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37 Free Design Resources for UI Designers

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Get ready designers: Here are some excellent free UI design resources for you. In this post, you’ll find top-quality UI kits, icons for your designs, and beautiful fonts.

Even the most talented creative professionals in the world wouldn’t be able to reach their peak performance potential without the right tools, support materials, and resources.

The good news is that there are plenty of high-quality design resources that are freely available for you to download and use. The world is full of talented people who create beautiful, practical, and reusable design solutions that they then share to the design community at no cost to the end-user. Their efforts truly help ease the workload of other designers. Using these design freebies can help speed up your design process and boost your productivity.

We’ve rounded up plenty of terrific design freebies over at Visual Hierarchy. Below, we’ve highlighted a few resources that you can get from our site.

Free UI Kits

UI kits are often a result of researching and implementing popular, reusable, and effective design patterns.

UI kits typically have a lot of components that you can use in your designs, such as buttons, sign-up forms, navigation menus, and so forth. They will definitely save you a lot of time and will help you build sophisticated UI designs more rapidly.

Here are some of the best free UI kits we’ve found:

Portal UI Kit freebie

Portal UI Kit freebie

V Avenue Freebie

V Avenue Freebie

Trend UI Kit

Trend UI Kit

Fair UI Kit Freebie

Fair UI Kit Freebie

Milestone UI Kit Freebie

Milestone UI Kit Freebie

MAX UI kit freebie

MAX UI kit freebie

Recipe UI kit for Sketch

Recipe UI kit for Sketch

Avital Mobile UI Kit

Avital Mobile UI Kit

Music App Free UI Kit for Sketch

Music App Free UI Kit for Sketch

Free Android UI kit

Free Android UI kit

HERO free UI kit

HERO free UI kit

Shopmate Ecommerce Freebie

Shopmate Ecommerce Freebie

Blog UI kit

Blog UI kit

Free Icons

UX specialist Aurora Bedford outlined the benefits of using icons in user interfaces in her article, Icon Usability. These benefits are:

  • Icons make good targets: they are typically sized large enough to be easily touched in a finger-operated UI, but also work well with a mouse cursor (in contrast to words, which can suffer from read–tap asymmetry on touch screens).
  • Yet they save space: icons can be compact enough to allow toolbars, palettes, and so on to display many icons in a relatively small space.
  • Icons are fast to recognize at a glance (if well designed) — particularly true for standard icons that people have seen and used before.
  • There is no need to translate icons for international users, provided that the icons are mindful of cultural differences (for example, mailboxes look very different in various countries whereas envelopes look the same, therefore an envelope is a more international icon for an email program than a mailbox).
  • Icons can be visually pleasing and enhance the aesthetic appeal of a design.
  • They support the notion of a product family or suite when the same icons and style are used in several places.

In other words, icons allow us to tell important stories with nothing but cute and tiny images.

The task of finding the right icons for your design is daunting because there are so many icon sets to choose from. Here are a few awesome free icon sets that we’ve featured on our site:

77 Essential Icons

77 Essential Icons

Geoph Icon Set

Geoph Icon Set

Mini Material Free iconset Vol1

Mini Material Free iconset Vol1

Free icons set

Free icons set

64 Free Outline Icons

64 Free Outline Icons

60 Vicons – Free Icon Set

60 Vicons – Free Icon Set

Freebie Icons set

Freebie Icons set

Social flat icons set

Social flat icons set

Fblu free icons

Fblu free icons

Ultimate Smart Watch Icon Pack

Ultimate Smart Watch Icon Pack

Free icons set PSD

Free icons set PSD

Free Fonts

When it comes to typography, you have to look for the right fonts to suit the goal and theme of your design. Good fonts are readable. Beyond that, they should effectively convey the intended message of your design.

Check out and download these beautiful free fonts:

Hanken Round

Hanken Round

Ginebra

Ginebra

Five

Five

Matias

Matias

Peace Sans

Peace Sans

Coves

Coves

BEYNO

BEYNO

Chubby Free Typeface

Chubby Free Typeface

Mosk

Mosk

Soria

Soria

Lumberjack Free font

Lumberjack Free font

Exodus

Exodus

Pier Sans – Free Font

Pier Sans - Free Font

More Freebies

Head over to our site to find more awesome free design resources.

Read These Next:

20 Free UI Kits to Download

Free UI Kit: Icarus

7 Free UX E-Books Worth Reading

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This was published on Aug 10, 2016

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