Graphic design blogs offer a lot more than you may expect. Despite how fascinating the art of graphic design is, it can also get awfully tedious when you’re doing it day after day. And the answer to a lack of inspiration is never throwing in the towel or giving up. Instead, one of the easiest things you can do to get yourself some of that good, old inspiration is to read graphic design blogs, infographics, or articles.
It’s a simple yet brilliantly effective way to step into the graphic design world and suddenly find yourself in the (virtual) vicinity of like-minded individuals who know precisely what they’re talking about.
We compiled a list of ten of the most amazing graphic design blogs for your regular dose of inspiration to help you out. All of these excel in different areas and offer some of the most stellar content on Graphic Design out there.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right into them.
1. The Inspiration Grid
Our first candidate is a real winner. It is one of the best ways to get a glimpse into other designers’ work. More importantly, it allows the readers to look at real examples of designs that cut. And that’s what the Inspiration Grid is all about. As the website proudly states, it’s their selection of the “best compositions combining typography, graphic elements, and page layout techniques.”
To really find the kind of material that would benefit you, it usually takes some time to browse through the relevant content. Only after you’ve done that, you can see what stands out the most. With this blog, you can find an array of articles written to help educate or inspire you.
2. Create by Adobe
As a graphic designer, Create by Adobe should act as a great resource for you. It is available both online and as a mobile app. This blog has themes and inspirational content on everything from illustration and web design to branding and photography.
Besides, it’s no news that Adobe is a trustworthy resource – given that most of us use their software for all our design work. So, if anyone in the field knows what they’re talking about, it’s probably their blog.
Abduzeedo has a simple mission: To be an open channel to the design community, encouraging its followers’ feedback. A blog with some beautiful visuals, Abduzeedo features daily inspirations and trends from the design world.
The best part? It has a special emphasis on 3D, which doesn’t get a lot of attention from other design blogs.
The content mostly comes from a collective of individual writers that share articles on various subjects. This ranges from architecture and design to photography and UX.
Meanwhile, you can also find tutorials and how-to guides, especially those interested in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
4. Design Week
Founded in 1986, Design Week once used to be a print design magazine, one of the UK’s leading businesses. As it shifted online, it continued to prioritize its designers’ based audience.
Offering you some high-quality news articles and inspiration, it all focuses around themes of graphics, branding, digital, product, interior, and more!
5. DropBox Design
We all have heard of or used Dropbox as a file-sharing tool at some point in our professional careers, but what’s all this about a blog? Yes, Dropbox actually has a blog too called Dropbox Design, and as the name suggests, it fits right here on the list.
Not just that, but it also exceeds expectations when it comes to quality! The site features a wide range of UX articles, including topics like user research, project management, and design tooling.
6. Creative Boom
Creative Boom is all about celebrating, inspiring, and supporting the creative community. With an amazing section on graphic design, it has the potential to inspire you on the regular. And that’s just the start.
The magazine also features thought-provoking interviews with some of the world’s leading designers – Paula Scher is a recent example.
7. Logo Design Love
This one is specific to logo designers and has a load of content to inspire you to create great logos. It features logo designs worldwide and goes into the nitty-gritty of logo designing to help you better visualize them.
With a well-curated demonstration of the latest logos and even reviews regarding related work (such as logo design books), you’ll find Logo Design Love to be a nice retreat for logo designers.
8. Illustration Age
Once again, we’re getting into a specific type of graphic design: illustrations. And Illustration Age is a beautiful resource for anyone in that niche! It’s a delightful selection of various comic books, articles, artwork, classes, and design tools. This blog’s uniqueness lies in its ability to compete at a high quantity and quality level of content – all of which are directed towards creatives and designers.
Even just looking at the image above, you can probably tell that this blog looks like a classy, educational resource rich with content. Regularly updated, many of the works feature designers from the past, delving into their history and giving you a deep dive into how they used to work. So, if you’re interested in history, you’ll absolutely adore this blog.
Essentially a virtual show-and-tell for graphic designers, Dribble allows space for community interaction. You can share your current projects, view what others are working on, and share feedback. It’s a great way to get insight into your work and learn new things. Moreover, the blog also lets you promote your work to have a solely design-oriented platform to take advantage of.
10. Smashing Magazine
Smashing Magazine primarily focuses on design usability, SEO, UX, and other functional aspects of design. The kind of posts they publish range from small tips, such as why designers should never use “Click Here” in links, to principles of technical SEO and how you can think about mobile design in a better way.
And that’s not all! The blog also offers job boards and events to help designers connect with employers and build networks. So, it’s worth checking out.
Let’s Get Our Design On!
So, designers, we hope these ten graphic design blogs help inspire and enlighten you whenever you need them to and then some more! Take your time to browse through these hidden gems, pick your favorites, and bookmark them for the future.
From visual ideas to space for the design community to interact, you’ll find valuable content on these websites. And a little inspiration can go a long way. You’ll find that true, very soon.