Design You Trust, a digital imaging magazine that I’ve been subscribed to for a while, recently pointed to Cruzine’s Top 50 Design Magazines. I had no idea that there were so many design magazines out there, so I decided to take a quick peek. I ended up looking at 10 of the top 50, clicking on the website that seemed most appealing to me solely based on their homepage.
1. Creative Nerds
Creative Nerds is exactly what it sounds like. This is a site run by an open source community of designers; that means that you might qualify to write for them! Based in Britain, the magazine divides up their posts into articles, tutorials, inspirational pieces, news, and freebies. I found their latest article on Smart Creative Logo Designs Which Contain Secret Symbolisms to be quite appealing.
2. Cats Who Code
Cats Who Code is a site built for “those who create and maintain websites : web developers, web designers, webmasters, and so on.” In other words, if you don’t know a bit of CSS, PHP, or HTML, or if these acronyms mean nothing to you, then neither will this website. From beginner (how to code an HTML email) to expert (CSS3 typography techniques), Cats Who Code has a bit of something for everyone even vaguely interested.
3. Fuel Your Creativity
Fuel Your Creativity is a blog meant to inspire artists. Mostly designed for freelance artists, Fuel Your Creativity writes specifically for architects, artists, creative firms, fashion designers, graphic designers, illustrators, industrial designers, interior designers, and photographers. Though the website could use a little work (uh, where’s is “Home?” OH FOUND IT!) the articles are pretty straightforward and can apply to a wide audience. Check out their latest feature on Erik Johansson’s photo manipulations.
4. Web Designer Wall
Nick La, the owner of Web Designer Wall, barely has time to breathe. Not only does he maintain this frequented idea board, but he also runs N.Design Studio and Best Web Gallery. Primarily working as a web design website, La comments on current trends (does Flash still suck?), current people (ZURB!) and even current job opportunities for web designers. Not too bad for one guy!
5. Blog.Spoon Graphics
What drew me to this website above all the others was that it’s so freaking pretty. Maintained by creative designer Chris Spooner, Blog.Spoon Graphics takes a magnified look at Illustrator and Photoshop features. Chock full of free brushes, vector graphics, and icons, this website is ideal for just breaking into design or professionals seeking tutorials for specific Illustrator and Photoshop features.
6. Vandelay Design
Though Sebastian Scheuer owns the bovine themed web developer e-zine, his contributors take up a mass majority of Knowtebook‘s content. As an insanely disorganized website, its articles are surprisingly simple and easy to understand, down to some simple bullet points to summarize the short articles (check out Why and How to Keep Users on a Website). If you plan on using this website to grow your own blog or grab some freebies, plan on using the search bar (if you can find it).
8. The Design Cubicle
Brian Hoff isn’t the typical graphic designer. The website he writes, The Design Cubicle, encourages discussion in the contemporary issues of graphic design (is there a problem with free fonts?) and educates his readers while showing off his portfolio and pointing his readers to off-site simple how-tos (though they tend to be a little wacky, like how to properly apply for a design job).
9. Design Meltdown 2010
Patrick McNeil is frequently mistaken as a “a designer because of his blog… his book series The Web Designer’s Idea Book or his monthly column in .net Magazine; but really he is more of a developer then anything.” Despite his self-identified developerness, Design Meltdown 2010 begs to differ. The blog acts as an encyclopedia of past articles surrounding everything design from design styles to 404 pages. The only criticism that I would have is that there is SO much information that you should really go to this blog with a purpose, or else you’ll get lost.
Astuteo is a design firm based in Madison, Wisconsin, that offers a free advice blog. Again, the blog is not insanely easy to navigate, and it has unfortunately not been updated since 2009, but their articles’ advice has timeless meaning (read How to Stop Worrying and Love Your Job). Scroll through, but realize that the unupdated blog has a limited number of articles.