33 New Design Blogs with Great Content & Resources
Everyone loves finding new sites with great content, so Iāve made it a little easier. Here is a collection of new websites and blogs with quality content. Iāve chosen these blogs based on the quality of their posts & resources and not the design. At the bottom there is all of the RSS feeds, so you can keep yourself updated with all of the sites featured.
1. Design Shard
From what I can see, this site only went live on July 25th, and itās already had some popular content. I suggest you check out the 300+ Free Hi-Res Grunge Textures, as itās my favourite at the moment.
2. My Ink Blog
A very well organized and well focused blog with some brilliant tutorials, links, resources and articles. So far there has been a lot of great posts, and I donāt see any signs of this changing. I was really impressed with the tutorial on Designing with Swirls & Flourishes, really top notch tutorial.
3. PSD Fan
Quickly becoming one of my favourite tutorial sites. The site offers not only tutorials, but resources, which are both of very high quality. Looking at the amount of content itās hard to remember that itās only 2 months old. My top pick: Design a Unique Grungy Website Layout, a tutorial on a whole new level of great!
This site is probably the most useful in terms of keeping up to date. Itās sort of beginning to replace my RSS feeds, I now always check this site first as itās always got regularly updated web/graphic design news. Launched on the 5th of July itās quickly become one of my favourite places to browse, and our Icon set was their first ever post. Highly recommended!
Another regularly updated blog, which is brilliant! Especially when you consider how good the content is, I particularly enjoy their interviews. The ones with Jon Phillips & Steven Snell were my favourites. Keep your eye on this blog for sure.
6. Design Blurb
This site was recommended to me by Andrew Houle and after browsing through the content I was impressed. And they even have their own collection of āNew Design Blogs,ā which was a bit of a bummer as I thought I was onto something which I hadnāt seen before. Anyway, great blog & content, check it out.
Now I know for a fact this one is not new, but itās new to me, so I felt it deserved a feature. It is a brilliant site bringing you the best Tech Design & Blogging related content which Iām very new to. The thing I like most on this site is the wide range of content topics, thereās always something new and different. I really love their 50+ Nice Clean CSS Tab-Based Navigation Scripts – Be sure to have a look.
8. Graphic Design Blog
Thereās a good number of posts on this blog, and I like each and every one of them. Iām looking forward to seeing more!
I couldnāt include this one for the design alone (as much as I wanted to), fortunately the blog posts & resources that Iāve seen so far made me want to include it for another reason, the content. To see what I mean just have a gander at the free Old News Theme. I predict great things for this blog, its one of my favourites at the moment.
10. Digital Artists Toolbox
I stumbled upon this website through the brilliant 41 Amazing Tilt-shift miniature faking photographs post and Iāve been checking back ever since. A wide range of content topics, from resources and freebies, to interviews and amazing collections. One to watch for sure.
Niki runs a blog which again has a wide variety of content, although being focused around design and the internet I love blogs like this, she clearly has a great eye for interesting stuff and a good sense of humour, also offers some very useful content. Great blog to follow.
12. Brush King
Iāve always gone for Quality over anything else, which is why Iām really liking Brush King. The collection of Photoshop brushes theyāve got at the moment are truly impressive, itās clearly being run by someone who can spot quality brushes. My top pick, Flowers First.
13. Script & Style
This new website put together by Chris Coyier which aims to bring you the best user submitted community news. So far so good, Iāve read a lot of interesting stuff which I found via the site. So be sure to give it a good old rummage though.
14. Dev Snippets
I love it when sites like this come along, Iām not really huge on web development, but I realise how useful these are and I like to browse demos of things like this to find things that would be useful for future projects. Theyāre also running a great contest too.
15. Pattern Tap
Pattern tap is a great idea, its a new site which allows you to find specific collections on certain web elements. I think it makes finding inspiration that little more effective, as usually itās certain elements that I get stuck for inspiration on, rather than the overall concept.
16. We Are not Freelancers
These guys have got a really nice blog up and running, and its showing no signs of slowing down. The design (although this post is not about the design) is just absolutely amazing, I love every aspect of it. The posts that Iāve read have been very well written and informative, so all in all a welcomed addition to my RSS reader.
17. Design Feedr
Design Feedr is a blog which aims to showcase collections of top quality inspiration and resources. They have a great eye for what looks good and similar tastes to my own. One of my favourite posts of theirs is the Masters of Digital Paintings collection which I really love!
18. Inspiration Up
Thereās that word again; Quality. I really like this site because they seem to think a little more than certain CSS galleries about their entries, so overall Iād say there is a better quality of sites on display.
19. The Dieline
Here is another site which I know is not new at all, but Iāve only recently been introduced to the amazing collection of packaging design inspirations that they offer. If you have not yet come across this site, prepare to be amazed.
20. Color Burned
A talented designer sharing various sources of inspiration and freebies. Itās always reassuring to receive resources off a guy who you know, knows what he is talking about. I really love the guyās work just as much as the posts he shares, so a great experience all round.
Probably not the easiest domain name to remember in the world, but thankfully the posts and quality of the work is a lot more memorable, the post on Ian Francisā work for example is amazing! The site is based around art, design, photography & culture etc. This is a great site to spend some time exploring.
22. Apps Mania
The basic concept of the site is a gallery of web applications, it has a small ammount of information, ratings and tags. Making it a great place to browse if youāre on the look out, or need some inspiration for, a cool new web app.
I canāt remember how I came across this site, but its been in my favourites for a few weeks and Iām really impressed with the postings. Its quite a fun little site, sharing lots of doodles/sketches/drawings and is a great source of inspiration.
Social Bookmarking for images. Itās that easy. A simple great idea.
25. Coded Preview
For a better way of presenting your design mock-ups you can use Coded Preview, it allows you to modify the settings such as a background image, alignment margins etc. To give you an idea of how this can help, take a look at this example; Single Image compared to Image on Coded Preview. I think its a great idea, probably the best place you could upload your designs for presenting mock-ups.
26. High Resolution Textures
Textures, a vital ingredient in so many forms of design. Textures are becoming more and more popular in web design, so that makes this an ideal website for you to add to your RSS reader. There really are some great textures on display here, and regular updates mean youāll never be short of textures.
27. Lines and Colours
Another art and design blog. This one again has been around for a long time, since 2005 in fact. But its another of those which is fairly new to me, and Iām hoping will be new to a lot of you guys. A wide range of art is covered and as with all of these blogs Iām posting, the quality of the content is spot on.
Iāve not strictly been following this site, but it keeps popping up here and there and each time I visit I am impressed, so Itās long overdue but Iāve added it to my RSS reader now. I particularly love their Ultimate Collection of Free Textures on the Web.
A user submitted list of design/web related resources. A wide range of categories, resources and inspirations. One of those sites where you can lose a good couple of hours and not realise.
30. Usability Post
So far the posts on this site have impressed me, the blog talks about aspects of interface design, which means not only the way things look but how they work and how the function. Iām looking forward to reading more here.
Knowtebook brings you the best news about design, ideas, web trends, technology & more. The usefulness of each post cannot be questioned, each and every post I find very useful, so thatās why it had to make the list, this web-based business collaboration tools post is a great example of that.
This latest project by Steven Snell is already off to a great start. A very community focused design blog with community feeds, links, a gallery and of course some amazing posts, this blog really does look set to grow bigger and bigger, and with posts like this: Favorite Design-Related Sites of 21 Designers, its not hard to see why.
33. Fudge Graphics
Since April 2008 Fudge graphics has been making some amazing posts, and Iāve been completely oblivious. Itās strange how sites like this go on with such great content without me realising. This is just another one of those sites that I love, there is a good mix of links, resources, inspirations featured artists, that sort of thing. Good times!
Get the RSS Feeds
If you are using a RSS reader you can easily subscribe to all of the above RSS feeds (where possible) by downloading the .xml file. All you need to do is then import it into your reader. I use netvibes as my reader.