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70 Open Source Resources for Designers
Some great deals for designers – open source Web sites and sources
Linda offers some great deals for designers – open source Web sites and sources that are easy on designers' wallets, because they're free.
Clip Art and Fine Art
- 8000 Free Cliparts: All clipart located on this site is public domain, so you can use the images for any personal or commercial purpose.
- ArsPublik: This is a public domain art gallery filled with images for designers.
- Art Renewal Center: You can find more than 2,600 realist painters, many in the public domain (before 1923).
- Open Clip Art: This project aims to create an archive of clip art that can be used for free for any use.
- Open Directory Public Domain Clip Art: This list provides you with a few choices for free clip art.
- Public Domain Clip Art: 25,000+ images free to use for any purpose.
- FreePhotosBank: Any photos/pictures posted by the author "freephotosbank" are free to use as long as you are using them for a website, book, magazine, etc. You cannot download our photos to sell as is or modified from any source.
- FreeFoto: FreeFoto.com provides its images under three available licensing options, including a Creative Commons license for non-commercial, no derivatives and a free-for-all, provided attribution is paid to the image and a link back to the site.
- freepixels: Any magazine, newspaper or other publication, product, design element or promotional material that uses these images may be sold or distributed in any way for an unlimited number of times.
- morgueFile: The morguefile contains photographs freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects by visitors to the site. To acknowledge the artist's accomplishments, they ask that you credit the photographer when possible.
- NOAA Photo Library: Most NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) photos and slides are in the public domain and CANNOT be copyrighted. There is no fee for downloading any images on the NOAA Photo Library. A few photos in the NOAA Photo Library that are known to have copyright restrictions are so noted in the caption information associated with those images. Credit MUST be given to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce. Where a photographer is noted, please credit the photographer and his/her affiliated organization as well.
- Open Photo: The primary audience here consists of artists, developers, teachers and students.
- PD Photo: This is a free public domain photo database, filled with thousands of royalty-free pictures.
- Public domain stock photos: All photos in this site are free to use.
- U.S. Government Photos and Images: Some of these photos and images are available for use in the public domain, and they may be used and reproduced without permission or fee. However some photos and images may be protected by license.
- USDA Image Gallery: The Image Gallery is provided as a complimentary source of high quality digital photographs available from the U.S. Agricultural Research Service Information Staff.
Lists and Freebie Sites
- 25 (Free) 3D Modeling Applications You Should Not Miss: Why reinvent the wheel when Hongkiat.com provides an excellent list of tools for the illustrator/designer/animator.
- bittbox: This link leads to this site's "Freebies" category, where you can find free software, textures and much more.
- CoolArchive: Find that clip art, icon, animation, bullet, sound, texture and much more at this "cool archive."
- Digital Artist Toolbox: You can find free vectors, textures, graphics, wallpapers, stock photographs, tips, tutorials and much more at this site.
- GoMediaZine: The link, again, leads to a Freebie section that mentions free tools, art and other offerings from around the Web.
- Library of Congress: As a publicly supported institution, the Library generally does not own rights in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material and generally does not grant or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute material in its collections. Permission and possible fees may be required from the copyright owner independently of the Library. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the Library's collections. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
- Public Domain Depot: You can find public domain, royalty-free, copyright-free images, photos, music and sounds at this site.
- Smashing Magazine: Browse through this site's options or conduct a search for specific freebies mentioned here.
- Spoon Graphics: Browse through the Freebie section in this site, where you can find icons, tools and artwork.
- You the Designer: This link leads to this Web site's list of freebies, which range from Photoshop tools to fonts and wallpapers.
Linda 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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