With the overabundance of blogs, news outlets, and social media content, it’s hard to narrow this stuff down into the most relevant information. I’ve spent some time skimming through the nonsense and came up with a few great sources to keep you on top of your game and in the know.
01 | Linkedin Today
Perhaps the most useful tool to me is Linkedin Today. It’s hard to miss and you can find most of the headlines displayed on the Linkedin homepage. The great thing about it is its customizable features allowing you to pull from sources most relevant to you.
First, go to the Linkedin Today page (News > Linkedin Today) and click the image view button (next to the settings gear on the right.) As a visual person, I like to see imagery more incorporated into my news.
Now click the settings gear and follow the design button. The most underrated part of this page is the bottom where it says Follow Sources. This allows you to choose 3rd party news outlets like Co.Design, Adage, DesignModo etc. This is by far my favorite tool for consolidating multiple news sources onto a single page.
02 | Google Alerts
Ever wanted to know when and where people are using your name on the web? Google alerts allows you to enter key words that may be of interest to you and monitors when they’re used. If you’re planning on an interview, use this tool to learn about the latest company news and prepare yourself for questions you might be asked about them.
03 | 99U
Powered by Behance.net, 99U is an industry-specific news outlet covering all creative fields with the latest and greatest. The navigation tools are pretty helpful filtering different categories of interest including task management, self-marketing, hiring, creative blocks and leadership. Because it’s powered by Behance, its networking framework is stronger than most blogs covering similar topics.
04 | HOW
You may know HOW as one of the top arts and communications magazine, but what you may not know is that howdesign.com has many free resources available for non-subscribers such as information on self-promotion, freelancing, design job search tools and more.
05 | HOWU
HOWU is HOW’s university-like learning platform for those looking to take online courses in their field. You can take paid courses in branding, business, typography, etc. The courses are pretty specific so, for example, if you need to touch up on your UX skills, you could enroll in a course covering user experience design. Its a great way for those already working in the industry to learn on the side without college enrollment.