The overall design is critical for event organizers hoping to build a successful event brand. Whether you’re planning a user conference or an association event, event design should be part of your event marketing, venue setup, swag strategy and much more.
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But, if readers are primarily interested in discovering inspiring resources to improve event design strategies, any of the 30 tools listed here will help.
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Designshock describes itself as the “biggest bundle/subscription you can find in one place including icons, avatars, graphic elements, GUI packs, design sets and both web and print templates.” All of their resources are ready for use, and they’ve had ten years of experience with partnerships with leading design companies, such as ByPeople and IconShock.
Paletton is an easy-to-use color wheel that can assist you in your event website design. Its controls allow users to move around the color wheel, and then pull up a color code on each shade. Choosing color schemes just got simpler.
siteInspire is a web service that uploads new templates from thousands of designers daily. You can use these templates to build your own event website, or you can snag a few ideas from various templates to make it more your own.
This design app is great for those event professionals who are not fond of sitting in front of a computer screen and punching out line after line of code. It’s already used by nearly 200,000 different designers, businesses, and students, including Reddit, to easily build awesome website and mobile app designs.
Created by the leading mind of Design Fusion, Jerry Sibal, and recommended by Bizbash, this book highlights various corporate and private events, as well as tips on how to create an event design that wows attendees.
Folks at Hubspot use Crayon to search for designs to implement on their site. With its 15 million showcased designs, why wouldn’t they? If your event website needs a little change, Crayon is an ideal resource for inspiration.
7. Tech and All
Its name basically sums up its purpose: everything you need to know about using tech for event design is right there. Stock photos, fonts, backgrounds, CSS, icons, and tutorials are all just a few clicks away.
Too many companies settle for corny stock photos: stop settling with Cupcake. Cupcake uploads high resolution photos available for reuse on a daily basis.
TETHR provides users with over 100 different templates for iOS apps. Mix and match elements with its customization tools so you can craft the perfect event app in minimal time.
This YouTube channel provides tutorials on various design techniques and principles, as well as advice on finding other helpful design resources. You can learn how to create logos, design templates, and even create short bits of animation - perfect for the event marketer interested in dazzling attendees.
Flyers, posters, brochures, websites, icons, fonts… find files for them all! Pixeden has both a premium membership (at just six dollars a month with greater access to a wider range of files) and a free membership. Either one is a great resource for event planners interested in designing an event themselves
12. Inspiration Hut
Created by Inspiration Hut, blurgrounds (blurry backgrounds) are great resources for event planners who need to create collateral for an event website, marketing email, or display ad.
13. Captain Icon
With its innovative design and charming interface, Captain Icon is a great place to find graphics for your site, including over 350 vector icons as well as numerous fonts.
This guide to thinking creatively was written by Michael Michalko, and it’s a must read for event professionals who feel as if they’re running out of fresh thoughts. Michalko goes over techniques for how to create new ideas and find inspiration.
15. Pixel Buddha
Pixel Buddha releases bundles for all things graphic design: card mockups, fonts, icons and vectors. Pixel Buddha is a great resource for events with a theme: you can search for a bundle that goes along with you event.
Canva is like a simplified Photoshop. This online tool makes designing things like banners, flyers, marketing emails and more quite simple. It even includes tutorials to walk event organizers through designing beautiful assets.
Created by Events Clique, the 3D Event Designer allows event organizers to visually plan out what will go where within an event venue, without having to be there.
Many event organizers are turning to Pinterest for their design needs. Pinterest is packed with resources on web design, interior decorating, catering, and so much more. The social media platform makes it easy to build inspirational idea boards to guide event design projects.
Fontsquirrel describes itself as a “free font utopia.” And that it is: all fonts on the site are free for commercial use, making it easier for event planners to create unique feeling event experiences.
20. The Starter Kit
This all-in-one digital toolbox is packed with resources for designing software, building mobile friend websites, learning SEO, and much more. Have a look at the awesome eBooks and whitepapers uploaded on the website.
21. Fonts In Use
Discover amazing typefaces used in print materials with Fonts In Use. This website is an event designers best friend, featuring tons of inspirational content.
22. Events Exposed
The second part of this book, “All About Design,” involves the author, event planner Lena Malouf, giving insight on creative ways on how to utilize and successfully carry out event themes, as well as how to arrange tabletops and how to use ceiling space.
Think of Kuler as an intelligent pallet: it helps you find analogous or complimentary colors for any color you choose. Kuler can be used to help you in your event design process to choose a group of colors that work well together.
24. Facebook Design
Facebook Design is the blog of the creative minds behind Facebook’s interface. Contributors tell their readers what worked and what didn’t for the everyday apps and websites used by hundreds of millions of people.
25. Interior Design
Interior Design, a print and web publication, is the on the forefront of innovative design. Whether you need fresh ideas on how to create floral arrangements or how to set tables, Interior Design has it all for you. Because many corporate events are featured in the publication, you can also be in-the-know on trends in the event planning industry.
26. The Noun Project
The Noun Project is great for stock icons of all kinds, you can also utilize the 150,000 icons on the site for inspiration and ideas to help you create your own to spice up your event design.
27. Digital Arts
Digital Arts is a UK-based magazine that focuses on website design, video, 3D, graphic, and interactive design. You can thumb through its print editions or scroll down its online posts. It’s a great resource for picking up innovative ideas for your next event.
28. Special Events
Special Events is a publication that covers most basic principles of event design: you can read up on what other event organizers are doing with florals, lighting, linens, props, tabletops, special effects, and more.
Event organizers can find a lot of use for Skillshare’s many video tutorials about various design software and techniques. These videos go step by step on how to carry out certain design tasks, and videos are rated by their viewers to see which ones are most effective. The videos with the most positive reviews get moved to the “best” column.
Function, a design blog, offers outlets to many other design resources waiting to be discovered, such as YouTube channels, forums, tutorials, and other blogs. Use Function to find and test the newest of resources for your designs.
Event design is a critical part of any event planners event marketing strategy, and makes a big impact on how event attendees, sponsors, speakers and other key stakeholders think about your event(s). It’s important for those associated with event planning come up with creative design themes in order to set the events they’re planning apart.
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