Tips & Tricks
As any photographer, designer, artist or creative knows all too well, gaining the exposure necessary to take your creative business to the next level can be a tall order. You know that your work is awesome, but right now it just isn’t quite reaching the people that really care about it.
There are literally hundreds of diverse places online that accept submissions from designers. From online art magazines and design websites to blogs and Tumblr accounts, deciding where to submit your work can be a little confusing at times.
In this article, we share 20 of the most well received international blogs where you can get published today. This carefully curated list provides you with some of the best platforms where you can showcase your talents and get noticed. If you want to get serious about growing your creative design business then it’s time to get your name out there and showing the world what you are capable of.
It’s Nice That is a beautiful blog that champions creativity across the world of design. The editorial team curates pieces from all kinds of creatives: designers, illustrators, sculptors, multimedia artists and more are all invited to contribute their work. Since their founding in 2007, they have grown successfully across many platforms and attract over one million readers each month. Designers that have a contemporary and clean style will have the best chances of being published here.
How to submit: www.itsnicethat.com/submit
Referred to as the world’s most popular and influential design magazine, Dezeen features a carefully edited selection of brilliant architecture, design and interiors projects from across the globe. With a massive following of 2,5 million unique visitors each month, getting your work featured here could take you into the stratosphere of design glory. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get selected – the site gets over 100 submissions each day and naturally, everyone can’t feature. Fresh, innovative work with a good story behind it and fantastic images stand the best chance of publication here.
Design Milk is an online magazine dedicated to modern design that features everything new in art, architecture, interior design, art, home décor, style and technology. Bold and minimalist design styles regularly fare well on this blog. Submit your design work via email to the address below and make sure to include a description, images and a link to your online portfolio.
Perhaps less well known than the previous sites, but no less relevant, Design Everywhere is a uniquely designed Tumblr account that primarily features modern graphic design work. Founder Preston Tham’s selections are a daily dose of visual inspiration; from book covers to accessories to logos, poster advertisements and everything in between. If you have a passion for contemporary minimalist design then Design Everywhere is a wonderful place to submit your work.
How to Submit: via email at email@example.com (include ‘Submission’ in subject line)
Design is Kinky have been curating art and design since before the turn of the millennium. Since 1998, they have garnered huge respect within the design community by showcasing some of the best new and established talent on their blog. Not strictly focused on design, they also have a fetish for photography and fine art - take a look at their website to get a feel for they style that works well here.
How to submit: via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yatzer is a beautifully designed blog for industrial designers, architects, fashion designers, interior designers and artists. It’s got a modern and sophisticated focus on aesthetics and is an excellent resource for keeping up to date with the latest trends in the industry. Yatzer markets itself towards the higher end of creative professionals. While it might be more difficult for emerging artists to get their work published, with good images and a well-written press release, it’s not impossible.
Design Cleaver is a UK-based collaboration between aspiring graphic designers Jonathan Ring and Bethany Baker. They have a passion for everything design related and founded the blog with the intention of showcasing talented designers from all over the world. Whatever type of deign you’re into Design Cleaver are looking for your submissions
How to submit: www.designclever.co.uk/submit
Creative Review was established in the 1980s and is one of the creative industries most respected sources of inspiration, opinion and analysis. They have a separate blog just for graphic designers in addition to their printed magazine. Submission for online publication is best done by contacting the editor directly at the email address below.
How to submit: via email at email@example.com
Designboom is a blog that features innovative projects with an avant-garde feel. The blog has a whole section dedicated to technology - clean aesthetics and futuristic vibes are the order of the day here. If you are working as a designer in the technology sphere; designing new products, buildings or apps then Designboom is the ideal place for you to get noticed by their 4 million+ readers.
How to submit: www.designboom.com/readers-submit
This neatly organised blog is committed to documenting the visual identities from designers and studios across the globe and attracts approximately 100 000 visitors per month. If you’ve been working on a project and think that it is feature-worthy then submit your story by email with an explanation, images and the details of your design adventure at the email below.
FormFiftyFive was founded in 2005 by a collection of designers, computer programmers and illustrators who wanted to curate and share the world’s best design talent. Over a decade later, they have become a renowned source of daily inspiration by showcasing the hottest creative work of the moment.
How to submit: via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning as an eclectic collection of the founder’s personal inspiration, The (aptly named) Design Blog quickly became a hit among designers and artists from around the globe. Predominantly featuring creative work from young and emerging designers, what they share is loaded with fresh ideas and à la mode inspiration. This could be a fantastic place for students and other developing designers to get their work in front of an enthusiastic audience.
How to submit: www.thedsgnblog.com/submit
The minimalistic layout of this blog lets the content do the talking. Based in Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast, Collate accepts only the highest standard of graphic design work. Universally appealing and diverse, the design pieces are interspersed with an interesting selection of house music – experienced designers only.
How to submit: via email to Editor Dave Smith at email@example.com
Mirador is the brainchild of ‘Say What Studio’, a graphic design duo based in Paris, France. They finely curate a collection of inspirational works and showcase them for all to see. From a random snippet to a more sophisticated set of ideas, this blog is just oozing with fresh inspiration. Email at the address below to be considered.
How to submit: via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aisle One’s slogan is “An inspirational resource focused on graphic design, typography, grid systems, minimalism and modernism”. The simplicity, the diversity and the quality of the content make this blog universally appealing. Designers of all persuasions will likely find daily inspiration among the content. Submit your work accompanied by a brief description at the email address below.
How to submit: via email at email@example.com
Design Crush was founded by talented freelance graphic and creative consultant designer Kelly Beall. What started in 2007 as a space to catalogue design inspiration for her day job quickly grew into the spectacularly curated blog we see to today. Design crush shares all kinds of design inspiration; from visual communication to interior design and architecture, you’re bound to find something fresh here. Posts are kept short and sweet so keep that in mind when submitting your projects!
How to submit: www.designcrushblog.com/contact
Booooooom is Canada’s premier art & design blog and boasts an impressively large readership. Founded in 2008 by Vancouver native Jeff Hamada, the site is an internationally renowned authority voice on everything in contemporary art. The site has been responsible for launching the careers of many young and emerging creatives. The best way to submit your work is to post an image and a link to one of the monthly submission posts or alternatively post your project to the blogs Facebook page.
iGNANT is an award-winning blog that has built up a reputation for curating some of the most captivating work from both established creatives and emerging talents. It’s an aesthetically pleasing melange that features the finest in art, design, photography, fashion and architecture. With more than half a million readers and 1,6 million page views per month iGNANT getting published here will certainly capture the right kind of attention. Submission is a breeze.
How to submit: www.ignant.com/submissions
In our digital dominated age, Colossal primarily stands as an incredible reminder that there people out there creating beautiful works of art with their bare hands. The site explores various forms of art and visual culture and each week you will find 15-25 posts on photography, design, animation, painting, art installation, architecture, drawing and street art. Send a short email with a basic description of your work and a few accompanying images of 1 000 pixels wide.
Among the beautiful pages of Juxtapoz, you’ll find the amazing work of various emerging artists, illustrators and designers along with some occasional erotic artwork. Edgy and out-there they don’t make submitting your work too easy. Don’t be deterred, however – the best way is to contact them directly using their on-site contact form. You could even try going out on a limb and messaging Editor-in-chief Evan Pricco on his Instagram account!
How to Submit: www.juxtapoz.com/k2/information/contact-us