25 inspirational design and creativity blogs

I have been blogging for well over a year now and along the way I’ve discovered many fantastic design and creativity blogs. I’ve wanted to thank the authors for their commitment for a long time now, so consider this post an official tip of the hat and slap on the back from me.

Some of the blogs I list below I am an active commenter on and know the authors personally - others I am a silent but appreciative lurker. One thing all these blogs have in common is that in some way over the past twelve months they have inspired me.

Ad Goodness

Showcasing the very best (and sometimes the worst) advertising and design around the world.

Latest post: CONAC

Ad Goodness

Alpha Blog Designs

Armen Thomassian discussing and sharing all things design and blog related.

Latest post: One reason why you need to give your website a hickey…

Alpha Blog Designs

Bittbox

Homemade vector freebies, design tips, tutorials and bitts.

Latest post: BB Petie Boy

Bittbox

Boagworld

Paul Boag’s popular podcast and blog about building and managing websites.

Latest post: Show 115: Lessons learnt at SXSW

Boagworld

Creative Curio

Lauren Marie learning, discussing and exploring the realm of graphic design.

Latest post: Mastering Photoshop masking: the basics

Creative Curio

Creativebits

Members only design community and blog.

Latest post: Google analytics weekly and monthly graphs

Creativebits

David Airey Creative Design

Popular blog about creative and graphic design.

Latest post: Logo design and card for Jigsaw Internet

David Airey

Design Adaptations

Charity Ondriezek blogs about freelance design and working with WordPress.

Latest post: WordPress optimization - 5 ways to clean up and speed up your blog

Design Adaptations

Design Sojourn

A catalogue of the ‘Design Translators’ journey in design.

Latest post: Iconic photographs recreated in Lego

Design Sojourn

Devlounge

Very popular multi-author web design / development blog.

Latest post: Jazz up your web images with fancy borders

Devlounge

Fadtastic

Multi-author blog with a passion for web design and web design trends.

Latest post: The new shop window / home pages that sell

Fadtastic

Graphic Design Blog

Tara the graphic designer blogs about freelancing and all things design.

Latest post: 5 comebacks to client questions

Graphic Design Blog

I Love Typography

John Boardley is scarily passionate about typography!

Latest post: On choosing type

I Love Typography

Inspiration Bit

Vivien writes brilliantly about design, creativity, web design, literature and a lot more.

Latest post: We do not serve your type here

Inspiration Bit

Hicks Design

Jon and Leigh Hicks blog about the running of their web design agency.

Latest post: Cabel Sasser: Coda confidential

Hicks Design

Just Creative Design

Jacob Cass offers graphic design tips, articles and resources.

Latest post: 2008 semi-permanent design conference review

Just Creative Design

Life Clever

Chanpory Rith blogs about design, productivity and living better.

Latest post: Supercool typographic posters of supercool cities

Life Clever

Logo Design Love

David Airey blogs about his passion in life: logo design.

Latest post: Miscellaneous blog logos

Logo Design Love

miLienzo.com

Is it possible that I can inspire myself? Probably not but maybe I can inspire you.

Latest post: Do you want to win an iPod touch?

miLienzo.com

Pearsonified

Chris Pearson blogs about web design and blogging with Wordpress.

Latest post: What every blogger needs to know about categories

Pearsonified

Randa Clay Design

Randa blogs about website design and blogging in general.

Latest post: How to style images in your blog posts

Randa Clay Design

Smashing Magazine

Magazine-style blog with web and graphic design resources and articles.

Latest post: Mac OS-X Leopard: Designers guide to icons

Smashing Magazine

The Graphic Mac

James Dempsey blogs about design and getting the most from your Mac.

Latest post: Force Safari to use one window only

The Graphic Mac

Uniquely the Epitome

Marc Rapp blogs about branding, advertising and creativity.

Latest post: Keep it simple stupid (KISS)

Uniquely the Epitome

Web Designer Wall

The talented Nick La blogs about web design sharing his ideas and techniques.

Latest post: Event: FITC Toronto 2008

Web Designer Wall

What design blogs inspire you?

Firstly, apologies if I have not included your site in the list above. I know there are many more design and creativity blogs that could be added to this list but I decided to cap this list at 25.

However, if there are any sites and blogs that inspire you and are worthy of a mention, please post them in the comments below - I’d love to check them out.

PS - as this article is the offical ‘launch post’ my new blog, I’d love it if you would consider adding this article to your social bookmarking site of choice.

29 responses

Jacob Cass responded on with…

Dugg and stumbled :) Thanks for the list, Just Creative Design is among very good company.

David Airey responded on with…

An excellent list, Aaron, and I’d say the same without my two blogs included. ;)

I’ve linked my name to the ‘top 50 graphic design blogs’, listed on davidairey.com.

Best of luck with your new blog!

Armen responded on with…

Nice work with this site, Aaron. I love the clean design. Also, I feel very humbled to be included in this list. Dugg and Stumbled!

Randa Clay responded on with…

Thanks for the kind mention, and I love your site design by the way- it’s very sharp!

inspirationbit responded on with…

thanks for the mention, Aaron. Lots of great resources to check out. Congratulations with the launch of your new blog. I expect to see as many striking articles from it as its design.

Chris Pearson responded on with…

Aaron, thanks for including me in your list, and best of luck with this new site! It looks great, and I especially dig the background graphic in the footer.

LaurenMarie - Creative Curio responded on with…

Excellent list! You’ve reminded me of a few I’ve neglected to add to my RSS reader. Also reminds me I need to mention the launch of your new site! Congrats!

Site looks great in IE6 now, btw :D The sidebar is much better and looks like I imagined it should. One tiny problem: the RSS button and “Subscribe via RSS” down at the bottom on the right side has the “RSS” wrapping to the next line over top of the button image. Probably just need to make its content box a few pixels bigger?

Beautiful site design! Love it! And thank you for the honor of being included in this list!

Aaron responded on with…

Jacob - Thanks for your support with helping me raise awareness of my new site. Much appreciated.

David - Honestly, I don’t there’s many people who could write a top X list of design blogs without mentioning you! However, for all the praise you reap as a designer/blogger, you make up for in criticism for the football team you support… ;)

Armen - Again many thanks for the support you’ve offered in getting this site of the ground. I owe you one.

Randa - No problem - I know I haven’t commented on your site for a while but I am still reading.

Vivien - Yep. A striking site is the easy bit. Regular striking articles is going to be a lot harder. I’ll try my best though and I can do a lot worse than learn from you.

Chris - Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the footer - I wanted to give readers something to scroll to the bottom for.

Lauren - Ah, yes good ol IE6. I spent a while last night making it ‘IE6 acceptable’ before I launched the site. I’m aware there’s still a few niggles mainly with PNGs which I plan to iron out over the next few days/week. Thanks for your help in pointing these out. :)

Toon responded on with…

Great list a must have feed base for any designer

Asgeir Hoem responded on with…

Hi Aaron! Good work, and best of luck.

Aaron responded on with…

Toon - Cheers mate!

Hey Asgeir - Long time no speak. Hows the course going?

Armen responded on with…

Aaron, I couldn’t help but notice the comment to Mr. Airey about a football team … which team is it? I’m wondering whether I might be an enemy too, being a two decade ManU supporter!!

Aaron responded on with…

You, Armen, are a good man who has just gone up mightily in my estimation: See this link

David on the other hand, supports that other team in red not too far down the road from Old Trafford.

David Airey responded on with…

Come on, Roma! :D

Szabi responded on with…

Hi Aaron,

Very useful collection. Thanks.

Navtej Kohli responded on with…

This a list of very good sites. The one that I liked the most was “design adaptations”.

Armen responded on with…

Ah…David, David, David….tut tut!!

I suppose there’s little we can do, Aaron. From my experience, such people are a lost cause!

Fubiz responded on with…

Very good selection of Design Blogs! A lot of inspiration!

Aaron responded on with…

Szabi - No problem. Many thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Navtej - Thanks for commenting. I’m sure Charity from DA will be very happy reading that :)

Fubiz - Glad you enjoyed the article. I hope I can dish up some more of the same.

Armen - I don’t know, maybe when we defeat them in the final in Moscow, then he’ll realise the error of his ways.

David Airey responded on with…

Just you concentrate on Barcelona, mate. No easy match. ;)

Marc Rapp responded on with…

Aaron–wow. I’m humbled and grateful that you’ve included me in this list. Really flattered. Thank you.

And ( it’s been so long ) the new ( relatively to me ) blog design is great. Love it.

Now, if I could only catch up with my critiques and get mine redesigned.–If.

Thanks again. Marc

Aaron responded on with…

Hey Marc hows it going? Thanks for the kind words re this design. And don’t be humbled man, UTE is great!

Web Design Lincolnshire responded on with…

Thanks for the list. There is some wonderful websites online here.

Tara responded on with…

Hi Aaron, good to see you blogging again and thanks for the mention

Aaron responded on with…

Hey Tara - Good to see you around here :) No problem re linking to you - I might not comment as much but I am still an avid reader.

Chad Mueller responded on with…

This is an amazing list of blogs, designers and I love this post. I think 20 out of the 25 blogs I have in my rss feed, Smashing Magazine takes top prize for me.

Aaron responded on with…

Hi Chad - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Smashing Magazine certainly is a guaranteed quality resource - they always pull off amazing posts. Nice blog of your own by the way - I’ve added it to my RSS reader so see you around :)

Jan responded on with…

Very creative and inspirational indeed. Creating these kind of designs would somehow reflects on the life of the designer how enthusiastic and inspired he is in his life. This site has been stumbled and dugg up.

-Jan

North Studio responded on with…

We love smashingmagazine, and Logo Design Love. The typography one was awesome for font selections. Thanks Aaron.

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