Top 10 sites for Graphic Design in 2020
Have you ever wished to be more creative but find it difficult to pin-point where to get ready-made illustrations or icons? Do you have a project in mind, such as a scrap book or are you trying to build up a brand, but you don’t know where to start? Thankfully, there are many websites out there that cater to those exact needs. Below are the top companies to check out for all your design needs and what each specialises in, for both free and premium content.
On Vexels you can explore and uncover ready-made graphics for personal or commercial use - from versatile backgrounds, icons and unique logo templates to print-ready designs. There are more than 90,000 design resources to choose from, with new graphics added daily. If you require a specific design, subscribers have access to the professional team of designers that create custom designs for your needs. There is an online editor here, which can be used for quick changes that you can make yourself.
My favourite part of the website are the logos as all you need to do is search for the industry you are in and there are hundreds of options to pick from and customise.
2. Noun Project
A leader in visual communication, the Noun Project has nearly 3 million icons to choose from. They’re also a way for designers to get global recognition by uploading their creations and receive royalties every time their designs are purchased. You can rest assured you are supporting smaller artists when using this website.
This is the perfect resource for adding illustrations for your work to make things more accessible, for instance by adding contact links on your website with appropriate icons.
Freepik is a search engine that helps users find high-quality photos, vector images, illustrations and PSD files for their creative projects.
The search engine is highly user-friendly, offering a range of filters to find free or premium graphics as well as their type of file.
Have a browse through the collections as everything is collated depending on your project, from Instagram Stories layouts, Social Media optimised templates and even magazine covers. The magazine covers is a huge USP for this brand as this is ideal for student magazines that require front covers for creating their own articles.
4. Design Bundles
A great alternative to FreePik, at Design Bundles you can browse over 150,000 Marketplace Products and save a lot of money on Curated Design Bundles with up to 96% off the Regular Retail Price. The design elements are created by independent artists, you can find anything from mock-ups, fonts and even textures. This is a haven for any craft-making.
The drawing collections are the most impressive, my favourites being the Wizardry digital paper and the Superhero drawing bundles as they can be used for making fantasy themed cards, for Harry Potter fans and Marvel/DC fans. There is also a huge array of patterns which would be great for bookmark-making! Click here to check everything out.
A drag and drop designer with hundreds of layouts. From Social Media posts to documents and even menus. This is the program that I use for all my blog headers as you can create everything right on the website without having to download any icons and photos to design elsewhere. There are millions of stock photos, vectors and illustrations as well as filters and hundreds of fonts. You can even upload your own photos to incorporate them into your designs.
The free content is very extensive, but you can also purchase extra designs such as pre-designed layouts where you can insert your own text and photos.
6. Smart Mock-ups
When you are not a designer by trade, it’s very hard to start creating your own product designs and Smart Mock-Ups is the perfect way to create professional mock-ups. You can even create on the go as the website is mobile-friendly through the app. Everything is divided into 5 categories with filters to find exactly what you’re looking for. You can also upload your own logo as a watermark to personalise each design and cater specifically to your brand.
Whether you're building a business website, creating a print brochure, crafting a digital or magazine ad, or some other brilliant creative project, you know that a great image helps your content transcend. StockSnap offers high quality for personal and commercial use. They have a tag-based category system to better locate the right images for you.
This is the ideal website for finding images to accompany blog posts, from gorgeous flat lays that look professionally arranged.
Draw kit has hand-drawn vector illustration resources for your next project. It offers free illustrations as well as premium content which includes animations, with different packs at different prices.
You can request custom work from DrawKit, who then research your brand and industry before beginning the art process. Preliminary sketches are then made based on your brief. The sketches are then approved by you, with any changes requested made. Lastly, the final design is created.
9. 99 Designs
This is a service that connects customers and designers and so if you are in need of custom work, this is the perfect destination. All you need to do is create a simple brief for what sort of design you require, this can be anything from logos, branding, websites and even packaging. Since this is exclusively custom, the prices for logos begin at £239. You are then paired up with a designer who you collaborate closely with to create your perfect design specifically made to suit your needs.
Easily create your own images, PicMonkey has a variety of features from, photo editing, templates, Touch-Ups and Cloud Storage. There is also access to tutorials, a resource centre as well as a print shop.
I adore the labels on here, they are very unique designs compared to regular shapes that exist on free websites. If you design your own packaging, this is the perfect way to give your products a fresh feel.