Let’s get right to the point. You want to read a few cool design blogs but you don’t know where to start. Every design blog has something different to offer, and organic search is no help when you don’t know what you’re looking for. Forget searching; we have you covered.
If you’re interested in a few quick reads, check out our top-ranked web design blogs.
1. Smashing Magazine
We’ve mentioned Smashing Magazine in previous articles, and for good reason. Whether you’re a designer, developer, or a tech-hungry site owner looking for something to read, you can’t go wrong with Smashing Magazine’s resources. There’s plenty to learn about the basics of web design for beginners, but there’s also a full complement of in-depth resources about more technical topics, such as coordinating your development and design resources to create the best possible UX. Check it out!
2. Creative Bloq
You’d be hard pressed to find a better resource for creative professionals than Creative Blog. Website designers can get inspired by dozens of high-quality digital image portfolios. Web developers can read up on the push toward “device agnosticism.” Oil painters can use examples of urban street art to revitalize their old-fashioned media. You get the idea. Creative Bloq is the perfect way to defibrillate your struggling artistic inspiration.
The first thing you’ll notice about Zeldman is its in-your-face design. There’s no navigation bar at the top or blog repository where you can view previous posts. Visitors are treated only to a scrolling list of recent blog posts wherein the site operator, L. Jeffrey Zeldman, waxes poetically about his ongoing experience in the tech world. And even though Zeldman covers a wide range of topics aside from website design, there’s no denying that he’s a great storyteller—making his site worth a visit.
Fastcodesign is next on our list. This site is a testament to the power of the picture—rather than using text-heavy layouts, Fastcodesign’s layout is almost completely image-based. This bold design contrasts with many of the sites on this list, but speaks to the hip design philosophy that the company promotes. Aside from its extensive UI/UX resources, the page also features trending news articles and copious updates on emerging technologies that early adopters will love.
Featuring a minimalist home page layout and an extensive repository of design talk, Abduzeedo is one of those hidden gems that tend to get overlooked in organic search. The site features plenty of website design concepts to jump start your creativity as well as great resources on how large brands are bringing user-first design into their products. Be careful, though—if you visit once, you won’t be able to leave.
Finding the Top Website Design Blogs
In truth, we could talk all day about our favorite web design blogs. But you don’t have all day, and neither do we. If you’re looking for a quick jolt of inspiration, branding tips, or ways to integrate emerging technologies with your cutting-edge designs, these blogs will show you the way. And while you're at it, maybe our own thoughts on web design and SEO can help inspire you, too.