• Adobe Creative Cloud student plan
    • just Photoshop: $9.99 per month (for 1 year)
    • Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign + more: $19.99 per month (for 1 year)
  • Photoshop alternatives
    • *new –> Photopea: online, free, and perhaps the best of all of the Photoshop alternatives
    • Affinity Photo: desktop, $49.99
    • GIMP: desktop, free, open-source
  • Illustrator alternatives
  • InDesign alternatives Canva: mostly free, user friendly
  • Just FYI, differences between graphics that are bitmap/raster (Photoshop) and vector (Illustrator): video and text explanations

design resources

for the Design Principle Project

design principles

books on design

other design resources

Powerpoint resources

Screencasting programs

for the Logo Project


required reading

additional awesome typography resources

free fonts
  • Google Fonts
    • for logo fonts, you should probably choose the “Display” and “Handwriting” categories
    • type your initials and adjust the size for one font, and then choose “Apply to all fonts”
    • to read more about a font, choose “See specimen”
    • to download a font, click on the plus sign in the top right corner, click on “Family selected” at the bottom of the screen, and then click on the download icon in the top right corner
  • Adobe Fonts
  • Dafont
  • Urban Font
  • Font Squirrel
  • free fonts that Matthew Butterick likes

logo design

required reading

additional awesome logo resources

for the Brand Style Guide Project

examples and discussion

mood board templates and tutorials


  • Adobe Color CC: by Adobe, you can explore and create color themes/palettes and easily import them into Illustrator; generate a color palette from an image
  • Paletton: great tool to see color combinations for website design; once you’ve generated a palette, see it in action through the Examples tab; check out the “color blind” option to see how different color combos look to people with various kinds of color blindness
  • Perfect Color, by Before and After
  • Design Seeds: not a lot of words, but a lot of color palettes
  • Pantone Color of the Year: the annual zeitgeist, rendered in color
  • Material Palette: choose two colors and get an eight-color palette that you can download
  • Multicolr Search Lab (by TinEye): choose colors (up to five) and TinEye will return images with those colors
  • Hail Pixel by Colordot: a great way to see colors and get hex codes
  • Color Theory 101, by James George


Photoshop help

business card design

brand book templates

for the Document Redesign Project

document layout advice

alternative resumes

alternative/infographic resume templates

InDesign help

on writing

setting up for Writing 155b

Reclaim Hosting

FTP programs

text editors

helpful logo tools

Illustrator help