free & cheap stuff for creative professionals

WP ThemeLast night I moderated a webinar about starting up a WordPress Blog, so I thought it would be a good idea to find some templates to get started on. This collection put together by our friends at Smashing Magazine is one of the most vaired and quality that I’ve ever seen. The first section of portfolio and gallery themes makes me want to change my site NOW! Check them out!

Hongkiat.com provides this awesome collection of high resolution wood textures. While their use may seem limited, many of these photos can provide a great “base” of adding depth and complexity to your designs and illustrations.

Dollar Domains!

Once again, GoDaddy is offering .COM, .US, .MOBI, .BIZ, .NET, .ORG, .CA, .CO.UK and .IN domains for just $1. Use offer code GETLUCKY.

Snapfish is again offering 100 4″x6″ prints FREE and just $5 for shipping. Normally, this would run at least $12. Use offer code STPATPRNT to get in on the deal.


Designer Julian Hansen has designed a near perfect flowchart to get you going in the right driection when it comes to choosing a typeface. It’s a great combination of useful information and clever questions (like “you cried when watching Terminator) make this a must have tool. Plus, it’s available as a poster.

Colourlovers is one of the best tools available for all manner of creative folks. From illustrations to web designers, color can sometimes be the one element that holds back a design. Colourlovers allows you to browse user-created palettes, find new colors, and share patterns that make clever use of unique colors. Best of all, it’s absolutely free.