14 Web Design Blogs You Can't Miss in 2014

wed-design-blogs-2014Whether you’re a web design professional, aspire to be one or you simply appreciate a well-designed website, web design blogs are a great place to gather knowledge, information and inspiration.

Top web design blogs will provide you with the latest industry news, helpful tutorials and how-to’s, exclusive advice from seasoned pros and inspirational showcases of successful websites and applications. Having all of this information at your fingertips will help you keep a pulse on the industry.

Here’s where it gets tricky. The Internet is home to thousands of blogs of all varieties so it can be difficult to determine the quality of each site at first glance. So to save you the trouble, we identified a handful of the industry’s most renowned blogs. This collection will provide you with everything you need to quench your thirst for web design.

So without further ado, here are 14 web design blogs you can’t afford to ignore in 2014 …

Top Web Design Blogs

1. A List Apart

Why follow? This blog is likely one of the more recognizable names on our list. It covers the spectrum of web design topics but places a special emphasis on web standards and best practices. Writers and guest authors for A List Apart are known to provide the most cutting-edge techniques and technologies.

You can also follow A List Apart on Twitter.

2. Creative Market

Why follow? The team at Creative Market strives to “make beautiful design simple and accessible to everyone.” In their article queue you’ll find a bit of everything: tutorials and how-to’s, freebies and discounts and inspirational showcases. The wide array of topics makes this blog a great follow for everyone from rookie designers to seasoned professionals.

You can also follow Creative Market on Twitter.

3. Designmodo

Why follow? This blog offers its followers loads of free content in addition to premium plug-ins and themes for sale. Its minimalist layout makes it clean and simple to navigate whether you’re searching for a specific topic or simply perusing through the vast collection of articles. With sections devoted to resources, tutorials, coding and WordPress, it’s a great resource for web designers seeking professional development.

You can also follow Designmodo on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

4. Designrfix

Why follow? This blog is unique in that it encourages the thoughtful exchange of technique and inspiration by accepting posts and contributions from anyone. This social news component is featured on the side bar so you’ll constantly be exposed to the latest design-related news. It also has its own blog articles that are often devoted to showcasing inspiring work.

You can also follow Designrfix on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

5. Noupe

Why follow? The goal of this blog is to help people “communicate effectively on the Web with an engaging website and functional interface.” It does this by delivering dynamic news for designers and Web developers on subjects ranging from CSS, Ajax and JavaScript to graphics, typography and advertising. Noupe followers also get their fair share of inspiration and freebies!

You can also follow Noupe on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. 

6. Six Revisions

Why follow? On this site you’ll find everything from tech tutorials and design freebies to professional advice and inspiration. Six Revisions publishes articles written by a handful of industry professionals, keeping the posts unique and chock full of fresh ideas. The variety of articles posted will provide you with a healthy balance of entertainment and education.

You can also follow Six Revisions on Twitter.

7. SitePoint

Why follow? This blog aims to introduce emerging concepts and teach state-of-the-art technology to its readers. With pages devoted to all of the main facets of web design—HTML , CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby on Rails, mobile and UX design—there’s something for everyone. In each section you’ll find informational articles, practical tutorials and helpful advice to assist you in developing as a web design professional.

You can also follow SitePoint on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

8. Smashing Magazine

Why follow? This is one of the most renowned publications for designers and web developers across the globe. Smashing Magazine provides its followers with front-line resources on the subjects of coding, design, mobile, graphics, UX design and WordPress. If you are or aspire to be a specialist in any of these facets of web design, this site is a must-follow!

You can also follow Smashing Magazine on Twitter and Facebook.

9. Splashnology

Why follow? This site is devoted to sharing modern tendencies in web design and development. The Splashnology team—as well as guest authors—aim to highlight the most cutting-edge web design trends while also keeping their readers up-to-date with the latest web technologies.

You can also follow Splashnology on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

10. Treehouse

Why follow? This site was started as an educational resource for individuals learning to build web or mobile applications. Treehouse offers hundreds of video tutorials and step-by-step articles covering nearly every concentration in web design and development. This blog is essentially an online library for anyone hoping to hone their skills.

You can also follow Treehouse on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube.

11. UX Booth

Why follow? This is a publication created by and designed for the user experience (UX) community. UX Booth’s primary audience is individuals who are fairly new to this aspect of design. You’ll find articles focused on user experience, interaction design and usability. Their partnership of authors and contributors do an excellent job of covering all angles of this niche in the field.

You can also follow UX Booth on Twitter.

12. Vandelay Design

Why follow? This blog is run by a freelance web design studio. In it you’ll find everything from icon sets, WordPress themes and other freebies, as well as helpful articles that will educate and encourage you in your design journey. Their posts also offer great advice for freelance designers in areas such as social media, job searching and networking.

You can also follow Vandelay Design on Twitter and Facebook.

13. Web Designer Depot

Why follow? The team at Web Designer Depot says they “live, breathe and eat design.” Their passion is reflected in the blog’s massive collection of tips and tricks, inspirational examples and up-to-date design news. This blog is a collaboration between professional designers from across the globe, making it a great platform to help you keep tabs on the entire industry.

You can also follow Web Designer Depot on Twitter and Facebook.

14. Web Design Ledger

Why follow? This is a publication written by web designers for web designers. Web Design Ledger is a platform for sharing design resources and knowledge. Articles are housed under seven different subsections: freebies, inspiration, resources, tips, tools, trends and tutorials. As you can see, there is something for everyone on this site.

You can also follow Web Design Ledger on Twitter and Facebook.

Take the challenge...

Now that you’re familiar with some top-notch web design blogs, bookmark this list and commit to keeping tabs on each blog weekly. In such a fast-paced industry, it’s essential for designers to stay relevant and informed on new techniques and technologies. These resources will help you do just that.

Absorbing wisdom and advice from other designers may even inspire you to turn your passion into a career!

To learn more about what it takes to be a successful web designer, follow the Rasmussen College School of Design Blog or check out our Facebook page!

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