Navigating the web for quality design resources can be like searching for the proverbial ‘needle in a haystack’. Here the members of the Queensland Design Council have nominated the sites they find useful for daily inspiration, quality information and updates on the latest trends and advances in the design and technology sectors.

For news and inspiration

The Cool Hunter

If you don’t already know this site, let us introduce you. The Cool Hunter is a site that hunts out and then shares all that’s cool and cutting edge in the world of design, architecture, fashion, art, travel and lifestyle. The perfect site to lift the spirits.

TED, Ideas worth spreading

TED brings people together from diverse disciplines such as design, science, technology and entertainment to share ideas online. Here you will be able to participate in online Q&As with leading designers, scientists and other innovators, download talks as diverse and inspiring as Dennis Hong’s car for blind people, Mike Matas’ next generation digital book and Suzanne Lee’s experiment to grow your own clothes.


Want to know how a company that makes its living out of helping people innovate works? And what companies and products they are making more innovative? Global design consultancy IDEO uses design thinking to transform companies.

Design Observer Group

This is the place for reflective stories, talks and news on how design is evolving and changing to make the world a better place. Take your time to explore this site, listen and learn. Not a site to dip in an out of but you’ll find your understanding enriched with each visit.

Looks like good design

Jonas Kamber, a 25-year-old Graphic Designer from Switzerland, has made it his mission to provide a single daily dose of design inspiration. A great, raw site that comes with a language warning.

The Design Files

Subscribe to this wonderful Australian blog for a daily reminder of the pleasure of good design.

Tom Dixon

When it comes to staying abreast of the latest trends, simply watch this space.

Green thinking

Sustainable Cities Net

This site reveals some of the world’s most sustainable cities and the ideas that make them so. It also blows the whistle on some cities claiming environmental cred they really don’t have. It’s a great site for finding out about small scale green initiatives taking place in towns and neighbourhoods across the world.

Rudi net

One-stop site for urban planners with links to excellent publications, case studies, design classics, as well as information on competitions, tenders and jobs.

Build it Back Green

Great Green Cross Australia site dedicated to assisting those affected by the Victorian bushfires to rebuild in a more sustainable way. Good advice, tips and links. A good site for those Queenslanders wanting to rebuild better after the recent floods and cyclones.

Design communities

MADE – Queensland Makers and Designers Collective

Learn more about this Queensland based collective of fine furniture makers and designers.

Graphic Exchange

This site that share the work of designers and artists from around the world and encourages designers to support each other with inspiring ideas and advice. Submit some work and join this generous community.


Want to help make the world a better place and add to a collection of logos featuring parrots for the greater good! That’s this week’s challenge and there’s always something new from this creative collective.

Lovely Package

Practical site devoted to packaging and all things packaged. If packaging is your thing this is the place to share with peers, get great ideas and maybe a few new clients too.