Lucy has a degree in graphic and web design from Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, MN. In addition to being an experienced designer for traditional media, Lucy has been designing and developing websites since joining BLÜ and continually educates herself with new trends and techniques in the worlds of print and web design.

7 E-Newsletters to Inspire Designers

Font Shop NewsletterDesign inspiration can come from anywhere – fellow designers, nature, music, art, blogs, packaging, etc. One of my favorite places to go to get design inspiration is, believe it or not, my inbox. I have a bunch of e-newsletters that I have signed up for that I use to take a break from my day and get some inspiration. From design to packaging, fonts to websites, and industry news to paper, here are seven of the e-newsletters that I get in my inbox throughout the week/month.

  1. PaperSpecs – A great resource for news on paper, ink, and what’s new in the printing industry. I look forward to getting this e-newsletter in my inbox; it’s one of my favorites. Not only is it a good paper resource, but it has really good webinars. Check it out at PaperSpecs.com.
  2. Graphic Design USA – The news magazine for creative professionals and graphic designers, since 1963, has a ton of information and resources for design inspiration. GDUSA.com
  3. Brand Packaging – A great place for packaging design inspiration and news from around the industry. Besides an e-newsletter, they also have a monthly magazine. The best part is that it’s free!BrandPackaging.com
  4. Smashing Magazine – Not only is their e-newsletter published every two weeks, but they are the most popular blog for web designers. They have industry news, inspiration, and links to useful apps and websites.SmashingMagazine.com
  5. Webdesigner Depot – One of my favorite places to go to get web design inspiration and news. Along with css tips and tricks, they have links to free PSD templates, HTML5 tutorials, and more. WebDesignerDepot.com
  6. Liquid Treat – This is literally a treat in my inbox every Friday afternoon. Only three articles long, this e-newsletter contains interesting products, ideas, design solutions, and (last but not least) new books on design. LiquidTreat.com
  7. Font Shop News – A monthly e-newsletter all about fonts. Love it! Not only does it look really cool, but it has links to the latest fonts, font promotions, webfonts, type references, and more. FontShop.com

Where does your design inspiration come from? If you have any e-newsletters that you enjoy reading on a regular basis, please feel free to share in the comments.