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Hey Zef, where did you find out about all these useful tools?

Most of my friends

I like that question. The answer: years and years of experience.

When I turned up to my interview for the graphic design course in Falmouth, Cornwall I thought ‘kerning’ was the spatial difference between two text characters. And I was 100% right.

Not everyone can be that clued up. So I’ve compiled a handy list of all the tools that have helped me become one of the best designers I know. The title says freelancers, but let me tell you a secret. These tools are just as useful to someone in permanent employment too.

Hopefully, my years of learning can give you a head start and hey even if you are a seasoned pro, there might be a couple of useful things in here for you too.

20 tools a freelance graphic designer can't live without*

1. Chair
2. Pencil
3. Calculator
3. Desk?

R. Ear
6.Paint Shop Pro
13.Light Lamp

14.Sour cream
17 – Uncle Ginger from The Queen’s Nose


For some of these I have provided links, for others it’s best you research them yourself.

February 2016
20 tools a freelance graphic designer can’t live without
© 2017 Zef Cherry-Kynaston