THERE IS A WHOLE HEAP OUT THERE
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Collected and loosely organized links to design related information, work and resources.
FOR EDUCATIONAL USE ONLY. NO SOLICITORS PLEASE.
Michelle Bowers, Associate Professor of Typography and Design, College of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Contributions and comments by friends, colleagues, alumni, current students, professional designers, illustrators and artists.
DESIGN BLOGS, INFO AND NEWS
designobserver.com This blog is produced/edited by William Drenttel, Jessica Helfand, Julie Lasky and Michael Bierut, who are highly informed commentators on design, politics, and the state of the world. Check out the DO phone/pad app for reading on the go.
Google Design Articles and resources.
underconsideration.com Produced by Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio. Question, push, analyze and agitate graphic design and those involved in the profession. My favorite section of the site is Brandnew which discusses corporate and brand identity. Books Graphic Design Referenced and Flaunt are awesome and a must have for every design student.
Through Process is a podcast about how we become designers. Your co-hosts are Joshua Namdev Hardisty and Mitch Goldstein.
Walker Art Center Design Blog Excellent design blog by the Walker's inhouse designers.
Design Envy AIGA's curated blog of design excellence - selected by designers. for designers.
What Makes A Great Logo Graphic Designer Michael Bierut Explains Why a Great Logo Has Almost Nothing to Do With Being Visually Pleasing.
Design Matters is an opinionated and provocative internet talk radio show hosted by Debbie Millman.
magmabooks.com MAGMA BOOKS the resource for quality art and design books.
Take Magazine Stories of people in New England who are making culture happen in the fields of visual art, music, design, literature, dance, food, fashion, and theater.
Pentagram is the world’s largest independent design consultancy.
Landor Landor Associates is a brand consulting firm founded in 1941 by design pioneer Walter Landor and one of the world's largest advertising companies. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company has offices in 20 countries.
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Smithsonian Institution NYC
book cover archive Dedicated to the appreciation of book cover design.
posterpage.ch Rob Wanner’s poster site, chronicling international poster design. What a massive amazing archive!
The Society of Publication Designers go to the galleries section to view the best magazine design
visualthesaurus.com creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Encourages exploration and learning.
visualcomplexity.com Information design heaven. I die. A resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks.
Information is Beautiful David McCandless, a London-based author, writer and designer. His passion: visualizing information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words.
Logodesigners Iconic Logo Designers
The Noun Project Icon Developers
ffffound.com users post and share their favorite images found on the web. wow beautiful work.
Dribbble a community of designers and other creative types share small screenshots (shots) that show their work, process, and current projects.
fecalface.com More design and illustration.
backspace.com/notes This blog on social design issues is created by John Emerson. The blog has an excellent definition of "universal design," among other useful items. Design + Activism.
Designspiration is a resource to discover and share great design.
It's Nice That blog
grain edit is focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period.
printestering.org interesting printmaking miscellany. Very good resources on their links page.
BibliOdyssey A blog gathering some of the most remarkable rare book illustrations, manuscripts, lithographs and prints. There is also a book documenting most of the site content: BibliOdyssey: Amazing Archival Images from the Internet.
thingstolookat Blog - collections of mostly historical design work.
core77.com articles, discussion forums, event calendar, hosts portfolios, job listings, a database of design firms, schools, and services
designnotes.info Blog by designer, writer and educator Michael Surtees.
designboom.com Interviews, links, commentary, contests, etc.
Works That Work is an international magazine for the curious mind, intending to surprise its readers with a rich mix of diverse subjects connected by the theme of unexpected creativity that improves our lives.
designerslibrary interior design and art blog
creativity-online.com Advertising industry links, articles, news etc.
QBN.com —always changing
uppercase design magazine and blog out of Calgary
(WEB, UI/UX, APP, MOTION, VFX)
http://createdigitalmotion.com/ Webzine and community site for VJs and other producers of moving images. The focus is on ahead-of-the-curve tools, DIY techniques, emerging trends, advanced software and experimental interfaces.
motionographer.com Motion graphics
artofthetitle.com The art of title sequence. WOW.
Georgia Audio Visual Storytellers
SHILO Tom Green works here.
Mode Project great guys at this chicago based studio.
psyop.tv/ Animation, motion and design
thecreativeleague.com motion portfolio database, photographer database, a free job listing board, AND a sweet sweet blog about design/art/whatnot.
Invision Prototype Apps etc.
FWA (Favourite Website Awards) recognizes the latest and best cutting edge site design.
Webdesign Practices site devoted to helping designers understand what design practices are currently in use on the Web—and aims to gather research about the usability of commonly-employed design practices
TypeKit Web fonts
Mark Boulton web design blog. Specializing in functional and elegant design acquired through rigorous problem solving. Excellent CSS and grid tutorials.
webstyleguide.com Yale Style Guide
UX Design CC UX is becoming increasingly popular, and with that comes a lot of clutter and noise. This site curates it all in a more structured and digestible way.
alistapart.com Kind of techy at times, but some solid articles. explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards, UI/UX and best practices.
w3.org The World Wide Web consortium. Online tutorials, and the latest in web compliance. A great resource for beginner and advanced web designers and developers. http://validator.w3.org/ validation tool checks your XHTML + CSS to see if it's in compliance. It also provides a comprehensive list of where the problems are so you can fix them.
browsershots.org Want to know how you're website looks all over the world on different browsers? Browsershots checks compatibility and provides a VISUAL schematic of how a webpage shows up across several platforms and browsers. great tool for visually testing your site.
smalldesignfirm.com/ Interactive work spanning projection, experimental interfaces, and tangible media for exhibits, Cambridge, MA.
turbulence.org Discover new work that employs film and interactive forms toward work that has content or purpose.
FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM
myfonts.com Search by style, designer or company. Great for research and seeing what your word would look like without owning the font.
Typographic Posters a directory of typographic posters
thinkingwithtype.com Ellen Lupton’s site that is a companion to her book. Includes, articles and teaching materials.
emigre.com Emigre is THE original underground digital type foundry. Not only did Rudy and Zuzana produce great fonts but they also published the most influential and controversial design magazine of our time. Purchase the book Emigre No. 70 The Look Back Issue which chronicles 25 years of the magazine.
Tobias Frere-Jones is an American type designer who works in New York City. He was formerly a partner with designer Jonathan Hoefler at Hoefler & Frere-Jones, type foundry.
houseind.com House Industries specializes in digital typefaces and illustrations that draw on pop culture. I am coo coo for these boys.
Veer.com Puts out many smaller type foundries work. Device, Fountain, Jukebox, etc. Plus the biggies like Adobe and Font Bureau. Plus you can buy cool type geek merch like t-shirts, and Umbrella Type's - Umbrella.
Test your font knowledge with the Font Game app.
Test your kerning knowledge with this online kerning game.
fontstruct A free font-building tool!! Super fun and useful. Lets you easily create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tiles or bricks. Thank you Stephen Coles!
Glyphs Font editing tool
playplayplayplay.com Experimental typography at its best, if I must say so.
The Type Directors Club the leading international organization whose purpose is to support excellence in typography
Typeface the Film Although the heyday of wood type was more than a century ago (think “Wanted” posters and circus broadsides), its revival and preservation carries on today. Typeface, chronicles this effort by documenting the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, which houses one of the premier wood-type collections in the world and runs letterpress workshops for designers and artists from across the country.
friends of type a sketchbook, an archive, a dialogue
type goodness a showcase, as well as a resource of inspiration and finding anything related to type
Highway sign Typography Clearview vs. Highway Gothic
I Love Typography If you really are into type history etc. subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter-you will be glad you did.
Max Kerning Beautiful kerning animation on the first page. Facebook friend Max while visiting the site...he has great type themed status updates!
Alphabetography more awesome documentation of signage/vernacular letterforms.
we love typography image, video & text bookmarking site that is wholly dedicated to type-related content
typeradio.org the radio channel on type & design by Donald Beekman, Liza Enebeis and Underware.
typographica.org a journal of typography featuring news, observations, and open commentary on fonts and typographic design.
Enschede Font Foundry Dutch type foundry, purveyor a select number of fine fonts.
ourtype.com Offering "fine fonts from Europe," this digital foundry was created by the Dutch typographer Fred Smeijers.
Daily Type a creative project run by several russian type designers.
t26.com Based in Chicago and founded by Carlos Segura. Hip and fashionable typefaces.
Village a type co-op. The union of eleven young type foundries who decided to go it alone, together.
typotheque.com This site offers fonts designed by Peter Bilak, a Czech designer working in the Netherlands. Peter designed Fedra Sans, the most beautiful and useful typeface in years.
type-o-tones.com This very cool site focuses on contemporary typefaces from Spain.
typeCulture.com Visit this amazing portal to the world of typographic research. See cool films on type setting, letter carving, and more. Edited by the independent type designer and educator Mark Jamra.
posttypography.com Read their awesome manifesto!
misprintedtype.com Eduardo Recife, BRAZIL Superfun hand drawn type, collage, etc.
chank.com Professional Typographers love to hate Chank but ... many free fonts.
philsfonts.com This is a generic clearing house where all kinds of fonts and digital images can be purchased.
typojungle another a showcase site. nice posters.
DESIGNERS, STUDIOS AND ARTISTS
Appetite Engineers Martin Venezky
Thirst Rick Valicenti
Modern Dog Design Robynne Raye and Mike Strassburger
Stefan Sagmeister and Walsh
Michael Rock of 2 x 4 lecture at RISD
Volume One Matt Owens
OPEN Scott Stowell
Actual Objects exhibition of over 75 current New York graphic design studios.
Non Format the creative team of Kjell Ekhorn (Norwegian) and Jon Forss (British).
HVASS & HANNIBAL Copenhagen, Denmark
Strange Attractors Cranbrook alums, Ryan Frisk and Catelijne van Middelkoop.
mcsweeneys.net Dave Eggers is an author, designer, editor, and publisher who has brought typography back to its roots in the literary page. McSweeney’s Quarterly — each issue/book has a different theme, different design and packaging. And the Magazine The Believer. My fav good read.
davidlynch.com My favorite director and biggest influence on my work.
1000journals.com Look at gazillion images from sketchbooks. Sign up and exchange sketchbooks with artists from around the world.
foundmagazine.com Davey Rothbart’s website – see online found items and laugh your butt off. Submit your own found treasures for the next issue or book.
postsecret.com Companion to the book. Post your secrets.
Show posters letterpress and silkscreen:
MB'S FRIENDS AND RELATIVES
Ian Macnider Apple Inc.
Andy Van Solkema Visual Hero
Frances Close, Visual Hero
Tara Brouwer Kester, Shovel Creative
Tom Green SHILO
Michael Olejarczyk defyAgency
Nicole La Fave Plenty Creative
Kelly O'Hara Conduit
Ben Benefiel Palazzolo
Dave and Brad's type exhibit dekonstrukt
Chris Fox Not Design
Paletton color selection gizmo
Adobe Color color selector
Try Colors, mixing, hex codes etc.
Color phone apps: ColorSchemer, Coolors, Blendoku
STOCK / ARCHIVES: PHOTOGRAPHY, ILLUSTRATION, MOCK UPS, TEXTURES, SOUND, VIDEO, ETC.
Designers List Good Resource and links to tutiorials, tools, tricks, icons, fonts, etc.
Pixeden free mock ups and templates.
Graphic Burger links free mock up images, templates, fonts, etc.
archive.org Bastion of freedom from intellectual property. Amazing free video download collection
All Free Stock free images, videos, icons, etc.
ubu.com As a boundless archive of sound, video, especially of the avant-garde or weird or historical variety
you work for them group of artists that create products such as fonts and stock art, the site also offers info and news on graphic design and the arts. Founded by Michael Cina and Michael Paul Young.
IStock Photo Getty Images, Photography, illustration, motion, typography lots to look at and purchase.
gettyimages.com Incredible selection. Great for when you are brainstorming on a project: put in a word for a search and you will get images that will get your brain to jump from once concept to another.
MATERIALS, SUPPLIES, PRINTING
PaperWorks Best local resource, Providence, RI
BLURB Book and magazine printing
moo.comBusiness Card etc. printing
paper-source.com Kill me now. I could spend every cent I have ever made.Paper and book binding materials. Invitations, envelopes, with matching papers.
paperdirect.com Lots of ugly pre-printed brochures and letterheads, BUT if you dig a bit some decent, printer-friendly paper, too. Indispensable. This is where I get laser velum.
Paper connection art, paper and book binding
glodan.com Purchase individual sheets/reams of paper all by paper mill. They will even cut down press size sheets.
philobiblon.com Bookmaking info: trends, techniques, and tutorials.
rippedsheets.com This awesome commercial site offers laser and ink-jet printable materials (such as printable foils, fabrics, and adhesive surfaces), ideal for making labels.
Victory Factory Silkscreen supply
welshproducts.com Print Gocco – low-cost, low-tech silkscreen system. Ideal for short runs on paper or cardboard. Does print on fabric but it has a handmade feel.
coastalprintworks.com silkscreen company, for t-shirts and other wearable merchandise.
inarush.com One-stop shopping for large format, signs, embroidery, and silk screening.
vista print cheep online printing of everything from business cards to posters.
modernpostcard.com printing postcards and Business cards.
Spoonflower Custom Fabric Printing
Society 6 Printing on everything from pillows to shower curtians.
makezine.com MAKE brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. Recycling Rocks.
Binders and portfolios:
AIGA Post your portfolio and search listings.Check out articles and Resources for Professionals.
designersalaries.com By Aquent and AIGA
creativehotlist.com - Job search.
coroflot.com - Another job search site.
Aquent.com Job listings and online portfolios.
ultimate sources for creative talent.Online portfolios and listings.
The Art List listing of exhibition opportunities, jobs etc.
aiga.org The professional association for design.
Typesociety.org The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization devoted to type, typography, and the related arts. SOTA hosts the annual TypeCon conference every summer! Best conference and workshops ever.
ATypI Association Typographique Internationale, is the global forum and focal point for the type community and business.
The Type Directors Club the leading international organization whose purpose is to support excellence in typography
Icograda (the International Council of Graphic Design Associations) is the world body for professional communication design.
gag.org Graphic Artists Guild
societyillustrators.org If you are an illustrator you have to go to this site and become a member.
RESIDENCY PROGRAMS, STUDY ABROAD, WORKSHOPS
Design Inquiry devoted to researching design issues in intensive team-based gatherings in Marfa, Texas and Vinalhaven, Maine. An alternative to the design conference, it brings together practitioners from disparate fields to generate new work and ideas around a single topic.
Type@Cooper Postgraduate certificate program in typeface design at the Cooper Union.
Anderson Ranch (Aspen, Colorado) promotes artistic experimentation and growth through workshops and residencies. I had an amazing time here.
De Program an intense 3 week summer program in the Netherlands. Participants have the unique opportunity to work on studio projects along side internationally recognized Dutch designers. This program is run by Doug Kisor designer and educator, College for Creative Studies, Detroit.
Basel School of Design Summer Program with Wolfgang Weingart.
Type Camp founding director Shelley Gruendler hosts innovative type workshops held all over the world. Instructors include: Marian Bantjes, Richard Kegler and Stephen Coles.
University of Reading Type Design Program
MB'S FRIENDS AND RELATIVES
Elizabeth Gilmore Facebook
Joshua Walton Design Architect for Microsoft Hololens
Krista Connerly urban intimacy