70 Open Source Resources for Designers
by Linda Goin

Linda offers some great deals for designers – open source Web sites and sources that are easy on designers' wallets, because they're free.

Web Design Help

  1. 960 Grid System: If you want to try building a Web site on grids, try this framework site out.
  2. Blueprint: Blueprint is a CSS framework, which aims to cut down on your development time.
  3. NVU: This is a complete Web authoring system for Linux Desktop, Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver.
  4. Open Designs: Open Designs is a community oriented site, where users, members and designers can share their free website designs and templates, discuss web design and promote their services.
  5. Open Source Web Design: OSWD is a site that offers free Web design template downloads.
  6. Open Web Design: Open Web Design is a community of designers and site owners sharing free web design templates, website templates as well as web design information.

Video Software

  1. Avidemux: This is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks.
  2. AviSynth: This is a powerful tool for video post-production. AviSynth works as a frameserver, providing instant editing without the need for temporary files.
  3. CamStudio: Record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files. Using the built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs).
  4. Cinefx: Cinefx is a suite of open source, cross platform media playback, encoding, visual effects and editing digital content creation tools.
  5. CinePaint: Use this option for motion picture frame-by-frame retouching, dirt removal, wire rig removal, render repair, background plates, and painting 3D model textures.
  6. DVDx: This tool allows you to convert DVD to VCD2.0 or SCVD1.0 or DiVX / Xvid (AVI) or Windows Media (WMV) in one step (including multiplexing, splitting). It produces very good quality movies in AVI / MPEG1 / MPEG2 / WMV format.
  7. JING: Take a picture or make a short video of what you see on your computer monitor and share it instantly via web, email, IM, Twitter or your blog.
  8. Kino: This is a non-linear DV editor for GNU/Linux that features excellent integration with IEEE-1394 for capture,  VTR control, and recording back to the camera. It captures video to disk in Raw DV and AVI format, in both type-1 DV and type-2 DV (separate audio stream) encodings.
  9. LiVES: This open source asset mixes realtime video performance and non-linear editing in one professional quality application. It will let you start editing and making video right away, without having to worry about formats, frame sizes, or frame rates.
  10. OpenShot Video Editor: OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open-source video editor for Linux licensed under the GPL version 3.0.

Vector Art

  1. Brands of the World: This is the largest library of freely downloadable vector logos.
  2. Cool Vectors: The vectors on this site may be used for personal projects. If you require the vectors for commercial use please contact the author.
  3. Dezignus: The mission behind this site is to improve designers' professional skills by providing useful freebies: vector, ps brushes and shapes, textures and backgrounds, icons etc.
  4. FreeVectors: This is an online gallery of free-to-use vector graphics for personal use, and most can be used commercially.
  5. QVectors: Search for free high-quality vector graphics at this site.
  6. Vecteezy: All the graphics on this site are free to download and, depending on the license, free to use in your projects.
  7. Vector Portal: "Everything vector - everything free" is how this site bills itself. You can find illustrations, borders, logos, icons and more here.
  8. Vector4Free: This vector blog publishes new free vector art finds on a regular basis.

Linda Goin

Linda GoinLinda Goin carries an A.A. in graphic design, a B.F.A. in visual communications with a minor in business and marketing and an M.A. in American History with a minor in the Reformation. While the latter degree doesn't seem to fit with the first two educational experiences, Linda used her 25-year design expertise on archaeological digs and in the study of material culture. Now she uses her education and experiences in social media experiments.

Accolades for her work include fifteen first-place Colorado Press Association awards, numerous fine art and graphic design awards, and interviews about content development with The Wall St. Journal, Chicago Tribune, Psychology Today, and L.A. Times.

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