If you are an aspiring designer of any kind, you should know that a book store is one of the most valuable sources of inspiration, ideas, and knowledge. Of course, depending on your location, it may be hard to come by a shop with a good collection of design publications.
I pay a visit to my local Barnes & Noble store every week, spending a minimum of 1 hour on reading, learning, and broadening my creative outlook. There are magazines for Web Designers and Developers, Advanced Photoshop Users, and Photographers, all of which contain tutorials, interviews, tips, and so forth.
One may think "why visit a book store when I can browse the entire internet for creative inspiration?" Well, to put it simply, there is a lot of garbage out there on the internet. When you're reading trusted publications that have been in the business for years, you're more likely to gain valuable knowledge.
Helpful links: (continue reading...)
- Barnes & Noble: Graphic Design
- Borders: Logo Design
- Best Web Gallery
- FAVEUP - Design Inspiration Gallery
- Smashing Magazine: Amazing Package Design
I hope you enjoy checking out (and bookmarking) these websites. This post is supposed to be about books, but digital sources are inevitable. Stay creative, stay inspired, keep designing.
I am interested to know what sources motivate and inspire you, so please share in the comments below! Thank you.