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Filling Your Design Toolkit: Premium Assets on a Shoestring Budget

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There are two things virtually everyone is running short on: time and money. This is especially true for designers living in the L&D world. And the double whammy of shrinking budgets and increasing workloads makes it challenging to get the design assets you need to make your projects look like a million bucks.

Fortunately, if you know where to look, it’s easy to tap into a wealth of high-quality design assets available for free online. In this session, you’ll uncover a huge collection of high-quality resources suitable for your creative toolkit. Among graphics, fonts, icons, and more, you’ll find the design resources you need to make your projects look polished and be more effective—no budget requests required!

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Filling Your Design Toolkit: Premium Assets on a Shoestring Budget

  1. 1. Premium Assets on a Shoestring Budget Filling Your Design Toolkit mike-taylor.org Despite a wealth of design assets available on the Internet, finding good, copyright-free options is like searching for a needle in a haystack — especially if you’re on a tight budget. NEXT 
  2. 2. Mike Taylor mike-taylor.org 2 There are two things virtually everyone is running short on: time and money. This is especially true for designers living in the learning and development world. The double whammy of shrinking budgets and increasing workloads makes it extra challenging to get the design assets you need to make your projects look like a million bucks. Fortunately, if you know where to look, it’s easy to tap into the wealth of high-quality design assets available for free online. In this ebook, I’ll point you towards a huge collection of high- quality resources suitable for your creative toolkit. I’ll show you where to find design resources that will give your projects a pro look—no budget requests required! Suggest your favorite design resource sites or get notified when I find great new resources by visiting the design resource page I curate on my website. I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions, if you find anything particularly useful, or even if you just want to say ‘Hi!’. Thanks, Mike Taylor Ħ
  3. 3. Contents mike-taylor.org 3 Stock Photos ………………….... 4 Mockups ………………………….. 5 Fonts ………………………………… 6 Icons …………………..…………….. 7 Vector Graphics ……………….. 8 Slides …..………………………….. 9 If you don’t have time or you’re not the type of person who wants to explore all of the free design resources included in this ebook, here are my top three favorites. These will cover a big majority of the design assets you’ll need for most projects. Everypixel Everypixel searches only for licensed pictures and shows you both free and paid options from over 50 of the leading stock photo sites. This and the useful filter options will help you save loads of time and money. Noun Project With over a million curated icons, created by a global community the Noun Project has icons for everything. They’re all free and $39/year allows you not to worry about attribution. Google Fonts Tap into Google’s open source font library to find the perfect typeface for your project. Try Font Joy to test drive the best combinations before downloading.
  4. 4. Pexels smartmockups.com StockSnap.io dunnnk.com Unsplash unsplash.com Pixabay pixabay.com Everypixel everypixel.com Notes: I always start with Everypexel which searches 50+ leading free & paid sites. Pexels has convenient pro tools which integrate with PowerPoint, Photoshop and others for Windows/Mac. Unsplash can also serve you custom- sized image placeholders. Photos mike-taylor.org 4 Finding the right stock photos can be a tedious and expensive quest. Save time and money by starting your search with these top photo resources that will help you surface the best photos for your projects.
  5. 5. Smart Mockups smartmockups.com Dunnnk dunnnk.com PlaceIt placeit.net Thwock thwock.com Magic Mockups magicmockups.com Notes: Skip the boring screenshots and showcase your work in an attractive real world context with these mockup tools − no Photoshop required! Need some easy to use, PowerPoint- ready options? I’ve got you covered. Mockups mike-taylor.org 5 These mockup tools make it easy for you to showcase your designs on a mobile device or in the context of a realistic environment. Either way, you’re work will stand out and get the attention it deserves.
  6. 6. Google Fonts fonts.google.com DaFont dafont.com Font Squirrel fontsquirrel.com 1001Fonts 1001fonts.com FontJoy fontjoy.com Notes: Pairing fonts can sometimes be a challenge. Font Joy makes it fast and easy by using artificial intelligence to serve up nice looking Google Font combinations. Fonts mike-taylor.org 6 Good typography is one of the top things that differentiates amateur from pro designers. With these sites, you’re sure to find the fonts you need to grab attention and give your projects the credibility of a professional designer.
  7. 7. Noun Project nounproject.com FlatIcon flaticon.com IconMonstr iconmonstr.com Icons8 icons8.com Illustrio illustrio.com Notes: If you ever need to look beyond these resources in your quest for the perfect icon, you’ll definitely want to know about the ‘Font Cutter Technique’. Icons mike-taylor.org 7 From adding visual interest and helping reduce text to UI navigation and interface design and beyond icons are an important part of every designer’s toolkit.
  8. 8. FreePik freepik.com Vecteezy vecteezy.com Vector Portal vectoportal.com Vexels vexels.com Vector Stock vectorstock.com Notes: Ungroup and remix vector graphics to create your own unique versions. Convert .eps files to .emf for editing directly in PowerPoint. Vector Graphics mike-taylor.org 8 Created using mathematic equations instead of pixels, vector graphics (.eps, .svg, .ai, .pdf) are often more flexible because they can scale up to larger sizes without any pixelization or loss of quality.
  9. 9. Slide Model slidemodel.com Slideshop slideshop.com Diagrammer diagrammer.com PresentationGo presentationgo.com Slidedocs slidedocs.com Notes: Subscribe to the free weekly templates from SlideModel and Slideshop. Browse 4,000+ free customizable Powerpoint-ready diagrams on diagrammer.com Transform your documents with Nancy Duarte’s Slidedocs. Slides mike-taylor.org 9 Beyond just standard presentations, these resources will also help you rock your e-learning projects and totally shift your thinking about what a document looks like and how it behaves.
  10. 10. I welcome your feedback via social media or at http://bit.ly/2nR8bUz mike-taylor.org Ħļ t About the author Mike Taylor directs learning technology and online learning at Mindset Digital in Columbus, Ohio. With over two decades of real-life, in-the-trenches experience, designing and delivering learning experiences, Mike understands that effective learning isn’t about the latest fad or trendy new tools. Known for his practical, street-savvy style; Mike is a regular and highly rated speaker at industry events and continues to work with the best and brightest in the learning field and beyond.

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