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 – moretextbook 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.