It’s no secret that many designers are always looking for new sources of inspiration. We’re all in the same boat, but there is one thing we can do to make it easier on ourselves: find a few sites that will stay updated with fresh content and inspire us every day.
This article is about my top 12 favorite design blogs!
So, you want to make a website. You know what it should do, but not exactly how to pull it off. Well here are 12 of the best blogs that I read daily to help me with the underlying structure and coding of my sites. Each of these is a great website for designers to get inspired from.
Design inspiration comes in many forms, and often you have to search long and hard to find it. This list will save you some time because I know where all the good stuff is hiding out. Feel free to let me know what your favorite design blogs are in the comments below!
#1 – Design Web Inspiration Source http://designwoop.com/
I stumbled upon this site not too long ago (my apologies to the author) and was very impressed. Design Woop showcases some of the best web design trends around, as well as providing links to plenty of tutorials for new designers looking to learn their first few steps in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.
Many of the posts are designed by professional photographers, so you are sure to get some truly stunning images on this site. If I had one small complaint, it’s that the posts could use more of an explanation about why a particular design is considered “great.”
DesignWoop is a good place for designers seeking web-related content. They have tutorials, inspiration galleries, and some really interesting articles.
#2 – Free Design Resources for Download http://www.psdbox.com/
This site is about one thing: free design resources to download and use on your website or blog. If you’re looking for icons, fonts, buttons, and other elements, this is the place to go. The best part? They are all free for personal or commercial use!
This site isn’t limited to just design resources either, you can find some really good articles about design here. If you weren’t sure where to start tracking down freebies, check out their list of the Top 100 Free Resources
#3 – Design Magazine Inspiration http://www.smashingmagazine.com/
What can I say about Smashing Magazine that hasn’t already been said? It’s one of the biggest design magazines out there, and it’s what inspired me to write this article in the first place!
Not only do they highlight twelve awesome blogs, but they also review the latest design products and feature tutorials and freebies for web designers. If you see a post about something on their site, click the link at the bottom of the post to read more about that specific topic.
Smashing Magazine is one of my favorite design resources out there. I go here every day to get some inspiration and learn new things about HTML, CSS, and other programming languages.
#4 – Design Blog Inspiration http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/
Hongkiat is one of the few design blogs that gets updated with fresh content every day, without fail! If you are looking for inspiration for your next project or need to get some advice on building a better blog, this is the place to go.
Their site is designed by professionals and they feature some amazing content that gets updated regularly. I’m not kidding when I say that this site has helped me with just about every website that I’ve ever built in my career (and yes, it’s taken me about eight years to get to this point!)
Great design is crucial for any website and Hongkiat has some of the best content on the Internet, so be sure to check them out.
#5 – More Inspiration http://www.designrfix.com/blog/
DesignRfix is more than just a blog; it’s more like a design library! They have hundreds of freebies for download, from fonts and icons to Photoshop brushes and mockup templates.
They also have a great online shop where you can purchase graphics for your site or blog, including themes, WordPress modules, and more. While they do offer paid services like website building (Flash sites), it’s their free resources that make this website a must-visit for designers everywhere.
Their free resources are pretty nice, with a wide variety of content to choose from – definitely a site worth checking out!
#6 – Tutorials and Examples http://www.designjuices.co/
If you’re looking for tutorials on how to do something in Photoshop, Illustrator, or even a design software that I’ve never heard of before, Design Juices is the place to go! They have a wide variety of tutorials and only post two new ones each week, which means you’ll have plenty to keep you busy.
Their website is well-designed and easy to navigate. In their “Articles” section, you’ll find some great blog posts to read about design concepts and trends. They also have a pretty decent selection of Photoshop Actions that you can purchase for your projects.
#7 – Design Inspiration from Around the Web http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/inspiration-finding-inspiration/
Hongkiat, the company behind DesignRfix, also has another great website called Inspiration From Around The Web. They share some of the latest design news and articles, as well as sites like Dribble (which I’ll talk about below).
Be sure to check out their “trending” section for a fresh look at the latest design news and articles. You can also subscribe to their RSS feed or follow them on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ if you’re into that sort of thing!
#8 – Free PSD Downloads http://www.psdfreebies.com/
If you love free Photoshop files, then PSD Freebies is the place to go to get your fix! You can download everything from icons and mock-ups to business cards, social media buttons, and more.
Every week they post about 50 new resources for you to download for free. No registration required, no emails required – just click, download and use! If you are looking for some great freebies to use on your next design project, then be sure to check out PSD Freebies today.
#9 – Blog Design http://www.designrfix.com/blog/
DesignRfix has a blog of its own that features some amazing design articles written by professionals in the field. If you’re looking for some high-quality content outside of the design world, then you’ll love DesignRfix’s blog.
They’ve got great articles on photography, business, and marketing strategies, and more – worth checking out! While their blog is not updated as frequently as their main site, it makes up for it through the sheer volume (and quality) of their content.
#10 – Design Tutorials and Photoshop Freebies http://hongkiat.com/blog/tutorials/
Hongkiat is a website that isn’t just about design, but they do have a great design section on the site that features some amazing articles on different aspects of web design.
In their “Design” section, you’ll find articles about typography, responsive web design, and even a great article on how to make money as a freelance designer. You can also check out their Photoshop Tutorials section if you’re looking for some high-quality freebies to download!
#11 – UI Design Blog http://ui-design.net/
If you’re looking for a great UI design blog, then you need to check out UI Design Net! They’ve got some great articles about designing apps and even sharing some of the most beautiful websites from around the world.
Their Resources section is quite extensive – full of design freebies that can be used in your next project! Check out their blog for some insightful design tips and tricks to help you in your future projects.
#12 – Online Marketing Blog http://www.alignmnetonline.com/
If you’re looking for a brand new website to get inspired, then check out Alignment Online Marketing’s blog. They share lots of articles about marketing and social media, but they also share some great resources like design templates and freebies!
Their blog is constantly updated with fresh content for you to check out and their Resources page features a lot of useful stuff that can help you in your next marketing campaign. If marketing is your thing, then definitely give Alignment Online Marketing a shot.
The web is full of amazing design blogs. But the unfortunate reality is that many are updated sporadically, if at all. It can be difficult to find a blog you can rely on for inspiration and information for your next project – but not anymore!
This article features 12 design sites that will provide an endless stream of articles about everything from typography to UI Design Tips.
So whether you’re looking for some help with Photoshop or just want to get inspired by reading about other designers’ work online, these top websites should make it easy for you.