The Absolute Best Design Blogs You Should Subscribe To Right Away

Inspiration is a big thing for most designers and it can come in many forms. Some of us read books and magazines, some visit CSS galleries and others use image bookmarking services but here at Union Room, we love subscribing to and reading a number of great design blogs.

Spoon Graphics

Chris Spooner posts some fantastic tutorials and freebies over on his blog making it an invaluable source of design inspiration. He also runs another design blog Line25 which contains similar high quality content.

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Selected posts:

20 Handy Photoshop Tips For a Faster Workflow

10 Solutions to Easily Create Your Online Portfolio

Create a Trendy Galactic Poster Design in Photoshop

Designm.ag

Designm.ag is a great, community-based design blog with a jobs board, news submission section and some great daily articles that range from web design to photography.

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Selected posts:

Showcase of Big, Bold Typography

50 Clever, Creative Logos

15 Tips for Breaking in as a Part-Time Freelancer

Freelance Switch

Although obviously targeted towards freelancers, Freelance Switch has some great articles that can help improve the skills of designers in all kinds of employment. It also contains the fantastic Freelance Freedom web comics.

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Selected posts:

Leveraging Your Blog to Promote Your Services

Are Freelancers a Commodity or a Profession

To Share or Not to Share, That is the Question

InstantShift

InstantShift posts some of the best roundup-type posts around and contains such a diverse range of content that it’s suitable for designers, developers and bloggers.

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Selected posts:

Super-Clean and Minimal Web Designs: 70+ Stunning Examples and Resources

36 High-Quality Latest Free Fonts To Enhance Your Designs

50 Interviews of Popular Web Designers, Developers and Founders

Just Creative Design

Just Creative Design is ran by graphic, web and logo designer Jacob Cass and features a mix of Jacobs personal work as well as some some useful tutorials and articles.

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Selected posts:

Why logo design is not $5.00

How much to charge for design work?

The Top 100 Best Fonts of All Time

Six Revisions

This blog is made up of some really original posts and has some good information for developers as well as designers.

six_revisions

Selected posts:

Best Relational Database Management System?

Color: The Next Limited Resource?

10 Free Server & Network Monitoring Tools that Kick Ass

Smashing Magazine

This one is obvious but this kind of list would look odd without a mention of Smashing Magazine. The blog has gone from strength to strength in the last couple of years and is home to some of the most unique and widely-referenced articles in the design community.

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Selected posts:

The death of the boring blog post?

Designing “Coming Soon” Pages

Getting Started With Content Management Systems

Webdesigner Depot

As well as having one of the most unique designs of any design blog, Webdesigner Depot contains a really varied mix of content.

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Selected posts:

To School or Not to School

Preparing and Planning for a Redesign

In Defense of The Jack of All Trades

You The Designer

Not mentioning the fantastic content, You The Designer features one of the best layout designs for any design blog on the internet. It uses large images and big titles to draw attention to posts and it’s understated colour scheme really help draw attention to posted content.

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Selected posts:

30 Clever Coaster Designs

10 Major Technology Sites Then and Now

12 Water Inspired Web Designs

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