Every month HOW scours the web and pours through submissions from creatives to discover the top design websites. We’re looking for the best promo sites of talented designers and illustrators, as well as design tools, resources and fun sites for creative time-outs.
Check out the best design websites below. (You can also submit a site you think should be included in this list of cool design websites next month.)
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Brought to you by Neenah Paper, this site promises to inspire the passion of paper in all of us. “Within the letterpress and design community at large, the passion for paper thrives and the appreciation of print remains alive and well. We’re pleased to bring you The Beauty of Letterpress community as a testament to the timeless impression of this print method.”
Identity Designed’s personal identity touts “a showcase and forum for those involved in the design of brand identities.” Work from around the world is featured and submissions for case studies are encouraged.
The above site URL is not a typo. It is Hunie.co. To join this group of collaborators, you first request an invite, gaining you access to a network of your peers just waiting to critique your work. (You are given the say opportunity).
One of the best resources for design inspiration as well as getting your own work seen. Start your boards – follow inspirational pinners, re-pin, like, say something – this platform is made for design.
This URL does not lie. If typography inspires you, this site will have you sharpening your pencil. The posts are varied, diverse and great examples of typography at work.
Andrew Brozyna and his wife Kelly have their own imprint, making design much more creative and untethered. If you are interested in book design, this site is a creative resource, but beware, you may end up starting your own personal imprint.
Found Things is a “compendium of curiosity,” with images, content and opinion worth a bookmark on your tool bar. Once you link to the site, scroll down to read the story about designers proposing to set up an artificial sun in Miami.
Adfreak is a guilty pleasure for designers and branders. The site boasts “The Best and Worst of Advertising, Branding and Design,” and it delivers. Looking for branding inspiration? This site will do it.
How can you go wrong with a URL like Warhol.org? This is the website for The Andy Warhol Museum. In addition to his great works, they offer education resources. This one is on Personal Aesthetics.
Find out what’s “in” in advertising design and what major corporations are approving for their ads around the globe. This is a great resource for all agency designers.
- Remember to submit a site you think should be included in this list of top design websites next month.
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