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I have spent some time browsing the Internet to find the highest quality and most influential web design blogs in industry. It turns out that it is really hard to find quality sources to trust. I was especially interested in the topics of web design, WordPress, UI, UX, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, responsive web, and mobile design.

I came to the conclusion that while you can easily spot the top players, but if you are talking about sub-niches and finding blogs that aren’t quite as established, sources can be quite challenging! That is the reason why I decided to create this huge goal- find the  most influential web design blogs in the industry. I am separating them into different categories and I have included my two cent’s why I think each site is included.

And I have also included influencer rankings: Google PageRank, Alexa Scores, Twitter, Facebook followers ( but I didn’t include RSS since it seems to be outdated already, but have included some interesting facts I found by accident).

With each blog I’ve included:

Let’s get started shall we? Be prepared for total awesomeness.

 

30 Influential Web Design Blogs

Note: everything is listed in no particular order.

Smashing Magazine

Everybody knows and loves Smashing Magazine and for a good reason. They have provided only the highest quality content since 2009. It was founded by Sven Lennartz and Vitaly Friedman. As of date, their creative team consists of 20 people! Oh, did you know they are based in Freiburg, Germany?

This site is a great reading source for web design professionals, but it can be challenging for beginners…why? Most topics covered here are very advanced and detailed, and if you are just starting out, this site might seem discouraging, unless you like challenges.

 

30 High Quality and Most Influential Web Design Blogs of All Time

 

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Envato – Tutplus Network

Envato was started in a living room in 2006 ( that was 7 years ago!) and the company is based in Australia. PSDTuts was the first site in Envato’s network, and it quickly expanded because of Collis Ta’eed’s vision and passion, and their team consists of more than 100 people.

It is a designer’s paradise for tutorials about everything – I would say you will benefit from these sites even more if you are a beginner because of the detailed tutorials they have.

You could consider their network like attending high school, but being able to pick all your classes yourself! Want to learn game design? No problem! Want to learn 3D and Animation together with Illustration? Easy!

Just remember to stay focused and decide quickly what your passion is.

To master anything, it takes 10,000 hours of practice. (Taken from the study of Dr. K. Anders Ericsson and popularized by author Malcolm Gladwell)

 

30 High Quality and Most Influential Web Design Blogs of All Time

 

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It gets a bit challenging to include stats of their biggest properties, but I have included an overview. Envato’s two biggest tutorial sites are PsdTuts+ and Nettuts+ so I focused on them.

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Hongkiat

Hongkiat.com was the brainchild of Hongkiat Lim, site founder (pronounced hong-key-att) who, back in 2007, was stuck in an unhappy job environment. Hongkiat.com has its roots in Malaysia, and is still run there as well!

Hongkiat covers tutorials and topics like Photoshop, HTML/CSS, WordPress, design tools, photography, wallpapers, freebies as well as other miscellaneous topics including Facebook tips and fonts.

 

Hongkiat web design blog top blogs follow

 

You might consider reading this blog if you are looking for a lighter reading – cool lists of tools, resources, quick tips and quick inspiration. Just by looking at their site for 5-10 minutes will give you loads of ideas about new things to learn or implement in your own daily design routine!

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DesignTaxi (Daily inspiration)

Named by Forbes as “Top Five Sites for Keeping up With Creativity and Design”, DesignTAXI is a highly influential (more than six million page views each month) daily news source with content further shared by leading media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and LinkedIn Today.

DesignTaxi was founded 10 years ago, in May 2003, by design lover Alex Goh. He and his team seems mainly to be located in Singapore, but there are some connections in New York as well.

 

Designtaxi web design blog top blogs follow

 

With this site, you can get the most variety for design inspiration daily – there are around 30 new posts each day. DesignTaxi will leave you supercharged regularly!

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Abduzeedo

Abduzeedo is a collection of visual inspiration and useful tutorials, simply put – if you are graphic or web designer and you hit a creative block, you simply go here and fix it!

Abduzeedo has been around for eight years already (founded in December 2006). It got popular because of founder Brazilian designer Fabio Sasso, who was creating the MOST amazing and highest quality Photoshop manipulation tutorials available then.

Still not assured? The site is receives 4.5 million page views each month and publishes around 80 new inspirational articles. Get ready to be blown away!

The team is located in Brazil (though Fabio is located in San Francisco) and currently the site is being maintained by eleven passionate designers.

If you are hearing about this site for the first time I congratulate you because your designer’s block is finally solved!

 

Abduzeedo web design blog top blogs follow

 

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Codrops : Tympanus

Codrops could be called one of the newest and fastest growing web design and development tutorial sites in the industry. The site was founded almost four years ago, on August 26, 2009, and so far, it is attracting over 10 million page views and more than 880,000 unique visits each month!

Their stats show what kind of goldmine Codrops really is for web designers because, once people find this site, they are hooked and simply cannot leave – Codrops visitors spend an average of more than 4 minutes on the site and visit more than 6 pages per visit. Impressive!

I got confused when researching where Codrops is located because there are some ties to Germany, but now both co-owner Manoela Ilic and co-founder Pedro Botelho are located in Portugal. Portugal it is! It is impressive to see that it seems Codrops is run by only two passionate and hard working designers.

 

Codrops web design blog top blogs follow

 

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CSS-Tricks

CSS-Tricks is the public space of Chris Coyier. The site mostly focuses on CSS-related topics. Over the last few years, CSS-Tricks has expanded:

 

Csstricks web design blog top blogs follow

 

CSS-Tricks was founded in July 2007 by Chris Coyier and currently the site receives more than 2.7 million page views each month! The CSS-Tricks headquarters are where Chris is – Milwaukee, Wyoming, USA.

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SpeckyBoy Design Magazine

Speckyboy was launched in October 2007 as the personal freelance web design homepage of Paul Andrew,located in Scotland. Somewhere along the way, Speckyboy became one of the most influential design blogs on the Internet, receiving around 1.9 million page views each month.

The most amazing thing about this site is that there is no physical office or location; everybody on his team is enjoying the beautiful Internet lifestyle where the question about location is irrelevant!

Speckyboy offers insightful tutorials, time saving techniques, fresh and useful resources and inspirational art, covering web design and development, graphic design, advertising, mobile applications and even the occasional Lego post.

 

Speckyboy web design blog top blogs follow

 

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Webdesigner Depot

What does the WDD team know about design? Quite a bit, actually. Founded by Vancouver, Canada-based web designer Walter Apai in 2010, WebdesignerDepot doesn’t just have its finger on the pulse of the modern web design world. It’s at the very heart of web design.

His team is all over the world. When reading this site you will get insights from many different designers offering many perspectives.

WDD also has several cool traditions like comics and favorite tweets of the week and regular polls.

 

Webdesignerdepot web design blog top blogs follow

 

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Design You Trust

Design You Trust is an hourly-updated collective design blog and community, full of new design trends, news and events, great design portfolios, young design bloods, design articles, photography, fashion, creative advertisements, architectural inspirations, video design and hand-picked design stuff from all over the globe.

The site was founded in 2007 by Dmitry Utkin in Mongolia! Dmitry turned out to be a secretive person and I couldn’t find much information about him, but he’s the silent guardian angel of DYT, who is proudly called a collective publishing design blog for design enthusiasts.

 

Designyoutrust web design blog top blogs follow

 

Here you’ll get quick inspiration, ideas for your next project or just a quick laugh; another great site to visit when you are hitting designer’s block.

The site is receiving more than 1 million unique visitors and over 3 million page views each month!

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Design Modo

Design Modo was launched in August, 2010 by Adrian Valeanu and his team work from New York and the Republic of Moldova.

DesignModo is a fast growing blog featuring different design-oriented stuff where designers, coders, photographers and graphic artists usually hang out.

Keep reading this site to learn about hot trendy things in the web design industry as they come out. Content here is split up into several categories: web and graphic design, inspiration, tutorials, coding, WordPress, social media, business and photography.

 

Designmodo web design blog top blogs follow

 

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Design Shack

Design Shack was founded in 2005 by David Appleyard from the United Kingdom, but since David is busy now working for Envato as the Tuts+ manager, Joel Bankhead (also from UK and working for Envato) is taking charge of newsletter, content editing and gallery submissions.

This 8-year-old website is receiving more than 800,000 page views each month, and it is quite influential in the design community with regular web design articles and impressive showcase design galleries for your inspiration.

Design Shack has lots of different contributing authors, making sure various design related opinions and ideas are shared regularly. High quality content!

 

Designshack web design blog top blogs follow

 

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Web Design Ledger

Web Design Ledger was founded in November 2008 by Henry Jones, who is a college dropout living in the USA! I am curious what his classmates have to say about him now! Web Design Ledger is receives over 2.2 million page views per month which makes it one of the largest web design blogs on the web.

If you are curious to learn a bit more about Henry Jones and his entrepreneurial personality, I found this interview from 2009. I guess the takeaway is to fail often, be everywhere, spot opportunities and don’t be afraid to take chances! Henry has a personality that inspires, and that’s the biggest reason you should read Web Design Ledger. You can trust the content will be unique and high quality.

 

Webdesignledger web design blog top blogs follow

 

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Six Revisions

Six Revisions was launched in February 2008 by pro web developer/designer Jacob Gube. This site has been around for quite a while and while many articles are written by guest authors now, Jacob is still working on the site himself.

SixRevisions isn’t about fancy effects; it is about design that works! It is about minimalism and fast loading speeds. If you visit Six Revisions for the first time, you might feel that the design is outdated, but it is intentionally left the way it looks.

On this site you will mostly find coding related articles, cool contests, freebies and opinions about new trends in industry. SixRevisions receives more than 1.5 million unique visitors each month!

 

Sixrevisions web design blog top blogs follow

 

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Naldz Graphics

Naldz Graphics was founded in February 2008 by Ronald Bien (currently 24 years old) from the Philippines! In 5 years, Naldz Graphics has experienced ups and downs (like when the Naldzgraphics.com domain expired and Ronald lost lots of data), but it didn’t stop Ronald from growing this site that receives around 1 million page views each month!

I recommend reading this site if you prefer quick scanning and light reading. You will get loads of inspirational list articles, covering illustrations, photography, logos and textures. You will also get lots of cool lists with different graphic design resources like patterns, textures, brushes, etc.

You will even find the occasional graphic design tutorial here.

 

Naldzgraphics web design blog top blogs follow

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Noupe

Noupe has gone through really colourful experiences throughout the years. It was founded in July, 2007 by Noura Yehia from Egypt; it was sold to Smashing Magazine in October, 2009 and now it’s officially being run and owned by Michael Dobler, the Commindo-Media’s CEO & Founder.

An interesting fact about Noura is that after selling Noupe, she used her connections and knowledge to create theBundleHunt and TickItWickIt deal websites. Truly an inspiration for how to launch businesses online!

Throughout the years Noupe has lost a bit of its unique personality, yet, it has become a place for inspiration, roundups and occasional opinion articles about news in the industry from guest authors. Lots of different voices there make sure you get many opinions.

 

Noupe web design blog top blogs follow

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Vandelay Design Blog

Vandelay was founded in 2007 by web designer Steven Snell from Pennsylvania, USA and the site has been receiving around 1 million page views each month! What’s special about Steven is that he has launched, and sold, in the past, several other websites like Designm.ag (for $50,000 USD) and showcase galleries.

Surprisingly, Steven keeps his profile really low. You will not find his personality throughout Vandelay, but he is running the business behind the scenes by selling premier design/freelance resources in Vandelay Premier. The most popular resources are the Freelancer Starter kit and Contract templates.

 

Vandelay web design blog top blogs follow

 

On the Vandelay blog, you will be able to read web design news including lots of resource list posts about WordPress, tools, freebies, as well as get inspiration.

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Blog Spoon Graphics

Blog.SpoonGraphics is the design blog and digital playground of Chris Spooner from the UK, who founded this site in April, 2007 as a personal blog, but throughout the years it has become a popular place for design tutorials covering various techniques and effects in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The site is read by 855,000 people each month!

If you are interested in graphical and print design and illustrations – you should follow this blog. Some of the unique things about this blog is that it is very personal; there are lots of high quality tutorials by Chris and weekly articles about design news.

By the way, if you have design related questions, you can easily ask Chris here, and if you want to watch Chris Spooner answer your questions, check out his Youtube videos.

 

Spoongraphics web design blog top blogs follow

 

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InstantShift

InstantShift was founded in August 2008 and it quickly became very popular because of its in- depth list articles on various web design topics.

You will not find much personality here because I couldn’t even find now who is behind iShift; it seems only guest authors are writing there. Nevertheless, this site is a high quality web design blog receiving more than 700,000 page views each month and publishing around 15 in-depth articles each month!

 

Instantshift web design blog top blogs follow

 

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TutorialZine

TutorialZine was founded in 2009 by web developer Martin Angelov from Bulgaria. Most articles and tutorials are written by Martin, and he has even released his own book – jQuery Trickshots.

So far, 140 web development tutorials have been published, covering the latest trends in programming languages like CSS3, AJAX, PHP, WordPress, jQuery, and Twitter Bootstrap! This is a beautiful learning source for aspiring new programmers. The site has become very popular and it receives more than 600,000 page views each month making sure you will be in good and trusted company.

 

Tutorialzine web design blog top blogs follow

 

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BoagWorld : Headscape

BoagWorld and Headscape were founded in 2002 by Marcus Lillington, Paul Boag and Chris Scott. They run a web agency and web design blog (mostly podcasts) from Lockerley, UK. Their team currently consists of 11 people. They practice what they preach; you can check their portfolio and clients they work with.

Boagworld is mostly known because of their web design shows, an audio podcast which has 54 episodes on iTunes and the original Boagworld podcast which has over 200 episodes! It was the first podcast on web design. Over the eight years it has been live, it has won many distinctive awards.

To understand more about what’s so special about BoagWorld, you need to know more about Paul Boag! Paul is one of the most influential people in the industry and when he shares his thoughts I listen. You can check a few of his speaking videos here.

Topics on this site cover web accessibility, UX, content strategy, web design and development, digital strategy, marketing, mobile and more! I would really recommend you follow this blog, because it will expand your knowledge as a web designer and developer.

 

Boagworld web design blog top blogs follow

 

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OneXtraPixel

Onextrapixel was founded in 2009 by a team of Singapore web enthusiasts. Their team consists of three core members, Aidan Huang (Editor-in-Chief), Charlotte Lam (Creative Director) and Terrance Huang (Technical Editor). In just 4 years, the site has grown very fast and now receives around 600,000 page views each month!

On this site you will mostly see well-researched roundups for web designers. Common topics include inspiration, web design, web development, tutorials, freebies, CSS, WordPress, social media and resources! Onextrapixel publishes around 20 articles each week, making sure you get supercharged daily!

 

Onextrapixel web design blog top blogs follow

 

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The David Walsh Blog

David Walsh started his personal blog in Wisconsin in 2009. David is a bright personality and has achieved a lot already- he is working as a web developer for Mozilla and is a core developer on the MooTools production team. He really knows his craft.

This blog is targeted all levels of web designers and developers and receives around 600,000 page views each month. All web topics are discussed, including CSS, JavaScript (MooTools and jQuery), PHP, and more.

 

David walsh web design blog top blogs follow

 

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TreeHouse Blog

TreeHouse was originally founded by Ryan Carson. His mission is to bring affordable technology education to people everywhere. You can learn so many things with their online membership, but today I want to feature their blog, where you can learn for free!

The TreeHouse team is really huge and their office is located in Orlando, USA. They raised millions in funding, and have advisors like Neil Patel, Matt Mullenweg, Chris Coyier and Veerle Peters, to name a few.

On the TreeHouse blog, you will find lots of unique web design articles, opinions and discussions about the latest web design trends, quick tips and really good inspiration to become a web designer (or continue to be one)! It has more than 1,400 articles published since 2006, making sure you can stay busy learning new things!

 

Treehouse web design blog top blogs follow

 

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Web Designer Wall

Web Designer Wall was founded in August 2007 by Toronto-based web designer and illustrator Nick La (31). It started as his personal blog where Nick talked about design ideas, trends and tutorials. It has been recognized and featured many magazines and galleries due to its quality content and beautiful design!

Now Nick is a really busy guy because he is also running a stock icon site and the WordPress theme shopThemify.me. However, whenever Nick writes anything, the article is really popular!

I personally love this site because of its illustrative design, web design trend reviews and amazing coding tutorials. It receives around 500,000 page views each month despite of its irregular tutorial articles. Feel free to browse through their archives with more than 150 articles, and let’s hope this site becomes more active again soon!

 

Webdesignerwall web design blog top blogs follow

 

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A List Apart

Dubbed “King of web standards” by Business Week, Jeffrey Zeldman is the founder and  chairman of Happy Cog™, a high-end design studio with offices in Philadelphia, Austin, and New York, and has published A List Apart Magazine “for people who make websites” since 1998.

Now we are digging deep because A List Apart is the number one trusted source for web standards since the web started! This site’s content now is mainly created by contributing web professionals, but the ladder is quite high because this blog is all about setting new standards in industry.

AListApart publishes around two articles a week and also shares the biggest news from web industry. It is the highest quality news source I’ve seen so far.

Actually there are a network of sites:

 

Alistapart web design blog top blogs follow

 

I am sharing all of this because you should recognize those names, Jeffrey Zeldman, Eric Meyer, Jason Santa Maria, Mandy Brown are the people who are web rockstars who  set the standards in the web industry! It goes without saying that you must follow and read Alistapart!

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HappyCog Cognition

I bet you saw this coming! With AListApart featured, I cannot exclude the Cognition blog, an award-winning agency blog, where Happy Cog’s pixel pugilists share the science, strategy, and emotion of their work in web design.

The Cognition blog was created in 2010 by Jeffrey Zeldman (fun interview to read about Jeff) and it was opened with this epic blog post – Is This Thing On?

In three years of going live, more than 100 articles have been published on popular topics like project management, strategy, front-end development, team building and user experience.

 

Happycog cognition web design blog top blogs follow

 

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.net Magazine

Now this site is a unique addition because it is an actual magazine and it was founded in 1994! While in their aboutsection there are only three team members, .net magazine has lots of contributing writers and many people behind the scenes. .net is part of Future PLC, an international media group and leading digital publisher.

.net is the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers and developers. Each issue boasts a wealth of expert tips and advice, including over 30 pages of advanced step-by-step tutorials on subjects as diverse as CSS, HTML, JavaScript, web graphics and Flash.

You’ll also find in-depth features, not to mention interviews where major industry players impart their wisdom. There are lots of articles behind the paywall; however, their blog only publishes 2-3 articles each day about industry news.

 

Net magazine web design blog top blogs follow

 

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Line25 Blog

Line25 was launched in March 2009 by Chris Spooner from the UK. While SpoonGraphics focuses more on general design topics, Line25 is specifically created to provide web design ideas and inspiration through articles, tutorials and examples of stunning site designs.

The site is obviously doing well because it receives around 400,000 page views each month! If you subscribe you will get around eight new articles each month and also get a web design inspiration boost each week.

 

Line25 web design blog top blogs follow

 

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WebAppers

WebAppers is a blog dedicated to sharing top quality open source resources for web developer and web designer daily. The site was founded in 2007 by Ray Cheung from Hong Kong. Ray definitely knows what he is doing because he is also the founder of PhotoshopLady and TheDesignInspiration.

As a web designer, you’ll find some of the best free icons, stock photos, brushes, fonts and design inspirations here. As a web developer, you’ll also find some of the best JavaScript and Ajax components like modal windows, menus, galleries, tooltips, charts, calendars plugins and a lot more.

 

Webappers web design blog top blogs follow

 

One thing, though – you will not find personality here, all of the articles seem to be written by anonymous authors, nevertheless, the articles are high quality!

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