Feb 20, 2021 Design + Creative

A Big List of Must-Bookmark Sites for Digital Designers

Stop depending on algorithms and doom scrolling to keep you looped in on the world of web design.

It’s time to freshen up your much-neglected bookmark list!

Here’s our ever-expanding big list of high-quality blogs, publications, newsletters, resources, and whatever-else sites for digital designers.

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AIGA Eye on Design

The official design blog of the world’s oldest professional association for designers, Eye on Design explores the group’s collective expertise. Delve into history and see the future of the field in one place.

A List Apart

This no-fluff publication specializes in expert deep dives into a vast array of topics related to building websites. Here’s your place to get wise on everything web.

Adobe 99U

Billed as a “creative career resource,” 99U features thoughtful personal pieces about taking the next step professionally.

Designspiration

It is probably understating Designspiration to call it Pinterest for designers. Among the features that make this a powerful tool: The ability to see, sort, and discover based on hex-code color palettes. (A Media Temple client!)

It’s Nice That

This champion of creativity lifts up stories and work from countless working professionals. Their perspective pieces are second to none.

Creative Boom

With interviews and inspiration from across the design world, Creative Boom keeps you in the loops on how designers are approaching their work.

Design.org

A beacon of positivity, Design.org’s articles shine a light on how creatives can keep their state of mind in the right place.

Creative Review

Love top-notch analysis and advice on the future of design? Keep UK-based Creative Review on your short list, regardless of where you are in the world.

Codrops

What would web design be without web development? Codrops covers the inextricable pair with a heavy focus on the front-end. (Its weekly Collective newsletter is a must-subscribe.)

CSS-Tricks

For coding designers – or those who want to develop that skill – CSS-Tricks remains one of the best, most useful resources around.

UX Mag

The big boss of UX publications, UX Magazine “pre-dates wikipedia’s first mention of ‘UX’ by 5 years.” It remains an essential resource for in-depth analysis of the user experience field.

Web Designer News

With its constantly growing collection of web design articles, this aggregator finds the best perspectives from around the web for you.

Sidebar

A stylish daily curation of design links, Sidebar delivers a fresh set of 5 articles to your inbox every morning. It’s a great way to stay in the loop with design’s thought leaders.

UX Collective

Curating a wide variety of perspectives on the craft, the Medium platform’s UX Collective consistently delivers unique, useful delves into the design of user experiences.

Bootcamp

Another Medium publication from the editors of UX Collective, Bootcamp tailors its view toward product design. There’s plenty here for everyone, though.

Prototypr

This Medium publication takes a wide view of UX design, most notably threading in the more technical front-end development side of the creative world.

Smashing Magazine

Smashing has built a strong reputation over more than a decade, centered on practical, high-quality how-tos for designers and developers.

Colossal

With an eye on visual culture for over a decade, Colossal has proven itself as a perennial powerhouse of creative inspiration. Art, design, photography are all extensively covered. (Another Media Temple client.)

Dribbble

Dribbble’s blend of micro-portfolios and social networking provides a rich resource to explore the work designers are most proud of. Also? Take note of the site’s excellent design blog Courtside.

Tyrus

If you’re hiring illustrators or doing any freelance illustration yourself, this site helps bridge the space between art and commerce. It’s built and run by the design team at Silicon Valley unicorn AirBnB, whose own site provides an ongoing case study of design at scale.

Creative Mornings

Founded by design blog legend Tina Roth Eisenberg of swissmiss, Creative Mornings gathers around the world for monthly face-to-face events. Find your local chapter and check out a sprawling video archive of many, many of the sessions. (A longtime Media Temple client.)

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About the Author Mike Martens is a writer and photographer who makes words happen for Media Temple’s UX and Creative teams. Over the past decade, he’s crafted copy across every medium for a laundry list of iconic brands. Meanwhile, his photographic pursuits have taken him from documenting The Moth storytellers to creating a $25,000 digital Holga camera. More by this Author