Want to know what my favorite design-related products and services are? This is the page for you! I depend on a lot of cool websites and gadgets in my day to day life as a visual designer, so I thought it would be good to list all of those out into separate sections and share them with everyone. Please keep in mind that this list is considered to be a living document, and it’s always changing as I discover new things.
I used to be a major contributor to all the major online stock photo agencies with my 3d renderings, but these days, I’m a buyer only. These are the stock photo sites I buy from the most:
Free Stock Photos
It seems everyone is looking for free stock photos these days, but I try to avoid using them as much as possible. The quality is much lower than what you’d get a major agency, and the licensing issues can be tricky. Are they really free if you use them in a major project? Make sure you read the fine print!
I’ve used a lot of graphic design software over the years, and it’s taken me a long time to find the right set of tools that is right for my particular workflow. I’m pretty much a jack-of-all-trades designer and illustrator, and here is what I’m currently using:
- Adobe Photoshop: This has been my main tool ever since I started my career back in 1996. Nearly everything I do (3d modeling, sketching, illustration) goes though photoshop for the finishing touches, and I’d be totally lost without it.
- Adobe Illustrator: Being that I love Photoshop so much, it took me a long time to realize that Illustrator was so good. I’m depending on it more and more these days to create the vector graphics that I export to other programs.
- FormZ: I’ve been a loyal FormZ user since 1998, and it’s still my favorite 3d modeling and rendering package to this day.
- Autodesk SketchBook Pro: Want to know something about me that I don’t discuss very often? I used to draw cars as a boy (and teenager), and I am trying to get that skill back. SketchBook Pro is a great tool to have to let me practice every day. Simple, intuitive, and fun!