As web designers, we need to keep an eye on the latest trends in the design hemisphere. One cannot be successful unless he or she keeps himself or herself updated with the latest happenings in the design world. And when it comes to being updated, the best sources are design blogs and websites. Further more, such blogs also provide excellent tools and tips regarding web and graphic design, thereby enabling you to harness your talent to the maximum (not to mention the numerous freebies and giveaways).
So, among the zillions of blogs out there, which ones should you follow? If this question is troubling you, look no further! We have prepared a list of some of the most awesome design blogs out there in cyberspace!
1. Smashing Magazine
Who doesn’t know Smashing Magazine? Seriously, who doesn’t? If you are into design, Smashing Magazine is one website you just cannot afford to overlook. The website offers, apart from the blog/magazine itself, features such as a shop and a job board.
SpeckyBoy is another design magazine blog that you just have to follow! Apart from web and graphic design, SpeckyBoy covers many other topics such as GUI, mobile development, CMSs, cloud and web-based applications, etc.
3. Six Revisions
Six Revisions is an extremely popular blog run by Jacob Gube. The website receives terrific traffic, and caters to web designers and developers.
4. Tuts+ Network
Ok, strictly speaking, Tuts+ Network is not one site. In fact, it is many sites, all operating independent of each other, and catering to different topics such as WordPress, Vectors, Mobile, Web design, and many others. Just take your pick, and off you go! Note that Tuts+ Network, as the name suggests, mostly offers Premium tutorials.
Though initially an independent entity, Noupe now operates as a sister-site of Smashing Magazine. The website is beautiful, and content here mostly revolves around inspirational round-ups, and other similar articles.
Blog.SpoonGraphics is the personal design blog of Chris Spooner. With over 50,000 subscribers, Blog.SpoonGraphics covers both round-ups and tutorials on a regular basis.
7. Vandelay Design Blog
Vandelay Design Blog is the blog of Vandelay Design wherein they talk about web design, and business tips. The blog offers several unique round-ups and the quality of articles is impressive.
8. A List Apart
A List Apart is quite different from other blogs in the sense that it does not offer inspiration round-ups and other similar casual articles. Instead, the blog offers technical and op-ed pieces about design in particular – more textbook material than mere design blog.
9. Inspired Magazine
Inspired Magazine deals with web design, visuals and WordPress. The website is well known for organizing awesome giveaways and having an impressive Freebies section.
10. Fuel Your Creativity
Fuel Your Creativity basically caters to creatives and designers. It provides articles and round-ups that help you gain inspiration for that ‘awesome’ creative idea you might be waiting for. Plus, the website also has sister concerns such as Fuel Your Blogging.
Also Worth A Look
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11. Instant Shift
12. Naldz Graphics
13. CSS Globe
16. Fudge Graphics
17. Design Boom
21. David Airey
25. You the Designer
26. My Ink Blog
29. Just Creative
30. Spyre Studios
31. DESIGN M.AG
32. Perishable Press
33. From up North
34. We Function
And of course, how can we forget..
When it comes to reading, no bookshelf or library on a given topic can ever be complete in absolute terms. Similarly, no list of design blogs can ever be called all-inclusive. Feel free to add some decent design blogs that you are aware of in the comments below!
Sufyan bin Uzayr is a freelance writer and artist. He writes for several print magazines as well as technology blogs, and has also authored a book named Sufism: A Brief History. His primary areas of interest include open source, mobile development, web CMS and vector art. He is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of an e-journal named Brave New World. You can visit his website, follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook and Google+.