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Top 5 - Design Writers and Bloggers

Added on by James Cronin.


Adrian Shaughnessy

I wouldn't class myself as a hoarder but I do have an obscene amount of design related books currently taking over my office. They range from large scale anthologies to single-paged zines and Shaughnessy's name appears on more than one. I've been lucky enough to attend a couple of his talks, most recently at the AGI event in London, which he organised along with Unit Editions partner Tony Brook. Shaughnessy among others from my list, also writes for the Design Observer.

David Airey

Airey, a brand identity designer from Northern Ireland, uses his blog as a key feature of his website, optimising SEO to attract visitors and potential clients to his page. The blog covers a range of subjects ranging from architecture to fine art while demonstrating his passion for design and skill at writing. A true representation of his own brand as a designer.

Michael Bierut

Michael Bierut is a leading authority on graphic design today with over 25 years as a partner at the New York office of Pentagram. Along with Rick Poynor, he founded the design observer in 2003, a website devoted to a range of design topics. His book, '79 Short Essays on Design' gives you an insight into how he approaches design but also tells of his views on the culture around the design industry. 

Rick Poynor

Rick Poynor's writing encompasses both cultural criticism and design history and manages to be informative while still being enjoyable to read. He began as a visual arts journalist for Blueprint magazine before founding both Eye magazine and Design Observer. 

Steven Heller

Steven Heller began his career as an Art Director for the New York Times and since then has gone on to write over 100 books on design and popular culture. I recently enrolled on his Skillshare course, 'The Designer's Guide to Writing and Research' which inspired me to get back into writing this blog. 

Top 5 Blogs

Added on by James Cronin.

Below I've created a list of the top 5 blogs I believe every graphic designer should follow. The list has been put together after a years worth of reading design blogs and the following are the ones I kept going back to. It would be useful to analyse the blogs and discover what makes each one work so that I can apply those ideas to my own blog. Just Creative Design The main focus of Jacob Cass' blog is on the subject of Graphic Design. It provides tips, articles and resources on all subjects of design ranging from print design, logo design, branding, typography, advertising and more.

Creative Review Creative Review is a well known publication in the 'visual communication' field. The blog is an extension of their monthly magazine and their aim is to inspire, inform and stimulate debate among the readers.

Design Observer Composed of short essays and articles, the blog covers a wide range of design areas, centering on graphics but including communication, print, typography and criticism.

Wallpaper Wallpaper* magazine is at the forefront of design and style. "Renowned for its beautiful, inspiring features, it is the leading authority on international architecture, design, fashion and lifestyle."

I Love Typography John Boardley's ILT aims to "bring the study of typography to the masses." He discusses his passion for typography, type design and lettering.