resources for bloggers, designers and freelancers | fine lime designs

Over the last 3 years I’ve had many requests from students and clients for a list of resources I use for freelancing and blogging.   So I created one!  This was originally created for designers – both graphic and web – but anyone who freelances and/or blogs for a living will find lots of useful resources on everything from stock graphics to business help.

I’ll be adding to it as I find new and useful tools, sites, magazines or books.

Stock Image Resources:

There are many many others but these are the ones I use over and over again

Graphics Resources

wegraphics – vectors, images, brushes, backgrounds, social media icons, icons, psds, brushes, textures, etc excellent source for free vectors and repeating backgrounds, all free. groupon for design resources is also a great source for free resources but be sure to check out the usage terms

Fonts my favourite site for fonts.  Well priced with lots of free options and excellent web fonts.  Great resource tool to help you identify fonts as well

google webfonts  free and very easy to use

lost type a font co-op with very current font options that lets you “pay what you want”.  Love some of the funky fonts you can only find here

there are lots of other font sites but these are the three I constantly find myself using for web fonts.

Blogs and Websites

vandelaydesign blog web and photoshop tutorials

web designer wall – great CSS tutorials and tips but not updated often

creative nerds lots of tutorials, freelance advice and design freebies

pugly pixel more of a lifestyle blogger but she has some great photoshop tutorials and design freebies Chris Coyier’s site – he’s a CSS Master with great code snippets wordpress designer and adobe instructor, excellent resources for web and interactive designers, graphic designers, freelancers – both business and design advice from How Magazine outstanding posts and tutorials specifically for web design/development – very current and contributors are some of the best in the industry graphic design and photoshop resource – great design inspiration if you freelance, they cover it all tutorials and news from the web design/interactive media world a Developer who writes for designers – great tips if php isn’t your strong suit.  Also great perspectives on current web trends

Linked In is also a great place to find niche groups for designers that have some good discussion topics

On-line education website for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals includes video tutorials and classes photoshop training  mainly photography but they do a lot of Adobe classes, small business classes, social media marketing and wordpress niche classes on-line classes/tutorials in programming and design – excellent Adobe suite resource classes, books and different blogs for programming,  web design and freelance business as well as excellent forums the design blog for .net magazine recently this site has improved big time

CSS Inspiration Galleries

Palette Ideas

design seeds



Web Designer

Photoshop User

How Magazine

Martha Stewart Living (yes, really – the colour palettes in MSL are usually on the cutting edge – I rip them out for palette inspiration regularly)

Books on freelancing or small business

My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire (affiliate link) – Michelle Goodman

The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube (affiliate link) – Michelle Goodman

Escape From Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur (affiliate link) – Pam Slim (accompanying blog)

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future (affiliate link) – Chris Guillebeau

Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business (affiliate link) – Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Cho

The Boss of You: Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run, and Maintain Her Own Business (affiliate link) – Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears (this is a Canadian book with Canadian resources and the authors own and run Raised Eyebrow Web Studios in Gastown – they often speak at networking and web events in the city.  It is geared more to female entrepreneurs but the advice is still solid.

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It (affiliate link) – Michael Gerber