10 Best web design blogs to follow in 2017
January 10, 2017 Updated : January 4, 2018
If you are looking for design inspirations, ideas and technical tips and tricks, these 10 web design blogs are great places to go looking!
Any creative process needs that little something to get started. An insect could inspire an artist, a babbling brook is fodder for a poet, falling leaves can get the creative juices flowing for a fashion designer – but it all starts with something.
For website designers and web graphic designers the creative process is driven as much by their own creative inclination as it is by the business’ need. There is a constant need to develop something that stands out, something that competes with all the other designs out there and create not just one masterpiece (so to speak) but several.
So how does one get inspired on a daily basis? Is it even possible? This is where website design and website development blogs come into play. They can provide both design inspiration and technical help; essential when you are in a field as competitive as website development.
Whether you are building entirely unique web content from scratch or are developing further from existing templates, the objective is to leverage maximum possible technical know-how and creative input. This helps in coming up with web design solutions that truly add value to your client’s online presence.
With that in mind, I have put together a list of web design blogs that you could follow in 2017 just for that extra bit of inspiration. Also, this post makes a great companion piece for my previous blog SEO Trends in 2017.
There are detailed articles on web design like how to create hero images, polls for things ranging from when you will start to use CSS grid layout to Is VR the new Flash, and resources like updates on Spark Video or interviews with the who’s who in the business (like Jon von Tzetchner of Vivaldi). There are even cartoons to relax your mind.
You can follow them on Twitter, see updates on Facebook, or just simply enjoy the daily updates that are bound to help you out.
CSS Tricks, which was started in 2007 by Chris Coyier, is the resource to turn to when you need CSS tips and tricks. Although the blog has evolved to include other aspects of website design and website development, it remains the best resource for all your CSS needs.
An example is one of Chris’ latest entries on the subject of CSS Color Level 4. The blog also shares other resources like design trends featuring non-rectangular headers. The design with the jagged edges is certainly something to think about. As the subtitle on the blog says “Dashes of flair to kick up your designs a notch”.
As a designer you can feel those creative wheels turn in your head, no? The best feature on the blog is the detailed trials on different aspects of CSS. Like the latest on PostCSS where Chris writes about his experiences of working with PostCSS. There are detailed code snippets, rationale and explanations that make it worthwhile to subscribe to this blog.
This one, like Webdesign Depot, seems to be a favorite with several designers. Smashing Magazine is a great site with beautifully and clearly demarcated categories for different aspects of web design. You get section for Coding, for design, for mobile, for graphics, for UX design and for WordPress. The subsections are also clearly marked making navigation simple.
Of course, the blog has been around since 2006 and hence all the material! For any web designer who wants to go in really deep into their craft, this is the resource to head to. There are books and e-books that you can buy, newsletter you can subscribe to and workshops and seminars for which you can book tickets as well.
Clearly, this is the best website for web development resources (if you have a bit of OCD, then this is gold – it is so wonderfully organized!). One of their latest posts is for Out of the Box design inspiration and the graphics they curate surely inspire.
If I liked Smashing Magazine for its organization, I love Design Bombs for its clean layout. This website gives you not just informative blogs but also some great themes and equally great deals on various other resources (for example 20% off on TemplateMonster).
This blog covers a whole range of web design topics from WordPress to roundup of website designs and more. The site even has an entire page dedicated to design inspiration.
If you aren’t using this resource yet, then you probably should. Hongkiat features several contributors who provide multiple viewpoints on the same subject. There are also distinct categories like technology where contributors share their know-how on specific subjects; for example, how to create custom slash commands in Slack.
There are some great tips for WordPress themes, resources for web developers and so much more. The best part of this website is that it allows you to reap the benefits of multiple contributions on the same subject, all neatly linked to each other.
This is a beautiful clean layout which makes you want to click on the topic and read. Visually Design Shack features the latest blog on the top of the page and other blogs follow. There are over 3,000 blogs featured under more than 11 categories. There is a design gallery to choose from where you can get inspiration for subjects ranging from magazines to apps.
You can subscribe to their newsletter and their community is has over 15,000 members which means that you get to choose from a wide variety of inputs. You can buy icons, submit your creations, get inspired.
In short, your website design journey is sure to become easier. I particularly liked their post on trying something other than white for backgrounds of websites. More inspiration our way (the asymmetrical background is a great idea to build on for an art gallery client or even a restaurant client).
This isn’t an exclusive website development or website design blog. But this is the blog to go to for ideas on everything. No, really. The Design Taxi blog covers a wide range of topics that can activate your creativity cells.
Even just browsing through some of the Infographics they curate is enough to get the ideas started. This is especially helpful if you are looking to add more content to your website in the form of articles or videos or even just pictures.
The posts on Design Taxi are fun and unconventional but isn’t that what the creative process is all about?
This is one of the top blogs for logo design stories and inspirations. Branding is a critical exercise for any business, even one that is primarily online. Hence along with the website design, you will be involved in creating the brand for the website as well.
A logo is pretty much the brand. The Nike swoosh or the three point star of Mercedes Benz are universally recognized. Thus for web designers who are also involved in graphic design and logo design, LogoDesignLove has some great stories that can inspire you as well.
This blog has excellent resources for logo designers and graphic designers with guides on choosing designers, inspirational designs and artist stories, and they also compiled a handy list of the best logo design blogs available.
According to their website, Vandelay Designs aims to equip small businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools that they need to make their venture a success. Their blog is designed to be educational, providing ideas and technical details of various aspects of website design and web content development.
They also provide a vast array of tools – design graphics, UI kits, PSDs, brushes, vectors, mockup templates, responsive web templates and much more. In addition, there is a lot of reading material in the form of e-books and marketing material.
Their blog covers a wide range of topics including tips and tricks for creating design styles, information on promotions on websites like iStock, free items like Photoshop gradients. This particular blog caught my eye and not just because it is recent and featured on the top of the page – How to borrow design ideas from a website without downright copying it.
For putting this list together I went through quite a few blogs that are out there. This list is reflective of what I as a website designer feel provides some of the best resources we need in our job – inspiration, ideas and the actual tools.
Other than these blogs, other essential blogs for web developers would be SEO blogs like moz.com and backlinko.com, the latter is very much a source of phenomenal and tested SEO strategies. I didn’t add them to the list, just to keep the list purely design oriented. But as providers of turnaround web solutions, blogs on SEO, SEM, digital marketing and everything else should also probably make it on the list.
Which is a great idea to work on – a comprehensive list of must-subscribe blogs for web development companies. Perhaps even a list on responsive web design blogs. This is the beauty of blogging. It becomes a platform to share ideas, provide inspiration, get inspired, teach and learn.
Some other web design blogs that caught my eye and are useful to us:
If there are any particular web design and development blogs out there that can get on this list, let me know in the comments section.
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