Dahlia Creative Graphic Designer


Some of my favourite things!

Below is a number of resources that I used regularly to run my business and keep me sain. And the amazing part about this list is that some of them are affiliate links so just sharing this information with you might make me a few dollars if you purchase via this page, and at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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Royalty Free Images

Deposit Photos – This is probably one of the most secure in regards to getting safe photos that are free of copyright drama. They also have some vectors.

Creative Fabrica – Great for fonts, vectors, backgrounds and textures. I’ve even used a lot of their type effects and disected them to learn how to make my own. 

Creative Market – Another great page for fonts, they have many from the type houses too. Also great for downloading large collections of matching images, backgrounds and symbols to make themed stationary.  


Google Workplace – I have my own web host account, I could host my email myself, but I choose to use the google servers for all our emails because it is more secure then shared IP hosting and it gets marked as spam way less often. 

Quickbooks Online – I do all my accounting with this software, it’s super easy to do your GST and Tax Returns with it also as it gives you really simple reports that you can just copy and paste the figures from. 


Pattern Pulse Volumn 1 – The first Pattern Pulse book, it’s available on Kindle which is fantastic because ifI don’t have a lot of room for physical books and I love just looking through this and reading peoples journeys while waiting in the school pickup line. 

Pattern Pulse Volumn 2 – It’s only available printed right now but it such a pretty book and really inspiring to see such successful artists making beautiful things. 

Digital Drawing Tools

Drawing Glove – These things are a godsend if you do digital drawing. Sometimes when I’m drawing in Procreate or Adobe Fresco my iPad decides to be ULTRA sensative and my palm just makes it go bonkers. These gloves are comfy to wear and stop the screen from reacting to my hands.

Apple Pencil Nibs – I didn’t realise I had worn down my Apple Pencil nib until I scratched my screen, it was only a little scratch but it stopped me drawing until these showed up, so now keep a backup of a few of them and check my nibs regularly. 


Adobe Cloud – Industry standard for the graphic design industry. Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign are programs I use DAILY. 

Procreate – This program is a drawing program that does way more than just drawing. You can make animations, patterns, composite images and even some typography. This is only available on iPads. 

Goodnotes – I use this program on my MacBook, iPad and even my phone. I setup notebooks for each of my clients and I add inspo images and notes during communication. It makes a work file of our history which is handy to look back on.

Mock Ups

Shots – Make beautiful website mockups online buy uploading screenshots. This page does not work on Safari so make sure you have another browser handy.