Is there a consensus on whether or not graphic designers should know how to draw? Should drawing and sketching be a part of the creative design process? And is the answer relative?
When you are in transit, at a meeting, or at lunch, having your iPhone with you affords you a chance to get some graphic design work done when away from your computer. These 16 useful apps for graphic designers will help you learn, organize, brainstorm, or research different aspects of your design work. As a bonus, most of these apps inspire creativity all by themselves. Kudos to the developers!
The world grows smaller everyday, but in no place does it grow more smaller on a daily basis than Rhode Island! With a metro area of just over 1 million people, there are only so many graphic design agencies to go ’round. We have rounded up 14 of our favorite graphic design firms in the Providence area with portfolios we really like or that we know personally. In case we are too busy for your project, you might look up some of these other locals.
There are 4 vital ways every freelance graphic designer must divide up their day if they want to continue to develop as an artist and stay ahead of the competition, be it agencies, design firms, or even other freelance designers.
Let’s start with the first 3 you might already be able to guess:
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Today for the first time, by following all the rules and working hard, and also by having a bit of luck owning an old domain (9 years) that has always been about freelance graphic design, we cracked the Google top 10 for the following searches simultaneously:
- “freelance graphic design”
- “freelance graphic designer”
- “freelance graphic designers”
- “freelance graphic design portfolio”
…and a few more, as well as a dozen or so font and typeface related searches.
We did this in 3 weeks.
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UPDATE: Check out our brand new list: Top Graphic Design blogs for 2018. There are some perennial winners from the list below!
We scoured the web to find the names of top graphic designers and agencies who also ran blogs. We compared blog comments for mentions of other designers, blog rolls, etc., and came to a general-consensus list of what are considered the most visited blogs by the top graphic designers and graphic design agencies.
This list is not our opinion of the best graphic design blogs, but rather (we stress) the current consensus of what search results and blog chatter reveal them to be. Zero opinion factor
The length of the list was simply limited by time. If you are sure someone is missing, let me know and I’ll be glad to add it!
21 Top Graphic Design Blogs
- Aisle One
- Coudal Partners
- David Airey
- Design Observer
- Fuel Your Creativity
- Grain Edit
- I Love Typography
- Inspiration Bit
- Just Creative Design
- Logo Design Love
- Mark Boulton
- Outlaw Design Blog
- Presidia Creative
- Six Revisions
- Smashing Magazine
- Swiss Miss
- Vandelay Design
- Veer: Ideas: The Skinny
- You The Designer
Update 12-14-2009: It looks like Inspiration Bit has not published in many months.
Who is who these days in corporate identity design? We searched out this over the course of a few days, here and there, all over the web, from scratch. We searched for things like “famous graphic designers”, “top graphic design agencies”, etc., etc., and tallied up what many other sites had mentioned as their top inspiring portfolios. The list could have been 50 long, but these 15 came up over and over. Yes, there are so many other amazing designers and agencies out there specializing in corporate identity design, but this snippet represents a nice cross-section across the whole internets, which as you know is a series of tubes. Those tubes make it 1) easy to find these elite graphic designers and 2) easy to present to you for your consideration.
So, the common denominator all of these designers and firms is that they have famous clients, with which they focus on branding. Recognize any brands out there? And who did we miss? Please suggest and we’ll amend the post!
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- Tolleson Design
- End Communications
- Graphic Vertigo
- Chermayeff & Geismar
- Milton Glaser, Inc.
- Studio Dumbar
- Minale Tattersfield Design Strategy
- Distant Station Ltd.
I’m biased towards Mary Bonneville, graphic designer at marybonneville.com because…we’re married! Here’s to 19 years and counting!
We’ve worked together as freelance graphic designers in one capacity or another since the early 90’s. She’s now broke out into her own style and direction apart from mine and the work we’ve done together over the years.
In the early days, Mary was the brains behind the marketing and 100% the catalyst in all our new business directions. She did production, research, and art direction for years in our home-based graphic design studio. The last several years she has sharpened her focus on style, focusing on solid grid-based design and smart use of white space and color. I think the results speak for themselves!
So stop by and visit my favorite new graphic design portfolio at marybonneville.com!