Web design information is everywhere online. And as a web designer, it’s important to find information such as new tools, tips, trends, tutorials, books, and so forth quickly and easily. Basically, it’s important to take time out to sharpen the saw, but we don’t always have time to hunt for the sharpener.
Magazines are a great way to get your news and tips and to stay up on trends and techniques without having to search the web for the info. There is a lot of information out there but it can be difficult to browse through in order to find something worth reading. To help, we’ve compiled a list similar to our collection of 55 Web Design Blogs to Follow in 2016 but turned our attention from blogs to magazines.
Although they are similar, magazines typically take a different approach and format than blogs do. The layout usually highlights various columns and stories within the magazine. They sometimes include more writers and contributors and their writing is more formal. The level of research tends to be higher. The focus isn’t as much on engagement. Instead, the magazine feels more like an online version of a magazine in print. They take a different approach to the publishing schedule. Many are available in both print and digital formats.
With that said, there is a lot of overlap and some fit just as well in lists for blogs as well as magazines. Some of those listed here could be considered blogs (and might even appear in both lists). But I only included those that had a magazine feel to their design. Now, let’s take a look at 19 web design magazines you should be reading in 2016.
19 Web Design Magazines You Should Be Reading in 2016
This is a list of 19 magazines about web design that consistently provides great information and resources for web designers. They’re in no particular order. I’m also giving a link to a recent article that I felt demonstrated their strength.
1. Web Designer
An interesting recent article was Create a unique mobile 3D UI and navigation.
2. NET Magazine
NET Magazine from Creative Bloq provides 13 issues per year and includes news, tutorials, and trends for web design. Topics include UI, UX, CSS3, HTML5, website comparisons, tools, business, and more. The primary focus is web design and development. It’s available in print and as a digital download in the App Store for iOS, the Google Play store for Android, Amazon for Kindle Fire, Zinio, and Barnes and Noble for Nook. You can get the subscription in print, digital, or both.
A recent tutorial was Build a static site with Material Design Lite.
Computer Arts is another magazine from Creative Bloq. It has 13 issues per year and focuses on graphic design, computer illustration, and design tools such as Photoshop. It provides lots of tutorials about Photoshop, tools, typefaces, designing patterns, choosing colors, design challenges, productivity, business, creating portfolios, and more. It’s available in print and as digital downloads for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Zinio, and Nook. You can get the subscription in print, digital, or both.
An interesting recent article was 5 tips for choosing the right typeface.
4. Imagine FX
Imagine FX is a digital and print magazine from Creative Bloq that focuses on artwork and web design. It has 13 issues per year and includes tips and tutorials for drawing, designing, and using tools such as Photoshop and other graphics editing apps. It’s available in print and as digital downloads for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Zinio, and Nook. You can get the subscription in print, digital, or both.
A recent article that I found interesting was The beginner’s guide to Photoshop.
Founded in 2005 as an educational site for design and photography apps, LAYERS is an online magazine that focuses on photography, design, art, and how to use creative tools and techniques. It includes information about hardware and software. It covers news, design, tutorials, and inspiration. Tutorials include Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, and InDesign. They also have an email newsletter for updates.
A recent popular article was This Designer Re-imagined Iconic Logos Using Hand-Lettering Techniques.
6. Digital Arts
Digital Arts is an online magazine for digital creatives. It features news, tutorials, reviews, guides, portfolios, and more. It includes lots of design information such as Photoshop tutorials, news on the latest tech, events, business, web design, graphic design, illustration and art, photography, and more. It has lots of guides on many design topics. They have an email newsletter for updates, too.
A recently trending article was 70 best Photoshop tutorials.
Founded in 1985, HOW is a quarterly print and digital magazine that covers all aspects of design including UX, creativity, business, events, career advice, typography, web design, resources, inspiration, illustration, photography, and lots more. It also includes videos, a podcast, online courses, and workshops. It’s available in print and as digital downloads as a PDF, in the App Store for iOS, the Google Play store for Android, Amazon for Kindle Fire, and Barnes and Noble for Nook. You can receive updates about career advice, business strategy, and get inspiration from their email newsletter.
A recent article was Great Typography in Promotion Design.
Communication Arts in an online and bi-monthly print magazine that focuses on design, advertising, illustration, photography, typography, and more. It includes lots of news and how-to’s and even includes a job board. Topics include business, design details, design culture, creativity, education, and more. It’s available on the web, in print, as a PDF, and for iOS. The paid subscription includes access to premium online content. The website is updated daily. You can get updates through their daily email newsletter. The magazine was founded in 1959.
An article I found interesting was Branding in Six Seconds.
9. The Manual
The Manual is a design journal that evaluates webs design. It’s meant to be a starting point for communication with the design community and covers what it means to design for the web and who we’re designing for. Lots of design concepts are discussed through story-telling. It covers career, history, people, professionalism, collaboration, communication, and more. It’s published three times per year and is available in hardback books, eBooks, audiobooks, and a web edition. Their email newsletter provides updates of issue launches, store sales, and previews of future editions.
An interesting article is Visual Design is Not a Thing.
PRINT is a quarterly online and print magazine that focuses on all aspects of design including theory, culture, careers, events, and includes print design, interactive design (which focuses on the web), typography, photography, color, branding, information design, and more. Web design topics include tips, news, trends, and more. It’s available in both print and digital formats. You can subscribe for a PDF, in iTunes, Google Play, on Kindle, and Nook. They send updates through their email newsletter. The magazine was founded in 1940.
An interesting article is 10 Tools for Building the Perfect Color Palettes
11. Website Magazine
Website Magazine is a monthly print and digital magazine that focuses on every aspect of running a website including design, development, eCommerce, SEO, mobile, hosting, marketing, domain names, and more. It includes news, how-to’s, articles, white paper, videos, webinars, job postings, and more. The subscription is free in both print and digital format. They have multiple newsletters that covers web design and development, trends, news, e-commerce, marketing, and more.
A recent article that I found interesting is 4 Reasons Why Your SEO Efforts May Be Reaching the Wrong People.
Eye is a quarterly magazine that covers graphic design and visual culture. Columns include:
- book reviews on graphic design, typography, art, logo design, history of graphic arts, etc.
- opinions about typography, trends, techniques, etc.
- features covers interviews, tutorials, etc.
Categories include graphic design, illustration, technology, photography, typography, reviews, branding, information design, and lots more. Publication started in 1990. Some of the articles are available to read online. They also have a newsletter.
An article that I found interesting was Counter intuition.
13. 8 Faces
Stemming from a blog called Type Worship that started in 2011 as a personal research aid, 8 Faces is a magazine that’s devoted to typography and lettering. It covers reviews and interviews with leading designers in the industry. It includes lots of interviews, research articles, tutorials, courses, trends, graphic design, and lots more. They’re currently working on a new website and book. It also includes a blog and a newsletter with a quarterly digest of the best content.
An article I found interesting was Classic Trends & Mid-Century Typography.
Launched in 1980, CreativeReview is a monthly magazine that covers graphic topics of all kinds including graphic design, illustration, technology, typography, magazine, newspaper, animation, books, digital, and lots more. It also has a matching blog.
An article that I found interesting was Copywriter pay survey.
Graphis was founded in 1944 and covers design topics such as typography, branding, logos, illustration, photography, advertising, etc. It’s a monthly magazine with lots of interviews, tutorials, competitions, and more. You can buy individual issues and buy them as annuals. It also has a blog that discusses competitions and winners.
Codex is a hybrid magazine and journal about typography. It includes articles, information about typeface design, book reviews, typeface reviews, interviews, history, photography, and more all from experts in the field. It’s available in both print and PDF. It’s a limited print-run magazine with limited ads, so it doesn’t come out that often but it’s well-worth the read. They’ve recently revamped their design due to the vast amount of information they were including and are now producing it as a book series. They also have a newsletter.
This article on their blog explains their new direction: A New Beginning for Codex.
Graphic Design USA has been producing articles for design professionals for over 50 years. It’s a monthly magazine that covers news, products, technology, trends, services, people, and more. The subscription is free to anyone who works in design and production in graphic design firms, advertising agencies, art, design departments, and more. They also have several newsletters and multiple blogs.
An article I found interesting was Bless You Mark Zuckerberg For The New Facebook Emojis.
Offscreen is a magazine from Germany about the people who use the internet and technology to be creative, solve problems, and build businesses. It tells their stories and talks about their successes, failures, struggles, dreams, plans, and more. It includes a behind the scenes looks at websites, apps, and products with interviews and stories about the people that make them. They also have a blog with articles about the web, events, technology, etc. You can get notifications of new issues through their email newsletter.
An article I found interesting was On the future of print.
Launched in 2006, Designedge Canada is a quarterly magazine that covers the graphics design industry with a specific focus on the web, news, events, how-to’s, business, software, reviews, interviews, and more. They also have several blogs, a newsletter, and a jobs board. If you live in Canada and are involved in the graphic design industry you can get a subscription for free. It’s available outside of Canada as a paid subscription.
An article I found interesting was Sara: A Canadian app that brings search power to the offline world.
Magazines, both online and off, are a great way to stay current with the latest news, trends, techniques, and deals in the world of web design. Although there are lots of choices, these 19 magazines are sure to give you the information you need as a designer in 2016.
Your turn! Do you read any of these magazines? Did I leave out your favorite? Do you have one to add? Let us know in the comments below.
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