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!
Want to know where you can find me at other places on the web? I’m not overly-active on any social media networks (mostly because I prefer to spend my time online creating content), but I do pop up every now and then with behind-the-scenes previews of my current projects. Here are links to my profiles: