15 minutes well-spent watching a couple of commentaries about the title sequences of Saul Bass.
I compiled this list of design blogs back in 2007. Many are no longer updated, and I’ve since unsubscribed from quite a few. Here’s a more current selection.
It can take time finding talented graphic designers, but it's fair to say the best have a healthy online presence. So to make things easier, here are some graphic design blogs worth a look. I've listed them by Google PageRank — Google's way of determining a website's authority, but don't read into it too much — many have an authority far beyond a single digit.
Design Observer: writings about design & culture
Smashing Magazine – a weblog dedicated to web-developers and designers
Core77 / design magazine + resource /
Authentic Boredom – by graphic designer, Cameron Moll
Coudal Partners: a forum for creativity and experimentation
CR Blog – News and views on visual communications from the writers of Creative Review
Dexigner – popular design portal featuring the latest design news
Hicksdesign – Journal of a small creative agency based in Witney, Oxfordshire, UK, authored by Jon Hicks
I Love Typography, devoted to fonts, typefaces and all things typographical.
Mark Boulton: Design Thinking. Web Delivery. By a designer based in Cardiff, UK.
Quipsologies - Corralling the most relevant and creative on- and off-line bits that pertain to the design community.
Russell Davies – incredibly diverse UK-based blog on topics associated with design
Speak Up > Design Dialog
Subtraction 7.0 – NYTimes.com's Design Director, Khoi Vinh, blogs about design and other relevant info.
swissmiss – tina roth eisenberg | swiss designer gone nyc
Typographica. A Journal of Typography.
Veer: The Skinny – provides visual elements for use in professional creative work
Veerle's blog 2.0 – Webdesign – XHTML CSS | Graphic Design
Logo Design Love: a website dedicated to all things logo.
Ace Jet 170 – Found type, print and stuff
AisleOne – Design, typography and everything else.
Chris Glass, The Last 10 Days. A creative fella's journal from Ohio.
Creative Curio – Learn, discuss and explore the realm of graphic design.
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 – features blogs discussing graphic design, web design, illustration, marketing, photography, branding, writing and advertising
Design is Kinky – a proudly Australian blog on design
DesignM.ag — Articles and Resources for Web Designers
Design View: Articles, Essays and Opinions by Andy Rutledge
Grain Edit - covers contemporary graphic design / illustration, as well as design from the from the golden era of advertising (1950s–1970s).
ideasonideas, a blog that invites dialogue on issues relevant to communication designers and brand strategists
Inspiration Bit – Get inspired and learn from the latest technology, art and design buzz on the Web.
ISO50 – The Visual Work of Scott Hansen
Jasongraphix :: A journal of art, thoughts, and projects by Jason Beaird
Noisy Decent Graphics by Ben Terrett, a Graphic Designer in London
Positive Space :: The Graphic Design Blog
Spoon Graphics - the personal project of Chris Spooner, a UK based Graphic / Web Designer.
Swiss Legacy – Graphic design and typography
The Dieline – packaging design blog
things to look at – plenty of images, and oddly, things to look at
Type for you. A blog on typography, by Pedro Serrão, a graphic designer from Porto, Portugal.
TypeNeu dedicated to typography, fonts, lettering and typefaces
AdGoodness – advertising and design blog from Frederik Samuel
Andy Budd :: Blogography – based in Brighton, England
Computerlove – Contemporary Creative Culture
David the Designer – don't underestimate the knowledge this man has acquired (and don't call him Dave)
Elliot Swan survived three days without the internet
FormFiftyFive – Design Inspiration – the pet project of designers Glenn Garriock and Jack Daly
graphicPUSH – "a sporadically but faithfully updated design blog"
Graphic Design Blog – graphic design, freelancing, illustration, advertising, web design
NOTCOT.ORG - for your ideas + aesthetics + amusement.
We Made This (It's Our Blog)
Just Creative Design – by Jacob Cass
Truly Ace – Graphic Design Blog
Don't forget to check out the blogs I subscribe to — changed a lot since this post was published.
I can't choose a single design book as my "favourite," but this one's up there: Graphic Design as a Second Language, by Bob Gill.
"The only way to tell which jobs Gill designed yesterday and which ones were designed years ago, is to look at the date. Styles come and go, but his ideas and teaching philosophy are timeless. That's why Bob Gill is one of the heroes that got me and so many others into graphic design in the first place."
— Michael Bierut
If you're interested in graphic design, the book's definitely worth a read. A little off-topic, turns out that Gill went on to direct a porn movie called The Double Exposure of Holly. David the designer shared that, but does go on to say he hasn't seen it, obviously. David's just a fountain of knowledge.
A few more good books.