Great blog resources

Great blog resources for staying updated with Web Design trends

In a fast paced industry such as web design / development, it is really important keeping yourself updated with best practices and techniques.
Here is a list of resources I read daily and I recommend:

General Web Design Blogs

  • Web Designer Depot is my favorite one, as you get to learn best practices and it keeps you informed about other useful resources on the web. They publish articles almost each day and you get to learn even more, if you follow them on twitter.
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  • CSS Tricks – Chris Coyer, the owner of the blog, delights the web design community not only with “CSS tricks” but also jQuery and other cool implementations. A must follow.
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  • Perishable Press – Jeff Star, shares CSS tips and tricks along with WordPress advice but also offers unique insights on certain subjects. For example, I enjoyed reading one of his article “Switching from PC to MAC”, especially I’m planning do this move.
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  • NetTuts – you can find here all kind of useful tutorials from how to make an illustration to how to code a website.
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  • SitePoint Blogs – Web design news and “how to” tutorials varying from PHP coding to jQuery, makes SitePoint an important resource and community website.
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  • Web Designer Wall is renowned for CSS techniques tutorials and best practices for how to build a website. The website itself can be taken as great example on how to build a responsive design.
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  • 24Ways – I haven’t seen them posting in 3 months already, but it’s good to keep an eye for their further publications, as they provide high quality content.
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  • Smashing Magazine is one of the most popular Blogs around. They post articles very often and have long high quality materials, while addressing to a broad audience. That’s also their disadvantage. Materials are super long to read and you’ll not always find something that might interest you.
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  • A List Apart represents the elite of web design community. They rarely post, but when they do so, you can rest assured that will become the trend.
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WordPress related resources

Search Engine Optimization

Freelancing

  • Freelance Folder is a great community of freelancers where you can discover different advices and resources.
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  • Freelance Switch is the most popular website for freelance community. You can find out here very useful posts for freelancers, a job board, forum and their featured hourly rate calculator.
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Tips for keeping up with everything

  • Reading so many Blogs, might get overwhelming at some point, that’s why make sure you use an RSS reader. Google Reader is a great free tool.
  • If you use Twitter make sure you follow them too.
  • Allocate a time of the day for this task, so you can be productive.

If you have other great Web Design resources, not mentioned here, please share in the comments.

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