Architecture and Design Museum

Design Program Resources

A big thanks to our volunteer community for helping us create this list. 

Open Source 

Autodesk Sketchbook A raster graphics software application intended for expressive drawing and concept sketching. Free for students for 3 years.


Free and open source 3D creation suite
**alternative for Adobe Animate


Open source photography workflow application and raw developer
**alternative for Adobe Lightroom

3d parametric modeler
**alternative for AutoCAD


Free and open-source Image editor.
**alternative for Adobe Photoshop



Free and open-source vector graphics editor.**alternative for Adobe Illustrator

KritaFree and open-source raster graphics editor designed primarily for digital painting and 2D animation. This is used for concept, texture, VFX artists, illustrators and cartoonists.
**alternative for Adobe Photoshop

Open Toonz
Open-source animation production software
**alternative for Adobe Animate

Free, cross-platform raw image processing program
**alternative for Adobe Lightroom

Open Source Desktop Publishing
**alternative for Adobe Indesign


3d modeling software

Storyboarder Program that makes laying out your concepts easier.


Behance A key resource to find inspirational designs by other illustrators, graphic designers, product designers, and architects.

CanvaOffers 8,000+ free templates for social media posts, presentations, letters, etc. They also offer free stock photos and graphics.

CrelloCrello is the easiest online design tool to create animations and graphics for social and web.

Google FontsGoogle Fonts is a library of 1003 free licensed font families, an interactive web directory for browsing the library, and APIs for conveniently using the fonts via CSS and Android.

InfogramFree tool that offers access to a wide variety of graphs, charts and maps as well as the ability to upload pictures and videos to create cool infographics.

PhotopeaAn advanced image editor, which can work with both raster and vector graphics.  
Snappa Whip up graphics for social media, ads, blogs, and more.

Free Vector Graphics Software
**alternative for Adobe Illustrator


Afterlight 2A full-featured photo editing app with plenty of creative options.︎︎

Enlight PhotofoxA multifunctional photo editing application for photographers of any level. It contains the immense editing unit of tools for essential and progressed correcting of your photos. ︎︎

Prisma Photo EditorA photo editor app that creates amazing photo effects transforming your photos into paintings. ︎︎

SnapseedA complete and professional photo editor developed by Google ︎︎


A toolkit for storytellers. Create, edit and share beautiful stories with templates, text, fonts and filters.︎ / ︎

VSCOA photo editing tool that offers presets, standard editing tools, and a community to share your images with. ︎ / ︎

WhitagramWhitagram makes it easier to edit photos in preparation for an instagram post. You can edit the photo, the frame color/size and can add text. ︎