15 amazing resources to keep you updated as web designer

Web Design

The web design evolved in the last two decades as other domains in hundreds of years; in fact the entire society is progressing faster and faster. Willing or not, the web designers must keep the same rhythm even if it means many personal sacrifices and tons of unsleeping nights.

Good sources of information for web designers are the blogs treating this subject; these are posting instantly the latest news and techniques. Therefore visiting these is very necessary to keep updated with what is happening in the web design community…but what is happening here? Well…a new revolution! Last year the web designers received great news: the release of the latest versionsof HTML and CSS. Now we have HTML5 and CSS3 that are the pillars of the revolution. Even from the beginning the web designers were amazed by the new tags and promised to create more interactive and interesting layouts. The results weren’t so much waited and already we have tons of fabulous websites, it’s enough to check some HTML 5 websites galleries to make an idea.

HTML5 and CSS3

On the other hand, there is another revolution…by the way, please let me know if you read this post from a tablet or smartphone. As you probably guessed, it’s about the mobile revolution. The web designers have had lots of problems about cross-browsers compatibility but these were almost insignificant comparing with the matter of size displays. We have a large variety of displays and this fact determines the web designers to adopt a new strategy of creating websites- it is called responsive design. Generally speaking, the common agreement was to create from now websites that are rendered very well no matter the size of the displays.

iPhone

If you think that it was enough to make the life a real hell, you are wrong! Apple and Google are “fighting” for the supremacy of the mobile operating systems, obviously the users are the winners but sometimes this harsh competition baffles the designers. Now , you have the big picture of what represents the modern approach of creating websites, it is merely changing and is very easy to become outdated. I am one that almost was overcome by the situation and I recommend to everyone to pay close attention to this aspect. The next web design blogs helped me a lot in bringing me back into the web design universe, therefore bookmark them and visit them, it’s impossible not to find something interesting. Undoubtedly, there are many other blogs that contain interesting posts, feel free to add in comment form you favorites to help other readers. I must emphasize that according to my humble opinion the bloggers that maintain these blogs are posting information about the novelties in the field.

Apple VS Android

  1. http://www.smashingmagazine.com/

Smashing Magazine is, quite probable, the leading blog in web design blogosphere and it was normal to treat very serious everything about responsive design and handheld devices “explosion”. By sure, you will find out the first one the latest novelties by daily visiting the blog.

  1. http://designmodo.com/

The economists are naming the economies that successfully affront the global crisis as “emergent “ones. Design Modo is an “emergent” blog that brings very qualitative news and you should check it, you won’t be disappointed.

  1. http://www.catswhocode.com/blog/

Responsive design interferes also with the work of developers and this blog assures the daily portion of news for those that code the wonderful layouts of the designers.

  1. http://www.instantshift.com/

There is nothing to say, everything here is at the superlative, fresh information, very detailed tutorials explaining how to create and code responsive layouts, amazing showcases…

  1. http://www.alistapart.com/articles/

The articles from here are written only by real experts and you should rely on their opinions, definitely you should consult the blog. The single negative aspect is the inconsistency of the posting (they don’t publish daily as the majority of the blogs).

  1. http://speckyboy.com/

It is another blog that should be frequently checked because here are posted very interesting tips about how to deal with the new versions of HTML and CSS and also how to design for mobile devices.

  1. http://mobile.tutsplus.com/

The entire Envato network must be a constant source of information for a good designer. Anyway, I was forced by the quality of information to add here two blogs; this is treating especially the various issues when it’s about mobile versions.

  1. http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/

I must admit that Hongkiat is one of my favorite blogs but please visit it and you will see that it fully deserves to be added here.

  1. http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/

It is the second blog from the Envato network that is presented here; this blog treats the web design and any post is offering precious information so bookmark and visit it to keep yourself updated.

  1. http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/

Web Designer Depot is another important blog and it was impossible not to offer tips and best practices about responsive design and how to better use the new tags of the latest HTML version.

  1. http://www.crazyleafdesign.com/blog/

Crazy leaf design is a great blog and it is targeted to offer the latest news in the field, so it is very useful to keep the rhythm with the Internet evolution.

  1. http://www.onextrapixel.com/

I visit this blog due to the impressive showcases and I really recommend it; there are also published many useful posts in order to create the best websites.

  1. http://www.gacikdesign.com/blog/

It’s not a very famous blog in web design community; I recently discovered it and I really like the style and I am satisfied with the quality of the posts.

  1. http://webdesignledger.com/

Not very much to say, just visit and you will avoid being outdated…

  1. http://www.web3mantra.com/

The same pattern: quality posts, precious tips and best practices presented, impressive showcases and good tutorials…isn’t it the recipe of a good blog? Was this post helpful for you? Do you agree with this list? Please let me know your favorite and share the post, if you consider that it may be useful for other people.

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