Solena Script is a playful, handwritten OpenType font with plenty of stylistic alternates. Solena is free for commercial use.
There are plenty of sites to find free fonts. The problem with most of them is that the so-called “free” fonts aren’t actually free to use for anything beyond the little flyer you made for your kid’s little-league team.
If you look at the license for many of these free fonts you’ll find that they’re only free for personal use, not commercial use—which is what most designers are looking to use them for. I’m not saying that paying for fonts when you need to use them for commercial work is bad, but sometimes you just don’t have the time or budget for them.
If you’re willing to spend a lot of time scrolling through long lists of fonts to find the very few that you can actually use, have at it. But if you value your time, try checking Font Squirrel.
Font Squirrel has a ton of fonts. All of them free. All of them free for commercial-use. There are tons of fonts available at Font Squirrel, so they’ve categorized them to make it easier to browse. Because the laws of the universe dictate that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, you can use the fonts for free in your print projects and web graphics, but you’ll have to read the license for each font to see if you can use the font for things like embedding in a website.
Extensis has released their annual Font Management Best Practices guide for macOS. I grab the PDF every year, if for no other reason than they always provide a list of required fonts for the current Mac OS version. This allows me to remove so many fonts I don’t use and aren’t necessary to run the system.
Grab your free copy of Poetsen One. It’s increasingly rare to find font designers putting full character set fonts in their free offerings, so I grabbed this one as soon as I saw it. Rodrigo Fuenzalida has a few other fonts available on his site, so be sure to check them out.
Grab this set of flat user interface icons in vector format, exclusively for Graphic Mac readers.
Download the User Interface Icon Set here. The 7.6MB pack includes 37 icons in AI, EPS, SVG and PNG formats.
The icons carry a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Thanks to eComm.Design – a design & inspiration gallery for eCommerce Websites, for sharing the icons.
Vecteezy has offered-up a beautiful pack of nine 3D abstract patterns in vector art format, exclusively for GraphicMac readers. These all-white patterns can be tiled to fill a large background, and are fully editable.
Each file in the pack comes with 9 separate files in AI, EPS, PNG, SVG and PSD format (including a Photoshop .pat file so you can import the patterns). You can download the 3D White Abstract Patterns here.
Be sure to check out all the other awesome vector art files available at Vecteezy. They offer tons of great free and premium vector art.
Pixeden has a great collection of five high-resolution concrete textures for use in your designs you can download absolutely free. Be sure to check out all their other great textures while you’re there.
You may recall that I’ve written about Advise in the past, but they’ve changed their name and domain to adJelly.
If you missed my previous write-up about them, adJelly offers a fantastic collection of specs for all the most popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn and more. You simply select the social media site you’re creating ads, images or graphics for in the left column and you’re presented with all the specs you’ll need.
The site is particularly useful for designers because sites like Facebook offer numerous options for sizes. For instance, Facebook offers sizes for single image ads, carousel ads, video ads, video slideshow ads, cover and profile images, post images, event images and more. Plus, specs change frequently, and some sites don’t make it easy to find the specs (I’m looking at you, Facebook!).