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Our List of Favorite Spots to Get Smart and Inspired

While we wish we could tell you that we know absolutely everything there is to know about marketing and technology, let’s be real – we don’t. Stephen Covey said, “The key to success is dedication to life-long learning.” No truer words, Stephen. At ODEA, our love of learning is one of our biggest motivators. It keeps us moving forward as an organization and helps us as individuals to grow our passions. And one of the best things about learning? Sharing that knowledge with others. This week we want to share the wealth and give some insight into our favorite spots to get smart and inspired. We asked the team to spill on their favorite go-to sites for marketing, technology and design smarts and inspiration. Check out the list below of our favorite magazines, blogs, publications and podcasts!

HubSpot Blog

HubSpot is a great tool that we use a LOT. Their marketing blog covers topics from Adobe Creative Cloud to Google ranking’s to creative strategies. There’s truly something for everyone.

Harvard Business Review

This publication is our one-stop-shop for all things business. Harvard Business Review features a ‘Most Popular’ category that has a ton of great articles about Marketing, Technology, Strategy, Innovation… The list goes on. HBR also offers a few podcasts and a reading list that will be sure to inspire you. HBR is one of our top favorite spots to get smart!


We stay up-to-date with the biggest things happening in marketing like it’s our j-o-b. Wait, it is our job and AdAge helps us do it! We love visiting this publication to find out breaking news and see the conversations that are happening about marketing and media!

PR Say

When our brains are hungry for insight on public relations and communication, we take a trip over to one of our favorite blogs, PR Say. PR Say is a great resource where you can find out about current issues, learn from PRSA members and communication experts from all over the world!


VentureBeat described Copyblogger as the “bible of content marketing” and they’re not wrong. When we’re looking for a little content inspiration or direction, we can always find it at Copyblogger. Their blog has topics ranging from “15 Ways to Be A Wiser Content Marketer” to “7 Steps to Becoming a Better Thinker”. One visit to Copyblogger and we promise it will become one of your favorite spots to get smart.


When ODEA designers need to get that creative wheel spinning, they visit Dribbble. Home to creative work of some of the world’s best design professionals, we always leave Dribbble feeling ready to create a unique masterpiece.


Behance is another great resource we use when looking for creative inspiration. The best part? Behance let’s you customize what you see so that your feed only features projects that match your personal taste. A few topics available to choose from include graphic design, photography, illustration, advertising, motion, and game design.


If there is a notable redesign or new design of a product, company, service or organization, you can bet that BrandNew is on it. BrandNew is one of our favorite spots to learn about the news-worthy projects that are happening in design. BrandNew makes learning easy by giving users the ability to search for projects by industry.

CSS Tricks

If we go to our web developers with our questions, who do our web developers go to with their questions? Ding, ding, ding – CSS- Tricks! When it comes to learning about building a website, this site has all the answers (and tricks!) to doing it. You can find articles on a vast number of topics, videos to inspire learning, and a handy dandy almanac that serves as a reference guide to the many features of CSS.

Smashing Magazine

Accessibility, Animation, Design Systems, Plugins, Responsive Web Design… these are a few of our favorite things. And you can learn about all of them and more from Smashing Magazine. Web developers and web designers run – don’t walk – to feed your brain with all of the smashing (ha!) articles they feature.


Looking for leading news and insight about brand marketing? Adweek is where it’s at. They serve as a great resource because their coverage reaches across platforms including print, digital, events, podcasts, newsletters, social media and mobile apps. They also feature webinars to help you get smarter!

AIGA’s Eye on Design

AIGA’s Eye on Design knows what you’re looking for. No, they really do! It even says so on their website.  From the moment you click on the menu, you see that this is an amazing resource for designers. AIGA features work from some of the world’s most exciting emerging and established designers while also providing insight to the hot topics in the design world.

The GaryVee Video Experience – YouTube

Gary Vaynerchuk, best known as Gary Vee, is a well-known public speaker and a 5-time New York Times bestselling author! Although we can’t travel around listening to his amazing speeches, we can visit his YouTube channel “The GaryVee Video Experience” and learn from him there. His channel features over 100 videos that get his take on topics like “15 Minutes to Be the Best in Business” to “What Do People Want to See on Social Media?”

Upload VR

If you’re into virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), we’ve got the spot for you. Upload VR is jam packed with hot articles about the technology that’s shaping our VR and AR future. The website covers the conferences, events, news coverage, content creation and more needed to keep us smart on tech.

Our list has a little something for everyone and we hope you find it helpful. Do you have a favorite spot to get smart and feel inspired? Share it with us! Drop us a line at [email protected]. For more insights, check out our blog here.