Part of being a designer is keeping up with the latest trends in design, and the Internet is full of fantastic blogs and resources to keep us up-to-date. Here are 10 of my favorites:
My absolute favorite collection of sites, Envato encompasses many different websites that I frequent for ideas and downloadables. The Envato Market includes separate marketplaces for pretty much anything you’d ever need, from stock photography from PhotoDune and print templates from GraphicRiver to audio clips from AudioJungle, and even full website templates from ThemeForest. Envato also has a library of tutorials on their tuts+ website covering many areas of design, coding, business and general computer skills.
While Creative Market does have a blog chock full of inspiration and business advice for freelancers, I love the resources offered on this site. Most of their downloads are paid, but each week, Creative Market has six different resources available for free downloads, in addition to their usual freebies. Creative Market has everything from unique fonts to vector packs for nearly any project you have.
Creative Review is a blog that I discovered recently and is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It includes categories from graphic design to advertising and marketing, so there’s something available for a variety of interests. The team at Creative Review have found some of the best creative from around the internet and curated it into a fantastic and minimalist website where the content is able to shine.
Abduzeedo is the first site I encountered when I was just starting out in design. It has been around for over a decade, providing daily inspiration for all areas of design. Abduzeedo is one of those sites that I visit when I need to get my creative juices flowing or if I’m feeling burned out. With 11 different collections of curated blogs, there’s something for everyone here.
Another “oldie but goodie,” Smashing Magazine has been delivering content for web designers and developers since 2006. In addition to blogs about graphic design, coding and UX design, Smashing also holds design conferences in multiple countries each year. In 2017, Smashing conferences were held in Spain, Germany, Canada and the U.S.
Creative Bloq is a great site for a variety of articles for designers. Like many other blogs, it includes lots of inspiration to get your creativity flowing. But it also offers advice, tips and tricks, tutorials, and software and hardware reviews. Want to learn a new Photoshop trick? Creative Bloq has it! Looking to purchase a new laptop, but aren’t sure which one’s best for your workflow? Creative Bloq has tons of reviews to help you!
If you love good branding and witty logos, you’ll love this blog! Logo Design Love [https://www.logodesignlove.com/] has blog posts about great new logos, and in-depth histories of some of the most iconic logos ever created, like Lego and Atari. Have you ever noticed the arrow in the FedEx logo and thought about how clever it is? Then Logo Design Love is for you!
Hongkiat has long been one of my go-to sites for freebies — especially mockup templates. But it also has a robust blog full of inspiration, how-tos and best-of lists in many different areas. Plus, there’s a whole section devoted entirely to technology-related topics — gadgets, coding and web hosting to name a few.
As the most specialized blog on this list, Litmus focuses solely on email marketing. It’s a much more technical blog than the others, but it’s invaluable for anyone who creates and builds custom emails. The Litmus blog includes articles for email marketers and designers, including design, coding, deliverability and more. It’s a great resource for those times when, no matter what you do, that email header just won’t align correctly.
The Shutterstock blog is a great resource for checking out current trends in design. The best part is that many of the blog posts from Shutterstock use graphics that you can purchase from the platform. Whenever Shutterstock spots a new trend and posts a new blog article, you can usually expect to find a couple of Shutterstock images within the article. But Shutterstock isn’t just selling their graphics here — their blogs are very informative and interesting. Having some stock graphics included is just a handy extra!
By Sara Ekart, Director of Creative Operations, Capture Higher Ed