As a freelance graphic and web designer, I am always looking for inspiration and new techniques and the best place to find it is on the web. There are thousands of designers and developers out there who are eager to share their resources and knowledge with the world. But, you just have to know where to look… Here is a list of some of my favourites – let me know if I have left any out!
To make it easier, I have sorted them into categories:
- Graphic Design
- Web Design
- Social Networking
- Content Management Systems – CMS
- Greatest Inspiration
- Useful Resources
- Web Development
- Design Blogs
Computer Arts is the one-stop shop for professional advice on creating digital art and illustrations.
Print is a bimonthly magazine about visual culture and design.
CMYK Magazine is where aspiring creatives showcase their talents to an industry driven by inspiration and new ways of creative problem solving.
Communication Arts magazine is the leading trade journal for visual communications. It showcases the top work in graphic design, advertising, illustration, photography and interactive design.
Layers magazine provides in-depth tutorials, cutting-edge techniques, secret tweaks, expert insights, and a wealth of information about the entire Adobe Creative Suite®
Design Informer is a web design and graphic design blog featuring freelance articles, tutorials, freebies, resources, and inspiration posts.
DesignersCouch is a creative critique community to share your designs, be inspired, network and receive constructive critique from peers.
Graphic Design & Web Design Business Resources – Forms, Contracts, Pricing Guides, Training Videos, Designer Interviews & More!
The B2B site of choice in South Africa and Africa for anyone wanting to know the who, what, where and why of what’s happening in the advertising, marketing, media, retail and related sectors.
Everything graphic design.
Get smashed with Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, an online magazine for designers and web developers.
Six Revisions is a website that publishes practical and useful articles for designers and web developers, maintained by founder Jacob Gube.
The Web Design Ledger is a publication written by web designers for web designers.
The world’s best-selling mag for web designers.
Web Designer is the premier magazine for aspiring online creatives and industry professionals.
A Web Design Community curated by Chris Coyier.
Hongkiat.com is a design weblog dedicated to designers and bloggers.
SpyreStudios is an online magazine about web-design & development and the myriads of other topics that fall in between.
Design Shack showcases inspiring web design, alongside resources and tutorials for you to succeed in the same way. It is carefully curated and edited by Josh Johnson and David Appleyard.
Codrops is a web development blog that publishes articles and tutorials about web design, programming and usability.
Sleeklens is your one-stop shop for the best Adobe Lightroom Presets, Photoshop Actions and Photoshop Overlays on the internet.
A community of photographers of all experience levels who come together to learn, share and grow in our understanding of photography.
Picture galleries, photography tips, community forums and more.
Expert reviews of all the newest cameras and the latest photo news.
Bringing the most up-to-date photography news on the web.
Monthly photography magazine provides everything you need to know about taking that perfect shot.
Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life.
The best way to discover what’s new in your world.
Share your photos. Watch the world.
Discover the Best of the Web.
Content Management Systems – CMS
WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.
Graph Paper Press peddles minimalistic modular designs that can transform your blog from a tubular list of posts into an aesthetically-pleasing portfolio or news magazine website.
Wordspop is the premier solution to satisfy your needs for quality WordPress themes.
WordPress themes for all types of web publishers.
Joomla is a free, open-source content management system and application framework that powers 2.6% of the entire web.
Creating slick and sexy templates for the Joomla! community.
A premium theme marketplace that offers three different levels of membership.
Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications.
Millions of people sharing the things they do, find, love, think, or create.
The World’s Fastest Growing eCommerce Platform.
David Carson is principal and chief designer of David Carson Design, Inc. with offices in del mar,california and zurich switzerland.
Milton Glaser, an icon of American graphic design and the creator of the ‘I love New York’ logo.
A brand identity designer who works with clients from across the globe, David Airey’s website is definitely worth having a look at.
Ilovedust is a multi-disciplinary design boutique specialising in creative solutions from graphic design and illustration to animation and trend prediction.
Miles Newlyn is a world renowned typographer and designer, specialized in the positioning and iconography of large organisations.
Neville Brody is an internationally renowned designer, typographer, art director and brand strategist.
Noah Harris is a graphic designer and director in London, UK.
Creators of many of the world’s most iconic brands, Chermayeff & Geismar is a graphic design firm specialising in the development of trademarks, print and motion graphics, exhibitions, and art in architecture.
Paul Rand was a well-known American graphic designer, best known for his corporate logo designs.
LogoLounge was born out of a need for a more efficient way to find reference material for logos.
Psdtuts+ is a blog/Photoshop site made to house and showcase some of the best Photoshop tutorials around.
Iconspedia is a fantastic source of free icons.
Icon Finder provides high quality icons for web designers and developers in an easy and efficient way.
The web’s original source for royalty-free stock images, media and design elements.
Fotolia is the first worldwide social marketplace for royalty free stock images, allowing individuals and professionals to legally buy and share stock images and illustrations.
Shutterstock is the largest subscription-based stock photo agency in the world.
Lots of free fonts!
Brusheezy is the place to share your free Photoshop brushes and other Photoshop-related resources.
FBrushes.com is a collection of High Quality Free Photoshop Brushes, Photoshop Patterns and Textures on the net.
deviantART was created to entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us.
Get data about crawling, indexing and search traffic and receive notifications about problems on your site.
Ajax portal for all ajax projects frameworks toolkits and tutorials.
The Number One HTTP Server on the Internet.
PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML.
The world’s most popular open source database.
Jacob Cass is the founder of Just Creative Design and is a self-employed graphic designer, specialising in the fields of corporate identity design, web design, print design and branding.
Vandelay Website Design exists to help businesses and organizations build a stronger presence online.
Grace Smith is a creative and enthusiastic freelance web and graphic designer based in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
YOUTHEDESIGNER is Graphic Design Blog, featuring tips, tutorials, design jobs and more!
Speckyboy Design Magazine is a web and graphic design blog run by Paul Andrew.
A blog all about graphic design.
Blog.SpoonGraphics is the personal design blog and digital playground of Chris Spooner.
A wall of design ideas, web trends, and tutorials.
Stopdesign is the creative outlet of Douglas Bowman.
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