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Design, undoubtedly, is an integral part of any business. Be it something as extensive as a product or as simple as a blog banner, design requirements cannot be ignored. So every organisation sets up a design team to cater to a plethora of design-related requests. While the more complex requirements such as designing a wireframe for a web page, revamping the interface of an app, etc. may need a much more experienced team of professionals, requests that fall under the “more frequent and less time consuming” category can be managed easily.

Be it a large enterprise or a young startup, designers are often bombarded with requests for getting artwork ready for blog banners, email banners, social media banners, ad banners, etc. The simplicity of these designs, unfortunately, cannot make up for the amount of time and effort that the designer has to invest simply due to the quantum of such requests. Luckily for us, we live in a “ready-to-use” world which gives us easy access to readymade design elements.

In this article, we are going to talk about our favourite top 5 sources of free design elements.

1. Freepik

Freepik has to top this list because of how extensive its offerings are. This website is a source of free as well as paid vectors, photos, PSDs, and icons. Right from having a host of background designs available for use to having editable infographic layouts and elements, this website is a treasure chest of all things design, meant for those who wish to get more done in less amount of time.

2. Flaticon

Flaticon provides thousands of free icons in SVG, EPS, PSD and PNG format. These icons are segregated into categories on the basis of what they mean and what they denote. From monochrome icons to coloured ones, this website has endless options, both in the outline format as well as the ones that have a solid fill, to choose from. There is also the option of customizing these icons in terms of changing the colour by signing up for free.

3. The Noun Project

This website hosts the most diverse collection of monochromatic icons. These are available for download for free, in PNG and SVG formats. This website aggregates and systematically classifies icons that are created and uploaded by graphic designers from all around the world.

4. unDraw

unDraw is truly a boon for designers who wish to make their landing pages, app interface, brochures, etc. look sleek and classy, but also have them ready in no time, using minimal efforts. This website houses open-source illustrations that can be used for free, without attribution. Users can browse for illustrations from the categories that are available, and can also customize them on the fly in terms of changing it to a colour of choice. These illustrations can be scaled infinitely and can be easily embedded into the user’s HTML directly.

5. Humaaans

This one’s interesting – it is a library of illustrations that can be mixed and matched to create multiple versions using the same design elements. For example, users can create human figures – right from selecting their posture to changing their body parts, clothes, hairdos, etc. The scope is endless when it comes to the application of these illustrations – these illustrations can be used for creating website pages, social media posts, email copies, presentation decks, and also explainer videos.

We all know how convenient it is to have tools available at our disposal that not only reduce our time and effort spent on building something, but also deliver sophisticated results. Thus, options like the ones mentioned above help small businesses with small teams to create designs that are at par with the ones created by their well-established counterparts.

To sum it up, these were our top picks from the many sources of free design elements. Let us know in the comments section below which ones do you frequently use, and whether you would want us to cover more of these topics.

Neha MestryAvatarNeha MestryNeha is a Content Marketer in the day, and an illustrator in the night. With a profound interest in art and all things creative, Neha often indulges in creating content in various forms - blog posts, watercolour paintings, digital illustrations, and quick doodles. Oh, and she can survive an eternity on a deserted island as long as she has books (read: fiction only) by her sideView all posts by Neha Mestry
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