Admit it: we all need inspiration sometimes. We like to know what everyone else is doing so that we have some framework for what WE should be doing. If you have questions about web design, where can you go to get this framework? There’s tons of blogs out there with information abound about the world of website design, and we’d like to share 15 of our favorites.
- Smashing Magazine
First on our list is Smashing Magazine, which is a web development and design blog that features many useful resources, like ebooks and workshops. They’re up to speed on all the latest trends and techniques in the world of Web Development. They also make a habit to generate quality content rather than focus on the quantity of content, so you can find great tips for just about everything - coding, responsive design, typography, mobile...or just a nudge of inspiration.
Webdesignerdepot has been producing quality content in the world of website design since 2010. Their blog is read by people all over the world trying to learn about the 20 different topics that they write about. Their blog includes tutorials for Photoshop, plugins to use on Wordpress, and other useful web development tools.
- Design Shack
Design Shack posts helpful, intriguing business-related articles and design-oriented content. This includes many topics, including freelands, CSS, design and UX design, navigation and typography, just to name a few. They cover just about anything that you can think of when it comes to web development and design.
This blog is pretty straight-forward; it does what it says - share CSS tricks that anyone can use! They post new content almost daily about all things related to website design and development, so be sure to stop by regularly to see their new posts. Our own developers on the DuBose team read this blog on a regular basis.
InspirationFeed is a design magazine for anyone that wants to expand their creativity or improve on their skills. They have articles on the latest trends with some of the best content in the industry. You can find all sorts of tools on their site, like case studies, industry guidelines, tips and tricks, and any number of other resources that are intended to help you build skillsets for your personal and professional careers.
- HubSpot Designers Blog
HubSpot is one of our go-tos for all our web development needs, and their Designers Blog is no different. If you are a HubSpot COS user and need some help or a little inspiration, the Designer blog is great for keeping you up to date on all the newest and coolest integrations and updates. And don’t worry if you’re not a COS user - they’ve got all kinds of other design and development related blogs and a plethora of tools at your fingertips for all your web design needs.
- Design Bombs
Design Bombs started out as just a gallery, but has recently expanded to become a forum for people to share their ideas, tutorials, or any other helpful resources. You can browse their list of categories for cool website designs on the web right now or get freebies exclusive deals. By signing up for their newsletter, you can get articles sent to you twice a month as well as a list of plugins that they use for wordpress.
Awwwards is a blog and a competition in one. Developers from all over the world submit their website designs for Awwward’s “Site of the Day” competition. They compile the winners into an annual book, called the “365 Best Websites Around the World”. If you’re looking for inspiration, Awwwards is the place to come for award-winning designs on the web.
- Creative Bloq
Creative Bloq has both creative and inspirational tips on their website. Their content is geared towards helping their readers stay on top of the current design trends. They have tons of high quality content being published every day, so be sure to check back frequently for their latest updates!
SitePoint is THE place to go for web professionals in amu web-related field, including design, development, programming, product creation, SEO, and more. Sign up for their newsletter to get important articles sent straight to your inbox. You can even update your membership to get access to premium content, including video tutorials and all the books published by SitePoint.
Designmodo is another great tool for all of your web design needs. Their blog is full of resources for both developers and designers in a website development project. Their articles are in categories like coding, wordpress, tutorials, inspiration, and more. They also have a lot of free icons, mockups, backgrounds, and UI packs to use.
Speckyboy launched a decade ago in 2007 as the creator’s personal freelance design site. Since then, it has evolved into a design magazine where designers developers can come to get tutorials, time-saving techniques, and other useful resources. Their blog includes inspiration for all design, development, advertising, and mobile outlets.
- Web Design Ledger
Web Design Ledger is another great resource to check out. They have tutorials, tips and tricks, inspiration, and even interviews with designers and developers that use the site. Users can come here and share their knowledge, experience, and resources to others in a forum on the site. There are multiple posts every day, so be sure to keep coming back to check it out.
- You the Designer
You the Designer is a blog that is geared more towards the artistic side of website design. This site a great blog for both beginners in the field and seasoned professionals. Aside from design, their blog also have blog entries about business and photography, if your team is interested in those topics. Their articles are short too, so it’s a quick easy read to get the help that you need.
Designbeep is best known for their extensive freebie section that includes access to brushes, fonts, icons, Photoshop files, and more. Wordpress is also a big focus on this site. It’s a great all-in-one site for design, inspiration, tutorials, tips and tricks, and users can even submit their own work to the site.
There are plenty of relevant, helpful tools on the internet that you can use to up your game, so be sure to check them out and see what’s going on in the world of design. We at DuBose are doing our best to provide you with the best, most relevant tools in the industry. Connect with us on social media to stay up to date on the tools our team is using.