100 Best Design Blogs for Inspiration, Tutorials & Tips
If you’re looking for the best design blogs to follow… you’re in the right place.
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I’ve spent the last few days curating this list from my Feedly collection and suggestions from other designers — I’ve certainly come across a few fantastic resources in the process.
If I’ve left any incredible design blogs out of the list you feel should have made the cut, feel free to leave a comment at the end — I’ll review and keep the list as up-to-date as possible!
Let’s start the list with a bit of shameless self-promotion if only to get it out of the way…
Inkbot Design’s Blog — http://inkbotdesign.com/blog — We focus on articles aimed to help young designers, along with a few here and there to help my clients with their own brand.
General Design Blogs
Abduzeedo — http://www.abduzeedo.com/ — A popular blog that covers a range of topics for designers and creatives, primarily as interviews and tutorials.
Creative Bloq — http://www.creativebloq.com/ — “Your daily dose of design tips and inspiration” perfectly sums up the Creative Bloq — be sure to bookmark this one!
AisleOne — http://www.aisleone.net/ — An inspirational resource focused on design, typography, minimalism and modernism.
99Designs Blog — http://99designs.co.uk/designer-blog/ — yeah, we all hate crowdsourcing and it’s unethical approach, but the 99Designs blog can be a regularly engaging read. I’ll give them that.
Swissmiss — http://www.swiss-miss.com/ — clearly Swiss-inspired design blog which features a lot of creative images — be sure to check out their “tiny objects and Pantone chips” series.
The Next Web’s Creative News — http://thenextweb.com/section/creative/ — TNW’s creative section of the blog is a superb resource for all things related to creative people. If you’re interested, they do have other sections worth looking at such as ’tech’, ‘money’ and ‘apps’ in the menu.
Hongkiat — http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/ — Design tips, tutorials and inspiration.
You The Designer — http://www.ucreative.com/design/ — Topic spanning design blog with a bunch of great content to suit almost every designer’s needs.
How Design Blog — http://www.howdesign.com/how-design-blog/ — Covers all the latest design news, trends and visual inspiration to keep you up-to-date.
Graphic Design Blog — http://www.graphicdesignblog.co.uk/ — Another all-encompassing, yet high-quality blog on everything graphic design related.
Designrfix — http://designrfix.com/ — I find myself here regularly when I come across the ‘design deals’ and freebies, but they have great articles too.
Designer Daily — http://www.designer-daily.com/ — Blogs updated every day, like this one, are perfect for catching all the special design deals.
Shillington Design Blog — http://shillingtondesignblog.com/ — Just a great mix of well-written, informative articles and lovely visuals.
Graphic Mania — http://www.graphicmania.net/ — Design tutorials, vector packs and photography ideas all in one blog.
Company Folders’ Blog — http://www.companyfolders.com/blog/ — A bunch of designer resources and articles like: “14 ways to be the worst person on your graphic design team.”
Form Fifty Five — http://formfiftyfive.com/ — Graphic Design inspiration from around the world.
Graphic Design Junction — http://graphicdesignjunction.com/ — Full of design inspiration, free resources such as vector images/fonts, along with some great tutorials.
Roberto Blake’s Blog — http://robertoblake.com/articles/ — One of only a few designers to embrace video that I’ve come across, I recommend subscribing to his channel.
Creative Roots — http://creativeroots.org/ — A brilliant approach to art and design inspiration from around the world, filtered by countries.
Dexigner — http://www.dexigner.com/ — An online portal for designers, architects, illustrators, engineers, artists, and creatives of all kinds.
HND Graphics — http://www.hndgraphics.co/ — Curated by the Richmond Upon Thames College, this blog provides a lot of information to young designers and students.
Design Juices — http://www.designjuices.co.uk/ — Features a bunch of great articles in general, but what stands out here are the frequent interviews with designers.
UI / UX & Web Design Blogs
Designmodo — http://designmodo.com/ — With a focus on the web and developer related articles, I find Designmodo an excellent resource to learn UI and UX through their tutorials and advice.
Smashing Magazine — http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ — Another great resource for learning the basics of web design and development, super helpful for print designers like myself.
Spyre Studios — http://spyrestudios.com/ — A favourite web design and development blog, Spyre Studios offers some intermediate web tutorials amongst general design inspiration and advice.
Vandelay Design — http://www.vandelaydesign.com/blog/ — One of the most popular web design blogs, Vandelay Design, provides a breadth of articles of interest to most designers, both web and print based.
Web Design Ledger — http://webdesignledger.com/ — Continually interesting publication, focusing on many of the technical elements of web design.
Spoon Graphics — http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/ — Maybe better suited in the general design category, but Chris’ blog has some great web-based tutorials.
Boagworld — https://boagworld.com/blog/ — An excellent resource for both web and digital advice from Paul Boag.
Line25 — http://line25.com/ — A place to share web design ideas and inspiration through articles, tutorials and examples of stunning site designs.
Grain Edit — http://grainedit.com/ — A mix of contemporary graphic design inspiration and vintage/retro, illustrative styles to peruse.
Awwwards Blog — http://www.awwwards.com/blog/ — Best known for their web design awards, their design blog deserves just as much credit.
Tuts Plus — http://tutsplus.com/blog — Mostly tutorials, which you’d expect, but their general design articles are great reads as well.
I Can Be Creative — http://www.icanbecreative.com/ — A great resource for design resources, trends and inspiration.
Creative Overflow — http://creativeoverflow.net/ — Does a good job of covering all elements of web design, not just the technical side of things.
Design Follow — http://www.designfollow.com/ — Articles, resources and tutorials in a range of design topics.
Interactive Red’s Blog — https://www.interactivered.com/blog/ — Great blog that focuses on the digital, mobile and interactive side of design.
Digital Telepathy’s Blog — http://www.dtelepathy.com/blog/ — Insights and best practices for UX and product design.
1st Web Designer — http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/blog/ — With a community of respected web design professionals, great articles are almost guaranteed!
Web Designer Depot — http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/ — a hugely popular web design blog that seems to cover all the topics well.
UX Magazine — http://uxmag.com/ — Defining and informing the complex world of user experience or UX.
Creative Nerds — http://creativenerds.co.uk/ — Design inspiration, freebies and tutorials.
Branding & Graphic Design Blogs
David Airey’s Blog — http://www.davidairey.com/ — David regularly publishes great articles on a range of topics from Branding advice to architecture, interspersed with informative posts providing incredible advice for other designers based on his experience.
The Design Blog — http://thedsgnblog.com/ — With great attention to detail, the Design Blog always provides a great hub of visual inspiration. Every day there’s a particular type of post, such as “Designer of the Week”, “Friday Freebies” etc. so keep checking in!
The Logo Smith’s Blog — http://imjustcreative.com/blog — I’ve been a longtime fan of Graham’s blog and his writing style — regularly a reliable resource of inspiration, information and educational posts about life as a freelance graphic designer.
Branding Served — http://www.brandingserved.com/ — A curated selection of work from the leading creatives on Behance.
Identity Designed — http://identitydesigned.com/ — An excellent showcase of the behind the scenes of branding projects, with a lot of contributions from the designers themselves involved in the work.
BP&O — http://bpando.org/ — Branding, Packaging and the Opinions of graphic designer Richard Baird. I always see a lot of gorgeous work here that hasn’t seemingly been published elsewhere.
Logogeek’s Blog — http://logogeek.uk/logo-design-blog/ — Ian aka “Logogeek” provides an excellent resource of well-written, informative articles for designers, especially those who specialise in logos and branding.
Logo Designer Blog — http://www.logo-designer.co/ — A great blog I only came across recently, with a clear focus on logo design and branding.
For Print Only — http://www.underconsideration.com/fpo/ — A sub-section of UnderConsideration, For Print Only offers a great selection of printed media.
Richard Baird’s Blog — http://www.richardbaird.co.uk/blog/ — Big fan of Rich’s work, an almost bigger fan of his articles and writing!
Design Taxi — http://designtaxi.com/category/Graphic%20Design — Journaling ideas since 2003, Design Taxi provides inspiration and creativity daily.
Lovely Package — http://lovelypackage.com/ — Curating the very best in packaging design.
Fonts In Use Blog — http://fontsinuse.com/blog — if you haven’t heard of ‘Fonts In Use’, check them out while your own their blog — it’s a fantastic idea where designers work out the fonts for use in specific projects or images.
I Love Typography — http://ilovetypography.com/ — Fonts, typefaces and all other things typographical!
Type For You — http://www.typeforyou.org/ — A blog on typography, with news, interviews and always beautiful font inspiration.
Type token — http://www.typetoken.net/ — Showcasing and discussing the world of typography, icons and visual language.
The Fox Is Black — http://thefoxisblack.com/ — Love the name. Love the logo. Love the blog!
It’s Nice That — http://www.itsnicethat.com/ — “Championing creativity since 2007” is their tagline, so you know they’re established as a design hub.
The Dieline — http://www.thedieline.com/ — My personal, go-to resource for inspiration on developing a brand out across a product or through it’s packaging.
Booooooom — http://www.booooooom.com/ — Hope I got the right amount of “o’s” in this one! Great website for daily, visual inspiration.
Inspiration feed — http://inspirationfeed.com/ — This blog always has a lot of decent lists, money saving deals and resources for designers.
Iain Claridge’s Blog — http://www.iainclaridge.co.uk/blog/ — Serves as a “repository for random morsels of ocular delight” — love it.
The Inspiration Grid — http://theinspirationgrid.com/ — Brings you the best creative stories from around the world.
Good Design Makes Me Happy — http://www.gooddesignmakesmehappy.com/ — Another that should be fairly clear. If you like good design, you’ll love this blog.
We And The Color — http://weandthecolor.com/ — A great blog for daily art and design inspiration.
Design Everywhere’s Tumblr — http://designeverywhere.tumblr.com/ — A visual showcase of carefully selected graphic design work from around the world.
From Up North — http://www.fromupnorth.com/ — They do have an ‘articles’ section if that’s your thing — I appreciate their visual inspiration.
Inspired Mag — http://inspiredm.com/ — A popular blog about design, development and inspiration.
Site Inspire — http://www.siteinspire.com/ — Showing some of the most beautiful websites currently on the go.
Inspiration Hut — http://inspirationhut.net/ — Daily art/design inspiration and downloads.
Design Clever’s Tumblr — http://designclever.tumblr.com/ — a beautiful Tumblog of every design imaginable.
Freelance, Business & Lifestyle
99U — http://99u.com/ — 99U, from Behance, provides some interesting articles on the day-to-day running of business, freelancing and productivity tips. I mean, who doesn’t want to read an article entitled “The Undeniable Benefits of Being Weird?”
Co. Design — http://www.fastcodesign.com/ — Although they pay a lot of attention to the design side of things, I appreciate more wide-ranging articles on everything from geeky gadgets to global interest posts.
Justcreative’s Blog — http://justcreative.com/ — Again, a blog that could probably go in the design section, Jacob provides an excellent resource for young designers looking to get into the business of design.
NuSchool — http://thenuschool.com/home — Some of the absolute best articles providing education for creative professionals. Worth the read!
Creative Review — http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog — The CR blog offers super high-quality posts on a range of topics along with their published magazine.
Freelance Folder — http://freelancefolder.com/blog/ — Actionable insights and advice on all things freelance.
Clients From Hell — http://clientsfromhell.net/ — Think you have a bad customer, think again. Spend a few minutes here for a laugh/cringe.
Paul Jarvis’ Articles — https://pjrvs.com/articles — First of all, love the simplicity of the site. Content wise, excellent insights from Paul Jarvis.
Cameron Moll’s Blog — http://www.cameronmoll.com/ — Cameron covers a bit of everything in his blog, which I love, especially the “miscellaneous banter” as he puts it.
Subtraction — http://www.subtraction.com/ — Great posts from Khoi Vinh on a range of topics, love the minimal layout too.
Stuff and Nonsense — http://stuffandnonsense.co.uk/blog — Their description says all you need to know: “Stuff & nonsense and all that malarkey.”
Ciera Design’s Blog — http://cieradesign.com/blog/ — Ciera’s blog contains a wealth of inspiration, advice and range of topics that will appeal to all freelancers.
Rair’s Blog — http://www.rair.co.uk/blog/ — Lost of interesting articles from industry news to start-up advice and legal matters.
Pinnate Road’s Blog — http://www.pinegateroad.com/blog/ — Kelsey’s blog features a lot of great advice to running a business and freelancing as a designer.
Brent Galloway’s Blog — http://brentgalloway.me/blog — Brent is a US based, freelance designer whose blog offers a great insight into his day to day life.
Jessica Hische’s Thoughts — http://www.jessicahische.is/thinkingthoughts — A lot of personal insights in this blog, along with some great advice and tips for freelancing.
Sacha Greif’s Blog — http://sachagreif.com/ — Sacha is a respected designer, coder and entrepreneur whose blog offers ideas, tips and advice for up and coming designers amongst personal updates and news.
Sievers Creative — https://www.sieverscreative.com/news-and-updates/ — A creative blog about marketing, web design and advertising. Always good advice to be found here.
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Originally published at http://inkbotdesign.com/100-best-design-blogs on March 6, 2017.