Links and Resources for Design Students

This month I am going to be giving a couple talks to students at Billy Blue and Shillington college in Melbourne about my journey from university to becoming a freelance designer. As part of my talks I wanted to share the amazing resources that I have found online (and offline) that have helped inspire me and taught me to be a better designer. I thought I would post these on my blog as well so that anyone who stumbles across my blog can make use of these resources as well. 


A while ago I wrote a blog post with a list of my favourite blogs I check out regularly to stay up to date with what is happening in the design world. Rather than repost the whole list you can check out the list of my favourite blogs here.


Recently I have been watching and learning from lots of talks given by designers at conferences around the world. There are so many great videos that you can watch for free and they are perfect to watch over breakfast to get you motivated for the day! Here are a couple of my favourites that I recommend you check out.

If you also scroll down through my blog you will find some my favourite individual talks by my favourite designers that have been useful for me. 


These two podcasts are great and make my tram rides to work way more interesting and inspiring.

Lets Make Mistakes

Design Matters with Debbie Millman 


There are hundreds of books on design out there however here are a couple that I recommend young designers check out:

Never Sleep: Graduating to Graphic Design - Andre Andreev

Design is a Job - Mike Monteiro

Steal Like an Artist - Austin Kleon

The Art of Looking Sideways -Alan Fletcher

How to be a Graphic Designer, Without Losing Your Soul - Adrian Shaughnessy

The Design Entrepreneur - Steven Heller and Lita Talarico

Folio Sites: 

It is important to get your work out there into the world and share it with others, even when you are still a student. Here are some of the great free platforms that enable you to make a great looking folio site very quickly and start showing off your work to the world. 

Cargo Collective:




The Loop:


last but not least, the most valuable resource for me so far has been Twitter. I can’t recommend enough to young designers to get on twitter and start interacting with other designers out there. All the best design jobs are posted first on twitter, it is invaluable for advice and feedback and is great for meeting new people. Its also great for sharing what you are listening to and finding out what other designers are listening to in their studios (read more about the #studiosounds phenomenon here). I could write a whole essay on why twitter is awesome but all I am going to say is get on it and try it for yourself. You can find me on twitter @spenceroni so go join now and send me a tweet to say hi!