Keep Thrifty. 10 Cheap Web Design Resources
- Amrita Bala
- Web Design
- 5th July 2017
If you are a small business owner, then you are no stranger to how you need to balance all your needs and priorities. Often times, it can feel like you are a juggler in a circus, trying to keep everything balanced and trying to avoid disaster from striking. When you have to make some time in your schedule and budget for tasks such as content marketing, social media, SEO, mobile marketing and more, it can honestly be all too easy to let web design fall off your list of priorities. To make things worse, surveys show that 94% of people have said that a badly designed website will keep them from putting their trust in a company. This is why it is time to really get cracking on web design.
A well designed website that is teamed with great visuals in your content leads to more clicks, shares and linkbacks than a website that is dull and just full of nothing but text. Below are a number of cheap/free resources that you can get started with to aid you in your journey of web design. Read on to find out more!
Upwork is a great resource that allows you to find freelance designers as well as designers in any other field you can imagine. You can search for them based off their ratings, profile and specialties. You will also be able to see snapshots of their work, so that you can decide on whether their style suits your needs or not.
Canva is an online tool that is very popular with people these days. Why? Well, first of all, it is free. Who doesn’t love that? Secondly, its a piece of cake to use. You can make use of their vast collection of free templates, stock images, fonts and photographs to create your own images, and you can even purchase some of their premium content for a small fee.
Similar to Canva, Be Funky’s graphic design tools include templates, fonts, backgrounds and shapes that you can utilise to create your own original images. Be Funky is a free tool and is fairly intuitive for any non-designer to easily figure out.
Flickr Creative Commons is home to thousands of images that are made available by their creators. You will have to pay close attention to the licenses of the photos you find, though; some authors allow you to use their work in any way you want to, but some expect you to give credit to them should you be using their work. Other artists also choose the option “No Derivative Works”. This means that when you use their work, you have to use it as it is – no editing of the imagery is allowed.
Another treasure trove of free stock images for you to use, Gratisography offers free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. With new images added every week, you’ll never run out of options.
PicMonkey is a free online tool that allows you to add fonts, effects and perform minor touch ups to your photos. If you would like to edit a stock photo to make it more personal, or simply make an original photo you tooklook better, you should be able to it all with PicMonkey.
When it comes to choosing unique shades of colour or coming up with colour schemes, Adobe Color CC is your best friend. You can use this free tool’s color wheel to find colours that you like. You can even create, save, and share color schemes of your choice. The tool will also help you out by providing helpful suggestions based on options such as “complementary” and “analogous,”. Furthermore, the Explore feature shows you popular colour combinations that people are using.
With more that 800 fonts to choose from, Google Fonts is the only font tool you’ll ever need. Browse through their extensive collection of fonts and download as many as you would like. Say goodbye to boring fonts forever.
Sometimes, you may see a font on an image that you really, really dig. Instead of going crazy looking through 100,000 fonts online to find it, What The Font is here to help you. Submit a screenshot of the font and What The Font will give you everything you need to start your search.
CreativeBloq is your one stop online magazine for all things design. This website collects design news and examples that can provide you with inspiration and help you stay on top of the current trends in web design.
With these design tools in your arsenal, you’ll never have an excuse to neglect web design ever again.
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