Design Blogs for Graphic Designers (part two)


#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 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!

DIY or die


Somewhere, in an alternate reality, I am a person who actually does crafts from start to finish and I can do them phenomenally. However, in this reality, I live vicariously through craft blogs and I pin a million projects I'll probably never do.

Whether you are like me or if you actually do DIY/craft projects, you'll get some use out this round-up of blogs.

Studs & Pearls is the coolest DIY blog on the block. Kirsten takes inspiration from fashion trends and shows you how to make it yourself. Don't have a few hundred bucks to buy a studded leather jacket? She's made it, and she'll show you how.

UPDATE (APRIL 2016): Studs & Pearls is now Wild Amor. Same creator, and still amazing content.

Craftaholics is a collaborative labor of love. It is full of fun craft projects that are fairly do-able for most people to re-create. If you like to make your own home decorations for any or all the holidays, you will love this craft blog.

My alternate universe self can totally do cross-stitching and needlework. In this reality, I can sew on a button, just barely. Feeling Stitchy allows me to live out my needlework dreams through the amazing projects they share and tutorials/patterns they provide.

I love the projects Erin shares on thanks, I made it. They are always cool and don't have that "homemade" look to them (you know what I'm talking about). I love this blog and I never miss a post. She has it all, jewelry, accessories, clothing and home DIYs; and trust me, they are all pretty freakin' amazing.

To round out this round up, I'm throwing in the Craftster blog. Anyone who is into to DIY projects and crafts knows about Craftster, but until recently I didn't know they had a blog!

Do you know of any craft/DIY blogs? Share them with me and feed my obsession!

Blogs to make you hungry


I love food blogs. I tried to do a food segment for a long time on Lazy Lady, but I'm just not good at the food blogging game. I never take good food pix because I'm shooting as I'm cooking and I only cook at night. My recipes are hit and miss and well, we eat a lot of frozen pizza because I can't be bothered.

However, when I do decide to cook, I look to food blogs for inspiration and recipes.

WARNING: These sites will make you hungry, even if you just ate.

Pioneer Woman

The Queen of food blogs, The Pioneer Woman. She even has her own cooking show now! I have always loved how honesty Ree Drummonds' recipes are and how do-able they feel to me as a reader. Now, I probably can't do a good number of them, but she has enough of a mix (and I know my own capabilities well enough) that no matter your skill level, you can find a recipe of her's to recreate at home. Her overall blog has more than just recipes. If you haven't read The Pioneer Woman blog, you need to go check it out right now.

Annie's Eats is one of my favorite food blogs. I think I started to read it because my best friend's name is Annie. However, the recipes and amazing food photography are what keep me coming back. She has a great section on her blog called "Menu Builder" (it's in the top navigation links) that has menus for special occasions all built up with photos and links to the corresponding recipes. Super helpful!

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Most of my food pins on Pinterest these days come from Cookies and Cups. That may say more about the kinds of foods I like to make than it does about the blog, now that I think about it. However, I follow a LOT of baking blogs and so to have one shine most on my Pinterest board (Cookies & Other Sweets) speaks volumes to the awesomeness and drool-worthiness of that blog. This blog is DANGEROUS. I could sit and stare at it all day. Sigh.

The Girl Who Ate Everything is also a key player on my Pinterest boards. The name of this blog was one I can TOTALLY relate with, even though I am, in fact, a picky eater. However, I love to eat and my picky eating days aren't really what they used to be. I like her savory recipes a lot, but she throws in sweet treats on the blog as well.

Lastly, I wanted to throw in a new food blog, well new to me anyway, The Weary Chef. I may not be a mom, but I work a full time job in addition to putting my heart into Lazy Lady and working on my side illustration projects; so The Weary Chef had me at "quick and easy recipes." I'm enjoying digging through Andi's archives and finding new recipes to make at home.