So many sites, so little time. Here’s our pick of websites and organisations to follow if you need a bit of creative inspiration.
IdeasTap is a goldmine for creative people in search of jobs, commissions, funding, advice and training. Its jobs board has more than 1,000 arts and creative industry vacancies, and the online magazine includes interviews with industry pros. The BFI, Magnum Photos (including photographer Larry Towell, above), Mother London, the National Theatre and loads of others usually collaborate with them too.
The Design Trust
Online business school for designers and makers The Design Trust has a site full of practical advice for people who want to start, run and grow their small creative business. Director Patricia van den Akker says: “We’ve more topics ranging from ‘How to name my business?’ to ‘How to use Twitter for my business?’ and ‘How do I get more traffic to my online shop?’. We also select opportunities and business training across the UK and online, and publish a regular newsletter full of practical & honest business advice & news.” All good suff for designers, craft-makers, illustrators and photographers.
Get some tips and inspiration from online magazine Creative Digest. Read news, interviews and opinion pieces covering everything from graphic design and photography to social media marketing, “Creative Digest is created by those working in the creative industries for those working in a creative profession, or those ready to make their next career leap,” says founder and editor Joe Dawson.
Another online magazine, Creative Boom offers inspiration and ideas for creatives all over the world. Established in 2009 and headed up by founder Katy Cowan, it shares tips and ideas and supports established and emerging talent from the creative industries. Look out for lifestyle posts and stories that feed the creative mind too.
The Design Blog
Founded, designed and curated by 22-year-old Ena Baćanović, The Design Blog features works of designers and design studios from all over the world (the main focus on young designers and students). Expect lots of energy, inspiring posts and updates that cross disciplines – and all framed to perfection.
Graduate design exhibition New Designers is full of innovation and fresh thinking for creatives new and old. The show takes place in London over two weeks, with each part focusing on a different set of design disciplines and featuring its own Awards Programme. Find out about next gen creative geniuses by visiting its website.
Design Juices is a blog which showcases the best creative freelancers, students and graduates alike. The aim is to inspire and give those featured the platform to share their latest work and thoughts on design with a vibrant creative community. Get creative with a free Moonfruit website.
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