Inspiration is only a click away. Check out the top blogs our designers recommend for inspiration and creativity, and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your favorites.
“I keep coming back to The Gradient, where the in-house design studio at Walker Art Center writes in-depth about ‘design, art and the gradient in between.’ Topics include work produced within and without this unique Minneapolis institution. I always find it fascinating, and I appreciate the fact that it’s as much about thinking and discourse as it is about looking and seeing. So when my design mind craves insightful writing outside of mainstream publications, this is where I go.”
“Colossal is one of my favorite blogs. They curate the newest in art, design, technology and many more topics from around the world. With every piece featured in the blog, there is also a short write-up about the feature and the thinking process behind the creation. Some of the posts are more abstract/fine art driven, but every now and again I see something unique featured on the blog, and a few months down the line see the similar idea being used commercially for a client. It opens my mind to new innovations and how these possibilities can be mixed in with our work.”
Recommended by Brady Boyle
“One of my favorite design blogs is Designmatazz. It shows a wide range of awesomely curated visual references mainly focused around branding and print (but it also shows some UI, motion graphics, illustration, video, etc.) and has some interesting articles. They post just enough to keep your attention, but not too much to make the blog unmanageable and over saturated. They also link all their content to the authors, making it a great place to get your name out there, and also a great place to start exploring new studios and finding more inspiration.”
Recommended by Pong Ko
“I love design that is moving, fresh, handcrafted and uses advanced technology. One of the mediums that has it all is animation and visual effects. A blog that is probably on every animator’s favorite list is Motiongrapher. There are a lot of unexpected videos. The blog offers new ways of looking at design in different dimensions, and gives a lot of ideas in how to bring brands to life.”
Recommended by Lindsay Gravette
“Apps have us interacting with visuals and brands in new ways, simultaneously embracing and rejecting rules we’ve taken as wrote. Beautiful apps take me down the same rabbit hole I experience playing a great game; explore this, try that, get feedback, do something else and then do it all over again with a smile on my face. It’s a facet of design that’s getter better all the time. A gallery of beautiful apps like this gets my mind working in different directions and reminds me of the expanding possibilities of modern identity systems.”
And why not one more for good luck?
But Does It Float
Recommended by Aaron-Harper Lee
“I always get a kick out of the symphony of type, photography, paintings and generative art posted in this blog. I’m a big fan of abstract art and there’s a ton of it here—It inspires me to work more analog in my personal projects and helps me cast a wider net of ideas for mediums to explore in the future. Many pieces I’ve checked out are emotionally moving in some way. Oftentimes, I get what I call the design shivers. You always want to do a double take or just keep drinking in how the design/intent could be the fuel to future projects.”
What are some of your favorite blogs? Leave a message in the comments!
Molly Davis is a Communication Strategist at MetaDesign San Francisco.