50 Brilliant Design Articles of 2008

2008 has not only been an exciting year here at TDC, but around the rest of the design community as well. I have learned so much from reading blogs (more than I had ever imagined), and as a special thanks I present you 50 insightful graphic & web design related post of 2008 organized into 23 well organized categories.

I also asked my readers and friends on Twitter if they would be interested in submitting their favorite or most popular design post from their blog in 2008. Here’s what the 2008 design community had to offer:

Advertising/Advertisements

Blog Design Inspiration

Blogging Resources

Brochure Design Inspiration

Business Card Design Inspiration

CSS/Web-related & Tutorials

Colour Related

Design Resources

Flash related

Font/Type related

Freelance Resources

Grid/Layout related

Icons & Twitter Tools

Inspirational Collections

Logo related

Paperwork/Documentation

Patterns Resources

Typography Inspiration

Typography Resources

Tutorials

Websites Inspirational

Web Design Tools/Resources

WordPress Themes

40 Blogger Submitted Favorite/Popular Posts of 2008

Below is 40 design-related articles submitted by bloggers from their blog in 2008. Some great resources you may have missed:

  1. Web Designing is like Cooking!
  2. How To Use WordPress As A Truly Customized CMS
  3. 15 Key Elements All Top Web Sites Should Have
  4. Questions and Answers of SEO
  5. A SEO Christmas
  6. 10 Features Ubuntu should implement
  7. 25 Web Apps yet to be Discovered
  8. Amazon Leaks Adobe CS4 Packaging, Features
  9. Design Inspiration: Typography Posters
  10. 20 of the Best Amazing Photoshop Tutorials
  11. Value Your Design
  12. 8 Ways We Fail at Failing
  13. More Typographical Tattoos: Punctuation!
  14. 20 Free & Open Source Image Galleries for Web Designers
  15. How To: Using Highlights in Web Design
  16. How Important is Valid HTML in Web Standards?
  17. Social Networks Show Users Are Not Designers. And That’s Okay.
  18. Horribly Photoshoped Squirrels
  19. Common Mistakes that New Web Designers Make
  20. We’re Not On Board
  21. Reading RSS with PHP
  22. How I kicked whites out of the Forum of Black Journalists without saying a word! (not what you think!)
  23. 7 Logo Design Galleries You Should Bookmark
  24. Below the Fold: Why Scrolling Isn’t A Bad Thing
  25. waitingtohearback
  26. Before Photoshop There Was AcidDraw
  27. Design with Swirls and Flourishes
  28. 25 Ways to Spice Up Blog Post Photos
  29. Cuteness attack: When design gets cuter than puppies
  30. Amazing Web Design Tutorials
  31. Irresistible Websites Part Three: Textures
  32. Saul Bass and Clarity of Purpose
  33. 35 Stunning Black and White Logos
  34. On-line Copyright Infringement: 4 Ways to Remove Stolen Work
  35. Preparing for the Interview
  36. How to get a Design Job using Tinned Meat!
  37. Trend Review: Price Tags (Part 1)
  38. 30 Tutorials that will teach you Illustrator
  39. How to Publish Featured Videos in WordPress
  40. Wicked Pissa Graphic Designer For Hire!

What’s your favorite design post of 2008? What’s on you new year agenda?



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  1. Jon Bergan says:

    A HUGE amount of inspiration right here and a LOT of great articles and posts. I was particularly interested in some of the articles focusing on web design, typography and wordpress customisations.

    Thanks again for digging deep and finding some exceptional posts from around the globe!

  2. Lyn says:

    This looks like my new study course for 2009! I can’t wait to jump into it. Thanks!

  3. liz says:

    there are a couple here I hadnt seen before! Thanks, nice round up!

  4. There is a lot of inspiration. I completely agree. Its great to see the year all summed up into one article. Thanks for taking the time to search for these and post them.

  5. Zach Dunn says:

    Great roundup. Like Lyn I’ve now got a reading list for the next couple of days. Thanks for the mention!

  6. Thanks! A lot of work went into putting this together. I appreciate it!

  7. andyk says:

    my site is listed twice :D how ace, thank you so much! wooe hehe

    great work some great links here

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    -Lawrence

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    Nice collection to round up the year and thanks for including me.

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  29. Good work….. Really nice post. Thanks for sharing this post.

  30. Awesome collection of resources… I missed out on this list but I will surely provide some useful posts the next time you compile such a list.. Great work.. keep it up :)

  31. areapal says:

    Collection of good links. thanks for your article.
    helpful tips for webdesigners & graphic designers

  32. Really a great resource article. Well done!!!

  33. It seems that you have taken out a lot of time to search for all this and put it together. Excellent effort I must say!!!

  34. Awesome post!

    Thanks for including Spoonfed!

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About Brian Hoff: Designer, Writer and Speaker

I’m a graphic designer living in Brooklyn, New York who loves creating compelling and useful websites and memorable interactions across the web. When I’m not designing I can be found writing, speaking and occasionally part-time teaching at colleges — all on the subject of design. I started this blog to share my passion and experiences with designers and clients. I'm most active on Twitter; say hello:


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