Are you in need of a little creative inspiration? Or, maybe like me, you’re in need of A LOT of creative inspiration! If so, then this is the post for you. Every month, I like to explore the web to find new resources to help motivate me to think bigger, brighter and better. This year, I’m really focusing on design.

Makers everywhere are realizing that, in order to really stand out from the crowd, you’ve got to have some basics design elements under your belt. Whether it’s a well-designed logo, fantastic packaging or brand unification across all of your web properties, integrating good design with your handmade business should be a priority. With that in mind, I’m going to be showcasing a ton of packaging and logo design posts for your viewing pleasure, and I’ve found a resource that I think you will absolutely love.

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It’s called the Graphic Exchange and it’s the blog of graphic designer Fabien Barral, aka Mr Cup. Fabien has built a wonderful place, full of the best branding and logo designs from around the globe. It’s my top pick for blogs to follow in 2014 and you’ll be seeing a ton of his discoveries here on the LAB. Not only does he have a great eye for design, like his posts focusing on such design luminaries like Jessica Hische, he also has his own shop of amazing creations.

I think you’ll love Fabien’s affordable ebooks that cover all of this discoveries of 2013. He even has a pay-what-you-wish ebook that features 100 of his favorite designs. The Graphic Exchange is a daily must read for me and I think you’ll really love what you see. Please follow and say hello to Mr Cup on Twitter @iammrcup.

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Here’s the rest of my 50 picks for 2014. There’s a nice mix in here: fashion & cooking blogs, some fab Tumblr sites, typography showcases and so much more. Bookmark and explore. Do you have any recommendations? Add them in the comments below or drop me a note on Twitter @iamthelab.