12 Blogs with Freebies for Commercial Design Use

by Steven Snell

May 19, 2009 in Resources

One of the great things about the design community is the amount of free resources that are available for download. Whether you’re looking for textures, Photoshop brushes, vectors, icons or WordPress themes, there are tons of freebies created and distributed by other designers. However, if you’ve ever spent time looking for something specific to use on a commercial project, such as work for a client, you may have experienced the frustration of finding the perfect resource, only to see that it is restricted to personal use only.

Fortunately, there are plenty of designers who are willing to share their resources that can be used for both personal and commercial purposes. In this post I’d like to recognize those who have provided such great resources. If you do design work for clients, these are all great sites to bookmark so that you won’t have to spend so much time looking for the right resources in the future.

Each site that is listed here is offering a number of useful freebies, and some examples are shown and linked for each. In recent weeks we’ve started releasing our own freebies here on DesignM.ag, and it is with appreciation for the sites and designers mentioned here that all of our freebies will also be available for personal or commercial use.

Even though these sites allow commercial use, be sure that you read and understand any terms listed by the authors.

Bittbox

Bittbox

Bittbox is one of the best resources for freebies. Textures, brushes, and vectors are regularly distributed from Bittbox. There is also a page specifically for the terms of use, so be sure to check out the details.

Example freebies from Bittbox:

Grungy Texture Brushes

Grungy Texture Brushes

Cardboard Textures

Cardboard Textures

Destroyed Heraldry Brushes

Destroyed Heraldry Brushes

Lost and Taken

Lost and Taken

Caleb Kimbrough’s blog Lost and Taken is focused on giving away free textures. New texture packs are regularly posted.

Example freebies from Lost and Taken:

Subtle Grunge Textures

Subtle Grunge Textures

Tree Bark

Tree Bark

Fabric Textures

Fabric Textures

Patternhead

Patternhead

Patternhead releases a number of free patterns that can be used with Illustrator and Photoshop. There are also other freebies, such as textures.

Example freebies from Patternhead:

Caribbean Sky Photos

Sky Photos

Seamless Stripes

Seamless Stripes

Leafy Patterns

Leafy Patterns

Six Revisions

Six Revisions

Six Revisions has been providing some high quality freebies from Jacob Gube and from other contributors. Available freebies include a number of texture packs, a few WordPress themes, and Photoshop brushes.

Example freebies from Six Revisions:

Grunge Brushes

Grunge Brushes

Grungy Paper Textures

Grungy Paper Textures

Red Rocks Textures

Red Rocks Textures

Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine consistently releases high quality freebies from various designers. The freebies from Smashing include icon sets, WordPress themes, Photoshop brushes and vectors.

Example freebies from Smashing Magazine:

Magazeen WordPress Theme

Magazeen WordPress Themes

Tools Icons

Tools Icons

Painted Canvas Brushes

Painted Canvas Brushes

Design Shard

Design Shard

Design Shard provides several packs of high quality textures, and the grunge texture pack shown below includes over 300 textures.

Example freebies from Design Shard:

Grunge Textures

Grunge Textures

Ink Stained Paper Textures

Ink Stained Paper Textures

Grunge Stained Paper Textures

Grunge Stained Paper Textures

Colorburned

Colorburned

Colorburned provides a number of freebies, including some amazing brushes for Illustrator. Other freebies include Photoshop brushes, vectors, textures and more.

Example freebies from Colorburned:

Multi-Colored Illustrator Paint Brushes

Illustrator Paint Brushes

Argyle Illustrator Brushes

Argyle Illustrator Brushes

Retro Tech-Shaped Illustrator Brushes

Retro Tech Shaped Illustrator Brushes

Fudgegraphics

Fudgegraphics

Fudgegraphics provides a number of freebies that could be of use in your commercial work, particularly textures and brushes.

Example freebies from Fudgegraphics:

Grunge Nebulae Textures

Grunge Nebulae Textures

Ink Scribble Brushes

Ink Scribble Brushes

Ink Tree Vectors

Ink Tree Vectors

Blog.SpoonGraphics

Blog.SpoonGraphics

Chris Spooner has some excellent, high quality freebies available on his blog, including vectors, brushes and icons.

Example freebies from Blog.SpoonGraphics:

Hand Drawn Doodle Icon Set

Hand Drawn Doodle Icons

Spray Paint Brushes

Spray Paint Brushes

Trendy Circle Vectors

Trendy Circle Vectors

High Resolution Textures

High Resolution Textures

High Resolution Textures is obviously dedicated to providing just that, high resolution textures. Browsing through the archives you will find many useful sets of textures.

Example freebies from High Resolution Textures:

Wood Textures

Wood Textures

Colorful Rust Textures

Colorful Rust Textures

Industrial Decay Textures

Industrial Decay Textures

Think Design

Think Design

Think Design offers free textures, vectors and brushes.

Example freebies from Think Design:

Acrylic Paint Brushes

Acrylic Paint Brushes

Vector Halftones

Vector Halftones

Fabric Textures

Fabric Textures

Arbenting

Arbenting

Arbenting has a large number of available freebies, including textures, brushes and more.

Example freebies from Arbenting:

Grunge Circle Brushes

Grunge Circle Brushes

Corners and Edge Brushes

Corners and Edge Brushes

Abstract Textures

Abstract Textures

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About Steven Snell

Stephen Snell is the owner and editor of Vandelay Design.Connect with Stephen on google+

  • Angie Bowen

    May 19th

    Awesome list, you can never have too many free resources available for commercial use. Thank so much for including Arbenting :)

  • 2lip

    May 19th

    that’s a great selection of blogs! all besides one are already in my feedreader. and many thanks for including my texture blog. much appreciated!

  • Patternhead

    May 19th

    Awesome resource and thanks for the mention :D

  • Dreamspeaker

    May 19th

    kewl thanks!

  • Caleb Kimbrough

    May 20th

    I’ve personally worked with almost everyone on this list at some sort of level and must say, it’s a really great crowd to be part of.

    Here’s to freebies!

  • Abrishca Digital Media

    May 20th

    This is truly a great industry to be involved in, for this community aspect alone. I (unfortunately!) have a day job in another service-related industry and I can tell you that no-one shares resources, skills or advice as much as I have seen this industry do.

    It’s actually extremely refreshing to be involved in something like this, I think it brings motivation and longevity to the industry.

    Thanks everyone!!

  • Design freak

    May 20th

    wow….. great list

    thanks

  • Callum Chapman

    May 20th

    Great list, I’m glad to say some of my textures are featured on lost & taken :D

  • Max Stanworth

    May 20th

    Great list steven, i dont understand sometimes why people dont release some of their resources under a creative commons and allow people to use them for commercial use.

    Instead they insist they link to there article and give credit and link backs (not ideal) and some great resources go to waste …

  • Steven Snell

    May 20th

    Hi everyone, thanks for the responses. And thanks to many of you for being the people who give out so many high quality freebies.

  • Franz Jeitz

    May 20th

    This is such a great list and I feel honoured to be featured. Thanks Steven. I also totally agree with Max. Either go the whole nine yards and allow commercial use or sell your resources.

  • Phoenix2life

    May 20th

    Nice list. Cool freebie goodies. Attractive, useful and applicable.

    Please feel free to use photos from my photo blog if you like.

    Thanks,

  • curt janka

    May 20th

    This is an amazing compilation of resources, thank you! I now face the ethical dilemma of whether i horde it for myself or share with others. :)

  • Nick Pagano

    May 21st

    Great list! I feel very honored to be mentioned alongside such awesome sites! :) Thanks!

  • hadi060

    May 21st

    It’s vey nice and helpful to find such selection of resources collected in one place. It’s a great work. Thanks very much.

  • Jacob Gube

    May 22nd

    Hey Steven – thanks for mentioning the Six Revisions freebie section, and to everyone here, please feel free to use the freebies in there: they’re all original and licensed liberally so that you can use them for any purpose.

  • kerwin

    May 24th

    great selection and helpful too! thanks for this one!

  • hibem

    May 29th

    great collection!

  • ideamashups.com

    Jun 2nd

    Great selection! Thanks for passing it on!

  • AHaN

    Jun 2nd

    Awesome blogs!

  • Web 3.0 Textures

    Aug 4th

    Thanks for sharing your collection of blogs! I’ll be sure to check them out!

  • Web 3.0 Textures

    Aug 9th

    The Caribbean Sky photos are beautiful!

  • vuitton

    Aug 15th

    Awesome blogs!

  • Decor Design

    Feb 17th

    Great collection of blogs. I will keep these sites bookmarked so that I won’t have to spend so much time looking for the right resources in the future. Thank you.

  • online free samples

    Jun 3rd

    I LOVE these!! They are just adorable. I am going to post a link to these on my blog if that is ok with you. I know that my followers will love these. Thanks so much!!

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