Industry News

Published: Jun 21, 2017
Last Updated: Mar 14, 2019
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In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.


Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.

GDC Canada | Canada's national certification body for graphic and communication design. GDC is a membership-based organization of designers, students, and educators and has a BC chapter.

RGD | Represents design practitioners across Canada. It hosts conferences and events for creative professionals, provides mentorship opportunities, and produces a survey of Canadian creative industry salaries.

Magazines & Trade Journals

Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online. 

Applied Arts Magazine | Canada's premier magazine of the visual communication arts. Published 5 times per year.

Communication Arts Magazine | The leading trade journal for visual communications showcasing graphic design, illustration, photography, and interactive design. Published 6 times per year.

Design Edge Canada Magazine | Canadian magazine with high circulation serving the graphic arts industry. Published 6 times per year.

How Magazine | Creativity, business and technology magazine aimed at graphic designers. Published 6 times per year.

Print Magazine | Magazine that focuses on visual culture and commercial, social and environmental design. Published 6 times per year.

Uppercase Magazine | Canadian design magazine. Published quarterly.


Creative Bloq | Art and design inspiration, advice, and news. Also features product reviews that will appeal to graphic designers of a variety of experience levels.

Design Week | The latest graphic design news, views, and inspiration. Business-related topics include financing, networking, and pitching.

The Design Blog | Daily inspiration featuring works from graphic designers and studios all over the world. Topics include branding, logo design, and typography.

Discussion Forums

Graphic Design Forum | GDF is one of the largest graphic design forums with over 20,000 members. They cover a variety of graphic design topics, including business issues, software, and recommended resources.

Consultant Websites

MarketWatch - Industry Analyzer
The Industries section contains current data on Dow Jones Industry Sectors. Aggregate data as well as company-specific data is available.

Vault Industry Profiles
A free source of industry information. Use the Industry Profiles to research news, company information, and industry-specific sample professions. Basic monthly membership is free and offers access to blogs, discussion forums, and job listings.

As with all sources, news articles and blogs should be carefully evaluated. For information on how to evaluate your information, watch video tutorial Module Five: Using Information Responsibly.