As a designer, I collect a lot of assets that I find online, in magazines and promotional materials, and from other people. Through my wanderings online, I have found that there are plenty of websites that offer free downloads of icons, images, brushes, textures, and even typefaces! I bookmark, download, doodle and clip everything that I find inspirational for future use.
Depending on the project or budget, things can start to get expensive when you start to calculate the cost of typeface licenses and stock photography. Fortunately there are plenty of resources online that offer free assets. In the case of free images, one should be wary of using them in branding projects because they are free, more people will likely use the same images and negate your uniqueness.
These are a few fonts I found at www.urbanfonts.com that I really like.
- Mighty Zeo
- Swing Set
- Komika Display
- Komika Axis
- Komika Title (There were other Komika styles but I didn’t like them as much)
I don’t often peruse font libraries but on this particular evening, I found a few that I thought were pretty clean, well-made and very readable. I always found that the trouble with free fonts is that there are so many that are poorly made, illegible and just not pleasing to my eye. Now these ones, I’m not saying that they’re perfect, but I do consider them a gem amongst the rest.
Don’t forget to be sparing when using decorative typefaces! Use only for special occasions and if possible, don’t use more than 3 different typefaces for one project.
Keep trucking, good looking!