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Best Sites for Morning News

The most important thing you can do as a designer is to keep up with current design trends and ideas. You need to be able to know what the big ideas are so you can both use them as inspiration, as well as avoid creating something that looks cliché. Here are five great sites to keep up with what’s going on in the world of design.

  • Creattica Daily: This blog picks up links from around the web for creative people. They don’t just focus on any one particular aspect of design; they cover it all. My favorite thing about Creattica is that not everything is serious or work-related. Many posts cover games, videos, clothing, and other fun things.
  • Ads of the World: This site is a collection of advertising. Consisting of mainly print ads with the occasional flash or video ad thrown in, they cover products from around the globe. This is a great RSS feed to subscribe to.
  • I Love Typography: A must for any typography fan. The site scopes out new fonts, shows great examples of web and printed typography, and generally keeps up on all things to do with type. They also have a surprisingly addictive font identification game as well as an archive of typography wallpapers from computers and the iPhone.
  • Usability Post: This site focuses on (surprisingly) usability design. It’s not limited to just the art part of design, there are many great articles on software, hardware, time management, and general ideas that all contribute to our interaction to the world.
  • Spoon Graphics: Chris Spooner’s blog is one of the best places for current design ideas. He collects tips, tricks, downloads, and resources, and provides some really detailed tutorials on how to create beautiful things. He also publishes link lists of things he finds useful around the web.

Another group of sites that I also always visit aren’t necessarily design related, but give me productivity, technology, and just plain fun news. Here are my top five non-design sites.

  • Lifehacker: This is one of my favorite blogs. The site deals with using technology to give you better control over your time, your career, your budget, and your entire outlook. I’ve found so many time and money saving ideas on this site, and to top it off, it’s fun to read.
  • Gizmodo: Another Gawker blog, this site keeps me up to date on all the newest tech. Not completely unrelated to design, they often post about electronics design prototypes and upcoming trends. They also get the scoop on great technology deals, and all the latest lame but addictive memes.
  • Macworld: I love to keep up on all the latest Apple hardware and software. Macworld does some of the best software reviews and benchmarking; they are a must-visit if you’re in the market for new tech.
  • BBC News: I find the BBC to be a more neutral source of news and enjoy their perspective on the insanity that is American life.
  • Digg: Digg has a very low signal-to-noise ratio, but there are some real gems. Plus, you can guarantee that someone will submit the newest XKCD as soon as the writer hits ‘publish.’

These are just a few of the sites that I love to visit. What sites have a permanent place in your feed reader? Leave a comment and let me know!

(This post is Day 2 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge. To find out more about the challenge, visit ProBlogger. To see all my articles during the challenge, click here.)

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