As a promotional products company, we’ve seen our fair share of horribly designed logos. Whether you’re planning on having your logo slapped on one of our products or designing print and online marketing materials for your brand, you’re going to need some serious graphic design skills.
Luckily, we live in the 21st century and thanks to the internet there are thousands of graphic design, logo design, and typography blogs, guides, resources, and tutorials at your disposal. To help you get some inspiration or training for designing your brand’s marketing and advertising materials, I’ve compiled the best of the best in this blog post. You’ll find plenty of useful tips and tricks on the following outstanding graphic design blogs.
Why it rocks: Onextrapixel offers resources, tutorials, and freebies for a variety of subjects. Want to learn some new Photoshop tricks? Onextrapixel. Having trouble with your WordPress theme? Onextrapixel. Need inspiration while picking a font for your logo? Onextrapixel. From photography to illustration to social media, Onextrapixel has all of your bases covered.
Why it rocks: In addition to free icons, fonts, and Photoshop brushes, CreativeNerds also has a very helpful Youtube channel where they post step-by-step tutorials. Besides their helpful tutorials they also do a lot of extensive round-ups like “85 Best Photoshop Tutorials from 2012” or “50 Phenomenal Free Photoshop Brush Sets.”
Why it rocks: Specky Boy Design Magazine posts a lot about web design and WordPress, but that’s certainly not all. They also feature weekly web design inspiration posts, weekly design news posts, graphic design freebies and tutorials, and tips for freelance designers or design agencies.
Why it rocks: YoutheDesigner features a wide variety of inspirational design work. They write about art and design in just about every niche. They also include plenty of educational resources, tutorials, freebies, and tips for blog and website design. Plus the design of their site is very compelling and easy to navigate.
Why it rocks: Designrfix posts excellent resources for new and veteran designers. In addition to tutorial and freebie round-ups like the other design sites, Designrfix often features an artist of the day, and has a running list in the sidebar of breaking design news.
Why it rocks: Inspirationfeed has a lot of the same resources and freebies as the other sites, but they also feature a whole bunch of articles with start-up resources, social media advice, and business motivation. Just like the name implies, every post is inspiring.
Why it rocks: Yes, this site is for graphic designers, but it’s not your run of the mill design tips. Graphic Design Blender is an excellent resource for freelance designers (and anyone, really) to get business tips. You can learn how to handle feisty clients, how to set your prices, and how to make sure you have a killer website.
Why it rocks: Like most of the sites on this list, DesignBeep includes an array of resources, tutorials, and freebies. They also post a weekly round-up of new design resources and weekly round-ups of web design inspiration that you won’t want to miss.
Why it rocks: Creative Bloq offers inspiration and resources for graphic designers, illustrators, 3-D artists, and animators. So whatever kind of design you’re into, you’re bound to find some tips, tricks, and inspiration at Creative Bloq. Even if you’re not a designer, the work they feature is stunning and very cool to browse. Plus there’s a fun trivia quiz every Friday!
Why it rocks: Design Festival is the cream of the crop when it comes to design resources. They publish detailed step-by-step tutorials and inspiration posts. My personal favorite is this excellent post about typography.
As you can see, whether you’re a design n00b or a veteran there is no shortage of resources to help you learn new tricks and find inspiration. With all of these resources at your fingertip, there’s no excuse for poor design in your marketing materials. So hop to it and check out these awesome sites!
What do you think? Which of these sites do you like best? Did I leave out your favorite graphic design blog? Sound off in the comments below!