#Directory

My little free-freelancer Resource Library

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(did I mention, free?) UPDATED: October 2021
*Disclaimer: these are mostly places I have either used or recommended. If your not happy with the services provided, do not hold me responsible.

It has been way, way too long since my last blog post. My intention is always there to write, but then life happens. No excuses, I hope to write more often and although I will make no promises, I feel this post will be a constant work in process. Mainly because I love lists, along with updating them.

Here is a little library, (if you will), of resources. Particularly for (Canadian freelance designers) that I like to keep handy. Mainly for myself and others can follow along if they like.

PRINTING
Keep in mind a lot of printers usually require a minimum if a higher quality print or package.

  1. Budget
  2. High End/Quality
  3. Apparel
  4. Screen Printing
  5. Letterpress
    • tbd
  6. Industry / product Specific

PACKAGING

  1. Printing (See Printing>Packaging)
  2. Barcodes
  3. NFT Label Requirements
  4. Creative bag ( ribbons packaging etc)
  5. Custom Boxes
  6. Food testing
  7. NFTs
  8. BC Based Packaging Design agency

PACKAGING REGULATIONS & COMPLIANCES

  1. Canadian Food and Drug Regulations
  2.  Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  3. Canadian Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations
  4. RES: https://www.brandnatural.ca/canadian-label-regulations

LEGAL / GOVERNMENT

  1. Artbooks – Taxes for freelancers
  2. Register/filing a business/name – Ontario

AWARD SITES

  1. Dieline
  2. OneClub – Digital Design
  3. Red Dot – Product Design
  4. Muse Awards
  5. Indigo
  6. Wallpaper -Product Interior etc
  7. Applied Arts
  8. If World Design Guide
  9. Dezeen
  10. Webby Awards – websites
  11. Hermes Award
  12. IDA awards – Interior Product Fashion Graphic
  13. A Design Awards
  14. Social Good Design Awards
  15. Graphis
  16. GDUSA
  17. Restaurant and Bar Design Awards
  18. Transform
  19. Red Dot
  20. Awwwards
  21. IF

WEBSITE DESIGN & RESOURCES

  1. A Nerds World – company that helps you produce /edit your website
    (plus a lot of other creative stuff like logos which I shouldn’t be giving you this info cause they are competition technically, but hey, share the love.)
  2. Wix
  3. SquareSpace
  4. Compressing files (video) for web
  5. Envato Elements (creative shop)
  6. GIFS: Giffy Capture / Screentogif
  7. Google App

STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY

  1. Shutterstock
  2. iStock
  3. Deposit Photos
  4. Pexels
  5. Unsplash
  6. Adobe Stock
  7. Free Shutterstock images

PAPER & ENVELOPES

  1. The Paper Place
  2. The Paper Mill Store ( ships from US /border fees apply)

BOOK & EDITORIAL DESIGN

  1. Self / independent Publication
  2. Digital Publication
  3. Copywriters

ILLUSTRATORS

  1. Midnight Oil
  2. Walker Ballantyne-Maude
  3. Cai Sepulis

MENTORS and GUIDANCE

  1. Marketing Mentor Ilise Benun

FRENCH TRANSLATORS

  1. Annick Torfs
  2. Google Translate

PHOTOGRAPHERS

  1. Votsis
  2. Fuze
  3. Joanna Wojewoda
  4. Dave Abreu

CREATIVE SUB-SERVICES

  1. Fiverr

MOTION ANIMATION

  1. Motion Design School

JOBS SEARCH (for design freelancers particularly)

  1. Google Jobs
  2. RGD Jobs
  3. LinkedIn Jobs
  4. FairyJobBoss
  5. Behance Job List
  6. FreshGigs
  7. Communo
  8. Smartr

HEADHUNTERS / RECRUITERS

  1. Creative Niche
  2. Freelancers Unlimited
  3. Creative Circle

BLOG PLATFORMS

  1. Medium
  2. WordPress

HOSTS

  1. Blue Host
  2. Site Ground
  3. Go Daddy

DESIGNERS (I admire)

  1. Mr. Cup
  2. Chad Roberts
  3. Jessica Hische
  4. Stefan Sagmeister
  5. Paula Scher
  6. Louise Fili

PODCAST PLATFORMS

  1. Podbean
  2. Google Podcast
  3. Apple Podcast
  4. Amazon Music / Podcast
  5. Spotify for Podcasters

LEARNING

  1. Tutorials / Courses

STORAGE

  1. Dropbox
  2. Google Drive
  3. OneDrive (Microsoft)
  4. Amazon Prime Photo Storage

LARGE FILE TRANSFER

  1. WeTransfer
  2. HighTail
  3. Dropbox

YOUTUBE CHANELS (for funsies)
If you want tutorials, look under learning

  1. Hoodzpah
  2. The Futur Academy
  3. TedxTalks
  4. SpoonGraphics

ONLINE STORE PLATFORMS

  1. Shopify
  2. Etsy

FONTS/TYPOGRAPHY

  1. Google Fonts
  2. Adobe Fonts
  3. Foundries
  4. Type Ed
  5. I love typography

FREEFONTS

  1. Dafont

TYPE & FONT RESOURCES/WEBSITES

1.TypeWolf

DIGITAL RESOURCES

  1. Theme forest / Envato (Graphics Library)
  2. Code interactive
  3. DesignCuts (Fonts Graphics Templates)
  4. DreamBundles
  5. Smashing Magazine
  6. Envato

BEAUTIFUL WEBSITES (no particular order)

RINO & PELLE
vallierbistro.com
artsdistrictkitchen.com
astridygaston.com
benitos.co.uk
blackhouse
block16omaha.com
https://www.preto.co.uk
https://inavoue.com/
https://jb-slo.com/en/home/
https://koox.co.uk/
https://paninibay.com/
https://eatpastaria.com/stlouis/
https://www.quay.com.au/
https://restaurantcolibri.ca/fr
https://storstad.de/
https://www.nannina.de/
https://www.voellerei.at/en/

INSPIRATION

BP&O
Creative Boom
abduzeedo
DIELINE
I Love Typography

Otherwise check this list here.

OTHER FREELANCERS/CREATIVES

Just Creative

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