Designer Resources

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Professional Resources

My Contract

This is the contract I start with for all my client work. Anything highlighted in yellow should be replaced with details about the project. Anything highlighted in red is explanatory text to help you understand the contract. As an added aside, I prefer HelloSign for digital signatures. DISCLAIMER: This contract is intended for use in the San Francisco Bay Area, and should be modified for use elsewhere. I highly recommend sitting down with a lawyer and discussing any contract you use to make sure it works for you.

Charging for Freelancing

Figuring out how much to charge for your services is hard work — here’s an infographic to simplify the process a bit.

Getting Paid

This article goes more in-depth on client and contract negotiation. LOTS of good advice in here on how to charge for your services.

Designing an Invoice

Can’t get paid if you never bill the client, and your invoice should tie into your brand. This is a solid guide for invoice considerations.

Brand Identity Style Guides

A collection of style guides for brands around the world. Useful inspiration!

Ctrl+Paint

Ctrl+Paint is a robust online tutorial series geared toward learning digital illustration/painting. Lessons include exercises you can work on to improve your drawing skill, and it’s a well-constructed curriculum.

Tools & Plugins

Fontbase

A fully-featured free font manager on both Windows and Mac with excellent (and cheap) premium features.

Backblaze

An automatic backup service for your entire computer. I haven’t personally started using it, but I’ve had it recommended to me.

Eye Dropper

A Chrome plugin that lets you sample colors directly from images and websites in Chrome.

Favicon Generator

Takes a vector image, converts it into all favicon formats, and exports the images and code you need to implement a favicon on a site.

Fontface Ninja

A Chrome plugin that allows you to check the fonts used in specific parts of websites.

GuideGuide

A Photoshop/Illustrator extension that allows you to set up columns and gutters in Photoshop/Illustrator.

Stylify Me

A tool that will pull color and text info from a website and generate a basic stylesheet.

Flat UI Colors

A repository of flat UI color palettes that you can copy quickly.

Copyright-free Stock Sites

The British Library

A collection of old archival art in the public domain.

Biodiversity Heritage Library

A collection of zoological and botanical illustrations in the public domain.

TextureKing

A fairly large library of free textures.

Lost and Taken

More textures, but a bit better organized.

Stocksnap

Picjumbo

Splitshire

Life of Pix

Startup Stock Photos

Snapwire Snaps

Jay Mantri

Unsplash

The Pic Pac

The Stocks 2

Free Interface Elements