Design Resources


nyc Style Guide: Find the City’s guidelines for design elements such as typography and color.

nyc City of New York Technical Logo Guidelines: Request a copy of the City’s official logo use guidelines.

nyc Civic Service Design Tools + Tactics: Learn how to execute service-oriented, user-focused design with this toolkit, created by the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity.

public 18F Design Methods Cards: Use this comprehensive inventory of design research methods to pick the right exercise for your project phase.


public Google Material Design Color Tool: Create color palettes while measuring the accessibility of color combinations.

public WebAim Color Contrast Checker: Check the accessibility levels of different color combinations at different sizes.

public a11y Project: Find how-tos for accessible coding and design.

public Tota11y Accessibility Visualization Toolkit: Add this plugin to your browser to review sites for accessibility compliance.


nyc NYC Department of Records and Information Services Municipal Archives: Find historical images and media from the City’s Municipal Archives. Contact the Municipal Archives for more information.

nyc City of New York Photo Library: Find free photos from NYC Mayor’s Office of Photography and NYC & Co to use in your work. Contact the Digital Blueprint team for access.

nyc NYC & Co Icons: Find icons that are free to use for all City agencies. This icon set was created by NYC & Co, and inspired by the logo.

public Unsplash: Use this complimentary database of high-resolution, copyright-free images for your projects. Make sure they follow the City’s photo requirements.

public Noun Project: Search this database of free icons available for download.