You want to take a quick break from your work, to get a blast of fresh inspiration and a new sense of perspective. But in truth, you’ll probably end up surfing Facebook and wasting your time looking at dumb memes and cute cats.
You need, in short, a better destination. So we’ll now round up some of the best blogs around, for a burst of informed and intelligent graphic design inspiration. Thanks to everyone at Shillington for helping to put this one together.
Mirador is brought to you by Say What Studio, a graphic design duo based in Paris. They curate the most inspirational works out there and share them through this collection of projects.
FormFiftyFive was founded in 2007 by a group of designers, illustrators, coders and makers eager to collect and share the best design work they came across. Now an established international showcase of creative work, it’s a must-read for any designer wishing to keep up with trends or just get inspired by great design.
Abduzeedo is a collective of individual writers sharing articles about architecture, design, photography and UX. Founded by Brazilian designer Fabio Sasso in 2006, it’s particularly strong on 3D work, which is something that doesn’t get much attention from most design blogs.
4. Design Week
Founded in 1986, Design Week was the UK’s leading design magazine until 2011, when it became online-only. It continues to bring you high quality, well written news and inspiration across graphics, branding, interiors, digital, product, furniture and more.
Brought to you by the portfolio platform Format, Format Magazine is dedicated to sharing the work and experiences of photographers, designers, illustrators and artists around the world. It explores the creative mind through artist profiles, industry resources and documentary videos.
Founded in 1980, Creative Review is the world’s leading monthly magazine for advertising, design and visual culture. And the same high-quality journalism that informs it carries through to its website, which features a range of news, reviews and features from the creative world.
7. The Dieline
For all those packaging design lovers out there, The Dieline has it all wrapped up. Its recently undergone a website refresh, and is crammed full of brand inspiration with satisfyingly large imagery throughout.
Dezeen is a popular and influential online magazine covering architecture, design and interiors. Its website includes a recruitment section, opinion articles and inspiring projects from around the world.
9. Eye Magazine
Eye Magazine, the international review of graphic design, is a quarterly print magazine on graphic design and visual culture. It, and its associated blog, features a range of critical, informed writing about design and visual culture.
10. Digital Arts
Digital Arts is a UK-focused online magazine for professional designers, with a focus on techniques, best practices and useful resources.