DNA – designers + networks + analysis

                          Its always hard to find that one particular website or network that caters to all our design and creativity cravings. Over the past 2 years, I have bumped and stumbled upon several design shacks and creativity hubs. Some good, while some plain boring. In today’s  world of ever changing trends and styles, keeping up with the latest is not an easy job. Today people don’t want new and refreshing content. They want different and innovative content. Yes the age of  snapshot tutorials is slowly fading away. Its time to usher in the era of webinars, video tutorials and market places. Several sites and networks today attract their 20,000+ subscribers by new and interesting means of interactions. From interviews and case studies to live streams / event coverage and software reviews. People have even gone ahead and started broadcast, hangout sessions to making monthly podcasts available.
For all those thirsty designers and creative mind out there, I have rounded up a few interesting and out of the box networks and designers whom I personally follow and love. From Photoshop to Illustrator , these sites have everything from typography, UI design to Infographics and sound editing. Also a couple of interesting designers whose personal style and work have caught my attention. Its hard to rate them in an order of preference or rather it would be wrong, as each of these hubs have something different to offer. Dig in right away!

Designers:

  • Justin Maller
  • James White
  • Fabio Sasso
  • Graham Smith
Networks:
  • Envato
  • Smashing Magazine
  • Inspiration Feed
  • Naldz Graphics

DESIGNERS

#1 Justin Maller (Depthcore)

“Justin Maller is an Australian freelance illustrator and art director based in Brooklyn, New York. He has been creating digital art for over ten years, and has produced professionally in both a private and studio based capacity.” Justin Maller has some amazing manipulations and digital art. Also he is a founding member of Depthcore . Most of his work that I have seen is abstract and different. His work looks realistic and there is a very clean finish in all his pieces. Also Depthcore is a great place to discover some amazing digital art and artist from around the world. Justin and Depthcore are a must follow for all those who love this form of art.

                     

#2 Graham Smith (imjustcreative)

“Graham ‘Logo’ Smith runs imjustcreative; a logo and brand identity design studio, and platform to his logo design portfolio. Graham has over 23 years experience in: logo design, identity design, graphic design, advertising, marketing, commercial print and reprographics.” Graham has some amazing Logo designs and reprographics. Right from his logos to the case studies he shares, Graham is definitely the guy you want to follow for  identity design. Also he has an amazing website and is a minimalistic lover.

           

#3 Fabio Sasso (Abduzeedo)

 

“Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares conteplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.” Abduzeedo was founded by Fabio Sasso. Fabio is a visual designer at google. Besides that he is an amazing designer who shares some kickass tutorials and case studies via Abduzeedo. He is a must follow for all design and photoshop fans!                                                                                                                                                                                         

  • For more updates follow : @abduzeedo           
  • Website: www.abduzeedo.com                                                                                                                    

 

#4 James White (Signalnoise)

James White is a visual artist and designer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. With 12 years of experience, James has worked on an array of personal art projects and with clients including Toyota, Nike, Google, VH1, Armada Skis, Wired Magazine, Universal Music etc. and has been featured in many international design magazines. He is the 1-man crew behind Signalnoise Studio. James has an amazing style which includes using a vibrant set of colors for most of his work. I love the fact that he does so many movie posters. He is a great source of inspiration and also does podcast and broadcast on signalnoise. His unique style of incorporating so many vivid colors is just mind blowing and practically reflected in every piece of his work.


NETWORKS

#1 Envato 

Envato has several sites under it, all to help people to earn and to learn, online. They operate marketplaces where hundreds of thousands of people buy and sell digital goods every day, and a network of educational blogs where millions learn creative skills. It tops my chart of the best online creative hubs and resource/learning centers. From Photoshop and making kickass powerpoints to CG and mobile application development, Envato is nothing like you have ever seen before.

What Envato has to offer:

#2 Smashing Magazine

The Smashing Network features selected articles from the best online publications with main focus on design, Web development and user experience. Smashing Magazine covers everything from WordPress and coding to Graphic design and UX.  They also do a monthly Wallpaper post, where users submit their desktop wallpaper calenders and Smashing Magazine picks some of the best and makes them available for download. Besides that, you can also purchase the Smashing Magazine Books and Bundles  here

#3 Inspirationfeed

Founded in March 2010, Inspirationfeed provides useful information about design, inspiration, tutorials, and other web related topics. Their goal is to inform their readers about the latest trending topics on the web. They strongly believe that quality is better than quantity. As they proceed in the future their objective is to expand and provide even more valuable content. Here at Inspirationfeed they strive to create timeless content that can be used years from now. Currently Igor Ovsyannykov manages all of the operations at Inspirationfeed.

#4 Naldz Graphics

Founded in February 2008, Naldz Graphics is a fast growing Design Blog for designers and design lovers. They are showcasing the best tutorials, freebies, inspirations and other useful and informative resources to help and give love to design community.

So there you have it, some of the most amazing designers and networks for inspiration and learning. Hope you guys enjoyed this post ! Lastly do take a moment to  participate in this small poll!

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