Great Resources for Freelance Designers

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Every freelance graphic designer requires a unique mix of skill, creativity, excellent communication and a touch of business know-how. All these need constant cultivation in order to stay on top of the game. Whether you are watching video tutorials to learn new skills, checking out blogs for inspiration or reading up on your favourite design websites, design resources are vital to a thriving career in the field.

Check out some of the great resources for freelance designers that will make your freelancing career a whole lot easier.

  1. Freelancer

Freelancer is a global crowdsourcing marketplace which allows potential employers to post jobs that freelancers can then bid to complete. Freelancer calls itself ‘the world’s largest outsourcing marketplace’ and includes a huge range of freelance opportunities available on their website. All categorized properly so can quickly see project briefs and budgets.

  1. Dribbble

Dribbble is a community of designers that show what they are presently working on. Web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types share small screenshots (shots) that show their work, process, and current projects. It is a place to show and tell, promote, discover, and explore design. One of the best things about Dribbble is their color selector. If you see a design on the site that you really like and want to explore more projects with similar colors, Dribbble allows you to select that color and see all other projects on the site that use the same color. This tool is excellent for creating color pallets.

  1. The 99 Percent

The 99 Percent is a great online resource courtesy of the Behance network. The 99% is Behance’s “research arm and think tank”. It includes an annual conference, a daily web magazine and best-selling book “Making Ideas Happen.” Through tips, videos, articles and events, they aim to share best practices that help creative professionals move beyond idea generation into idea execution. It also includes a really supportive online community and forum.

  1. Behance

Behance is a network of sites and services specializing in self-promotion, including consulting and online portfolio sites. It is owned by Adobe. This platform enable designers to share their creations and design easily. It is also a great source of inspiration as well as a great way to promote your freelance work.

  1. Dropbox

Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox Inc. that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. As it states on their website “Dropbox is the easiest way to store, sync, and, share files online. There’s no complicated interface to learn. Dropbox works seamlessly with your operating system and automatically makes sure your files are up-to-date. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.” An especially helpful tool if you work with other businesses and need to share files.

  1. Skype

Skype is an application that provides video chat and voice call services. Users may exchange such digital documents as images, text, video and any others, and may transmit both text and video messages. It allows the creation of video conference calls. Skype is available for Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, or Linux, as well as Android, Blackberry, and both Apple and Windows smartphones and tablets. This is an excellent resource for freelancers to communicate with their clients.

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