Improving the design of an ecommerce site doesn’t have to cost money. There are many free resources in the design community.
Here is a list of new web tools and design elements starting in fall 2021. There are color and gradient generators, image editors, coding tools, design collaboration tools, fonts, etc. All of these tools are free, although some offer premium versions as well.
Free design tools
Fable is a web-based motion design platform for teams. It offers workspaces to share projects, media libraries to synchronize work and built-in version control.
Fancy border generator is a tool for designing attractive borders or using ready-made templates.
Cleaning.Images is a tool to quickly retouch any image from a browser for free. Use it to remove an object or blemish from a photo, create a crisp background for a product photo, and more.
Page flip text effect is a Photoshop asset containing four-color solutions for flipping pages. Hovering over text on a slide reveals what’s underneath.
Floating user interface is a low-level library for positioning “floating” elements (such as tooltips, popovers, drop-down lists, menus, etc.) above the user interface without disrupting the flow of content.
Lace provides a collection of professionally designed, customizable UI components based on framework independent technology. Shoelace avoids building a design system from scratch or using a component library that only works with a single framework.
Stolen is a team communication platform for face-to-face conversations. Unlike chat tools like Discord or Slack, Volley is based on face-to-face video messaging. And unlike videoconferencing like Zoom or FaceTime, Volley does not require simultaneous participation, eliminating the need to coordinate schedules.
Line lll is a tool for generating smooth SVG lines in browser. Add a few points to a canvas and a smooth curve. Then adjust the resulting SVG graphic by rotating it, changing its color, applying a gradient, etc.
Huetone is a color palette tool based on the advanced perceptual contrast algorithm, a new method of calculating contrasts. Select contrast ratios, color combinations, and sample palettes. Export to Figma, a vector graphics editor.
Ffflux SVG generator is a tool for generating smooth gradients for colorful backgrounds.
Codeamigo is an interactive site for mastering coding with a social aspect for learning and following successful coding peers.
Pirsch is a simple, privacy-friendly open source alternative to Google Analytics. Easily integrate into any website or directly into your backend.
Blobr is the no-code SaaS platform for sharing your APIs. It is divided into a product for business users and another for developers. It’s free to share APIs with a few partners or customers.
WebVitalsRobot automates website performance testing and reporting to track what’s important and get alerted when something goes wrong. Free to monitor a domain and a URL.
Power Grotesk is a modern sans-serif typeface with readability and good contrast between black and white. It combines contemporary details with classic styles.
Genivo is a regular, clean and bold modern typeface. It’s a clean and sleek wheelbase with a futuristic vibe.
Had Alonira is a stylish serif font with an aesthetic for logos, advertising, product packaging, social media posts, display headers, and more.
Horizon is a bold and strong sans serif font for a display headline or banner.
harmony is a fresh, modern serif with strong styling and a dancing baseline. It’s impressive in terms of display and text sizes – useful for logo design and editorial.
Jaya Baru is a thick and curvy display font with a lot of character.