Blog Inspiration: 5 Sites That Will Inspire You
December 21, 2013
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As a designer, you should take blog inspiration from a variety of influences, both design-related and non-design related. Blogs discussing other types of artistic endeavors, business and marketing often inspire just as many ideas as design-focused blogs.
Reading blogs is a quick way to broaden your horizons and expanded your viewpoint, without doing all the research yourself. The blogger curates the materials for you. Reading materials outside of your realm of expertise gives you new inspiration, which in turn inspires fresh ideas and creations. So, if you're looking for a new viewpoint or a fresh idea, use these five blogs for a little inspiration when you need it.
Seth Godin is a marketing guru, New York Times bestselling author and entrepreneur. His blog, aptly known as Seth's Blog, focuses on demystifying the concepts and ideas that keep you from creating and promoting your work. Godin calls it "shipping" — sending your creative work out to the world — when it's ready, of course. Look to this blog for tips on keeping the "reptilian brain" at bay, which Godin says represents the fear that keeps you from progressing. His blog presents a different view on business and marketing, and also encourages you to think outside of the box. You'll be "shipping" in no time.
Curated by Grace Bonney, Design Spongeis a lifestyle blog with posts about products, food, living spaces, remodeled furniture and DIY projects. Design Sponge is updated six to eight times a day, and The New York Times called it "Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials."
Erica started her blog after selling her start-up company for $1 million at age 26. Afterwards, many people asked her how she became so successful at such a young age. She wasn't sure, so she started Erica.biz as an exploration of the themes that create success and her own entrepreneurial endeavors. So far, Erica's uncovered three major ideas:
1. Listen to Those That Matter
The naysayers and people that tell you that you can't do it don't count.
2. Be Persistent
According to Erica, most people quit way to early. She says it will take about 18 months — sometimes longer — to see the long-term effects of your hard work.
3. Create Something Every Day
Try to make something every day, and work on your craft every day. Emails and tweeting doesn't count.
Red Lemon Club
Alex Mathers is an illustrator who runs Red Lemon Club , a blog dedicated to helping creatives attract clients. In other words, if you want to be a freelance designer, this blog is for you. Red Lemon is dedicated to helping you promote and sell your products so you can share them with the world. Expect to find articles on why people ignore your emails, and the challenges people in the design industry face.
Another lifestyle blog, Oh Joy is edited by Joy Deangdeelert Cho, a graphic designer, blogger and food enthusiast. On occasion, she teams up with other small design houses and produces products. Joy blogs about nearly everything.
Get some blog inspiration from these sites, and you'll learn about everything from what to include in your portfolio to organizing your closet. Happy reading!
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