Blogs and websites for inspiration


Plenty of Colour: Quite simply, this is a wonderful blog offering inspiration devoted to colour curated by Vancouver-based artist Chloé.

Colossal: One of the best in the business, Colossal is a daily source of inspiration from the fields of art, design, photography, illustration and crafts.

Demilked: This is an art, design and photography mash-up, delivering everything that’s trending around the world.

Nowness: Working with established and emerging filmmakers, Nowness is a global video channel that shares the best in art, design and culture.

The Great Discontent: The Great Discontent, which now has an accompanying print magazine, is full of beautifully big images, cleverly placed typography and exciting page layouts – published by Brooklyn-based creative studio Wayward Wild. With in-depth interviews from the creative industries.

This Isn’t Happiness: A simple Tumblr blog sharing art, photography, design and disappointment. Ha!

My Modern Met: Art, design, photography, architecture and the odd feel-good story – My Modern Met is a decent source of inspiration. A must for your bookmarks.

Visual News: Offering a collection of the world’s most compelling visual content, Visual News curates great work from creatives everywhere.

Yatzer: Yatzer is a global online destination that allows readers to both discover and follow the most engaging creative projects and people in art, fashion, design, architecture and hospitality from around the world. Initially founded by Greek interior designer Costas Voyatzis in 2007.

Where Cool Things Happen: Inspiration for, you guessed it, cool things. Focusing on travel, art, graphics and lifestyle.

iGNANT: An online magazine featuring the finest art, design, photography and architecture.

Creative Roots: Representing nations through art and design, Creative Roots is an ever growing art and design blog based on countries of the world, with each post being influenced by its countries, culture and history. With 160,000 page views each month, CR is inspiring readers from all around the world.

The Creators Project: A global celebration of creativity, arts and technology. Launched in 2009 with Intel as founding partner, the platform features the works of visionary artists and designers.

Graphic Design

Friends of Type: Created by four designers and lovers of lettering, you’ll discover fresh and original typographic design and lettering updates on a daily basis.

Grafik: Home to the world’s most inspiring graphic design, this popular blog is full to the brim with projects and ideas – offering superb inspiration for all you graphic designers out there.

Eye on Design: This is the blog of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), and it showcases the best new multidisciplinary work from emerging and established designers across the world.

It’s Nice That: With a stunning new design, It’s Nice That continues to be a superb portal for every design sector imaginable and champions new and established creative talent.

Design Clever: Built by aspiring graphic designers Jonathan Ring and Bethany Baker to celebrate talented creatives, you can submit your own work or just seek out inspiration from others.

Gurufiku: A collection of visual research surveying the history of graphic design in Japan. Put together by designer Ryan Hageman.

Design is Kinky: A long-established blog that offers an endless supply of graphic design inspiration, and it’s been around since 1998 would you believe.

Visuelle: Visuelle plucks the very best graphic design work from around the world and shares with its growing audience.

Print.PM: Put simply, Print.PM is a daily inspiration blog for print lovers.

Quipsologies: Quipsologies gives you the latest and greatest graphic design projects, events and news from the industry. Run by the massive graphic design enterprise, Under Consideration.

Freelancer tips and advice

GV Library: Great tips and advice around a whole host of subjects – design, product management, hiring, engineering, marketing, entrepreneurship, startup stories and founder interviews.

Millo: Business tips for creative folk – that’s what Millo is all about. Loads of helpful resources for those going freelance.

Guardian Culture Pros: The Guardian’s own online network for cultural professionals with a wealth of industry insight, tips and advice. Make sure you also check out its Media & Technology network for similar, helpful content.

Freelancer Lift: Founded by successful freelancer Liam Veitch, Freelancer Lift aims to be a community and online learning resource for those of us who wish to go freelance, and stay that way.

Copyblogger: Designed to help content marketers and internet entrepreneurs, Copyblogger has plenty of ebooks, tips and advice on how to market your business online.

Fast Company: This inspiring website will help a new breed of innovative and creative thought leaders who are actively inventing the future of business.

Moz Blog: Brought to you by the friendly people at SEO firm Moz, this blog gives you loads of inbound marketing tips and tricks, which are essential to boost your own skills.

Entrepreneur: The latest small business tips and advice from Entrepreneur, an essential guide to entrepreneurship.

Seth Godin: Enjoy Seth Godin’s riffs on marketing, respect, and the ways ideas spread.

Red Lemon Club: Run by the popular illustrator Alex Mathers, Red Lemon Club offers a wealth of tips and advice on running your own creative business.


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