Principles of good design are timeless. But as a graphic designer, you are always reaching for something more inventive and inspired. Graphic design blogs are an incredible resource for designers whether you are just starting out in the field, an experienced designer keeping an eye on the state of the industry, or just beginning to explore the possibilities of becoming a graphic designer. As you feed your creativity and build momentum in your career, it will serve you well to stay up to date with the leading opinions in your industry—and sometimes it’s just simply fun to check out what other people are doing!
If you’re looking for somewhere to start building your reading list, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a resource list of 35 of the best graphic design blogs to keep on your radar.
35 of the best graphic design blogs and resources out there
The blogs on this list come in all shapes and sizes. Some are run by individual designers, some are run by large organizations within the field of graphic design, and some serve as a meeting place for designers to network and give each other feedback. There’s a lot out there—but the good news is that it should be easy to find a few quality options to regularly check on. Let’s dive right into some of the best graphic design blog options out there.
1. Smashing Magazine
Smashing Magazine features articles that generally focus on design usability, SEO, UX and other functional aspects of design. Insightful articles range from small tips, like why designers should never use “Click Here” in their links to deeper dives, like principles of technical SEO and how to think about mobile design in a better way.
Smashing Magazine also offers job boards and events to help designers connect with employers and build networks.
2. Adobe® Create Magazine
Create is Adobe’s® magazine that dubs itself as “by creatives, for creatives.” As you might expect from Adobe®, this magazine has everything—photography, motion graphics, audio, branding ideas and a whole heap of tutorials. It is also packed with interesting content and artist interviews, as opposed to some of the primarily visual blogs out there.
3. The Inspiration Grid
Its name says it all really. The Inspiration Grid is a grid of inspiring images and design projects ranging all over the place in aesthetic and even industry. Click on an image you like, and it opens the rest of the series that specific designer made. If you are into mood boards or seeing lots of different styles showcased in one place, you’ll love this.
Abduzeedo’s mission is simple: To be an open channel to the design community, encouraging feedback from its followers. Abduzeedo is an extremely visual blog that features daily inspirations and trends in the design world, with a special emphasis on 3D. You will also find an abundance of tutorials and how-to guides, especially for those interested in Adobe® Photoshop® and Illustrator®.
5. Identity Designed
Identity Designed is all about brand identities. Way beyond featuring fantastic work, each showcase examines the design branding choices along with insights from the designers on what inspired or guided those decisions. Identity Design also does an awesome job of including brands from all over the world. Identity Designed published a book in 2019 featuring work from top international studios including workflow aspects from pricing and invoicing to generating strong ideas.