The Best Curated Websites for Graphic Designers
August 8, 2014
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If you are tired of grazing through Google looking for ideas, try looking through some of the best curated websites for graphic designers to simplify the research process. If you're going to be inspired or draw influences from someone else's work, it should be good work. Not only does this improve your own, but knowing the difference between quality work and work that needs work helps develop your "designer's eye." This is the eye that helps editors quickly distinguish between good work and bad work. Here are five of the best curated websites for graphic designers.
Brand New is a curated website operated by UnderConstruction, a graphic design enterprise that runs a number of blogs, publishes books, plans events and even judges competitions. Brand New reviews brand identity and brand redesign work.
One of the benefits of the site is that it shows projects before and after the redesign. For instance, the redesign of the Cooper-Hewitt logo and the Equinox logo are both featured with images of the previous logos and the new ones. This helps you understand how the designer reinterpreted the old logo to create a new one. You are able to see which aspects of the logo changed and which ones stayed the same.
Designspiration does exactly what its name implies: provides curated design content. The site works somewhat like Pinterest. First, create an account. Then, choose from categories that you would like to explore, such as typography, art, illustration, identity, logos, layout or photography. Next, choose boards from each category — these will be included in your feed. Once you do that, you are able to pick and choose content from each of the boards to create your own board.
The benefit of this is that you can save the content that inspires you the most, and you don't have to limit yourself to overall finished work. Save typography that inspires you on one board, and save photography on another. Either way, the content is high quality because the site requires that its users be approved before they're able to upload content.
Dribbble is a self-proclaimed show-and-tell site for designers. It allows users to create an account and follow the work of designers across the globe. Choose your favorite designers and follow their creative process from concept to completion. This is beneficial because it helps you understand each step of the creative process and how the process differs for each designer.
Fonts In Use
Are you looking for a typeface? Fonts In Use, a typography site, divides its fonts by industry, format and typeface to make the search process easier. Search by the typeface, or search the fonts by industry, such as activism, business and health and fitness. If neither of those methods are suitable, search by format, including advertising, illustration, books and branding.
Once you find a font, the site displays it along with images, so you can easily see how the font works with photography or illustrations. One of the benefits of this site is that it allows you to see how certain fonts are used effectively in each industry. If you are still unsure, you can choose from fonts that have been handpicked by the site's editors.
Behance is a portfolio website that displays both professional and student work. Most of the portfolios feature high-quality graphic design, and it's a great place to discover great work or display your own. If you want to be sure that you are viewing quality portfolios, view the portfolios recommended by the Behance team and portfolios that have received Behance awards. Also, since many of the portfolios on the site belong to students, you can size up your competition.
One last benefit of all these sites, with the exception of Fonts In Use, is that they all feature job boards. So, when you have your design degree and are ready to start your job hunt, you'll know where to look.
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