30 Fresh and Promising Design Blogs to Follow

Mar 31 2009 by Jacob Gube | 70 Comments

There’s a plethora of weblogs that cover the topic of design. We all know of the big names out there (such as the amazing people over at Smashing Magazine), but there are tons more in the vast realm of the web that you may not have heard of yet, and it’s high time that they’re given some love.

This article presents 30 new and fresh design blogs that are worth checking out. Weblogs featured here discuss web, graphic, and print design. Hopefully you’ll find a link or two (or more) that piques your interests enough to prompt you to subscribe to them.

1. Line25 Web Design Blog

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Line25 is a newly-founded blog by Chris Spooner of Blog.SpoonGraphics on the topic of web design. Articles you’ll discover at Line25 include "The Harsh Truth About Life as a Designer" and a roundup of jQuery plugins.

2. UX Booth

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UX Booth is a group of writers that delve into the subject of User Experience. You’ll come across plenty of useful posts on UX Booth, including creating good search pages and tips on better 404 error pages.

3. Build Internet!

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Build Internet! is a weblog on web design, development, and the business side of both. On Build Internet! you’ll discover articles on color inspiration from Vintage movie posters and Photoshop Lighting tutorials.

4. Tripwire Magazine

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Tripwire Magazine is an excellent web design blog that even has a forum. Popular topics discussed over at Tripwire are CSS and web design.

5. Assault Blog

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Assault Blog is the design weblog of Assault T-shirts. On Assault Blog, you’ll find articles that teach you how to create your own Photoshop brushes as well as graphic design freebies.

6. Designer Daily

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Designer Daily is an excellent blog by graphic designer, Mirko Humbert. Mirko shares a ton of useful information that includes things like Mac apps for freelancers to CSS tips for hyperlinks.

7. creative briefing

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creative briefing is an wonderful weblog by Verne Ho, a web designer and the creative director of a Toronto-based creative marketing agency. He shares informative articles on applying usability principles in social networks and the anatomy of a design agency.

8. The Design Superhero

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The Design Superhero, run by Aravind Ajith, is a weblog on design. Topics on The Design Superhero include Retro-inspired roundups and essential WordPress plugins.

9. DesignWorkPlan

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DesignWorkPlan is Sander Baumann’s blog about typography, inspirational design, architecture, and various other matters related to the art and pragmatism in design. Follow along as Sander explores the use of the Arial font and what iPhone apps designers should know.

10. 1stwebdesigner

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1stwebdesigner is a blog dedicated to designers, developers, freelancers and bloggers. There is a ton of articles to read, and here’s a few of them:

11. Denis Designs

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Established last December, Denis Designs reveals excellent tips, tutorials, and how-to’s like "Create a simple spaceship in Illustrator" and "A List of Photoshop Shortcuts Every Designer should Know".

12. Spyre Studios

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You will encounter a great mix of articles on Spyre Studios – including showcases of minimalist web designs and to quirky posts like this roundup of awful web designs of MMA top fighters.

13. Graphic Fetish

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Graphic Fetish features tips and inspirational posts aimed at graphic designers. A sampling of articles on Graphic Fetish includes:

14. Designfeedr

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Designfeedr is dedicated to "feeding the creative monster inspiration". Designfeedr publishes articles such as showcases of impressive Flash portfolio sites and tips on becoming a better designer.

15. Positive Space Blog

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Positive Space is a graphic and web design blog. Some of their popular articles include:

16. PixelApnea

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PixelApnea, started last December, is a blog about design. On PixelApnea, you’ll find interviews, showcases of websites, tutorials, and resources related to design. Check out this enlightening interview of widely-acclaimed design firm, FortySeven Media.

17. The Design O’Blog

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Design O’blog is graphic designer and illustrator Niki Brown’s weblog. Niki posts interesting articles such as this showcase of scribbles/sketches from designers (including mine – second on the list, //EOF shameless self-promotion).

18. Think Design

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Think Design shares graphic design freebies, resources, and inspiration. They have an awesome article on Ilustrator called "50 Great Illustrator Tutorials and Tips".

19. Hein Maas

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Hein Maas is the self-titled blog of Dutch freelance graphic/web designer, Hein Maas. You’ll find a variety of topics covered here, including information on getting started in using a Mac to roundups of jQuery resources.

20. Web Design Ledger

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Talented designer, developer, and animator Henry Jones is the founder of Web Design Ledger, a publication that broadcasts web design related knowledge and resources. Check out WDL’s roundup of extremely-detailed icon sets.

21. PSDVIBE

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PSDVIBE is an excellent weblog administered and written by Matthew Heidenreich. PSDVIBE is about sharing useful tutorials like this chocolate-themed WordPress web layout tutorial.

22. IzzatAzizDotCom

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IzzatAzizDotCom is a great resource for designers and developers looking for inspiration. Read about creative uses of paper textures in web design and see roundups of animal-themed logo designs.

23. dezign Musings

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dezign Musings is a graphic design blog that posts useful information on topics such as Photoshop tips and tricks and roundups of Illustrator tutorials and articles.

24. Spoonfed Design

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Spoonfed Design is a blog that publishes tutorials, tips, and inspirational content for designers. Matt Cronin is the author of Spoonfed Design, and he writes articles on things like tips on designing content-heavy sites that are user-friendly and the proper use of icons in web design.

25. Desizn Tech

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Desizn Tech is a blog about design and web development. You’ll find very interesting posts on Desizn Tech, including massive roundups of freebies for designers and places where you can promote your website.

26. Usability Post

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Usability Post is a weblog/publication of articles regarding usability. You can read about usability reviews of websites and interaction design patterns like Zoomable User Interfaces.

27. DesignM.ag

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DesignM.ag, an online publication by Steven Snell, is a community for designers. The articles section features a lot of information-rich posts that range from roundups of Photoshop Actions to tips on working with WordPress.

28. The River Current

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The River Current is Graphic River’s blog on all things pertaining to graphic design. Follow them as they share their knowledge on essential resources of business card designs to interesting showcases of World War I posters.

29. Lee Munroe

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Lee Munroe is the self-titled weblog of freelance designer, Lee Munroe. Lee writes about topics such as typography-inspired sites and explorations of call-to-action buttons.

30. Naldz Graphics

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Naldz Graphics is a design blog that strives to provide useful information and tips on the topic of graphic design. You’ll find interesting and unique showcases of robot illustrations to huge and inspiring business card design showcases.

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If you want to subscribe to the RSS feeds of all of the sites featured here, you can download this OPML file that contains RSS feeds of all these sites, which you can then import into your RSS feed reader.

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70 Comments

Steven Snell

March 31st, 2009

Thanks for including DesignM.ag Jacob.

Chris Wallace

March 31st, 2009

Nice list, one I like is the Viget Inspire blog. Very good stuff on there too.

viget.com/inspire

izzat aziz

March 31st, 2009

wow.. such a honor to be on the list. thank for including my site. :D

Sonali

March 31st, 2009

Hi Jacob,

Thank You so much, I am so honored to be in this list, especially since Six Revisions is one of my favorite blog! Really appreciate it! :)

Idemium

March 31st, 2009

Woua ! Thank you for this compilation.
It looks like a huge amount of high quality posts.

Seraphim Collective

March 31st, 2009

Great list! I visit most of these weekly. I’ll bookmark the rest. ;0)

Tyler

March 31st, 2009

Thanks for the mention…great list of sites!

Henry Jones

March 31st, 2009

Thanks for including Web Design Ledger.

Kayla

March 31st, 2009

Great list, I’ve only heard of a few. I have a lot more to check out now!

Matt

March 31st, 2009

Thanks a ton for including Spoonfed, very much appreciated. Love the other ones on this list too :)

Niki Brown | The Design O'Blog

March 31st, 2009

Thanks for including The Design O’Blog in this amazing list! I have subscribed to them all – thanks for the .opml file- super useful!

Patternhead

March 31st, 2009

Some great blogs here and a couple I haven’t seen yet. Thanks for the list :)

aravind

March 31st, 2009

Great list.. :)
Thanks for mentioning The Design Superhero..

jack

March 31st, 2009

DesignWorkPlan and Desizn Tech are 2 that I really like! DWP is designerly without being snobby and DT is very informal but with useful articles!

Desiztech

March 31st, 2009

Thanks for including in the post. Follow the blogs listed as well love the community.

Matthew Heidenreich

March 31st, 2009

thanks for adding psdvibe, nice to be linked to from six :)

louis gubitosi

March 31st, 2009

this is great! here’s another one to add to the list…. http://interactiveblend.com/blog/

Assault

March 31st, 2009

Thanks for the plug! I’m totally honored and never would have thought anyone knew about my site!

Citius

March 31st, 2009

Assault Blog (Assault T-Shirts) has some really neat posts.

roné/di/kristu

March 31st, 2009

Impressive posting because it shows that there is some sort of community spirit out there.

Hein Maas

March 31st, 2009

Thx for adding my blog page to this awesome list, it’s a real honor to be on it.

Kind regards,
Hein

stelt

March 31st, 2009

Which ones have SVG ?

mady

March 31st, 2009

Nice list! I also dig very much the new Inspired Magazine http://inspiredm.com

PixelApnea

March 31st, 2009

Hey there!
Thanks for including PixelApnea.
Too honored :)

Jon Phillips

March 31st, 2009

Hey Jacob, great list! Thanks a lot for including SpyreStudios, it’s really appreciated :)

Nick Pagano

March 31st, 2009

Cool list. There are even a couple I haven’t seen yet :) Thanks for including Think Design Blog!

Jacob Gube

March 31st, 2009

Thank you all for stopping by, and it was my pleasure to feature your sites.

@louis gubitosi and @mady:Thank you for sharing these sites, they’re wonderful additions!

Zach Dunn

March 31st, 2009

Thanks for including Build Internet! in the roundup.

I’ve been going through some of the blogs here that I hadn’t known previously and there is some absolutely great stuff out there.(Tripwire Magazine is a favorite currently)

A u d e e

March 31st, 2009

This round up is so KEWL! Great job Jacob ;) I’ve subscribed to most of them, but the some of them still new for me. Thank you very much!

Bob

March 31st, 2009

One site I see recently relaunched and that has some nice articles is http://www.webia.info

design

March 31st, 2009

superb collection u have. thank u :)

Two Socks

March 31st, 2009

arhhhhhh already follow so much…don’t…think….another….will fit :P

Lee Munroe

March 31st, 2009

Great list and thanks for the mention Jacob!

Marcus Blake

March 31st, 2009

Really awesome list. Had already been actively into Think Design and The River Current. Great to see such diversity. Recently found a fab broadcast motion graphics site that has some really cool visual inspiration. These organic idents are unreal:

http://dennytu.wordpress.com/2009/03/28/mtv-idents-organic-lively

Antonea Nabors

March 31st, 2009

Nice list! I subscribe to many of these blogs, but I have definitely just added a few more to my google reader :)

Zinni

March 31st, 2009

Thanks so much for including Positive Space in the list, It is great to featured alongside some of my favorite blogs!

Ray

March 31st, 2009

I would suggest putting “The Design Inspiration” on the list.

You can view it on http://thedesigninspiration.com

George

March 31st, 2009

I could spend hours of surfing on this pages. Thank you for this definitely cool list!

Graham

March 31st, 2009

Nice, comprehensive list. I will be adding these to my link repositories and checking them out individually. Thanks for the work and many kudos for the research.

jane

April 1st, 2009

Great list and thanks for the mention Jacob!!

Naldz Graphics

April 1st, 2009

Cool list :) and thanks for the include Jacob :)

taylan

April 1st, 2009

Great list and very good designs. Bookmark it, thank you.

Jaylib

April 1st, 2009

Hmm, PSDVIBE sure looks familiar -> http://www.tutorial9.net/

Tom Ross

April 1st, 2009

Wow, awesome post Jacob. I don’t know all of the sites in this list, but love a lot of them. I would suggest PSDFAN to some of your visitors also. Anyway, looks like my feedreader is going to be growing! :P

Paul West

April 1st, 2009

Some great blogs here, now to find time to read them all!

It woud be great if you could do a similar list for technical blogs for developers rather than designers. I struggle to find good blogs on PHP, Javascript and MySQL.

cheth

April 1st, 2009

Wow Mirko and Aravind have made into this list!

Graphic Design Blog

April 1st, 2009

Wowwww…what a resourceful and helpful list. Most of them already were on my list of favorites while few are still to be checked.

I hope my blog makes a big name soon to be among this honorable list but i would ssy still it is good enought to be added among this list. Well, better luck next time…huh!

Danh ba web 2.0

April 1st, 2009

Great list. Thanks a lot !

Wade Jackman

April 1st, 2009

Thanks! Just when I thought I was following enough blogs…

Lars

April 1st, 2009

Hi Six Revisions,
Thanks a lot for mentioning tripwire magazine in this really great post and for providing a very positive description. I’m going to add sixrevisions.com as a Friend Link!

knws

April 1st, 2009

next time ad the OPML at the top, please ;)

Allie

April 1st, 2009

Nice compilation of blogs, bookmarking for future reference ;)

Interhost

April 1st, 2009

Very nice list, First 2 I already knew, the other 28 are fresh meat for me :)

Callum Chapman

April 2nd, 2009

This is a great list, thanks for this :)

Chris Spooner

April 2nd, 2009

Great collection of sites, I picked up a few new ones to add to my feed reader.
Big thanks for including Line25, it’s really appreciated.

Johnson Koh

April 6th, 2009

Just like others, some are new to me too. Thanks for introducing!

Osito

April 9th, 2009

Can my website also be included?
I also do design tips and overal design stuff. Check it out :) by clicking my name, i Just started a few months back, so if you have advice, pleace let me know :)

Ian

April 14th, 2009

Killer article, I’ve been looking for a compilation of design blogs like this for quite a while.

Craig Miller

April 23rd, 2009

nice collection

Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing

May 15th, 2009

This is what I call a really useful list. Let your imagination soar. Let the good times roll. It’s time to make your design really stand out. Thanks for the inspiring post.

Rajtoral

October 25th, 2009

Great list, but I’m missing my favorite blog about graphic design, webdesign, typography and brand creation: http://www.gonzoblog.nl

Just go and see, you’ll know what I mean ….!

shibi

February 1st, 2010

nice article..thank you for sharing

kral oyun

March 27th, 2010

This is what I call a really useful list. Let your imagination soar. Let the good times roll. It’s time to make your design really stand out. Thanks for the inspiring post.

Michelle

May 10th, 2010

Be sure to check out my blog! TONS of great design tips, tools, inspiration, critical thinking, and more! http://www.stlonlinedesign.com/blog/

Dsquared

September 23rd, 2010

Really interesting.. thanks for that post.. will tweet it!!

lia

February 9th, 2011

useful artucle , thanks for sharing this list

Pablo

March 11th, 2011

Great article thanks for the list, cool sites to get inspired from!

Neil

May 30th, 2011

nice article..thank you for sharing

Richard Hill

July 30th, 2011

Thanks hadn’t seen UX Booth before and it has proved to be really useful for a couple of things.

Harman Vedi

October 30th, 2011

Amazing List of Web Design Bloggers. Each designer should follow to deliver professional services and high quality work. Thanks for sharing.

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