Monday, May 31, 2010


Graphic Design Resources this item courtesy of the folks at getstartED

friends of ED offers you a selection of the best resources on and off the web for professional designers, DV creators and innovators. Some of these are tiny independent sites, some are huge media groups - but they all have something that has made them indispensable to us at one time or another.

Let us know if you'd like us to consider a site for inclusion - the only criteria is that the site offers something of genuine value to friends of ED readers.

  • Sites
    • Australia INFront – Global design news from an Australian perspective.
    • computerlove – Another design portal, but with focus on networking for creative professionals.
    • Design Is Kinky – Australian-based news site and portal. Continues to lead the way in cutting-edge design information with regular articles and interviews, and one of the news editors is New Masters contributor Karen Ingram .
    • Digital Refueler – Providing constant inspiration and resources to creative designers around the globe. Including links to Stock Photography, Free Fonts, Royalty Free Stock Photography, Font Foundries, Flash Resources
    • Female Persuasion – News and portfolio showcase site for women designers working in photography, illustration, and digital design.
    • K10k – The original designer's lunchbox. Plenty of news, links, and tasty new design samples from this revamped portal.
    • Lounge72 – Design portal for visual amusement set up by Kai Hauser and Antonio Vasile, Stuttgart. Good news feed and their PDF calendar features some great artists.
    • netdiver – A digit culture portal with distinctive high quality editorial from new media pioneer Carole Guevin. Featured designer portfolios and examples are carefully selected and always of exceptional standards. Also check out the powagirrrls section promoting women designers.
    • Newstoday – General news site on digital design and technology.
    • pixelsurgeon – One of foED's favourite sites with in-depth reviews on the latest design trends, movies, music, and books. Biased towards digital design, their daily news blog is a must for designers.
    • Stereo Typography – Online site aggregating news feeds from most major online design portals.
  • Events
    • BD4D – UK-based site By Designers For Designers was set up as a collective for digital designers to meet up offline, network with each other, and discuss what they do and love: creativity. It has grown into a global community with regular BD4D meetings now taking place worldwide.
    • DiGiT Expo and Conference – Brings together global and local designers working in the fields of new media.
    • HOW Design Conference – Annual creativity, business and technology conference for graphic designers. Now in its 14th year, the HOW conference features learning and networking with industry experts and international peers.
  • Magazines
    • allmaple – Online magazine promoting excellence in Canadian digital art and design.
    • Communication Arts – Communication Arts Network, publishers of Communication Arts magazine, focusing on professional topics in current design trends. As well as technical information, there are columns on business, advertising, legal aspects, and theory of graphic design.
    • Computer Arts – This leading UK-based print magazine continues to provide high quality news, product reviews, and tutorials for digital designers working in Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, 3D, and digital video.
    • Design Graphics – Australian-based print magazine offering a wide range of news, resources, and tutorials on digital publishing for print and the web.
    • Digit Mag – Great print magazine with news, reviews, and tips in the world of digital media.
    • PRINT – America's leading graphic design magazine. Features examples of global design excellence by illustrators, photographers, type designers, as well as designers working with digital media.
    • SHIFT – Longstanding Japanese e-zine full of high quality digital design content.
    • Tartart Magazine – Great free PDF design mag created by New Master of Photoshop Marin Musa.
    • thedesigner – UK-based free PDF magazine with global contributors.
  • Inspiration
    • counterspace – Very interesting site dedicated to typography and its history.
    • Favourite Website Awards – FWA is a great place to see some inspirational web design work, particularly focused towards high impact websites using Flash.
    • MediaInspiration – Site showcases, technology and book reviews, and more inspirational weblinks than you can shake a stick at.
    • Moluv – Plenty of carefully selected websites to inspire you.
    • styleboost – Sweet and lovely links since 2001 says this site. So true.

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