Top 10 Websites for Designers – May 2013

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.)


Described as a search engine with taste (and it is), This minimalist interface lets you search across multiple hand-picked sources like Behance, Dribbble, Designspiration and Fubiz, with more to come.



Build, share, and download your own geometric fonts for free. Based on a grid, you construct anything you like and generate a working TrueType font file ready to use for Mac and Windows.


Paul Rand, American Modernist

A wealth of of images, articles, quotes and more are packed tightly into this site that pays tribute to the work of Paul Rand, helping you greater appreciate this graphic design pioneer.


The Book Cover Archive

The name sums it up: an archive of book cover designs and designers. There is a great variety so you can quickly find an abundance of cover images for inspiration.


Freelance Unleashed

Dedicated to helping freelancers grow their business through tips, advice and resources. You’ll find helpful interviews with successful freelancers, podcasts, and a handy “start here” page.


Shane Harris

The portfolio site of designer Shane Harris. The look and functionality are clean with bold, engaging graphics. A nice touch is the crosshair that appears in place of the typical arrow cursor.


Silvrlak Studios

Scrolling down through this studio site reveals one dynamic layer after the next. Presenting their work and more about them with an in-your-face style.



A regularly updated showcase of illustrators with a community that can follow each other and find and bookmark those that inspire them.


FS Emeric

To celebrate the launch of the new typeface, FS Emeric, Fontsmith asked 11 leading design studios from around the globe to create a limited edition poster.


Lettering versus Calligraphy

A project by Giuseppe Salerno and Martina Flor, it consists of a visual dialogue between a letterer and calligrapher where they draw/write a letter. The community is able to vote on which execution they prefer.


  • Remember to submit a site you think should be included in this list of top design websites next month.


More Resources – Free Ebooks
8 Winning Examples of Brand Strategy in Packaging Design
7 Archetypes that Established Brand Identity