Top Blogs for Designers
If your tried-and-true methods for getting out of a creative rut aren’t working, check out these blogs that feature inspirational designs.
By Sarah Berger
Even though the majority of my responsibilities as a production manager revolve around the project management side of things, my background (and true passion) is in graphic design. I know firsthand how difficult it can be to come up with original ideas for design projects, especially when you’ve been working for the same company for a while.
As I’m sure many of you can relate, I have tried all of the traditional ways to get out of a creative rut — changing scenery, keeping a sketchbook, and visiting art galleries and museums. However, sometimes the simple act of browsing through design blogs can provide just the right amount of inspiration to get my creative juices flowing. I highly recommend my three favorite design blogs: Oh So Beautiful Paper, The Design Observer, and Toxel.
Oh So Beautiful Paper
This is a lifestyle and design blog that features the work of amazing artists and designers. My favorite part of the day is when I receive this daily newsletter in my inbox.
Hand-lettered wedding invitations are an obsession of mine, so I love that this blog regularly features incredible custom invitations that are modern yet sophisticated. The wedding posts typically include quotes from the designer, who explains why he or she chose the particular colors, papers, fonts, etc. It’s interesting to hear about the design process behind the unique designs. Links to the designer’s website are always included in the posts, so you can easily check out their complete collections.
I also love the whimsical greeting cards with pretty illustrations that frequent the site, as well as the fabulously talented photographers, calligraphers, and independent artists who are regularly highlighted. Fun cocktail recipes and DIY projects add a playful feel to the blog, making it a go-to resource for all things design.
The Design Observer
This is one of the most in-depth graphic design blogs that I’ve come across. The 50-plus topics make it easy to find something you’re interested in, whether it’s traditional subjects like advertising and product design, or topics that are a bit out there like design history and interaction design. Within each topic, there are pages and pages of articles that discuss the subjects, written by the blog’s very talented contributors. Since the posts can be rather lengthy, this is not a blog meant for casual scrolling. The articles are insightful and thought-provoking. There’s also a job board for open creative opportunities across the country.
Don’t be fooled by Toxel’s minimalistic layout. This blog showcases superb creative products and designs from all over the world. You can either scroll through the most recent posts, or you can click on one of three categories: design, inspiration, and tech.
While The Design Observer publishes in-depth articles, Toxel posts images with few words. I like this approach, which lets me come up with my own thoughts about the images. Innovative product design is regularly featured on this blog, which always gets me thinking about my next Shark Tank pitch. It’s very easy to lose track of time, clicking on post after post. I find myself constantly sharing links to this blog to even my non-graphic designer friends.
If you’re looking for graphic design inspiration, I hope you browse through the blogs mentioned here. You never know where you’ll stumble across an unexpected source of inspiration. Please email me if you know of any other blogs that I should check out.
Sarah Berger is the production manager for Landscape Architecture Magazine, the magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She is also a member of the Association Media & Publishing Content Creation Committee.