If you are a fan of tech sites like Techcrunch, etc, or have worked with large design companies, you will probably already know that QR codes are taking the tech and design world by storm. The push for the use of the QR code is being driven by a new opportunity that is being referred to as context sensitive marketing. For further information and details, you might want to read the article, “Why the Best Online Marketing May Be Headed Offline” which goes into extensive detail as to how QR codes can be used for a business owner’s product’s marketing.
In a previous post, I wrote about how you can incorporate QR designs into your business card design, as I have seen more and more print collateral provided with QR codes that led either to a business’ website or to a special online promotion. Another popular use for QR codes is to connect a user to the App Store via their Android smartphone or Iphone for the promotion and sale of web developer’s apps. While there are several websites offering this service, my problem was finding good QR code generator software that integrates with the Adobe design software that most designers use.
Most people would like access to design elements and graphic resources, especially if they are either designers or small business owners getting started with their blogs and marketing materials. And when those resources are free that makes obtaining them a whole lot sweeter! However, many will scoff at the idea of “free” resources, simply because in the Web 2.0 age, this can sometimes mean cheap and poor quality images. However, I have done the research for you and want to add these three additional sites as a great resource for aspiring and up-and-coming designers and anyone who wants to move beyond basic clip art. (Just a reminder though, you will need to know how to open the .ai and .eps files and in some cases own the software in which the images were created. Some files are provided in other formats).
This list is different from my last post because although the websites provide high quality and high res images; they either specialize on the type of graphic elements they provide or they provide a range of graphic elements from icons to typography available for your use. Read the rest of this entry
As a graphic designer, one needs to have a library of graphic elements from buttons, web graphics, icons to backgrounds. If you are purchasing all your graphics, building this library can get very expensive pretty quickly. Here’s where the web has become a great resource for finding high quality, high resolution vector graphics for all your design projects. They are usually created by other graphic designers and given away for free as a promotion and so website owners compile these free resources and make them available to you.
However, like anything else these freebie websites that provide free vector graphics vary in quality of content as well as graphics provided. I have compiled some of the five best free websites. They’re good because not only can you find top notch vector illustrations but they also provide information such as the design company who authored them, the description of what you get in your downloadable file, the licensing arrangement and the file type, either .eps, .ai or .png and carefully organize and categorize their images.
Although this is not a comprehensive list, these five great sites should get you started. You’ll feel like a kid in a candy store grabbing up all the goodies you can! Of course, you’ll have to carve out some time in order to spend time searching, downloading and organizing all your new graphics! Read the rest of this entry