20 Design Blogs Worth Reading

20 Design Blogs Worth Reading

With so many web design blogs available on the Internet it can be hard to know which ones are worth checking out, so we have compiled a list of 20 web design/development blogs we think you should try and read. Some of the websites in this list you will have heard of but some are small blogs with fantastic content that we hope you will check out.

Design Instruct

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Design Instruct is a regularly updated web magazine for designers and digital artists where you can find and learn design tips and tricks.

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UX Booth

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The UX Booth is a blog by and for the user experience community. Our readership consists mostly of beginning-to-intermediate user experience and interaction designers, but anyone interested in making the web a better place to be is welcome.

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Vandelay Design Blog

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Vandelay Design Blog is a blog which showcases the best in design and resources, it also runs regular giveaways.

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The Web Design Blog

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The Web Design Blog was setup in 2009 by freelance web designer Phil Matthews with the intention of providing web design news, articles, tutorials and interviews for everyone to enjoy!

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Just Creative Design

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Just Creative Design is the personal portfolio of Jacob Cass, the blog includes graphic design tips, articles and resources on most subjects of design.

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Six Revisions

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Six Revisions is a blog ran by Jacob Gube that publishes practical and useful articles for designers and web developers.

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Line25

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Line25 is a blog ran by Chris Spooner, the site is based around web design and includes a wide range of posts to help feed your creativity.

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Tutorial9

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Tutorial9 is a collection of teachers, experts, and caring folk from around the world, all gathered in one place to pass along our knowledge to absolutely anyone interested in learning.

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Onextrapixel

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Onextrapixel is a blog dedicated to delivering useful, comprehensive and innovative information for designers and web developers.

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Webdesigner Depot

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Webdesigner Depot is an exciting blog designed to explore different web and graphic design techniques, great examples and best practices.

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Design Heaven

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Design Heaven is a new design blog which posts inspirational articles showcasing the best in design from around the web to help inspire designers.

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Speckyboy

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Speckyboy Design Magazine was originally the personal portfolio for Paul Andrew but is soon grew into a blog. They cover a large variety of web design and development based topics.

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Hongkiat

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Hongkiat is a technology and design blog that constantly showcase some of the best materials, resources from the Internet to inspire their readers.

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DesignM.ag

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DesignM.ag is a community-based website for web designers and developers. The site includes a popular blog, a user-submitted news section, a design gallery, and a design job board.

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Design Shack

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Design Shack showcases inspiring web design, alongside resources and tutorials for you to succeed in the same way.

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Colorburned

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Colorburned is a design blog featuring some of the best design news, resources, and tutorials from around the web.

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PelFusion

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PelFusion is a design blog, which covers a large area of web design and development as well as running regular industry related giveaways.

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[Re]Encoded

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[Re]Encoded is a resource both for active web designers/developers and for people who simply enjoy good design and want to learn more, see more and do more than they already do.

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Tutorialzine

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Tutorialzine provides you with high-quality tutorials, freebies and resources that will help you with your day-to-day development needs.

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Abduzeedo

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Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. They also include tutorials on Photoshop and Illustrator.

25 Nature Related Web Designs to Inspire You

25 Nature Related Web Designs to Inspire You

A while ago we published a list with 50 Green Web Designs to Inspire You, and the post was a hit. This time we decided to focus on green websites, but green by meaning nature related websites – eco-friendly stuff, organic food, reusable energy, etc. So today you will get inspired not only by web design but also by eco-friendly ideas, which is simply great! I hope you enjoy.

e-One

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e-One’s mission is to develop innovative ways to bring the benefits of environmental sustainability to small and medium-size businesses and organizations.

ecoforms

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Based in Northern California, EcoForms is a family-founded business that grew out of the desire to find an alternative to plastic pots. Our search for an alternative led us to the resilient, yet compost-able, pots made from renewable grain fibers—today’s EcoForms™ pots.

Protege la Foret

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Something related to forrest protection. Sorry guys, my french is not that good. :)

taami berry

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A website that spread the word about the táami berry (Synsepalum dulcificum), sometimes known as miracle fruit, miracle berry, magic berry, asaa and ledidi, is a small red fruit native to the West African country of Ghana.

Healthy Harvest Hydro

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We are San Luis Obispo’s largest retailer of hydroponics and organic gardening supplies and equipment. Come say hello and visit our well stocked warehouse!

Duchy of Cornwall Nursery

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As a traditional nursery, we pride ourselves on the range and quality of plants we produce, as well as the friendly, expert advice offered by our staff.

Sewanee Close

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Sewanee Close is a residential community based on sustainable building practices surrounded by 100 acres of permanently protected trails and woods minutes from the gates of the Sewanee domain on the Cumberland Plateau. The mission of Sewanee Close is to combine traditional neighborhood design with sustainable environmental practices within a natural preserve, creating a vibrant and fulfilling community for people of all ages who share a concern for each other and for the land around them.

Cama Organic

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The organic baby bed from Cama organic is a novel bed construction made out of solid wood and spanned organic cotton.

Duchy Originals

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Since then there’s been a sea change in attitudes. From organic and fair trade to school meals and sustainable farming, everyone has an opinion about food. Every part of the process, meanwhile, from growing, producing, transporting, promoting and selling food is under scrutiny like never before.

EnviraMedia

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Envira Media is dedicated to sustainability. We support and fund environmentally sound business models, as well as manage some of the best socially responsible sites online.

Recycled Lifeforms – Grobots

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Visit “Adopt a Bot” to make a bid and win your very own eco-friendly friend. The proceeds from every GroBot auction go directly to our causes. Help us do our part to end hunger and poverty around the world — let the bidding begin.

ecoforms

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Ecoki.com is a fresh, new eco-lifestyle community filled with enthusiasm for all things eco-related. At ecoki.com, we’re passionate about all things green – whether it’s the latest in scientific research, the newest eco-fashion fad, or an update on organic foods. Regardless of your interest(s), ecoki.com strives to provide you with up-to-date news, great green tips, or even a recipe for dinner.

Whole Foods Market

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Who are we? Well, we seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture.

bird-malaysia.com

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Our philosophy is to support local economies, avoid any harmful effects on the natural environment and participate in the conservation of rainforest in general and birds in particular. A percentage of our profits from our tour will be used in our very own PEACE TREE PROJECT.

WWF

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WWF creates solutions that will solve our planet’s BIG environmental challenges. We want people and nature to thrive together.

Plant with Purpose

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Plant With Purpose helps the poor restore productivity to their land to create economic opportunity out of environmental restoration. Since 1984 we have helped more than 100,000 people in some 230 villages lift themselves out of poverty through our holistic approach to sustainable development.

Marie Veronique Organics

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Sustaining the planet. It’s probably no surprise that our entire company is dedicated to sustainability. Wherever possible we use natural, organic and fair trade ingredients, packaged in 100% recyclable materials.

Night Owl Paper Goods

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With a passion for fine craftsmanship, detail & the environment, Alan Henderson and Jennifer Talham went out on a limb to start Night Owl Paper Goods, a stationary company developed to creating handmade letterpress cards and eco-chic wooden goddies.

The Organic Supermarket

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We are Ireland’s first 100% Dedicated Organic Supermarket

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Can’t understand… but I’m pretty sure this is nature related. :)

Frogwatch Museum

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The site has been designed to provide you with information on all aspects of Western Australian frogs.

SprintBio

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SprintBio was formed by Scott Quinton with the aims of promoting, selling and assisting in the installation of renewable energy heating systems. We are here to help you make the switch and take away the pain.

Eco Environments Ltd

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We are a UK award-winning Microgeneration Certified Scheme (MCS) accredited company. We design, install and commission renewable energy and energy conservation solutions.

Green Infrastructure Inc

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Green Infrastructure Inc. is a newly formed non-profit organization established to research alternative renewable energy sources that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.

plain green

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Plain Green is a conference and marketplace for green design, business and ideas. We’re advancing sustainability in the northern plains.

50 Beautiful Fractal Flowers

50 Beautiful Fractal Flowers

Fractals are a unique digital art form with an infinite diversity of form, detail, color and light. Fractals originate from the field of mathematics and the term fractal means, a geometric pattern that is repeated at ever smaller (or larger) scales to produce self similar or irregular shapes and surfaces. Fractal art is created with the assistance of fractal-generating software, by calculating fractal objects and translating them into a visual form.

The world of fractal arts is full of possibilities. The beauty and charm of flowers are immense, no one can remain untouched by their elegance. In this edition, we looked at some stunning examples of fractal flowers and we came across some beautiful pieces of art. Take a look!


Summer Love by Gurly


What a Bloomin’ Life 2 by AmorinaAshton


Flower Thing by Parrotdolphin


Smile to Me by Lindelokse

Vladimir Koncar: Ruling with Greatness

Vladimir Koncar: Ruling with Greatness

Croatian designer Vladimir Koncar enjoys the “process of creation.” So much, in fact, that he spends his time wearing the hats of graphic and web designer, photographer, illustrator and film maker. Throw in a little experimental typography and you have the picture of a man who embraces the journey as much as the destination. Join us as Koncar talks dresses, honesty and his love of Hairvetica.

“The story that follows the melody talks about the fact that every man for once in his life dreams, thinks about or secretly tries to dress up as a woman.” These are the words used to describe the 2006 music video “Rippling (dress)” that was directed by Croatian visual artist and designer Vladimir Koncar. When asked if he had ever partaken in such activities he responded, “Of course I have, I have tried it but under a pretence of being in a masquerade. It wasn’t bad. A dress seems like a comfortable piece of clothing. Sometimes I envy women on their possibility to dress creatively.”

It’s a rare thing to find a man so honest and comfortable in his own skin that would do something considered by many to be taboo, but that is Koncar.

Koncar seems to do a little bit of everything. He has expanded his repertoire to include the more “traditional” print and web media projects, but he also delves into short, independent film-making and experimental typography. Like many creatives, he says his inspiration comes from everyday life and he credits a daily run as the thing that “gets rid of the negative energy,” a meditative act that results in the focus required to craft his works.

“I love when I can recognize honesty in one’s work.”

The way he interprets everyday life is anything but typical, however. For example, when discussing the origin of his experimental typography or diary type as he calls it:

“Diary Type project emerged spontaneously from my daily ideas and thoughts that I noted down in my pad. I was wondering what would be the best way to visualize them and I realized that I could emphasize some thoughts with custom letters. I’ve always been fascinated by the interference effect and in some way it helped me to create those sentences which sometimes amplify the thought I’d like to express visually, and sometimes they do just the opposite. All the fonts you’ve seen so far have actually emerged from the same idea, but they’ve evolved through time. In the beginning I only made letters I needed, while nowadays I obsessively create the entire alphabet.”

These daily thoughts and ideas that he wrote in his pad led to things like “Hairvetica,” “Cigarette Type” and “Pills Type.” None of these have ever been used in a commercial sense, but do they really have to be in order to be considered art? The witty statements he uses to illustrate the usage of the letters are entertaining in and of themselves.

While the ideas may have come from his mind, the objects didn’t necessarily come from his personal collection. In the case of the three types just mentioned, the answers are a yes, no and maybe. We’ll let you decide what corresponds to which material.

From the Beginning

Koncar grew up in Bjelovar, which is 80 km away from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. His younger brother, who has a love for music, is currently finishing up his second university where he is studying Biochemistry. Koncar muses that since his parents have no artistic background, “it’s unusual that [my] brother and I are swimming in the art waters.” He was a quiet and curious child who “participated in everything [he] could.” It’s no doubt that this desire to experience as much as life has to offer nourished the creative mind responsible for his unique and imaginative artistic creations.

Unlike many of his fellow designers, Koncar didn’t grow up always knowing he wanted to do something artistic. His first ambition was to be a cook and that was followed up by the desire to be a diver. It was when he won a visual arts award in primary school that he set his sights on the arts. At first his intention was to become a painter and over time that evolved into “being some kind of designer [or] artist.” His father, however, wanted him to become an economist “to have something to live off of.” Luckily, he continued, he didn’t give into that pressure because he’s now living off of work that he loves.

After finishing a language high school he enrolled in the Faculty of Graphics and Design program in Zagreb. He never finished his studies there because he founded a studio and started working. Now, at 31, he’s back to college to try to complete his degree. He is doing this because of his desire to constantly learn, improve himself and evolve as a man and artist. “I never made a list of things I should achieve in my lifetime. I don’t bother myself with that.” One thing he wishes he did do though was attend music school to learn to play a musical instrument.

Koncar did attend a film school at night in addition to different drawing workshops. One of his biggest influences though was Frano Radak, an art professor with whom he studied painting for four years. “Working with Radak has [had the most affect on] my view of art and my creativity today,” he said.

Studio Revolucija

In 2003 Koncar started Studio Revolucija or Studio Revolution, with two college friends, Gorjan Agačević and Ozren Crnogorac. What started out as a small three-man company run out of a garage has more than doubled in size and they now take on projects from graphic design, complex web applications and web development to interactive multimedia experiences, educational CD-ROMs and multiplayer games. In fact, one of his favorite projects was the CD-ROM “Tesla’s Day,” which is about the life and work of Nikola Tesla, a great inventor from Croatia. He threw himself into the research required and the collection of all of the materials he needed to produce this educational piece. It’s no doubt that this project holds a special place in his heart. Not only was he able to learn more about the life and work of this talented man, but he was creating something that allowed primary and high school students as well as their teachers the opportunity to learn about this ‘unmatched genius’ as his contemporaries called him [whose] discoveries shaped significantly the life style of the people of the 20th [and] 21st century.”

“It’s our goal to constantly challenge ourselves to keep developing new and unforgettable visuals and experiences.”

Over the last several years Studio Revolucija has won many awards and “it’s [their] goal to constantly challenge ourselves to keep developing new and unforgettable visuals and experiences.” When it comes to those unforgettable experiences, Koncar is a self-described “Art Dictator,” which is somewhat fitting for a man named Vladimir, a name of Slavic origins that means “to rule with greatness.” “I am pretty demanding when a project is set up on its feet. I like to be included in all aspects of creating a project and I insist on precision. I direct a project visually and I don’t like compromises,” he said.

Compromise or not, the creative team at Studio Revolucija is on the same page when it comes to producing the high-quality designs they are known for. They believe in “great design, web standards and accessibility and are able to take a project from inception to completion, without limitations.”

While Koncar says his company is always open to experimentation and collaboration, he believes that there are no right or wrong stereotypes of designers and that anyone can be one and they can be broken down into two categories: good and bad.

“I think that it isn’t enough just to learn the rules of design in order to design, but for every step forward there has to be an idea. I appreciate the technical part, but it is not crucial, the idea is what I cherish the most, and that’s what makes the difference. I love when I can recognize honesty in one’s work.”

Honest is another term that can be used to describe Koncar and his work. Even with all of the successes he’s enjoyed throughout his career, he is not immune to some to the frustrations suffered by most people in the field such as surreal deadlines, unprepared materials and flippant clients, just to name a few.

Today he counts the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Croatian Natural History Museum, Zagreb Brewery and ZBI Invest among his long list of big-name clients, yet he’s had his share of projects that didn’t turn out as planned. He can also look back on these past projects and realize that while they may have not turned out perfectly, the mistakes he made were all learning experiences and “that it isn’t enough to be creative but that the raw creativity needs to be articulated through knowledge.” Early on in his career Koncar recognized his weaknesses and has systematically either overcome them, or abandoned the pursuit, what could be considered to be the ultimate display of honesty.