Design Resources

Below you will find a bunch of free design resources. A mix of vectors, photoshop files, and a few articles! These are completely free, no attribution needed. If you post/redistribute them, a link would be nice, otherwise go to town and share what you make with me at jesse@chapolito.com

Please note that a lot of these articles and resources are getting dated, for more recent and thoughtful insights please visit jessechapo.com

Bird Feathers Illustration - Free PSD download

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The idea for this little illustration popped into my head while I was browsing dribbble, I think also I was influenced by Moonrise Kingdom, which I recently watched and enjoyed...

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Heart Stone - Free PSD download

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I'm currently working for an awesome startup in the online dating market, and part of the logo exploration I created this heart stone. Ultimately, The choice was to go with one...

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Synth App Skeuomorphism Design - Free PSD download

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I've been seeing so many awesome examples of music and synth app designs< around, I had to try it out! I know this is very trendy, but I was really impressed with the lighting...

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Colored Pencil Illustrations - Free PSD download

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What originally started as an idea of an app icon, I thought these detailed colored pencil illustrations would make a great free PSD download! At the moment I'm working on improving...

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Free Party Vectors

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Who doesn’t love celebrating and having a party? Now you have the vector illustrations to accompany any party graphics and material! These high quality...

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Camera Vectors

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These awesome camera vector illustrations are free to download. Inside the vector file you will find camera illustrations in vector format. These cameras...

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5 Essential Freelance Web Design Business Tips I've Learned in My First Year

It’s now been a little over a year since I graduated from university and started working as a freelance web designer - and what a bumpy ride it’s been! Aside from the roller coaster of not having work...

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Vector Line Breaks

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If you do a lot of designing like me occasionally you need to spice up your borders, dividers and line breaks. zig zags and humps are often used, but I...

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The Urge to Create

I read a really interesting article in the latest Wired magazine today about the availability of high-end manufacturing solutions and how the are fostering innovation and rapid development with small...

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Creative Web Design Process

Chapolito has identified a standard process for creative web design project success with our clients. Although each of these phases may not be applicable to every web design project, the entire process...

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Free Fruit Vectors

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Free Fruit Vectors! Included in this vector file is a colored banana vector, red apple vector and an orange vector. I made these for a concept of a client...

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Boardshorts Vector

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This free vector is a simple vector boardshorts mockup - perfect for applying your pattern or design to a pair of boardshorts and getting a sense of what...

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40 Free Photoshop Buttons

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In this free PSD file of websites buttons you will find a rainbow of free buttons. In the Photoshop file, they are all submit buttons; however, this PSD file is also a general...

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Image File Naming Guidelines

Naming your image files clearly and consistently can make a developer's life a lot easier, so I wrote out a few of the guidelines I follow when naming my image files:

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Chapolito Wins a Webby!

I am happy to announce that Chapolito has won a 2011 Webby Award! Collaborating with Highly Evolved's incredible Cosmo Jones and the ever talented Kimi Lewis, we envisioned and designed A Thin Line

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Free PSD Template of a Corporate Web Design

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Solely for practice, I fully designed a template layout in Photoshop for the fictitious company “Elevator Tools," and am offering the web PSD template for free. The design is...

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Food Vectors!

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These food vectors can be used, free and without restrain, in many different web design, illustration, graphic design and user interface design projects...

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Free iPad and iPhone 4 wallpapers

Free for your mobile enjoyment I've put together four iPad and iPhone 4 wallpapers. I've been busy experimenting, learning new tricks and getting to know photoshop and illustrator a tad more intimately...

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Intimacy and the Mobile Web

I’ve been thinking lately about the effects of being constantly connected through the mobile web on intimate relationships shared experiences. Before I get into the details of the possible consequences...

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Logo Design Case Study - Crooked Crooks

Crooked Crooks is a young clothing label that approached me in 2007 to help them brand and produce a logo design for their label. Based in Tempe, Arizona, Crooked Crooks aimed to be a combination of...

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Why You Shouldn't Practice Web Design Attribution Links

Often when you finish a web design and launch it then you want to tell the world about the work you're proud of. This urge is common, but how do you tell everyone and reap the benefits of the self promotion...

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Web Interface Tutorial Posted at PSDTUTS+

PSDTUTS+ posted How to Elevate Your Website Design Process and Results, a web interface tutorial that I wrote for them about web interface design. This web interface tutorial focuses on creating a business...

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