The Best Graphic Design Resources for Professionals

Throughout my career I’ve stumbled across an abundance of Graphic Design resources that have aided me in elevating my work. Therefore, I’ve curated this collection as a way to share my findings with other designers. Follow me on Twitter so you’ll be notified whenever I make future updates and additions to this page!

Disclaimer: I felt it’s worth noting that I am in no way paid to promote any of these resources. This is simply a way for me to share my collection from one creative professional to another.


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The Best Graphic Design Resources for Professionals

Throughout my career I’ve stumbled across an abundance of Graphic Design resources that have aided me in elevating my work. Therefore, I’ve curated this collection as a way to share my findings with other designers. Follow me on Twitter so you’ll be notified whenever I make future updates and additions to this page!

Disclaimer: I felt it’s worth noting that I am in no way paid to promote any of these resources. This is simply a way for me to share my collection from one creative professional to another.


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Podcasts

The Deeply Graphic DesignCast – Hosts Wes McDowell, Mikelle Morrison and Nick Longo discuss everything related to Graphic and Web Design. I love this podcast because there is such a fun and relaxed vibe that makes it feel like your favorite morning talk show.

The Logo Geek Podcast – Host and self-professed “Logo Geek” Ian Paget is an award winning logo design expert. Ian interviews successful graphic designers and entrepreneurs from around the world so you can learn from their experiences. 

Creative Pep Talk – Host Andy J. Miller (a.k.a. Dr Pizza) is an illustrator who’s worked with Nickelodeon, Converse and Google to name a few. He brings you discussion that is passionate, heartfelt and whacky in this colorful podcast focused around motivating and uplifting creative professionals. 

Obsessed With Design – A show about what makes designers tick. Host Josh Miles interviews some of the hottest designers—from branding and illustration, to industrial design and architecture.  

Clients From Hell – Host Bryce Bladon explores the landscape for creative professionals, providing insights into survival and exploring the future of the self-employed. Despite what the title might suggest, this podcast is mostly lighthearted and focuses around bridging the gap between designers and non-designers.

The Futur Podcast – Host Chris Do is an Emmy award winning director, designer, strategist and educator. Chris talks with the industry’s leading experts and covers Branding, Design, Business and User Experience Design.

Books

Work for Money, Design for Love by David Airey – Unlike other dry business books, this refreshing, straightforward guide from Logo Design Love author and international designer David Airey answers the questions all designers have when first starting out on their own. In fact, the book was inspired by the many questions David receives every day from the more than 600,000 designers who visit his three blogs (Logo Design Love, Identity Designed, and DavidAirey.com) each month.

Creative Strategy and the Business of Design by Douglas Davis – Remaining relevant as a creative professional takes more than creativity–you need to understand the language of business. The problem is that design school doesn’t teach the strategic language that is now essential to getting your job done. Creative Strategy and the Business of Design fills that void and teaches left-brain business skills to right-brain creative thinkers.

The Win Without Pitching Manifesto by Blair Enns – A manifesto of business practices for those who sell ideas and advice, The Win Without Pitching Manifesto lays out twelve steps–in the form of proclamations–that owners of creative businesses can take to distance themselves from their competition, regain the high ground in their client relationships and learn to win business without first parting with their thinking or writing lengthy proposals. The twelve proclamations were written to inspire owners of independent creative businesses (e.g.: design firms & advertising agencies) to rethink how their services are bought and sold. Anyone who sells ideas or advice will find relevance in their teachings.

Education

The FuturChris Do and his team try to bring free online education to creative entrepreneurs. Catch live design critiques, tutorials, interviews and more with new videos almost every day! Chris is on a mission to disrupt the design education paradigm by empowering creatives through business strategy and the #BizOfDesign.

Skillshare – A learning platform with online classes taught by the world’s best practitioners. Personalized, on-demand learning in design, photography, and more. It’s kind of like a Netflix for creative professionals. What I love most about Skillshare is the fact that actual working professionals are teaching the classes. 

Lynda.com – For 20 years, Lynda.com has helped students, leaders, IT and design pros, project managers—anyone in any role—develop software, creative, and business skills. Their library of tutorials is deep and you can find yourself exploring a seemingly endless list of courses. 

Online Printers

Smartpress – Best For: Booklets, Brochures, Direct Mail
Moo – Best For: Business Cards, Postcards
Stickermule – Best For: Stickers, Magnets, Poly Mailers, Packaging Tape
Packlane – Best For: Custom Packaging
Custom Ink – Best For: Apparel
Foldfactory – Best For: Brochures, Mailers
Klo Portfolios – Best For: Custom Portfolio Books