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30 Fresh and Promising Design Blogs to Follow

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

Line25 Web Design Blog - screen shot. 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

UX Booth - screen shot. 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!

Build Internet! - screen shot. 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

Tripwire Magazine - screen shot. 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

Assault Blog - screen shot. 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

Designer Daily - screen shot. 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

creative briefing - screen shot. creative briefing is a 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

The Design Superhero - screen shot. 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

DesignWorkPlan 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

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

  • 40 Web Design Artists
  • 101 High Quality CSS And XHTML Free Templates
  • 30 Deviant Digital Artists, Painters, Illustrators Worth Watching

11. Denis Designs

Denis Designs - screen shot. 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

Spyre Studios - screen shot. 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

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

  • Yes! Printing Can Help Save The Planet
  • 19 Inspiring Colorful Poster Illustrations
  • The Ultimate Compilation: 74 Unique Business Card Designs

14. Designfeedr

Designfeedr - screen shot. 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

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

  • 30 Essential PDF Documents Every Designer Should Download
  • 10 Amazing Website Designs
  • Logo Design Basics: The Five Types of Marks

16. PixelApnea

PixelApnea - screen shot. 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

The Design O'Blog - screen shot. 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

Think Design - screen shot. 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

Hein Maas - screen shot. 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

Web Design Ledger - screen shot. 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.


PSDVIBE - screen shot. 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

IzzatAzizDotCom - screen shot. 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

dezign Musings - screen shot. 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

Spoonfed Design - screen shot. 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

Desizn Tech - screen shot. 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

Usability Post - screen shot. 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. - screen shot., 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

The River Current - screen shot. 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

Lee Munroe - screen shot. 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

Naldz Graphics - screen shot. 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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