15 web design blogs and news sites to follow

Like many things in life, the world of web design is continually evolving, so much that it can be hard to stay on top of the latest web design blogs and trends.

It can be tough especially for beginner web designers and developers to soak up all of the information that’s out there nowadays on modern design, mobile-friendly websites, UI/UX and even just getting up to speed on the ever growing list of industry standards and best practices.

What are the best web design blogs and sites?

For those who want to cut the line and get right to the good stuff, we’ve curated a list of the best web design blogs and web design news sites out there today.

Check our 15 web design blogs and web design news sites, for beginner and advanced web designers, in the following categories:

  • UI/UX.
  • Best practices and industry standards.
  • WordPress.
  • Inspiration.
  • Resources and freebies.

To make things easy, we’ve categorized the list so you can pick and choose the different areas of your skill set that you want to refine and continue to develop.

Best practices and industry standards

As the popular saying goes: if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Ensure your web design success by keeping up with the latest best practices and industry standards in the industry.

1. A List Apart

There is no better way to get yourself immersed into the best practices and industry standards of web design than A List Apart. The blog is largely popular in the world of web design for being an authority in best practices (largely due to the fact that it’s been around since 1997!).

You can find topics related to design, development and content strategy in a very digestible format that’s easy to comprehend and understand even for beginners.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alistapart

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/alistapart

2. Webflow Blog

The Webflow blog is another great resource for web designers to catch up on web design news and trends, while also soaking up the essentials every web designer needs to know to stay in line with industry standards and best practices.

The blog is neatly organized into “reading lists” that make it easy to find the content you’re looking for. Some of their reading lists include: how not to, SEO, UI/UX design, freelance lifestyle, and of of course, essentials.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/webflow/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/webflow

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/webflowapp/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/webflow

UI/UX web design news

Improve the user experience on every new web design you create with these top blogs:

3. Smashing Magazine

Web Design Blogs Smashing Magazine
Image: Smashing Magazine

For starters, Smashing Magazine is undeniably the most popular blog in web design news. This is not only only of the longest standing web design blogs (launched in 2006), but they provide some of the most useful information you can find in the field of web design and development.

One of my favorite things about this blog is that while they track “trends,” they focus on telling the real story regarding what tactics truly work and fail in real-world projects.

Among news, you’ll find book recommendations, industry events, and even web design and development job postings. If you only end up following one blog from this entire list, it should be Smashing Magazine!

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/smashmag/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/smashingmag

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSDtqcJ8ZXviPrEcj1vuLiQ

4. Mockplus Blog

Web designers, get ready to fall in love with your new favorite blog!

The Mockplus blog has a plethora of design resources not just for web, but also for mobile including iOS and Android. The blog is heavily focused on design prototyping  and helping web designers sharpen their skills in the world of UI/UX.

The articles on Mockplus Blog offer guides for user testing methods, web design trends, web design news, web UI mockup tools, and many more design-centric pieces that will keep your web design mind fresh and sharp.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mockplus/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mockplus

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mockplus/

5. UX Booth

Web Design Blogs UX Booth
Image: UX Booth

Get ready to take your UX skills to a whole new level with UX Booth. This leader among web design blogs is geared towards beginners to intermediate level web designers and developers.

UX Booth uniquely blends philosophy with user experience design.

 

It’s done in a way that can be absorbed by fresh new web designers who want to continue developing their knowledge and understanding of web design elements. Don’t let the name fool you — UX Booth articles are also centered around content strategy, business strategy and research.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UXBooth

Twitter: https://twitter.com/uxbooth

WordPress web design blogs

While other web development platforms and content management systems (CMS) are picking up steam, WordPress  remains the most popular platform for web designers. These blogs are dedicated to WordPress news, tips and trends.

6. SpeckyBoy

Love WordPress? You’ll love this blog!

SpeckyBoy is a web design news blog with a main focus on WordPress. You’ll find all things related to the platform like popular WordPress themes , plugins, tips and tutorials, development techniques and hacks, and of course, some UI/UX tips — all written by a team of WordPress experts.

If WordPress is your thing, you will want to bookmark this blog to stay ahead of the curve with all WordPress updates.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpeckyboyDesignMagazine/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/speckyboy

7. WPKube

Web Design Blogs WPKube
Image: WPKube

 

Another WordPress fan favorite at the top of the list is WPKube, one of the web design blogs dedicated to writing on WordPress tutorials, news, plugin recommendations, security — and even troubleshooting guides  for common WordPress problems.

Be sure to check out the Beginner’s Guide section, which covers many of the basic issues, problem and questions on WordPress.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WPkube/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/wpkube

8. TorqueMag.io

Want to know what’s going on in the world of WordPress at any given time? Torque is a leading blog in WordPress web design news that’s published by WP Engine, a hosting service that’s solely dedicated to WordPress websites.

The blog is updated consistently with the latest news and trends so you can always be up to date.

What better place to get your WordPress news than from the people that live and breathe it every single day? Get insights, news, tips and guides to build better WordPress sites and tricks to maintain them more efficiently and securely.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/torque

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thetorquemag

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/16196901/

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8kE-SmTc9DvcBnNNXhY-1w

Inspirational web design blogs

Drawing a blank on a design for your new client ? The following web design blogs we’ve picked are going to give you all the creative juices you need.

Whether you need a modern, fresh design, or something classic that takes advantage of the latest best practices, you’re sure to find something inspiring within one of these blogs:

9. Web Designer Depot

Web Design Blogs Web Designer Depot
Image: Web Designer Depot

When it comes to finding inspiration, Web Designer Depot is one of the most popular web design blogs that never fails to provide some fresh new design ideas. It doesn’t matter if you’re stuck on the overall design layout for a site, or the finding a web font that fits.

Web Designer Depot can give you inspiration with apps, branding, fonts, illustration, and responsive design.

Keep this one bookmarked, just in case you need a creative boost in any project.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/webdesignerdepot

Twitter: http://twitter.com/designerdepot

10. DesignrFix

Need some help inspiring some creativity in the graphic design department? This blog truly understands the needs of the graphic design community and their articles and posts reflect that.

DesignrFix has got you covered with graphic design inspiration, tutorials and web design resources.

DesignrFix also has no shortage of deals on software, tools and online courses that will help improve your graphic design skills. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the freebies section for some free stuff!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Designrfix/

Twitter : https://twitter.com/designrfix

11. Awwwards

Web Design Blogs Awwwards
Image: Awwwards

This is one of our web design blogs that does a phenomenal job of providing highly curated designs and illustrations related to web design and graphic design in general.

You’re sure to find some sort of creative spark here!

 

From the moment you enter the blog you can start flipping through some of the latest top designs floating around the web, including a “Sites of the Day” section that highlights some of the latest, beautiful web designs.

If you’re looking for some feedback on some of your work, you can submit it and receive constructive feedback from the Awwwards community of web designers.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/awwwards/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/awwwards

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/awwwards/

Resources and freebies

Who doesn’t love a little bit of free stuff? These blogs are going to give you a handful of new resources to keep bookmarked for future reference and free stuff that you can add to your arsenal of web design tools to make your job easier and faster.

12. InstantShift

Instantshift publishes a lot of how-to’s, UI/UX guides, and other web design news and trends articles.

What really sets this web design blog apart is the freebies page  that provides a ton of helpful templates and PSD files that will help you start off every project on the right track.

Their freebies also go beyond that, as they also give away things like icon packs, fonts, banners, and other tools to accelerate your career like CV templates, flyer templates and even Photoshop brushes. Time to stock up your tools!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/instantshift

Twitter: http://twitter.com/instantshift

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/instantshift

13. Spoon Graphics

Web Design Blogs Spoon Graphics

The Spoon Graphics blog (written by Chris Spooner himself) can give you a handful of highly curated resources and freebies for any web design project, or even graphic design projects.

The resources  page on this blog breaks down several resource categories like fonts, essential creative assets, and products and services.

And of course, don’t forget to check out the freebies  page for some free downloads that’ll add an edge to any web design project you might be working on. Oh, and there’s also tutorials and inspiration posts, so make sure to check those out.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/spoongraphics

Twitter: http://twitter.com/chrisspooner

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/spoongraphics?sub_confirmation=1

14. Backlinko

Backlinko might not be the place to get your hands on free stuff, but it’s definitely a resource blog that you’ll want to have bookmarked — and an important one, too.

SEO is one of the most essential elements in any successful website, and as a web designer, it’s important that you understand how your design and even content contributes to the success of a website’s SEO strategy.

Backlinko will help you stay up to date with the latest SEO strategies , tactics and news, all in one place.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/backlinko

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/backlinko/

15. Naldz Graphics

You can always count on Naldz Graphics to give you a lot of free resources and tools that are specific to web design and graphic design. From icons to textures, vector graphics, and even presentation templates to help you pitch your web design to clients, Naldz Graphics has it all.

There’s no limit to what they’ll provide, and there’s new stuff added every single day.

If you need to find niche-specific WordPress themes, this blog also has a curated list of premium WordPress themes you can purchase.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/naIdzgraphics/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/naldzgraphics?lang=en

Closing thoughts on web design blogs

We hope you found this list of curated web design blogs and web design news sites helpful. As a new or even intermediate web designer, it can always a be hit or miss finding a great web design blog that gives you all of the useful information and continual learning that’s needed to keep advancing your career.

These web design blogs have all made it to the top of the list due to their dedication and passion for web design and the great content that they publish on a regular basis.

You can trust that these sites are going to give you the reliable information and resources needed to become an industry expert, and to give your clients the knowledge they need when it comes to their web design projects.

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