50 graphic design blogs

Update: 02 November 2010
I published this collection back in 2007, albeit with a few minor updates here and there. Today I shared a new post showing the design blogs on my subscription list.

That’s a more up-to-date selection.

It’s not easy finding talented graphic designers, but it’s fair to say the best have a healthy online presence. So to make things easier, here are my top 50 graphic design blogs. I’ve listed them by Google PageRank — Google’s way of determining a website’s authority, but don’t read into it too much, as many have an authority far beyond a single digit.

Design Observer

Design Observer: writings about design & culture

Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine – a weblog dedicated to web-developers and designers

Core77

Core77 / design magazine + resource /

Authentic Boredom

Authentic Boredom – by graphic designer, Cameron Moll

Coudal Partners

Coudal Partners: a forum for creativity and experimentation

Creative Review Blog

CR Blog – News and views on visual communications from the writers of Creative Review

Dexigner

Dexigner – popular design portal featuring the latest design news

Hicks Design

Hicksdesign – Journal of a small creative agency based in Witney, Oxfordshire, UK, authored by Jon Hicks

I Love Typography

I Love Typography, devoted to fonts, typefaces and all things typographical.

Mark Boulton

Mark Boulton: Design Thinking. Web Delivery. By a designer based in Cardiff, UK.

Quipsologies

Quipsologies – Corralling the most relevant and creative on- and off-line bits that pertain to the design community.

Russell Davies

Russell Davies – incredibly diverse UK-based blog on topics associated with design

Speak Up

Speak Up > Design Dialog

subtraction

Subtraction 7.0 – NYTimes.com’s Design Director, Khoi Vinh, blogs about design and other relevant info.

swissmiss

swissmiss – tina roth eisenberg | swiss designer gone nyc

Typographica

Typographica. A Journal of Typography.

Veer The Skinny

Veer: The Skinny – provides visual elements for use in professional creative work

Veerle's Blog

Veerle’s blog 2.0 – Webdesign – XHTML CSS | Graphic Design

Logo Design Love

Logo Design Love: a website dedicated to all things logo.

Ace Jet 170

Ace Jet 170 – Found type, print and stuff

AisleOne

AisleOne – Design, typography and everything else.

Be A Design Group

Be A Design Group – a blog for graphic designers, created in March of 2004 by Adrian Hanft and Bennett Holzworth.

Chris Glass

Chris Glass, The Last 10 Days. A creative fella’s journal from Ohio.

Creative Curio

Creative Curio – Learn, discuss and explore the realm of graphic design.

Design Notes

Design Notes published by Michael Surtees who tries to see life filtered through design as opposed to placing design on a pedestal

Designers Who Blog

Designers who Blog – features blogs discussing graphic design, web design, illustration, marketing, photography, branding, writing and advertising

Design is Kinky

Design is Kinky – a proudly Australian blog on design

Design Mag

DesignM.ag — Articles and Resources for Web Designers

Design View

Design View: Articles, Essays and Opinions by Andy Rutledge

Grain Edit

Grain Edit – covers contemporary graphic design / illustration, as well as design from the from the golden era of advertising (1950s–1970s).

Graphic Define

Graphic Define Magazine – focuses on the business of running a graphic, interactive, or web design studio.

ideasonideas

ideasonideas, a blog that invites dialogue on issues relevant to communication designers and brand strategists

Inspiration Bit

Inspiration Bit – Get inspired and learn from the latest technology, art and design buzz on the Web.

ISO50

ISO50 – The Visual Work of Scott Hansen

Jasongraphix

Jasongraphix :: A journal of art, thoughts, and projects by Jason Beaird

Noisy Decent Graphics

Noisy Decent Graphics by Ben Terrett, a Graphic Designer in London

positive space

Positive Space :: The Graphic Design Blog

Spoon Graphics

Spoon Graphics – the personal project of Chris Spooner, a UK based Graphic / Web Designer.

Swiss Legacy

Swiss Legacy – Graphic design and typography

The Dieline

The Dieline – packaging design blog

things to look at

things to look at – plenty of images, and oddly, things to look at

Type for you.

Type for you. A blog on typography, by Pedro Serrão, a graphic designer from Porto, Portugal.

TypeNeu

TypeNeu dedicated to typography, fonts, lettering and typefaces

AdGoodness

AdGoodness – advertising and design blog from Frederik Samuel

Andy Budd

Andy Budd :: Blogography – based in Brighton, England

Computerlove

Computerlove – Contemporary Creative Culture

David the Designer

David the Designer – don’t underestimate the knowledge this man has acquired (and don’t call him Dave)

Elliot Swan

Elliot Swan survived three days without the internet

FormFiftyFive

FormFiftyFive – Design Inspiration – the pet project of designers Glenn Garriock and Jack Daly

graphicPUSH

graphicPUSH – “a sporadically but faithfully updated design blog”

Graphic Design Blog

Graphic Design Blog – graphic design, freelancing, illustration, advertising, web design

NOTCOT.ORG

NOTCOT.ORG – for your ideas + aesthetics + amusement.

September Industry

SeptemberIndustry | a showcase of the best in international graphic design

Daniel Gray

Daniel Gray

We Made This

We Made This (It’s Our Blog)

Just Creative Design

Just Creative Design – by Jacob Cass

Truly Ace

Truly Ace – Graphic Design Blog

Update: 02 November 2010
Don’t forget to check out the design blogs on my subscription list — changed a lot since this post was published.

I’ve since launched another design blog, Identity Designed, that might be of interest.

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226 Comments

  1. Hi David, Great idea to list all of these in one place, there a lot I visit but some new ones too which is great and will keep me ocupied for hours. Thanks for the inclusion too.

  2. Thanks for the link, David!!! Is it too much of a kiss up to say that I’m always inspired by your blog? You put so much time and thought into what people might want to read, and you always respond to comments.

    You rule!

  3. Hi David,

    Nice list of blogs (and thanks for including DWB)

    “I’m certain that there are many more excellent graphic design blogs online, and if you’re familiar with any, please do let me know. ”

    A couple of my favourites:

    Speak Up › Design Dialog

    Anything by Von Glitschka
    Art Backwash
    Illustration Class
    The Illustrative Designer

    Stefan G. Bucher’s DAILY MONSTER

    I wish I had more time to share as there are a ton of great design blogs out there. Andy Budd, Andy Rutledge, Creative Bits …

    Checking … I have over 400 blogs listed at DWB in the design category. And a ton in my sidebar.

    Enjoy :-)

  4. Hi David,

    Thanks a million for the link, much appreciated.

  5. Great list David, only other one I can think of I don’t think I spotted was http://disenistica.blogspot.com/ always some interesting work there

  6. Hi Tara, it’s something I’d been meaning to do for a while now, and of course I’d have to give Graphic Design Blog a mention.

    Leslie, not too much of a kiss-up, no. We’re all partial to a little flattery.

    Cat, that’s fantastic, and thanks for taking the time. You think that by mentioning DWB that I’d have the intelligence to spend some time in your sidebar. But no. That’d be too easy.

  7. Hello David!
    Thanks for the link, and the inclusion in this great 50 blog references.
    Congratulations on your site also! :)

  8. It looks like you got the links and banners swapped for The Serif, for SonSpring and Swiss Legacy.

    I am new here – what do the ‘PR 8′ and ‘PR 3′ relate? It looks a bit like a scale of intensity of focus on design theory (PR 8) to diversity of topics within the design business and design community (PR 3).

  9. No worries, Pedro, worthy of recognition.

    Brad, not too sure how I messed that up, but it’s sorted now. Cheers buddy.

  10. Oh, and Brad, I’ll update the post now to explain the PR (Google’s Page Rank values).

  11. How do they work out that rating? Does swearing work against you?

  12. Richard, swearing does work against you. As does blogging in your dressing gown (which is why my PR isn’t higher).

    Google works it out by the number of links that are pointing towards your site, amongst some other things which I don’t know too much about. Check the Wikipedia entry for more info.

  13. Great list. I’ll have to go through some of the ones that aren’t all that familiar to me. I’d push my blog, doesyourbusiness.com, but it’s more about branding and design as opposed to strictly graphic design. I enjoy reading your posts…keep it up!

  14. Great list David – thanks for including my site. I’m always interested in frequenting other blogs in our niche, so it’s nice to have this list all in one place!

  15. David excellent list! Any list with Veerle’s blog is worth a look. It is always great to discover a few sites/blogs i haven’t seen or heard of before.

  16. I don’t really blog about design, but I was wondering why my pagerank would go from 2 to 1. My traffic went from 20 a day to over 1000 a day, and I added plenty of new content, and my pagerank went to 1. I don’t have any ads and only a few external links. I also increased my backlinks.

  17. Hi there, only a three more to include in your long list:

    PAGERANK 7:

    http://orderedlist.com/
    http://www.bartelme.at/

    PAGERANK 6:

    http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/ [simple but great tipography i think]

    Best Regards, Riccardo Giuntoli.

  18. David, I like your list of 50 designer websites and your work — good stuff! :-)

    I’m a designer and art director who has been in the field 17+ years and have been blogging since 2003.

    On my Rohdesign bog, I write about the logo, web, print and icon design I do. I especially enjoy sharing the creative process I follow for each project — which appears similar to how you write posts for each of your logo design projects:

    http://www.rohdesign.com/

    I’m a bit old school in that I start projects with pencil sketch concepts on paper, then move to the Mac for B&W and color work to complete the final design. I also like to share observations from other areas which interest me, like technology, mobile devices and sketching, to keep the blog well rounded.

    Cheers and thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Dave, some excellent choices in your sidebar, and a few of my favourites too. Glad there’s something you enjoy on my site.

    Randa, you’re very welcome. Your blog is one I’ve been reading for quite some time now. One of my first ever subscriptions.

    Harris, PR is a touchy subject with some blog authors now, with the whole paid link debate going on. I’m far from being in the know.

    Mike, good of you to stop by, and thanks for the run-down on your own blog.

    I don’t believe your method of sketching is old school. I think it should be compulsory for design projects. Sketching is the fastest way to churn out ideas, and using a computer can be very restricting.

  20. Hey there David, thanks for the mention. Mighty kind of you. Looking forward to joining the big kids at PRs 5 and 4 someday…

    Hugs and kisses from We Made This

  21. David, I would agree that sketching ought to be an integral part of any design project, and that it is freeing and effective for getting good concepts down quickly on paper.

    I find it invaluable for my design practice and always encourage other designers to get good sketchbooks and pencils, so they can make sketching an integral part of their own design processes.

    I too feel going to the computer before sketching ideas very restricting. When I sketch my hand and mind are free to explore any idea whatsoever. Once I step into the digital space, everything goes a bit more rigid, I start thinking too specifically about fonts and other technical details.

    I don’t know what percentage of designers use sketching in their process vs. going right to the computer, but I sense that those designers who sketch first are becoming fewer and farther between. I know that’s quite anecdotal, so I would love to see Speak Up or Design Observer poll designers on whether they sketch before they go digital.

    As for samples of design work with sketches, here are some to check out:

    ProBlogger:
    http://www.rohdesign.com/weblog/archives/002351.html

    Red66:
    http://www.rohdesign.com/weblog/archives/002158.html

    BOWN
    http://www.rohdesign.com/weblog/archives/002143.html

    CGI Interactive
    http://www.rohdesign.com/weblog/archives/002070.html

    Liquid Fitness
    http://www.rohdesign.com/weblog/archives/000896.html

    Thanks again David!

  22. A great list David, many thanks for listing me and many thanks for taking the time to compile this list. Added to my bookmarks.

  23. huh, thanks for the double surprise, David: for listing my blog here and for letting me know that my site’s page rank is 5. Last time I checked it (last month or so) it was 4.

    There many design blogs on your list that I wasn’t familiar with. Bookmarking this post to check those sites. Thanks for putting it together!

  24. Very cool list. Going to spend way too much time checking this out.

  25. Great list David… But I would have been great to have http://www.COLOURlovers.com/blog/ included ;)

    Cheers,
    -D

  26. You should include the Web Designer Wall.
    It’s a great design blog!

    Thanks for the list!
    I’m gonna check into those!

  27. You’re very welcome, Alistair.

    Mike, I thought I’d seen your site before. I checked out the ProBlogger logo when it was first released on Darren’s blog. Love the way you present your ideas.

    Aaron, Vivien, adding your blogs was my pleasure.

    Darius, just took a look at COLOURlovers. I’ll have to add that.

    Brian, thanks for the suggestion, although I was trying to restrict the list to graphic design blogs, rather than web design. There’s some overlap, which is expected, but I notice Web Designer Wall is running a poll on logo design. I guess you’re right.

  28. A very good list, although the ranking according to Google PR bothers me a bit – I cannot really explain why – it’s maybe just because Google PR is not a quality warranty.
    I am familiar with most of these blogs, but of course I have a favorite. Can you guess which one? ;)

  29. Wah!.. Some I already knew, but many are new. Will take me hours browsing all of it..
    Thanks David for sharing! Lucky you have only 50.. imagine if you’ve listed 100.. Ha! Ha!

  30. Mig, you’re absolutely right about. I’d thought about using Technorati’s ranking to sort out the list, but that changes on an almost daily basis, and I don’t know how to create an algorithm.

    I know it’s a touchy subject with the penalties being dished out, so I’ve added a little note at the top of the post, telling people not to read too much into the ranking.

  31. Ah! Yay! I can finally get to this page! That was so weird yesterday that something on this post kept shutting down my browser (well, it is lousy IE 6 after all… go figure it would have issues!).

    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for the mention, David! I was interested to see the PR of the blogs I read, too. What a great idea to list all these blogs for us! Not to mention I bet it got the attention of some of the authors ;) A List Apart doesn’t count as a blog? I guess it’s more of an emagazine. I bet this list could take off like the W list (don’t know if you saw that one with all the Successful and Outstanding Women Bloggers. I still get notices about people spreading that list around!)

    I have at least heard of most of these you’ve listed and the one I’m definitely going to check out is Graphic Define. Do they cover freelancers too? The business side of design seems to be the thing that people are most hesitant to give advice about; it’s nice to see a blog dedicated to that specific aspect. Thanks again for sharing and for the link, David!!

  32. LaurenMarie, GraphicDefine is an excellent resource run by Dan Schutzsmith. He covers the gamut — business, freelancing, inspiration, and more. I also get good links from Dan’s del.icio.us links from GD, that guy is always out finding the coolest stuff. Dan is a great guy to boot! :-)

  33. Wow, the timing of this entry couldn’t be any better for me. I recently launched my own graphic design blog and have been searching through other designer’s blogs for inspiration. You’ve made it very easy for me to figure out where to look first. Thanks!

  34. Lauren, for some reason, IE6 couldn’t handle the links in the blog images above, so I had to go through the post, removing those links, making it simply the text alone that you can click. It wasn’t just your browser that crashed when viewing my site, so I really appreciated you letting me know. Quite a lot of visitors are using that version of Internet Explorer.

    As Mike said, Dan at Graphic Define is a great guy, and actually put some business my way. Remember the Miskeeto logo? Dan directed his friend, Robert, to me, and we took it from there.

    Karly, glad to offer some inspiration, and best wishes for your new blog. Here’s a tip, instead of showing the text “No comments” when one of your blog posts hasn’t yet received a note, how about changing it to “Leave your thoughts” or “What’s your opinion?” I think it’s more positive.

  35. Thanks David! Fab list

  36. Amazing list (although you’re missing Cpluv and Fubiz). Thanks a lot for sharing.

  37. Hey David –

    Cool list. Definitely add Notcot and Core77 – and how about UnderConsideration/Quipsologies? A few good ones.

    More importantly, how about some love for Brand Flakes for Breakfast???
    http://www.brandflakesforbreakfast.com

  38. Hi Mike, I saw you are on the writing staff over there too! I looked through a couple of articles and that’s all I needed. I’m subscribed now :) I can identify with so many of the things the authors say!

    David, I’m glad you figured out what was causing the problem. And I meant to say earlier that I appreciate you taking the time to do this! All those screen captures and linking must’ve taken forever!!

  39. Nice list.

  40. Great list, David. Thanks for mentioning iLT. There are quite a number that I’ve never heard of, so I’m off to spend a little time perusing those.

    Also like the idea of a header image article. I love psdtuts.com too. One of my new favourite sites. Well-designed and very high quality tutorials.

  41. Awesome list David. There is one that I read that I really like:

    http://ilovetypography.com/

    it’s PR 6 but I think it’s pretty clever!

  42. Sorry for the 2nd comment, I JUST read the comment above mine and I didn’t see any mention of it… I must be going blind in my old age!

  43. Thanks Morey, I’ve already added cpluv.

    Darryl, thanks for those. I’ve added NOTCOT and Core77 to the list, as well as UnderConsideration’s Quipsologies. Give me a while and you should see your own up.

    Lauren, yeah, it did take a while, but I think it’s more interesting than a simple text list — big fan of images in blog posts.

    Johno, you’re very welcome. Couldn’t have compiled the list without thinking of iLT. I took a look at PSDtuts.com, but oddly there were no posts on show. Perhaps they’re having problems?

  44. Thanks for the link David! It’s nice to be listed amongst so many amazing sites.

    Glenn
    FFF Team

  45. Wow! – great list, just blogged stumbled it – I think my feed subscriber list is going to take a little jump shortly :)

    Thanks for posting

    David

  46. What a list!
    Very very very……………….Exhaustive!!!
    So much to learn from them all. Good compilation David. I just thought if somebody could come up with such a list. And yes! it has arrived just at the right moment.
    grafic7

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