For the vast majority of church designers, the small budget can cause problems. We don’t all have the finances to buy never-ending premium stock photos, hire quality photographers or buy expensive fonts. However, there are some great resources out there. Below are my top five design freebies for September 2017:
1. Creative Market’s “Happy Monday”
I signed up to Creative Market’s email list at least four years ago. Every Monday, without fail, I’ve been sent a number of “free goods”, ranging from vectors to poster mockups, to free fonts! As you can imagine, over 200 weeks of free stuff adds up over time!
Don’t get me wrong, not all the content is stellar but a lot of it is. There is rarely a week that goes by where I don’t benefit in some way from being a part of this mailing list. Creative Market also has some great articles and of course, some fantastic premium products (but that’s not the focus of this article).
StockSnap.io is an absolute gold mine for church designers, offering free, high-quality stock photos to use with your design work. A few minutes of browsing the StockSnap archives will reveal that The Complete Church Creative draws heavily from their photo library. If you’re looking for design freebies, they don’t come much better than this.
The only drawback is that the quality of the photos occasionally means that there are some large file sizes – you might consider compressing them before using them for website hosts such as WordPress or Squarespace.
3. Lost Type Co-op
Lost Type Co-Op is a great place to find good quality, free (or low-priced) fonts. I’ve been using this website for quite some time and I have to say, I am constantly impressed by what they do. What I like about Lost Type is that they let you pay what you want for personal use. It is also free for non-profits (i.e. churches), but in order to use their fonts, they do ask that you contact them first.
Freepik is a huge resource, but it is particularly helpful for vector work. Whatever the style you’re looking for, the chances are that Freepik has something for you. There are, however, some downsides. The vector files can be quite convoluted to work with sometimes due to the way that they are organized. Also, understandably, they would like for you to credit them when you use their work. Though it makes absolute sense, it can be a frustrating extra step. However, there is also an option to subscribe to the premium version of the website if you wish.
Dafont is a massive font resource for designers. To me, it’s like a thrift store for fonts – you have to sift through some pretty awful content, but you can find absolute gems for a steal if you’re willing to look hard enough. If you are copyright minded, you can set a filter to show 100% free and public domain fonts to ensure that you’re not stepping on anyone’s toes. Overall, definitely recommended!
Any other design freebies?
What do you think? Would you add any design freebies to this list? If so, let me know!
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