Inspiration comes in many forms, and professional development never ends. With that in mind, we’ve put together a massive list of web design blogs that can keep your brain fed for the entire year. And don’t worry – you won’t find any duds on this list. We respect your time and feel like you deserve only the best of the best. That’s why we’ve gathered only the web design blogs that have been updated recently. Fire up your Feedly account and get ready to add more than a few subscriptions.
Starting us off is Smashing Magazine. It’s not often that you find a publication that can put out as many high-quality articles as consistently as Smashing can. Some places publish lots of articles that have very little substance, but these guys make sure that pretty much every word they publish is relevant to you as a designer and developer. Recently, they’ve launched live workshops on front-end and UX, too.
Awwwards is about one thing: you. The moment you land on the homepage, you can click through hundreds of the top designs on the internet. The curation that goes into Awwwards is mind-boggling, and you will always find new inspiration when you visit. Not only that, but they post interviews and resources that you can use to bolster your own career. Additionally, their Site of the Month competition gets you involved in voting for the credit-worthy work other people put out.
Inspiration, check. Technique, check. Business, check. Freelancing or agency life? Check. When it comes to web design, this blog has it covered. If you need to know about it, there is an absurdly high chance that Web Designer Depot has an article on the subject. And on top of the interactive quizzes and polls they put out regularly, not to mention the engaging articles they post weekly (if not more often), searching through a blog’s archives is rarely as fun or fruitful as theirs.
On Hongkiat’s blog, learn how to use design tools through their tutorials and get access to freebies like icon packs and fonts. They also have web design-focused blog posts, of course, including how-tos and advice for conducting business as a web designer. (There are design philosophy topics covered, too.) This blog has been around for a long time and is definitely one of the more established entries on this list, with plenty of tips for pro-level designers, but they cover topics that beginners can understand, too, like intros to CSS and FAQ.
Simple, clean, and straightforward, Speckyboy fills the gap in your life where you need mobile design tips, trends, graphic design, UX studies and freelancing advice. Not only that, but Speckyboy has been around for over a decade and still consistently pushes out high-quality, well-edited content.
Plus, the name is fun to say, which is definitely another point in its favor.
All design, all the time. You just can’t go wrong with Creative Bloq. And the best part is that they update multiple times a day across multiple categories, so you will always have something new and fantastic to read that will very likely be the highlight of your day (design-wise, at least).
Design isn’t all about resources and tutorials. A lot of experience, learning and understanding go into it, too. You need to know how to get feedback from your users and research their habits. Boagworld can help you with that. Between the blog post and the related podcast, topics range from digital design and marketing to content creation and your overall digital strategy. It’s thoughtful and well-done, so throw it in your reader for sure.