5 Online Resources for 5 Graphic Design Elements

We’ve round up 5 sites perfect for honing those graphic design chops of yours. Flex that creative prowess of yours by reading up on tons of tips, scrolling through endless design inspirations, and building your personal library of graphic design elements!

From learning about typography styles, to perfecting that color combination for a project, feel free to sift through this list of quick go-to sites for your design needs. Celina Borromeo, Heima’s and Heim Interiors’ graphic designer, gives us this list with a few notable points as well. Enjoy!

5 Online Resources for 5 Graphic Design Elements | Design Made Happy

Celina Borromeo, graphic designer for Heima and Heim Interiors

 

1. For Packaging Design: The Dieline

website: www.thedieline.com
instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedieline/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDieline/
twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDieline

5 Online Resources for 5 Graphic Design Elements | Design Made Happy
5 Online Resources for 5 Graphic Design Elements | Design Made Happy
 5 Online Resources for 5 Graphic Design Elements | Design Made Happy

From deciding what to have for breakfast (Running late? Simply grabbing the cereal box can remedy that), to going back home and unraveling that newly bought pair of shoes, being surrounded by packaging is something that’s typical to many for us.

The functionality of packaging is one thing, but completely turning it around into a design that’s got the full package is another. Initially a personal blog by Andrew Gibbs, the Dieline has exponentially grown into what it is now: the most visited packaging design site in the world, heeded by millions for that dose of inspiration.

Now handled by a team of designers, Dieline is chock full of tips and articles for various categories. It’s an easy pitstop for reference on great packaging design, and they’ve even started The Dieline Awards which is now in its 6th year of recognizing some of the more noteworthy designs from all over the world.

Celina’s favorite feature of Dieline? the very hands-on approach it gives to everyone through their e-book’s packaging templates!

 

2. For Iconography: The Noun Project

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5 Online Resources for 5 Graphic Design Elements | Design Made Happy
 5 Online Resources for 5 Graphic Design Elements | Design Made Happy

Design is all about merging both form and function, and getting a message across. The Noun Project simplified things with icons that go beyond the limitations of verbal language, plus they’ve got an impressive selection of icons that’s pretty easy to search too. Their Instagram page is also a goldmine of design ideas for those freshly picked icons of yours. Rummage through hundreds of icons (with new ones added daily!), and be one of the millions that join in to communicate great design through the art of iconography.

 

3. For Fonts and Typography: Adobe Typekit Blog

5 Online Resources for 5 Graphic Design Elements | Design Made Happy
5 Online Resources for 5 Graphic Design Elements | Design Made Happy
Some say that a picture says a thousand words, but we say the number can even be doubled – with typography!

Fonts can make or break any design, and it’s important to lavish a lot of attention on them. Powered by Adobe, Typekit is the answer to all your font queries. Check out their site and blog, and go over their extensive collection of font styles. It’s an ideal source of nice fonts that adapt well in any platform – from browsers, to phones, to print, to packaging, etc.

The blog covers a lot of ground with anything and everything type-related. They share some case studies, tips on matching fonts, understanding the proper use of font families, and much more. Informative content is but a click away for all those typography enthusiasts!

 

4. For Layout Design: Grain Edit
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5 Online Resources for 5 Graphic Design Elements | Design Made Happy5 Online Resources for 5 Graphic Design Elements | Design Made Happy
The California-based team behind Grain Edit goes global with the designs and designers they feature. The contemporary designs of the 1950’s and 1970’s is the common thread for them all.

Aside from incredible artworks reminiscent of the pop sensibilities of the period, Grain Edit also includes heaps of interviews, articles, design annuals, type features, and nostalgic ephemera such as vintage posters and books.

Grain Edit’s goal is all about dusting those bookshelves and bringing out the contemporary style back to its heyday. Its modern and timeless aesthetic is a definite crowd-pleaser, and this site’s the place to be for those top-notch designs.

“I think that those were the best years in terms of layout”, Celina points out. She shares that designs in those period were very clean and straight-forward with the use of bold and flat letters and shapes. No gradients, no highlights – just pure unadulterated graphics essentials. A big bonus: Grain Edit’s overall style is great! Their pinterest page’s worth checking out, says Celina.

 

5. For Choosing Color Schemes: Adobe Color CC

The color scheme also plays a big role to any design. Heck, the designs themselves could leverage on the colors themselves, so it’s important to find out just what the best combinations are for the look you’re going for. Colors are capable of symbolizing a lot of things – elements, ambiance, mood, ideas, etc. The interplay of colors isn’t just about aesthetic value, but it is also capable of relaying a message. Adobe Color CC simplifies this for us by having a very user-friendly platform to mix and match colors.Not only could you select a color palette based on a certain order (choose from analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary, compound, shades, custom), but you can also easily adjust them to your taste. You can really be hands on with the quick color adjustments, making it much less time-consuming to go over the various selections.
Adobe Color CC also provides the codes needed to0, Celina adds. Overall, she considers this as the most user-friendly out of the various color scheme generators she’s tried.

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