Here are three more of my favourite creative websites and resources.

This time featuring: Typography, Art, and Grain!

Rawpixel

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rawpixel.com

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The Rawpixel Public Domain landing page ©Rawpixel Ltd

Rawpixel is a brilliant website, packed full of resources for designers. I’ve mentioned it before but I wanted to include the Public Domain section of the site in this bookmarks series. Everything in here is available to use for free under the CC0 licence, which basically means No Rights Reserved and you can use these in commercial and private projects however you please.

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A small sample of the Katsushika Hokusai library ©Rawpixel Ltd

The public domain library consists of digitised famous paintings, vintage illustrations, and historical photographs. It’s an absolute treasure trove!

For example, here we have the section dedicated to Katushika Hokusai (1760–1849) for whom we have an incredible 1,200 results!

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Hydrangea and Swallow (1833/34) by Katsushika Hokusai ©Rawpixel Ltd

Clicking on a file brings up a preview window like above, where (as long as you have registered an account) you can download your chosen image in different resolutions and file types.

Noise & Gradient

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noiseandgradient.com

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A typical scene from the Noise and Gradient website ©Clara B. Development

This website generates a grainy gradient for you using a maximum of six colours. Pressing the spacebar generates another example for you. As well as editing the colours you can move sliders to adjust the Chaos Factor (whatever that means!) and the amount of Grain.

You can freely download your creation as a 1,000px square image, or sign up for a very reasonably-priced Pro licence which allows for a higher resolution export. It can even easily import and play with your Coolors palettes!

Fonts In Use

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fontsinuse.com

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Homepage ©Fonts In Use

Choosing a font family can be an expensive pursuit, and so it’s important to see the typeface in a real-world context. Enter Fonts In Use, which is a curated visual typography archive.

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Item detail view ©Fonts In Use

This website is filled with top quality work to browse for design inspiration, and it is also a handy reference to see what kind of font pairs designers are coming up with, which is an art form in itself.


Header Image: by fidaolga on Adobe Stock.