Content Resources for web development and digital media

Content resources and assets are some of the most important components in producing effective web presences. Many content elements including raster and vector images, fonts, backgrounds, icons, and buttons are available free of charge on the web. Other content sources charge fees or subscriptions. Video and audio files are also available on the web for use as content elements. Most of this multimedia content has a cost associated with use.

This page lists some of the better sources for various content elements.


Content Resource (web fonts)

Font Squirrel

Font Squirrel is an excellent resource for free, hand-picked, high-quality, commercial-use fonts. FontSquirrel also has a really helpful web font generator tool for converting standard desktop fonts into web font kits for inclusion in a site's CSS as downloadable (linked-in) webfonts.

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Content Resource (web fonts)

Google Fonts

Google Fonts is a directory of free web fonts. All of the Google Fonts are open source. Unlike downloadable fonts served from the host server for your own site, Google fonts are available through an API service that makes it easy to add Google Fonts to a website in seconds by linking the font into your page using JavaScript code. The font service runs on Google's servers which are fast, reliable and tested.

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fonts.com

Fonts.com is an excellent resource for web and desktop fonts. A subset of 3,000 webfonts are available under the free account, but paid subscription plans offer access to all 20,000+ fonts. The free account is limited to downloadable (linked-in) webfonts served via JavaScript calls to the Fonts.com server. Limits of 25,000 page views per month and two domains also apply to free accounts. Self-hosting webfont publication options are available for most of the paid subscriptions.

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Content Resource (web fonts)

Adobe Typekit

Adobe Typekit is an industry standard resource for web and desktop fonts. A subset of 800 webfonts are available under the free account, but paid subscription plans offer access to all 4,200+ fonts. The free account is limited to webfonts served via JavaScript calls to the Adobe servers using the @font-face CSS property. Limits of 25,000 page views per month and one domain also apply to free accounts. An Adobe Typekit subscription plan is included with Adobe's Creative Cloud Complete and most single-application subscriptions.

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Content Resource (web fonts)

urbanfonts

Urbanfonts is an excellent resource for free and premium (fee licensed) commercial-use fonts. Many of Urbanfonts' premium offerings are actually individual font licenses for fonts from Fonts.com (which provides fonts as a subscription service).

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Content Resource (web fonts)

dafont.com

dafont.com is an excellent resource for free, personal-use fonts. Commercial use of fonts generally requires a fee, however some fonts are available for free commercial use as well. Some font authors may request a financial donation.

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Content Resource (web fonts)

Font Palace

Font Palace is an excellent resource for free desktop fonts. Desktop fonts can usually be converted into webfont kits using a web font generator tool.

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Content Resource (web fonts)

The League of Movable Type

The League of Movable Type is an excellent resource for well-made, free and open-source, @font-face ready (downloadable linked-in webfont) fonts.

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Content Resource (web fonts)

1001 Fonts

1001 Fonts is an excellent resource for free, personal-use fonts. Commercial use of fonts generally requires compliance with terms included in the download, and may require payment of a license fee. Further custom terms made by the respective author of a font may apply and should be found within the font zip-file in a readme.txt, license.pdf or an equivalent file.

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Content Resource (web fonts)

FontSpring

FontSpring is an excellent resource for free and premium (fee licensed) commercial-use fonts for the desktop and web. Unlimited use is granted for an initial license fee. Fonts licensed from Fontspring are yours to use on as many projects as you like with no annual fee, no embedding permissions, no usage metering. FontSpring also provides a Font Matcherator tool that lets a user upload an image containing type and the tool will identify the fonts that match.

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Content Resource (web fonts)

MyFonts

MyFonts is an excellent resource for premium (fee licensed) and some free commercial-use fonts for the desktop and web. Fonts licensed from MyFonts are available to use on as many projects as you like with no annual fee, no embedding permissions, no usage metering. Unlimited use is granted for the initial license fee. MyFonts also provides a WhatTheFont tool that lets a user upload an image containing type and the tool will find the closest matches in the MyFonts database. MyFonts also hosts a forum where font enthusiasts lend a hand with your font identification problems in the WhatTheFont Forum.

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Content Resource (web icons)

Font Awesome

Font Awesome is the iconic font and CSS toolkit. Font Awesome gives you scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized — size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS. Originally designed for Bootstrap, Font Awesome works great with all frameworks.

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Content Resource (animated typefaces)

Animography

Animography is a webshop/typefoundry that specialises in animated typefaces. These animated typefaces are easy to use, customizable and scalable without any loss of quality. The animated typefaces are Adobe After Effects files with each glyph in a separate composition. A controller-composition serves as a central point from which you can customize all the glyphs in one go. Use to quickly create title sequences, TV commercials, presentations, on-stage concert graphics, etcetera! Some animated typfaces are free to download and others are available under a one-time fee license.

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Content Resource (raster images)

Pixabay

Pixabay is a repository for stunning public domain pictures. Pixabay is a source for free vectors, free drawings and free photos. Any Pixabay image can be used without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial applications. Over 390,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations are available for download.

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Content Resource (raster images)

StockSnap.io

StockSnap.io is a source of free beautiful stock photos available for download. All photos are free from copyright restrictions – no attribution required.

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Content Resource (digital media)

Shutterstock

Shutterstock is a supplier of commercial-use digital media including stock photography and other raster images, illustrations and other vector images, music tracks, and stock video clips. Licenses can be purchased for web or print use and can be priced as individual item licenses or as part of time-based subscription licenses which allow set numbers of downloads per day per subscription time interval (month or year). Shutterstock has approximately 50 million items available for download.

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iStock (by Getty Images)

iStock (by Getty Images) is another supplier of commercial-use digital media including stock photography and other raster images, illustrations and other vector images, music tracks, and stock video clips. Licenses can be purchased for web or print use and can be priced as individual item licenses or as part of time-based subscription licenses which allow set numbers of downloads per day per subscription time interval (month or year).

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Content Resource (digital media)

Dreamstime

Dreamstime is a supplier of commercial-use digital media including stock photography and stock video clips. Licenses can be purchased for web or print use and can be priced as individual item licenses or as part of time-based subscription licenses which allow set numbers of downloads per day per subscription time interval (month or year). Dreamstime has approximately 33 million images available for download. Dreamstime has limited selection of photos available under free license terms as well.

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Content Resource (digital media)

fotolia

fotolia is another supplier of commercial-use digital media including stock photography and other raster images, illustrations and other vector images, and stock video clips. Licenses can be purchased for web or print use and can be priced as individual item licenses or as part of time-based subscription licenses which allow set numbers of downloads per day per subscription time interval (month or year).

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