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5 Web Design Blogs You NEED on Your Reading List

If your work ethics don’t involve researching and keeping yourself informed on all the latest trends in your field, you’re probably doing something wrong. Web Design is one of these fields where you need to have a well structured reading list so you may keep in touch with everything new in graphic & web design.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a new web designer or a well-known one, you need to add some “you” time to your work schedule. In this time frame you should focus on reading web design blogs, testing out stuff and researching. If you do this, you’ll have a better chance to score those big projects by impressing your clients with your knowledge.

These things being said, I thought I would share with you 5 web design blogs I have in my reading list. Having 2 or 3 hours each week to keep up with the latest trends in web design should be a priority.

Smashing Magazine

On the top of my web design blogs reading list, you will always find Smashing Magazine. Since 2006, this blog delivered innovative information for web designers developers. They publish eBooks, organize events and share quality information on various topics of high interest for web designers: coding, design, mobile, graphics, UX design and WordPress.

I would say Smashing Magazine is somewhat targeted towards more experienced web designers and developers due to the high quality of their blog posts.

Envato Tuts+

If you’re a web designer or developer you have heard about Envato Market, the place where you can buy almost anything related to web design, development, audio or video. I don’t know if you knew this but they also have a place where they share free or paid tutorials and other useful resources for web designers and developers such as graphic design guides, blog posts or software. If you’re planning to learn and expand your graphic design and illustration skills, Envato Tuts+ place is a good place to start.

In my honest opinion, I wouldn’t position Evato Tuts+ blog towards more experienced or less experienced web designers. I like the fact that they try to share a lot of resources for web design but also graphic design like Photoshop tutorials.

The Treehouse Blog

I like when businesses use their website and blog to add value to their niche. At the other end I never read company blogs used only as a PR tool, only promoting their tools, content, events, etc. The Treehouse Blog is a perfect example of a good balance between promoting your content and helping people in your niche to learn and improve themselves.

This blog has posts from several categories for web entrepreneurs and freelancers such as web design, programming, free courses, etc. I like the personal touch they add to their blog posts such as “You don’t need to be indebted to your education.

I would like for them to post more, I would definitely read their content.

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Vandelay Design Blog

Here’s another good example of a business who uses their blog to add value to web designers and developers. Although they offer premium-quality business and design resources, their blog is not far off. I would go so far and say that their blog is the heart and soul of their website by being the place where designers, photographers, UI developers, bloggers and business owners get their latest news, free tutorials and resources.

Lately, they’re trying to position themselves somewhere around a “web entrepreneurship blog” (personal opinion) and started to write about SEO, software and freelancing.

All in all, the Vandelay Design Blog is a good resource for new web designers and curious readers.

noupe

Yes. noupe is a magazine where you’ll find a lot of topics regarding web development and business but their design category shouldn’t be disregarded. I use their website for several months now to get the best outside resources for wordpress based websites but they really got my attention by applying a personal filter to their content.

I love how they made a connection between self-improvement and web design. If you want to see what I’m talking about, go ahead and read their latest article called “Five daily habits to stay inspired for Web Design“.

These are the 5 web design blogs that every web designer or developer should actively read. When adding them to your reading list, you may want to go to specific categories and find their RSS feeds.

What are some web design blogs you think I should add to my web design reading list? Do you have any good suggestions?

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