Updated list of great freebies for your production enjoyment. Here are ten that you might find valuable from comic book art to specialized fonts and eLearning templates.
This is a nice collection of handwritten fonts that can give your designs personality, particularly when simulating handwritten notes or going after a casual ambiance in titles or subtitles. For lengthy reading and even paragraphs read on digital devices, many designers agree that a sans serif fonts is best. A handwritten font may decrease readability.
This website has nearly a million free and low-cost icons you can search through and download. Use these icons in diagrams, menus, content and as symbols for categories. Use of free icons required giving credit to the contributor according to the Creative Commons Attributions License.
This is a great resource of research-based guidelines to provide best practices over a broad range of web design and digital communications issues. Includes accessibility, page layout, links, navigation and more. From the US government.
Design Comics offers illustrated characters and scenes for free. The downloads come in an Open Document Presentation format and also as source files in common graphic formats. The site also includes an example comic.
Creative Market offers free visual design assets every week, including graphics, illustrations, web templates and fonts. Registration and login is required.
To go along with the characters and scenes above or to use with photos, you might want speech bubbles that are more unique than the call-outs that come with PowerPoint. Free Stock Photos.biz offers a nice collection for free download.
The eLearning Brothers offer free eLearning templates for PowerPoint, Storyline, Captivate and more. They also offer other assets just for signing up on their site.
The Freesound project provides sound effect samples through a Creative Commons license. Registration required.
Storyboard templates are the most popular download on this site. There are many to choose from, both visual and text-based that were contributed from your friends in the eLearning community.
Download free textures from Texture Lovers that you can add to the background of slides or other graphics. It’s best to use textures in places where they will not be more prominent than text or other important graphic elements.
Bonus: 100 Free User Interface Icons (SVG Format)
Everything you’d need for menus and navigation. You can convert SVG to PNG if the format isn’t compatible with your authoring tool.