24 Stellar Graphic Design Blogs to Keep You Educated and Inspired [2018]

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Whether you’ve dreamed of becoming a successful graphic designer or already achieved that particular dream, graphic design blogs are a great source of education, conversation and inspiration.

Some blogs are administered by industry pros who are eager to share their knowledge and experience with others. Some serve as a meeting place for design enthusiasts to interact and gather feedback from each other. Others exist for the sole purpose of exposing the work of designers to inspire others.

But the element that ties them all together is a passion for good design. No matter what your specific aesthetic or areas of expertise are, you are bound to find some like-minded professionals behind these blogs, investing in strong design. 

We compiled this list of 24 graphic design blogs that will ignite your curiosity, inspire your creativity, teach you new skills and remind you why you fell in love with graphic design in the first place.

24 Graphic design blogs worth checking out

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.

4. Abduzeedo

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.

6. Envato Tuts +

All the inspiration boards out there are delightful, but design is a constantly evolving industry with evolving demands. Serious designers need resources to increase their skills and continue learning. Enter Envato Tuts +. They offer articles and tutorials on almost any design-related need you can think of, plus a bunch of skills and shortcuts you never even considered.

7. Noupe

Aimed at web designers and designers generally, Noupe has a refreshing vibe that honors the creative, alternative side of design while still focusing on its marketing and corporate utility. If you want to walk the line between designing for a company that expects certain results, while also saying something unique with your work—this blog could be a great source of inspiration.

8. Women of Graphic Design

Women of Graphic Design’s stated mission is to “Celebrate the contributions that women have made to graphic design, both past and present.” Their focus is certainly work by women, but they also have a love for design that embodies diversity and social activism, which can definitely be a different vibe than your average design site.

If you’ve felt a lack of female designers and role models in your life—look here for inspiration. This blog also welcomes contributions for submission. If you are a female designer, this site could be an excellent way to put some more of your work into the world.

9. Design Soak

Design Soak is devoted to showcasing the talent of designers across the globe. A majority of Design Soak articles feature examples of great work, which is why their content is weighted more heavily on images rather than text. This extensive display of projects makes it a great source of inspiration for other designers.

10. Telepathy

Telepathy offers blog articles in an easy-to-scroll format. Their “reading lists” allow you to search for articles based on certain fields such as marketing design, startup design or product design. The core of Telepathy’s philosophy is a belief in functional, user-intuitive design. So it’s a nice option for the UX and UI folks out there.

11. Creative Overflow

Creative Overflow offers its followers a little taste of everything: professional advice, informational articles, tutorials, inspiration and a bevy of other resources. Creative Overflow publishes articles written by several industry professionals, keeping the posts fresh and full of unique ideas.

12. Graphic Mama

This blog got its start as a side project of 2create Studio, an IT company located in Bulgaria—but don’t let those relatively obscure roots mislead you. Graphic Mama is an industry leader in vector graphics and features easy-to-browse articles on many design subjects—with a special focus on infographics, cartoons and illustrations. They also offer free templates, vector designs and other goodies for download frequently.

13. Creative Bloq

Creative Bloq aims to provide its followers with a daily dose of design tips and inspiration. Creative Bloq articles cover all facets of design, including 3D, illustration and animation. Followers are also exposed to frequent freebies and complimentary resources to help sharpen their skills and expand their knowledge of the field.

14. FormFiftyFive

If you start to feel like you are seeing the same look and trends all over, check out FormFiftyFive. This site offers a thrilling array of international designs and feels like a bunch of modern art museums mixed together. Check in any time your creative well feels empty.

15. The Design Blog

The Design Blog is a curated design blog founded by Croatian designer Ena Baćanović. The blog highlights everything from brand identity work to specific typefaces—many of which reflect the clean, minimalist style of the founder. This is another excellent option for designers seeking inspiration.

16. Dribbble

Dribbble is a virtual show-and-tell for designers. It’s a community for designers of all types to share their current projects and receive instant feedback from others. Dribbble allows you to browse the work of others for inspiration and also to take advantage of the site to promote your own work.

17. Graphic Design Junction

Graphic Design Junction is home to hundreds of articles featuring a vast assortment of design-related topics. From logos and fonts to photography and typography, Graphic Design Junction has covered all of the bases. Not only does this site provide a variety of information, but it also offers followers several freebies and monthly giveaways.

18. One Extra Pixel

One Extra Pixel considers itself as “a digital playground for people who want to learn.” Graphic designers should never stop developing their skills, so One Extra Pixel acts as an educational resource for all. The step-by-step guides and design tips and tricks will help you stay on top of your design game.

19. From Up North

From Up North offers a chill, bi-monthly roundup of inspiring designs based on different themes. Inspiring label designs, great UI/UX animations or trendy app designs are a few examples of their roundups. If you like seeing some great work gathered together in a gallery, check back on From Up North every once and awhile.

20. TemplateMonster Post

TemplateMonster Post’s blog publishes articles for web designers with a special focus on WordPress. They post lots of information about free resources as well as lots of great articles about navigating the professional world as a freelancer, business owner or just as a forward-thinking web designer. If you are a web designer or are interested in web design, this one is a must-follow.

21. You the Designer

You the Designer considers itself a “graphic design lifestyle blog.” It aims to bring all of the cutting-edge trends in the industry to your fingertips. One way You the Designer achieves this is by consistently highlighting the work of designers throughout the industry. Even at first glance, it’s clear that this blog is highly invested in imagery, making it a great source of inspiration for its audience.

22. Typeroom

Are you a typography nut? Typeroom will be right up your alley. Their tagline is “glorifying eclectic typography.” Browse here for inspiration, events and interviews all about typography, letterforms and more from passionate designers.

23. This Is Paper

The digital world is certainly pervasive and a huge destination for designers. But it isn’t everything. If you love printed work and good, old-fashioned paper, This Is Paper should be one of your favorite blogs to follow. Along with books and magazines, they feature architecture, sculpture and textile arts.

24. Art of the Menu

Most people don’t pay much attention to their menus—which is a shame! Art of the Menu is a showcase for creative design in menus from restaurants all over the world. On the one hand, you can pick up some great global design and typography ideas. On the other, you can take a virtual food tour of the world! That’s a win-win situation if we ever heard one.

Push your creativity with these design blog 

Now that you’re aware of some of the industry’s best graphic design blogs to help fulfill your design curiosity, challenge yourself to keep tabs on them weekly. It’s great to have a special interest, but why not dive a little deeper?

Following top graphic design blogs can help you stay on top of the latest trends, develop new skills and connect with others who share similar interests. Who knows, you may surprise yourself and turn your hobby into a design career.

Check out our article, What I Wish Someone Told Me BEFORE Becoming a Graphic Designer,” for some industry insights from the inside.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published in August 2013. It has since been updated in 2018.

Brianna Flavin

Brianna is a content writer for Collegis Education who writes student focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. She earned her MFA in poetry and teaches as an adjunct English instructor. She loves to write, teach and talk about the power of effective communication.

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