So you’ve decided to start an art/design Instagram? You’re uploading content as consistently as you can, awesome! Welcome to the club, we have cool fonts. We’re here to help with a collection of resources that you can use to create cool stuff, from visual inspiration all the way to interesting tools you may have not been aware of. Our goal with this blog is to walk you through some stuff you might use along your process of putting amazing work on your Insta grid!
Behance is a classic in the design space when it comes to sharing work to inspire others. It’s been around for quite a long time and is probably the forefront of sharing work these days! This site is definitely a catch-all in terms of inspiration and is a great place to start.
Whether you want to make a post that literally says something, or you want to make a killer word/lettermark for a client (imaginary or not), you’ll want to look at some sort of typographic inspiration. Really great organizational system you can use to sift through all the different styles of posters.
I think Logolounge is an amazing resource for brand identity and logo inspiration. Their trends tab allows you to look at a variety of themes with historical trends all the way back to 2003 like the bombastic pop logos. Logo trends go in and out of style all the time, and it takes just a few trendsetters to bring back a logo style. Check out this sweet logo Design by J.O for New Stories New Futures.
Kern Club was co-founded by two amazing designers with the focus on identity design in different styles and approaches. This is going to be the only paid source on the whole list, it’s just too good to not post on here but check in often because lots of fonts go on sale for $0.00! Just to be clear, the implication with buying the font for 0.00 is that you get full rights to use the font personally or commercially.
On this site there are fonts created by a premium spot, the Indian Type Foundry. They usually sell fonts that will cost you a few Benjamins, but as long as you adhere to the not-so-limiting agreement stated on this site, you can use these free fonts to create sweet personal and even commercial work!
Lost Type Foundry
This type foundry is really an amazing resource for you Insta designers, it’s a pay-what-you-want store. So really you could have every font on the website for free, but you definitely want to support this creative individual and honor their art. These fonts have a great deal of personality and you can tell how much expression and heart is put into them.
What The Font
This is a super potent tool to have at your disposal when you’re out in the world. Maybe you see a really cool sign but have no clue what the font is, snap the best pic you can and try and run it through this sweet web app to solve the mystery!
Color selection is a crucial part of the design process. Coolors can help get the palette juices flowing when you’re building swatches to consider for a piece or identity.
We think that something often lost in keeping up with an art/design Insta is sustainability. If you have an internship or actual design job already, maybe just design on the weekends. Of course, if you’re between gigs or not at a design job yet, design more! if you aren’t going to be a designer by trade, just design when it feels right. Do your best to not burn out, keeping up with a design Instagram is a great way to sharpen your software skills and expand your creativity but don’t forget to have fun with it! This Instagram page belongs to you, and you only. We think that unless you’re already focused on something specific you should leave your Insta fairly open-ended, don’t be afraid to make fanart, text only posts, or just drawings.
Explore, experiment, get out of your comfort zone, get weird!