Design Blogs for Graphic Designers (part two)

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#FollowFriday//I shared my top, go-to design blogs before, but now I'm back with more! As I said previously, I make my living as a graphic designer. I'm the senior designer/editorial designer for an alternative weekly newspaper. I'm always looking at design blogs and looking for new ones when things get slow at the paper. If you're like me, you can never have too many design blogs in your arsenal.


Smashing Magazine is one that I've been reading for a loooooong time. It is full of really helpful articles that cover a wide range of design related topics, from front-end to back-end. My favorite post is their monthly desktop wallpapers. I used to change my desktops every month with these, but these days I'm just too lazy!


When I first started reading this blog, and a few of its sister blogs, it was called PsDTuts, but they have since combined all the tuts family into one big site called tuts+. You can still get to my favorite though by going to design.tutsplus.com. It's filled with Photoshop tutorials as far as the eye can see. Some of their tutorials are for premium members only (with paid memberships); however you can find a ton of great ones that are completely free! That's what I do, anyway.


If you are a publication designer, like me, you need to have this site in your tool bag. Magazine Designing is more on the technical, nitty-gritty side of design and a great resource. It covers laying things out on a twelve column grid, printing help and a ton more.


If you are a graphic designer, what are some of your favorite design blogs? Leave me a comment!

Webcomics for everyone

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I love webcomics. I read a lot of them and I wanted to do a special #FollowFriday to share with you some of my favorites.


Questionable Content, by Jeph Jacques, was the first webcomic I started to really follow. It is definitely in my top five, if I actually had such a list. It is about the lives of Marten, Faye and all their friends in an ever growing cast of characters (that includes a very rude robot). It's funny and sometimes very "real". 


Scary Go Round was actually once a webcomic called Bad Machinery, but the cast grew up and now we are on to a new group of youngsters (who are in the same world as Bad Machinery). There are mysteries to be solved, adventures to be had, and growing up happening all around in this webcomic by John Allison.


Hark! A Vagrant, by Kate Beaton is a must read. I've done a post about her on the old Lazy Lady. Her humor is on point and her comics are both smart and ridiculous. I love this webcomic and always find myself wanting more every time there is a new post.


Camp Weedonwantcha, by Katie Rice, is the winning webcomic from Penny Arcade's Strip Search. Mr. LL and loved watching those episodes (and wish they'd do a season 2!). We were rooting for Katie to win and her webcomic is fun and beautiful. Be on the look out for hidden cats in the strips!


Johnny Wander is by the power due, Ananth and Yuko. Sometimes it is journal comics and other times it is a story line from different works they are producing. I really like Yuko's art style. The stories they produce are very nerd/alternative based in their themes and right up my alley.


I have so many more webcomics to share! If you are interested in more recommendations, let me know in the comments!

Instagram accounts you should be #following

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I'm pretty new to Instagram, because I didn't see the point of having it when I had a "not-so-smart" phone. But over X-mas, Mr. LL got me an iPhone, so now I'm addicted. I thought for today's #FollowFriday, I'd mix things up and share my favorite Instagram accounts.

Skellie @omgliterallydead is my favorite Instagram account. Boney hands down. I love to imagine the person who runs this account taking this skeleton with them every where they go. Go check it out and follow for amazing things to come into your feed.


If you are on the internet and you read comic books, you've gotta know my friend @PatLoika. His Instagram is full of comic book goodness and cats...of which he owns none, apparently. But Pat is the greatest guy and he deserves all the love, so follow his feed and give him some!


One of my favorite YouTube channels is Good Mythical Morning, hosted by Rhett and Link. Their Instagram account is just as entertaining with things like Mini Horse Mondays and Waffles Wednesday. I recommend you first go check out their YouTube videos and then, if you become a Mythical Beast, head over and follow their Instagram.


I probably talk about Mallory from Miss Malaprop too much on this blog, but she is seriously my blogging hero and an all around cool person. I love her Instagram posts and the amazing messages she shares via them. They are like inspiring mini-blog posts with great photography.


Mickey Alice Kwapis' Instagram is full of cool photos and taxidermy. If you aren't a fan of dead things, maybe skip this one. If you like the art of immortalizing creatures, definitely check this one out. She'll be coming to New Orleans soon, and I really want to sign up for her taxidermy class.


And you can always check out my Instagram: @lazyladylife