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Graphic Design Resources - Business Advice, Inspiration and Much More for Your Freelance Design Business

Graphic design resources for the entrepreneurial freelance designer. This resource list slants towards websites packed with tips on how to find and keep design clients, marketing, pricing, productivity etc.

The websites are sorted by category (click to go to category):

Business Advice

These blogs focus on the business side of being a creative freelancer: business strategy, marketing, selling, pricing, getting paid, productivity tips etc.

99U

The Bēhance blog. 99U provides actionable insights on productivity, organization, and leadership to help creatives people push ideas forward.

Graphic Design Resources - 99u

 

Apex Creative

This is the blog of Sheila Patterson. Sheila is a graphic designer helping small businesses and startups. Her blog offers business and marketing tips both for clients and fellow freelancers. Her 14 Proven Ways to Find Clients is a favorite.

Graphic Design Resources - Apex Creative

 

Bianca’s Blog

Graphic designer, web designer, and web business entrepreneur. Bianca Board, CEO of Web123, wears a lot of hats but her favorite is teaching you how to build a web business you love. Bianca is very hands on. She writes a lot about online marketing.

Graphic Design Resources - Bianca's Blog

 

Boagworld

A blog and podcast of the digital agency Headscape. Paul Boag is co-founder of Headscape and their digital strategist. Paul writes most of the marketing, digital and content strategy stuff.

Graphic Design Resources - Boagworld

 

Business Unleashed

Business Unleashed (former Freelance Unleashed): Chris Green is helping creatives, consultants and coaches to run profitable businesses. I have especially enjoyed some of Chris’ freelancer interviews and podcasts.

Graphic Design Resources - Business Unleashed

 

Design Blender

Freelance design blog for graphic and web designers – one of my favorites! A lot of business tips. Read this: Three client-types that are guaranteed to bring tons of business.

Graphic Design Resources - Design Blender

 

The Freelancer

An online magazine for creative freelancers published by the software company Contently.

Graphic Design Resources - The Freelancer by Contently

 

Freelancers Union

The Freelancers Union’s blog has an amazing width of high-quality blog posts on all aspects of the freelancing life. Sara Horowitz heads Freelancers Union. Sara is also the author of The Freelancer’s Bible.

Graphic Design Resources - Freelancers Union

 

Guerrilla Freelancing

Tips on freelance business, marketing, money and productivity.

Graphic Design Resources - Guerrilla Freelancing - 2.0

 

The Informed Illustrator

In-depth articles on illustration ideation, execution and publication from an illustrator’s perspective.

Graphic Design Resources - The Informed Illustrator

 

The Lab

The Lab is the Q&A blog that answers questions on marketing, business and creativity. The Lab is run by Agency Access, a direct marketing service for freelance creatives, e.g. photographers, illustrators, artist reps and stock agencies.

Graphic Design Resources - The Lab

 

Marketing Mentor

I like Ilise’s no-nonsense, down-to-earth approach. Ilise Benun is a marketing coach helping creative solopreneurs, consultants and owners of small creative firms.

Graphic Design Resources - Marketing Mentor

 

Red Lemon Club

This is the blog of freelance illustrator Alex Mathers. He is dedicated to help his creative fellows to grow their businesses in a long-term, organic and non-sleazy way.  Alex writes about things like branding, target markets, connecting, being indispensable, staying motivated, and standing out. Alex knows the ins and out of social media.

Graphic Design Resources - Red Lemon Club

 

Rob Cubbon

Rob Cubbon is a web designer by trade. His blog offers practical tips to help anyone who needs to promote themselves or their business. Rob regularly publishes a passive online income and business report on how is own business is developing – interesting stuff.

Graphic Design Resources - Rob Cubbon

 

TCG Blog

The blog of The Creative Group. TCG is a staffing agency for interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations talent. The TCG blog writes about trends in the creative industry, salary stats, job opportunities, and management and leadership advice.

Graphic Design Resources - The Creative Group

 

The Design Range

Graphic designer Alex Singleton’s blog. Alex owns a small UK design studio. On The Design Range Alex candidly shares his experiences on how creatives can increase their income from doing what they love.

Graphic Design Resources - The Design Range

 

The Freelancery

This is Walter Kania’s blog. Walter has freelanced 20+ years. On The Freelancery he shares ideas, tools and know-how that will help freelancers thrive – and staying sane. Walter writes about money, pricing, finding and keeping clients, branching out and generally kicking ass as a freelancer…

Graphic Design Resources - The Freelancery

 

Vitabites

This is the blog of Vitamin T, a staffing agency for ad agencies and mid-size companies looking for digital talent. A lot of blog posts on web design and career advice.

Graphic Design Resources - Vitabites

 

Your Freelance Career

This is freelance graphic designer Brent Galloway’s blog for fellow creatives interested in starting and growing their own freelance business. Brent continuously writes transparent, high-quality post both on Your Freelance Career and on his main site.

Graphic Design Resources - Your Freelance Career

Designers with Personal Brands

Inspiring examples of freelance creatives with strong and/or clearly positioned personal brands, stream-lined and /or successful personal websites, in short: masters of self-promotion.

Most of these freelancers also runs blogs well worth reading.

David Airey

Independent graphic designer and author who specializes in brand design.

Graphic Design Resources - David Airey

 

Jill L. Anderson

Jill Anderson is a good example for how to write about web design in a customer-oriented way. Jill is the “designer’s web designer.”

Graphic Design Resources - Jill Lynn Design

 

Just Creative

The much-visited blog and graphic design portfolio of Jacob Cass. Jacob is a NYC based designer specializing in logo design, web design & brand identity.

Graphic Design Resources - Just Creative

 

Kaiser Sosa

Alberto Sosa, a.k.a. “Kaiser,” is a freelance visual/UI designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Kaiser is a good example of a non-US, non-native speaker who is succesful in targeting US design clients.

Graphic Design Resources - Kaiser Sosa

 

The Logo Smith

The blog of freelance logo designer Graham Smith, a.k.a. “the logo smith.” On his blog Graham writes about logo design, brand identity and typography.

Graphic Design Resources - The Logo Smith

 

Scarlett Rugers

Scarlett is an Australian book cover designer for self and indie publishing authors. Her website is wonderfully targeted and customer-oriented.

Graphic Design Resources - The Scarlett Rugers Book Design Agency

 

Identity Design

These websites focus on brand, identity and logo design.

Branding / Identity / Design

A design blog with a focus on corporate: identity & branding, web design, retail design and advertising.

Graphic Design Resources - Branding Identity Design

 

iBrand Studio

iBrandStudio helps you in designing brand identities. Freebies, tutorials, and inspiration resources for identity and brand design, and some business tips.

Graphic Design Resources - iBrandStudio

Graphic Design

These websites focus on graphic design. Mostly industry news, creative inspiration, tutorials, and some business advice.

Graphic Design Blog

News and information devoted entirely to the graphic design industry.

Graphic Design Resources - Graphic Design Blog

 

You the Designer

You the Designer is a graphic design lifestyle blog that showcases various works from the global design community and shares useful tips, trends, tutorials, creative processes and up-to-date resources.

Graphic Design Resources - You The Designer

 

Packaging Design

These websites focus on packaging design. Mostly industry news, inspirational examples, tutorials, some business advice.

The Dieline

The Dieline’s purpose defines and promotes the world’s best package design, and provide a place where the package design community can review, critique and stay informed of the latest trends and projects. The brainchild of Andrew Gibbs.

Graphic Design Resources - The Dieline

 

Packaging World

All the ins and outs for the packaging aficionado. Packaging World covers packaging designs, machinery and suppliers.

Graphic Design Resources - Packaging World

 

Print Design

These websites focus on print design. Mostly creative inspiration, industry news, tutorials, some business advice.

Parse and Parcel

The blog of paper consultant Parse and Parcel. Stay up to date on the latest paper samples, paper inspiration, award winning graphic design and learn about new techniques.

Graphic Design Resources - Parse and Parcel

 

Web Design

These websites focus on web design. Mostly creative inspiration, industry news, tutorials, some business advice.

One Extra Pixel

An online magazine and resource site for designers and web developers. Useful tips, news, tutorials, tools and resources, on design, development and other inspirational topics.

Graphic Design Resources - One Extra Pixel

 

Six Revisions

Six Revisions publishes  tips, tutorials, and resources for web designers and web developers. From a business standpoint their project management posts are interesting.

Graphic Design Resources - Six Revisions

 

Smashing Magazine

An online magazine for professional web designers and developers. High-quality articles with a focus on useful techniques, best practices, valuable resources and the latest trends and techniques in web development.

Graphic Design Resources - Smashing Magazine

Vandelay Design

The blog of Vandelay Design, a web design/development and stock resources firm.  Inspiration, resources and information on web design and freelance / design businesses.

Graphic Design Resources - Vandelay Design

 

Webdesigner Depot

A blog about web design and development. It covers news, tutorials and hot topics such as responsive design, usability, typography, freelancing and much more.

Graphic Design Resources - Webdesigner Depot

 

Web Design Ledger

A blog by web designers for web designers. It covers topics such as Photoshop, web design and photography,

Graphic Design Resources - Web Design Ledger

 

Mixed Design

These websites offer inspiration and tips for a variety of design fields. Mostly creative inspiration, industry news, tutorials, and occasionally business advice.

Bon Exposé

Bon Expose showcases creative work, and wants to inspire you to go make something magnificent, beautiful and awe-inspiring.

Graphic Design Resources - Bon Exposé

 

COLOURlovers

Design blog with focus on colors and palettes.

Graphic Design Resources - COLOURlovers

 

HOW Design

Design ideas, blogs, top sites and inspiration. HOW writes about graphic design, web design and shares career advice for freelance creatives.

Graphic Design Resources - HOW Design

 

Creative Review

Thought-provoking content across the fields of advertising, graphic design, digital media, illustration, photography and typography worldwide.

Graphic Design Resources - Creative Review

 

Underworld Magazines

A design blog publishing design news, resources, and interviews from around the web. On Underworld Magazines you will find a lot of graphic design and web design.

Graphic Design Resources - Underworld Magazines