Finding quality resources these days has become a task worthy of an Indiana Jones movie, where you have to avoid dozens of faux websites filled with ugly design elements, broken links and enormous amounts of advertising. The main search engines have lost a lot of their capacity to aid designers fulfill their needs and that’s why WebDesignShock has decided to give you a hand by listing the main websites where you can always find top quality design sources at no cost. We have also included a small roundup featuring our favorite resources from these websites that can truly be helpful for any graphic or web designer.
Although it’s still young, this website has already brought an enormous showcase of high end resources for designers, including web templates, buttons, backgrounds and more. The site is supported by the same design team behind Iconshock and with a development history that started almost a year ago, reuniting a powerful design team, all of this to guarantee the cutting edge quality of every single design. The site is delivering permanently more and more resourceful design elements every week. Don’t forget to follow their updates so you can always be informed about their latest releases and projects.
Besides offering high quality design freebies, ThemeShock also has a vast catalog of premium themes and design sets that you can acquire at a reasonable prize. You can have access to web buttons, web boxes, logos or even place an order for a custom design work.
The website includes an extended documentation where you can read the features of all the different sets, so you can infer if they actually can help you solve your design needs. You can buy a great design package known as The Shock Bundle that for a really small prize gives you the chance to obtain thousands of Iconshock icons, more than 100 shortcodes with custom GUI, dropdown menus, fully functional contact forms and more, all of this with free complete support in English, Spanish and French.
Nice set of pure CSS3 boxes, generated without using any graphic software for their creation.
Beautiful ribbons pack, ideal for all your web projects and with original sources included.
This was the original set that inspired the creation of the CSS3 boxes package, you can download all the original sources, fully editable.
There’s always enough space for adding more pixel perfect buttons to your collections, and this release definitely deserves a spot within your archives.
Splendid carbon style set, ideal for developing custom interfaces for audio and video.
Nice Apple-style user interface, including a fancy slider, boxes and tab menus.
Certainly this whole login box, but we definitely must talk about the login button, a beautiful masterpiece, full of simplicity and thoughtful design.
As we have seen, textures are coming back with a brand new look, and one examples is this rockin’ footer design.
Nice set of vector boxes, with a beautiful texture treatment on the banner’s section.
Sidebars are an essential part of any website, as hey allow the designer to place essential information that must be accessible at any time, without covering the main content. This set includes a nice set to help you with this.
Ribbons are very popular these days, so if you want to give a 2011 look to your website, this package is a good way to start.
If you’re getting tired of the same old contact forms then this beautiful set could be the solution.
Wood and metal always work great when used properly and this fancy slider is a good example of this.
The great thing about sliders is that you can show many different things inside small areas, which is a nice way of optimizing resources.
Although these buttons may seem a little too glossy, the pixel perfect technique has been used in a superb way, giving these buttons the right to be featured on this post.
Even something as basic as tables can be enhanced by just adding a little bit of color and good taste, like you can see on these gorgeous tables.
Beautiful set of menus that emulate a lovely blind appearance to give your website a fantastic touch.
For those who are looking for a more retro style, this login box can be exactly what you’re looking for.
If you’re about to mount an ecommerce website or you want to revamp the one you already have, these fantastic set of icons can look really great in your page.
A nice set of arrows is always good for making multimedia projects or just beautify a little bit your designs.
Quit spending time in stock websites looking for quality wood textures, now you can download a beautiful wood texture with the highest quality possible with just one click.
Combining clean interfaces and vintage elements creates an awesome surreal atmosphere.
Who said that multi color backgrounds are out?, you can be sure that this background will look everything but ugly on your desk.
Nice menu design with a shiny detail added to the hover element.
Awesome character illustration for your website or custom projects, original AI source is included.
Fancy background ready to be used in your desktop after previously downloading the original source.
If you’re tired of those plain and insipid contact forms, you will probably enjoy installing this design in your website.
Another shiny background for your collection with color variations included on the download.
Great pair of futuristic boxes for your website with all vector sources included.
If you’re a big nineties fan, this colorful web button pack will definitely blow your mind.
Another great background design with several color variations for you to choose from.
More great ribbons and stitches to save in your archives until you need them.
If you don’t want to use default boxes anymore but you also don’t want to use super crazy designs, this set is a nice middle point.
Inspired by movies such as Tron and Matrix, this background is a must-have for all the tech lovers.
Great wood boxes for your website, PSD sources included with color variations.
Hosted by graphic designer Orman Clark, Premium Pixels started as a personal project where the author wanted to share some of his creations with the community and now is one of the must-bookmark websites for every graphic and web designer. You can find a lot of quality resources, including web buttons, menus and general web elements.
All their designs featured on the site have been carefully made, offering an excellent level of pixel perfect and color control techniques. The site is being constantly updated with new releases ready for download at zero cost, so if you want to say thanks to Orman you can follow his tweets or even better, buy one of his astounding premium WordPress themes filled with awesome features.
The site itself has a really nice interface that reaffirms the high technical level of the author. In terms of navigation you can browse by digging into the most popular post or the ones with the higher number of comments, closer release date or tags. This is definitely one of the greatest places to find good graphic design at no cost, though the major part of its content consist in web elements and templates you can also find beautiful backgrounds, icons, patterns and more.
A custom pricing table design ready for download, the design features a clean and simple structure.
One of the most beautiful accordion designs around, the amount of detail in every part of the design is just astounding.
Simple and elegant slider design for those websites with a minimal look focused on functionality.
Dark elements are extremely popular for their elegance and simplicity, as this menu demonstrates.
As you can see, stitches and ribbons are some of the most popular resources in design these days, so hurry up and download this one.
One more ribbon for your collection, this one has also a beautiful stripes texture applied to it.
Simple and elegant, this accordion is perfectly suitable for any clean interface that you’re working on.
These type of buttons are the new trend, no more glossy elements because that’s so 2008.
Everything is being taken to the minimal and cleanest way possible these days and this box is definitely a perfect example of that statement.
This 3D style has been gaining some strength for the past few months, so this package will probably a helpful add for your archives.
Colorful pixel perfect buttons ready for download, with fully editable files to work with.
Designmoo is a community of designers that want to share high quality design resources at no cost to the community. Among the elements that you can download from their website you can find custom fonts, web buttons, boxes, icons and more. You can also apply for a Pro membership to acquire custom designs and web elements.
Joining the community is very simple, you just have to send a tweet asking for an invitation and you’re in, well of course that you have to be a good designer or part of a design community. Besides watching the Resource for the Day and the latest additions, you can handle your search by clicking in one of the popular tags or displaying the top menu with the “Resources” label.
Among the benefits of purchasing a pro account we can list the following: Sell your designs and resources to the community, access to HD screencasts, premium designs, UI kits, fancy web templates, connect your self hosted resources to Designmoo, connect with Dropbox, upload widescreen previews of your designs and more. The site also has a useful job board to help designers connect with major companies around the world.
Fancy volume slider, ready for download and be implemented on your different custom designs.
Nice URL shortener box for your website, it has a subtle and yet eye-catching grunge texture that simply works great.
The pressed effect is a very popular resource among designers, and you can learn how to make this by downloading this lovely buttons.
Awesome color selection, the combination of purple and red proposes something quite interesting.
Stripes textures and pixel perfect buttons can work as great as this awesome example.
Fireworks has a great potential to compete against other powerful graphic programs such as PS and AI, and this lovely login box is a clear example of that.
Clean download button and contextual box with all sources ready for download.
The less colors you use, the better. This button uses different tones of black and an acid green, only these two main colors and you’re done.
Cool 3D element made as part of a custom project from the author, all original sources included.
This button has something that not many others have, a subtle shadow to add some ground to the button and make it look more realistic.
This is a 100% free website created with the only purpose of serving the design community. Originally it started as a large design library where people were able to find the craziest designs and web elements that summed a total of 365 items (so that’s where the name came from). Since the site’s release in 2009, the page has become one of the most important pages to find free quality design resources.
But the side does not only provide free quality icons, you can also find some great PSD freebies that include banners, buttons and general web designs. There’s also a section named “How To” where you can find a few helpful tutorials that will help you improve your designing skills.
There’s also a blog section where you will find news about different topics, not only design. To conclude, we have to state that though you can encounter many great things in this page, the strength of 365Icon relies on icon designs, so make sure to take a quick trip around their different icon styles.
Great revamped version of the original Mac dock icons, our favorite has to be Finder’s icon.
Beautiful set of popsicle social icons, to give your website a truly refreshing look.
Nice custom banners, ideal for ecommerce websites and business management projects.
Useful collection of web elements ready for download with fully editable files included.
Great design project featuring a nice set of iPhone icons ready for download.
Beautiful design icon, worthy of being included in this list for its looks, color palette and simply perfection.
Are you tired of seeing the same Skype icon?, then you may want to download this great icon set.
These icons can work really great within a Content Management System such as WordPress or Joomla.
Lovely Twitter icon that you can use either for your website or as a custom design.
Awesome icon set for designers and developers, includes RSS icons, default tools and more.
This project started as an idea of designer Jonno Riekwel, how thought that there were hundreds (even thousands) of PSD files stored in all hard drives and flash drives that designer forgot about because they simply did not fit into their projects despite showing an astounding quality.
Since its release, 365 PSD has released a humongous amount of free high quality PSD resources ready for download, including web buttons, icons, textures and even web templates, all of them designed by world-class designers from all over the world.
Initially the project was men to be a one-year experiment where a single PSD was going to be released each day, but after the huge success that the page faced, the project has been extended and now you will be finding unique PSD resources every day for God knows how many years. As for the navigation, you can browse page by page or go directly to the search bar and the popular tags.
The prizes for the premium designs are so insanely cheap that you will almost feel bad of spending less than 10 bucks for such a great quality work. In case that you don’t know, the master minds behind 365PSD are the same guys that created Designmoo, another gallery featured on this countdown that also delivers great free design resources. If you want to send your PSD files and get featured on the page you must send an email asking to be featured, it’s likely possible that they will listen to you.
Small sets of colorful tags that you can use in your website or just download them for fun.
Nice ribbon header, ideal for vintage websites or modern sites that want a little retro touch inserted.
Pixel perfect button to implement in all your Mac applications.
Fancy button design with nice color management and good use of rounded corners.
Tiny custom icon by Felix Weitbrecht with an amazing use of textures and color.
Nice pixel perfect button ready to be implemented in your different web projects.
Form Message Buttons
Small set of pixel perfect buttons with original sources ready for download.
Nice and clean UI elements for audio interfaces and media players.
If you like Vimeo’s interface, then you will really like this PSD version of it.
There’s always enough room for more pixel perfect buttons, you never know when you’re going to need them.
Despite of being truly clean and minimal, this blog post box is a really nice design piece.
Simple and colorless, you can use this set for that minimal site that you’re currently thinking about.
Pretty RGB button set to use in small CMS applications and websites.
Super clean and minimal UI elements, perfect for white and colorless websites.
Useful UI elements for media players and some websites, all sources included.
Little calendar widget to insert in your website, you can customize it by downloading the original source files.
Using the pressed effect can give a nice touch to your design elements.
Tiny iPad grid to use in your own applications and exercises.
Darker colors are suitable for sober and high-tech websites when used in elements such as this great calendar design.
Simple and elegant comment form with original PSD sources included.
Cute post-it notes that can always be a lovely touch to any web design.
Orman Clark from Premium Pixels delivered this astounding slider design ready for download.
Using stitches is some of the most popular design trends and by downloading this beautiful box you can obtain one trendy design right now.
Little set of icons for the principal Custom Management Systems such as WordPress and Joomla.
Fancy pixel perfect button with a nice offset path effect applied to it.
Couple of pixel perfect buttons, specially designed for iPhone, iPad and iPod interfaces.
Gorgeous button design with an splendid texture treatment and shadow application.
Another beautiful set of buttons, with great typography, icons and texture management.
Great PSD exercise by John Williams featuring an On / Off button, original PSD file included.
Beautiful power button, the volume and texture treatment is quite remarkable as well as the 3D look.
This pixel perfect button will probably look great along with the dark calendar design we showed before.
And to keep complementing your calendar, this dd/mm/yyyy will make a nice complement.
Pixel perfect buttons and smooth textures make a great deal when used properly.
If you want to go green, then this is one of the cheapest and nicer ways of doing it.
And that was the last freebie of this roundup, as you may have seen, we tried to focus on UI elements that can help any designer in their design labors. Besides delivering a big list of resources, we hand picked each one of them to guarantee top quality levels that can work not only as a resource but also as inspiration, thanks for reading our articles and don’t forget to share it with your friends, see you guys next time.