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Design Resources

Lately I've stumbled onto some excellent design-related blogs and podcasts, which have been challenging me professionally, and I like that.

First is The Prepared Mind, a group blog run by Chris Gee. His recent posts cover the LogoWorks story, where professional designers seem to be finding lifted ideas submitted to clients through LogoWorks by the freelance designers who work for them. If you're interested in the story, check out Chris' running coverage of the issue here:

LogoWorks or LogoJERKS?

LogoWorks: set the record straight

More LogoWorks' greatest rips

The LogoWorks controversy rages on


Two LogoWorks designers speak

LogoWorks backs out of Friday podcast

Chris is also rolling with podcasting, providing some excellent long-form discussion about the design industry, with experts in the field. Here are all of The Prepared Mind podcasts, but my favorites so far:

Podcast #1 - Remote Collaboration

Chris speaks with Neil Tortorella about designers using remote collaboration to work with team members around the world, the impact of globalism on design, the challenge for designers to step up as leaders to differentiate themselves in the marketplace and more. Excellent discussion!

Podcast #6: Emily Cohen, the business of GD

Emily Cohen consults creative professionals on the design business. Listen as Chris talks with her about the business of graphic design and as she shares tips with designers for improving themselves business-wise.

Podcast #4: GK VanPatter, NextDesign Institute

Chris talks with GK VanPatter of NextDesign Leadership Institute about NextD, the design world, design leadership and the professional challenges facing designers in the 21st century.

More Design Podcasts

I've also come across two other design-oriented podcasts, but have not had time to listen this week. I hope to dive into these next week:

Typeradio Podcast (focused on typography and graphic design)

Icon-o-Cast Podcast (discussion on design in general)

Belief Design & Life Action Experiments

Also, in the same vein as the Pollinate: Chain Reaction movie I learned of from Jason Santa Maria, here is a followup film by Belief about a creative workspace:

Belief Pollinate: The Common Desk (VERY large Quicktime movie)

This piece is funny, edgy, rough, but very challenging ideas about changing up your work space and process for better creativity.

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