2017 is in full swing and if you’re like us, you’re getting a handle on all of the projects already lined up for the year and have begun to look for fresh ideas and inspiration to get those projects going. If that is you and you were wondering where you’d find that inspiration, you've come to the right place.
Our mission is to simplify the lives of marketers everywhere, especially those in creative production roles, so we know that it’s important to stay up to date with design trends.
With that in mind, we wanted to provide you a handy list of 50 great design blogs across the most important categories:
- User interface.
- User experience.
- Graphic design.
- Design news.
We’ll be the first to admit we may have missed some crucial blogs, so we’re inviting our community of readers to suggest blogs we missed (and why you think they’re worthy of being included in 15 words or less). Use the comments section below to add in your suggestions!
Ok, let’s check out the blogs that we suggest you get familiar with!
User Interface & User Experience
- InVision InVision focuses on UX and offers thoughtful posts on the life cycle of UX design.
- UXPin On top of informative UX content, they also offer free e-books, free UI kits and other design articles.
- Marvelapp Sketches, mockups and designs into web, iPhone, iOS, Android and Apple Watch app prototypes for every UI & UX designer.
- UsabilityPost Chock-full with information on UI.
- LovelyUI Features interesting and unique mobile design patterns.
- iA Contains articles containing tips on building effective user interfaces.
- Vandelay Design Provides professional designers with the relevant news and trends, while also supplying with the creative bouts of inspiration.
- Balsamiq They talk about the user experience of their products in a unique way.
- Little Big Details If you’re a fan of the 99% Invisible podcast, then you’ll love this blog.
- Usertesting aims to educate on user experience, design and marketing.
- Smashing Magazine UX information and articles worth checking in on a few times a week.
- Usability Geek Aims to provide useful guidelines on usability and user experience.
- Konigi A blog discussing various topics related to creativity and design.
- Wireframes Mobile design patterns for your swipe files.
- Wrap UK print magazine celebrating the very best in illustration, design and creative culture.
- Graphic Porn daily design inspiration by Benjamin Devine (Sorry if SEO brought you to this post by mistake, but hey, since you’re here…).
- We And The Colour A visual showcase of carefully selected graphic design work from designers around the world.
- nvsblty The blog of designer Ross Berens, which features a range of inspirational examples of typography, print design, photography and graphic design.
- Women of Graphic Design Dedicated to exhibiting design work by women in the graphic design field.
- Adult Art A beautifully packed tumblr blog, run by Johny Costello. Gives inspirational images of photography and graphic design.
- Booooooom A bomb of inspiration for visual designers (I hope that I got all the “o’s” right).
- Gura Fiku All beautiful things related to Japanese graphic design, curated by designer Ryan Hageman. For those who might not know, Gura Fiku - means graphic in Japanese.
- Typostrate It's a blog about typography curated by Christian Goldemann.
- NICETYPE A splendid source of typography inspiration curated by Matthew Buchanan.
- Incredible Types Collection and showcase of outstanding typography and design from around the world.
- TypeToy Endless typography inspiration from vintage packaging, recent branding and print design.
- Playtype Run by people obsessed with typography - Copenhagen based design agency e-Types.
- Typophile Featuring designs on print, on buildings and on just about anything, you can see for yourself just how much typography can go.
- I Love Typography One the world's most popular fonts and typography blogs founded by John Boardley. You can find here many tips and advices on typography.
- Typewolf Aims to assist creatives with typography by providing daily inspiration.
- David Airey Is a graphic designer and the author of Logo Design Love book about designing brand identities. He writes on design, art, and various other things.
- Logo Design Love A website dedicated to all things logo by David Airey. It’s so good he gets two spots on this list!
- Identity Designed An excellent showcase of branding projects.
- Visuelle Focuses on beautiful brand identity.
- Loyal Stationery A curated guide to the very best in stationery design.
- Lovely Package Curating the very best in packaging design.
- The Backmatter Offers plenty of high resolution images with branding and packaging.
- Radiographista The blog is updated every single day (which I can attest, is hard!), where Mondays stand for branding!
- BP&O Branding, Packaging and the Opinions of graphic designer Richard Baird.
- Awwwards One of the most popular websites for creatives which recognize and promote the best web designers in the world.
- Behance Shows the latest work from top online portfolios by creative professionals across design industry.
- Abduzeedo An open channel to the design community with daily design inspiration.
- Creative Bloq It’s one of the most popular resource for professional artists and designers. It is a high volume blog for creatives that features content on web design, illustration, graphic design, 3d, digital art and more!
- 99u Provides daily creativity and productivity tips to get all creative people inspired.
- Co.Design Inspiring stories about innovation and business, seen through the lens of design.
- Core77 popular design portal featuring the latest design news.
- Daniel Gray Notes on design by Daniel Gray.
- Magenta Lots of interesting articles from design industry to technology stuff that matters. Substraction NYTimes.com’s Design Director, Khoi Vinh blogs about design and other relevant info.
- DesignTaxi For people driven by design, advertising, style and technology.
- The Next Web’s Creative News A resource for all things related to creative people interested in tech.
Which one is your favourite? Give us a shout if we missed your icing on the cake on our list!