I’m always in the process of curating this list for you, so please excuse the state of affairs. If you have sites you’d like to suggest for this page, let me know. 

PROFESSIONAL DESIGN ASSOCIATIONS/EVENTS Site of the professional association for design (not news but all other kinds). Peruse its archives for inspiration; read articles in Voice; see what life is like for a designer in Journey. The Type Directors Club (1946) is the leading international organization whose purpose is to support excellence in typography, both in print and on screen. An international organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of typography and related arts. annual conference presented by SOTA. (They even seem a bit partial to our part of the world, having held events in NYC, Buffalo, Toronto and Rochester already.)

DESIGN THINKING & COMMUNITY Type reviews, books and commentary International review of graphic design; quarterly printed magazine about graphic design and visual culture Writings on design and culture by the world’s preeminent commercial designers and design critics. Not just graphic design, but very insightful stuff. advertising, design and visual culture


DESIGN HISTORY Part of a graduate thesis, this site was created in 2009 as a teaching tool for young designers just beginning to explore graphic design and as a reference tool for all designers. It provides brief overviews of a wide range of topics rather than an in-depth study of only a few. Article about the coolest type game ever—OK, maybe the only type game ever. Stop motion video we saw on the first day of class.

FOUNDRIES & FONTS Font Bureau is a digital type studio and one of the leading foundries for typeface design. It has designed custom typefaces for almost every major American publication, and its retail library includes some of the most celebrated typefaces on the market. From a studio in Golden Valley, Minnesota, we make typefaces for today’s designers. The company publishes retail fonts developed by award-winning Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz, their staff, and outside collaborators, and also represents the two when they work together on typedesign projects. A playfully curated list and links to free typefaces.




A WARNING: Realize that the typefaces you find on these sites are not necessarily  professional-grade. A shared encyclopedia designed to classify, categorize and connect typefaces. Hundreds (thousands?) of free typefaces­—but choose wisely. Ditto. Lots of free typefaces of questionable quality.  Smashing Magazine’s take on 40+ excellent free typefaces. Another list courtesy of Smashing Magazine. A militant group of type designers who like to give away some of their good work.

DESIGNING YOUR OWN TYPEFACE A free (!)  font-building tool sponsored by one of the world’s largest retailer of digital type, FontShop.

SOFTWARE TUTORIALS Excellent video tutorials and other helpful information. Subscription required for total access. A game to help you get the hang of the pen tool. Free video tutorials on just about anything Adobe-related. Search engine for copyright-free images. Free copyright-free stock photos at fairly high resolution. Free hi-res photos. Great for inspiration and buying good images fairly cheap. (Most images here are set up, so keep that in mind as you pick for your news needs.) The Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Usage rights vary per image.