muzli

This blog features the latest stories on design trends, inspirations, UX/UI design, creative processes and tips for beginners.

Webflow Blog

Webflow Blog publishes stories on Webflow, web design trends, web design courses and front-end development.

Design + Sketch

Design + Sketch features stories and tutorials regarding design, Sketch, and prototyping.

Facebook Design

This blog is run by the Facebook design team where they feature articles on design careers, portfolios, and hot topics in the design industry.

InVision Blog: Inside Design

Inside Design has relevant, relatable articles written by designers with topics ranging from prototyping to creative processes.

UX Booth

UX Booth publishes articles on analytics, research, visual design, interaction design, content strategy, universal design and more.

Toptal Design Blog

This blog covers a wide range of topics within design, such as the design process, design tools and tutorials, brand design and UX design.

Podcasts

Creative Office Hour by Path Unbound

Creative Office Hour is an interview series that focuses on conversations with individuals in the creative industry, such as what kind of lessons they learned from their experiences. The podcast interviews not only established creatives but also those who are still in the process of “making it”.

UI Breakfast: UI/UX Design and Product Strategy

UI Breakfast features guests working in design, marketing and business where they have conversations about UI/UX design, SaaS products and more.

The Futur with Chris Do

The Futur is a podcast that features thought-provoking conversations between industry experts in the world of design and technology.

Design Matters with Debbie Millman

Design Matters is a podcast that’s been running over 15 years that features guests working in the creative industry.

Design Better Podcast

This podcast, which is run by InVisionApp, regularly has guests who are top designers working at well-known companies where they are able to share their insights on the industry.

Wireframe

Wireframe by Adobe focuses on how graphic/UX designers, illustrators, artists and creatives can influence the world around them through their work by discussing popular topics within the design industry.

The Honest Designers Show

If you want a podcast full of relatable hosts who aren’t afraid to tell the truth about the design industry, this is a great resource to listen to.

Books

For books on UX design:

For books on product design:

For books on color theory:

For books on graphic design:

For books on branding:

For books on logo design:

For books on typography:

For books on portfolio:

For books on storytelling:

TV Shows/Films

Abstract: The Art of Design

This video series follows designers specializing in different fields, such as digital product design and typeface design, and reveals their creative processes.

The Creative Brain

This documentary film features a neuroscientist who is trying to uncover what goes on in the minds of creative individuals, such as artists and architects.

The Pixar Story

This short documentary shows viewers on what goes on behind the scenes in Pixar Animation Studios where they produced “Toy Story”.

The 100 Years Show

This documentary follows the life of a 100 years old abstract painter, Carmen Herrera, who found fame for her work during her 90s.

Events/Conferences

All Design Conferences

This website provides a comprehensive list where you can sort design and/or front end development conferences by country, date and category.

Design Inspirations

Behance

This website provides projects, images, people and moodboards that you can refer to for inspiration. It offers search categories, such as creative fields, tools, color, location and schools, to help narrow down what you’re looking for.

Dribbble

Dribbble is a creative platform where designers and creatives can post and find design work, such as animation, branding, illustration, print, product design and typography.

Siteinspire

Siteinspire showcases the best web and interactive design projects and sorts them by styles, types, subjects and platforms.

Design Hunt

Design Hunt is a platform focused on delivering users the best creative inspirations, products and news.

Web Design Museum

This website showcases web design between the years of 1991 and 2006, where you can look at timelines of companies and old web design software.

One Page Love

One Page Love is a website that offers one page websites, templates and resources on topics such as portfolios, resumes, and photography.

Pttrns

Pttrns showcases mobile design resources, interface patterns and inspiration between the years of 2012 and 2018.

Mobbin

Mobbin is a collection of the latest iOS UI design patterns.

UX Archive

UX Archive is an library of mobile user flows from top mobile apps where you can sort by flows, such as logging in and signing up.

Really Good UX

Really Good UX showcases great examples of UX where you can sort by categories such as redesign, modals, tooltips, user onboarding, upsell prompts and mobile apps.

Really Good Emails

Really Good Emails is a collection of the best and innovative emails in terms of their design and code.

UI Jar

UI Jar is collection of handpicked, high-quality design projects where you can sort by website, graphic design, and UX/UI design.

Land-book

Land-book is a gallery of the best hand-picked design projects where you can sort by landings, portfolios, blogs, stores and templates.

The following are website competition platforms where users can vote for and explore the best design and development projects:

Color Tools

For color accessibility:

For color palette generators and inspiration:

For gradients:

For all-in-one color tools:

Website Builders

Webflow

Webflow is a website building and hosting platform that allows users to customize elements of their website with no coding required. There is a free pricing plan but it’s limited in ownership.

WordPress

This article is a step-by-step tutorial on how to build a WordPress website. WordPress is a website building platform that requires some coding knowledge in order to customize the website, such as CSS and HTML.

Fonts

For databases with free fonts:

For databases with free and paid fonts:

Mockup Templates

Mockup World

Mockup World offers the best, free Mockups where you can sort by categories like packaging, iPhone, posters and fashion.

Graphic Burger

Graphic Burger offers both free and paid mockups for a variety of projects, such as apparel, phones, videos and books.

Lstore Graphics

This platform offers free and paid mockups for graphic designers.

Free Design Resources

Free Design Resources has free, high quality design resources, such as fonts, mockups, graphics, templates, add-ons and UI kits.

Icons

For databases of free icons:

For databases of free and paid icons:

Stock Photos

Unsplash

Unsplash is a collection of free, high-resolution photos that anyone can use.

Pixabay

Pixabay is a platform that offers free, high-quality stock images, videos and music.

Pexels

Pexel offers free stock photos and videos for your creative projects.

StockSnap

StockSnap has high-resolution photos that you can use for commercial or personal projects.

Stock Vectors and Illustrations

DrawKit

DrawKit offers free and paid hand-drawn vector illustration and icon resources.

Font Awesome

Font Awesome has free and paid pricing plans for their resources on vector icons, logos, styles, kits, and pageviews.

Humaaans

Humaaans has free vectors and illustrations where you can customize the elements of the human illustrations to your liking.

unDraw

unDraw is a platform where you can find free SVG and PNG downloads and customize the accent color with a color wheel.

Black Illustrations

Black Illustrations offers free and paid illustration packs of Black people for your digital projects.

Free Vector

Free Vector is a collection of free vector art where you can sort by categories, such as logos, office and shopping.

Vecteezy

Vecteezy offers free, high-quality vector art, stock photos and stock videos.

Freepik

Freepik is a collection of free vectors, stock photos and PSD.

Image Optimization

Compressor

Users can optimize JPEG, PNG, SVG, GIF, and WEBP files by compressing them.

ImageOptim

This free tool compresses images without sacrificing quality to allow your website to load faster.

Kraken

Kraken is a free image optimizing tool where you can select optimization mode and resize your images.

Optimizilla

Optimizilla is a free, online image optimizer where you can compress JPEG and PNG images.

Optimole

Optimole offers monthly and yearly pricing plans for their image optimization services.

TinyPNG

TinyPNG is a free tool where you can compress PNG and JPEG files.

Build Real Life Projects

Catchafire

Catchafire matches skilled volunteers with nonprofits where volunteers are able to create meaningful, real life projects.

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