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Blogs that Inspire Me

For my first post, I thought it would make sense to give credit to the creative blogs that inspired me to start Creative Opera. There are a ton out there, and many of them are good. How did I choose my top 5? These are the the sites that I can’t pull myself away from once I start reading. These sites will keep you entertained for hours!

 

Web Designer Depot

http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/

Web Designer Depot

This site is great for creative inspiration and discussion, but it is also full of useful information, advice, and design tutorials. There are even a few great graphic history lessons. Some popular posts include: How NOT to Design a Logo, 100 Websites with Outstanding Artistic Design (an amazing source of design inspiration), 6 Reasons Why Designers Should Code, and 10 Usability Tips for Web Designers.

 

Logo Design Love

http://www.logodesignlove.com/

Logo Design Love

This site has so much great information on logos — as well as tons of links to other sources of information and inspiration. Some popular articles include: 81 best logo design resources, When logos look alike, 10 successful logo redesigns, 33 logos in 33 minutes, and 15 wonderfully simple logo designs.

 

I Love Typography

http://ilovetypography.com/

I Love Typography

The name says it all. This blog is about anything and everything type-related. Popular posts include How to make a font, Best fonts of 2008, Type history series, and Identify that font.

 

Graphic Design Blog

http://www.graphicdesignblog.co.uk/

Graphic Design Blog

It is insane how much useful material lives on Graphic Design Blog. Here you’ll find interesting discussions, useful links, and tons of information. Popular posts include 6 Reasons Why a Logo Should Cost More than your Lunch, How Much Can you Charge for Freelance Graphic Design, Freelancing and Time Management and Inspiration for Design and Advertising.

 

Coudal Partners

http://www.coudal.com/

Coudal Partners

You never know what to expect from the Coudal Partners site. It’s different that the average design blog, and that’s why I love it. There is always something unexpected, and an endless supply of interesting information, quirky contests, and creative experiments. One of my favorite features is their Layer Tennis series, where two designers face off each Friday afternoon, while professional copywriters commentate.


Hopefully you’ll take the time to check out these exceptional design blogs. I’d love to hear what you think.
 

What are your favorite design blogs?

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13 Responses

I really enjoy http://www.designm.ag. Great site for web inspiration and more! Creative Opera is my favorite blog site now :)

02.17.09

Oh yes!! Love it!!

02.17.09

This is awesome Manda! I am really digging this and I know many others will as well. New part of my daily routine :-) Looking forward to your updates. – J.R.

Manda Reply:

Thanks for the support, Joe. I hope I can keep you entertained!

02.17.09

Looking good Manda! I hope you sent this link to many other people. It’s good to spread inspiration!

Manda Reply:

Thanks George! I hope you’ll come back often.

02.17.09

Check out http://www.designboom.com for the newest and best in architecture, graphic, interior and industrial design, as well as interviews, competitions and design history. Of course, it’s not as good as Creative Opera, but then what is.

Manda Reply:

This is fantastic, Dave! Thanks!

02.17.09

Hi Manda,

Thanks very much for mentioning Logo Design Love. I’m a fan of the others you list, so I’m certainly in great company.

As for where I find my design inspiration, here’s a compilation of 50+ graphic design blogs I often browse:

http://www.davidairey.com/top-50-graphic-design-blogs/

Enjoy the weekend!

Manda Reply:

Thanks so much David. This is an amazing resource!

02.17.09

Thanks Manda for sending me this link,I already feel motivated/inspired to jump back into Design!!! Keep it coming!!:)

Manda Reply:

Thanks Brian!

02.17.09

Thank you for the nice and useful collection.

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