WEBSITES & BOOKS

Design

Fast Company – a print and online magazine that focuses on technology, business and design.  Their daily blog is excellent at helping the reader stay abreast with what is happening in the design world.

IDEO – website for a human-centered, design- and innovation-based  consulting firm that works with  organizations in the public and private sectors of business, government, and education to create products, services, spaces and interactive experiences. (Pronounced “eye – dee – oh”)

Smart Design – website for a design and innovation consulting firm based in New York City that works across digital and physical spaces to deliver empowering experiences.

Creative Confidence –  a 2013 book by IDEO founder and Stanford d.school creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner, that helps unleash the creativity that lies within each and every one of us.  ISBN :978-0385349369

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation– a 2009 book written by Tim Brown, the CEO and president of IDEO, that introduces the idea of design thinking that is not just applicable to creative industries and people in the design field.  It is a methodology used by a wide range of organizations to encourage them to explore new alternatives for challenges within their companies and non-profit organizations.

Gensler - An integrated architecture, design, planning and consulting firm with 46 global offices.  Excellent source for retail and workplace design, ideas, research, videos.

 

Packaging Design

The Dieline – a dedicated platform for the package design industry and its practitioners, students and enthusiasts.

Package Design Magazine – an online magazine that focuses on materials, resources, and production of packaging in a variety of industries.

Creative Bloq – a blog providing daily inspiration, expert tips and tutorials to boost readers’ creativity that features a section on packaging ideas.

 

Graphic Design

HOW Magazine – a print and digital magazine that helps designers by featuring print, web and interactive design projects.  Offers design competitions, online design courses, and design books at MyDesignShop.com.  Offers career advise and a free newsletter for graphic designers.

AIGA- the design profession's oldest and largest professional membership organization with 70 chapters and more than 25,000 members.  The association promotes design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force.

 

Retail Design

Visual Merchandising and Store Design – a major online magazine for retail designers and store display professionals, serving the retail industry since 1922.

Retail Design World – excellent source of information on global retailing trends

Chain Store Age – a leading source of U.S. retail news and industry analysis of retail store operations, retail technology, store design and construction.  This print and online magazine for retail headquarters executives across all sectors of the industry features website, a daily e-newsletters and category-specific newsletters.

 

Infographics

Visme (visme.co)  Freemium software platform that allows you to create interactive presentations and infographics with a myriad of templates.

Canva (canva.com)  Freemium software platform allowing you to do infographics and much more.  Easy and intuitive to use with tutorials.  Massive library of images to choose from.  Templates for social media, blogs, presentations, posters, business cards, invitations, etc.

Easel.ly (easel.ly)  Freemium software platform that focuses on infographics. 

Piktochart (piktochart.com) Freemium software platform with over 500 weekly curated templates for infographics, reports, presentations and posters. One of the easiest to use with themes and templates of high design quality.

Infogr.am (Infogr.am) Freemium program with a wide assortment of infographics charts to choose from for professional, communications manager and enterprise needs. Editing data can be done in their built-in spreadsheet or you can import XLS, XLXS and CSV files.

 

Other Books

Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind, Al Ries and Jack Trout

Corporate Identity - Making Business Strategy Visible through Design, Wally Olins

Corporate Communications, Paul A. Argenti, Irwin

Reputation - Realizing Value from the Corporate Image, Charles J. Fombrun

The Profit Zone - David Morrison and Adrian Slywotzky

Building Strong Brands - David Aaker

Managing Brand Equity, Capitalizing on the Value of a Brand Name, David Aaker

Marketing Aesthetics, The Strategic Management of Brands, Identity and Image, Bernd Schmitt and Alex Simonson