Graphic design blogs can be excellent resources for design information, inspiration and tutorials. Many design blogs are written by industry leaders and offer an inside look into what they are interested in and inspired by. This list highlights some of the most popular design blogs.
the Dieline is a graphic design blog, with a continuous stream of packaging examples with brief descriptions. The photos are all high quality and blurbs are short and to-the-point, making the Dieline a great showcase of packaging and a good source of design inspiration... like having a constantly updated packaging book at your fingertips. You can dig into the archives by industry (such as fashion and pets), type of feature (such as student work and before and after) and substrate (such as glass bottle and jar).
Lovely Package is the graphic design blog. Each package design is represented with a single photo and a description, often with further photos after clicking through. The variety of the packaging presented and the consistently high-quality photographs make Lovely Package a great spot to get inspiration and keep up on design trends. The main way to dig deeper into the site is through the archives, which is broken up into categories such as food, fashion, books and toys.
DesignModo is a website filled with graphic design inspiration and ideas. With topics ranging from freebies to coding to inspiration, DesignModo has quickly built up a large archive of design articles in a relatively short period of time (they launched in August 2010).
Smashing Magazine is an online magazine and blog dedicated to all things design. The frequently updated site covers everything from lists of inspirational design to HTML tutorials. At the heart of Smashing Magazine are the articles, which are generally posted at least once a day. The simple navigation of the Smashing website divides the articles into nine categories: graphics, design showcases, inspiration, fonts, how-to, CSS, developer’s toolbox, freebies and tutorials. The articles are often lists of even more articles from around the web, so Smashing Mag does a lot of the research for you.
The Design Cubicle is a design blog written by graphic designer Brian Hoff that strives to teach, inspire and help designers. The blog focuses on client education and design awareness. Topics covered include determining the cost of a website, the business of design, notable design software, typography and inspiration.
a graphic design blog that is very popular and respected in the graphic design community. Her blog covers everything from web technologies to design tutorials. Veerle stated in our interview, that "the tone of your writing can play a role. It seems that people like the way I see and approach things and how I put that into words. Always maintaining the level of quality content is what makes a blog succeed. This way chances are that bigger sites will link back to your site, and that people will follow your RSS feed."
I Love Typography is a design blog written by John Boardley. The blog includes posts on typography, type design and lettering. Some of his popular posts are articles on type history, how to make a font and type terminology.
swissmiss, a blog written by Tina Roth Eisenberg, is a popular design blog with an average of 900,000 unique visitors per month. Tina currently focuses on creating her own projects and apps. She also runs a monthly breakfast lecture series called CreativeMornings, a browser based to-do app called Teuxdeux and founded Tattly, a temporary tattoo shop.
Web Designer Depot highlights web and graphic design techniques as well as great design examples and best practices. This design blog is written by designers located around the world who have extensive knowledge of topics such as design, coding, typography and Photoshop. Interested and qualified readers can submit a post or a tutorial to be considered for inclusion on the website.
Inspirationfeed provides readers with information on design, inspiration and tutorials. The site strives to educate readers on current popular topics. Igor Ovsyannykov started writing this graphic design blog in March 2010 as a way to find answers to his own questions. He then decided to share those answers with others. He believes that "Inspiration will lead you to achieving things you never thought were possible."