10 Must Have Design Websites to Check Daily

January 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm 2 comments

How do you start your day out. If you are like most designers, you start out with a little industry news and inspiration. These collections of online magazines, some with pdf version, are listed here to give you a kick start to your day.

Let us know what magazines or sites you go to on a daily basis to awaken your design spirit and get you moving each day.


Need the newest articles for graphic and web design? This site has it all, from inspiration, typography, color theory, interviews, and freebies. Both for the graphic designer, print designer, or web designer.


CMYK Magazine is where aspiring creatives showcase their talents to an industry driven by inspiration and new ways of creative problem solving. At the same time, CMYK Magazine is where creative directors, agency principals and art buyers recruit students and recent graduates at today’s top art-design schools: art directors, copywriters, designers, photographers and illustrators.


Bringing you design and art goodness from Sydney, Australia since 1998!

Smashing Magazine

Founded in September 2006, Smashing Magazine delivers useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers. Their aim is to inform their readers about the latest trends and techniques in Web development. They try to convince you not with the quantity but with the quality of the information they present. They hope that makes us different. Smashing Magazine is, and always has been, independent.


Print is a bimonthly magazine about visual culture and design. Founded in 1940 by William Edwin Rudge, Print is dedicated to showcasing the extraordinary in design on and off the page. Covering a field as broad as communication itself—publication and book design, animation and motion graphics, corporate branding and rock posters, exhibitions and street art—Print covers commercial, social, and environmental design from every angle.


At first glance, Layers look like a company that trains people to use Adobe Photoshop, but there’s nothing special about that; there are a lot of companies that train Photoshop users. But for them, Photoshop isn’t just a software program. Sharing their secrets, their shortcuts, and just a better way to do things isn’t their job. It’s their passion. It’s in their DNA. It’s part of who they are and why they go into the office every day. They just flat out love this stuff.


HOW strives to serve the business, technological and creative needs of graphic-design professionals. The magazine provides a practical mix of essential business information, up-to-date technological tips, the creative whys and hows behind noteworthy projects, and profiles of professionals who are influencing design.


Speckyboy tries to cover every aspect of web design and development offering FREE and HIGH QUALITY RESOURCES as well as attempting to inspire through our showcases. Speckyboy Design Magazine launched in October 2007.


DesignRFix are a bunch of like minded design junkies who want to evolve the art through thoughtful exchange of technique & inspiration! The idea is to be less selfish with design, and be more about sharing like a community intent on evolving the art!


Colorburned is a design blog featuring some of the best design news, resources, and tutorials from around the web. On this website you will find free vectors, textures, patterns, Illustrator and Photoshop brushes as well as tutorials and interviews with some of the biggest players in the design industry. Their focus here on their site is to arm you with the tools and knowledge that you need to create better designs in less time.


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