9 Up & Coming Design Blogs

9 Up & Coming Design Blogs

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Yesterday marked the 10,000+ subscriber milestone for Just Creative Design so I thought it would be appropriate to share the love and help some up and coming design blogs.

These blogs are all relatively new to the scene but I believe they deserve a bit more exposure… these particular blogs make a consistent effort to make the design world a better place by offering fresh perspectives, original articles, and great resources for all. I would recommend keeping an eye on them as I can see them going far.

You may also be interested in the OPML file so you can import all the feeds at once, rather than having to subscribe to each site one-by-one. You can download the OPML file here (right click, save target as) and read a tutorial on how to import the OPML file into Google Reader.

Web Designer Depot


Web Designer Depot is probably the newest blog in this list but they have already got pages and pages of quality articles. The articles are written by numerous different authors (including, soon to be, myself) so the topics are quite diverse, which is why I think the domain name is a bit deceiving… Web Designer Depot site is for all designers, not just web designers.

Suggested Articles:

  1. Large Website Backgrounds Do’s and Don’ts
  2. Video Game Design Between 1990-2008
  3. 100 Websites With Outstanding Artistic Design


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iDesign Studios


iDesign Studios, run by Selene Bowlby is a great place to go for web design resources, small business / freelancing tips and much more. Selene has a quite unique writing style which I find quite easy to read not to mention how in depth / well researched her articles are. A great resource and a blog I highly recommend.

Suggested Articles:

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Colorburned, run by Grant Friedman, is a blog that posts on a large variety of design related topics but what makes this blog stand out is the amount of freebies given away and the regular interviews with well known bloggers / designers. Grant also sells some high resolution textures.

Suggested Articles:

  • 127 RSS Feeds That All Designers Should Subscribe To
  • 63 Extraordinary Companies that Support the Design Community
  • 81 Amazing Argyle Illustrator Brushes (Just one of many freebie posts)


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Positive Space Blog


Positive Space Blog is run by Anthony Zinni who is an active member in the online design community. Anthony writes about the culture of design, giving tips and more on a variety of topics. Positive Space Blog has a great community of readers who regularly add to the discussion.

Suggested Articles:

  • 30 Essential PDF Documents Every Designer Should Download
  • 30 Holiday Gift Ideas for Creatives or Geeks (Better late than never)
  • Amazing Sites – Web 2.0 Sites That Don’t Look It


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Fuel Your Creativity

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Fuel Your Creativity, run by Adelle Charles, is probably the oldest blog in this list and the one with the most subscribers but I thought it should get a mention in this list as FYC’s posts are always high quality. FYC offers freebies, interviews, news, reviews, resources and much more.

Suggested Articles:

  • 3 Deadly Sins of Print Design
  • How To Find & Keep A Great Designer
  • 10 Useful Marketing Tools For Freelancers


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We Function


We Function is run by Liam McKay who is another active member in the online design community. I am a big fan of Liam’s articles as they are often in depth and over the top (as in value). You will see what I mean when you read some of his articles. Quality and quantity!

Suggested Articles:

  • How To: Taking WordPress One Step Further
  • 125+ Unconventional Sources of Web Design Inspiration
  • 50 Stunning Examples of a great redesign: My Top Picks


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Design M.ag


DesignM.ag is run by the write-a-holic, Steven Snell who writes for numerous design blogs, including Smashing Magazine and his own site, Vandelay Design. Steven’s articles are always choc-full of design related resources and I would suspect half of my delicious bookmarks are his posts.

DesignM.ag also features a great community news section with a prominent position on the site for your own article exposure. Great articles and exposure, what more could you want?

Suggested Articles:

  • 10 Quick Tips for Photoshop Users
  • 350+ Retro and Vintage Photoshop Brushes
  • 101 Free Stone & Rock Textures


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Subscribe Subscribe to Community News Feed + Articles

Elite By Design


Elite By Design is run by Brian Lovin, who is another active member in the online design community. Although Elite By Design runs by the tag line of ‘Web Design and Photoshop Inspiration’, the site offers a whole lot more ranging from tutorials right through to interviews and freebies… it just had a redesign too! Worth a look for sure.

Suggested Articles:

  • How To Master Photoshop In Just One Week
  • 105+ Logo Design Tuts And Resources
  • 23 Most Incredible Photoshop Tutorials


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Still Want More?

Check out my previous post 31 new design blogs of 2008 or the post: The best graphic design articles from 37 top design blogs as chosen by the authors themselves. Hope you have a great new year!

31 thoughts on “9 Up & Coming Design Blogs”

  1. this is great. i really appreciate the fact that you gave suggested posts as well with the sites. it gives extra info. at a quick glance. it is so hard to keep up with all the new resources, so this post is appreciated. thanks.

  2. Wow! Thanks so much for the great mention, Jacob! It’s an honor to be listed among such great blogs (most of which I already follow, with a few new ones to add to my reading list).


  3. Wow Jacob! I am extremely flattered to be included among these other fantastic design blogs, especially being a HUGE fan of yours as well!

    It’s great to see the design community taking such strong interest in the Design Cubicle and looking forward to bringing more great content to my readers that cover all-and-everything design-related.

    Thanks again Jacob!

  4. Jacob,
    Thanks for including DesignM.ag on the list, it’s an honor. I’m pretty familiar with all of the other blogs on the list and I agree with your choices. I especially like Colorburned because of the freebies and great interviews.

  5. Brian, Kristine, Selene, Steven, Marta, Grant, Adelle, Jenny,
    You’re very welcome, keep it up!

    I am sure you will manage, keep up the great content!

    Fixing up the OPML file now, thanks for letting me know… but it did work when I tested it before.

    No one submitted their site, it was based on my observations only.

    Thanks and you too!

    Thank you, all the best for Arbenting too!

  6. Thanks so much for the mention on this list – I’m really working hard to bring out something great for 2009, but it’s been a drag with client work.

    But keep an eye on Elite By Design, and thanks for the mention and the support!

  7. Thanks for these great links!

    FYI, I couldn’t get Google Reader to accept your OMPL file. Eventually found it was hanging on the ampersand here:

    changed it to “and” and all was well.

  8. Jacob, thanks so much for including my site in the list. I’m really flattered to have been mentioned and even more flattered to be listed with so many more great websites! Thanks again and congrats on 10,000 subscribers!

  9. Jacob! Thanks so much for including me on your list, I’m in great company with all these blogs and visit them all regularly. Great stuff, keep it up!

  10. Great list Jacob, I subscribe to all of these and they’re great blogs! Congrats on reaching 10,000 subscribers!

  11. Thanks for these. I look for design blogs all the time and it can be hard to find good ones. There are a ton of bad ones out there but the diamond in the rough is always difficult. Thanks for the great leads.

  12. Jacob,
    Congrats on your 10K subscribers, your award, & your birthday. Lots of accomplishments for you this year.

    Love your information regarding the recognition of other designers. I love to admire other designers work.

    Keep a great thing going! I will stumble this!!


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