This is what started it all for me. About 10 years ago I began putting together vector packs for personal use. It was just a great way to organize my own creative resources. I shared them with friends, and eventually made them available for free through my portfolio.
What I didn't expect was how well received those packs would be. Their warm reception helped me to make new contacts in the industry and even landed me a bit of contract work.
The packs were limited by a number of factors when compared today's process, but no one seemed to mind at the time. I did, and still do, but such is the life of a designer. Things we take for granted today, like the resolution of the source images, processing power and the software available to convert raster to vector all played a role in the quality of the product. That's not to say the work suffered, in fact, a lot of the pieces are really great, but I would approach some of them differently if I were doing them over. They drove site traffic though, and that was fine by me.
And then I sort of just let it fizzle.
My portfolio redesigns didn't include the original vector packs for download, and although I continued to use many of the assets I had created, I never stayed on top of organizing the new pieces that I continued to make.
The launch of Downloads For Designers is in part a result of my course correction back towards strict organization of the assets I've created. And with that, I think rereleasing a few of those original vectors back into the wild is the obvious move.
I hope you'll get as much use out of them as I have.