Inspiration comes in many forms and ways, hiding behind every nook and corner. As long as inspiration exists, professional development can never end. Whether you’re a professional designer or website owner who understands the importance of good design, it’s always good to keep your design skills fresh and your knowledge of trends and best practices current. These 25 design blogs are great resources for helping you do so!
Abduzeedo is a site that is backed up by several individual writers. They share articles about architecture, design, photography and UX. Their most unique feature is their 3D work.
2. High on Design
High on Design has so many amazing features, it is almost impossible to decide your favourite ones. Some of them include book reviews, designer interviews, well-thought out descriptions of designs, and even a monthly playlist of songs!
3. Adobe Creative Magazine
Create is Adobe’s online vibrant magazine, ironically created for the ‘creatives’. You can visit the site for inspiration and tutorials on photography, illustration, graphic design, UI/UX design, motion graphics, video, and much more! Adobe Create was formerly known as the Adobe Inspire Magazine.
4. A Beautiful Mess
A Beautiful Mess is a lifestyle company focused on creating happiness through a homemade lifestyle, founded by sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. It contains amazing tips for photography tutorials, textile-printing advice, a mouth-watering food section and a facial care package.
5. Creative Bloq
Creative Bloq contains detailed tutorials, reviews of equipment and software and other valuable content that helps designers keep their mind fresh and up-to-date with all the latest developments and trends.
The Canva Blog is a place for design inspiration and ideas, a place to share and learn. The Canva articles are very interesting and the site is one of the most stunning websites you can see!
Onextrapixel (OXP) is a leading online magazine and resource site for designers and web developers. It is a Singapore based portal that aims to collect, explore, as well as share useful tips, news, tutorials, tools and resources, on design, development and other inspirational topics.
8. Fotor Blog
Fotor offers tutorials for solving common design problems in the most common design tools as well as articles and tutorials for getting a job as a graphic designer or growing your graphic design freelance business.
9. Creative Nerds
Creative Nerds uploads open-source icons, fonts, and brushes for Photoshop. These include surface textures, bold vector elements, and paint splashes you can add to your Photoshop toolset.
10. Creative Market
Creative Market is all about uniqueness. It highlights the work that stands out among others. It also gives valuable advice on how to build a career in design and digital career.
11. Smashing Magazine
Smashing Magazine provides you various features, each competing for your admiration. It even provides the approximate number of minutes it would take to read! Click the “Seriously, red?” button on the website for a surprise!
12. Inspiration Feed
Inspiration Feed is pretty stunning to look at and the articles and content it provides is, no other way to say it, amazing! You can find industry guidelines, case studies, design & development resources, tips & tricks, and other related web articles to help you build valuable skill sets in your personal and professional career.
13. Design Clever
Design Clever is a collaboration started by Jonathan Ring and Bethany Baker, two aspiring graphic designers with a passion for everything design related. It was created to showcase talented designers all over the world. They also take submissions, so if you’re a designer you can submit anything you’ve created!
Handimania’s speciality is the do-it-yourself articles! It teaches you to knit, crochet, sew, cook, etc. The website is beautifully crafted and is a must follow!
AIGA, Eye on Design, blog promises to give you something different. It is a non-profit design organization working in the United States. It provides you the top design stories on a weekly basis: Mondays, Thursdays, or sometimes, both!
Millo’s articles make very interesting reads. It specialises in business tips, and can also help you make your career!
17. Inspiration Grid
Inspiration Grid is the go-to for learning about what creative pioneers are up to. Filter thousands of blogs by specific categories you’re interested in, such as advertising, logo design, and technology. If you’re looking to design a logo for packaging or in need of creative lettering designs, you’ll find that and more on Inspiration Grid.
18. Design Beep
Designbeep discusses developments in mobile marketing and social media trends. It also has recommendations for WordPress themes and plugins.
Sitepoint, earlier known as Design Festival, publishes tutorials and inspirational posts that address topics like app typography and the basics of performing A/B Testing with Google.
20. Illustration Age
The articles of Illustration Age are a great read for anyone who’s interested in graphic arts and enjoys great illustration works. It also offers a variety of educational opportunities and online classes.
21. Old Brand New
Old Brand New is a creative studio specializing in design, art direction, branding, photography, and brand partnerships. It is all about home design projects, with a stunning website.
22. Logo Design Love
Logo Design Love is a beautifully designed website by David Airey. It is focused on stunning logos from all over the world.
Httpster is a collection of the most beautiful websites submitted by people all over the world. It is beautifully designed and is indeed “rocking” as the website claims.
24. Digital Arts
Digital Arts is a UK-focused online magazine for professional designers, with a focus on techniques, best practices and useful resources. It is somewhat like an online newspaper, but with amazing reads!
25. Eye Magazine
Eye Magazine, the international review of graphic design, is a quarterly print magazine on graphic design and visual culture. It, and its associated blog, features a range of critical, informed writing about design and visual culture.
There we have it. The 25 most eye-catching, beautifully designed design blogs, ready for you to sweep through them all! Take some time to check out these blogs and see if they get the creative juices flowing. Your website will be better for it!