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Keep Your Toolbox Full to Keep Clients Coming Back

Creative Market March 31, 2021 · 3 min read

Graphics professionals are constantly working to stay ahead of the curve. New web technologies are constantly emerging, and trends in design are moving at the speed of light. Where once a design idea could remain fresh for a few years, now it might burn out in a few weeks. So, when professionals want to keep their clients happy and returning, it is vital that they keep their toolbox of icons, illustrations, textures and patterns full and constantly evolving.


Whether you’re designing a pamphlet, a video game or a phone app, a good icon set can be an incredible time-saver and visual style boost. Remember to select vector graphics, which you can resize and morph to meet your specific needs. Consider which sets of icons are right for your specific clients. For instance, the HomeSweetHome icon set can possibly fit a wide range of clients, from Realtors to contractors to architects. You can select from full-color icons and simple black and white drawings which can be modified to suit your color scheme.


Detailed illustrations are difficult to create and insanely labor-intensive. For these reasons, taking on an illustration-heavy project can be pretty intimidating! Having a library of illustrations that includes templates for logo creation, watercolor flowers, typographical elements and specific items such as maps, can seriously boost both your productivity and “wow” factor with clients. Think ahead of your client and have a wealth of options available when you make your next pitch. The more options you have, the happier your client will be.


To give your work that extra nudge towards greatness, nothing sells it like a texture. Photoshop may have textures pre-made for you, but most of those have been played out several times over. Boosting your collection will keep your work fresh and competitive. Given that huge texture packs are so affordable, you can stretch a very small initial investment over job after job.


Patterns can be used in so many ways. They can pop out and be a key part of a design, or you can reduce their opacity and blend them into the background, so that they provide a bit of accent to the border of a page. A good pattern gives your work an illustrative boost seen on high-end design projects without breaking the budget.

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  • Really Great stuff & Thanks for featuring my item ;) Thanks for sharing! 8 years ago
  • Thanks for featuring my party patterns guys! 8 years ago
  • Does anyone know of any good place (or app) to store all these things I download? (and also design inspiration) I just end up having hundreds of folders... Is there anyway to organize them or an app that will organize it for me? Something like Pixa ( or Sparkbox ( Please let me know! 8 years ago
  • Great ideas. Excellent! 8 years ago
  • @Janel – I'm with you! It would be great to have a clean and elegant organization solution for creative files. I'm taking a look at Pixa and Sparkbox. Stock Keeper ( looks interesting. What are you using for digital asset management? 8 years ago
  • @Matt Rhodes I just store them on an external HD... So I have a folder for backgrounds, fonts, icons, themes, etc. (I am on a PC but will switch over to Mac hopefully soon...) It would be nice to have a cloud (or desktop) service with a really nice ui that you could use to store digital assets, online tools, and inspiration... 8 years ago
  • @Matt Rhodes I just came across Raindrop ( Though it isn't for files, it can bookmark inspiration, links to freebies, etc. Looks interesting! btw, what do you use? 8 years ago
  • @ Jalen I store creative files on a HD too and divide them into folders. But get overwhelmed with maintaining a good structure. I checked out Raindrop. Looks interesting! Thanks for the idea. I've also used Pinterest in a similar way to do mood boards, inspiration, etc. 8 years ago
  • @ Jalen - you definitely a game changer :p 8 years ago
  • Anonymous
    Me too I'm very interested in practical storage for design downloads! 8 years ago
  • Anonymous
    @Jalen Davenport and @Matt Rhodes -- Dropbox is way more reliable than an external HD. What if it fails and you lose everything? Plus CM syncs up with Dropbox already so right off the bat I have access to all of my resources in the cloud. I organize all of my resources into folders manually by item (mockups, icons, patterns, etc. You can almost use the CM site map as your guide.) and sometimes by style (watercolor, vintage, etc) if I have too many. Haven't come across a service that does this automatically. But then again I'm a control freak and it's nice to know where everything is because I put it there. :) 8 years ago