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17 online resources you shouldn't live without

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10:08 AM | 28 March 2014
by Jim Compton-hall
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Struggling to find relevant news, inspiration, or just something to do? We've created a list of the best resources for the creative industries. 

1. TED

If you've never visited TED Talks then get ready to have your mind blown. Watch incredible, interesting and inspiring talks from industry leaders all over the world. TED has the latest and greatest thoughts on your industry as well as hundreds of others.

2. Haymarket

Some of Haymarket's content is behind a paywall but there is still great stuff to make it well worth your while visiting their websites. Campaign, Brand Republic, Marketing Magazine, Media Week and PR Week are the UK industry kingpins in advertising, marketing, media and public relations. These sites will keep you up to date with the goings on in your industry as well as giving you insight into various agencies and employers. 

3. Codeacademy

Want to learn to code? Well Codeacademy can help with that. Whether you want to know HTML/CSS, Java Script, PHP or something else, this is the place to go. Learn to code in easy, manageable chunks of your time. Oh and did we mention, it's all free! 

4. Mediabistro network

Ads of the World, Brands of the World, and all fall under the Mediabistro banner. Which ones are the most useful to you will depend on your career path but all of them are full of worldwide industry news, community discussions and inspiration. 

5. Ad Job Wall

The only junior job board for the advertising industry. Need we say more?

6. FutureLearn

FutureLearn is probably our favourite provider of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Want to get a certificate in Web Science from the University of Southampton or learn about Dentistry from the University of Sheffield. Operated by the Open University, FutureLearn boasts an impressive number of free, online courses.  It's bound to quench any thirst for knowledge as well as introducing you to new skills that you'll find useful in the workplace.

7. The Drum

The Drum covers all of the communications industries in one big, delicious website. Here you'll find all the latest news for advertising, marketing, PR, design, social media, etc. And they're Facebook feed is pretty awesome too. 


"Inspiring Creative Business" with all sorts of interesting articles, PSFK caters to the design, advertising and digital industries. 

9. Creative Review

Another one where a pesky pay wall may get in the way of non-subscribers but even so, Creative Review is a fantastic resource of, well, creativity.

10. Inspiration Room

The Inspiration Room is exactly what is says on the tin. There you'll be able to look through all the best advertising and design work from around the world.

11. Trend Watching is good place to go to browse current and future trends that may inform and inspire your work.

12. Copyblogger

A website full of tips and tricks for copywriters. If you're looking for advice on content marketing, email marketing, SEO, social media, online marketing or general writing tips and excercises then Copyblogger is the place to go.

13. Fast Company

Full of business and innovation news, Fast Company is the place to go to explore new ideas and interesting uses of technology. 

14. The Creators Project

What are the brightest young minds in music, art, film and design up to? Find out over at The Creators Project.

15. DesignTAXI

Another great source of inspiration. DesignTaxi features loads of great ideas from across the creative industries. 

16. Springwise

Springwise is "your essential fix of entrepreneurial ideas". Check it out for loads of weird and wonderful things that people are doing. At the time of writing they have an article about edible batteries that could power tech inside our bodies. 

17. FutureRising

We're not just a website where you can read the best creative industries career advice and be inspired. We've tried to make the ultimate resource for you. As well as the industry news, you'll find all sorts of advice here, you can watch talks from our events or access briefs. And best of all? We're a network. A network that connects education and industry.  

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