What Are the Top Design Blogs Now?
As some of you may already know, I write about design; however, I also read about it too. Reading design blogs is super-important if you’re a designer that wants to constantly improve their craft (and if you don’t want to constantly improve your craft, you shouldn’t really be a designer!). Staying on top of the latest design app features (may that be Sketch, Figma, Subform, Adobe XD, Affinity Designer, or something else entirely), and of course the latest workflows, hacks, tricks, tips, techniques and browser trends (I could go on!), is completely non-negotiable.
Here are what I think are the top five design blogs right now, what makes them exceptional, and what sort of value/content they offer (fun fact: I’ve worked with two of them, and hopefully, soon-to-be one more — can you guess which ones?).
I’ll spill the beans in the article!
Great designers consider every aspect of what they design — they know that there is no one-size-fits-all, or one-font-to-rule-them-all, and you simply can’t use Font Awesome on every single website that you design. I’m not going to lie, it’s so easy to default to what's familiar to you, to fall into the trap of using the same icon libraries and font families in every design, and that’s why I love Visual Hierarchy so much.
Visual Hierarchy zooms right into a specific topic and analyses the many ways that designers can offer the best user experience regarding that topic (this article on micro-interactions is one of my all-time favourites). Visual Hierarchy reminds me about the aspects of design that I had long forgotten about — it keeps me fresh!
I have not worked with them unfortunately :’(
Webdesigner Depot is quite different compared to other design blogs (it looks and feels more like a web-based magazine). Aside from their massively useful design articles and freelancing tips, they also do a monthly “What’s new for designers” roundup, and a weekly comic strip that will surely make you chuckle. Plus, I think their blog design is the king of blog designs! I haven’t worked with them either.
CreativeBloq are extremely versatile — they cover a range of topics in a range of styles (some of them are serious and educational, and others are casual and funny), and quite often tackle topics that haven’t been widely covered before. Aside from design, I usually find myself drawn to something I wasn’t actually looking for, since CreativeBloq also writes about 3D, digital art and VFX. Pretty cool.
I haven’t worked with them before, although the editor at Netmag (a magazine created by the guys at CreativeBloq) recently contacted me about an exciting opportunity to write an article about mobile design. I'll let you know what happens!
Awesome update: I've had three articles published in .net Magazine now!
SitePoint have been going strong for at least a decade, and I’ve been working with them for more than two years, which is literally since the beginning of my writing career. After an initial bad experience with writing at Smashing Magazine, SitePoint (and their many editors) healed my confidence and helped me grow as a writer, and I’ve since collaborated with them on so many different types of content (articles, cheatsheets, books, videos, etc!). I feel very at home with SitePoint.
I've witnessed first-hand how much effort goes into each article, and how much they value their writers (they pay extremely well) — definitely check out the Design & UX category for top-notch design content, you will not regret it!
Awesome update: I'm co-editor of design at SitePoint now!
Finally, the InVision Blog. InVision's primary focus is not blogging, making this blog pretty amazing considering that fact (if you don't know who they are, shame on you).
Lately I’ve been writing a book about Sketch → Craft → InVision and how this Design → Prototyping → Handoff workflow yields wonderful results — InVision has been kind enough to help me with the book cover and marketing as well. I’m a long-time fan and user of the InVision App, so it’s no wonder that I follow their blog religiously. What I love most about it, is their talks on the collaboration side of being a designer, which I think is a very neglected step (especially with remote workers).
I also respect their stance on gender gaps and women in tech.
Awesome update: book now released.
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Are there any design blogs that you simply adore?