Hi!

Dave here with our list of the definitive top 25 must-read online publications for designers, bar none.

We've scoured the internet, looking for the biggest, most successful and most impactful publications that deal with UX, design and everything else needed to make digital products that are beautiful, usable, friendly and above all else - loved.

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OK, drumroll...

Let's start at the top...(where most things start)... :)


Creative Bloq has something for every design professional, broken down into over 80 separate categories in tags. It's the best place for any designer to start their day.

Having recently broken the million Twitter follow mark, Smashing Magazine is the screamed at, stadium-filling popstar of the design community. They tend to focus on deep dive articles on specific topics in both design and development. Great content when the inner design nerd needs feeding.

Now if only they did more power ballads.

If your passion for design takes you perilously close to actually writing html/css from time to time, Hongkiat might be the right mix of design, inspiration and funky javascript plugins and effects to satisfy your cravings.

FastCoDesign brings us inspiring stories about innovation and business from a design perspective.

Since 2010 the Web Designer Depot has published the very best in web design news, views, techniques, and resources. Posted daily, and delivered straight to your inbox each morning, they're passionate about uncovering the new, driving debate, and celebrating great design.

Speckyboy was founded in the delightful Scottish town of Inverness, where their whiskey tastes nearly as good as Irish Whiskey, even though they cant actually spell it properly ("whisky").

That mild grammatical stigmatism aside, Speckyboy features a weekly newsletter of some of the best curated content on the web. Speckyboy should be especially of interest to contractors with multiple clients and those using Wordpress/Drupal or other template hosting sites to build sites.

Chris Spooner is the guy who was told "prove it" when he boasted that he could recreate any image on the planet in Photoshop.

This webzine is the result.

Continually reinventing the wow moment, his tutorials, videos, graphics and effects are worth visiting just to see how much more we all still have to learn as designers.

Claiming to be a shack doesn't exactly scream out as my first choice source of design inspiration and creativity, but no matter what cardboard cutout beginnings the Design Shack initially crawled out of, they've since managed to bling out their site with a lovely pastel green flat design. It's so sexy. Yes, so very sexy.

Like a few other on this list, Design Shack focuses mainly on design, with a sprinkling of business advice ("how to handle clients") and web development.

Originally I had omitted uxdesign.cc from our list, but at the last minute, our traditionally pacifist lead designer Leandro Varanda threatened bloody murder if his fellow Brazilian's site was not included. Great content here, and it also has a handy Portuguese version if you fancy that type of thing. Apparently 220 million people do.

A mix of code snippets and design philosophy / productivity type posts. For web. Designers. Firstly.

The self proclaimed 'one stop resource for all things UX related'. It is edited by Nick Babich, who is a nice guy in a tie.

Set aside your morning and read everything here.

Mostly focused on web design and development but with a good mix of freebies and tutorials

From up North is an online magazine that curates the creative web to deliver you the best and latest news from the creative industry. Sharing inspiration while showcasing amazing creatives across the globe.

Yes, I did copy that from their homepage and no, I hadn't previously heard of them before researching this article. I have now. Sorry guys. Clearly I come from too far south.

Onextrapixel (OXP) is a leading online magazine and resource site for designers and web developers. The Singapore based portal aims to collect, explore, as well as share useful tips, news, tutorials, tools and resources, on design, development and other inspirational topics.

Web Design Ledger covers everything from web development to inspiration for web design and everything in between.

Founded in February 2008, Naldz Graphics has a heavy focus on freebies and inspiration style posts.

Describe themselves as "a design magazine for creative entrepreneurs, designers, and freelancers looking to expand their mind and improve their skills". Works for me.

Publishes insightful articles about design, business, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Design Beep is a design blog dedicated to bloggers, web-developers and designers. It is especially good when it comes to resources for designers such as icons and patterns.

A great site with a hardcore focus on all aspects of UX from business and analytics to philosophy and design as well as teaching the skills necessary to become a great UX designer/researcher.

UXmatters provides insights and inspiration to experienced professionals working in every aspect of User Experience, as well as those who are just beginning their journey in the field. It also provides a platform for those practitioners who want to share their insights and experience with others from the UX community.

UX Magazine is a free community resource exploring all facets of experience design. They work closely with practitioners and industry leaders versed in all areas of UX to provide a steady stream of engaging and useful content.

Given its size Mashable literally has something for everyone, but the sections on design, UX and UI have a virtual forrest of articles that are worth reading (or at least being aware of).

Designzzz began by filling a desperate need for a web design blog that shares hands-on experience, free resources and expert advice. Today, Designzzz.com has primarily become a web design blog, a blog by a web designer, for a web designer.


That's it! The top 25.

Not enough?

You still want more?

Well it wouldn't really be a top list if we included everyone.

Fine, if you want it, you can have more.

How about our list of design blogs that are also great quality, just not as popular (yet)? Or try our list of UX design thought leaders (along with their most powerful message). Or just go join a community.