Feeling inspired and staying informed are critical elements of producing quality web design work. Thanks to free resources on the web there are thousands of websites, tools, and images at our fingertips to help us learn and grow as designers. Utilizing these great resources is something that is encouraged for all web designers, but sifting through this vast array of information can be a job of its own. Luckily, you can sit back and let us do that for job you!
Over the past six years, I have witnessed many web design blogs rise and fall. Just this year alone, I had to remove a few from my Feedly account due to inactivity. Maintaining a quality blog is no easy feat and very time consuming which is why I have massive respect for blogs who are still going without losing quality. Below, you will find some of my favorite web design blogs that are still going strong in 2015.
Inspiring Web Design Blogs to Follow In 2015
Note: The blogs below are not listed in anything resembling a ranking order.
Smashing Magazine is the blog that got me into web design in the first place. Back in 2008 when I first started learning code, the coding section of Smashing Magazine was one of my few go-to resources and still is to this day. Smashing Magazine was founded in 2006 by Vitaly Friedman and Sven Lennartz and has since become a must follow blog for almost all online creatives. The team there covers coding, design, mobile, graphics, ux design, and wordpress.
The Next Web (Design & Dev Section)
The Next Web is a blog with tons of content that covers much more than web design. However, they do have a Design & Dev section that covers more content than most of the other standalone web design blogs on this list. If you love design and dev related news then you will love The Next Web.
Web Design Ledger
Web Design Ledger is self-described as “a blog for web designers written by web designers.” Founded a few years back by Henry Jones , Web Design Ledger consistently covers many of the topics you would hope to find on a blog like this such as freebies, tutorials, tips, tools, and more.
Tuts+ Web Design
Originally, tuts+ was my go-to resource for Photoshop tutorials and has massively expanded into the areas of web design, web development, creative workflow, design theory, and more. Their web design section has some of the best web design tutorials on the web.
Web Designer Depot
Last but certainly not least, we have Web Designer Depot. Founded in 2010 by Canadian-based web designer Walter Apai, Web Designer Depot has rapidly expanded into once of the largest and highly visited web design blogs out there. When it comes to the actual design of the website, Web Designer Depot is by far my favorite on this list. They cover a wide range of topics surrounding web design, including: inspiration, CSS, HTML5, jQuery, Web Dev, Design Tutorials, news, and so much more.
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