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40 Web Design Blogs To Follow In 2015

Posted on January 11, 2015 by in Resources | 106 comments

40 Web Design Blogs To Follow In 2015

Every new year, either towards the end of the previous year or within the first weeks of the new one, I tend to find a few hours to comb through my RSS feeds and refine the list of blogs I read and participate in. This year was no different.

In the past I’ve had as many as 60 blogs centered on Web Design, Graphic Design, UX, UI, and the Web in general. However, keeping a high quality blog up and running for years on end is very difficult to do. Many of the blogs I’ve loved and followed in years past have faded away.

The list below though, is a result of more than a few years of curating and the inclusion of some new hopefuls. So bust out your preferred RSS reader and start subscribing!

40 Web Design Blogs to Follow in 2015

Note: The blogs below are not listed in anything resembling a ranking order. This order is literally the result of opening these websites up in the order they happened to be arranged in my feedly account.

1. Web Design Ledger

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Web Design Ledger is “a blog for web designers written by web designers”. It was founded by Henry Jones and has been around several years, consistently serving up a useful stream of blog posts on web design. The categories they cover are: inspiration, freebies, tips, tools, resources, news, and tutorials.

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2. Web Designer Depot

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Web Designer Depot was founded in 2010 by Canadian-based web designer Walter Apai. Since then the blog has grown significantly to be one of the biggest blogs for web designers in the world. They cover a wide range of categories/topics surrounding web design, including: inspiration, CSS, HTML5, jQuery, Web Dev, Design Tutorials, news, and so much more.

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3. Patrick McNeil

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Patrick McNeil is a UX designer and Professor who writes and speaks on various design related topics. His blog is full of great insights and inspiration for web designers.

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4. Designerfix

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Designerfix is a blog dedicated to graphic and web design. Their primary topics are inspiration, tutorials, freebies, and resources. The main idea behind their blogging philosophy is: evolve art through the thoughtful exchange of technique and inspiration.

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5. Creative Overflow

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Creative Overflow is an online design magazine for anything creative. It was founded in 2009 by Jacques van Heerden and has been going strong ever since. It’s sole purpose is inspiring artists to better themselves through inspiration and creative resources.

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6. Just Creative

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Just Creative is the blog of Jacob Cass, a multi-purpose graphic designer with an impressive portfolio, career, and knowledge base. On this blog he covers a wide range of design related material, including (but not limited to): logo design, branding, web design, print design, typography, advertising, and more.

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7. Web Design Tuts+

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Web Design Tuts+ is part of the extremely popular Tuts+ catalogue of tutorial blogs. This particular blog covers HTML & CSS, Photoshop, Complete Websites, Workflow, Design Theory, Site Elements, and more. They’re a superb resource for some of the best web design tutorials on the web.

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8. Vandelay Design

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Vandelay Design is a blog by the design studio of the same name. They’re blog has been a massive presence in the web design blogsphere for many years and they cover a lot of useful topics for creatives of all stripes. Those topics include: Inspiration, WordPress, Web Design, Business, Web Dev, and more.

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9. The Next Web (Design & Dev)

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The Next Web is a massive blog that covers much more than design. However, they do have a Design & Dev channel that easily covers a higher volume than most of the other standalone web design blogs on this list. If you just can’t get enough design and dev related news then this is the blog for you.

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10. Swiss-Miss

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Swiss Miss is a blog by Tina Roth, “a swiss designer gone nyc”. It’s full of great inspiration, design business insights, and so much more. Highly recommend tapping into this woman’s mind of creativity, business savvy, and art-based community. You won’t regret it.

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11. Speckyboy

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Speckyboy Design Magazine began in 2007 as the personal freelance web design homepage for Paul Andrew, its founder and current Chief Editor. Over time though it transformed from a one-man-show into the design resource magazine it is today. The blog covers topics/categories ranging from Design & Dev, UX, Graphic Design, Mobile Design, Freelancing, WordPress, and more.

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12. Smashing Magazine

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Smashing Magazine is one of the largest and most influential resources and destinations for web designers on the web. It was founded in 2006 by Vitaly Friedman and Sven Lennartz and has since become a must follow blog for almost all online creatives. The team there covers coding, design, mobile, graphics, ux design, and wordpress. They also create a large number of books, ebooks, and workshops.

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13. Six Revisions

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Six Revisions is a repository of “useful information for web designers and developers” founded in February 2008 by Jacob Gube. Since 2008 Six Revisions has become a popular and long-lived blog/resource for tens of thousands of people the world over. They focus on covering web design/dev tips and tutorials.

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14. Site Inspire

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Site Inspire is not a typical blog in the sense that they don’t publish the types of articles the rest of the blogs on this list do. However, what they have done is taken one category covered by most of these blogs “web design inspiration” and created a beautiful directory of well designed websites that you can browse by category and keyword.

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15. One Xtra Pixel

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OXP or One Xtra Pixel is a Singapore based web design and development magazine. OXP was founded in 2009 by a team of web enthusiasts with the common goal of making the web a better place. They share useful tips, news, tutorials, tools, resources, inspiration, and more.

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16. Noupe

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Noupe is a German based web design and development magazine headed up by Michael Dobler (CEO) and Dieter Petereit (Editor-in-Chief). Their goal it is to deliver stylish, dynamic content about all things design. Their publication covers CSS, AJAX, JavaScript, Web Design, Graphics, Typography, Advertising, and more.

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17. Little Big Details

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Little Big Details is a design inspiration curation project by Floris Dekker and Andrew McCarthy. Taking their queue from Dieter Rams quote, “Good design is thorough down to the last detail.” They aim to showcase good design in the finer details of things big and small.

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18. Line25

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Line25 is a blog about web design, created by and maintained by Chris Spooner. It covers a wide range of topics in its articles section and also provides inspiration posts and tutorials. You may know Spooner’s other popular blog Spoon Graphics (below). The difference between the two, in his words, is that, “SpoonGraphics has developed a reputation for illustrator and general design topics, whereas Line25 focuses specifically on web design.” Both sites are actively updated with high quality content.

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19. Jason Santa Maria

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Jason is a graphic designer based out of Brooklyn, New York. He is the senior designer at Vox Media, author of On Web Typography, and a co-founder of A Book Apart; among other very nice sounding and impressive credentials. His blog is part experiment, part journal, part web design thought leadership, and part resource. It’s a cool place.

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20. InstantShift

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InstantShift is a design and inspiration blog for web designers and developers. It was launched in 2008 and has been a consistent source of good content ever since. It covers Web Design, WordPress, CSS, Tools, Tutorials, Fonts, Freebies, and more.

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21. Hongkiat

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Hongkiat launched in 2007 as an artful diversion for founder Honkiat Lim. Not long after though the site became a hit and he decided to take it more seriously. Now, Hongkiat.com is a major web design and dev magazine with a steady stream of high quality content from a massive list of writers and contributors. Topics/categories covered include: Photoshop, Icons, Design, WordPress, Tools, Inspiration, Graphics, and more.

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22. From Up North

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From Up North is an inspiration blog founded (in 2010) and maintained by Daniel Nelson. He focuses on sharing compelling work in Graphic Design, Advertising, Photography, Illustration, Web Design, Motion Graphics, Print & Packaging, and more.

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23. Fresh Web Dev

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Fresh Web Dev is, as the name would suggest, a blog about web design and development. They write about WordPress, Javascript, CSS, Design, HTML5, Web Dev, Resources, Freebies, and more.

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24. FastCo Design

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FastCo Design is part of the Fast Company family of blogs. They cover design related news, trends, interviews, and editorials. Their goal is to use design as a window into culture at large, with an accent on business and business perspectives.

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25. DesignM.ag

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DesignM.ag is a community-based website for web designers and developers. They have a blog that covers inspiration, freelance, tutorials, resources, and more. They also have a user-submitted new section, design gallery, and design job board.

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26. Design Shack

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Design Shack is a blog and member site dedicated to showcasing great design inspiration while also providing tools and resources for readers/members to achieve similar success.

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27. Design Instruct

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Design instruct was launched in 2010 by Jacob and Isaac Gube. You may recognize Jacob as the founder of Six Revisions. The goal of this blog however is to “keep creative minds informed, interested, and inspired.” Design Instruct covers Digital Art, Drawing & Illustration, Web Design, Graphic Design, Photography, and more.

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28. Design Envy

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Design Envy is a daily blog sponsored by AIGA and Adobe in which they invite designers from different disciplines to curate their content for each week. They cover a wide range of design, of which web design is but one part. The cross-disciplinary approach is a great for sparking new ideas and inspiration.

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29. David Airey

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David Airey is a successful graphic designer and brand identity specialist. His blog is a combination between design insights, professional journal, inspiration, and business experience.

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30. Creative Bloq

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Creative Bloq is a high volume blog for creatives that features content on web design, graphic design, 3d, digital art, and more. They have tutorials, news, op-eds, interviews, videos, and more. If you’re looking for a full immersion in high quality creative content then they’ve got loads of it.

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31. Spoon Graphics

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Spoon Graphics is the first major blog of Chris Spooner, who we mentioned earlier. This blog, while still for web designers and developers, actually has a tilt towards illustrator tutorials and other “design element” making tutorials/inspiration. Still highly valuable, popular, and well maintained though.

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32. Awwwards

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Aside from being a beautiful showcase for great design already, the Awwwards website also contains a solid blog about Design, Illustration, Media, News, Resources & Tools, and more.

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33. Abduzeedo

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Abduzeedo is a blog that began in 2006 by founder Fabio Sasso. Initially it was just a backup for his personal design work, but eventually grew into a world-wide source of inspiration, tutorials, and resources for designers everywhere.

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34. 24 Ways

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24 Ways is perhaps a bit unconventional for this list, but its included for quality and consistency. This is not a blog that is updated year round. Instead, it is updated only during the first 24 days of December each year. Each update is a high quality article about web design and/or development.

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35. codrops

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codrops is a web design and development blog featuring tutorials, articles, news, giveaways, freebies, design blueprints, and more.

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36. UX Booth

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The UX Booth is a collective of authors/designers dedicated to creating “a publication by and for the user experience community”. They create content for beginner=to-intermediate user experience and interactive designers. Together with their community they hope to make the web a better place.

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37. A List Apart

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A List Apart is an online magazine that “explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.” They’ve been around since 1997 and they have a reputation for really knowing their stuff. If you’re interested in reading some well crafted content by serious talent–this is the site for you.

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38. Design Taxi

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Design Taxi is a wide-ranging design blog. Their topics spread from tech/web related content to photography, apps, fashion, architecture, media, illustration, general creativity, and more.

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39. Designmodo

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Designmodo is a blog and design resource. They publish regular content on design, freebies, WordPress, coding, and more. They also create and sell a large number of beautiful and custom design and WordPress tools/resources.

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40. The Betterment Blog by Digital Telepathy

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The Betterment blog is a web design and UX/UI blog by the folks over at Digital Telepathy; the creators of hello bar and the popular flare social plugin. The goal of this blog is to promote one of their design/culture philosophies–betterment. The idea that large scale improvement happens over time with small iterations and improvements that accumulate along the way.

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In Conclusion

Thanks for taking a peak at this list of web design blogs to follow in 2015! If you have any recommendations of your own, please take a second to share them with the whole community in the comments below.

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106 Comments

  1. Thanks Nathan…Very good list to follow this blog… 🙂

  2. Make that 41…. I would also include the ET Blog

    • Which one..??

  3. Patrick McNeil site has not any subscribe form. But this is nice collection. Thank you very much.

  4. Very good article, all-ready few out of them and also many new for me. So thanks for share Nathan

  5. Most of these blogs are new for me, I hope I could find some great content and place to exchange ideas and lot to learn.

  6. Awesome collection, many of these are new to me

  7. For all the great how to’s and other advice it’s odd that I see no way to sign up for this blog either on the blog or on main blog page..other than this receive notifications about new blog posts – hidden away at the bottom of the new comment page – which I clicked and didn’t do anything. What am I missing? Do you need to buy a theme to sign up for the blog?

    • go to the right sidebar at the top of the page and there is a nice bunch of buttons for you to connect. On the far right is the button to sign up for the newsletter for Elegant Themes. (Well worth the click I must say!)

  8. This is a comprehensive list of awesome design site. I’m not used to most of these resources. Your post is thus a mover to high design level.

    Thanks for the share

  9. Thank you. I am just re-entering the world of design adding in web design. This is a wealth of information.

  10. Great article for me..
    Thank You Nathan. 🙂

  11. Great collection there! The list will surely hook me for the next few days. Thanks for sharing.

  12. This is a treasure that you have created. Some of them are new to me. Thanks!

  13. I really like the Just Creative site, especially as it mentions how to do deal with difficult customers, it’s always good to know how to run a business just as much as the product.

  14. Great list! Very useful and inspiring, thank you. Do you know where I can find a similar collection with web design blogs? Even if they are small personal blogs, even better.

  15. Thanks for sharing, I’ve read most of the blogs listed here but found several new interesting web design blogs that I haven’t known of on the list.

  16. Wow! This is quite a comprehensive list… Will take me a while to go through them all but will certainly help in making better designs…

  17. Thanks for the list Nathan. Take a look at mine and let me know what you think? Perhaps one to watch in 2016? LOL 🙂

  18. A truly great list! Thank you

  19. Great List. I think you missed “Web Designer Pad” from the list.

  20. Congrats! That’s awesome list, love it.

  21. Its great post I enjoyed reading it thoroughly.

  22. Thanks for sharing this post and i like this post and its very helpful to us.

  23. It is just amazing list..all web sites have different look and feel..Thank you for sharing with us…!!

  24. Thanks for the list, Nathan. I personally read Hongkiat.com for web design and development updates. I have been reading their posts since 2012 and so far, I can’t be more than happy with every bit of information I get from the blog.

  25. Great list 🙂 This is really an awesome list. I

  26. Thank you for sharing this list of web design blogs, it very helpful for everyone

  27. Very good list for taking ideas, what is better? 🙂 Thanks for sharing and i find it very useful.

  28. hi ,

    Thanks for sharing good article,it solved my current needs .This blog useful for every one

  29. Stumble upon this a little bit late, but they are all helpful nonetheless.
    Elegant theme’s blog has become one of the blog I’ll read at least once a week. =)

  30. Thanks for this useful list, going to start taking a look now.
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    http://www.onb.vn

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  34. It’s a nice list but I am a bit surprised that codrops is #35+.
    Perhaps the order of appearance is random.

  35. I would say this blog is very useful for everyone, who wants to learn web design. As there are many platform HTML, WordPress, Joomla web design you can pick any one for your website design.

  36. Wow! This is really a wonderful blog! You get know a lot about all kinds of web design patterns. Any interested person can get a fair idea on web design from here. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  37. Wow Nathan fantastic post. I appreciate you taking the time to research, find and list those great sites on here. I have chosen to follow all of them only because it’s great to always be in the loop on new development and design styles, techniques and details. We hope to read more great posts like this one from you in the future.

  38. Wow! Nice list, and thanks for your themes. We have built many sites using them as a baseline.

  39. Hi,
    A very useful list of websites. Thank you so much for sharing this. Hope to see some more good stuffs from you in future.

  40. There’s one thing i think you’ve danced around a bit, but never really landed on. To me, all design, web or whatever else, is about presenting the content the best way. While i always strive to make my designs beautiful and unique, the number one goal is always presenting the content in the best and most easily consumed way possible. Whether it’s copy, photographs, or multimedia, a good presentation of the content is just as important as the content itself.

  41. Thanks for sharing amazing information & collection.

  42. Great stuff. There are some top blogs on here. I just need the time to read
    them 😉

  43. It’s a great list but I am a n…Very good list to follow this blog

  44. This is awesome! Just what I needed! Now I don’t have to go hunting on google for quality web design blogs because you have it all here. I can’t thank you enough. Keep it up!

  45. Awesome thanks for share informative list for help our design.

  46. I checked the first two, though i must admit they know their onions but i think they should Talk more on Raw coding because i want to beef up my skills

  47. Nice list. so helpful and eliminate the time for starting from scratch to design a new site.

  48. Great post, really helpful for design inspiration

  49. Wow ! Really Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    This post could not be written any better! If you are looking for Best Web Design Company

  50. Thanks for sharing such good and great list of web design blogs that will help those people who want to design their websites.

  51. Really a amazing list of useful tips to design something different and interesting. A big thanks for sharing you information.

  52. Hi, Thanks for your valuable update. Iam happy to say that the 40 web design blogs which u posted is very useful.

  53. Cool collections

    • Yeah cool

  54. Thanks Nathan. This is a great list. I was looking forward for some interesting webdesign blogs. Design Envy by Adobe is a fabulous one in the list.

  55. Good article with plenty of quality web design blogs to visit. I shall be working my way through them shortly.

  56. Nice list, but you don’t seem to add any resources that show good UX in practice. The entire list is made of “how” to design, but doesn’t tell me what is good and what is bad. Any resources you can think of that do that? For webdesign it’s awwwards, thefwa, etc. but is there something similar for UX Designers?

  57. Hey Nathan B.Weller,

    Thanks for sharing the post. It really very helpful to us. Keep in touch.

  58. WOW! This is indeed overwhelming. So much, so simplistic. With this you can never be out of great resources for creativity, inspiration and motivation. Nathan, indeed you have worked hard cracking this out. GREAT JOB! THUMBS UP! WELDONE! Cheers!

  59. Good post. Thank you for sharing with us.

  60. this is quite a list. thank you for sharing. I’ve been following some those by the way 🙂

  61. Impressive list, will you create a list for 2016 too? It would be great 😉

    • Nathan B. Weller

      Yeah I’ll work on one 🙂

      I need to update my own web design blog roll.

  62. Great article. I’ve added a few to my reading list. 🙂

  63. this is nice collection and good list to follow this blog, thanks nathan

  64. Thank you for sharing!! This is a great list! 🙂 I bookmarked a lot of these!

  65. These tips are wonderful and easy to use too. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  66. Thank you for sharing this type of great list and its very helpful to us.

  67. Thank you for sharing that is really good stuff i just bookmarked it and reshare with my circle.

  68. This is the awesome collection. Thanks to sharing this .

  69. Thanks for sharing! These are great resources.

  70. Very interesting to read, thank you for all the effort you put into writing this. I am going to check out some of those blogs.

  71. Whoa! A great list with huge resources to update the knowledge of web designing field.I can’t Thank you enough for this amazing blog!

  72. Great website design list. Fews are very unique. Thanks Nathan for sharing these.

  73. Thanks Nathan for sharing . very useful please continue.

  74. very nice information share with us so many blogs are there in related to websites i am also follow so many blogs to know latest updates i suggest Web Design Ledger and Web Designer Depot blogs.

  75. That’s a great list. Thanks for sharing.

  76. Thanks for sharing! Valuable information you got here!

  77. Great article for 2015, some of these websites are still on my 2016 list (still can’t believe its 2016!)

  78. Nice design collection and i am big fan elegant wordpress themes. Since five years i am using elegant theme and i am very much happy with the themes.

  79. Awesome! What a great list. Thanks for assembling!

  80. Great list, we reccomend Elegant themes to our customers. Thanks

  81. I would like to thank you for sharing a great list into the stuff you post!!

  82. Great Post and Insight into where to get great content!

  83. Thanks Nathan for sharing .this is very useful

    please continue.

  84. These blogs are a great source of help and also inspiration. Thank you for the post, there are some great sites here.

  85. Thanks for this great lists. Your updates are really valuable and I find your list best to follow.

  86. Hello Nathan, This is really a wonderful blog! The list is amazing. It is very helpful to know more and more about Web designing and through this we always keep us update towards web development. Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips on the web design.

  87. Wow !! Really awesome .. thanks to share such useful info… Keep blogging…. Thanks one more time

  88. This is a great list, great help

  89. Great collection and very informative post Nathan. Many many thanks for sharing such type of valuable information with all. Every steps of your content is useful.

    Thanks again……….

  90. Some fantastic stuff here, Smashing Mag is a favourite. Guess I’ll have to stop reading novels to make time for it all!

  91. Specky Boy is so cool. Now i m thinking where to use it, Thank You for sharing this wonderful list.

  92. I should say bravo like in a single word. This updated list is really helpful for getting all the bloggers altogether. Basically, I am owner of “Namaste UI” and follow some of blogger that you have mentioned in the list.

    Things like, this surely motivate all the new bloggers who are getting hike among the blogger’s platform. It would be really good if regular basis update stays constantly in this list. Thanks a lot.

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