So we sat down this morning and decided that we would put together a list of all the graphic design blogs that we follow as a team. We said that we would spend a single working day on it, no more, no less.
By the end of the day we have a list of over 160 blogs covering design, freelancing and Photoshop/Illustrator.
See the full list after the jump
1stwebdesigner Blog by Dainis Graveris in Latvia covering all things design and freelance.
Abduzeedo Created by Fabio Sasso in Brazil and now one of the most popular design blogs. Includes tutorials, wallpapers, interviews and news. Strong participation from readers.
Andy Sowards Eponymous blog covers cool links from around the world of web design, development and technology.
Arbenting From Angie Bowen and Robert Bowen, Arbenting covers design tips, tutorials, news and inspiration.
Behance Magazine. Great blog from the folks at the Behance Network. Wide range of articles for creatives in all sectors. Really high quality content.
BittBox Great blog from Jay Hilgert focusing on freebies for web designers and developers.
BoagWorld Popular podcast on web design, development and management.
Booooooom Blog from Jeff Hamada in Vancouver. Covers a wide range of creative arts.
Brian Yerkes One of the true “rock star” designers out there (our words not his). Great work and deep insights into the world of design and marketing.
Cats Who Code Is a blog run by Jean-Baptiste Jung, a blogger/web developper/web designer from Belgium. Cats Who Code covers web development, web design, blogging tips and WordPress. Jean-Baptiste also runs WpRecipes.
Colorburned Great blog from Grant Friedman covering many aspects of graphic and web design.
Computer Arts Magazine One-stop shop for professional advice on creating digital art and illustrations.
Coudal Partners The blog from the superstar design outfit based in Chicacgo. Always great features and strong opinions.
Craig Baldwin Cool blog from a student at the Winchester School of Art in England. Gathers a great list of the “best of” from across teh web.
CrazyLeaf Big design blog covering graphic design, web design, Flash, Photoshop, vector graphics, design inspiration, programming, print design, design resources and photography.
CreativeTechs Blog from the folks at Creative Techs who run an awesome set of courses for designers.
CSSstyle Edited submission site containing galleries of high quality CSS sites.
DesignBump Community powered design news. Dig it?
DesignCreme Showcase of good design.
Design Cubicle Brian Hoff’s blog covering a range of great graphic design subjects and personal insights.
Designer Daily A blog for designers and web designers by Mirko Humbert, a Swiss graphic designer who shares his thoughts on design, ressources and tips.
DesignerSide Collation of links to the best graphic design posts.
Designers Who Blog A design blog by Catherine Wentworth for designers, photographers, writers, marketeers, etc., who blog. Lots of reader contributions.
DesignFeedr Portfolios, inspiration, features, news. A broad range of design resources.
DesignFlavr Design inspiration with daily updates of cool design from across the web. UGC, rating and resources. Run by Andrew Greig.
DesignM.ag A community-based website run by Steven Snell for web designers and developers. The site includes a popular blog, a user-submitted news section, a design gallery, and a design job board. Also runs Vandelay Design.
Design O’Blog Niki Brown’s views on design, inspiration and tips.
Design Observer Pithy and witty observations on design and the people who do it.
Design Reviver Tutorials, free downloads, sources of inspiration, and articles covering a wide range of web design related topics
Design Shard A valuable resource for designers ranging from design tips, inspiration and free resources such as photoshop brushes or textures to be downloaded.
Desizn Tech Mostly a resource site with themes, wallpaper, icons and freebies.
Dezignus.com Blog with useful freebies such as vectors, PSD brushes and shapes, textures and backgrounds, icons etc.
The Dieline Design blog dedicated to the packaging design industry. Fantastic images and graphics of great packaging design.
Digital Arts Magazine The online version of Digital Arts Magazine. Covers a gamut of subjects including graphic design, 3D, animation, video, effects, web and interactive design, in print and online
DivineCSS CSS showcase. Best described in their own words, “We know the difference between s**t and Shinola and we’re pretty good at sniffing out a website worthy of the Divine CSS showcase gallery”.
Doodlage Unique and funny site dedicated to the art of the doodle. In their own words, “On a quest to elevate doodling to the status of an art form that it deserves!”
Doug Cloud Blog from Doug with tutorials and advice. Doesn’t post frequently, but very useful when he does.
Drawn A collaborative weblog for illustrators, artists, cartoonists, and anyone who likes to draw.
Dwell The online version of Dwell Magazine. Architecture and interior design.
Dzine Yugendran’s blog on design tutorials, inspiration, freebies and more.
Elite By Design Brian Lovin’s blog on web design and Photoshop inspiration.
Elliot Jay Stocks A well known public speaker and personality in the design world. Oh, and cool design work too!
From The Couch Hosted by brothers Marc and David Perel, this online web TV show covers everything web orientated – design, development and more.
Fudge Graphics Blog from Franz Jeitz covering graphic design, sources of inspiration and freebies.
Fuel Your Creativity Awesome resource from the folks at the Fuel Brand Network. Great articles and links to inspirational design resources.
Giackop Blog from Giacomo Coppola, a web and graphic designer from Italy.
GoMediaZine Is a site dedicated to art and graphic design. Includes tutorials, freebies and advice. For example, this post on Thoughts on Design Integrity. Getting what you want from your client.
The Graphic Mac James Dempsey’s blog containing advice on all things Mac, especially for new Mac users and designers.
Hongkiat A blog from Hongkiat Lim covering Photoshop, web design, WordPress and much more. Excellent resource.
How Magazine Online magazinefrom the folks at the How group.
I’m Just Creative Logo and brand identity blog from Graham Smith covering a wide range of design topics with an emphasis on logo design and identity. Includes his expanding portfolio.
I am Khayyam Completely original blog from Khayyam Wakil. Check out It took me 25 minutes to design my ultimate business card.
Inspiredology Great blog from Chad Mueller covering a huge range of things web and design related
IxDA The website and forum of the Interaction Design Association, an amazingly active member organisation for IX designers.
Just Creative Design Blog from Jacob Cass, a designer & blogger with a fast-growing following and great design insight. Particularly strong on things logo-related.
Kathryn Corrick Thought provoking blog from Kathryn Corrick, a digital media consultant in the UK.
Larissa Meek Blog from Larissa Meek, creative director at AgencyNet and regular speaker on the conference circuit.
LifeDev Describes itself as “Empowering Creative People”. LiveDev is a genuinely original blog providing advice and ideas about creativity, art and design, for example, Four Reasons Why Fear is a Creative’s Friend.
Lines and Colors A blog from Charley Parker about drawing, sketching, painting, comics, cartoons, webcomics, illustration, digital art, concept art, and much more. Charley created the fantastic Argon Zark web comic.
Loon Design Kailoon is from Malaysia and is one of the reviewers for ThemeForest. His blog covers drawing and design, especially Illustrator and Photoshop.
Marketing Fresh Peel Chris Wilson’s blog on marketing, branding and innovation.
MarketingSherpa One of the strongest marketing blogs out there. Not always directly design-related, but impacts design thinking none the less.
Naldz Graphics Provides tutorials, tips, resources, inspirations, freebies and other interesting things.
Nerd Business Top of the list for innovative, thought provoking and original posts.
.Net Magazine Online version of the UK’s .Net Magazine.
Observin Cool blog covering design related topics.
Outlaw Design Blog Fresh and inspiring design blog by Danny Outlaw. Great emphasis on passive income, which is an objective of many freelancers.
PointBrake Blog from Ann Edwards, a web designer and developer from the Midwest. Covers topics from web development to freelancing.
Positive Space Blog A great blog from Anthony Zinni with topics that range from the typical inspirational roundup to functional articles based around running a successful agency and working as a professional graphic designer.
Pro Blog Design A more technically focused blog covering many aspects of blog design, creation and development.
Scene 360 Illusion The illusion project highlights artwork that is “unique”—amazing for its skills, level of creativity and vision.
sCommerce sCommerce is a self-hosted blog site for news and stories on Social Commerce and Social Sourcing.
Sharebrain Great site for web designers from Thomas in Germany. Covers front end web development as much as design.
Sitepoint One of the biggest and broadest design resources on the web. One of the top 3 most popular ebusiness websites in the world.
Smashing Apps Describes itself as “Free and useful online resources for designers and developers”.
Smashing Magazine One of the biggest graphic and web design blogs out there. Awesomely original articles covering a huge range of subjects. Known for really in-depth and original pieces.
Snook.ca Blog of Jonathan Snook, well known designer, coder and man-about-web. More technically focused than some blogs on this list.
SpeckyBoy Mostly “top” lists, and very well put together/edited. How lists like this should be done.
SpoonFedDesign Blog from Matt with some genuinely original tutorials and design inspiratons.
Styl.eTi.me Blog from Roger Byrne, originally from England, now in Egypt. Posts his own tutorials, “best of” lists, etc.
SwissMiss A “must read” blog from Tina Roth Eisenberg, covering an eclectic mix of “design” that is quirky, cool, or simply inspiring. How she finds time to blog and run her design business beats me. Great resource.
That Indie Dude Alex Linebrink’s blog – really forthright views on how design and design blogging is becoming “me too”. Having looked at over 400 design blogs we truly buy into that!
The Design Superhero Blog from Aravind Ajith in Bangalore, the design superhero is a design blog which handles posts on design, CSS, usability, inspiration and tutorials. Also gives away a lot of design freebies.
The Everyday Web Expert Is a blog from The Everyday Web Expert, a full service web design company run by Kyle Reddoch.
ThinkDesign Blog by Nick Pagano of ThinkFour with design resources, freebies and inspiration.
Tianodesign Thought provoking blog from Stephen Tiano that includes design issues and a lot more. Very original thinking.
Tracey Grady Design Great blog from Tracey who is based in Hobart, Tasmania (Australia).
Turbomilk Great blog from an icon design team in Samara, Russia. If you are into icon design, this is a must-read blog.
Typographica Awesome resource for typefaces, fonts and typographic design.
Unbeige Mediabistro’s blog about design, “Where designers read design”.
Under Consideration One we missed initially. Oops! Definitely worth including.
UsabilityPost Blog from Dmitry Fadeyev who also writes for Smashing Magazine. Covers tips and insights into good design practice including articles like 8 Characteristics Of Successful User Interfaces.
UXMatters Online magazine about user experience design strategies.
Veerle’s Blog Top graphic design blog from Veerle Pieters.
WebAppers Blog by Ray Cheung focusing on open source, high quality and free resources for web developers.
Webdesigner Depot A collaboration between leading designers around the world providing a wealth of expertise in all fields of design, such as coding, typography, Photoshop tutorial, etc.
Web Designer Mag Design focused online magazine from the UK.
Web Design Ledger Broad design blog covering design tutorials, resources, inspiration and freebies.
WebJackaloupe Blog from Glen Stansberry covering a range of web design and development topics such as Taking Back the Homepage: 12 Ways to Design For the Fickle Web User
WebResources Depot Free web resources for web designers and developers.
WebToolkit4Me A blog from Gerasimos based in Thessaloniki, Greece. Lists bookmarks to great resources covering design, frontend development, backend development, SEO and useful apps.
WeFunction The blog from the team at Function, containing interviews, tips, icons and more.
Well Medicated Great blog from Andrew Lindstrom with inspirational links, showcases and freebies.
YouTheDesigner Blog from Gino Orlandi featuring tips, freebies and jobs.
Blog Perfume Bills itself as a WordPress related site, but covers a wider range of subjects for designers, writers and bloggers. Always useful.
Escape from Cubicle Nation Blog by Pamela Slim, a coach and writer who helps frustrated employees in corporate jobs break out and start their own business.
Freelance Folder A great collection of articles from an awesome group of writers, including
Freelance Switch This is one of the top blogs for freelancers. It is packed with advice, news and opinion pieces from top freelancers, plus the great Freelance Freedom cartoon series from NC Winters. A great example of the posts is this article on 50 Simple Marketing Ideas All Freelancers Can Use.
Fresh Thinking Ok, this is a product blog by the folks at Freshbooks, but it contains lots of useful information for budding freelancers.
Lifehacker Ever popular blog that features tips, shortcuts, and downloads that help you get things done smarter and more efficiently.
Men With Pens Great blog from the team at Men With Pens focusing on web business for writers, freelancers and online entrepreneurs.
Paul Graham Not really a design blog, but a great inspiration to anyone working as an entrepreneur.
Ronnie Lebow Blog from one of Canada’s leading creative directors. If you are freelancing, this is a MUST.
Photoshop & Illustrator Sites
10Steps.sg Photoshop tutorials, resources and freebies from Johnson Koh in Singapore.
BrushKing Brushes and tutorials.What more can we say?
High Resolution Textures Close-up photographs of surfaces such as wood, stone, metal or fabric.
Layers Magazine Magazine for everything Adobe
Lost and Taken Caleb Kimbrough’s fantastic resource of free textures.
Photoshop Creative Provides Photoshop users with lashings of practical advice and inspiration.
PSDFan PSD tutorial site from Tom Ross.
QBrushes A Photoshop resource site showcasing quality Photoshop brushes from different talented designers.
QVectors Showcase site for free quality vector images from around the net.
RasterVector Wonderful resource for all things Mac and Adobe.
Tutorial9 A group authored site run by David Leggett with tutorials on Photoshop, photography, web design, blogging and more.
TutorialKing A collection of high quality Photoshop tutorials.
Tutzor Photoshop tutorials from Walter.
Vector Diary Vectordiary is a blog on vector illustration. It was created by Tony Soh who is an exclusive vector art contributor to iStockphoto.
Vector Diary Vectordiary is a blog on vector illustration. It was created by Tony Soh who is an exclusive vector art contributor to iStockphoto.
Vector Vault Huge collection of vector art and related articles. Includes free downloads, content and tips.
Wake Up Later Blog from Samuel Ryan writing about freelancing and entrepreneurship.
We are not Freelancers Not about freelancers, but about a web design firm in South Africa.Nice approach dubunking the myth that all web designers are freelance.
Web Worker Daily Practical tips and advice for anyone who uses the web for work. Excellent resource for freelance designers.
Adrants Round-up of ads and marketing news from around the world, edited by Steve Hall and Angela Natividada.
Ads of the World Community site for people in advertising. Includes a huge archive of ads from around the world, news, a forum and much more.
AdGoodness Advertising showcase created by Frederik Samuel who describes the site as “The best and sometimes the worst around the globe”.