Freelance Folder recently posted an open thread asking the question “How Do You Stay Sharp?” The post has some great discussion in the comments section, where many people said that it’s through web sites and blogs that they are able to keep up to date on developments in their particular fields.
Web Design / Development Blogs You Should Be Reading
I myself have a set of design and development related blogs that I read… whether for the latest xhtml/css and WordPress tricks, for design inspiration, etc.
I asked my designer friends on Twitter which sites they thought were the best design blogs to read. You know, the old question “if you were stuck on a desert island and could only have one…” LOL
Without a doubt, the number one answer was Smashing Magazine – for good reason! But there were many others, as well. So for all of the web designers and developers out there, below are 17 essential design blogs you should be reading!
- A List Apart
- Creattica Daily
- CSS Tricks
- David Airey
- Design Mag
- Net Tuts
- PSD Tuts
- Script & Style
- Six Revisions
- Smashing Magazine
- Vandelay Design
- Vector Tuts
- Web Designer Wall
More Design Blogs You May or May Not Know About
aka Some Twitter Friend Link Love
The blogs above are great and very popular, but we all know there are a LOT more than this. There are a ton of great blogs out there, many of which you might never have heard of. Or if you have, they don’t quite get the publicity they deserve.
I’m eternally grateful to my Twitter friends – we’re a great bunch helping each other out with questions, retweets, Diggs, Floats, you name it… Twitter has a fantastic community feel to it. I’ve received a ton of support and link love and I want to return the favor…
So without further ado, here is a bit of a Twitter link love of my own – 46 design / development blogs of some great Twitter friends!
- Anidan Design | @josieg182
- Arbenting | @angbowen
- Athena Emily | @athenaemily
- Bitt Box | @bittbox
- Blog Design Blog | @blogdesignblog
- Boxed CSS | @boxedcss
- Brian Yerkes | @brianyerkes
- Colorburned | @colorburned
- Crazy Leaf Design Blog | @crazyleaf
- CSS Tricks | @chriscoyier
- Design Cubicle | @behoff
- Design For Users | @KrisColvin
- Design O’ Blog | @nebrow
- Design Shard | @designshard
- Designer Daily | @mirkohumbert
- Doug Cloud | @dcloud
- Ebb and Flo | @Jacen_Xhan
- Elite by Design | @EliteByDesign
- Essential Keystrokes | @charpolanosky
- Gabe Diaz | @gabediaz
- Fudge Graphics | @fudgegraphics
- Fuel Your Creativity | @adellecharles
- I Am Mike Smith | @blogdesigner
- iDesign Studios | @idesignstudios that’s me!
- Im Just Creative | @imjustcreative
- Joshua Clanton | @joshuacc
- Just Creative Design | @justcreative
- Keylime Creative | @keylimecreative
- Komodo Media | @rogieking
- Lee Munroe | @leemunroe
- Mayhem Studios | @mayhemstudios
- Naldz Graphics | @naldzgraphics
- Organized Chaos | @arronlock
- Penflare | @penflare
- Phire Design | @phiredesign
- Pro Blog Design | @problogdesign
- Productive Dreams | @gopalraju
- R27 Creative Lab | @r27
- Sean Neill | @seaneill
- Sharebrain | @sharebrain
- Spyre Mag | @jophillips
- Styl.eti.me | @styletime
- Tanya Nichols | @cre8tn
- Think Design Blog | @thinkdesign
- Union Room | @unionroom
- Web Design Fanboy | @webdesignfanboy
- WPMU Tutorials | @andrea_r
- 99 Graphic Designs | @99graphicdesign
To all of the people above, I say Thank You!
What’s In Your Feed Reader?
If you could only read 1 design related blog, what would it be?
Please share your inspiration in the comments below!