No creative can exist in a vacuum. We all need to keep in touch with the latest trends and check out the work our fellow professionals are producing.
It’s not about copying others, of course. Still, it is about understanding common points of reference and the broader culture we all swim in, not to mention getting a blast of inspiration and new ideas along the way.
To help you find all that, quickly and easily, we’ve brought together the best communities and blogs around art, design and creativity. We’ve come up with a killer list that will help you stay fully informed and push your passion for creativity to new frontiers.
Abduzeedo is a collective of individual writers sharing articles about architecture, design, photography and UX. Founded by Brazilian designer Fabio Sasso in 2006, it’s particularly strong on 3D work, which is something that doesn’t get much attention from most design blogs.
- Design Week
Founded in 1986, Design Week was the UK’s leading design magazine until 2011, when it became online-only. It continues to bring you high quality, well-written news and inspiration across graphics, branding, interiors, digital, product, furniture and more.
- Creative Boom
Creative Boom (of course) celebrates, inspires and supports the creative community and has an excellent section on graphic design to give you loads of inspiration. The magazine also features insightful interviews with some of the world’s leading designers – Paula Scher being a recent example.
- Create by Adobe
Create is Adobe’s magazine by creatives, for creatives — available online and as a mobile app. Visit them for inspiration and tutorials on photography, illustration, graphic design, web design, motion graphics, audio/video, branding, and more.
- Dropbox Design
Most of us have used the file-sharing service Dropbox at some point in our lives, but did you know it has a blog too? It’s a fine one at that, featuring an array of articles on the theme of UX, with topics including user research, project management, and design tooling.
- Creative Review
Founded in 1980, Creative Review is the world’s leading monthly magazine for advertising, design and visual culture. And the same high-quality journalism that informs it carries through to its website, which features a range of news, reviews and features from the creative world.
- The Dieline
For anyone working in packaging design, The Dieline has it all wrapped up. It’s basically the Bible of the sector: a place where the community can review, critique and stay informed of the latest industry trends, and check out design projects being created in the field.