From time to time every creative person needs some additional inspiration to keep creating original and innovative things. Luckily, we’ve got the internet with all it’s wonderful design blogs and websites to offer fresh ideas. For your inspiration needs we’ve combed through every inch of the web to bring you 27 of the best design blogs in existence. On top of that, we’ve organized them into seven categories:
- Web design and mobile
- Logo blogs
- Posters & books
If you can’t find inspiration here, there’s a 89% chance you’re a robot. Enjoy!
Creative Digest is the ideal online resource not only for designers and design lovers, but for all creative professionals and digital entrepreneurs. The blog covers a wide range of topics, from web design and decision making to personal branding and omni-channel marketing. Creative Digest focusses on categories such as “Design”, “Arts”, “Tech” and “Career and Startups”, so you can keep tabs on all your passions and easily find the topics most relevant to you. For £1.99 you can become a “pro member” and gain access to their exclusive job board, interesting creative resources, news and an ad-free experience on the blog.
If you want to keep up with the latest design trends and news, Design Week is what you are looking for. Founded in 1986, Design Week is the most famous design blog in the UK. Before it became online-only in 2011, it was the UK’s leading design magazine. It’s high quality, well written news and inspirational pieces span across a variety of topics, such as graphic design, branding, product packaging, furniture and more. If your are looking for inspiration in the design world, this site should be on your daily reading list.
It’s no secret that Creative Boom is a great inspirational resource. About half a million users already read this blog for a regular dose of creativity. Focusing on a wide range of different categories, from art to photography and graphic design, Creative Boom aims at helping creative professionals at every stage of their career—whether they have just graduated, started a new job or launched their own business. The icing on the cake are their interviews with the most inspiring creatives as well as a complete series of articles dedicated to travel, with creative guides to cities such as New York or Melbourne.
Singapore-based design blog Onextrapixel shares helpful tips, news, tutorials and tools to satisfy all your design needs. The professional articles focus on quality and are easy to understand and implement in your own work. This is a great learning platform for anyone interested in design. It will help you understand the basics of design and graphics and provide you with tips and tricks as well as all the sources you need. You can even become a part of the Onextrapixel community and get in touch with all the other inspiring designers, entrepreneurs and developers out there.
What they told us about themselves: “We are one of the oldest web design magazine on the planet, we started around 2008 or 2009, and still growing strong. Plus, we don’t have a ton of ads like other sites & we recently revamped the design. We keep our readers up-to-date with the latest trends & news in the industry.”
Creative Bloq offers inspiration in any creative area. Whether it’s 3D printing, digital art or UX design, you can find anything among the more than 80 categories of this blog. Additionally, this blog provides you with useful sources to improve your skills, such as „20 great free resources for learning typography“ or „14 fabulous tutorials to improve your logo design“.
Whether you are a web designer, a web developer or a digital marketer, at WebdesignerDepot you can find content to keep you inspired and motivated. From interviews with the biggest names around the web to the latest coding trends, WebdesignerDepot covers it all. This blog will provide you with the freshest web design ideas the internet has to offer. But it is thanks to the “freebie” category that WebdesignerDepot really gains an edge over other sites. Here, you can download an abundance of free fonts, icons and templates that will make your life as a web designer easier and enable you to continuously improve your skills.
The blog run by InVision—the world’s leading design collaboration platform, where users can review and test web and mobile products—covers a range of topics, from web design and web development tips to business advice and productivity hacks for freelancers. Their blog is almost entirely written by contributors and readers, who can decide freely which topic they would like to focus on.
Posts turn out best when the writer is truly passionate and excited about what they’re writing about.
This is what they told us about their blog: “Instead of handing out story assignments, we leave it up to contributors to decide what they’d like to write about. I think posts turn out best when the writer is truly passionate and excited about what they’re writing about, so I always encourage contributors to cover something they love discussing with colleagues in real life. While most company blogs focus on their own products and are pretty self-promotional, we treat ours as a design publication in the hope that it’s genuinely helpful to people in the community—everyone from UX designers to content strategists, executives to developers.” — Kristin Hillery, Contributions Editor at InVision
Httpster specialises on showcasing the best web design. It’s an awesome source of inspiration for anyone interested in web design or on the verge of building their own website. This simple and elegant blog presents you with the coolest and most beautiful websites worldwide. You can filter the featured websites according to the categories you are interested in, such as online stores, fashion, travel or culture. Or you can look for specific styles such as responsive, interactive, dark or typographic. A wonderful place to browse and gather ideas for your next web design project.
What they told us about themselves: “Most of our content is submitted to us by talented designers and developers from all around the world who are genuinely proud of their craft. We manually follow up each website submitted to us, vet it for quality, and categorise and screenshot it. You can see the care, detail, and thought that’s gone into the websites we feature and it’s humbling to be curators of such inspiring work.
In any industry being the best means having your finger on the pulse; being aware of exciting developments happening around you. Our goal with Httpster is to be right there at the forefront of web design and to share that with the wider design community.” – Dominic Whittle & Tom Fitzgerald (Curators / Httpster)
Branding, Packaging & Opinion
If there ever was a household name in logo opinion, it would be Richard Baird, the founder and editor of Brand, Packaging & Opinion. You can check out his personal design work here. Baird offers extremely in depth reviews of both logos and packaging, which he clearly delineates between on his site.
His writing style is highly opinionated and expressive—perfect for firing you up to design a quality logo that you’re proud of. This website is also refreshing in that Baird writes about lesser known logos such as the True Honey Co. and Happy Maple.
Logo Design Love
Logo Design Love launched in 2008 and is updated roughly twice a week. This is the “sister” site of Identity Designed (also worth checking out). Logo Design Love was originally a book on logos and has evolved into a well-known website that takes a multitude of perspectives on logo design.
According to founder Armin Vit, Brand New is a logo “bitch-fest”. Put more tactfully, the site features “opinions on corporate and brand identity work.” It surfaced in 2006 as a branch of well-known design firm and blog network Underconsideration LLC (another great resource). The site is divided into three main sections—Reviews, Objective Notes and Minor Descriptions. This blog is largely inspiring in its honesty—something both rare and useful in today’s design industry.
Wrap magazine is primarily a print magazine that is published twice a year and celebrates contemporary illustration. Their blog, on the other hand, features a specific style of illustration, and showcases highlights from the magazine, plus additional works by inspirational artists. This Tumblr provides a never-ending stream of eye candy, which is often just what you need when seeking inspiration!
The Illustration Age staff is eight illustrator/artists deep. You can check them out by clicking here. The site is packed with hand-picked resources, such as online classes, digital tools, art director contacts, competitions, books and podcasts.
This blog is also unique in that it produces self-created content such as creative pep talks and artistic challenges. In other words they aren’t just regurgitating the internet! Expect high resolution eye candy and highly skilled designer features.
CIA – Central Illustration Agency
CIA – Central Illustration Agency features photo-dense articles with all the necessary info on featured artists and illustrators. Their refined taste in illustration spans a wide spectrum of styles within illustration. The CIA blog is divided into two main sections—one for animators and one for illustrators. The illustration section can be found by clicking here. Additionally, for those internet-addicts out there, this blog is updated almost every day!
WOGD – Women of Graphic Design
It’s always important to feature women in graphic design (and to raise awareness to their struggle in the male dominated field). Women of Graphic Design does just that in a celebratory style. The blog isn’t specifically limited to posters and book designs, but it features a large amount of content in that medium.
WOGD is curated by Tori Hinn, who’s work you can find here, Kathleen Sleboda, who’s work you can find here, and six additional curators. The blog features mostly current work by female designers around the world and has the power to inspire designers of all genders.
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nv s b l ty is the mysterious and cleverly-named blog of Ross Berens, who you can find here. It is updated about once a month and features incredible designs that are well worth the wait. There’s no filler here and not much info on the blog either; just clean, minimal, drool-inducing design images.
The Book Design Blog
According to the site, The Book Design Blog “aims to find and showcase inspirational publications from around the world.” The blog was founded and is currently curated by designer Paul Murray, who’s work you can find here. The site features an inspiration section that is organized into 5 parts: books, book covers, magazines, zines and everything else.
This blog has good balance of image content and opinion. This is really the go-to blog for book design inspiration!
Quoting from the site, Grain Edit “is focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period.” The site content includes interviews, articles, designers’ libraries as well as examples of rare design annuals, type specimens, Ephemera, posters and vintage kids books from the curators bookshelves.
Expect simple, informative write-ups and image dense articles. Most articles also feature a useful “also worth viewing” section, which is a great wormhole of inspiration.
The Dieline was founded by Andrew Gibbs, who in his early years designed branding for Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and Jelly Belly. In the evolution of The Dieline, six other contributors have joined.
According to the website, “The Dieline’s purpose is to define and promote the world’s best package design, and provide a place where the package design community can review, critique and stay informed of the latest trends and projects being created in the field.”
The blog has five features: Articles, concepts, before & after, collections and top 10. The site is additionally tagged by industry (beauty, home, office, etc.) and substrates (aluminum, fabric, glass, etc.), which is extremely helpful if you are seeking inspiration for a very specific industry or material.
Ambalaj was founded in 2008 by designer Kristina de Verdier and currently features three other contributors. This blog focuses slightly more on innovation. The site is updated once to twice a month and the wait is well worth it. The featured articles are unique and feature topics well worth talking about, such as 3D-printed Algae Packaging and The Circular Economy of Packaging. This blog is highly inspirational for eco-minded designers!
POTW – Packaging of the World
From the POTW website – “Packaging of the World is one of the most prominent package design website showcasing the most interesting and creative work worldwide.” It is curated by four renowned art directors, designers and writers: Derrick Lin, Jaden Law, Carroll Ho and Joe Hickman.
Most articles feature write-ups, quotes from the designers and other necessary info to understanding each design product. The featured projects, such as a wonderfully minimal first aid kit student redesign are unique and worthwhile.
Package Design Matters
Package Design Matters operates as a magazine, yet also maintains a content-rich blog that is dedicated to, in their words, “elevating the collaborative design process.” The blog contains five main sections: news, perspective, design reviews, product spotlights and a video section called “Innovation TV.”
typetoken is like rich chocolate. Every single article is polished, every single aspect of the blog is given high attention to detail, and the site is perfectly organized into sections: icon, publication, theory, typeface, visual language, event, identity and art.
According to the blog, typetoken “asks you to join its journey into the symbolic world of typography”. typetoken is a collaboration between designers Mike Sullivan of Mister, Marc Millic of Modularlab and web designer David Cole of Mayfield Digital.
Founded by incredible typographer Jaimie Clarke, whose work you can find here, Type Worship features highly inspirational examples of typography from around the globe. Each example is accompanied by detailed information on the pieces, including dimensions, credits, locations and links. Expect excellent examples that are fun to look at.
You know when a typography blog has a music-festival-inspired article called The Summer Guide to Typography 2016: Where to go, that they are dead-serious about type. While little detail is given about typeroom up front, it is a copywrite of Parachute Fonts, an award-winning type foundry (and is likely operated by similar staff).
The blog is updated several times a week and articles are jam-packed with content, both in writing and images. It features cool topics such as When Lettering Meets Letterpress Miracles Will Happen.
Typostrate started as a personal blog but has grown into a crew of talented curators. The blog is updated roughly once a month with an intentional quality-over-quantity outlook. Expect great article topics such as Graffitti VS Typography. The site has many sections including one with inspirational quotes, and also contains more images than you will ever have time to look at!
What’s your favourite design blog? Let us know in the comments!