Category: Resources

Free passenger/pedestrian symbols available for download

The complete set of 50 passenger/pedestrian symbols developed by the AIGA is available for download, free of charge, in EPS format. You can download individual symbols, or the whole set from the AIGA Web site. This system of 50 symbols was developed for use at the crossroads of modern life: in airports and other transportation hubs, as well as large international events. Produced through a collaboration between the AIGA and the U.S. Department of Transportation, they are an example of how public-minded designers can address a universal communication need.

Get a free high-quality stock photo every day

In an effort to promote their stock photography, Crestock offers a Daily Free Stock Photo from their Web site. This isn’t just a Web-sized image, these are full resolution, high-quality images you can download in a variety of sizes. A new image is available each day, but once the new image is posted, the image from the previous day is gone forever, so you have to remember to grab it. Crestock has an RSS Feed for the free images to show you which image they’re giving away each day, or you can just add it to your start tabs in your Web browser. All you need to do is register with Crestock to download these images. I’ve been downloading these images for quite some time, and have used several of them for print projects, as well as this site. I like Crestock because the images they provide seem to be more colorful and creatively shot than many stock photo suppliers. They’re one of the first places I search at when I need an image for a client project.

Free paint splatter texture

Bittbox has posted the latest Free Texture Tuesday offering. Paint Splatters, a group of high resolution textures available for download now. You can grab textures from all over the Web, but Bittbox consistently offers very nice textures, which are high resolution enough to use in most all print work. In particular, I like the black-only paint texture (the last preview image on the page) in this weeks download. Don’t forget to check back at Bittbox each Tuesday for a new set of textures.

Free font: Megalopolis

The Smeltery is offering Megalopolis Extra free for download. Megalopolis is an OpenType font featuring extended language support as well as alternate characters, ligatures and more. You’re free to use the font in personal or commercial work. I really like the extra “ornamental” characters in this font – you can view a full specimen sheet on the site in PDF format. Thanks to the Smeltery for sharing this font, as well as all the other freebie fonts on their site!

Free texture Tuesdays at BittBox

Jay over at Bittbox has just announced that he will be giving away five high resolution textures (3,000 x 2,000 pixels) every Tuesday of the year, absolutely free! The first series of textures is available for download now in the Freebies section at Bittbox. Don’t forget to check back every Tuesday for the next series of images.

Free vector browser window and Web site elements

Every once in a while, a truly useful piece of free vector art pops-up on the Web. VectorTuts has made available one of those must-have downloads in the form of Firefox and Safari Web browser windows, complete with buttons, location bar, scroll bars and other browser assets. The browser windows and elements are perfect for using as mock-ups for presentations, as well as dropping screenshots into for showing off your Web designs in your portfolio. You can also grab a set of really nice watercolor brushes for Adobe Illustrator while you’re there. Both the browser windows and the watercolor brushes are free of charge, and can be used in personal or commercial projects. You can download them exclusively from VectorTuts.