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Must-Read Design Blogs to Enhance your Creativity and your Career

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This list was compiled slowly. I’ve been bookmarking my favorite blog posts for months, and in doing so, have visited the same useful design blogs over and over. Those blogs that showed up again and again in my bookmarking system were the ones that made this talented list. These are the sites that I have found offer the highest quality content to their readers.

I’ve categorized each of the blogs into one of ten main categories: All-in-One, Inspiration, Tutorials, Web Development/Code, Freelance, Logos & Typography, Advice & Discussion, Freebies & Giveaways, Blogging, and Micro-Blogs/Links. That does not mean that the blog doesn’t offer anything else. It just means that the blog has a main focus. Creative Opera, for example, really focuses on giving advice to new designers or design students. But, we offer many other things as well — and have plans to expand greatly in the upcoming months. I’m not trying to pigeonhole anyone, I just want to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. Hopefully you’ll be able to find a few blogs here that will be helpful to you in your design career. As an added bonus, I’ve chosen one of my favorite posts from each to share with you. Enjoy!

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starALL-IN-ONE:

These blogs have a little of everything, and are a one-stop-shop for anything and everything design-related.

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Smashing Magazine

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Webdesigner Depot

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Six Revisions

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You The Designer

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Hongkiat

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My Ink Blog

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Web Design Ledger

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Noupe

blog26

Design Reviver

blog27

Line25

blog68

Speckyboy

blog70

Spyre Studios

blog69

Crazy Leaf Design Blog

blog74

instantShift

blog47

Naldz Graphics

blog34

Spoon Graphics

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GoMediaZine

blog87

Inspired Magazine

blog91

Lee Munroe UX Design Blog

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starINSPIRATION:

These blogs are a constant source of inspiration, with showcases and galleries galore.

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Abduzeedo

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Toxel

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starTUTORIALS:

Looking to learn something? These blogs are for you!

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Envato Tuts+

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PSD Vault

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PSD Fan

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starWEB DEVELOPMENT/CODE:

These blogs focus on web design and the programming side of design, covering topics like XHTML, CSS, PHP and many more.

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CSS-Tricks

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Envato Code Tuts+

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starFREELANCE:

These blogs are geared toward freelance designers. They are full of helpful advice and resources.

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Freelance Folder

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starLOGOS and TYPOGRAPHY:

These blogs feature logo design posts, and/or focus on typography.

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Logo Design Love

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Just Creative Design

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ImJustCreative

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I Love Typography

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starADVICE and DISCUSSION:

These blogs dig deep with relevant posts, professional advice, thoughtful answers to timely questions, and much user discussion.

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Think Vitamin | Launch a Business, Not a Side Project

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David Airey | Getting your foot in the door

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A List Apart | Taking the Guesswork Out of Design

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From The Couch | The Letterpress Trend Has To Go

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Ideas on Ideas | More mess; less B.S. (or: Nine simple suggestions for using social media)

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We Are not Freelancers | We’re not machines, why do we work like ones?

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Positive Space Blog | SEO Works, Just Not to the Client’s Expectations

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starFREEBIES and GIVEAWAYS:

These blogs are packed with free brushes, icons, patterns and more.

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Colorburned | 10 Incredible Seamless Destroyed Vectors

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Think Design | Free Vectors – 27+ Abstract Geometric Wireframe Vectors

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BittBox | Free Hi-Res Photoshop Brushes: Abstract Splatter

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Smashing Apps | 23 Colorful And Inspiring Web Designs Where Textures Are In Full Action

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Function | How-To: Taking WordPress One Step Further

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starBLOGGING:

Blogs about blogging and blog design.

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Pro Blog Design | 10 Ways to Speed up Your WordPress Blog

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ProBlogger | How To Land Big Interviews When Your Blog Is Still Small

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In the Woods | Tips For Creating High Selling Templates

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Designers who Blog | Killed Ideas Blog

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Skelliewag | Tutorial: How to Write a Viral-ready Article in 2 Hours Flat

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starMICRO-BLOGS/LINKS:

These blogs gather and post design-related links from across the web.

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Creattica Daily

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Script & Style

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Design Newz

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Andy Sowards

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CSS Globe

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Photoshop Lady

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Webdesign-Ne.ws

blog82

Sharebrain

blog88

Zach Krasner Times

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The Design Inspiration

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I hope that you enjoyed this post, and have found some new amazing blogs to visit! Is it possible I forgot a few good ones? Of course! If I’ve left out one of your favorites, please let me know about it in the comments.

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195 Comments

Design Is Yummy March 25, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Thanks for the comprehensive list. Hoping to make the cut one day with my art and design blog: http://www.designisyummy.blogspot.com

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Veronica@chicago web design company April 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Here arbenting and spoon graphics are my favorite but there are many more which will take time to list down. All the blogs seem promising. Great collection.

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loga May 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

useful list, thanks

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John Alden | Web Tasarimi July 11, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Thanks a lot for this lovely list mate!! I’ll visit each of those sites!

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Douglas March 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Really great list, very inspirational. Thank you for sharing

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Alcachofa May 30, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Once again thank you for sharing this list of blogs! I like how your website has a very clean and simple style, but also very elegant at the same time.

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Joffrey May 31, 2011 at 6:29 am

Any updated list planned?

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Stall Design January 29, 2012 at 11:33 pm

This is an extensive list. Loved the freebies on color burned and think design. Thanks for sharing. Are you by any chance, planning an updated list?

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Henry September 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Woww , you did really great job, thanks for sharing !

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AC October 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

Great list of blogs. Very well chosen.

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IysskssLd December 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm

A round of cheers instead of your blog post. Definitely Cool.

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