Design tools can be expensive, so the prudent designer takes advantage of every free resource available. Here's a bunch of no-cost tools and archives we found in 2018:
Architecture & design images (and other categories) free to download from the Library of Congress.
New Font Derived From Eye Charts, Now Free to Download.
A Free, Online Ergonomics Calculator.
Amazon's amazing part finder: Shoot a fastener with your phone, it identifies it, provides sizing/buying options.
Here's how to get instant quotes for on-demand manufacturing.
Autodesk and Kickstarter's Free, Downloadable Universal Test Print for 3D Printers.
New Google search tool for creatives: Upload an image, shows you artwork with same color palette.
Art Institute of Chicago makes 50,000 famous artworks freely downloadable.
Free online tool lets you calculate area by tracing locations on Google Maps.
If you've got any more, let us know in the comments!
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