100 Best Web Design Blogs

by Jake Rocheleau

February 13, 2013 in Designer Showcase

Over the past 10 years there have been hundreds and possibly thousands of new web design blogs launching online. A small handful of these blogs are still online today, and an even smaller number are still publishing great content. As we move into 2013 it seems like a good idea to dig into the design industry and collect some of the best resources for helpful information.

In this gallery I have put together the top 100 online magazines & blogs for web designers, in no particular order. The topics range from web design to Photoshop tutorials, freebies, user experience design, and even web development techniques. I do sincerely hope this gallery may be useful for many years to come these blogs grow in popularity.

24Ways

24ways web design ui blog articles

In my list of all-time favorite blogs 24 Ways has my top vote. Many of their articles focus on obscure web development techniques which are not handled in depth anywhere else. Think of topics such as character encoding, Bootstrap tutorials, complex CSS3 media queries, and lots of other good ideas. Definitely recommend skimming their headlines because you may be surprised at the high-quality content in their articles.

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One-Day Deal at iStockphoto

by Brant Wilson

February 12, 2013 in Freebies Resources

As many of my readers know, I’m a huge iStockphoto fan. Well they’ve taken notice and reached out to me with another special offer for you guys. Unfortunately this deal is limited to today only (Feb. 12th) so you need to take advantage of this one right away…

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The Fastest Way to Become Successful with Web Design

by Brant Wilson

February 8, 2013 in Business/Freelance

How long have you thought about becoming a successful freelance web designer? Probably for a while if you’re reading this blog. Maybe life as a freelancer appeals to you because you want to set your own hours, make a great living, be creative, and be your own boss. But, like all things, with great freedom and income, comes risk.
What if you don’t succeed? What if it’s harder than you thought? What if you can’t find clients. What if the fear of risk is keeping you from achieving your dreams?

But, what if we eliminated the risk?

What if you could make money as a web designer and keep your current job? What if you could succeed as a freelance web designer simply by following a proven step-by-step plan? A plan created by a successful web designer who has been building websites since 1996 – and who has trained over 30,000 students to do the same.

With this kind of plan, you could be your own boss… set your own hours… make the rules… and do everything else you’re dreaming about right now.

To become a successful web designer – or take your web design business to the next level, go here. Whether you want to learn new skills, improve your existing skills, stay on top of changes in the web design industry, or find clients who are willing to pay you what you’re worth, it’s all here.

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30+ Abstract Brushes and Patterns

by Brant Wilson

in design

A good piece of art always contains the aspect of attraction, which provides the initial prompt of glances from potential onlookers. But a great piece of art is able to capture and compel their gaze to linger for that extra span of time. Every true artist shoots to achieve this secondary level of interest, but few know the techniques to use to create that deeper level of interest. Adding texture to various aspects of your designs is an easy way to do this quickly and effectively through the use of Photoshop brushes and patterns.

So we’ve put together a list of more than 30 brushes and patterns that you can add to your text, backgrounds, or other digital art layers in your composition to add interest and intrigue to your designs. And when your goal is to stand out, what works better than to use abstract designs?

Check It Out! Our 30+ Top Freebies for Abstract Brushes and Patterns

Make your designs “pop” with this Dot Splatter Brush
Dot Splatter Brush

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