16 Design Blogs Everyone (even non-designers) Should Read
The days of design being something strictly for geeks are behind us. Today, quality design has emerged as the art of the 21st century. As Photoshop, Illustrator, and other graphics programs continue to improve, so too do the people that use them. Many of today's top design blogs offer something for everyone.
There are online galleries that people can sift through to find the the stunning and the amazing, the inspirational and the thought-provoking, but often the easiest place to find the best of the best is through the blogs that reside in this artistic world. We've compiled a list of blogs below that appeal to the masses. They are great for designers, but even those outside of the world of design can find enjoyment by going through these blogs and checking out some of their posts with a general appeal.
1. Web Designer Depot
- 100 Outstanding and Inspirational Infrared Photos
- Operating System Interface Design Between 1981-2009
- 40 Examples of Incredible Photo Manipulation
2. Six Revisions
- 30 Stunning Urban HDR Photos with Creative Commons Licenses
- 20 Incredible Sunrise Wallpapers Caught in Space
- 25 Elegant Workstations for Your Inspiration
- 20 Inspirational Podcasts
- 50+ Vector Candy-Coated Illustrations Made with Yummy Bezier Goodness
- Theo Aartsma Interview
- 30 Cool Artworks Surrounding the H1N1 Flu
- The Beautiful and Inspiring Work from Nonnetta
- 50 Awesome Robots
5. Smashing Apps
- 23 Incredible And Creative Origami Artworks
- 21 Popular Websites with Smartphone Integration
- 13 Terrific Tools For Twitter Lovers
- 50+ Fresh and Unique Personal Portfolio Websites
- deviantART: 30+ Breathtaking Artworks
- 63 Impressive Website Background-Images: Trends, Resources and Tutorials
7. Designer Daily
- 20 stunning examples of portrait photography
- Pepsi vs Coca-Cola logos: the revised version
- 10 Amazing Cold War Propaganda Posters
8. Smashing Magazine
- Bauhaus: Ninety Years of Inspiration
- 30 Fresh and Inspirational Portfolios With A Twist
- 35 Examples Of Masterful Lighting Effects In Web Design
9. Specky Boy
- The Impressive 3d Street Painting of Tracy Lee Stum
- 20 Beautiful HDR Photographs of the Marvels and Mysteries of Iceland
- 20 Incredible Digital Sunrise Wallpapers Viewed from Space
10. 1st Web Designer
- 50 Gorgeous Flash Websites You Definitely Should See
- 10 Must Have Portable Applications
- 40 High Resolution And Elegant Apple Wallpapers
- 40 Fresh Creative and Inspiring Photographs
- 60 (Latest) Beautiful and Enticing Blog Designs
- 80+ Exceptionally Beautiful Photographs of Paris
12. Design Reviver
- The evolution of web design
- Twitter as a Business Tool, PC Mags Top 100 and some Artistic Chairs
- Eco-Friendly Packaging Concepts
14. Instant Shift
- 80 Excellent Examples of Photo Manipulation Art
- List Of Top Social Media Network Sites
- 80 Stunning Examples Of Macro Photography
15. Just Creative Design
- Kingdom of Cambodia
- A Comparative Study of Logo Design between the 70s and 90s.
- Do you need to rebrand?
16. Graphic Design Blog
- Smoke Designs & Anti-Smoking Ads - Decoration and Destruction!!
- Guess the Famous Logos - The fun begins!!
- 15 Most Colorful Photographs ever captured - Vivid and Vibrant!!
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As with any list, this one is incomplete. There are possibly dozens of high-quality design blogs that can appeal to a wider audience. If you know of any, please let me know.